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Hi, Bryan Here….
The 6th annual Dallas International Film Festival is almost here it seems they have a great crop of films this year. The festival opens April 12th and will end with a bang on the 22nd. The prime movie this year for DIFF is a Korean film titled, ‘My Way’. This film was originally called ‘D-Day’ and is an epic war film starring Jang Dong-gun and is directed by Kang Je-gyu. And this year DIFF has a very special treat to close out the festival. We will get a 25th anniversary screening of ‘Robocop’.
In addition to the ‘Robocop’ screening, there will be a cast and crew reunion in attendance with a Q&A. As you may or may not know, ‘Robocop’ was filmed in Dallas. In the film, they are supposed to be in the city of the future which is Detroit, but clearly you can see it is all Dallas. This is going to be epic. How cool would it be if DIFF got the life size prop of ED-209?
Going back to the Korean film, ‘My Way’ is a tale of two young men in 1939 Seoul, one Korean and one Japanese who grow up together and both dream big. Both end up in the Japanese Army in the midst of World War II where one of them is an officer. They fight one battle after another as they inspire hope in one another. This film is supposed to be EPIC.
Below is the official press release.
The Dallas International Film Festival presented by Boardwalk Auto Group Volkswagen Dealers announced today that the South Korean epic, MY WAY (2011) will be featured in one of the coveted Centerpiece screening slots with director, Kang Je-Gyu in attendance. The Closing Night festivities will be marked by a special cast and crew reunion to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Sci-Fi classic ROBOCOP, which was shot in Dallas. DIFF also announced that the 2012 Festival will be dedicated to Cinemark’s Lee Roy and Tandy Mitchell. Additionally, groundbreaking digital initiatives will launch the Festival to a new audience through live streaming and exclusive online content.
For the 2012 DIFF, artistic director, James Faust is featuring South Korean films and filmmaking as its international spotlight. As one of the biggest productions in South Korean history, the WWII epic, MY WAY (courtesy of Well Go USA Entertainment and CJ Entertainment) will be featured as the Festival’s Tuesday night Centerpiece on April 17. Famed South Korean director, Kang Je-gyu (TAE GUK GI: THE BROTHERHOOD OF WAR (2004); SWIRI (1999)) from Seoul, South Korea will present the film in Dallas for the first time to a Southwest audience. “There is a very strong Korean community in Dallas and a real interest in its film industry,” said James Faust. “MY WAY and Kang Je-gyu will thrill our audience. Inspired by a true story, the imagery and cinematography in this film is breathtaking but it’s also a classic story about friendship, dedication and sacrifice. As MY WAY features the international star power of Dong-gun Jang, Jo Odagiri and Fan BingBing, we have a truly compelling Tuesday night Centerpiece that showcases the breadth of South Korean filmmaking. This is exactly what I hoped for when creating this International Spotlight category.”
Wrapping the 2012 Festival on Saturday, April 21 will be the 25th anniversary celebration of ROBOCOP. Presented in partnership with the Dallas Film Commission, the historic Texas Theatre will host many of the cast and crew that worked on the film for the film’s first official reunion since it was shot in Dallas 25 years ago.
Passes are currently for sale and range from $100 for a Festival Lounge Pass to $750 for an all-access Star Pass. Tickets go on sale at the Prekindle Box Office and online to the public on March 22. The Prekindle Box Office will be featured as part of the Festival Village at Mockingbird Station. For further information on pass levels and how to purchase passes visit: www.dallasfilm.org or telephone 214.720.0555.