Busan Cinema Center Opens to Motherload of Film Series



Where: Busan Cinema Center

When: November 10 – December 31


Where: Busan Cinema Center

When: November 10 – December 31

When I first heard about the Busan Cinema Center, the architectural monstrosity in the middle of Centum City built for the Busan International Film Festival for the price of 1,678.5 hundred million won (I’m not even gonna bother trying to figure how much that is in dollars, but it sounds like a lot), I couldn’t help but wonder what purpose it would serve during the other 355 days of the year. But it seems like it will be put to more than good use, as it’s offering 200-plus films for screening until the new year. And at a mere 3,000 won per ticket, this is an excellent opportunity to catch up on those all-time-classics that escaped you, in the ideal setting of a proper movie theater. I did the dirty work of sifting through the seemingly interminable list of films to find out which ones can be viewed by an English-speaking audience, so it wouldn’t hurt to leave comment just to reassure me that all that effort wasn’t made in vain.

For screening times, visit the Busan Cinema Center website. It’s extremely difficult to navigate for anyone who can’t read Korean, so I’m going to try to explain how to find the information you need if you care to see one of the movie being screened. There are eight different sections to the film series, which my shoddy Korean and Google Translate essentially translate to Assorted Classics, Carte Blanche (whatever that means), Epic Banquet, Animation Paradise, Beloved 21st Century Films, Korean Movies, the Audience’s Choice, and Cannes Critics Week 50th Anniversary Exhibition, and next to the picture logo for each section (which I’ve conveniently inserted into this post for cross-reference) are a turquoise button and a pink button. To find the screening time of the film you wish to see, click the pink button next to the picture logo and that will bring you to the list of films being shown in that section. Scroll through the list of films to find the one you wish to see – the screening time is in red at the bottom. I wish there was an easier way, but unfortunately the English version of the website amounts to little more than Busan Cinema Center = cinematic awesomeness, which I would tend to agree with if only it wasn’t so difficult for us fair-skinned Busan residents to understand the programming schedule. Anyway, I hope this blog post helps. Here’s the list of films:


English Language Films:

A Trip to the Moon (George Mieles, 1902)/The Great Train Robbery (1903)/An Andalusian Dog (Luis Bunuel, 1929) Silent

The Tramp (Charlie Chaplin, 1915) Silent

The Adventurer (Charlie Chaplin, 1917) Silent

Our Hospitality (Buster Keaton, 1923) Silent

Greed (Erich von Stroheim, 1924) Silent

Moana (Robert J. Flaherty, 1926) Silent

The Last Command (Josef von Sternberg, 1928) Silent

The Man with a Movie Camera (Dziga Vertov, 1929) Silent*

City Streets (Rouben, Mamoulian, 1931)

Only Angels Have Wings (Howard Hawks, 1939)

The Philadelphia Story (George Cukor, 1940)

Fantasia (1940) Silent

Sullivan’s Travels (Preston Sturges, 1941)

Tex Avery’s Collection (Dump-Hounded, Who Killed Who?, Swing Shift Cinderella, King-Size Canary, Bad Luck Blackie, Little Red Riding Hood)

Detour (Edgar G. Ulmer, 1945)

Notorious (Alfred Hitchcock, 1946)

The Fugitive (John Ford, 1947)

On Dangerous Ground (Nicholas Ray, 1952)

Band Wagon (vincent Minelli, 1953)

All That Heaven Allows (Douglas Sirk, 1955)*

Man of the West (Anthony Mann, 1958)

Scorpio Rising (Kenneth Anger, 1964)

Wavelength (Michael Snow, 1967)

Ride in the Whirlwind (Monte Hellman, 1965)

THX 1138 (George Lucas, 1971)

McCabe & Mrs. Miller (Robert Altman, 1971)

Don’t Look Now (Nicolas Roeg, 1973) in English & Italian

Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (Sam Peckinpah, 1973)

The Conversation (Francis Ford Coppola, 1974)

The Outlaw Josey Wales (Clint Eastwood, 1976)

The King of Comedy (Martin Scorsese, 1983)*

Love Streams (John Cassavetes, 1984)

Edward Scissorhands (Tim Burton, 1990)

Carlito’s Way (Brian De Palma, 1993)

Velvet Goldmine (Todd Haynes, 1998)

A Streetcard Named Desire (Elia Kazan, 1951)*

Running on Empty (Sidney Lumet, 1988)

Days of Heaven (Terrence Malick, 1978)*

It Happened One Night (Frank Capra, 1934)

Foreign Language Films with English Subtitles:

Violanta (Daniel Schmid, 1978)

Happiness (Agnes Varda, 1965)

Chronicle of a Summer (Edgar Morin & Jean Rouch, 1961)

The Iron Gate (Youssef Chahine, 1958)

Tokyo Twilight (Yasujiro Ozu, 1957)*

The Cry (Michaelangelo Antonioni, 1957)

Pather Panchali: Song of the Little Road (Satyajit Ray, 1955)*

Death of a Cyclist (Juan Antonio Bardem, 1955)

Mysterious Object at Noon (Apitchapong Weeresthakal, 2000)

The Phantom Carriage


English Language Films:

Papillon (Franklin J. Schaffner, 1973)

Opening Night (John Cassavetes, 1977)

Boy A (John Crowley, 2007)

Roman Holiday (William Wyler, 1953)*

The Apartment (Billy Wilder, 1960)*

When Harry Met Sally (Rob Reiner, 1989)

Four Weddings and a Funeral (Mike Newell, 1994)

Written on the Wind (Douglas Sirk, 1956)*

The Godfather (Francis Ford Coppola, 1972)

Blade Runner: Director’s Cut (Ridley Scott, 1982)

Stand by Me (Rob Reiner, 1986)*

Running on Empty (Sidney Lumet, 1988)

Dogfight (Nancy Savoca, 1991)

My Own Private Idaho (Gus Van Sant, 1991)

The Thing Called Love (Peter Bogdanovitch, 1993)

The Wild One (Laslo Benedek, 1953)

On the Waterfront (Elia Kazan, 1954)

Guys and Dolls (Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1955)

Apocalypse Now: Redux (Francis Ford Coppola, 1979)

City Lights (Charlie Chaplin, 1931)*

Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock, 1958)*

The Piano (Jane Campion, 1993)

Funny Face (Stanley Donen, 1957)

Stranger Than Paradise (Jim Jarmusch, 1984)

Bagdad Cafe (Percy Adlon, 1987) in English & German

Boogie Nights (Paul Thomas Anderson, 1997)*

Shadows (John Cassavetes, 1959)

The Train (John Frankenheimer, 1964) in English & German

Runaway Train (Andrey Konchalovskiy, 1985)

Foreign Language Films with English Subtitles:

Vagabond (Agnes Varda, 1985)


English Language Films:

The Best Years of Our Lives (William Wyler, 1946)

The Ten Commandments (Cecil B. DeMille, 1956)

Lawrence of Arabia (David Lean, 1962)

The Great Escape (John Sturges, 1963)*

Doctor Zhivago (David Lean, 1965)

Once Upon a Time in the West (Sergio Leone, 1968)

The Godfather: Part II (Francis Ford Coppola, 1974)

Heaven’s Gate (Michael Cimino, 1980)


English Language Films:

The Plague Dogs (Martin Rosen, 1982)

When the Wind Blows (Jimmy T. Murakami, 1986)

The Iron Giant (Brad Bird, 1999)

Mary and Max (Adam Elliot, 2009)

The Illusionist (Sylvain Chomet, 2010) in English and French


English Language Films:

Mulholland Drive (David Lynch, 2001)*

The Pianist (Roman Polanski, 2002)

Elephant (Gus Van Sant, 2003)

Coffee and Cigarettes (Jim Jarmusch, 2003)

Land of Plenty (Wim Wenders, 2004)

The Fall (Tarsem Singh, 2006)

The Wind That Shakes the Barley (Ken Loach, 2006)

I’m Not There (Todd Haynes, 2007)

Happy-Go-Lucky (Mike Leigh, 2008)


In Korean with English Subtitles:

A Wanderer Never Stops on the Road (Lee Jang-Ho, 1988)

Under the Sky of Seoul (Lee Hyung-Pyo, 1961)


English Language Films:

Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock, 1960)*

2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, 1968)*

Once Upon a Time in America (Sergio Leone, 1984)

The Mission (Roland Joffe, 1986)

Foreign Language Films with English Subtitles:

Goodbye South, Goodbye (Hou Hsiao Hsien, 1996)


English Language Films:

K.E.S. (Ken Loach, 1969)

Foreign Language Films with English Subtitles:

The Life of the Dead (Arnaud Despleschin, 1991)

See How They Fall (Jacques Audiard, 1994)

A Common Thread (Eleonore Faucher, 2004)

*denotes recommendations

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