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Director Kim Ki-duk's latest to open Yubari film festival

Entertainment 15:34 February 08, 2019

SEOUL, Feb. 8 (Yonhap) -- South Korean director Kim Ki-duk's 2018 drama film, "Human, Space, Time and Human," has been chosen as one of the opening films for this year's Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival, the Japanese event's website showed Friday.

"Human, Space, Time and Human," Kim's 23rd full-length movie, was one of the three films chosen to open the Yubari film festival on March 7 in the namesake Japanese city in Hokkaido.

Several big-name stars, such as Jang Keun-suk, Ahn Sung-ki, Ryoo Seung-bum and Joe Odagiri of Japan, represent the film's main characters of various generations and occupations who travel on a decommissioned warship and explore the limits of humanity and morality.

The same film was invited to the Berlin International Film Festival's noncompetitive category last year but was mired in a controversy as the director was facing a criminal accusation of sexually harassing an actress who appeared in his 2013 release "Moebius."

Kim came under a series of further sexual assault accusations from actresses in the sweeping "Me Too" movement last year.

This year, he is slated to release a new movie filmed in Kazakhstan.

Another South Korean film, "Original Sin" by director Moon Shin-ku, was nominated to compete in the upcoming film festival's Off Theater Competition category with five other Japanese films, according to the website.

Director Kim Ki-duk (Yonhap)

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