In just eleven years, the Pusan International Film Festival has established itself as the leading film event of Asia. As many argue, the festival’s unstoppable growth to prominence has been much aided by the surge experienced by Korean cinema during the last decade. PIFF has become the primary showcase for domestic cinema, inevitably sharing its fortunes with the international scene. This year, the Korean Film Retrospective is devoted to recently found works from the 1930s and ’40s. During Japanese colonial rule, 171 films were reportedly completed; however, only four were reputed to have survived. Paolo Bertonlin reports.