The escape is complete – Liveblogging PIFF 2006

October 10, 2006

Well… it seems as maybe the “test” was perhaps either a failure, or a ruse. Some are saying the bomb bombed, while others are saying that maybe it was conventional weapons meant to mimic a nuclear explosion. For know, we just wonder. I do know that some taxi drivers are pretty concerned. On my way to Seoul Station, i brought up the news of the nuke test, and the driver started going off and didn’t stop till we got to the station some 20 minutes away. His take, “We have a saying, give the crying baby candy and it shuts up. But your president doesn’t like giving candy, only vinegar. And the baby now has a bomb. Not good.”

Regardless of whether the test was real or not, I’m outta Seoul for the next week and a half. I’ve already arrived in Pusan and am writing from my new digs, the office of Cine21 magazine. Here I’ll be hanging out with a friend, getting the inside scoop on the latest films in Asia and beyond and will dutifully report back to you, my dear readers.

UPDATE: woah, my first hoisik (company meal) has come and gone and i can barely type straight. nevertheless, at 3.00 a.m. i lay resolute to bring you the facts of life in korea. I think i might get to sit in on an interview with Andy Lau. We’ll see… i’ll let you know. Until tomorrow…..



  1. Glad to hear you’re safe and sound in Pusan. Boy, you think of the weirdest happenings to get you out of schoolwork and on a trip!! All kidding aside, yes, it sounds kind of hokey now. Maybe all talk for show. “His” people probably don’t know the difference. Another saga. Have fun. Hope you get to interview or at least sit in on it with the movie star.

  2. oooooooooh. andy lau. schweeeeeet.

  3. Matty,

    Moving south to Pusan is a strategic move given current events. However, I’d suggest sometthing a little further south, like MANILA!


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