AFP

SEOUL

The Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) opens Thursday with more than 300 movies - including 94 world premieres - on the screening schedule.

Here are some films that look set to stand out from the pack and generate a particular buzz at what has become Asia’s most influential cinema showcase.

“The Battle of Gwangju”

(South Korea):

Director Yi Ji-Sang uses an experimental style to chart one day in the life of an assortment of citizens who fought military police in support of the 1980 student uprising in the South Korean city of Gwangju. It’s the latest in a series of films to address sensitive moments in South Korea’s recent past - some to great critical and commercial success like courtroom drama “The Attorney” (2013).

“Bad Guys Always Die” (China/S Korea):

A crime thriller-comedy from first-time Chinese director Sun Hao, backed by two of the most successful filmmakers in China and South Korea - Feng Xiaogang and Kang Je-Gyu. The two veterans say the project is all about passing the baton on to a new generation.

Twenty Two (China/S Korea):

A documentary on the lives of 22 surviving Chinese “comfort women” - forced to work in Japanese military brothels during World War II. Director Guo Ke made a short entitled “Thirty Two” in 2013 but 10 of the women have since died. The film is in a very strong field for this year’s Wide Angle documentary competition at BIFF.

“The DMZ” (South Korea):

This 1965 film was the first to be shot in the demilitarised zone (DMZ) set up 12 years before at the end of the Korean War as a buffer zone between North and South Korea.

It was thought for decades that the film was lost until a print was found in 2005. Director Park Sang-ho used “non-actors” to play a brother and sister eking out a living in the DMZ, and the film looked so real that people initially thought it was a documentary. A rare and timely look at a classic given recent tensions on the peninsula.