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                                          Just Cause brings 3D expertise to China                                                                                   REVIEWS
                                                                                                                                                                    Gangs of Taipei
                                                                                                                                                                    Doze Niu’s Monga is a powerfully
                                          BY SCREEN STAFF                           motion capture and virtual camera       present the action when shot by 3D      impressive gangster epic set
                                          Los Angeles-based Just Cause Pro-         services for the project.               cameras.                                against the backdrop of the
                                          ductions, the 3D company set up              Yuen — who was action director          Qilin is in talks with Taiwan-       1980s.
                                          by Avatar stuntman Reuben Lang-           on Sniper (2008) with Edison            based post-production outfit Leader      » PAGE 4
  Media Asia unveils                      don, is set to expand its business
                                          in Greater China. The first projects
                                                                                    Chen, The Myth (2005) with Jackie
                                                                                    Chan and The Legend (1993) with
                                                                                                                            Asia Pacific Center to work on 3D
                                                                                                                            photography and equipment as well       Mourning Glory
  new To, Gao films                       it has boarded are Yuen Tak’s
                                          action drama Mr And Mrs China
                                                                                    Jet Li — makes his directorial debut
                                                                                    on the film.
                                                                                                                            as post-production services. The
                                                                                                                            film has received a shooting permit
                                                                                                                                                                    Seven Days In Heaven from Essay
                                                                                                                                                                    Liu and Wang Yu-lin is an
  BY LIZ SHACKLETON                       and an action film produced by               Mr And Mrs China is set in the       from the Chinese authorities and is     absurdist comedy drama with its
  Hong Kong’s Media Asia Films            Sammo Hung.                               1920s and follows a Chinese man         set to start filming in October.         fair share of laughs.
  announced a packed slate of pro-           Mr And Mrs China will be pro-          trying to win over his Japanese wife       For Hung’s untitled action           » PAGE 4
  ductions here yesterday, including      duced by Beijing-based Qilin Pic-         through a series of fight contests.      project, Just Cause will only be pro-
  a romantic comedy from Johnnie          tures and Hong Kong’s Taklung             Yuen said the film will require a       viding 3D stereoscopic photogra-        SCREENINGS
  To and Wai Ka-fai, and a new            Film, and will be shot entirely in        large amount of motion-capture          phy services.                           What to see today.
  project from The Message director       3D. Just Cause will be providing          technique in the pre-shooting           ■ For more on 3D production in          » PAGE 16
  Gao Qunshu.                             3D stereoscopic pre-visualisation,        stage in order to more precisely        Asia, see news p2.
     Tentatively titled Manhunt,
  Gao’s film is a noir thriller based on
                                                                                                                            Ning Hao Lands

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Photo courtesy of Family of Ho Kian Ngiap and Hong Kong Film Archive
  a classic Japanese novel, which will                                                                                                                              Moon Over Malaya
  likely be transposed to a Chinese
  setting. Zhang Guoli will produce.
     To and Wai’s romantic comedy,
                                                                                                                            at Fortissimo
  which has the working title Single                                                                                        BY LIZ SHACKLETON
  Men & Women, follows a group of                                                                                           Fortissimo Films has picked up
  singletons in Hong Kong and Bei-                                                                                          Chinese director Ning Hao’s highly
  jing and is set to star Daniel Wu,                                                                                        anticipated road movie No Man’s
  Louis Koo and Gao Yuanyuan. Both                                                                                          Land, starring Yu Nan (Tuya’s Mar-
  Manhunt and Single Men & Women                                                                                            riage) and rising mainland actor
  are scheduled to start shooting                                                                                           Huang Bo.                               Asian Film Archive
  before the end of the year.                                                                                                  The deal, negotiated by Fortis-
     Media Asia also unveiled a string                                                                                      simo chairman Michael J Werner          to premiere
  of big-budget action titles including
  Andrew Lau’s Legend Of The Fist:
                                                                                                                            and China Film Group, is for
                                                                                                                            worldwide rights outside Asia but
                                                                                                                                                                    restored Moon
  The Return Of Chen Zhen, starring                                                                                         including Japan and Korea.              Singapore-based Asian Film
  Donnie Yen; Felix Chong’s action                                                                                             Hong Kong-based Emperor              Archive, which is celebrating its
  comedy Once A Gangster; and Su                                                                                            Motion Pictures is handling the         fifth anniversary, has announced
  Chao-pin’s Reign Of Assassins star-                                                                                       rest of Asia.                           the premiere of its newly restored
  ring Michelle Yeoh and produced                                                                                              Produced by China Film and a         and digitised version of the only
  by John Woo. Fortissimo Films is                                                                                          group of mainland production            surviving print of 1957 film Moon
  handling Western and some Asian                                                                                           companies, No Man’s Land follows        Over Malaya.
  territories on Reign Of Assassins.                                                                                        a lawyer who experiences a series           The most acclaimed of the
     Media Asia is also selling Dante                                                                                       of mishaps after being stranded in      ‘Nanyang Trilogy’, the film was
  Lam’s Fire Of Conscience, which                                                                                           the Gobi desert.                        produced by Kong Ngee
  had its gala premiere at the Hong                                                                                            Ning Hao is one of mainland          Company, the third major studio
  Kong International Film Festival         We Pictures unveiled its upcoming action comedy Mr & Mrs Incredible,             China’s most bankable directors         of the era alongside Shaw
  last night, and thriller Punished,       starring Louis Koo and Sandra Ng, at Filmart on Tuesday. Vincent Kok’s           following films such as 2006            Brothers and Cathay Keris.
  directed by Law Wing-cheong and          $7.5m film follows a pair of retired martial-arts superheroes in ancient China   sleeper hit Crazy Stone and its fol-        The romantic drama starred
  produced by To, which has                who are dealing with their midlife crisis and itching for a return to action.    low-up Crazy Racer, which grossed       Patrick Tse, Nam Hung and Patsy
  Anthony Wong and Richie Jen                                                                                               more than $14.5m (RMB100m) in           Kar Ling before they reached the
  heading the cast.                                                                                                         China.                                  peak of their stardom, as well as
                                                                                                                                                                    period architecture and
                                                                                                                                                                    landscapes shot in Singapore

  Double Edge, China Film Group team on Black & White                                                                       China, with one of them being a
                                                                                                                            lead, to perform in the film.
                                                                                                                                                                    and Malaya.
                                                                                                                                                                        The film is about an idealistic
                                                                                                                               Shot mainly in Kaohsiung, Tai-       young man trying to raise funds
  BY SCREEN STAFF                         television series, and will star Tai-        China Film Group is on board         wan, Black & White is the story of      to build schools in Malaya. The
  Taiwan-based Double Edge Enter-         wanese heart-throb Mark Zhao,             as the mainland China distributor       a retiring gangster and a young         Cantonese-language film has
  tainment has taken international        Ning Chang and Ivy Chen (Hear             of the film. It will be the first big-    detective who team up on a mur-         been subtitled in English and
  rights to $10m action comedy            Me). The three are also lead              budget Taiwan-China co-produc-          der case, as the gangster tries to      Mandarin. Moon Over Malaya’s
  Black & White, the movie version        actors in the series. Zhao previ-         tion, and is also the first             use the policeman to retrieve           April 13 charity premiere is to be
  of the popular television series of     ously starred in gangland thriller        Taiwan-China co-production on a         priceless stolen goods.                 attended by Singapore’s
  the same name.                          Monga (see review, p4) while              gangster theme.                            Double Edge is also handling         President SR Nathan.
     The film will be directed by         Ning’s credits include Cho Li’s              The production team will hire        television rights of the Black &                                   Jean Noh
  Yueh-hsun Tsai, the director of the     Zoom Hunting.                             two more actors from mainland           White TV series outside Asia.
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 rithy Panh

                                        Hong Kong ramps up 3D production
                                        By Liz ShackLeton                                                               shops and presentations of              expected to show improvements
                                                                                   Don Quixote
                                        Hong Kong film-makers and post-                                                 upcoming 3D films.                      in local use of the technology,
                                        production professionals discussed                                                 A slew of 3D projects are in vari-   include the Pang brothers’ horror
                                        the challenges the territory faces in                                           ous stages of production in Hong        film The Child’s Eye, produced by
                                        embracing 3D production, at a Fil-                                              Kong and mainland China, despite        Universe Entertainment, and
                                        mart conference on Tuesday.                                                     the fact Avatar has set the bar         Filmko Holdings’ adaptation of
                                           In his opening speech, leading                                               extremely high. These include Lam       Don Quixote, directed by Ah Gan
                                        Hong Kong director Andrew Lau                                                   Wah-chuen’s China Idol Boys,            and starring Karena Lam.
                                        (Infernal Affairs) warned that Hong      and post-production stages,” said      billed as the first Chinese-language       In addition, Hong Kong direc-
Rithy Panh, Edwin                       Kong needed to explore the tech-         Lau. “The question is whether we       live-action 3D stereoscopic film.       tor and DoP Peter Pau is planning

among Cannes                            nology to remain competitive, but
                                        that more expertise was needed
                                                                                 can make 3D films on a shoestring
                                                                                 budget. If we’re innovative and have
                                                                                                                           Lam described the film, which
                                                                                                                        was released in China last year
                                                                                                                                                                to direct a 3D action adventure
                                                                                                                                                                White Snake, based on the Chinese
Atelier’s 2010 pick                     and 3D production costs are three
                                        times those of a normal film.
                                                                                 good ideas, then perhaps we can.”
                                                                                    The two-day conference, ‘Hong
                                                                                                                        and flopped at the box office, as an
                                                                                                                        experiment. “We’re on a learning
                                                                                                                                                                legend, to be produced by Chui
                                                                                                                                                                Po-chu (Kung-fu Hustle). John
By Jean noh                                “Everyone needs to take on this       Kong 3D Film New Action’, organ-       curve — not only in the production      Woo and Terence Chang are also
The Cannes film festival’s project      responsibility, from scriptwriters       ised by Hong Kong post-produc-         stages, but distribution is also dif-   lining up a 3D project based on an
market Atelier has announced the        and art directors to special-effects     tion association AMP4 and              ferent for 3D.”                         ancient Chinese novel, Legend Of
final line-up of 15 projects for its    co-ordinators — we need to gain          various government agencies,              Other upcoming 3D projects,          The Magic Bell, to be directed by
sixth edition, including new films      experience at both the production        includes panel discussions, work-      which are bigger budget and are         Korea’s Kim Jonghak.
from Asian directors Shinji
Aoyama and Edwin.
   The 15 projects from 15 coun-
tries include a Cambodia-France
co-production Gibier D’élevage,
                                          Kadokawa plots film on Sun Yat-sen                                            Jeonju announces line-up
the 10th feature film from award-         Japanese major Kadokawa                celebrate the anniversary,”            By Jean noh                             n Shin Su-won’s autobiographical
winning Rithy Panh (The Land Of           Holdings is planning a film about      Kadokawa said.                         The 11th Jeonju International Film      film Passerby #3 about a strug-
The Wandering Souls) and Iranian          the early years of Dr Sun Yat-sen         He added that the film will         Festival (JIFF), which this year        gling film director;
film Khorramshahr, a previous             to coincide with the 100th             focus on Sun’s early revolutionary     runs April 29-May 7, has                n So Joon-moon’s debut feature
Torino Film Lab project from              anniversary of Sun’s revolution        years when he was raising funds        announced its Korean feature film       REC depicting a couple recording
Massoud Bakhshi (Tehran Has No            which founded modern China.            and finding refuge in Japan with       competition line-up of eight inde-      themselves in a motel to com-
More Pomegranates).                          Kadokawa chairman                   Shokichi Umeya. Umeya was one          pendent films, including She Came       memorate their fifth anniversary;
   Also in the selection is Postcards     Tsuguhiko Kadokawa announced           of the main sponsors of the            From directed by Kim Sung-ho            n Yoon Tae-sik’s road movie
From The Zoo, the second feature          the project yesterday as a pan-        revolution.                            (Into The Mirror).                      Themselves;
from up-and-coming Indonesian             Asia collaboration on the                 The project is currently looking       The surrealistic story is about a    n Lee Sam-chil’s Kafka-inspired
director Edwin (Blind Pig Who             occasion of the second Asian           for co-production partners.            film director in Busan who runs         Metamorphosis;
Wants To Fly). Postcards won the          Content Business Summit, held             Kadokawa is planning to             into a mysterious woman on a            n Kim Ki-hoon’s The Boy From
PPP’s Gothenburg Film Festival            yesterday here.                        release the film before October        motorcycle and another woman            Ipanema, a surf-inspired melo-
Fund last year in Pusan.                     “We intend to work closely          2011. The memorial day of Sun’s        who is searching for her daughter,      drama about heartbreak and love;
   Decadent Sisters from Japan’s          with companies in China and            revolution is October 10.              having left her family 20 years         n Seo She-chin’s documentary
Cannes-awarded Aoyama (Eureka)            Hong Kong in the coming year to                               Screen staff    earlier. The other films in the         Before The Full Moon, about the
was the winner of the PPP’s Pusan                                                                                       line-up are:                            Ssangyong Motors strike of 2009
Award last year. This project will                                                                                      n Park Dong-hun’s Kimu; The             when workers were cut off behind
be his 15th feature film.                                                                                               Strange Dance, a documentary            factory walls for 77 days.
   The film-makers and their pro-
ducers will have industry meetings      Hui’s love triangle tops                                                        about Korea’s endangered early
                                                                                                                        modern buildings, centring on the
                                                                                                                                                                   The films will compete for the
                                                                                                                                                                $8,800 (won10m) JJ-Star Award,

                                        mega-Vision slate
set for a week (May 14-21) during                                                                                       former military dictatorships’          the CJ CGV Movie Collage distri-
the festival (May 12-23) to take the                                                                                    Defense Security Command head-          bution award and a $1,760
projects towards production.                                                                                            quarters;                               (won2m) Audience Critics Award.

                                        By Screen StaFF                          Kong’s untitled contemporary             She Came From

 Star signs TM Net                      Hong Kong film-maker Wong
                                        Jing’s Mega-Vision Pictures has
                                                                                 drama starring Jennifer Tse, and
                                                                                 Wong Jing’s Naked Soldier which
 distribution deal                      announced a slate of new projects
                                        including All About Love, the lat-
                                                                                 is the third film of Wong’s ‘Naked’
                                                                                 series after the success of Naked
 Star Greater China has signed a        est film from director Ann Hui           Killer (1992) and Naked Weapon
 multi-year non-exclusive               which is a love triangle between a       (2002).
 distribution deal with Malaysian       lesbian couple and a heterosexual            The company’s action comedies
 IPTV platform TM Net.                  man. Sandra Ng, Vivian Chow              Beauty On Duty and Future X-Cops
    Under the agreement, TM Net         and William Chan star in the             will both open in April in Chinese-
 will distribute three of Star’s        comedy which is now in post-pro-         speaking territories.
 Mandarin-language channels —           duction.                                     Meanwhile Louis Koo will star
 Star Chinese Channel, Star                Mega-Vision previously backed         in action adventure Aladdina with
 Chinese Movies 2 and Channel V         Hui’s award-winning dramas               pop duo Twins (Charlene Choi
 Taiwan — on its IPTV platform          Night And Fog and The Way We             and Gillian Chung), to be directed
 effective from today.                  Are.                                     by Wong Jing. The film marks the
    “Star is delighted to announce         Mega-Vision is also lining up         first on-screen appearance of
 our co-operation with TM Net. Our      its first 3D action film King Of Jest-   Twins for two years.
 channels carried through IPTV will     ers starring two Hong Kong come-             Mega-Vision last year produced
 meet the various needs of              dians Jim Chim and Wong                  the Koo vehicle On His Majesty’s
 Malaysian viewers,” said Daniel        Cho-lam and featuring Shaolin-           Secret Service and the film became
 Cheung, CEO of STAR Taiwan.            style kung fu.                           one of the surprise hits of 2009,
                     Liz Shackleton        Also on Mega-Vision’s slate are       taking in more than $14m
                                        Hong Kong film-maker Patrick             (rmb100m) in mainland China.

2 Screen International at FIlmart/HaF/HKIFF March 24, 2010
                                                                                                                 Reviews edited by Mark Adams

  HKIFF IN BRIEF                                       Monga                                                       GALA PREMIERE

                                                       REVIEWED BY MARK ADAMS                                     Tai. 2010. 140mins
                                                                                                                  Director Doze Niu
                                                       Monga is a dynamic and powerfully impressive               Production companies
                                                       Taiwanese gangster film set against the stunning            Green Day Film, Honto
                                                       backdrop of 1980s Taipei as a group of teenagers            Production
                                                       become men and fight to survive among the gangs             International sales
                                                       which run the old Monga quarter of the city.               Distribution Workshop
                                                          The film is a stylish whirlwind of colour and           Producers Dennis Yu,
                                                       action, with everything brilliantly choreographed          Chan Ya-wen, Yao Cheng-
                                                       by director Doze Niu (whose credits include 2008’s         cheng, Chang Hsueh-
                                                       What On Earth Have I Done Wrong?), who also                shun, Alan Tong, Doze Niu,
                                                       plays an effective cameo as a chain-smoking gang           Lee Lieh
                                                       boss. Monga has the style and panache to find an            Screenplay Tseng Li-ting,
                                                       international audience and could be a cult hit for         Doze Niu
                                                       sales agent Distribution Workshop.                         Cinematographer Jake
                                                          The gangland epic may well be a standard movie          Pollock
  Ice Kacang Puppy Love                                genre, but Monga is distinctive both in the era it is      Editor Tseng Li-ting, Doze   divided, and the young members find themselves
  World premiere. Malay. 2010. 105mins.                set (bright shirts, audio cassettes, the odd floppy         Niu, Lin Yung-yi             in the middle of a gang war.
  Dir: Ah Niu                                          haircut and an innocence in amidst the gang poli-          Music Sandee Chan               This classy Taiwanese film has a refreshing sense
  Malaysian pop star Ah Niu turns writer, direc-       tics) and the fact it focuses on friendship and broth-     Main cast Ethan Ruan,        of nostalgia. It may be somewhat traditional in
  tor and star of the stylish Ice Kacang Puppy         erhood rather then bloodshed and mayhem.                   Mark Chao, Ma Ju-lung,       structure (Mosquito falls for the obligatory tainted-
  Love, a gloriously fun-packed — if slightly self-       Mosquito (a charismatic Mark Chao) moves to             Ko Chia-yen, Rhydian         but-lovely prostitute Ning, who is unpopular
  indulgent — delve into his childhood in a small      Monga, and is taken under the protection of Dragon         Vaughan                      because of the large birthmark on her face) but it is
  village near Panang. He plays gauche teen            Lee (Vaughan), son of local gangster Boss Geta, and                                     a vivid and exciting recreation of an era. The fight
  Botak who is in love with tough local beauty         his friends Monk, Monkey and A-Po. They become                                          sequences are stylish and the performances spot
  Fighting Fish (played with exuberance by the         young members of the Temple Front Gang.                                                 on, with Chao particularly impressive as the young
  lovely Lee Sinje, who made an impact in the             Shy and defensive Mosquito enjoys a brotherhood                                      man whose love of brotherhood becomes increas-
  original 2005 version of chiller The Eye). The       he has never before experienced, and accepts the                                        ingly fierce as he aligns himself to the gang.
  film rejoices in its glossy blend of fun, nostalgia   gang status because of his commitment to his band                                          Director Niu (who also produces and co-scripts)
  and music, and features cameos from local            of brothers. The group relish the lifestyle — and                                       shows Monga as a hip part of town, blending the
  stars (such as singer Fish Leong) to keep it         since it is the 1980s they also hit the discos — but                                    legacies of its Chinese and Japanese past with the
  peppy for audiences in the know.                     come to see the brutal reality of gang membership.                                      advent of Western fashions. This is a seriously cool
                                       Mark Adams         When outside ‘Mainlanders’ look to move in on                                        gangster film which deserves exposure beyond the
                                                       the Monga gangs, lines are drawn and loyalties are                                      festival circuit.

  Red Dragonflies
  World premiere. Sing. 2010. 96mins. Dir/scr:
  Liao Jiekai
  The self-consciously arty Red Dragonflies fol-
                                                       Seven Days In                                               WORLD PREMIERE
  lows several stories all linked to memory and
  self-reflection in Singapore. It opens with a
  young woman who returns to New York as a
                                                       Heaven                                                     Tai. 2010. 93mins
                                                                                                                  Directors Essay Liu, Wang
  successful artist, though most intriguing and        REVIEWED BY MARK ADAMS                                     Yu-lin
  beautifully shot is the story — in the style of                                                                 Production company
  Stand By Me — of a group of teenagers who            Gently absurdist comedy-drama Seven Days In                Manifique Creative Media
  hike along an abandoned railway track. Direc-        Heaven features one of the most vivid opening               Production
  tor Liao Jiekai (best known for video-installa-      montages around, as a series of different characters       International sales Power
  tion work) attempts to tie together                  are introduced — ranging from a dancing Taoist              Workshop
  relationships between places and people, and         monk through to a slacker son — all to the ironic          Producer Wang Yu-lin
  succeeds on a modest level, though the film is        use of the classic Hebrew folk-song Hava Nagila.           Screenplay Essay Liu
  only likely to find a life at festivals.                 The film does contain its share of laughs, but it is     Cinematographer Fu Shih-
                                       Mark Adams      perhaps too situated in the notion of Taiwanese            ying
                                                       response to the funeral process to really succeed          Editor Wang Yu-lin
                                                       with international audiences. Equally, comedies            Main cast Wang Li-wen,
  Gallants                                             are rarely picked for highbrow film festivals, so this      Wu Tai-po, Chen Cha-
  World premiere. HK. 2010. 98mins. Dir: Derek         quirkily entertaining title may be destined for mod-       shiang, Tiger Chen, Wu
  Kwok                                                 est exposure.                                              Peng-fon                     core still retains a reverence for the concept of los-
  A broad and exhilarating kung-fu romp, Gal-             It is an unusual opening, to say the least, for a                                    ing someone who is much loved.
  lants sees two ageing martial-arts masters           Taiwanese film which tracks the seven days of                                              Co-directors Essay Liu (who also scripted and
  looking after their master who is in a coma,         mourning following the death of Lin Guo Yuan,                                           edited) and Wang Yu-lin have shot the film in a
  and trying to save their restaurant-cum-dojo         and the impact on his son Da-zhi, daughter Mei,                                         glossy, vivid style, but do not get the pacing quite
  from local toughs who are being controlled by        nephew Zhuang, sister-in-law Chin and the Tao                                           right. The energetic and amusing opening can
  ruthless developers. The fight scenes are nim-        priest overseeing the ceremony. But the opening                                         never be maintained, and it takes a while for the
  ble and amusingly staged and there are some          sequence — and subsequent use of the song —                                             characters to be introduced before they manage to
  genuine laughs along the way. Gallants is an         helps the feeling of healthy irreverence that is at the                                 bring back a playful tone into the film.
  engaging action comedy which will be                 core of the film.                                                                           The rousing Hava Nagila actually means ‘let us
  enjoyed by local audiences but is unlikely to           The funeral itself is played at times for pure                                       rejoice’, which is very much the message at the core
  make an impact elsewhere.                            laughs — we have a Taoist priest who also thinks                                        of Seven Days In Heaven: that though the seven-day
                                   Mark Adams          himself a poet, a hilarious professional weeper and                                     mourning process is a sad occasion it is also one to
                                                       a ceremony full of excessive tradition — but at the                                     celebrate the life of someone much loved.

4 Screen International at FILMART/HAF/HKIFF March 24, 2010
                                                                                                                          Thematic Conference
                  The New Wave Of                                                                                             Moderated by
                                                                                                                          Mike Goodridge, Editor
                  Computer-Generated (CG)
                  Animated Films:
                  Can Independents Compete?
                                                                                                                                 PANEl SPEAKErS:
                                                                                                                        Ms Auchara Kijkanjanas
                                                                                                                    Managing Director, Kantana Animation

                                                                                                                             Studios Co., Ltd.
                  Even while Pixar, DreamWorks and Blue Sky have been earning record revenues for


                  their CG-animated titles, independent companies around the globe have started to

                                                                                                                          Mr Curtis Augspurger
                  produce their own movies, often of a high quality and at a much lower budget.


                                                                                                                    Co-Producer, Vanguard Animation, LLC

                  This panel will examine the production and distribution market for these films. Are the                     Mr Hiroyuki Seshita
                  prices coming down for these films? Can independents seriously compete with the                            Executive Director, Casio
                  $150m-plus budgets of the major companies? Where are the production hubs which                               Entertainment, Inc.
                  can handle the animation and are they becoming more cost-effective? Will audiences
                  accept a cheaper version of animation or are they spoiled by studio films? And is there                     Mr Jonathan Kier
                                                                                                                     Senior Vice President of International
                  a long-term revenue model for CG-animated films that is more favourable than the
                                                                                                                           Affairs and Distribution,
                  prognosis for live-action films?
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Written In red                                                   Cosplay                                                             Women And Children
Hong Kong                                                        China-France                                                        First Malaysia-Japan
Dir: Koan Hui                                                    Dir: Sheng Zhimin                                                   Dir: Ho Yuhang

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       sing 3D technology, Koan Hui plans to make                       est known for the drama Bliss, which won the                        espite an increasing number of foreign directors
       Written In Red, a Hitchcockian action suspense                   Netpac award at Locarno in 2006, and the 2008                       making features set wholly in Japan — such as
       thriller infused with dream sequences and hypnosis.              documentary The Night Of An Era, about the rise                     Gaspar Noé’s Enter The Void and Isabel Coixet’s
   “The main character is a novelist who has recurring           and fall of Chinese rock ’n’ roll, Sheng Zhimin’s latest            Map Of The Sounds Of Tokyo — there is still a dearth of
dreams about murders that she writes about,” says Hui.           project is a feature adaptation of Italian author Luigi             film-makers from the rest of Asia doing so. Ho Yuhang
“She finds her stories start happening in real life. Is it a     Pirandello’s short story In Silence.                                hopes to be the first Malaysian director to do so.
copycat murderer or some kind of unexplained                        A teenage drama similar in style to Gus Van Sant’s                  Set in the present day, Women And Children First is
happening? Scenes from her dreams start to become real           Paranoid Park, the film is set in present-day Beijing               an intense crime drama about a woman whose quiet
before she’s even published the stories. And there’s a           (relocated from the original’s early 20th-century Italy)            domestic life is interrupted when a man from her criminal
detective who suspects, as she does, that her psychological      and tells the story of Xiaoyu, the 16-year-old son of the           past resurfaces. She may have to resort to murder to
disorders might be manifesting themselves into a kind of         wealthy mistress of a business tycoon.                              protect her husband, a devoted family man, and their
subconscious energy in real life.                                   While his mother is overseas, Xiaoyu starts at an                autistic child.
   “I’m a big fan of Hitchcock’s films. Spellbound, which        exclusive private boarding school, where he makes two                  Ho gained attention for his 2006 drama Rain Dogs,
had lots of dream sequences, inspired me to do this kind         good friends — his diving coach and fellow student                  which toured festivals extensively, including Toronto.
of suspense thriller using 3D to distort the scenes and          Xiaoran — but hides the fact he is gay. By night, he sneaks         Last year, his At The End Of Daybreak won the Netpac
create an altered sense of perspective.”                         out to Beijing’s gay bars to meet men, but Xiaoyu’s                 prize at Locarno and a Golden Horse award for best
   Half-Australian, half-Chinese, Hui began his career as        privileged, hedonistic life comes to an abrupt end when             supporting actress.
an assistant director to Tsui Hark and worked with him in        news comes of his mother’s death. He is forced to grow                 Women And Children First producer Kousuke Ono,
all areas of production including scriptwriting, visual          up fast with a baby brother to care for, the danger of his          president of production company Wa Entertainment, is
effects, editing and art direction on films including Once       secret being revealed, and constant harassment by                   bullish about the project’s appeal: “We just want real
Upon A Time In China, The Blade and Legend Of Zu. Hui            police interested in the powerful men who surrounded                movies in Japan again. Japanese films are becoming a
started the animation and visual-effects company Chibi           his mother.                                                         vehicle for the latest episode of TV shows.
which worked on features 2046, Sha Po Lang and Dragon               “I want to present the new faces of China, showing the              “This project is film noir, like Jean-Pierre Melville or
Tiger Gate. He is currently reworking the Written In Red         indulgence and vulnerability of teenage boys in Beijing,”           Fritz Lang.”
script to maximise the impact of 3D scenes while also            says Sheng. “In China, we haven’t seen a powerful film                 Women And Children First’s strong female lead has yet to
researching and conducting camera tests in 3D.                   about teenage reality for a long time.”                             be cast but, Ono says, the character “will be a femme fatale”.
   “Depending on funding, Written In Red may or may not             French production outfit Artline Films, which hired                 Ono has previous experience with Asian co-productions
be my first feature as a director. I have another 3D project,    Sheng on a documentary filmed in China, will be the                 such as 2008’s Tea Fight, but his ties with Malaysia go
a martial-arts fantasy set in a futuristic but ancient world,”   producer of the project and the main investor, and has so           back further. “I’ve been attending many project markets
he says.                                                         far put in half of the budget.                                      in the past five years. Yasmin [Ahmad, the late Malaysian
   His producer Fukazawa Hiroshi’s background includes              Currently in pre-production, the project will also apply         director who appeared in Rain Dogs and At The End Of
working at Media Asia (Warlords, Assembly) and directing         for Fonds Sud Cinéma in France and possibly German                  Daybreak], Yuhang and I met at Paris Cinema 2007.”
the documentary Development Hell. The latter was                 government funds from the German cultural ministry.                    Indeed, Wa Entertainment was set to produce
produced by his company GhostSoup, which focuses on                 Man-wah Luk (Floating Landscape) will serve as art               Ahmad’s Japan-set Forget-Me-Not before she died.
Asian-language films and will also produce the Chinese-          director of the film. Sheng is in talks with German                 Wa Entertainment hopes to find financing partners
language film Written In Red.                                    electronic musicians to work on the project, which is likely        and sales agents at HAF.
                                                     Jean Noh    to start shooting in the latter half of 2010.                                                                          Jason Gray

  WrItten In reD                                                   CoSPlAy                                                               Women AnD CHIlDren FIrSt
  Budget $2.5m Finance raised to date None Sales agent             Budget $900,000 Finance raised to date $450,000 Sales                 Budget $500,000 Finance raised to date None Sales agent
  None Territories pre-sold None Cast attached None                agent None Territories pre-sold None Cast attached None               None Territories pre-sold None Cast attached None

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Past love                                                        Floating lives                                                   mama Eva
Thailand-US                                                      Vietnam-Singapore                                                Hong Kong-China-Switzerland
Dir: Lee Chatametikool                                           Dir: Nguyen Phan Quang Binh                                      Dir: Kit Hung

a                                                                S                                                                m
         ward-winning editor Lee Chatametikool has worked               et in the Mekong Delta, Floating Lives centres on a                ama Eva is a musical about a menopausal Chinese
         on a series of prominent Thai films, including                 family that is torn apart by the wife’s betrayal, the              mother whose traditional values are challenged
         Aditya Assarat’s Wonderful Town and Apichatpong                husband who punishes all the women who fall for                    when she discovers not only that her son is gay, but
Weerasethakul’s Syndromes And A Century. Now he is               him as a result, and the prostitute rescued from danger by       her daughter is about to marry a black man in Europe. This
working on the script of his directorial debut, Past Love.       his son and daughter, who in turn helps them all to heal.        is Kit Hung’s second feature, following Soundless Wind
   Drawing on his experiences as a half-Thai, half-                 The film is based on the short story Boundless Ricefield      Chime, a Switzerland-China co-production which screened
American growing up in two cultures, Chatametikool will          by Vietnamese writer Nguyen Ngoc Tu, which created               at Berlin last year and sold to more than 10 territories.
tell the story of two brothers and their love interests — all    heated debate in Vietnam on publication and won several             “My last film was about a guy whose boyfriend passes
of them outsiders in both the Thai and American cultures,        literary awards. “I read it about six years ago and was          away and who goes to his home town to find out about
notably during Thailand’s pivotal years of 1985 and 1997.        shocked by it and fell in love with it,” says director Nguyen    him,” says Hung. “I experienced death five years ago and
   “I’ll be using fragments of found footage, music videos,      Phan Quang Binh, who will be at HAF looking for                  I think it’s important for a director to make a film with
TV commercials and snippets of news to show the country’s        completion funds. “There’s love, betrayal, revenge, sex,         personal experience and attachment.”
transition from an agricultural to an economic society in        violence that all happens in an exotic land far away in             Hung’s new project, which he will be taking to HAF as
1985 and the economic crash in 1997. They should tie into        Vietnam. The beauty is that it was presenting a                  a finished script, is based on his mother’s hardworking life
the characters’ personal narratives,” he says.                   philosophy of life in a very artistic way.”                      and experiences as a retiree, as well as other Hong Kong
   Mutt, the older brother, is 18 in 1985 when he leaves for        It took six years before Nguyen was able to secure            women who he is researching.
the US, and 30 when he returns to Bangkok after his              rights, but Floating Lives is now in post-production. The           “Mama Eva has a much more entertaining manner
father’s debt-motivated suicide. He discovers a box of           film stars Dustin Nguyen, one of the most successful             than my previous work,” he says. “Awkwardness, leading
recorded love letters from his ex-girlfriend Sai and listens     Vietnamese actors in Hollywood (Heaven & Earth, The              to comical moments, comes from a middle-aged woman
to them. Meanwhile, in the other room, younger brother           Rebel), and Do Thi Hai Yen, who starred in Tran Ahn              dealing with changes around her, while readers of cinema
Nic also listens in as he spies on his new co-ed neighbour.      Hung’s Vertical Ray Of The Sun and the award-winning             will be able to find other layers of meaning derived from
   “It’s about past love and lost youth, but I wanted to cut     Song Of The Stork.                                               cultural differences. The whole thing starts when Mama
through the sentimentalism to look harder at the way we             Nguyen made his feature debut co-directing Song Of            Eva finds out her daughter is about to marry a foreigner.
think about reality, and get closer to this feeling of being     The Stork, which was released in Vietnam, France, Japan          The big gap between Chinese traditional values and the
18 and 30,” says Chatametikool.                                  and the US. He has made several TV programmes,                   Western world shakes her world enormously. She starts
   The film will be shot primarily in Bangkok, with              including National Geographic documentary Love Market            to have illusions and fantasies, which are presented in
10%-15% filmed in New York. Dialogue will be in English          In The Clouds and the talent-search reality show Cung Uoc        musical scenes.”
and Thai. Chatametikool notes on the budget of                   Mo Xanh. He also executive produced The White Silk                  Hung aims to use singing and dancing to illustrate
$400,000: “Production costs in Thailand are not that             Dress, which went on to festivals such as Pusan and Turin.       the changes in the characters’ emotional states, while
high, plus I get good deals with the post-production labs           Floating Lives is produced by Vietnam Studio, which           demonstrating how “Western and Chinese cultures are
I’ve been working with over the years.”                          was behind The White Silk Dress and Song Of The Stork,           blended together, literally”.
   His producer is Anocha Suwichakornpong, whose                 and Singapore-based Mega Media, which co-produced                   A Hong Kong director living in Switzerland, Hung is
Mundane History Chatametikool also edited. At the recent         the latter. Between them, the two companies have also            producing this project with Chinese independent music
Rotterdam festival the film took the Tiger Award, while her      produced a raft of television shows and feature films.           icon Chet Lam through the Hong Kong-based Keep In
project By The Time It Gets Dark also won a Cinemart grant.                                                            Jean Noh   Touch Company.
                                                      Jean Noh                                                                                                                          Jean Noh
                                                                   FloatIng lIvES
  PaSt lovE                                                                                                                         mama Eva
                                                                   Budget $800,000 Finance raised to date $680,000 sales
  Budget $400,000 Finance raised to date $125,000 sales            agent Vietnam Media Corp Territories pre-sold None Cast          Budget $1m Finance raised to date $100,000 sales agent
  agent None Territories pre-sold None Cast attached None          attached Dustin Nguyen, Do Thi Hai Yen, Tang Thanh Ha            None Territories pre-sold None Cast attached None

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teenage Wildlife                                              the story, Wanwan has left the military and is set for music
                                                              school, still trying to escape the shadow of his parents.
China                                                            “During the Cultural Revolution, there was a whole
                                                              generation of kids engaging in a wild life because their
Dir: Li Jingyi                                                parents were busy in the political movement,” Jia explains.
                                                              “We can see this in Jiang Wen’s film In The Heat Of The
                                                              Sun. In the 1980s and 1990s, however, the parents’

      eenage Wildlife is possibly the first Chinese film to   generation was busy in an economic movement [making
      focus on the so-called descendents of the wealthy       money], leaving their children to go on a different kind
      generation — the young Chinese who inherited the        of wild life.”
wealth of their entrepreneur parents, who themselves             Jia’s Xstream Pictures has now put in one third of
became rich during the 1980s.                                 the film’s budget and will be looking for funds and
   Being a ‘descendent’ himself, Li Jingyi intends to make    co-production partners at HAF. Hong Kong
this debut feature an autobiographical, coming-of-age         cinematographer Lai Yiu-fai (2046, Infernal Affairs) is
drama, adapted from his own novel of the same name, and       likely to serve as director of photography for the project.
will add musical and road-movie elements to it. The film’s       Currently at script stage, Teenage Wildlife is scheduled
producer, renowned Chinese film-maker Jia Zhang-ke,           to start shooting in September across three Chinese cities
says he was touched by the sincerity and honesty of Li’s      — Guiyang in southwest China, Guangzhou in the south
novel and decided to help him tell his own story.             and the capital, Beijing.
   The film follows the protagonist, Wanwan, who grows
from a spoiled child into a teenage gang leader. As a young     teenage WIldlIFe
adult, he finds work in the fashion business but is soon
involved with criminals and is sent to prison. His family       Budget $1.1m Finance raised to date $366,000 sales
bail him out, then enlist him into the army where he            agent N/A Territories pre-sold N/A Cast attached N/A
struggles with a soul-destroying assignment. By the end of

                                                              Samurai                                                        the Venice film festival in 1999. His latest, Road, Movie,
                                                                                                                             travelled to the Toronto, Tokyo, Doha and Tribeca film
                                                              India-US                                                       festivals in 2009 and was featured in the Generation
                                                                                                                             section at Berlin this year.
                                                              Dir: Dev Benegal                                                  Samurai, Benegal’s most ambitious and stylistically
                                                                                                                             distinctive project to date, is at the script and fund-raising
                                                                                                                             stage. It will be produced by Benegal’s own company,

                                                                     n urban thriller set in Mumbai, Samurai is director     August Entertainment — which focuses on first-time
                                                                     Dev Benegal’s homage to Jean Pierre Melville’s          film-makers — along with US co-producers and the same
                                                                     classic thriller Le Samourai.                           creative team as Road, Movie.
                                                                 Dapper, slippery assassin Jeff DaCosta’s world turns           “This is my most ambitious and most exciting work,”
                                                              upside down when he becomes obsessed with the                  Benegal says. “I have come to where I wanted to be right
                                                              Bollywood starlet who is intended to be his next victim.       from when I left home at 18 to make movies. The world
                                                              His fascination with the actress leads him to question his     of Samurai is one I have seen up close and have been
                                                              samurai code in a film noir which explores the underbelly      in the thick of both worlds — Bollywood and the
                                                              of Mumbai and the world of Bollywood through the               underworld. The Mumbai of Samurai is a world no-one
                                                              conflict faced by a hitman.                                    has been to before.”
                                                                 “Samurai is a Mumbai noir film and homage to Le                                                        Udita Jhunjhunwala
                                                              Samourai which influenced me greatly when I first moved
                                                              to Mumbai as a teenager to make movies,” says Benegal.           SamuraI
                                                              The director made his debut with English, August in 1994,
                                                              which is considered a pioneering work of the                     Budget $4.5m Finance raised to date $3.375m sales agent

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  Tony Jaa’s Ong Bak 3                                                                               Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Uncle
                                                                                                     Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

Poised to strike
Thai films are scoring at home and overseas. Jean Noh looks at some of the hottest titles from Thailand coming in 2010

          ver the past decade, the Thai produc-         Sahamongkol also has Jaa’s martial-arts                                                 Can Recall His Past Lives, about a man dying of
          tion sector has found its feet, picking    movie Ong Bak 3 set for release in May. “We                                                kidney failure who meets with ghosts. “We’re
          up international sales with its edgy       expect the local box office to be huge as well as                                           working towards the Cannes deadline but it’s
          action and horror titles, garnering        international sales,” says Gilbert Lim, executive                                          really a question of when it’s ready,” says Simon
major festival attention with its arthouse films      vice-president at Sahamongkol.                                                             Field, producer at Illuminations Films. “We
and scoring hits at the local box office with com-                                                                                               want to make sure we get the film Apichatpong
edies and romances.                                  From action to comedy                                                                      wants to make.”
   “You can call the film business an industry        Another anticipated film is Sasanatieng’s The                                                  Budgeted in the region of $813,000
now,” says producer and director Yongyoot            Red Eagle, an action project starring Ananda                                               (¤600,000), the film is being sold by The Match
Thongkongtoon, who is head of the interna-           Everingham set for release in the second half of                                           Factory. As with many Thai arthouse films, the
tional department at Thai studio GTH. “As in         2010. Five Star is handling the film in a slate                                             film has received support from overseas funds
most countries, Hollywood films have a bigger         that also includes thriller Slice — written by                                             — France’s Fonds Sud, the World Cinema Fund
market share, but you can expect at least two to     Sasanatieng and directed by Kongkiat Komesiri.                                             and the Hubert Bals Fund.
three big Thai films each year.”                      Slice screened in Rotterdam and is playing at the        ‘You can call the                    “There’s a positive trend of younger film-
   The success of local films at the box office is
spurring the industry: last year Thailand saw 30
                                                     Hong Kong International Film Festival. Five
                                                     Star also has hit romantic comedy My Valentine
                                                                                                              film business an                  makers operating outside the dominant com-
                                                                                                                                                mercial cinema,” says Field, also former director
million admissions for a total box office of         and Boonchoo 10, the tenth film in the Boonchoo       industry now. You                     of the International Film Festival Rotterdam.
$106.4m (BAHT3.5bn). Local hits were led by          franchise which has so far generated more than       can expect at least                      Part of the new generation following Pen-Ek
Bangkok Traffic Love Story, which took $4.4m,
and Phobia 2, which took $3.3m. Both were pro-
                                                     $10m (BAHT300m).
                                                        GTH has the heartwarming The Little Come-
                                                                                                          two or three big Thai                 Ratanaruang and Weerasethakul, Aditya
                                                                                                                                                Assarat’s Wonderful Town made a strong debut
duced and distributed by GTH.                        dian (pictured below) and a romance from             films each year’                      at Pusan in 2007. The film subsequently picked
   “Thai box office has picked up and the quality     Banjong Pisanthanakun, one of the co-directors       Yongyoot Thongkongtoon,               up the Tiger Award at Rotterdam and was sold
of the pictures has gone up, too,” says Robert Li,   of Shutter, Thailand’s top-grossing local film       GTH                                   by Memento Films to around 30 territories.
director of marketing and distribution, interna-     of 2004.                                                                                   Assarat is currently editing his next feature,
tional business development at Bangkok-based            Set up in 2006, Oriental Eyes has started                                               High Society, with hopes to be ready for Cannes.
producer-seller Oriental Eyes. “The last 10 years    work with Hong Kong-based Media Asia on                                                    The $350,000 film has also received support
was about the re-emergence of Thai film. The         the international sales of the horror road                                                 from the Hubert Bals Fund, Torino Film Lab,
next 10 years is about new content; cosmopolitan     movie 9 Temples and the virus thriller My                                                  Switzerland’s Vision Sud-Ouest and the Sun-
films that will also work with local audiences.”      Best Bodyguard.                                                                            dance Film Lab. It was also in the Hong Kong
   Anticipated projects for 2010 include new            Phranakorn Film’s slate includes Bang Rajan                                             Asian Film Financing Forum (HAF) and Paris
films from Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Wisit           2, due out March 25 and the snake horror film                                               Project. Memento Films is handling sales.
Sasanatieng, Tony Jaa and the final instalment of     The Intruder starring Akara Amarttayakul,                                                     Another up-and-coming director to watch,
Prince Chatrichalerm Yukol’s epic historical         due in April.                                                                              Anocha Suwichakornpong, won the Tiger Award
series. Previous films in the run, such as 2001’s                                                                                                at Rotterdam this year with her Mundane His-
Suriyothai, have been box-office hits at home        The arthouse dimension                                                                     tory and a CineMart grant with her project By
and sold well for producer-distributor Sahamon-      On the arthouse side, Weerasethakul —                                                      The Time It Gets Dark. She is producing Past Love
gkol Film International. The latest, The Legend      whose Tropical Malady won the jury                                                         — featured at HAF — to be directed by Lee
Of King Naresuan, is set for release in Thailand     prize at Cannes in 2004 — is editing                                                       Chatametikool. Mundane History is also screen-
at the end of the year.                              his upcoming Uncle Boonmee Who                                       The Little Comedian   ing here in Hong Kong.

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9:45AM                                                                                                                                                         woman in a shopping
tIme traveLLer, tHe GIrL                                                                                                                                       centre and finding out
WHo LeaPt tHrouGH                                                                                                                                              that she is married to
tIme                                                                                                                                                           another man, intrigue
(Japan) Drama, sci-                                                                                                                                            turns into obsession.
fi, 122mins. Pictures                                                                                                                                          Meeting Room N202-N203,
Dept Co. Dir: Masaaki                                                                                                                                          HKCEC
Taniguchi. Key cast:
Riisa Naka, Akiyoshi
Nakao, Narumi Yasuda.                                                                                                                                          ecLIPSe
Theatre 2, HKCEC                                                                                                                                               (China) Documentary,
                                                                                                                                                               70mins. Dir: Hao
                                                                                                                                                               Zhou, Feng Wang,
tHe actreSSeS                                                                                                                                                  Cong Huang, Jia Sun,
(South Korea) 104mins.                                                                                                                                         Fangfang Ma, Songping
Showbox/Mediaplex Inc.                                                                                                                                         Yao, Huaqing Jin, Fei
Dir: E J Yong. Key cast:                                                                                                                                       Yan, Miaoyuan Long.
Choi Ji-wo, Ko Hyun-                                                                                                                                           A series of short docs
jung, Kim Ok-bin.                                                                                                                                              which try to capture and
Unfolds during a                                                                                                                                               record the influence the
Christmas Eve ‘Vogue’                                                                                                                                          global economic slump
photo shoot and allows                                                                                                                                         has on people in all walks
the stars to lead the                                                                                                                                          of life and how they
story. Subtle rivalries        12:00PM                                                                                                                         reacted towards it.
are revealed within a                                                                     Parade                           delightful girlfriend and           Meeting Room N111-N112,
nuanced dynamic that           BodyGuardS &               drama which wraps               (Japan) 118mins.                 lunch every day at Sofia            HKCEC
is created largely by the      aSSaSSInS                  actual historical intrigue      Showgate Inc. Dir:               and Martial’s family
performers in an often         (China) 138mins.           within a fictionalised          Isao Yukisada. Key               restaurant with a perfect
hilarious exploration of       We Distribution.           martial-arts world.             cast: Tatsuya Fujiwara,          sea view. So when Sofia             8000 mILeS
celebrity that never gets      Dir: Teddy Chen.           It begins with Sun              Karina, Shihori Kanjiya.         tells Armand that Zapetti,          (Japan) Comedy, drama,
dull regardless of the lack    Key cast: Donnie Yen,      Yat-sen’s visit to the          Meeting Room N101A,              a property developer with           80mins. Dongyu Club
of plot.                       Wang Xueqi, Tong           fragrant harbour to             HKCEC                            mafia connections, is               & IN. Dir: Yu Irie.
Agnes b. CINEMA! Hong          Leung Ka-fai.              meet with the apolitical                                         putting the squeeze on her          Key cast: Ryusuke
Kong Arts Centre               Early 20th century         tycoon Li and other             tHe red SHoeS                    to sell up, he is horrified.        Komakine, Mihiro,
                               Hong Kong is lavishly      revolutionaries.                (Philippines) Romantic           Theatre 1, HKCEC                    Shingo Mizusawa.
arena                          recreated in this period   Theatre 1, HKCEC                drama, 105mins. Unico                                                A comedy about a small
(Austria) Documentary,                                                                    Entertainment Inc. Dir:          yeLLoW SHeeP rIver                  group of hip-hop fans
105mins. Films                                                                            Raul Jorolan. Key cast:          (Taiwan) Documentary,               who live in the suburbs
Distribution. Dir: Gunter     tHe emPeror’S treaSure          that will safeguard their   Marvin Agustin, Nikki            94mins. Joint                       outside of Tokyo but
Schwaiger.                    cHeStS                          future and reunite the      Gil.                             Entertainment                       dream of some day
Follows the difficult         (Taiwan) Documentary,           family.                     In 1986, 10-year old Lucas       International Inc.                  becoming famous
struggle of some young        26mins. Dir: Alain              Meeting Room N104-N105,     Munozca catches sight            Dir: Liu Soung.                     rappers, even though they
apprentices and brings        Jaubert.                        HKCEC                       of the First Lady’s 3,000        This is a documentary               are rather dorky and
the viewer into contact       In China, during the                                        pairs of shoes and steals        consisting of 19 scenes             untalented.
with all the facets of        Qianlong reign (1736-           Le Grand cHeF 2: kImcHI     a lovely red pair. He gives      of rural life, brought              Meeting Room N211-N212,
the bullfighting world.       95) of the Qing dynasty,        BattLe                      one shoe to his childhood        together by a blind singer,         HKCEC
Travelling through            the emperor often               (South Korea) Drama,        sweetheart, while he gives       with no narratives,
Spain, France, Portugal       ordered craftsmen to            119mins. M-Line             the other to his widowed         no subtitles, no                    BodyGuardS &
and Colombia, we meet         produce miniatures of           Distribution. Dir: Baek     mother. In 2006, Lucas is        traditional storytelling,           aSSaSSInS
pupils and maestros           his favourite pieces of         Dong-hoon. Key cast:        stuck with his past, unable      no protagonists or                  See box, above left
from the bullfighting         art, making it convenient       Kim Jung-eun, Jin Goo.      to move on from losing the       antagonists, only the
schools, banderilleros,       for him to take them out        The Korean government       love of his life.                details of farmers’                 GaSP
bullfighting managers,        and enjoy. These chests,        holds a nationwide          Meeting Room N209-N210,          everyday lives. Yellow              (China) Comedy, drama,
impresarios and the great     commonly called ‘curio          ‘Kimchi Contest’ to         HKCEC                            Sheep River is a                    90mins. All Rights
figures.                      boxes’, were meant to           reaffirm its position as                                     small rural village in              Entertainment. Dir:
Meeting Room N109-N110,       store small ancient and         the originator of Kimchi    tHe roBBerS                      northwestern China.                 Zheng Zhong. Key cast:
HKCEC                         contemporary treasures.         in Asia. Jang-eun, who      (Germany) 97mins.                Meeting Room N204-N205,             John Savage, Ge You, Liu
                              Meeting Room N111-N112,         is a famed chef in Japan,   Action Concept                   HKCEC                               Hua.
BoyS on tHe run               HKCEC                           comes back to Korea to      Meeting Room N211-N212,                                              Texas businessman Frank
(Japan) Comedy, drama,                                        pull down the Korean        HKCEC                            Zoom HuntInG                        needs a break from his
114mins. Pictures Dept        From tIme to tIme               restaurant run by her                                        (Taiwan) 87mins. Good               past. Divorced, middle-
Co. Dir: Daisuke Miurai.      (UK) Children’s,                mother.                     tHe WHIStLer                     Films Workshop. Dir:                aged and on the brink
Key cast: Kazunobu            96mins. Ealing Studios          Meeting Room N201B,         (France) Comedy,                 Cho Li. Key cast: Ning              of losing his estranged
Mineta, Ryuhei Matsuda.       International. Dir:             HKCEC                       88mins. EuropaCorp.              Chang, Zhu Zhi-ying.                daughter Hanna to
A coming-of-age comedy        Julian Fellowes. Key                                        Dir: Philippe Lefebvre.          Ruyi, a fashion magazine            drugs, Frank’s vision of
based on the popular          cast: Maggie Smith,             tHe HIGH LIFe               Key cast: Francois               photographer, lives with            a better future is in the
comic (manga) from            Timothy Spall, Carice           (China) 96mins. Lantern     Berleand, Thierry                her elder sister Ruxing,            south of Spain, where he
Hanazawa Kengo about          Van Houten.                     Films China. Dir: Zhao      Lhermitte, Virginie              a detective story author.           can reconnect with his
Tanishi, a 29-year-old        A young boy is sent to          Dayon. Key cast: Shen       Efira.                           When Ruyi inadvertently             daughter and heal what
cherry boy who works as a     stay with his estranged         Shaoqiu, Qiu Hong, Liu      Cannes, the French               photographs a couple                is left of his family.
‘toy capsules salesman’.      grandmother in their            Yanfei.                     Riviera. Armand Teillard         making passionate love,             Meeting Room N109-N110,
Meeting Room N101B,           ancestral home, where he        Meeting Room N102-N103,     is happy with life — a           she becomes intrigued.              HKCEC
HKCEC                         solves an age-old mystery       HKCEC                       busy store downtown, a           After running into the

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One Day                           St trInIan’S 2: tHe           12:30PM                      tHe lOSt SamarItan             Keisuke Koide, Ryo            Key cast: Zach Galligan,
(Taiwan) 93mins.                  legenD OF FrIttOn’S           HarmOny                      (Germany) 90mins.              Katsuji, Go Ayano.            Danielle Lloyd, Simon
Strawberry Time Films.            gOlD                          (South Korea) Comedy,        Action Concept.                Drawing influence from        Phillips.
Dir: Hou Chi-jan. Key             (UK) Action/adventure,        drama, 115mins. CJ           Meeting room n209-n210,        the street musicians of       A movie shot in one
cast: Nikki Hsieh, Bryan          100mins. Ealing Studios       Entertainment Inc. Dir:      HkCeC                          Miyagi, high-school           continuous take, giving a
Chang, Gwen Yao.                  International. Dir:           Kang Dae-gyu. Key cast:                                     students Takumi, Kyohei,      claustrophobic real-time
Nikki Hsieh and Bryan             Oliver Parker, Barnaby        Kim Yun-jin, NA Moon-        QuattrO HOng kOng              Shuuto, Kazuo and             tension as the horror
Chang are lovers who              Thompson. Key cast:           hee, Kang Ye-won.            (Hong Kong) 80mins.            Yuuki form a band             unfolds. A group of
span time and space in            Rupert Everett, Colin         Inmates at a women’s         Brand Hong Kong                and spend all their free      friends, fearing an urban
Hou Chi-jan’s dreamlike           Firth, David Tennant.         prison form a choir. Mun-    Management Office,             time practising for their     legend, are terrorised by
romance. Known best for           The anarchic schoolgirls      ok, previously a music       Information Services           school’s upcoming festival.   masked killers at a remote
his Taiwanese exploitation        are on the hunt for           professor, is assigned the   Department of HKSARG.          However, when the festival    English cottage.
cinema documentary                Fritton’s lost treasure.      role of conductor. Four      Dir: Clara Law, Fruit          is abruptly cancelled, they   Meeting room n204-n205,
Taiwan Black Movies,              Meeting room n104-n105,       years pass and the prison    Chan, Herman Yau,              come up with a dimwitted      HkCeC
Hou starts his typically          HkCeC                         choir performs in the        Heiward Mak.                   strategy to fake a bomb
whimsical and Taiwanese                                         national women’s choir       Four Hong Kong directors       threat and force the          kj
love story with a girl’s          tangle                        contest.                     come together in a             principal to change his       (Hong Kong)
recurring dream about             (China) 77mins.               Meeting room n201a,          common prayer for their        mind.                         Documentary, 90mins.
an unknown boy trying             Yoho Film. Dir: Liu           HkCeC                        beloved city.                  Meeting room n104-n105,       Dir: King-wai Cheung.
to communicate across a           Yonghong. Key cast: Qi                                     Meeting room n109-n110,        HkCeC                         A biography of a Hong
distance.                         Dao, Hou Bing, Zhang          runnIng turtle               HkCeC                                                        Kong musical genius. At
agnes b. CineMa! Hong             Yingmin.                      (South Korea) 112mins.                                      tajOmaru                      the age of 11, KJ
kong arts Centre                  Tangle opens and ends         Meeting room n101a,          rOck On                        (Canada) Action/              won the Best Pianist
                                  with a car crash. In          HkCeC                        (Taiwan) Musical,              adventure, 128mins.           prize and went to the
tHe Outlaw                        between, it explores the                                   94mins. Dot-                   Bogeydom licensing.           Czech Republic to perform
(South Korea) Action/             complex life of a jaded                                    Shine Digimedia                Dir: Hiroyuki Nakano.         with a professional
adventure, Horror,                patrol officer in smalltown   8000 mIleS 2 gIrlS           Communication.                 Key cast: Shun Oguri.         orchestra. Touching
120mins. Finecut Co.              China. Married and            raPPer                       Dir: Lawrence Ah               Whoever kills Tajomaru        on subjects such as the
Dir: Kim Chul-han. Key            soon to be a father           (Japan) Comedy, drama,       Mon. Key cast: Ling-           inherits his name, status     meaning of life, God and
cast: Karm Woo-Sung,              but estranged from his        95mins. Dongyu Club          feng Guo, La Reine,            and sword.                    the artistic process, the
Jang Shin-young.                  Christian mother, Du Jun      & Inc. Dir: Yu Irie. Key     Chan-wei Lin.                  Meeting room n101B,           director’s conversations
Detective Jung-soo faces          is a man who struggles        cast: Sakura Ando, Maho      Johnny is a former             HkCeC                         with KJ over six years
the victims of brutal             with his conscience. But      Yamada, Fumi Sakurai.        superstar looking to make                                    reveal a young man
murders who were killed           the past begins to haunt      Sequel to youth hip-hop      a comeback.                                                  inspired by his music
for no reason, which              him when he meets his ex,     movie 8000 Miles.            Meeting room n202-n203,        au revOIr taIPeI              teacher and his conflicts
makes him outraged.               Yang Min. Her brother, a      Meeting room n211-n212,      HkCeC                          see box, below                with his peers and
During the investigation          new recruit on the police     HkCeC                                                                                     parents.
he meets Ji-hyun, the only        team, becomes a pivotal                                    Surely SOmeDay                 cut                           Meeting room n111-n112,
survivor, and marries her.        character who makes Du        a SIngIng FaIry              (Canada) Comedy,               (UK) Horror, 75mins.          HkCeC
But they cannot escape            Jun realise the mistakes he   (China) Romantic             drama, 110mins. Dir:           Left Film Sales.
from her tragic past. One         has made.                     drama, 100mins.              Shun Oguri. Key cast:          Dir: Alexander Williams.
day, Jung-soo’s partner,          Meeting room n102-n103,       China Film Promotion
So-young, arrives at the          HkCeC                         International. Dir: Zhu
crime scene where she                                           Feng. Key cast: Alec Su,
finds Jung-soo crying out                                       Eva Huang.
in sorrow with his wife           reSt OF lIFeS                 Meeting room n102-n103,
and daughter in his arms          (China) 90mins. Dir:          HkCeC
after they are viciously          Liuchang.
murdered.                         In the ruins after the        tHe emPerOr’S treaSure
Meeting room n204-n205,           Sichuan earthquake of         cHeStS
HkCeC                             May 2008, victims need        (Taiwan) Documentary,
                                  to face their new life.       26mins. Dir: Alain
PrImal                            Rest Of Lifes depicts the     Jaubert.
(Australia) Action/               people in the disaster zone   Meeting room n111-n112,
adventure, 85mins. AV             looking for their jobs,       HkCeC
Pictures. Dir: Josh Reed.         housing, marriage as well
Key cast: Zoe Tuckwell-           as spiritual support… life    tHe Hunter
Smith, Wil Traval, Krew           still goes on.                (Iran) 92mins. The
Boylan.                           Meeting room n111-n112,       Match Factory. Dir: Rafi
Six friends set out on a          HkCeC                         Pitts. Key cast: Rafi
field trip into a remote                                        Pitts, Mitra Hajjar, Ali
wilderness area but when          Secret reunIOn                Nicksaulat.
one of them takes a dip           (South Korea) Drama,          A timely commentary on
in the waterhole she soon         116mins. Showbox. Dir:        the recent tumultuous
becomes feverish. The girl        Jang Hun. Key cast:           elections in Iran. The        2:30PM
regresses to a predatory,         Song Kang-Ho, Gang            Hunter depicts the
primal state and begins to        Dong-Won.                     exasperation and fury         au revOIr taIPeI                             wannabe thug and his henchmen, a
hunt her friends.                 Depicts an unusual            that has culminated after     (Taiwan) 85mins. Beta Cinema.                bookshop worker and a cop with a
Meeting room n209-n210,           friendship between            30 years of the Islamic       Dir: Arvin Chen. Key cast: Jack Yao,         broken heart cross paths on one Taipei
HkCeC                             Ji-won and South Korean       Revolution.                   Amber Kuo, Joseph Chang.                     evening which changes their fates and
                                  intelligence agent Han-       agnes b. CineMa! Hong         Love makes us do strange things. A           fortunes, possibly forever.
                                  gyu.                          kong arts Centre              lovesick teen, a retiring gangster, a        Theatre 2, HkCeC
                                  Theatre 2, HkCeC
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Golden Slumber                                                                                                                                        Dir: Gordon Chan.
(Japan) 139mins. CJ                                                                                                                                   Meeting Room N104-N105,
Entertainment Inc. Dir:                                                                                                                               HKCEC
Nakamura Yoshihiro.
Key cast: Sakai Masato,                                                                                                                               PHIlIPPIne anImatIon
Takeuchi Yuko, Yoshioka                                                                                                                               ProGram
Hidetaka.                                                                                                                                             (Philippines) Action/
In this adaptation of                                                                                                                                 adventure, animation,
Isaka Kotaro’s award-                                                                                                                                 65mins. Animation
winning novel, a young                                                                                                                                Council of The
courier, Aoyagi, is framed                                                                                                                            Philippines.
for the assassination of                                                                                                                              The best of Animahenasyon
the prime minister of                                                                                                                                 2007-09.
Japan.                                                                                                                                                Meeting Room N204-N205,
Meeting Room N201A,                                                                                                                                   HKCEC

laSt CHanCe mumbaI
(India) Drama, 105mins.
High Point Media
Group. Dir: Saeed Akhat.
Key cast: Purab Kohli,                                                                                                                                 thursday 25
Amrita Arora, Rajat
Kapoor.                        4:30PM
Twenty-four hours is a                                                                      burma Vj — rePortInG        adventurous young              9:45aM
long time in Mumbai.           CaterPIllar                 husband returns as a             From a CloSed Country       woman, born from an           au reVoIr taIPeI
Anything can happen.           (Japan) 85mins. Dir:        highly decorated war             (Denmark)                   old, Catholic family, who,    (Taiwan) 85mins. Beta
Anyone can change. From        Wakamatsu Koji. Key         veteran, but he has lost         Documentary, 85mins.        in her teens, falls in love   Cinema. Dir: Arvin
lowly thief to wealthy         cast: Shinobu Terajima,     all his limbs. Shocked           Dir: Anders Ostergaard.     with a female teacher         Chen. Key cast: Jack
playboy, the modern lives      Shima Ohnishi, Ken          and horrified at the             Acclaimed film-maker        named Sybil. Devastated       Yao, Amber Kuo, Joseph
of the bustling city pass      Yoshizawa.                  ‘caterpillar’, Shigeko is        Anders Ostergaard brings    by her lover’s eventual       Chang.
by each other, clash and       Set during the Second       expected to fulfill her          us close to Burma’s video   suicide, some years later,    Theatre 2, HKCEC
mingle. And all the time,      World War, Shigeko          duty as a wife and as a          journalists who insist on   George embarks on an
everyone is looking for        is a lieutenant’s wife      subject of the Emperor.          keeping up the flow of      exciting and reckless         Quattro HonG konG
just one last chance.          who lives simply in a       Meeting Room N101B,              news from their closed      journey to the depths of      (Hong Kong) 80mins.
Meeting Room N201B,            farming village. Her        HKCEC                            country despite risking     Paris’ Pigalle nightlife,     Brand Hong Kong
HKCEC                                                                                       torture and jail.           circa 1960.                   Management Office,
                                                                                            Meeting Room N111-N112,     Meeting Room N109-N110,       Information Services
manIla SkIeS                  When ambitious James            using overhead cables to      HKCEC                       HKCEC                         Department of HKSARG.
(Hong Kong) Drama,            discovers reels of an           cross the river. His mother                                                             Dir: Clara Law, Fruit
                                                                                            4:30PM                      5:00PM
99mins. PelikulaRed           unfinished video nasty, he      insists Wawa only cross                                                                 Chan, Herman Yau,
— Raymond Red. Dir:           decides to launch his own       the river in his father’s     break uP Club               FISH Story                    Heiward Mak.
Raymond Red. Key cast:        film-making career by           company, but his father       (Hong Kong) 104mins.        (Japan) 112mins.              Four Hong Kong directors
Raul Arellano, John           completing the movie. He        seldom returns home.          Golden Scene Company.       Theatre 1, HKCEC              come together for a
Arcilla, Ronnie Lazaro.       documents his progress          Meeting Room N102-N103,       Dir: Barbara Wong. Key                                    common prayer to their
Based on a true event,        in a video diary, within        HKCEC                         cast: Fiona Sit, Jaycee                                   beloved city.
this is the astounding        this mock-documentary,                                        Chan.                       aPart toGetHer                Meeting Room N111-N112,
story of a lone deranged      revealing his increasingly                                    Bubbly, bouncy, buoyant,    (Taiwan) 93mins.              HKCEC
hijacker pushed to the        sinister and obsessive          a day at tHe beaCH            and so sad, Barbara         Lightshades Productions
edge of survival by the       efforts to resurrect the        (France) Comedy,              Wong juggles a mixed        Dir: Wang Quanan.
oppression of modern day      ‘cursed’ film.                  drama, 84mins. All            bag of styles including     Meeting Room N109-N110,       aFter all tHeSe yearS
society in the Philippines.   Meeting Room N204-N205,         Rights Entertainment.         mockumentary and DIY        HKCEC                         (China) 100mins. Dir:
Raul is a desperate, lowly    HKCEC                           Dir: Simon Hesera.            video and conjures up a                                   Lam Kah Wai. Key cast:
worker moving from                                            Key cast: Lily Bacberg,       near-perfect teen romance   romantIC Heart                Massa Dazhong, Gouzi,
one job to the next, later    SIx SISterS In tHe War          Benny Bundgaard, Mark         building on the skeletal    (China) 90mins.               He Wenchao.
joining an amateur gang       (China) Drama, 92mins.          Burns.                        premises of boy gets        China Film Promotion          Malaysian-born Lim
in a wayward heist.           Beijing Anteaeus Film           In Denmark, young             dumped, boy wins back       International. Dir: Yimin     Kah Wai, a Beijing
Meeting Room N202-N203,       Co. Dir: Wang Ping.             Winnie and her uncle go       girl and boy gets dumped    Xiang.                        Film Academy graduate,
HKCEC                         Meeting Room N211-N212,         out on a rainy morning.       painfully.                  Meeting Room N102-N103,       takes his role as an
                              HKCEC                           It all sounds innocent        Theatre 2, HKCEC            HKCEC                         outsider and makes it
tHe PerFeCt HIdeout                                           but Bernie is both an                                                                   relevant in this strange,
(Germany) 92mins.             WalkInG to SCHool               alcoholic and something       CaterPIllar                 FloWerS                       absorbing debut feature.
Action Concept.               (China) Children’s,             of a rogue, although          See box, above              (China) Romantic              The story is divided into
Meeting Room N209-N210,       drama, 92mins. China            Winnie thinks he is                                       drama, 90mins. China          two parts, and they
HKCEC                         Film Promotion                  wonderful. Well she is a      GIGola                      Film Promotion                both revolve around the
                              International. Dir: Peng        child, after all. Bernie      (France) Drama,             International. Dir:           arrival of a young man
reSurreCtInG tHe              Jiahuang. Key cast: Jing        and Winnie discover the       60mins. Wide                Hilzati. Key cast: Ruza.      in town.
Street Walker                 Jiali, Ana Muling.              charms of the Danish          Management. Dir: Laure      Meeting Room N211-N212,       Meeting Room N104-N105,
(UK) Horror, 82mins.          Wawa, a seven-year-             seaside.                      Charpentier. Key cast:      HKCEC                         HKCEC
Left Film Sales. Dir:         boy of Lisu nationality,        Meeting Room N104-N105,       Lou Doillon, Eduardo
Ozgur Uyanik. Key             admires his elder sister,       HKCEC                         Noriega, Marisa Paredes.    tHe kInG oF FIGHterS          FIre oF ConSCIenCe
cast: James Powell, Tom       Naxiang, who goes to                                          The story of George,        (Tai) 95mins. Double          (Hong Kong) 96mins.
Shaw.                         school with her friends,                                      a charismatic and           Edge Entertainment.           Media Asia Distribution.

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Dir: Dante Lam. Key              Meeting room n101B,           Dir: E J Yong. Key cast:      with his conscience. But        is given permission for the
cast: Leon Lai, Rickie           HkCeC                         Choi Ji-wo, Ko Hyun-          the past begins to haunt        first time to travel to the
Jen, Wang Baoqiang.                                            jung, Kim Ok-bin.             him when he meets his ex,       mainland.
                                  11:00AM                                                                                                                    editorial office: room g202,
Man Fong is a streetwise                                       Theatre 1, HkCeC              Yang Min.                       Meeting room n109-n110,
                                                                                                                                                             second floor, Hong kong
cop of few words who             karaoke                                                     Meeting room n109-n110,         HkCeC                           convention and exhibition
gets things done with his        (Malaysia) 72mins.            ant cIty                      HkCeC                                                           centre, 1 expo drive, wan chai,
                                                                                                                              2:15PM                         Hong kong
fists. Inspector Ji is the       agnes b. CineMa! Hong         (China) 83mins. Dir:
                                                                                             12:30PM                                                         Filmart stand: 1m27
smart careerist cop in           kong arts Centre              Gao Wendong. Key cast:                                        caterpIllar
a suit and a fancy car.                                        Wu Man, Ba Chu, Lin           one day                         (Japan) 85mins. Dir:
A murder case brings                                           Zhuang.                       see box, below                  Wakamatsu Koji. Key
them together, and the           motHer IS a wHore             Sweet Food City director                                      cast: Shinobu Terajima,         tel (852) 2582 8959
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inspector’s helping hand         (South Korea) 95mins.         Gao Wendong returns                                           Shima Ohnishi, Ken
slowly wins over Man             SeungAmKwan film              with another absorbing        Seven dayS In Heaven            Yoshizawa.                      Mike Goodridge
Fong. But when things            Factory. Dir: Lee             reverie on lost souls         (Taiwan) 93mins. Power          Theatre 1, HkCeC                contributing editor (asia)
                                                                                                                                                             Liz Shackleton
go seriously wrong               Sangwoo. Key cast: Lee        who pursue impossible         Workshop. Dir: Essay
                                                                                                                              2:30PM                         reviews editor
with weapons of mass             Sang-woo, Lee Young-rae       dreams within the city        Liu, Wang Yu lin. Key
                                                                                                                                                             Mark Adams
destruction from China           Sang, Kwan Bum-tack.          of Dalian. An-An seems        cast: Wang Li-Wen, Wu           ampHetamIne
and lots of dead local cops,     The title does not lie        to have a good life:          Peng-Fon, Chen Cha-             (Hong Kong) 97mins.             Jean Noh
Man Fong wonders if he           in this remarkably            material goods, a nice        Shiang, Tiger Chen.             Artwalker. Dir: Scud.           researcher
shouldn’t have trusted his       transgressive drama. Like     apartment and a silent        Lin Guo Yuan has just           Key cast: Byron Pang,           Sen-lun Yu
first instincts about Ji.        a more naturalistic and       boyfriend. But soon, it is    died. Over the seven days       Thomas Price, Winnie            group head of production
Theatre 1, HkCeC                 demented Korean version       revealed she is supported     of the Taoist mourning          Leung.                          and art
                                 of Todd Solondz, film-        by an older lover, a real-    ritual which follows, the       Depicts the tempestuous         Mark Mowbray
tHe HIgH lIFe                    maker Lee Sang-woo has        estate general manager        impact on his son Da-zhi,       romance between Kafka,          Sub-editors
(China) 96mins. Lantern          created a truly perverse      named Lin.                    daughter Mei, nephew            a poor but young and            Medina Lau, Paul Lindsell
Films China. Dir: Zhao           universe of characters,       Meeting room n104-n105,       Zhuang, sister-in-law           well-sculpted swimming          translator
Dayon. Key cast: Shen            from incestuous siblings      HkCeC                         Chin and Yi, the priest         instructor, and Daniel, a       Arthur Chin
Shaoqiu, Qiu Hong, Liu           and religious fanatics to                                   overseeing the ceremony is      wealthy and equally toned       Screenings
                                                                                                                                                             Kelly Gibbens, Oliver Bone
Yanfei.                          a son who pimps his own       tangle                        explored as each reflects       finance executive. Kafka
Tracks the course of             mother.                       (China) 77mins.               on their relationship with      is tormented by a dark          photographer
                                                                                                                                                             Andrew Ross,
several lives as they live       Meeting room n111-n112,       Yoho Film. Dir: Liu           the dead man.                   history and an addiction
                                                                                                                                                             group editor
anything but that. Jian          HkCeC                         Yonghong. Key cast: Qi        Meeting room n111-n112,         to narcotics, and
                                                                                                                                                             Conor Dignam
Ming is a petty con artist                                     Dao, Hou Bing, Zhang          HkCeC                           eventually the couple’s
scamming money out                                             Yingmin.                                                      difference in sexuality
of naive new arrivals to         monga                         Tangle opens and ends                                         sets off the young man’s        tel (44) 7595 646 541
the city — such as Xiao          (Taiwan) 140mins.             with a car crash. In          apart togetHer                  downward spiral.
                                                                                                                                                             International advertising
Ya, an optimist who falls        Distribution Workshop.        between, it explores the      (China) 93mins.                 Theatre 2, HkCeC                manager
victim to his scheme.            Dir: Doze Niu.                complex life of a jaded       Lightshades                                                     Andrew Dixon
                                                                                                                              3:00PM                         (44) 7595 646 541
Meeting room n109-n110,          Theatre 2, HkCeC              patrol officer in smalltown   Productions. Dir: Wang
HkCeC                                                          China. Married and            Quanan. Key cast:               a warrIor and tHe wolF          International sales
                                  12:00PM                                                                                                                    consultant
                                                               soon to be a father           Lisa Lu, Ling Feng, Xu          (Hong Kong) 110mins.
10:30AM                                                                                                                                                      Ingrid Hammond
                                 tHe actreSSeS                 but estranged from his        Caigen.                         Meeting room n101B,             (852) 6024 2518,
a Brand new lIFe                 (South Korea) 104mins.        Christian mother, Du Jun      Centres on a veteran            HkCeC                           (39) 348 5165 631
(South Korea) 92mins.            Showbox/Mediaplex Inc.        is a man who struggles        Kuomintang soldier who
                                                                                                                                                             production manager
                                                                                                                             tHe Storm warrIor II            David Cumming
                                                                                                                             (Hong Kong) 110mins.            Festival manager
                                                                                                                             agnes b. CineMa! Hong           Mai Le
                                                                                                                             kong arts Centre
                                                                                                                                                             Senior commercial director
                                                                                                                              4:15PM                         Alison Pitchford
                                                                                                                             otouto (aBout Her               events and project manager
                                                                                                                             BrotHer)                        Laura Woodland
                                                                                                                             (Japan) 126mins. Dir:           marketing
                                                                                                                                                             Vicky Priest, Claire Hyland
                                                                                                                             Yamada Yoji. Shochiku
                                                                                                                             Co. Key cast: Yoshinaga
                                                                                                                             Sayuri, Shofukutei              printer
                                                                                                                                                             Farmer Printing Fty Ltd, Unit
                                                                                                                             Tsurube, Yu Aoi.                401-2, 406-7 and 415, 4/F,
                                                                                                                             Otouto pays homage to           Block A1, Yau Tong Industrial
                                                                                                                             Ichikawa Kon’s 1960 film        City, 17 Ko Fai Road, Yau
                                                                                                                             of the same title. A family     Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong
                                                                                                                             drama of the highest
                                                                                                                             order, Shofukutei plays         Screen International london
                                                                                                                             the wayward younger             Greater London House,
                                                                                                                                                             Hampstead Road, London
 ThursdAy: 12:30PM                                                                                                           brother of Yoshinaga,
                                                                                                                                                             NW1 7EJ, UK
                                                                                                                             who cares for him despite
 one day                                    are lovers who span time and          whimsical and Taiwanese love               his foolish behaviour.
                                                                                                                                                             Subscription enquiries
 (Taiwan) 93mins. Strawberry                space in Hou Chi-jan’s dreamlike      story with a girl’s recurring              When they reunite after         Tel (44) 1858 438 847
 Time Films. Dir: Hou Chi-jan.              romance. Known best for his           dream about an unknown boy                 a serious falling out, she      Fax (44) 1858 461 739
 Key cast: Nikki Hsieh, Bryan               Taiwanese exploitation cinema         trying to communicate across a             finds out her brother 
 Chang, Gwen Yao.                           documentary, Taiwan Black             distance.                                  is fighting a terminal
 Nikki Hsieh and Bryan Chang                Movies, Hou starts his typically      Meeting room n101B, HkCeC                  disease.
                                                                                                                             Theatre 1, HkCeC
                                                                                                                          March 24, 2010 Screen International at FIlmart/HaF/HkIFF 19

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