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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,
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
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.
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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Hong Kong ramps up 3D production
By Liz ShackLeton shops and presentations of expected to show improvements
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,
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 email@example.com
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.
World premiere. Sing. 2010. 96mins. Dir/scr:
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
The New Wave Of Moderated by
Mike Goodridge, Editor
Can Independents Compete?
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?
The Weinstein Company
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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
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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Benegal’s second feature, Split Wide Open, premiered at
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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-
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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hkiff events: Wednesday March 24
SeMinArS SeMinArS Conducted in Cantonese
And eventS And eventS with simultaneous
WedneSdAy 24 9:00PM thurSdAy 25 Registration www.haf.
love in a puff, WorlD preMiere asia/symposium
Venue Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition
8:00AM Centre 10:00AM Speakers
3D Movie Workshop, Remark Red-carpet event only the econoMic n Mabel Cheung,
proDuction anD post- contribution of producer, Echoes Of The
proDuction (part 2: the honG konG filM Rainbow
hanDs-on Workshop) anD tv inDustry anD n Chan Hing-kai,
Venue Meeting Room the proMotion anD director, La Comedie
S221, Hong Kong protection of online Humaine
Convention and content n Lawrence Cheng,
Exhibition Centre Venue Event Room B, producer, Break Up Club
Hall 1, Hong Kong n Pang Ho-cheung,
10:00AM Convention and director, Love In A Puff
neW Generation DiGital Exhibition Centre n Chapman To,
entertainMent suMMit producer, Ex and actor,
Venue Stage, Hall 1, 11:00AM La Comedie Humaine
Hong Kong Convention the 3rD honG konG n Derek Tsang, actor, Ex
and Exhibition Centre Mobile filM festival
Mobile filM proDuction Moderator
press conference contest — aWarD n Lorna Tee, producer
for rthk, national presentation cereMony
GeoGraphic channel Venue Stage, Hall 1, A plethora of genres
anD create honG Hong Kong Convention and sub-genres, budgets
konG to announce and Exhibition Centre big and not-so-big, and
a co-operation for co-productions and
nurturinG local 2:00PM go-alones. Still young,
filM-Makers cyberport incutrain still the real thing, still
Venue Event Room A, centre GraDuation ‘Made in Hong Kong’
Hall 1, Hong Kong cereMony after all these years.
Convention and Venue Seminar Room Join us to find out from
Exhibition Centre B, Hall 1, Hong Kong Hong Kong directors
managing director, Can independents 4:00PM Convention and and producers how the
11:00AM Kantana Animation seriously compete DiGital entertainMent Exhibition Centre world’s most energetic
DiGicon6 aWarDs — Studios Co Ltd with the $150m-plus cross-inDustry film industry forges a
screeninG anD sharinG n Curtis Augspurger, budgets of the major rounD-table MeetinG honG konG cineMa — new identity.
session co-producer, Vanguard companies? Where are Venue Meeting Room beyonD co-proDuction
Venue Seminar Room Animation, LLC the production hubs N106-108, Hong syMposiuM 3:30PM
B, Hall 1, Hong Kong n Hiroyuki Seshita, which can handle the Kong Convention and Venue Stage, Hall 1, sina + cctv6
Convention and executive director, Casio animation, and are Exhibition Centre Hong Kong Convention Venue Event Room A,
Exhibition Centre Entertainment, Inc. they becoming more Open to By invitation and Exhibition Centre Hall 1, Hong Kong
n Jonathan Kier, cost-effective? Will only Open to Free admission. Convention and
12:00PM senior vice-president audiences accept a On a first-come, first- Exhibition Centre
Motion picture post- of International Affairs cheaper version of 4:30PM
proDuction inDustry and Distribution, The animation or are they the 8th haf aWarDs
netWorkinG luncheon Weinstein Company spoiled by studio films? presentation cereMony
hkiff events: thursday March 25
Venue Meeting Room And is there a long- Venue Stage, Hall 1,
S226-227, Hong Moderator term revenue model Hong Kong Convention
Kong Convention and n Mike Goodridge, for CG-animated films and Exhibition Centre
Exhibition Centre editor, Screen that is more favourable Open to By invitation or
International than the prognosis for HAF badgeholder only
2:00PM live-action films?
neW Generation DiGital Even while Pixar, 5:00PM
entertainMent suMMit DreamWorks and Blue sina + cctv6 DiGital entertainMent
— Workshops Sky have been earning Venue Event Room B, inDustry netWorkinG
Venue Seminar Room record revenues for their Hall 1, Hong Kong reception
A, Hall 1, Hong Kong CG-animated titles, Convention and Venue DE Pavilion,
Convention and independent companies Exhibition Centre Hall 1, Hong Kong
Exhibition Centre around the globe have Convention and
started to produce their 2:30PM Exhibition Centre
the neW Wave of own movies, often of 3D Movie technoloGy
coMputer-GenerateD a high quality and at a seMinar — creation, 10:00PM
(cG) aniMateD filMs: can much lower budget. proDuction anD haf anD reliGare
inDepenDents coMpete? This panel will examine exhibition vistaar closinG party
Venue Stage, Hall 1, the production and Venue Meeting Room Venue Kee Club, 6/F, 9:00PM
Hong Kong Convention distribution market for S221, Hong Kong 32 Wellington Street, MonGa, Gala preMiere
and Exhibition Centre these films. Convention and Central Venue Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
Speakers Are the prices coming Exhibition Centre Open to By invitation or Remark Red-carpet event only
n Auchara Kijkanjana, down for these films? HAF badgeholder only
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Screenings compiled by Paul Lindsell, firstname.lastname@example.org
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,
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