Far East Film Festival 20

Udine Italy April 20th/ April 28th 2018
The Film Festival For Popular Asian Cinema


By date


By title


  • 10.00/10.40
    "52 Hz, I LOVE YOU"

    WEI Te-sheng
    director, 52Hz, I Love You

    Neal WU
    director, At Café 6

    Jimmy HUANG
    producer, 52Hz, I Love You

    Moderator: Kevin MA


    SONG Haolin

    DENG Sheng

    Moderators: Maria BARBIERI, Maria RUGGIERI


    LEE Soo-youn
    director, Bluebeard

    UM Tae-hwa
    director, Vanishing Time: A Boy Who Returned

    JO Seul-yeah
    screenwriter, Vanishing Time: A Boy Who Returned

    CHOI Kook-hee
    director, Split

    NA Hyun
    director, The Prison

    Moderator: Darcy PAQUET

the films
Mon, April 24

All times and dates are subject to change.
  • Teatro Nuovo Giovanni da Udine
    time 9.00 AM
    2016, Indonesia
    Young couple Diana and Dika move to Kuala Lumpur for work. Diana has a job as a clerk in a company headed by Bossman, a peculiar and unpredictable character who makes outlandish requests upon his staff. She tries to manage, but before long she’s reached her limit so she decides to repay Bossman with his own coin. A dynamic comedy whose inventivity, which includes a Bollywood musical moment, will amaze viewers.

  • Teatro Nuovo Giovanni da Udine
    time 10.50 AM
    Yamashita Nobuhiro
    2016, Japan
    After his divorce, Shiraiwa goes back to his home town. One evening, a waitress in a club catches his eye for two reasons: she is very beautiful, and she can imitate birdsong. Despite this sign of mental imbalance, Shiraiwa decides to move in with her, and she reveals just how unstable she is when she becomes enraged with him for still wearing his wedding ring. A minimal style bordering on surrealism and intense performances from the two leads.

  • Visionario, Via Asquini 33
    time 11.00 AM
    O'Hara Mario
    1976, Philippines
    Rosario is an elementary school teacher who during the Second World War is raped by Captain Masugi, a Japanese officer born in the Philippines. After discovering she is pregnant, she refuses Masugi only to then develop a strange love for him, even agreeing to marry him. The townspeople believe that Rosario is a collaborator and when American troops return to the Philippines, Rosario and Masugi must flee with the retreating Japanese army.

  • Teatro Nuovo Giovanni da Udine
    time 1.10 PM
    Ho Yuhang
    2016, Hong Kong
    K lives in the suburbs with her husband and her daughter, but her past comes back to haunt her in the form of a former accomplice seeking revenge for a robbery gone bad. When her daughter is kidnapped, K is forced to return to action in a deadly battle to save everything she holds dear. With its protagonists in excellent form, this stylish action film’s mix of action, humour and drama pays homage to the cinema of Hong Kong and is a guaranteed crowdpleaser.

  • Teatro Nuovo Giovanni da Udine
    time 3.00 PM
    Kim Joun-hyun
    2016, South Korea
    A coach has to put together the first Korean national women’s ice hockey team, and brings together an unlikely group of athletes including the quarrelsome Park and Lee Ji-won, a defector from North Korea. When they get to the Asian Games they have to earn their victory on the ice, and for Lee Ji-won it might also be a chance to see her little sister again. From a true story comes a perfect mix of fun and drama in this effervescent sports film.

  • Visionario, Via Asquini 33
    time 3.00 PM
    Yamashita Nobuhiro
    2003, Japan
    Tsuboi and Kinoshita, two amateur filmmakers, have just arrived in a desolate town, lured by the flatteries of an actor that is now nowhere to be found. The two of them begin to wander the streets until they meet a young woman, Atsuko. Quickly turning into friends, they set out on a journey. Until one day, the woman suddenly disappears…Yamashita offers us, with his unmistakable style, a personal and contemporary take on Tsuge’s work.

  • Visionario, Via Asquini 33
    time 5.15 PM
    To Johnnie
    1999, Hong Kong
    Five men from a triad are hired to protect gang boss Lung, who has just survived unscathed an assassination attempt. A deep friendship forms between them, which will be put to the test once they have fulfilled their mission. Johnnie To uses his protagonists as aesthetic models, concocting an alienating, minimalist tale made of up geometric action sequences and a masterful use of space and bodies.

  • Teatro Nuovo Giovanni da Udine
    time 5.20 PM
    Nishitani Hiroshi
    2017, Japan
    Ostracised after her relationship with a married man costs her her family, friends and job, Sawa moves to another city under a different name, but fate has it that she encounters her lover again, and after just one look... The raging passion explodes anew, but also topples the first domino in a chain that will lead to tragedy. A sublime Aya Ueto and Takumi Saito are fury and passion incarnate!

  • Teatro Nuovo Giovanni da Udine
    time 7.45
    Choi Kook-hee
    2016, South Korea
    Chul-Jong was a legendary bowler until a car accident ended his career. Since then he has worked in a junkyard. Hee-Jin owns a bowling alley but is submerged in debt. The two make ends meet by organising competitions for the former champion until Chul-Jong notices a young man with autism who has the makings of a champion. A solid sports drama about the possibility of redemption: no door is ever closed for good.

  • Teatro Nuovo Giovanni da Udine
    time 10.00 PM
    One Hitoshi
    2016, Japan
    Shizuka is a talented middle-aged paparazzo whose gambling addiction has got him heavily into debt. He used to be a reporter for Scoop! Magazine, where he was responsible for many important articles, but today he is a freelance who gets by on celebrity scandals. With him works Nobi, a rookie reporter from the magazine in search of a big score. From the director of Bakuman comes this scathing portrait of media cannibalism.

  • Teatro Nuovo Giovanni da Udine
    time 00.15 AM
    Mattie Do
    2016, Laos
    Young Nok goes to live with her cousin Ana, who is going blind and needs her help. But Nok soon realizes that the maid and gardener are hiding something - and above all that though her cousin might be losing the ability to see the world she is gaining the ability to see the dead. For the tenth film in the history of Laotian cinema, director Mattie Do gives us a supernatural thriller where darkness and drama merge and which is more than just a classic ghost story.