Far East Film Festival 20

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

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  • Sunday, April 23
    Visionario, Via Asquini 33
    time 5.30 PM
    Soi Cheang
    2009, Hong Kong
    Soi Cheang established himself as one of the most promising talents in post-’97 Hong Kong and Accident, produced by Johnnie To, is one of the key films in his career, an elegant, virtuoso urban noir about an unusual group of assassins who work by organising “accidents” that don’t look like murder. But their perfectionism is destined to create a vortex of paranoia: is someone using the gang’s own methods to pick them off?
  • Friday, April 21
    Visionario, Via Asquini 33
    time 3.00 PM
    Patrick Tam
    2006, Hong Kong
    The return to directing of one of the key directors of the Hong Kong New Wave who from ‘89 dedicated himself exclusively dedicated to editing and teaching. A story of family conflict set in Malaysia allows Tam to renew his experimental, bold approach to commercial cinema, combining the energy of popular Hong Kong cinema with an extraordinary ability to narrate the characters and their emotional complexity.
  • Saturday, April 22
    Teatro Nuovo Giovanni da Udine
    time 10.50 AM
    Yamauchi Kenji
    2016, Japan
    A beautiful terrace, a dinner party, the right amount of alcohol, social masks being removed and a frisson of sex: the fuse is lit, and the spark is the rivalry between the buxom lady of the house and the beautiful Haruko who try to outdo one another while the men’s secrets gradually emerge. A caustic, tightly-paced chamber comedy whose witty dialogue uses irony to expose the vices of "good" Japanese society.
  • Sunday, April 23
    Teatro Nuovo Giovanni da Udine
    time 1.10 PM
    Neal Wu
    2016, Taiwan
    Guan Ming-lu is a normal high school kid with a crush on pretty Xin-rui. He starts to court her, and there are trips to the countryside, fights with local toughs and even a rival suitor, but in the end the two eventually get together! The end of high school is approaching, though, and they have different ideas about their future: she’s going to university in Taipei but he’s going to school closer to home. A nostalgic story of young love along the lines of the blockbuster You Are the Apple of My Eye.
  • Sunday, April 23
    Teatro Nuovo Giovanni da Udine
    time 9.45 PM
    Lee Soo-youn
    2017, South Korea
    When a patient under anaesthesia reveals a secret about a murder to his doctor, the doctor finds himself caught up in an unsolved case involving a serial killer. And when the body of a decapitated woman is fished from the Han River, the doctor realizes that he needs to solve the puzzle before the killer realises how much he knows. Hitchcockian suspense makes for an intelligent tense thriller which evokes the dark atmospheres of Seven and The Usual Suspects.
  • Friday, April 22
    Teatro Nuovo Giovanni da Udine
    time 11.30 AM
    Suzuki Seijun
    1967, Japan
    A butterfly settles in the crosshairs of the killer Hanada - a butterfly just like those collected by Misako, the woman who commissioned the hit that he fails to carry out. Was it the insect that caused him to botch the job or was it his love for her? But the rules are clear: failure means death. From bad boy director Seijun Suzuki, a Dadaist and experimental noir which created a new aesthetic and a masterpiece of the absurd that has bewitched directors like Jarmusch and Tarantino.
  • Sunday, April 23
    Teatro Nuovo Giovanni da Udine
    time 10.45 AM
    Ogigami Naoko
    2017, Japan
    11-year-old Tomo’s mother lives by her wits until one day she decides to give up her daughter, leaving Tomo to move in with her uncle Makio. Makio lives with his girlfriend Rinko, a transexual who was born a man and works as a caregiver. At first, Tomo is confused by the situation but before long the threesome become a warm, loving family. A mild and sometimes surreal dramedy on the power of the affections, of family and knitting!
  • Saturday, April 22
    Teatro Nuovo Giovanni da Udine
    time 3.00 PM
    Miura Daisuke
    2016, Japan
    Through a dating site, a young slacker hooks up with a girl who actually turns out to be a bored housewife. After the initial embarrassment, the two realise that there is a powerful attraction between them, both sexually and otherwise, but both have a "real" life: he has a girlfriend who funds him and she has a husband, and eventually the web of lies collapses and other unexpected secrets emerge. With an evocative style, Miura underlines that there is never one exclusive truth and that no one is purely good or bad.
  • Tuesday, April 25
    Teatro Nuovo Giovanni da Udine
    time 9.00
    Chang
    2016, South Korea
    Gye Choon-lives in the quiet community of a small island. Her only relative is her niece, but one day at the market, the little girl disappears into thin air. Twelve years later the girl returns, now a teenager and making a living as a petty criminal. The steadfast love of her grandmother will bring peace to the girl’s life. Sublime performances from two great actresses for an emotional tsunami in this touching melodrama.
  • Friday, April 28
    Visionario, Via Asquini 33
    time 8.00 PM
    Liu Haoge, Wang Xuebo
    2016, 2016, China
    In the marginal areas free from government censorship of the Chinese film market, arthouse and independent Chinese films continue to thrive. This small section is intended to provide the public of the Far East Film Festival with a look at some of the best Chinese independent and arthouse films of the last three years.
  • Saturday, April 29
    Teatro Nuovo Giovanni da Udine
    time 10.10
    Kim Sung-hoon
    2017, South Korea
    Can a South Korean policeman and a North Korean soldier work together and end up becoming buddies? What, don’t you remember Red Heat? If that’s what it takes to capture a dangerous criminal who has stolen the plates to print counterfeit banknotes then of course they can. And if we throw in a vendetta, redemption, the secret services and an infatuated sister-in-law, you get a fun buddy cop movie packed with thrilling action sequences.
  • Thursday, April 27
    Visionario, Via Asquini 33
    time 11.30 AM
    Lino Brocka
    1982, Philippines
    Doña Pina, owner of a hacienda, favours her younger son Ellis over his older brother Lorenzo, and when she entrusts the farm to Ellis, Lorenzo’s wife confronts her. During the ensuing argument, the younger woman has a miscarriage which kills her. Ellis’s girlfriend dies after being raped in retaliation by Lorenzo’s friends, and the conflict between the two brothers will only be resolved with blood. A powerful social and moral melodrama set in Marcos Philippines.
  • Friday, April 28
    Visionario, Via Asquini 33
    time 6.00 PM
    Sun Xun, Zhang Zanbo
    2014, 2015, China
    In the marginal areas free from government censorship of the Chinese film market, arthouse and independent Chinese films continue to thrive. This small section is intended to provide the public of the Far East Film Festival with a look at some of the best Chinese independent and arthouse films of the last three years.
  • Thursday, April 27
    Teatro Nuovo Giovanni da Udine
    time 11.25 AM
    Han Han
    2017, China
    An accident hurls Xu Tailang back to 1998 where he encounters his father, still single and a small-time neighbourhood kingpin. Tailang realises that the time paradox has given him the chance to meet the mother who died soon after he was born, but when his father gets engaged to another woman, Xu Tailang is forced to take action. Tipping his hat to Back to the Future, director Han Han has fun playing with time and with the film’s idiosyncratic, funny characters.
  • Friday, April 28
    Teatro Nuovo Giovanni da Udine
    time 7.45 PM
    Jun Robles Lana
    2016, Philippines
    The transgender Trisha dies during a beauty contest, and her last wish is to appear every night of her wake as a different celebrity. Her father wants to bury her as "his son", though, so Trisha’s friends steal her body and organize the wake themselves, recalling her extraordinary life as a child, sister, mother, friend, lover and wife. A sparkling jigsaw built delicately around the most radiant as well as the darker aspects of Trisha’s life.
  • Sunday, April 23
    Teatro Nuovo Giovanni da Udine
    time 9.00 AM
    Lee Sung-Tae
    2016, South Korea
    A gang of teen runaways make ends meet by stealing and hustling, but when Jin-il and his girlfriend Ga-young steal the wrong car, they find themselves in the sights of a local boss who forces Ga-young to work in his karaoke bar to repay the debt. A desperate Jin-il will go to any lengths to free her. Violence, drama, love and passion in the derailed lives of these lost angels.
  • Monday, April 24
    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.
  • Wednesday, Apirl 26
    Teatro Nuovo Giovanni da Udine
    time 11.15 AM
    Alan Mak, Anthony Pun
    2017, China & Hong Kong
    The return of the creators of Infernal affairs! After years of undercover work, Lin is drawn into a major drug deal that has been put at risk by a police operation. When he’s brought in front of Eagle, the boss of the criminal organization, Lin seizes the chance to make an impression so that he can penetrate the highest levels of the gang, but Eagle’s suspicions mean that it won’t be an easy ride for Lin. The creators’ pedigree guarantees suspense, action and incredible spectacle!