Far East Film Festival 20

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

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  • Friday, April 28
    Teatro Nuovo Giovanni da Udine
    time 1.15 PM
    Ashley Cheung Yin-kei - Lam Chi-yu - Ren Xia - Feibi Wong Fong-yi
    2017, Hong Kong
    Fresh Wave is an independent, non-profit organisation led by its founder Johnnie To which funds the creation of short films by young directors and presents them at the eponymous festival. Among the Hong Kong Film Awards nominations, the top candidates include works from former Fresh Wave students: Mad World (3 awards) and Trivisa (5 awards). The future is now.
  • Wednesday, Apirl 26
    Teatro Nuovo Giovanni da Udine
    time 10.00 PM
    Park Kwang-hyun
    2017, South Korea
    In the online video games he plays, Kwon Yoo is an enterprising leader who is willing to sacrifice himself for the good of others. In real life, however, he is a loser who lives with his mother. But after delivering a forgotten cell phone to its owner, the young man finds himself accused of rape and murder. He escapes from prison and finds unexpected helpers in his online friends in this hi-tech action film that keeps raising the stakes with humour and a great sense of spectacle.
  • Saturday, April 22
    Teatro Nuovo Giovanni da Udine
    time 5.25 PM
    Chung Mong-hong
    2016, Taiwan
    Master of laughter Michael Hui returns to the big screen with one of his best performances yet, playing an elderly taxi driver in this dark comedy by Chung Mong-hong. Na Dow is a drug courier who works for gangster Bao. While waiting for the car that is to take him from Taipei to Tainan for a delivery, Na Dow is approached by Xu, who convinces him to take the trip in his battered taxi. And the journey will prove to be anything but straightforward!
  • Wednesday, Apirl 26
    Teatro Nuovo Giovanni da Udine
    time 5.15 PM
    Kobayasi Syoutarou
    2017, Japan
    A penniless young contractor who has no qualms about collaborating with the Yakuza and his gangster friend are tricked by a film producer who steals the crime syndicate’s millions. But the scam turns out to be only the tip of the iceberg of a manoeuvre that puts another, more powerful clan on a war footing. Drama and comedy in a buddy film packed with gags, flashes of violence but above all two irresistible protagonists.
  • Thursday, April 27
    Teatro Nuovo Giovanni da Udine
    time 00.00 AM
    Lim Dae-woong
    2017, South Korea
    After 25 years in prison for killing her husband and son, Mi-hee returns to the house where it all happened. Convinced of her innocence, the woman relives the tragic events of that night with the help of a young priest who wants to comfort her. But the priest discovers a dark secret in the house while Mi-hee senses the same dark presences as she did 25 years earlier. Is history is repeating itself? A labyrinthine horror movie where nothing is as it seems
  • Monday, April 24
    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!
  • Friday, April 28
    Teatro Nuovo Giovanni da Udine
    time 10.00 PM
    Liu Jie
    2016, China
    Make sure that the skeletons hidden in your closet never decide to emerge! Jiawei is called in to empty the apartment of his brother, who has stopped paying the rent and can’t be found. Once there, he discovers that the woman next-door was murdered and that his brother was accused of spying on the neighbours – and a killer starts tormenting his family. The tracks lead to his brother and the situation plunges Jiawei into a surreal abyss over which the dark secrets of the past loom.
  • Saturday, April 22
    Visionario, Via Asquini 33
    time 3.00 PM
    Yip Wilson
    2008, Hong Kong
    An action biopic dedicated to the early years of Ip Man, the famous kung fu master who was responsible for the spread of the wing chun school, and known for having had a teenage Bruce Lee as one of his students. Set in the ‘30s Foshan, in southern China, during the Japanese military occupation, it is the patriotic tale of a Chinese hero who fights against a foreign aggressor, as well as an undisputed landmark in Cantonese martial arts film. love%20in%20a%20puff.JPG
  • Tuesday, April 25
    Teatro Nuovo Giovanni da Udine
    time 7.30 PM
    Feng Xiaogang
    2016, China
    Li Xuelian and her husband fake a divorce to get an apartment in the city, but once they have succeeded, her husband abandons her. After attempting to find a peaceful solution, Li Xuelian contemplates crime but both approaches lead nowhere. Thus begins an endless struggle against the behemoth of Chinese bureaucracy. Will Li Xuelian manage to win out? A visually refined satirical masterpiece by Feng Xiaogang. A new high point for Chinese cinema.
  • Wednesday, April 26
    Visionario, Via Asquini 33
    time 5.45 PM
    Andrew Lau, Alan Mak
    2002, Hong Kong
    A policeman and a member of the triads work as undercover agents inside the two opposing factions and each is instructed to discover the identity of the other before his own is revealed. The crisis in Hong Kong is reflected in that of the two main characters in an action thriller which became a legend and a cultural touchstone for everything that Hong Kongers consider representative of their local cinema.
  • Friday, April 28
    Visionario, Via Asquini 33
    time 1.45 PM
    Jimmy Henderson
    2017, Cambodia
    A police task force accompanies Playboy, leader of the group of dangerous criminals known as the Butterfly gang, to jail. In exchange for a lenient sentence, Playboy promises to reveal the identity of the real boss: Madame. But Madame puts a bounty on his head, and all hell breaks loose. How will they get out of the prison alive? Pure exploitation with action, humour, crazy fight scenes away and lethal beauties where the soundtrack is the crack of breaking bones. Now Cambodia has its own The Raid!
  • Friday, April 21
    Teatro Nuovo Giovanni da Udine
    time 10.20 PM
    Jimmy Henderson
    2017, Cambodia
    A police task force accompanies Playboy, leader of the group of dangerous criminals known as the Butterfly gang, to jail. In exchange for a lenient sentence, Playboy promises to reveal the identity of the real boss: Madame. But Madame puts a bounty on his head, and all hell breaks loose. How will they get out of the prison alive? Pure exploitation with action, humour, crazy fight scenes away and lethal beauties where the soundtrack is the crack of breaking bones. Now Cambodia has its own The Raid!
  • Tuesday, April 25
    Visionario, Via Asquini 33
    time 3.00 PM
    Chow Stephen
    2004, Hong Kong
    Sing, a small-time thief in ‘30s Shanghai, accidentally sparks off a feud between the Deadly Axe Gang and the inhabitants of Pig Sty Alley, most of whom are martial arts masters in disguise. The film that officially brought Stephen Chow to international prominence is an exciting, explosive mix of inspirations, from Bruce Lee and Japanese anime to the Shaw Brothers and Looney Tunes cartoons.
  • Sunday, April 23
    Teatro Nuovo Giovanni da Udine
    time 3.10 PM
    Stanley Tong
    2017, China
    Jack, a well-known archaeologist, his team and his beautiful Indian colleague are hunting for an ancient treasure in Tibet when they are suddenly attacked by a group of mercenaries.Making good use of his vast historical knowledge and his mastery of kung fu, Jack sets out on a worldwide race against time to win this treasure hunt and save a ancient civilisation. Fast-paced, adventurous, colourful and funny: the unstoppable Jackie Chan is back again! Old habits die hard, Jackie dies harder!
  • Saturday, April 22
    Visionario, Via Asquini 33
    time 5.00 PM
    Pang Ho-cheung
    2010, Hong Kong
    In Hong Kong the ban on smoking in enclosed places has forced people to gather outdoors near garbage cans to smoke, and it is in precisely on of these groups that lightning strikes and an unlikely love story between an advertising executive and a sales girl. Witty dialogue, a capacity for continuous invention and a radical style make this film one of the most succesful and original examples of Pang Ho-Cheung irreducibly Cantonese cinema.
  • Tuesday, April 25
    Teatro Nuovo Giovanni da Udine
    time 3.00 PM
    Hur Jin-ho
    2016, South Korea
    Under Japanese colonial rule, Deokhye - the last princess of Korea - was taken captive as a hostage, yet despite the harsh conditions, she always struggled to keep the hopes of her people alive. Jang-Han is a fighter for the independence of his country whose mission is to bring the princess back to South Korea. Sensational performances add lustre to a drama where the passion is as real as the story.
  • Saturday, April 22
    Teatro Nuovo Giovanni da Udine
    time 12.40 PM
    Pang Ho-cheung
    2017, China & Hong Kong
    Living together is no bed of roses for Jimmy and Cherie. Cherie struggles to put up with Jimmy’s laziness and his love of cheap trinkets, as she confides in her girlfriends. Adding to the complications are Cherie’s father, an old female friend of Jimmy who moves in with them and those suspicious text messages on his phone. Will they manage to repair the cracks in their relationship? Love, sex... and other problems. Pang is back in town!
  • Tuesday, April 25
    Teatro Nuovo Giovanni da Udine
    time 11.05 AM
    Uchida Eiji
    2017, Japan
    While still a little girl, Ai is sent to live with a bizarre sect. When the cult’s leader is arrested, Ai has to re-enter the world and start high school, but it proves to be a tortuous experience and she is torn between her mild guardian angel Ryota and the devilish temptations of the charming Yuji. The story of an unconventional education, a close-to-the-bone comedy and a peek into the dark corners of Japanese society, all permeated with a grim sense of humour.