Far East Film Festival 20

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

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  • Thursday, April 27
    Teatro Nuovo Giovanni da Udine
    time 9.50 PM
    Giddens Ko
    2017, Taiwan
    Shu-wei is an unpopular student who is a constant target for the school bullies, but he ends up joining forces with them when they encounter two demonic sisters who feast on human flesh in the middle of the night. The gang manage to capture one, but the other demon is angry and starts killing anyone wearing a school uniform... A mixture of bullying drama, black comedy and violent horror film, bursting at the seams with hilarity as well as ominous gloom
  • Thursday, April 27
    Visionario, Via Asquini 33
    time 4.00 PM
    Song Haolin
    2017, China
    Too unconventional to be appreciated by his colleagues or by the parents of his pupils, teacher Mr. Zhu lives between failure and self-determination until one day he is put to the test by two students - one cute and plump, the other tiny and intense - who make headlines when they help an old lady. But is all that glitters gold? An excellent cast and irresistible young actors in a hilarious fresco of Chinese school life.
  • Thursday, April 27
    Teatro Nuovo Giovanni da Udine
    time 7.50 PM
    Wong Chun
    2016, Hong Kong
    Tung (Shawn Yue), who suffers from a bipolar syndrome, was hospitalised after attacking the mother who had abused him psychologically. Now he lives in a tiny apartment with his father (Eric Tsang), the only one who remains close to him after Tung has alienated everybody else by refusing to take his medication. Tung is on the point of disappearing back into nothingness. Humanity and realism in an intimate, moving film featuring an extraordinary performance from Eric Tsang.
  • Wednesday, Apirl 26
    Visionario, Via Asquini 33
    time 11.00 AM
    Mike De Leon
    1977, Philippines
    Joey is a free-spirited university student who wants to write a song for a movie. Anna was forced to marry young and now she feels like a prisoner. As the two become more intimate, she gets a taste of freedom and he finds meaning in his life. But reality intervenes, and they are forced to choose: to awaken or to remain in a “stolen dream”? A bitter love story that exposes the contradictions of family life in Philippine society.
  • Wednesday, Apirl 26
    Teatro Nuovo Giovanni da Udine
    time 1.25 PM
    Okazaki Steven
    2016, Japan
    Toshiro Mifune was the first Japanese - or Asian – actor to become an international star of action cinema. Born in 1920, he became one of the few Japanese names known to foreign film lovers, another being that of the director who made him famous, Kurosawa Akira. When he died in 1997, at the age of seventy-seven, he had appeared in nearly 170 films. Finally, a documentary that retraces his extraordinary life and career.
  • Saturday, April 29
    Teatro Nuovo Giovanni da Udine
    time 5.00 PM
    Cho Ui-seok
    2016, South Korea
    An anti-crime investigation team is investigating the Won Network company which is involved in a massive fraud case. The intelligent, charismatic, aggressive, bold Kim Jae-Myung is the leader of the task force, and his antagonist is the president of Won Network. Who will win, David or Goliath? An action thriller set in the corrupt world of finance and big business with an ending which will leave you breathless.
  • Saturday, April 22
    Teatro Nuovo Giovanni da Udine
    time 9.00 AM
    Jason Paul Laxamana
    2016, Philippines
    Carmen’s restaurant is about to close down when Mercury, a mysterious blonde teenager who asks for shelter in exchange for work, turns up. His presence attracts new customers and, determined to keep him with her, Carmen takes care of him and spoils him like a son or a lover. But Mercury has a troubled past that threatens to ruin everything. A satirical comedy that uses irony and moments of drama to address the relationship between Filipinos and white caucasians.
  • Wednesday, Apirl 26
    Teatro Nuovo Giovanni da Udine
    time 8.00 PM
    Chan Fruit
    1997, Hong Kong
    Moon is a thug who has dropped out of school and lives off the pay of a mob boss. He is destined for failure - even more so when he falls in love with the terminally ill Ping. An essential film and a dense blend of urban alienation and youthful despair shot with a complete lack of funds and an impressive freshness. Released shortly after the handover of ‘97 (upon which it reflects allegorically), it returns twenty years on thanks to restoration work sponsored by the Far East Film Festival.
  • Monday, April 24
    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.
  • Monday, April 24
    Teatro Nuovo Giovanni da Udine
    time 9.00 AM
    Upi
    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.
  • Sunday, April 23
    Teatro Nuovo Giovanni da Udine
    time 8.00 PM
    Song Haolin
    2017, China
    Too unconventional to be appreciated by his colleagues or by the parents of his pupils, teacher Mr. Zhu lives between failure and self-determination until one day he is put to the test by two students - one cute and plump, the other tiny and intense - who make headlines when they help an old lady. But is all that glitters gold? An excellent cast and irresistible young actors in a hilarious fresco of Chinese school life.
  • Tuesday, April 25
    Teatro Nuovo Giovanni da Udine
    time 5.20 PM
    Yamashita Nobuhiro
    2016, Japan
    If you had to write an essay about one of your relatives, who would you choose? Yukio chooses the least suitable possible: his uncle, a parasitic layabout whom Eri, a Japanese girl from Hawaii, unexpectedly falls in love with. With nephew in tow, uncle sets off for the island, and all hell breaks loose. Luckily, Yukio is there to take care of him. Director Yamashita shows his talent for madcap comedy with a good-for-nothing protagonist who is addicted to uncomplicated pleasures. And who can blame him?
  • Saturday, April 29
    Teatro Nuovo Giovanni da Udine
    time 11.05 AM
    Jason Kwan
    2017, Hong Kong
    After being released from hospital after a surfing accident, Sean meets a girl at a party and falls in love. She draws him into her strange world and confesses that she follows an unusual diet: she only eats... nail clippers! Sean loses his head and decides to help her realize her dream of opening a bar for other nail-clipper eaters. Jason Kwan makes his debut with this bizarre romantic comedy, created under the aegis of Pang Ho-cheung.
  • Wednesday, Apirl 26
    Teatro Nuovo Giovanni da Udine
    time 3.00 PM
    Kim Tae-yun
    2017, South Korea
    Hyun-Woo is the only witness to a murder, but somehow becomes a suspect and ends up spending 10 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. Joon-Young is an attorney who handles financial cases but whose failures have made him unpopular. When Hyun-Woo’s case becomes the opportunity to clear both his name and that of Hyun-Woo and to fight for real justice, the two set out to investigate. A gripping legal thriller based on a true story.
  • Monday, April 24
    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.
  • Thursday, April 27
    Teatro Nuovo Giovanni da Udine
    time 1.20 PM
    Han Sunhee
    2016, South Korea
    Quintessenza del talento di Park Chan-wook e premiato a Cannes dal re del pulp Quentin Tarantino, Oldboy, secondo capitolo della trilogia della vendetta, è probabilmente l'opera che ha imposto all'attenzione mondiale il nuovo cinema coreano. A tredici anni dalla sua uscita, Old Days (documentario nato come extra per un'edizione speciale del Blu-ray e diventato un'opera a se stante vista la mole di materiali a disposizione) ne racconta la realizzazione.
  • Thursday, April 27
    Teatro Nuovo Giovanni da Udine
    time 9.00 AM
    Banjong Pisanthanakun
    2016, Thailand
    Dev, un nerd che si occupa di informatica in una grande azienda si innamora della collega Nui. Durante una gita aziendale a Hokkaido, Nui decide di suicidarsi per amore. I soccorritori la salvano ma soffrirà di amnesia per una giornata. Dev si finge il suo ragazzo, tanto sa che il giorno dopo tutto tornerà come prima e lui avrà goduto di un giorno di felicità accanto a lei. Che il vero amore non esista più ma sopravviva soltanto nelle bugie e nel ricordo?
  • Thursday, April 22
    Visionario, Via Asquini 33
    time 5.30 PM
    Na Hyun
    2017, South Korea
    Have you ever thought about the perfect crime? This original thriller might give you some ideas. During the night, the inmates of a prison escape to commit crimes, returning to their cells without being noticed and without anyone suspecting them. Behind it all is Ik-Ho, the kingpin of prison. But their movements don’t go unnoticed and ex-cop Yoo Gun is sent into the prison undercover to gain the confidence of Ik-Ho and join the gang.
  • Wednesday, Apirl 26
    Teatro Nuovo Giovanni da Udine
    time 9.00 AM
    Hiroki Ryuichi
    2017, Japan
    What do you do if you were in the first year of high school and had never had a boyfriend? Kako’s answer is to pretend to be a university student online and start going out with a 23-year-old policeman, Kota. There’s electricity between the two, but when Kota discovers the girl’s real age he pushes her away. How will this impossible love affair end? From a manga for girls comes this effervescent and musical comedy of the absurd, filtered through the sensitive eye of Ryuichi Hiroki.
  • Saturday, April 22
    Teatro Nuovo Giovanni da Udine
    time 10.10 PM
    Na Hyun
    2017, South Korea
    Have you ever thought about the perfect crime? This original thriller might give you some ideas. During the night, the inmates of a prison escape to commit crimes, returning to their cells without being noticed and without anyone suspecting them. Behind it all is Ik-Ho, the kingpin of prison. But their movements don’t go unnoticed and ex-cop Yoo Gun is sent into the prison undercover to gain the confidence of Ik-Ho and join the gang.