Far East Film Festival 20

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

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  • Monday, April 24
    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.
  • Monday, April 24
    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.
  • Friday, April 28
    Teatro Nuovo Giovanni da Udine
    time 9.00 AM
    Zhang Yang
    2016, China
    In a timeless Tibet, a criminal who has been murdered is resurrected and instructed to take an amulet to a sacred place in the far north. On the way he is joined by a woman, Chung, and a mysterious child – but others are following him with hostile intent. A trippy western with stunning locations where Tibetan esotericism and customs mesmerise the audience, recounting Tibet's passage into modernity with magic realism.
  • Saturday, April 29
    Teatro Nuovo Giovanni da Udine
    time 3.00 PM
    Roy Szeto
    2016, Hong Kong
    Nothing goes right for Tian Lik Hang. His wife wants a divorce, his company is bankrupt and his mother has died, leaving him to take care of his father. The old man begins to lose a layer of skin every day, growing a decade younger each time, util the two are finally the same age and Lik Hang rediscovers a father who struggled to provide his family with a better life. A surreal dramedy packed with satirical inspiration that will have you reconsidering the power of skin scrubs!
  • Saturday, April 29
    Teatro Nuovo Giovanni da Udine
    time 8.00 PM
    Herman Yau
    2017, Hong Kong
    Explosives expert Hung unleashes his criminal madness on Hong Kong. His target? The busy Cross-Harbor Tunnel. Only one man can save the day – bomb disposal expert Cheung, who’s had a score to settle with the crime boss since he went undercover years earlier. Hung’s terms: free his brother or the whole place goes sky high. Andy Lau and Herman Yau blow up the screen with a thriller in pure Hong Kong action style. Electrifying explosive madness!
  • Friday, April 28
    Teatro Nuovo Giovanni da Udine
    time 5.15 PM
    Derek Tsang
    2016, Hong Kong
    With one being reliable and prudent and the other bold and daring, Ansen and July couldn’t be more different, but despite this, they’ve been inseparable best friends since they were thirteen. Their friendship is put to the test, though, when they both fall in love with Jiaming. Over the following decade, they drift apart and back together until an event that changes their lives reunites them once more. From a Chinese web novel comes this touching story of female friendship.
  • Saturday, April 22
    Teatro Nuovo Giovanni da Udine
    time 7.45 PM
    Mori Yoshitaka
    2016, Japan
    Murayama is a scruffy nerd and a genius at shogi, a Japanese variant of chess whose champions are celebrities. Murayama’s unconventional style helps him break into the world of shogi, but Habu, his cold and calculating opponent, is waiting for him. Murayama refuses to give up, though, despite being struck down by illness. The game’s begun, the tension is sky high and any battle can be won with enough determination, so prepare for checkmate.
  • Friday, April 21
    Teatro Nuovo Giovanni da Udine
    time 8.00 PM
    Yaguchi Shinobu
    2017, Japan
    And suddenly, there was darkness! A powercut in Tokyo brings everything to a standstill, and from being a temporary blackout, the situation becomes permanent. The Suzuki family don’t lose heart, though, despite the general hysteria. At first they try to live normally, then devise ingenious ways to survive and finally set off by bike towards their grandparents’ farm. Will they manage to find a peaceful new life and hobbies without the comforts of the modern world? And would you?
  • Thursday, April 27
    Teatro Nuovo Giovanni da Udine
    time 5.30 PM
    Liu Yulin
    2016, China
    In a society where we are all connected it communication still really possible? Aiguo and Lina are a young couple who are about to get married, and communication seems to be at the heart of their relationship, but ten years later, things have changed - the two no longer communicate at all. Even the couples around them seem doomed to the same fate in this landscape of mutual incomprehension, misunderstanding, insuperable existential egotisms and acts of petty meanness.
  • Thursday, April 27
    Teatro Nuovo Giovanni da Udine
    time 3.25 PM
    Pairach Khumwan
    2017, Thailand
    Siam Square, a meeting place for Bangkok teenagers, becomes home to horror as a group of students investigate their school after discovering the terrifying apparition that haunts the institute corridors. A tense horror film with a complex plot, tight editing and an eerie atmosphere which gradually reveals a potent, sincere portrait of adolescence and its dark side.
  • Friday, April 28
    Visionario, Via Asquini 33
    time 3.30 PM
    Erik Matti
    2016, Philippines
    Matti’s big score! Four novices go on a spiritual retreat while a priest investigates the miracles performed by little Anghela - if they are found to be true, she will be canonized as a living saint. Anghela is transferred to the same building as the novices, who are tormented by demonic hallucinations, and suspicion that Anghela’s powers may be evil starts to mount. A theological horror film which looks into the unconscious of belief and which is as ambiguous and disturbing as its impressive protagonist.
  • Tuesday, April 25
    Teatro Nuovo Giovanni da Udine
    time 10.00 PM
    Erik Matti
    2016, Philippines
    Matti’s big score! Four novices go on a spiritual retreat while a priest investigates the miracles performed by little Anghela - if they are found to be true, she will be canonized as a living saint. Anghela is transferred to the same building as the novices, who are tormented by demonic hallucinations, and suspicion that Anghela’s powers may be evil starts to mount. A theological horror film which looks into the unconscious of belief and which is as ambiguous and disturbing as its impressive protagonist.
  • Sunday, April 23
    Visionario, Via Asquini 33
    time 3.15 PM
    Hui Ann
    2012, Hong Kong
    Deanie Ip (Volpi Cup winner at Venice 2011) is the maid Ah Tao who takes care of producer Roger Lee, played by Andy Lau, the last descendant of the family she has spent sixty years working for. But destiny is about disturb their quiet routine. For A Simple Life, one of the most acclaimed post-’97 Hong Kong films, Ann Hui took inspiration from a true story to depict a moving role reversal with grace, delicacy and powerful irony
  • Monday, April 24
    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.
  • Monday, April 24
    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.
  • Wednesday, April 26
    Visionario, Via Asquini 33
    time 3.15 PM
    Yaguchi Shinobu
    2017, Japan
    And suddenly, there was darkness! A powercut in Tokyo brings everything to a standstill, and from being a temporary blackout, the situation becomes permanent. The Suzuki family don’t lose heart, though, despite the general hysteria. At first they try to live normally, then devise ingenious ways to survive and finally set off by bike towards their grandparents’ farm. Will they manage to find a peaceful new life and hobbies without the comforts of the modern world? And would you?
  • Saturday, April 29
    Teatro Nuovo Giovanni da Udine
    time 1.00 PM
    Baby Ruth Villarama
    2016, Philippines
    For the Filipino women working in Hong Kong, Sunday is their only day off and the day when hang out, celebrate birthdays and even organize beauty contests. One Sunday evening Rudelie gets back late to the house of the family she works for and is fired for violating the curfew. Rudelie’s unlucky evening provides a glimpse of the hard life of Filipino migrant workers, broken only by momentary flashes of fun and play.
  • Saturday, April 29
    Teatro Nuovo Giovanni da Udine
    time 9.00 AM
    Thanh Van Ngo
    2016, Vietnam
    Like Cinderella, Tam is tormented by her stepmother and stepsister and even her Prince Charming has his own problems. His father is on his deathbed and he faces a complex situation with the neighbouring kingdom. To make things worse, the sovereign’s adviser has a terrifying double identity and is plotting in the shadows. A fantasy film that blends Cinderella with martial arts, genies and monsters into a kaleidoscope of genres blended with skill and consistency. Full-on phantasmagoria!
  • Monday, April 24
    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.
  • Tuesday, April 25
    Visionario, Via Asquini 33
    time 5.00 PM
    Wong Kar-wai
    2013, Hong Kong
    Wong Kar-wai’s version of the life story of martial arts master Ip Man is a grand epic on the philosophies, traditions and legends that make up the world of martial arts. Making use of two exceptional protagonists and the precise, elegant choreography of Yuen Woo-ping, Wong manages to humanize Ip without indulging in heroic mythologising: to become the grandmaster, you don’t have to defeat your opponents – you have to be the last man standing.
  • Friday, April 28
    Teatro Nuovo Giovanni da Udine
    time 00.00 AM
    Herman Yau
    2017, Hong Kong
    A desperate woman asks for help from Lam (Anthony Wong), a specialist in sleep disorders: the members of her family are dying from violent phenomena linked to insomnia. But science is unable to help, because the victims are tormented by horrific visions and the roots of the evil go deeper than they seem. The director and star of The Untold Story are reunited for an extreme film that rewrites in blood the rules of the genre. Viewers with weak stomachs – stay away.
  • Sunday, April 23
    Teatro Nuovo Giovanni da Udine
    time 00.00 AM
    Kongkiat Khomsiri
    2006, Thailand
    Un ragazzo ha perso la memoria in seguito ad un incidente e quando lascia l'ospedale torna nella villa di campagna della famiglia . Qui incontra non solo una gemella che non ricordava di avere ma una serie di familiari acquisiti impassibili e spaventati dalle stranezze della sorella e dall’angosciante villa ultramoderna in cui vivono. Horror onirico che accentua la stranezza del quotidiano creando un gorgo in cui non vi sono punti a cui aggrapparsi.
  • Monday, April 24
    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.
  • Friday, April 28
    Teatro Nuovo Giovanni da Udine
    time 3.00 PM
    Nagai Akira
    2017, Japan
    Teiichi would do anything to become prime minister, but his career has to start in his school: an institute for the children of the privileged and a springboard to politics. Manipulative and opportunistic, he initially joins forces with the bully Himuro only to abandon him when his importance as school rep fades. A ferocious satire of politics, a corrosive black comedy and a dark school story: from a famous manga comes a biting movie that screams ‘cult’!
  • Sunday, April 23
    Teatro Nuovo Giovanni da Udine
    time 5.15 PM
    Um Tae-hwa
    2016, South Korea
    Independent loner Soo-rin moves in with her stepfather on a small island after the death of her mother. Here she encounters a new group of friends and they decide to explore a cave linked to many local legends. Inside, they discover what seems a dinosaur egg, but when Soo-rin goes back home she discovers that her friends have vanished into thin air. A fantasy film celebrating the redemptive power of imagination: the world saved by children.
  • Thursday, April 27
    Visionario, Via Asquini 33
    time 1.15 PM
    Um Tae-hwa
    2016, South Korea
    Independent loner Soo-rin moves in with her stepfather on a small island after the death of her mother. Here she encounters a new group of friends and they decide to explore a cave linked to many local legends. Inside, they discover what seems a dinosaur egg, but when Soo-rin goes back home she discovers that her friends have vanished into thin air. A fantasy film celebrating the redemptive power of imagination: the world saved by children.
  • Saturday, April 22
    Teatro Nuovo Giovanni da Udine
    time 00.25 AM
    Chiu Sin-hang, Yan Pak-wing
    2017, Hong Kong
    When young Tim seems to suffer no consequences after being bitten by a vampire, this attracts the attention of a rag-tag group of vampire hunters who enlist his help. The training is no picnic, especially when he falls for a vampire, but the "blood moon" is approaching, bringing with it great danger. A nostalgic comedy with touches of fantasy and melodrama that brings back the "hopping vampires". A must for old-school fans as well as for newcomers to B-movie.