From Love Off the Cuff
by Pang Ho-cheung to the eagerly-awaited Satoshi
by Mori Yoshitaka, who will be a guest at the showing together with the film's star Matsuyama Kenichi: the second (jam-packed) day of #FEFF19, minute by minute!
Who are the protagonists of the second (jam-packed) day? There's no way to answer that without starting with one of the FEFF's most beloved friends: we're talking about bad boy Pang Ho-cheung, an icon of unstoppable Made-in-Hong-Kong creativity whose Love Off the Cuff
(the third chapter of the bizarre romantic saga which started with Love in a Puff
, which is showing at the Visionario, and continued with Love in the Buff
) we will be seeing. And on Saturday the 29th of April, Pang's name returns to the screen in the role of 'producer': Jason Kwan's offbeat debut film A Nail Clipper Romance
is his creature, and it tells the story of a red-haired girl who follows a rather unusual diet: she only eats... nailclippers!
Changing nation - and totally changing style – we then go to Japanese director Mori Yoshitaka, who - together with superstar Matsuyama Kenichi (Linda, Linda, Linda
, Death Note
, L change the WorLd
, all shown at past FEFFs) - will be present for the showing of his eagerly-anticipated Satoshi: A Move for Tomorrow
. A quick summary of the plot? Young Murayama (a role for which Kenichi, in perfect Actors Studio-style, put on more than 40 pounds!) is a scruffy nerd and a prodigy at shogi, a Japanese variant of chess whose champions are genuine celebrities. His unconventional style helps him break into the world of shogi, but Habu, his cold, calculating opponent, awaits. 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 get ready for checkmate...
So, as we were saying: the second (jam-packed) day, with 10 titles (showing from morning to late at night), a double morning talk and a brace of aces from our grand Hong Kong retrospective at the Cinema Visionario: the already-mentioned Love in a Puff
and the now-legendary Ip Man
by Yip Wilson!TEATRO NUOVO
9.00Mercury is Mine
by Jason Paul Laxamana
A satirical comedy that examines the relationship between Filipinos and white caucasians with touches of humour and drama.FEFF Talks
In the spotlight from 10.00 to 10.30, the Japanese producer Usui Hirotsugu (Survival Family
). Next, from 10.35 to 11.15, the Cambodian delegation of Jailbreak
, led by Milanese director Jimmy Henderson.
10.50At the Terrace
by Yamauchi Kenji
A splendid terrace, a party, the removal of social masks, the right amount of alcohol and a frisson of eroticism: the fuse is lit.
12.40Love Off the Cuff
by Pang Ho-cheung
(China & Hong Kong, 2017)
Living together is no bed of roses for Jimmy and Cherie. As she confides in her girlfriends, Cherie is struggling to tolerate Jimmy's laziness and his love of cheap trinkets, and 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 Jimmy's phone. Will they manage to repair the cracks in their relationship? Love, sex... and other problems. Pang is back in town!
15.00The City of Betrayal
by Miura Daisuke
On a dating site, a young slacker hooks up with a girl who actually turns out to be a bored housewife. But after the initial embarrassment, the two realise that there is a powerful sexual and human attraction between them.
by Chung Mong-hong
Master of laughter Michael Hui returns to the big screen with one of his best performances yet, playing an elderly taxi driver in this irresistible dark comedy!
19.45Satoshi: A Move for Tomorrow
by Mori Yoshitaka
Young Murayama is a scruffy nerd and a prodigy at shogi, a Japanese variant of chess whose champions are genuine celebrities. His unconventional style helps him break into the world of shogi, but Habu, his cold, calculating opponent, awaits. 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 get ready for checkmate.
22.10 The Prison
by Na Hyun
(South Korea, 2017)
Ever thought about committing the perfect crime? This original thriller might give you some ideas. During the night, the inmates of a prison leave to commit crimes, returning to their cells before morning. But their movements don't go unnoticed and ex-cop Yoo Gun is sent in undercover...
00.25Vampire Cleanup Department
by Chiu Sin-hang, Yan Pak-wing
(Hong Kong, 2017)
A nostalgic fantasy-comedy-melodrama that brings back the "hopping vampires". A must-see for old school fans and B-movie newbies alike.
by Yip Wilson
(Hong Kong, 2008)
The first chapter of the legendary saga! An action biopic dedicated to the youth of Ip Man, the famous Kung Fu master who popularised the Wing Chun school and was the adolescent Bruce Lee's teacher.
Love in a Puff
by Pang Ho-cheung
(Hong Kong, 2010)
Witty dialogue, a capacity for continuous invention and a radical style make this film one of the most successful and original examples of Pang Ho-Cheung's thoroughly Cantonese cinema.
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