"The first time I saw Bowie he was performing on stage with Lou Reed. He was so powerful, so different from all the other rockers, so special! I realised immediately that I had to photograph him...” It was 1972, and the rest is history. Or rather, legend – the legend of Sukita Masayoshi, the Japanese photographer who was Bowie's narrator for 40 years. 40 years of images (does the legendary cover of “Heroes” ring any bells?) and 40 years of rock history (from glam to punk). The sixth day of FEFF 20, therefore, opens with a world premier: the wonderful documentary Sukita - The Shoot Must Go On, directed by Aihara Hiro and produced by Aihara Hiromi with Sukita Aki (which will be released in Japanese cinemas in May).
As everybody knows, the Man who fell to Earth - David Robert Jones, better known as David Bowie – loved change and practiced it at every opportunity. Except when it came to friendships and affections - there, he was much more constant, and if you want proof just ask Sukita Masayoshi. So plenty of Bowie, then, but also Iggy Pop and Marc Bolan's T.Rex seen through Masayoshi's eyes in his photos and in the narrative flow of Sukita - The Shoot Must Go On: 115 minutes of anecdotes and recollections which never indulge in nostalgia or self-celebration, recounted by Sukita himself (as the screen fills with dozens of truly extraordinary photos!) and his greatest admirers, from Ryuichi Sakamoto and Jim Jarmush to His Highness Kore-eda Hirokazu and guitarist Hotei, author of Kill Bill's iconic Battle Without Honor or Humanity.
An intense Made-in-Asia 25th of April (from Bowie to pearls of independent Chinese cinema, passing through the politically incorrect extravaganza of Tremble All You Want) that ends with the explosive Dante Lam and his new super action thriller Operation Red Sea, but let's not forget that at 16.00, Via Mercatovecchio in the town centre will be hosting the colourful 9th Far East Cosplay Contest, one of the Fareast events most eagerly awaited by the Italian cosplayer community! On stage, once again, the legendary Giorgia Vecchini, better known as... Giorgia Cosplay.
SUKITA: THE SHOOT MUST GO ON
by AIHARA Hiro (Japan, 2018)
The legend of Sukita Masayoshi, the Japanese photographer who for forty years was Bowie's narrator. Forty years of images (by way of example, the legendary cover of “Heroes”) and forty years of rock history, from glam to punk.
In the spotlight from 15.00 to 15.40, the new Chinese cinema. Next, from 15.45 to 16.45, an unmissable meeting with beautiful South Korean diva Moon So-ri! Finally, from 16.50 to 17.30, new Japanese cinema.
by FENG Xiaogang (China, 2017)
From maestro Feng Xiaogang, a historical and generational fresco which combines an intimate approach with epic breadth.
by Joko ANWAR (Indonesia, 2017)
A diabolically perfect, terrifying story where ghosts, zombies and possession share the screen in an atmosphere of growing terror.
by SATO Shinsuke (Japan, 2018)
The most hi-tech, bombastic, pyrotechnic generational conflict ever to be seen at the cinema!
by YIM Soon-rye (South Korea, 2018)
An involving, touching journey that - with echoes of the Nouvelle Vogue - speaks delicately about everyday life, nature and food.
TREMBLE ALL YOU WANT
by OOKU Akiko (Japan, 2017)
Fancy a love story which isn't the usual romance but as over-the-top as it is politically incorrect? Then you absolutely mustn't miss this gem: you'll fall in love with the protagonist (the incredible MATSUOKA MAYU) in two minutes flat!
OPERATION RED SEA
by Dante LAM (China/Hong Kong, 2018)
With action scenes that have already gained themselves a cult reputation, an aesthetic that blends the best in war cinema (Black Hawk Down, The Hurt Locker) with the best 'shooter' video games (Call of Duty), a pace that never drops below 180 MPH and - it must be said - an implicit but clear anti-war message, it's Dante Lam's incredible new action thriller!
CITY OF ROCK
by DA Peng (China, 2017)
THE 8-YEAR ENGAGEMENT
by ZEZE Takahisa (Japan, 2017)
OUR TIME WILL COME
by Ann Hui (China, 2017)
17.50 and 20.10
CHINA NOW 1
and CHINA NOW 2
by various directors (China, 2017)
A look at the the new independent Chinese cinema.