The lineup for Thursday 1 July

Winning doesn't just mean collecting ribbons, cups and medals or getting up on a podium: winning begins earlier, a long time before the final result, when you start putting in the effort day after day and start trying to win. This is true for athletes, of course, but it also applies to anyone facing a challenge. And the Far East Film Festival 23, as we've already seen, is literally bursting at the seams with films that look at facing challenges – “constructing victory” - from a competitive and from an existential perspective.
Victory is the topic of two of the most intense titles of the eighth day of the FEFF. Jimmy Wan's incredible Zero to Hero, in Udine for its World Premiere, is a biopic focused on the figure of So Wa Wai, the sprinter who between 1996 and 2012 won the first Paralympic gold medal (and then five more, all golds) for the Hong Kong team. Cerebral palsy didn't stop him: it gave him wings and turned him into a sports legend! In addition to describing a miracle, Zero to Hero tells a tale of personal redemption, while moving documentary Tough Out by Chinese director Xu Hui-jing tells a tale of social redemption: the redemption of a young people's baseball team that out on the diamond finds the opportunity to leave behind decidedly difficult lives of poverty and abandonment...
Another Chinese movie but with a completely different tone is highly anticipated black comedy Endgame by Rao Xiaozhi (European premiere). What happens when loser Chen and assassin Zhou swap lives? What happens is a hilarious blockbuster featuring superstar Andy Lau in better form than ever as Zhou and star Xiao Yang in the role of Chen! Will our heroes (or rather our anti-heroes) manage to emerge whole from the bizarre situation fate has thrown them into? And our second World Premiere also knows a thing or two about "bizarre situations": Sugar Street Studio, Sunny Lau's irresistible tribute to classic made-in-Hong Kong horror comedies!
And we mustn't forget gripping noir Hand Rolled Cigarette by Chan Kin-long, one of the eight young Hong Kong directors in the spotlight of FEFF 23, the unusual sentimental anatomy of Man in Love by Taiwan's Yin Chen-hau, the memorable performance of Eddie Garcia in Bwakaw (where he was already 82 years old!) by Filipino director Jun Robles Lana and the third unmissable World Premiere of the next-to-last day: Before Next Spring by Li Gen, a portrait of a group of Chinese youngsters who find themselves living on the fringes of society in a suburb of Tokyo.


All the eighth day, minute by minute!


Visionario

8.45
ZERO TO HERO
Directed by Jimmy Wan
(Hong Kong, 2021)

From 10.30 to 12.30
FEFF Talk Livestreaming
Today we'll be talking about the current situation of Hong Hong cinema and contemporary Japanese cinema.

10.45
BEFORE NEXT SPRING
Directed by Li Gen
(China, 2021)

11.00
DEATH KNOT
Directed by Cornelio Sunny
(Indonesia, 2021)

13.30
MIDNIGHT SWAN
Directed by Uchida Eiji
(Japan, 2020)

14.00
TOUGH OUT
Directed by Xu Hui-jing
(China, 2020)

16.20
HAND ROLLED CIGARETTE
Directed by Chan Kin-long
(Hong Kong, 2020)

18.15
SUGAR STREET STUDIO
Directed by Sunny Lau
(Hong Kong, 2021)

18.30 
MAN IN LOVE
Directed by Yin Chen-hao
(Taiwan, 2021)

21.00
BWAKAW
Directed by Jun Robles Lana
(Philippines, 2012)

Visionario Open-air Cinema

21.45
ENDGAME
Directed by Rao Xiaozhi
(China, 2021)

Cinema Centrale

16.30
BEFORE NEXT SPRING
Directed by Li Gen
(China, 2021)

19.30
PLEASE DON’T SAVE ME
Directed by Jung Yeon-kyung
(South Korea, 2020)

22.00
THE MAID
Directed by Lee Thongkham
(Thailand, 2020)