The lineup for Friday 2 July

After eight (intense!) days of programming, the lights of the Far East Film Festival 23 are about to go out - but before they do, the ninth and final day shines more dazzlingly than ever. Starting with a precious brace of Hong Kong masterpieces: the eagerly anticipated world premiere of Fruit Chan's Coffin Homes and the welcome return of an eternal FEFF evergreen - Andrew Lau and Alan Mak's adored cult movie. Do we really need to tell you its name? In Udine for its International Festival Premiere, the restored version of Infernal Affairs will officially bring to a close the twenty-third edition, and it will be Davide Pozzi from Bologna's l'Immagine Ritrovata - the film laboratory responsible for this wonderful piece of restoration - who will be collecting the 2021 Golden Mulberry Lifetime Achievement Award before the screening!

Coffin Homes is a black comedy steeped in the language of horror: the genre certainly best suited to recounting the anxieties of Hong Kong residents forced to live in tiny, hideously expensive spaces. The FEFF's dear old friend Fruit Chan stamps down hard on the accelerator and gives us an eccentric, politicised and surreal firework of macabre and satirical visual invention. An irresistible mosaic of stories and characters that revolve around the ruthless Hong Kong real estate market, and in particular those cheap apartments that carry with them the sinister reputation of being… cursed! And don't forget that Coffin Homes can only be seen in Udine and only on the 2nd of July 2: its theatrical release is scheduled for August.

From there, we go to the roof of a building. Blue skies, white clouds. We see two men. One, the more smartly dressed of the two, has his wrists cuffed behind his back, while the other scruffier one is pointing the barrel of a gun between his eyes. As the restless camera darts frenetically around them, the two men exchange a few words... Is there a more immediately recognisable scene in the history of Asian cinema than this? And do we really need to add that the elegant man is Andy Lau and the scruffy one is Tony Leung Chiu-wai? The Closing Night of FEFF 23 is truly an unmissable opportunity to see this historic masterpiece sparkle once again, almost twenty years after we first fell in love with it at first sight. Just like Martin Scorsese did - as everybody and their dog now know, his 2006 The Departed is the American remake of Infernal Affairs. Scorsese's version won itself four Oscars and, as happened again recently with Parasite, the "Far East" started to feel a lot less far away...

And the distances are shortened even further by the last day's other titles: from Hail, Driver! by Malaysia's Muzzamer Rahman, which speaks about the lost souls of Kuala Lumpur, to Filipino love story Rainbow's Sunset by Joel Lamangan, which focuses on a courageous coming out, by way of the Hong Kong homeless of Jun Li's Drifting (welcome back, Francis Ng!) and powerful Filipino short Shadows by Raymond Red, a prizewinner at Cannes in 2000. And we certainly mustn't forget a pair of unmissable comedies: Maeda Koji's adorable Japanese screwball comedy You're Not Normal, Either! and the bizarre Martian hi-jinks of Night of the Undead, by Korean director Shin Jung-won!

All the ninth day, minute by minute!

Visionario


9.00
HAIL, DRIVER!
Directed by Muzzamer Rahman
(Malaysia, 2021)

10.30
FEFF Talk Livestreaming
Today we'll be talking about the new Chinese black comedies with Endgame director Rao Xiaozhi and historical FEFF consultant Maria Ruggeri.

11.00
DRIFTING
Directed by Jun Li
(Hong Kong, 2021)

11.30
YOU’RE NOT NORMAL, EITHER!
Directed by Maeda Koji
(Japan, 2021)

13.30
ENDGAME
Directed by Rao Xiaozhi
(China, 2021)

13.45
UNDERDOG, PART 1

Directed by Take Masaharu
(Japan, 2020)

16.00
NIGHT OF THE UNDEAD 
Directed by Shin Jung-won
(South Korea, 2020)

16.30
UNDERDOG, PART 2

Directed by Take Masaharu
(Japan, 2020)

18.30
YOU’RE NOT NORMAL, EITHER!

Directed by Maeda Koji
(Japan, 2021)

19.30
COFFIN HOMES
Directed by Fruit Chan
(Hong Kong, 2021)

21.45
INFERNAL AFFAIRS

Directed by Andrew Lau & Alan Mak
(Hong Kong, 2002)

Cinema Centrale

16.30
DRIFTING
Directed by Jun Li
(Hong Kong, 2021)

19.30
MAN IN LOVE
Directed by Yin Chen-hao
(Taiwan, 2021)

22.00
NIGHT OF THE UNDEAD 

Directed by Shin Jung-won
(South Korea, 2020)