Programme for Friday the 3rd of May

Friday the 3rd of May. Penultimate day of the 21st Far East Film Festival. After Jeon Do-yeon and Yao Chen, it's time to turn the festival's spotlights on another superstar: Anthony Wong! He's played the lead in masterpieces like Johnnie To's The Mission. He's starred in unforgettable cult movies like Andrew Lau and Alan Mak's Infernal Affairs. He's been a hit man, a cop, a romantic hero and a serial killer. He's played every role in every genre, from crime and comedy to fantasy and splatter. His filmography is practically infinite, and it's no exaggeration to say that he is the face of the last thirty years of Hong Kong cinema...
Already a guest at the very first edition of the FEFF in 1999, when he presented Beast Cops by Gordon Chan and Dante Lam, Anthony now returns to Udine exactly twenty years later to collect his Golden Mulberry Award for Outstanding Achievement (taking his place in the Udine hall of fame alongside other giants of Asian cinema including Jackie Chan, Joe Hisaishi, Feng Xiaogang, Johnnie To and Brigitte Lin). A precious opportunity to see - or to see again - Mr. Wong close-up and to applaud two films that symbolise his history: his debut movie My Name Ain't Suzie, screened on April 30th, and the magnificent Still Human, showing at 7.40 pm today, which will see Anthony take the stage of the FEFF together with the film's director Oliver Chan and co-star Crisel Consunji.
Oliver Chan was crowned best new director (and Crisel Consunji nominated for best actress and best new actress) at the last Hong Kong Film Festival, and another film that was an awards hit at the festival is in the line-up for the eighth day of the FEFF: nail-biting thriller Project Gutenberg by Felix Chong. Pure Hong Kong style!

A First Farewell 
by Lina WANG (China, 2018)

Though still a child, Isa already has adult responsibilities: he must take care of his sick mother, watch the flock and attend school. He spends his only moments of leisure with his best friends, the children of a couple of cotton growers. A poetic tribute to a way of life that is disappearing: this, perhaps, is the farewell to which the title of the film alludes.

Hotel Soul Good
by YAN Pak-wing (Hong Kong, 2018)
After a near-death experience, hotel executive Katy discovers she can see ghosts. Thanks to this, she now has some new friends: three spirits stuck in limbo who, in order to settle their pending accounts, must find a body they can possess to realize their desires. But Katy has a stroke of genius: opening a hotel for ghosts. A retro romantic comedy that celebrates kindred "spirits".

BNK48: Girls Don’t Cry
by THAMRONGRATTANARIT Nawapol (Thailand, 2018)

With more than 50 members, Thai pop group BNK48 – along with the crazed fandom typical of Asian idols - is turning the country upside down. This documentary raises the curtain to show what's behind the scenes: to get the best performances out of the group, the girls are forced to compete against their best friends, and the singers find themselves imprisoned in a never-ending popularity contest. 

Project Gutenberg
by Felix CHONG (Hong Kong,  2018)

The Hong Kong police are on the trail of a gang of counterfeiters, led by a mysterious boss called "Painter": their ruthlessness and skill at counterfeiting make them public enemy number one. Desperate times call for desperate measures, and in order to stop them the department is forced to recruit a well-known forger. A tense new thriller by the creators of Infernal Affairs

Dare to Stop Us 
by SHIRAISHI Kazuya (Japan, 2018)

Young Megumi enters the flamboyant world of the independent Japanese cinema of the '70s, of which the enfant terrible is Wakamatsu. Full of unbridled creativity, Wakamatsu makes pioneering 'pink' films that use sex and violence to critique the society of the day. A film about the subversive power of cinema but also the portrait of an oddball "family" and the bonds that keep it together.

Still Human 
by Oliver CHAN (Hong Kong, 2018) 

Leung has been paralysed for years and can only move his arms. Considering himself a victim of life, he has closed in on himself - but despite his difficult character, an affectionate relationship forms little by little with his carer, who helps him to realize his dream. A delicate story told with powerful realism featuring an incredible performance from Anthony Wong

Fly Me to the Saitama 
by TAKEUCHI Hideki (Japan, 2019)

The centre vs the suburbs: it's a rivalry as old as cities themselves. And if the city is a Tokyo that looks like a new Versailles and persecutes the inhabitants of the less dashing Saitama, things get complicated fast and war is inevitable. Will modern-day Romeo and Juliette Momomi and Rei manage to bring peace? From the director of Thermae Romae, an outrageously pop, all-out manga-style comedy!

The Devil Fish
by David CHUANG (Taiwan, 2018)
In Taiwanese folklore, to kill a demon you must trap it inside a fish which is then fried. After catching one of these fish, a gangster becomes possessed and kills his entire family. Taoist priest Chen is called in to perform an exorcism - but when a young boy films the ceremony and shares it with his friends, the curse starts to spread…