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Montreal World Film Festival August 21-September 1

Despite issues with funding this year, the Montreal World Film Festival appears to back again. However, they have not posted their schedule yet Update: Schedule now available on their website. A list of the Asian features can be found in this article by Film Business Asia. Plot summaries of the Japanese films can be found on CocoMontreal’s facebook page. There is one South Korean film, a documentary called Splendid but Sad Days.

Some films with name recognition (limited by my own knowledge & research) are Our Family by director Yuya Isshii; The Light Shines Only There directed by Mipo O and starring Go Ayano; No Man’s Land directed by Ning Hao; Black Coal, Thin Ice directed by Diao YiNan, The Boar King directed by Kuo ChenTi; Norwegian Wood directed by Tran Anh Hung; and The Grandmaster directed by Wong Kar Wai and starring Tony Leung and Zhang ZiYi.

Lesser known movies include Factory Boss directed by Zhang Wei and Tokyo: The City of Glass directed by Kazuhiro Teranishi who will also be attending the film festival.

There are a couple of movies from the Philippines: KamKam and The Coffin Maker. here is one film from Burma called Ice Poison directed by Midi Z.

Chinese singer, Jane Zhang, is one of the judges for the films that are in competition.



Longtime fan of East Asian films. Former "movie reporter" on the music radio show / podcast "Beats From The East" broadcasted on Concordia University's CJLO 1690AM radio station in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

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