Le festival du nouveau cinema just released its schedule. In regards to East Asia, Japan is well represented with many features, a couple from China (one is listed under Hong Kong) and a couple from South Korea. In Southeat Asia, there are a few from the Philippines and Cambodia and Thailand each have one film.
Here are a few of my personal picks but be sure to check out the full lineup.
This Japanese film is directed by Hirokazu Koreeda and stars Hiroshi Abe and Yoko Maki. That’s some considerable talent. I’ve enjoyed a lot of their past works. This looks to be a slice of life family drama.
This Japanese film’s description includes a comparison with Fight Club. That’s intriguing but what makes this promising is the inclusion of Yuya Yagira and Masaki Suda whom are very talented young actors.
This Korean film is showing with French subtitles. If you want to watch it with English subtitles, you can wait a few weeks since it will play at Cinema du Parc later in Ocrober. It’s directed by Park Chan-wook and stars Kim Min-hee and Ha Jung-woo. Reviews have been very good.
Jia ZhangKe is a producer of this film. It’s supposed to be an absurd ghost story.
A documentary about migrant workers in the textile industry in China.