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Fantasia Classics at Fantasia 2020

At this year’s virtual edition, Fantasia will be screening some films they screened in the past years as VOD rentals as part of their Fantasia Classics programming.

This is a great initiative and one that I hope continues in future editions. Sometimes you simply cannot watch a screening because of schedule conflicts. Considering how difficult it can be to find and watch some of these movies, it’s nice to get a second chance to see them even if it’s not in the cinema. I’ve linked to my reviews of some of the movies that I have already seen.

A Hero Never Dies
Air Doll
Fly Me to Saitama
Fuku-chan of FukuFuku Flats
HK: Forbidden Superhero
HK: The Abnormal Crisis
Milocrorze – A Love Story
SPL
The Travelling Cat Chronicles

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House of Hummingbird – Now Playing via VOD in virtual cinemas

House of Hummingbird is an excellent drama that I recommended in my review of it after I saw it at Fantasia last year. It’s also the film debut of director Kim Bora who based it partially on her own experiences growing up in Seoul in 1994.

It is now possible to buy a virtual ticket and watch a stream of this movie courtesy of some local cinemas in USA and Canada. Access lasts for 5 days from purchase and you can watch it on demand as many times as you like in those 5 days. Montrealers can support their local cinema and buy a virtual ticket from Cinema Moderne. But it’s not limited to Montrealers. Anybody in Canada can buy a ticket from any Canada based cinema that is offering this movie and watch it. It’s only blocked by country.

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Lucky Grandma – Now Playing via VOD in virtual cinemas

Lucky Grandma is the debut film of director Sasie Sealy and stars Tsai Chin as the titular lucky grandma who is not so lucky when she gets caught up in a dispute between local Chinatown triads.

It is now possible to buy a virtual ticket and watch a stream of this movie courtesy of some local cinemas in USA and Canada. Access lasts for 5 days from purchase and you can watch it on demand as many times as you like in those 5 days. In Canada, virtual tickets are available from Pac Film House.

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Festival du Nouveau Cinema – Oct 9-20, 2019

Another edition of Nouveau cinema is fast approaching and runs from October 9-20, 2019 in various cinemas such as Cinema du Parc, Cinematheque quebecoise, Cinema du musee, and Cineplex quartier latin. A listing of screenings of notable East Asian films will be followed by trailers.

Quebec based director Ky Nam Le Duc will have the world premier of his movie, “Canada”,  and he along with the cast will be in attendance for a Q&A.

Nouveau cinema also has augmented reality or virtual reality works and one intriguing one is “East of the Rockies”, an interactive narrative written by author Joy Kogawa.

There will be three screenings Chinese movie “So Long, My Son” directed by Wang XiaoShuai, an award winning director who is part of the sixth generation of Chinese directors.

Fans of old school martial arts will certainly want to see the restorations of two films by legendary wuxia director King Hu that will be screening, “The Fate of Lee Khan” (1973) and “Raining in the Mountain” (1979). The latter is a North American premiere of a brand new restored version.

Japan as usual has many entries in this festival such as the world premiere of “Videophobia” directed by Daisuke Miyazaki whom along with actress Tomona Hirota will be in attendance. “Diner” is directed by Mika Ninagawa stars Tatsuya Fujiwara and Tina Tamashiro. “They Say Nothing Stays the Same” is the first film by well known actor Jo Odagiri and makes its North American premiere. “To the Ends of the Earth” is directed by award winning Kiyoshi Kurosawa and stars Atsuko Maeda. “37 Seconds” is the first film directed by Hikari.

There are also two animated features from Japan. “Pom Poko” is a lesser known Ghibli classic directed by Isao Takahata. “Children of the Sea” is a recent movie directed by Ayumu Watanabe.

Update Oct 10: A surprise announcement was just made and “Parasite” directed by Bong Joon Ho will have a screening.

Trailers below:

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The Farewell – now playing @ Cineplex Forum & Cinema du Parc in Montreal

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The new movie, “The Farewell”, starring Awkwafina (rapper and now actor in movies like “Crazy Rich Asians” and “Ocean’s 8”) is now in theaters at Cineplex Forum and at Cinema du Parc (with French subtitles under the French title “Le Mariage d’Adieu” / The Farewell Marriage) in Montreal. It’s directed by Lulu Wang and other cast members include Zhao Shuzhen, Tzi Ma and Diana Lin.

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Fantasia International Film Festival, July 11 – August 4, 2019

Another edition of the Fantasia festival will start very soon. The full schedule is available on their website.

For the 2nd/final wave announcement of films see the following Fantasia press release.

Here are some of the East Asian films announced.

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Fantasia 2019 – First Wave Announcement

Fantasia International Film Festival just announced their first wave of films. Here’s a list of the East Asian movies. Trailers will be below the list.

Idol
The Gangster, the Cop, the Devil
Door Lock
Chiwawa
House of Hummingbird
We Are Little Zombies
Ode to Nothing
No Mercy
The Fable
She
21st Century Girl
Fly Me  to Saitama
G Affairs
The Island of Cats
The Moon in the Hidden Woods
White Snake

To see the full list check out the press release below.

https://fantasiafestival.com/en/news/first-wave-2019

Trailers below

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RIDM – Montreal International Documentary Festival – Nov 8-18, 2018

There are some documentaries from China and Japan in this year’s edition of RIDM (Montreal International Documentary Festival). It has screenings from November 8-18, 2018 mainly at Cineplex odeon quartier latin, Cinema du parc and Cinematheque quebecoise.

There are several Japanese documentaries screening from Kazuhiro Soda (a director based in New York City). There’s one Danish documentary appropriately titled “Dreaming Murakami” about the Danish translator of Haruki Murakami’s books.

“A Little Wisdom” by Kang YuQi follows boys being raised in a monastery in Nepal. There is also “Self-Portrait: Sphinx in 47 KM” by Zhang MengQi.