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Fantasia 2017 festival in review

Fantasia 2017, total films seen: 22

This was an okay year overall. Last year wasn’t necessarily that much better but it had some super memorable screenings while this year there weren’t any films that wowed me or had the audience go super crazy. Granted, I missed some South Korean movies I really wanted to watch like A Taxi Driver and A Day. Only three films were labeled recommended this year. This isn’t the worst year as far as outright disliking films but the number of films that I enjoyed or liked a lot this year was lower than previous years. I am starting to wonder if my interest in East Asian cinema is waning.

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Jailbreak @ Fantasia 2017

JailBreakJailbreak (2017)
Directed by: Jimmy Henderson
Written by: Jimmy Henderson, Michael Hodgson
Cast: Jean-Paul Ly, Dara Our, Tharoth Sam, Céline Tran

Review: This is Cambodia’s first martial arts action movie. A man named Playboy is arrested and the police are tasked with transporting him to prison. Playboy’s boss has put a hit on him by promising to pay one of the most ruthless prisoners. The police after placing Playboy in his cell end up being trapped as the prisoners are let loose. They have to fight to survive while also recapturing Playboy.

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Fantasia 2017: First wave announcement

Here are the East Asian films that were announced among the first wave of films that will be screened at this year’s Fantasia International Film Festival. This 21st edition will run from July 13 – August 2, 2017. The full lineup will be released July 5!

Opening night screenings

Jung Byung-gil’s THE VILLAINESS

Takashi Miike’s JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE: DIAMOND IS UNBREAKABLE

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Festival du nouveau cinema – Oct 5-16, 2016

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.

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Fonki – Graffiti Artist

Fonki is of Cambodian descent and was born in France but is now based in Montreal. He’s created some amazing murals that you can see across Montreal. His latest mural was created for the 2016 edition of the MURAL Public Art Festival. It can be seen on St. Urbain street just above Duluth. Here’s my own cell pic of it below.

FONKI_06-19-2016

And here are other photos of the other murals from Cult Montreal.

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