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, 2017.
Opening night screenings
Jung Byung-gil’s THE VILLAINESS
Takashi Miike’s JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE: DIAMOND IS UNBREAKABLE
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The Wasted Times will open at Cineplex Forum starting on December 16, 2016 courtesy of China Lion Film. It also opens in various other Canadian and American cities. This thriller is directed by Cheng Er and stars Ge You, Zhang Ziyi, Tandanobu Asano and Gillian Chung. That’s a pretty impressive cast. The film is set in 1930s Shanghai and it sounds like Shanghainese is spoken.
And here’s another trailer from over a year ago…
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The Montreal International Documentary Festival / Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montreal (RIDM) will be running from November 10-20, 2016. Here are some of the East Asian & Asian American documentaries.
Gatekeeper by Yung Chang (Canada, Japan)
95 and 6 to go by Kimi Takesue (USA)
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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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CCIFF (Canada China International Film Festival) is a new festival that aims to nurture and promote cooperation between the film industries of China and Canada. It’s first edition will be in Montreal from September 16-19, 2016. There will be various panels aimed at film professionals and also film screenings for the public.
The schedule has been recently released. It is $10 per movie ticket, which can be purchased on their Eventbrite webpage. Screenings will take place in Concordia University’s Hall building and Visual Arts building.
Here are trailers form some of the films that will be screening.
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Fantasia 2016, total films seen: 25
This year’s lineup of movies was very promising but the ones I looked forward to the most ended up being disappointing or just okay. But there were a couple of surprises that ended up being really great. Overall though, I’d say this was a good but not great year (like last year). I’d say the number of great films this year was less than most of the previous years. My main disappointment was the lack of films that resonated with me emotionally. However, in regards to just pure entertainment, I was satisfied by a few strong entries.
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Mini reviews of Heart Attack, The Wailing, The Throne, The Inerasable, Karaoke Crazies, The Phantom Detective, Assassination Classroom: Graduation, Lazy Hazy Crazy, A Violent Prosecutor, The Bodyguard, What a Wonderful Family!, and The Piper after the jump.
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The Fantasia International Film Festival just released their full schedule yesterday and the whole lineup is very impressive with lots of interesting films spanning many genres. There’s almost certainly something for everyone here like mystery, thriller, horror, martial arts, historical, crime, slice of life, comedy and more. Here are some of the movies that personally interest me so far. There is no order to the list. Continue reading “My East Asian Film picks for Fantasia 2016”