This year’s Festival du nouveau cinema screens many intriguing films from around the world from October 3-14, 2018 at Cineplex Quartier Latin, Cinema du Parc and Imperial cinema. There is as usual a great selection of East Asian films. I won’t list them all but I will mention some of the ones I look forward to seeing the most.
Films from China have often been lacking at festivals (perhaps in part due to censorship) but this edition features Jia ZhangKe’s latest film, Ash is the Purest White starring his wife and muse Zhao Tao and Liao Fan, an actor’s who’s been in many good films that I’ve enjoyed. Other actors in the film include Feng Xiaogang and Xu Zheng which make up an impressive cast. Long Day’s Journey into the Night directed by Bi Gan stars Huang Jue and the ever compelling and beautiful actress Tang Wei.
From Japan, the festval brings Hirokazu Koreeda’s latest work Shoplifters, which won the Palme d’Or at Cannes. It has an excellent cast including Lily Franky, Sakura Ando, Mayu Matsuoka, and Kirin Kiki (her last film before she passed away in 2018). I’m biased since I’ve enjoyed many films by this director but I think this is a must-watch. Killing directed Shinya Tsukamoto stars Sosuke Ikematsu and Yu Aoi, both very good actors. Mamoru Hosoda’s latest animated film Mirai looks delightful for kids and adults. I’ve enjoyed past anime films by this director. There are also restored versions of older Japanese films from 60s, 70s & 80s which should intrigue those with a longer history of Japanese film viewing than myself.
The South Korea film I’m eager to see is Burning by Lee Chang Dong, whose previous film I saw was very engaging and thought provoking. This one stars Yoo Ah-in, Steven Yeun, and Jeon Jong-seo.
From France, there’s the animated film Funan directed by Denis Do about the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. It won the Crystal Prize for Best Feature Film at Annecy International Animated Festival.
There are also other films from South East Asian countries such as Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia and Singapore.
Trailers after the jump.
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Mini reviews of the rest of the Fantasia films that I watched in 2018.
Being Natural, The Vanished, Buybust, Buffalo Boys, Fireworks, Loi Bao, Ajin, Laughing Under the Clouds, The Brink, Punk Samurai Slash Down
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Here are some of the East Asian films that Fantasia announced as part of their first wave of films that will screen at this year’s festival.
World premieres include Buffalo Boys, a western from Indonesia directed by Mike Wiluan, and Bleach, a live action manga adaptation directed by Shinsuke Sato and starring Sota Fukushi and Miyavi featuring supernatural battles.
Inuyashiki, another live action manga adaptation but in the Sci-fi genre directed by Shinsuke Sato will have it’s Canadian premiere and stars Noritake Kinashi and Takeru Satoh. Another manga adaptation from Sato called I am a Hero featuring zombies will also screen.
Animated features making their Canadian premieres include: Maquia: When The Promised Flower Blooms, which is the directorial debut of Mari Okada; Fireworks directed by Genki Kawamura, which is an adaption of a TV drama by Shunji Iwai; and the “gekimation” Violence Voyager by Ujicha.
From South Korea: Last Child, a first feature film from director Shin Dong-seok is a drama that will have its Canadian premiere and stars Choi Moo-seong, Kim Yeo-jin and Seong Yu-bin. The Outlaws is an action comedy directed by Kang Yun-sung and starring Don Lee and Yoon Kye-sang.
Horror entries include: Japan’s Rokuroku: The Promise of the Witch by Yudai Yamaguchi and Indonesia’s Satan’s Slaves by Joko Anwar.
Other Japanese films include: Tremble All You Want by Akiko Ohku, Wilderness: Part 1 & 2 directed by Yoshiyuki Kishi and starring Masaki Suda and Yang Ik-june, and Hanagatami by Nobuhiko Obayashi.
For the full list of films, check out the press release.
Some trailers after the jump.
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Joey Alexander is a 12 year old piano prodigy from Indonesia who is the youngest Jazz Grammy nominee ever. He’ll have a show with his band at the Montreal Jazz festival on Friday July 1, 2016 at 8pm that will feature music from his Grammy nominated debut album, My Favorite Things.
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Fantasia 2015, total films seen: 30
This has certainly been one of the best years in terms of the Asian film selections since I began extensively covering it starting back in 2011. I didn’t realize it until now but I actually saw the most films this year than any previous year and it could’ve been more if it weren’t for other activities and fatigue. It’s impressive that I feel this year also had the fewest duds for me. I would probably say only a handful of films were very disappointing and/or not enjoyable. This was coming off last year, where I didn’t like many of the films. Continue reading “Fantasia 2015 festival in review”
The Raid 2 is predictably the sequel to The Raid: Redemption, the impressive action film that put Indonesian martial arts on the map. The original was a total ass-kicking movie with intense and brutally choreographed fight scenes a couple of which went on for impressive lengths of time. While the original took place in just one building, the sequel looks to span more locations with even more insane action (I would not want to mess with the guy with the baseball bat or the gal with the hammers). It’s now screening at Cinema Banque Scotia in Montreal. Check out the trailer below.