Another wild ride from Love Exposure director Sono Sion, in an everyday story of a mass serial killer.
Don't Go Breaking My Heart
An entertaining but shallow rom-com from Johnnie To that doesn't really engage the emotions.
Epic, multi-character tale of forgiveness vs. revenge has its moments.
Milocrorze: A Love Story
Visual extravaganza centred on tales of fraught love has little beneath the emperor's clothes.
Engrossing samurais-on-a-mission epic, with director Miike Takashi blending eastern and western genres.
Hard-driven drama of crime and corruption is leavened by an operatic black humour.
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Fantasia focuses on Japan, S. Korea and Taiwan
One quarter of genre festival's lineup is Japanese
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South Asia titles in supporting role, South Korea almost edited out
CJ strikes Netflix deal
Korean films to screen online in US
Chicago has Asia appeal
Harada, To in competition; Corrode to premiere
San Francisco to showcase HK cinema
Mini-festival to play new venue
Shanghai has starry opening
Feng Xiaogang and Susan Sarandon honoured
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New York festival includes tributes to wu xia films, Korean thrillers and Taiwan's Su Chao-pin
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CJ Japan unveils distribution dozen
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Korean trio in Panorama
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Dragons & Tigers competition announces eight from first-time directors
Chen Zhen is hit with buyers
Strong sales confirm Yen as star performer
Asia dominates Fantasia prize list
By Patrick Frater
Tue, 09 August 2011, 17:39 PM (HKT)
Although the top prize escaped them, Asian films were prominent winners at the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal, Canada which wrapped this weekend.
Top prize went to Denmark's Clown. But all the other jury-awarded prizes went to Asian films and talent. These included best director to ISHIBASHI Yoshimasa 石橋義正 for Milocrorze: A Love Story ミロクローゼ (2011) (pictured); best screenplay to PARK Hoon-jung 박훈정 | 朴勳正 for The Unjust 부당거래 (2010); best actors to HWANG Jeong-min 황정민 | 黃晸玟 and RYU Seung-beom 류승범 | 柳昇範 for The Unjust and best actress to YASUI Norie 安井紀絵 for Love & Loathing & Lulu & Ayano 名前のない女たち (2010). There was also a special mention for IWAI Shunji 岩井俊二's Vampire (2011).
The Séquences Prize reserved only for Asian films went to ZEZE Takahisa 瀬々敬久's Heaven's Story ヘヴンズ・ストーリー (2010) "for the density of the universal themes it explores, for its singular approach to vengeance for its structured mise-en-scène and its carefully captured images."
The top audience awards were shared by Thirteen Assassins 十三人の刺客 (2010) and Cold Fish 冷たい熱帯魚 (2010) with Milocrorze taking the silver prize and Johnnie TO 杜琪峯's Don't Go Breaking My Heart 單身男女 (2011) taking the bronze award. Japan's REDLINE レッドライン (2009) claimed the audience award for best animation feature.