Thai megastar fails to illuminate this empty, lethargic study of a movie celebrity's rootless life.
Faithful, over-long adaptation looks great but doesn't emotionally engage as it should.
Hard-driven drama of crime and corruption is leavened by an operatic black humour.
NYAFF completes lineup, announces tributes
New Filipino Cinema a highlight at New York festival
Hi-So launches new UK distributor
Thai drama gets British theatrical outing
Light touched by Fortissimo
Sales agency picks up Taiwan-produced crowd-pleaser
Oz titles bookend Melbourne mega selection
Asian showcase, street-level Chinese sidebar
Melbourne reveals 16 early selections
Oz and Asian titles line up alongside Haneke's Amour
Weinstein runs off with Sapphires
Australian feel-good film gets global deal
Norwegian Wood lands in US
New team to handle stateside release
CJ strikes Netflix deal
Korean films to screen online in US
Separation, Anatolia top APSA nominations list
Bullets and Wedding Planners also shortlisted for best film
Singapore festival turns on Red Light
Thematic strands to guide audience choices
Asia dominates Fantasia prize list
Montreal fantasy festival hot for Japanese films
Storm claims Melbourne prize
Australian festival wraps
Wolf Creek to return, Jungle to scare
Screen Australia unveils funding for six features
Melbourne hosts Storm premiere
Festival unveils 300 title line-up
Melbourne calls up new closing film
Festival revs up Drive as Dog cries off
Wood welcomed in China
Festival title finds distributor after cuts
NYAFF reveals anniversary lineup
New York festival includes tributes to wu xia films, Korean thrillers and Taiwan's Su Chao-pin
CJ Japan unveils distribution dozen
Extensive slate underlines ambitions outside Korea
Wealth of Asian titles in Berlin Forum
Sidebar includes retrospective tribute to Japanese director
Korean trio in Panorama
Berlin festival announces sidebar selections
Tokyo reveals rich lineup
Final film by Shindo Kaneto added to Competition
Melbourne unveils early selections
By Patrick Frater
Mon, 30 May 2011, 14:50 PM (HKT)
Norwegian Wood ノルウェイの森 (2010) by Vietnamese director TRAN Anh Hung, RYOO Seung-wan 류승완 | 柳昇完's The Unjust 부당거래 (2010) and Aditya ASSARAT อาทิตย์ อัสสรัตน์'s Hi-So ไฮโซ (2010) (pictured) are among the Asian titles to unspool at the upcoming Melbourne International Film Festival (21 July – 7 August, 2011).
The festival, which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, announced that local Australian film Red Dog has been set as the closing night screening.
In the International Panorama section selections include Cannes competition film The Kid with the Bike, by the Dardenne brothers, Bela Tarr's B&W-shot The Turin Horse, which won the Silver Bear at this year's Berlin Film Festival, and UK comedian Richard AYOADE's directorial debut Submarine (2010).
Melbourne this year also launches a section This Sporting Life, dedicated to sports films. Debut selections include Bobby Fischer Against the World; Knuckle, which takes audiences into an unseen tribal world of bare-knuckle boxing matches; and motor-racing film Senna.
The full programme will be announced on 5 July.