About the Pink Sky
Shapeless low-key comedy with self-centred teens quickly alienates its audience.
Big Blue Lake
Plot-light but involving study of a woman returning to her home village outside Hong Kong.
Chemistry between Kevin Spacey and Daniel Wu helps sustain a rather uneven Mephistophelian comedy.
Good-looking, multi-character Valentine's Day movie, stronger in parts than as a whole.
Well-cast but thinly scripted portmanteau drama with overlapping characters in separate stories.
Initially intriguing idea about two housebreakers wilfully loses its audience midway.
Red Vacance Black Wedding
| 붉은 바캉스 검은 웨딩
An okay, cynical-romantic look at sex and infidelity by two South Korean mavericks.
Romancing in Thin Air
Ambitious riff on Asian melodrama is diverting but lacks real emotional oxygen.
The Second Woman
Poorly written psychodrama about twins in love with the same man generates no tension.
A joyous comedy-drama of female friendship, with excellent ensemble work and lots of retro nostalgia.
Sumptuously shot spin on the costume action genre has good performances but a slightly bumpy script.
Puppy Love wins big at Golden Wau Awards
Five awards including Best Film
Thailand: Good times, bad times
Competition threatens SE Asian country's lead
Taiwan cinema: north or south?
Will the island's industry finally embrace China?
Osaka Asian opens with Drug War
Highly regarded Asian film festival facing funding crisis
Bullet, War lead HK Awards nominations
Close race for top titles
Taipei BO down 5% in 2012
Local films' market share down from 19% to 12%
China takes reigns of Horse Awards
Beijing Blues wins top prize in Taiwan
Weinstein Co sets Wu Xia release
Dragon finally set to fly in hybrid outing
APSA nominations spread thinly
Hill top at selection stage
Mainland films lead Golden Horse race
Mystery and Beijing Blues shortlisted
Apple is the apple of Mirovision's eye
South Korean distributor also opts for A Simple Life
China box office crosses $1.2bn in H1
Market grows 42% year-on-year; local films have 35% market share
Terracotta army puts on victory parade
HK films showcased in London
Shanghai Talent award goes to India's Kshay
Depiction of obsession heads for theatrical release
NY Asian Festival powers up
Premieres, prizes and retro presentations
Shanghai competitions spotlight China and India
One Asian film announced so far in festival's international competition
Defiant words as Udine opens under a cloud
Festival boss resists gloomy outlook as Sunny entertains
Asian films make N American progress
Modern themes connecting with audiences
Anticipated films lock China dates
Inseparable and Seediq Bale in May; Wong Kar-wai's Grandmaster in December
Simple Life tops HK awards
Speeches warn of HK industry peril
Unspoiled Brats and Fresh Wave define Udine
To, Pang and Zhang return for 14th edition of Italian festival
Terracotta does things own Way
London Asian festival unveils lineup, acquires rights
Separation wins Asian Film Awards
Deanie Ip also continues her winning streak
Deauville announces Asia prizes
Specialist festival wrapped on Sunday
America hearts Love
Taiwanese romance scores in platform release
Chinese movie channel to launch from March
Edko, We, Huayi joint venture takes to the air
Love romances Taipei audiences
Love opens at #1; Din Tao now #1 of 2012
Bullets still flying at HK Film Awards
Films by Jiang Wen and Tsui Hark receive 13 nominations each
Taiwan audiences march to a different drummer
Din Tao leads Lunar New Year box office results
Panorama fills final slots with returnees
Ogigami, Niu and Yonfan return to Berlin
Zigeunerweisen returns to Berlin
Japanese indie sales company selling classic Japanese indie trilogy
South Korean films surge in 2011
Local films reverse five year downtrend
Hua Hin Festival unveils Asia-centric lineup
New showcase kicks off next week
AFA nominations headed by Greater China mega titles
South Asia titles in supporting role, South Korea almost edited out
Bright Future for Asian dozen
First and second films appear in Rotterdam section
Fajr picks Asian 8
Iranian festival pulls back the veil
Nagata goes indie at Free Stone
NTV veteran joins Takamatsu at new sales company
Miike, Nugruho to colour Rotterdam Spectrum
World premieres for Asian trio in huge section
Takahashi to open Osaka festival
Drama set in occupied Korea launches Asian festival's 2012 edition
Dubai opens under Cruise control
Strong lineup of Indian cinema and Bollywood stars
Asian trio compete at Sundance
Japan's About the Pink Sky picked up by Free Stone
Simple Life, Seediq Bale ride off with Golden Horse prizes
Mainland Chinese films sidelined at Taiwan award show
Floods dampen Thai film sector
Exhibitors close quarter of screens
Busan West reveals selection
Old and new travel to Orange County
Untouchable connects in Tokyo
Local film Woodsman wins runner-up prize at Japanese festival
Grand Bell out in Front
Korean awards show splits prizes
Golden Scene swims in Blue Lake
Rare Hong Kong indie finds sales home
Local heroes heed the call
An interesting final quarter awaits the South Korean industry
Seediq and Bullets head Horse race
Taiwan talent recognised in local and Mainland films
HKAFF spotlights Taiwan and men in tights
Love, bruises and nail clippers at Hong Kong Asian Film Festival
Online smiles for Sunny
Revenue growth points to improving ancillaries outlook
Vancouver champions Chinese female directors
Documentaries and omnibus films also highlighted
Always and Mother bookend Busan
Boxing romance to open South Korean festival
Summer sizzles at HK box office
Releases tumble as blockbusters dominate
Sunny rises against the machines
Director's cut of Korean drama released today
Island closing gap with Wu Xia
Horror/thriller is number two at China box office
Wu Xia has RMB100m China opening
Mysterious Island is first surprise hit of the summer
Korea BO shows resilience
First half gain for local films, but Hollywood takes cash prize
Sunny shines again
Korean drama reclaims top spot from Panda
Wu Xia sets out Asia battle plan
Martial arts action film readies pan-regional releasing campaign
To wraps Thin Air love pic
Romantic drama reunites Louis Koo and Gao Yuanyuan
Continued Cannes deals
Raid means business, Magic is a winner, Odin's multiple sales
Cannes announces minor-key Asian line-up
Official Selection includes two Japanese, three Korean titles
Lover's Discourse rewarded in Osaka
Pisanthanakun receives most promising talent award
Huayi has high hopes for hefty slate
Production lineup includes prequels, 'greater China' talent
Tokyo Project Gathering Hosts Host Sequel
Co-production market emphasises Japanese and Korean cinema
Eng's Inseparable adds star cast
Kevin Spacey joins Chinese black comedy
Osaka lines up diverse competition
By Stephen Cremin
Tue, 07 February 2012, 18:45 PM (HKT)
Twelve films will compete at next month's Osaka Asian Film Festival 大阪アジアン映画祭 (9-18 Mar 2012) in Japan. This year's lineup consists of 36 feature films and 10 shorts.
Highlights among the competition titles are Johnnie TO 杜琪峰's Romancing in Thin Air 高海拔之戀Ⅱ, Dayyan ENG 伍仕賢's Inseparable 形影不離 (2011), Songyos SUGMAKANAN ทรงยศ สุขมากอนันต์'s The Billionaire วัยรุ่นพันล้าน (2011) and CHENG Fen-fen 鄭芬芬's Bear It 熊熊愛上你 (2011) (pictured). To and Cheng have previously attended the festival.
As in previous years, the event has a strong lineup of films from Southeast Asia. Two Indonesian films screen in the competition section, Lasja Fauzia SUSATYO's Blue Sky Langit biru (2011) and Teddy SOERIAATMADJA's Lovely Man (2011). Also competing are Nasi Lemak 2.0 辣死你媽 (2011) from Malaysia and P-047 แต่เพียงผู้เดียว (2011) from Thailand.
Among 16 features receiving special screenings are Japan's About the Pink Sky ももいろそらを (2011), South Korea's Sunny 써니 (2011) and China-Taiwan co-production Love 愛. The festival is also showing a new version of Red Vacance Black Wedding 붉은 바캉스 검은 웨딩 (2011) with a third section directed by KANCHIKU Yuri 寒竹ゆり.
Several of the films reflect on issues surrounding last year's Tohoku earthquake: Simon CHANG 張世儫's Father's Lullaby 手機裡的眼淚, KOBAYASHI Masahiro 小林政広's Women on the Edge ギリギリの女たち (2011) and Friends, a four-minute short directed by Hong Kong's Adam WONG 黃修平 and Saville CHAN 陳心遙.
Friends is part of a special focus on contemporary Hong Kong cinema that includes screenings of Carol LAI 黎妙雪's upcoming The Second Woman 情謎, Jessey TSANG 曾翠珊's Big Blue Lake 大藍湖 (2011) and Lover's Discourse 戀人絮語 (2010), directed by Derek TSANG 曾國祥 and Jimmy WAN 尹志文.
Rounding out the Hong Kong programme, the festival close with the local premiere of Wu Xia 武俠 (2011) attended by director Peter CHAN 陳可辛. As previously announced, the festival will open with the world premiere of TAKAHASHI Banmei 高橋伴明's Takumi: The Man Beyond Borders 道〜白磁の人〜.
Additional guests — and the festival jury — will be announced later this month.