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Shanghai has action-packed competition

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By Stephen Cremin

Mon, 20 May 2013, 18:15 PM (HKT)

Festival News

Four Asian films will compete in the main competition of the 16th Shanghai International Film Festival 上海國際電影節, which has taken a shift towards more commercial Asian films under new festival director Catherine FU 付文霞.

The biggest surprise is the inclusion of Amazing 神奇 (2012), a basketball film produced by the Shanghai Film Group Corp 上海電影集團公司 in partnership with the National Basketball Association. The film, which started shooting in August 2010, stars HUANG Xiaoming 黃曉明, KIM A-jung 김아중 | 金雅中 and Dwight HOWARD.

Other Asian films in the selection are Dante LAM 林超賢's mixed martial arts drama Unbeatable 激戰 (2013) (pictured) starring Nick CHEUNG 張家輝 and Eddie PENG 彭于晏, KANG Woo-suk 강우석 | 康祐碩's Fists of Legend 전설의 주먹 (2013) from South Korea and HYUGAJI Taro 日向寺太郎's Japanese drama Under the Nagasaki Sky 爆心 長崎の空 (2013).

The 12-film selection also includes A Gun & a Ring, directed by Sri-Lankan-born, Toronto-based director Lenin M. Sivam. The drama explores the stories of different characters over a two week period in Toronto, including tales of various Sri Lankan immigrants in Canada.

The remaining seven films in the selection primarily originate from Europe.

Jury members serving under the already-announced Tom HOOPER are local director NING Hao 寧浩, local actress YU Nan 余男, French critic Michel Ciment, Czech director Jiří Menzel, German director Chris Kraus and Iran's Khosro Masoumi. Two films directed by Masoumi have twice won the top prize in competition in Shanghai.


  • Amazing; dir. Sherwood Hu [China/US]
  • Fists of Legend; dir. Kang Woo-suk [South Korea]
  • A Gun & a Ring; dir. Lenin M. Sivam [Canada]
  • I am You; dir. Petar Popzlatev [Bulgaria]
  • Joy; dir. Elias Giannakakis [Greece]
  • Maina; dir. Michel Paulette [Canada]
  • The Major; dir. Yury Bykov [Russia]
  • Reliance; dir. William Olsson [Sweden]
  • Mr. Morgan's Last Love; dir. Sandra Nettelbeck [Germany/Belgium]
  • Taste of Poetry; dir. Sandra Nettelbeck [Turkey]
  • Unbeatable; dir. Dante Lam [Hong Kong/China]
  • Under the Nagasaki Sky; dir. Hyugaji Taro [Japan]

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