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Unspoiled Brats and Fresh Wave define Udine

Unspoiled Brats and Fresh Wave define Udine

By Staff Reporter

Tue, 10 April 2012, 20:20 PM (HKT)

Festival News

The 14th Far East Film Festival opens on 20 April with KANG Hyung-chul 강형철 | 姜炯哲's Sunny 써니 (2011) from South Korea and closes on 28 April with Dante LAM 林超賢's The Viral Factor 逆戰 (2012) from Hong Kong. Kang will attend opening night.

Other guests flying in include Johnnie TO 杜琪峯 and PANG Ho-cheung 彭浩翔 from Hong Kong, ZHANG Yuan 張元 from China, Giddens 九把刀 from Taiwan, TAKEUCHI Hideki 武内英樹 and RENBUTSU Misako 蓮佛美沙子 from Japan, Effendee MAZLAN from Malaysia and Tanwarin SUKKHAPISIT ธัญญ์วาริน สุขะพิสิษฐ์ from Thailand.

The 9-day festival will screen 57 feature films, including 10 titles within the previously announced retrospective of 1970s South Korean cinema. Other highlights include a programme of independent shorts from Hong Kong's Fresh Wave festival, and Zhang Yuan's "Unspoiled Brats" photo exhibition, now retitled "Beijing Flickers".

Within a wide-ranging programme that tracks trends in recent Asian cinema, the festival also turns its attention to the recent box office turnarounds in Taiwan (You Are the Apple of My Eye 那些年,我們一起追的女孩。 (2011), Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale 賽德克・巴萊 (2011)) and Hong Kong (Nightfall 大追捕 (2012), Love in the Buff 春嬌與志明 (2012)), with several of the films' directors and writers in attendance.

This year's festival trailer, by Filipino film-maker Quark HENARES, stars Ramon Bautista from the director's Rakenrol (2011), which received its world premiere at last year's edition. Trailers in previous years have been directed by regular guests Pang Ho-cheung, from Hong Kong, and Joko ANWAR, from Indonesia.



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