One specialist festival, Nippon Connection, now over; another, Udine Far East Film Festival with its amazing-looking retro of Shintoho films, currently in progress; and yet another just round the corner, mercifully, given last week’s farrago, closer to home! The website for this year’s Terracotta Far East Film Festival has been pretty lively these past few days, so I am posting up some details for London’s premier event dedicated to Asian cinema.
Only two weeks away, and held at the Prince Charles Cinema, within spitting distance of Leicester Square, from 6-9 May 2010 Joey Leung of Terracotta Films will be treating Londoners to various premiers from the Far East, including some intriguing looking titles from China, Hong Kong, Korea, Thailand and of course, Japan, the latter represented by Yukihiko Tsutsumi’s 20th Century Boys 3, Shimiko Sato’s K-20: Legend of the Mask, the upcoming Third Window release of Yoshihiro Nakamura’s Fish Story and Mamoru Hosoda’s highly-acclaimed anime, Summer Wars.
Asian film fans will also want to check out the two documentaries from French filmmaker Yves Montmayeur, In the Mood for Doyle and Yakuza Eiga, as well as Johnny To’s latest Vengeance. Among others, Bodyguards and Assassins-director Teddy Chen will be attending the festival, which will also be presenting an award to Jackie Chan – does this mean Jackie’s going to be around too?
Tickets are £7.50 per film, or £6.00 for Prince Charles Cinema members. The full line-up can be found on the festival’s website.