Monday, September 26, 2011

East Asian Films at the BFI London Film Festival Oct 2011

I've had a quick scan of the World Cinema section of the BFI London Film Festival programme and am excited to see the following films will be shown:

AnDa Union: From the Steppes to the City
A documentary about Mongolian folk music and the way of life in this remote region.
I can recommend this excellent CD: Mongolia - Living Music Of The Steppes).
For more information on the film see:

Children Who Chase Lost Voices From Deep Below
Makoto Shinkai's magical anime feature film, read a review here. Sounds heavily Ghibli-influenced.

Cross-talk comedy action caper Let the Bullets Fly starring Chow Yun (I really love you Fatty Fatty) Fat. Directed by Jiang Wen, who also stars along with Ge You, this was a big box office success in East Asia. Set in 1920s mainland China so expect some great mis-en scene and period style dress. Zhou Yun from Bodyguards and Assassins is the female lead (see pic below, great outfit). The film is also supposed to contain some brilliant political satire, heavily veiled in cross-talk and humour. A great opportunity to see this on the big screen, hoping to get tickets for this one.

Also showing are films by HK veteran director Ann Hui, art-house master Jia Zhangke (who produced this award winning movie by Han Jie), a film by Yuya Ishii who recently had a hit here in the UK with Third Windows distributed Sawako Decides and a Tibetan film by Pema Tseden.

For all the London Fim Festival info see:
Runs 12th - 27th October 2011 in London.

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