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    Brian T

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    Asian Cinema at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival . . .

    Post  Brian T on Tue Jul 26, 2011 6:24 pm

    They released the names of the first 50 festival presentations today. Not much Asian cinema yet, but hopefully that will increase in the days ahead. It'd better, since I've already paid for two 10-ticket packages, my mostest ever . . . Neutral

    A SIMPLE LIFE (Hong Kong-China) D: Ann Hui
    http://www.tiff.net/filmsandschedules/tiff/2011/asimplelife
    The TIFF listing says this is the first pairing of Deannie Ip and Andy Lau in 23 years, which isn't true. Presumably the author is thinking of their most famous (and annoying) collaboration, the TRUTH trilogy (UNWRITTEN LAW, TRUTH and TRUTH - FINAL EPISODE), the last of which was released in 1989, but they've been onscreen together several times since then. A SIMPLE LIFE is currently in the HKMDB as SISTER PEACH, so hopefully someone here who still works over there can update the listing. You'll also notice a couple of familiar faces in the photo gallery at the TIFF link. Wink

    11 FLOWERS (China) D: Wang Xiaoshuai
    http://www.tiff.net/filmsandschedules/tiff/2011/11flowers

    COUNTDOWN (South Korea) D: Huh Jong-ho
    http://www.tiff.net/filmsandschedules/tiff/2011/countdown



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    Re: Asian Cinema at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival . . .

    Post  Brian T on Thu Aug 11, 2011 11:13 pm

    So they've announced the TIFF Midnight Madness schedule today, and there are just two Asian films in the batch, and a bunch of (seemingly) "meh" offerings from other quarters, mostly in the overworked "extreme horror" genre, I suspect.

    For the record, the Asian contributions this year are:

    THE RAID (Indonesia) D: Gareth Evans
    http://tiff.net/filmsandschedules/tiff/2011/raid
    Looking forward to this one the most, based on the strength of Evans' earlier Indonesian picture MERENTAU.


    SMUGGLER (Japan) D: Katsuhito Ishii
    http://tiff.net/filmsandschedules/tiff/2011/smuggler
    Looks interesting, but a lot like so many other "quirky" Japanese pictures that end up getting distributed over here. Fingers crossed that it's something better . . .

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    Re: Asian Cinema at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival . . .

    Post  Brian T on Tue Aug 16, 2011 9:23 am

    More movies announced today. I'm now having fewer doubts about purchasing 20 tickets in advance Laughing :

    LIFE WITHOUT PRINCIPLE (Hong Kong) D: Johnnie To
    I will definitely see this, but frankly
    http://www.tiff.net/filmsandschedules/tiff/2011/lifewithoutprinciple

    WARRIORS OF THE RAINBOW: SEEDIQ BALE (Sai Te Ke Ba Lai) (Taiwan) D: Wei Te- Sheng P: John Woo
    http://www.tiff.net/filmsandschedules/tiff/2011/warriorsoftherainbow

    ARIRANG (South Korea) D: Kim Ki-Duk
    http://www.tiff.net/filmsandschedules/tiff/2011/arirang

    LAST CALL AT THE OASIS (USA) D: Jessica Yu
    http://www.tiff.net/filmsandschedules/tiff/2011/lastcallattheoasis

    STORY OF FILM: AN ODYSSEY (United Kingdom) D: Mark Cousins
    At 900 minutes, I doubt I'll be sitting through this in a theatre, but it seems like the kind of international overview that will touch on aspects of Asian cinema in addition to rest of the world.
    http://www.tiff.net/filmsandschedules/tiff/2011/storyoffilmanodyssey

    WHORE'S GLORY (Austria/Germany) D: Michael Glawogger
    From the synopsis: "This remarkable observational documentary travels to Thailand, Bangladesh and Mexico in search of the plain truth of prostitution."
    http://www.tiff.net/filmsandschedules/tiff/2011/whoresglory

    HEADSHOT (Thailand/France) D: Pen-ek Ratanaruang
    http://www.tiff.net/filmsandschedules/tiff/2011/headshot

    THE FLYING MACHINE (Poland/China) D: Martin Clapp Geoff Lindsey, Dorota Kobiela
    http://www.tiff.net/filmsandschedules/tiff/2011/theflyingmachine

    A LETTER TO MOMO (Momo e no Tegami) (Japan) D: Hiroyuki Okiura
    http://www.tiff.net/filmsandschedules/tiff/2011/lettertomomo

    FROM UP ON POPPY HILL (Kokuriko-zaka kara) (Japan) D: Goro Miyazaki
    http://www.tiff.net/filmsandschedules/tiff/2011/fromuponpoppyhill

    HIMIZU (Japan) D: Sion Sono
    http://www.tiff.net/filmsandschedules/tiff/2011/himizu

    MR. TREE (Hello! Shu Xian Sheng) (China) D: Han Jie
    http://www.tiff.net/filmsandschedules/tiff/2011/mrtree

    UFO IN HER EYES (Germany) D: Xiaolu
    With Shi Ke, Mandy Zhang, Y. Peng Liu, Z. Lan and . . . Udo Kier!
    http://www.tiff.net/filmsandschedules/tiff/2011/ufoinhereyes

    CENTURY OF BIRTHING (The Philippines) D: Lav Diaz
    http://www.tiff.net/filmsandschedules/tiff/2011/centuryofbirthing

    FABLE OF THE FISH (Isda)(The Philippines) D: Adolfo Borinaga Alix Jr.
    http://www.tiff.net/filmsandschedules/tiff/2011/fableofthefish

    KOTOKO (Japan) D: Shinya Tsukamoto
    http://www.tiff.net/filmsandschedules/tiff/2011/kotoko

    MONSTERS CLUB (Japan) D: Toshiaki Toyoda
    http://www.tiff.net/filmsandschedules/tiff/2011/monstersclub

    CUT (Japan) D: Amir Naderi
    A Japanese film by a noted Iranian director. Now that's the kind of cross-pollination I like to see in Asian Cinema. Cool
    http://www.tiff.net/filmsandschedules/tiff/2011/cut

    THE LADY (France/United Kingdom) D: Luc Besson
    announced earlier, but I missed it
    http://www.tiff.net/filmsandschedules/tiff/2011/thelady

    CUCHERA (Philippines) D: Joseph Israel Laban
    http://tiff.net/filmsandschedules/tiff/2011/cuchera

    HANAAN (South Korea) D: Ruslan Park
    http://tiff.net/filmsandschedules/tiff/2011/hanaan

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