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12 Films you cannot miss at the Focus On Asia – Fukuoka International Film Festival 2016

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We present a list of 12 films you can’t miss at the Focus On Asia – Fukuoka International Film Festival that will be held from September 15th – 25th in Fukuoka, Japan.

7-letters

7 Letters by Eric Khoo, Boo Junfeng, Jack Neo, Kelvin Tong, K.Rajagopal, Tan Pin Pin, Royston Tan
Sinapore, Malaysia | 2015 – 116 min.

7 short films by 7 film directors who represent Singapore. The theme is presented as some connection to what each film director calls his or her “home”. The seven Singaporean episodes made by seven film directors with differences in language, race, age generation and background, will help us get to the heart of understanding the people of Singapore.

Schedule
September 17th – United Cinemas Canal City 13 (Screen No5) – 10:00 am
September 21th – United Cinemas Canal City 13 (Screen No5) – 12:30 pm
September 24th – United Cinemas Canal City 13 (Screen No5) – 10:00 am

Trailer

flapping-in-the-middle-of-nowhere

Flapping in the middle of Nowhere by Nguyen Hoang Diep
Vietnam, France, Norway, Germany | 2014 – 98 min.

Huyen, a college student lives in Hanoi, far away from home. One day she discovers she is pregnant. Her boyfriend, who gets involved in an illegal cockfighting scheme, disappears. In order to pay for an abortion, she visits a dating club on the recommendation of a friend… The film depicts Vietnam’s present day urban problems from a sensual point of view that only a female director can present.

Schedule
September 18th – United Cinemas Canal City 13 (Screen No5) – 16:00 pm
September 23th – United Cinemas Canal City 13 (Screen No5) – 10:00 am

Trailer

gentle

Gentle by Le-Van Kiet – Vietnam | 2014 – 98 min.

A young woman jumps from a building to her death. The husband, beside his wife’s dead body, reminisces his past in an attempt to understand why she took her life. Based on Dostevskii’s “Gentle Creature”, the film sets the story in present day Vietnam. A middle age man managing a pawn shop marries a young woman who frequents his shop but in time, their feelings for each other subtly start to drift apart…

Schedule
September 19th – United Cinemas Canal City 13 (Screen No13) – 16:30 pm
September 24th – United Cinemas Canal City 13 (Screen No13) – 10:15 am

Trailer

kaili-blues

Kaili Blues by Bi Gan – China | 2015 – 113 min.

Located in southwestern China’s exotic and subtropical Guizhou Province is Kaili , which gets foggy and humid. Chen, who works in a small medical office, embarks on a journey to realize his late mother’s wish as well as that of an old female physician. Lured by the strange air of a small village, Chen starts to wander from and to his past, present and future and ponders about his own life.

Schedule
September 17th – United Cinemas Canal City 13 (Screen No13) – 14:00 pm
September 19th – United Cinemas Canal City 13 (Screen No13) – 10:15 am
September 22th – United Cinemas Canal City 13 (Screen No13) – 16:15 pm

Trailer

life-on-the-border

Life on the Border – Iraq | 2015 – 73 min.

A project of Bahman Ghobadi of “Flag Without a Country”. 8 children in Kurdish refugee camps do it all from directing, scripting to filming 8 short films into an omnibus motion picture.
** – Produce by Produced by Bahman Ghobadi Directed by Hazem Khodeideh, Basmeh Soleiman, Sami Hossein, Ronahi Ezaddin, Diar Omar, Delovan Kekha, Mahmod Ahmad, Zohour Saeid

Schedule (This film is shown together with “Flag Without a Country”)
September 16th – United Cinemas Canal City 13 (Screen No 13) – 19:15 pm
September 19th – United Cinemas Canal City 13 (Screen No 5) – 16:00 pm
September 23th – United Cinemas Canal City 13 (Screen No 13) – 12:30 pm

Trailer

live-from-ub

Live from UB by Lauren Knapp – Mongolia, US | 2015 – 82 min.

A documentary on youngsters in Mongolia’s capital of Ulaanbaatar (abbreviated as UB) as they grope with their own identity and confront rock music on a trial and error basis. Here they take up the challenge of finding a new style by countering such stereotype images like Genghis Khan, nomadism and horses and incorporating traditional instruments such as the khoomi and morin khuur.

Schedule
September 16th – Pom Plaza Hall – 16:30 pm

Trailer

memories-of-the-wind

Memories of the Wind by Özcan Alper – Turkey, France, Germany, Georgia | 2015 – 126 min.

Turkey during the Second World War. The protagonist, a Communist, is hunted by the Turkish government as a dissident. Wanting to escape Istanbul to ultimately defect to the Soviet Union, he hides in a mountain cabin situated near the border. There he meets an old man and his young wife, who seem to have a problem… The film captures the hidden thoughts of oppressed people through its beautiful visual imagery imbued with poetic flair.

Schedule
September 18th – United Cinemas Canal City 13 (Screen No 13) – 19:00 pm
September 20th – United Cinemas Canal City 13 (Screen No 5) – 10:00 am
September 21th – United Cinemas Canal City 13 (Screen No 5) – 18:45 pm

Trailer

original-copy

Original Copy by Florian Heinzen-Ziob, Georg Heinzen
Germany, India | 2015 – 95 min.

A documentary on the last resident craftsman screen painter in Mumbai. His work place is behind the screen of an old movie theater. With the big cinema complexes coming to the fore, the old fashioned movie houses find themselves in distress. Plastic billboards, which stand out more, are used…Will there be no more work for the craftsman?

Schedule
September 16th – Pom Plaza Hall – 14:00 pm

Trailer

scandal

Scandal by Victor Vu – Vietnam | 2012 – 103 min.

Linh, a model, marries a young entrepreneur and leaps to her success as a top star. However, as soon as her rival appears before her husband, her position is threatened. Linh then gets a mysterious headache and strange things start happening around her… Is this some “curse” put upon her by someone? A great psycho-thriller set in the glorious world of show business.

Schedule
September 19th – United Cinemas Canal City 13 (Screen No 5) – 10:00 am
September 22th – United Cinemas Canal City 13 (Screen No 13) – 19:00 pm

Trailer

the-great-actor

The Great Actor by Seok Min-woo – South Korea | 2016 – 108 min.

A trivial stage actor suddenly gets a chance to play a big role in a film. However he is inexperienced with such big roles and he may lose the role because of an accident. So he puts on an act of a lifetime to get the role!! Starring OH Dal-Su.

Schedule
September 17th – United Cinemas Canal City 13 (Screen No 13) – 17:00 pm
September 20th – United Cinemas Canal City 13 (Screen No 13) – 10:15 am
September 22th – United Cinemas Canal City 13 (Screen No 5) – 13:00 pm

Trailer

yellow-flowers-on-the-green-grass

Yellow Flowers on the Green Grass by Victor Vu – Vietnam | 2015 – 103 min.

The film is set in 1989 in a small Vietnamese farming village surrounded by rich nature. A 12 year-old boy lives with his younger brother and parents. He is respected by his younger brother who always wants to be with him. One day the house of a girl he has a faint crush on, catches on fire…The film is a cinematic gem youthfully depicting human patterns and moments of wavering hearts, all seen through the eyes of two young boys in a rural landscape setting full of green nature and sunshine.

Schedule
September 17th – United Cinemas Canal City 13 (Screen No 5) – 12:45 pm
September 20th – United Cinemas Canal City 13 (Screen No 5) – 18:30 pm

Trailer

whats-with-love

What’s With Love? by Rudi Soedjarwo – Indonesia | 2002 – 112 min.

Cinta, is a 17 year-old high school girl who must decide between her first boyfriend or getting along with her high school friends in this teenage love romance smash hit which drew over two and a half million people to the theaters in Indonesia.

Schedule
September 17th – Pom Plaza Hall – 13:30 pm
September 19th – Pom Plaza Hall – 18:00 pm

Trailer (Old Low Quality Trailer)

To know more about the festival you can see the FESTIVAL PROFILE or go to the official website to know all the screening times and dates HERE.

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