12 Films you cannot miss at the 22nd Udine Far East Film Festival

udine2020filmsitaThese are twelve films you should not miss at the 22nd Udine Far East Film Festival which will take place online via from June 26th until July 4th, 2020. *This post was made for people living in Italy*

About the festival:
Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic the organizers of the Udine Far East Film Festival decided to go Online. This year the catalogue will feature 46 films, 5 world premiere and 10 international premieres. People from all over the world will be able to watch the films via Please note that some films will be limited to European territories or to Italy only.

The virtual passes, which have been designed specifically for use online, will be available in three versions which fondly evoke Asian imagery: Silver Ninja (€ 9,90) for the curious, Golden Samurai (€ 49) for the fans, and Platinum Shogun (€ 100) for the hardcore Fareasters. You can learn more about the passes here: PASSES

In addition to these films we wrote another article about the 15 films you cannot miss for people living outside Europe. You can check that article HERE.

Please remember you can watch the films in the suggested dates OR you can watch it anytime via the platform.

We recommend:

An Insignificant Affair

An Insignificant Affair by Ning Yuanyuan – China | 2020 – 102 minutes

Can an everyday situation become a Kafkaesque metaphor for the system? When a high school boy and girl are caught holding hands, their moment of intimacy is judged inappropriate. The whole school is drawn into the resulting furore. (FilmAffinity)

Schedule: July 2nd, 2020 – 5:30 pm (Italy time)





Ashfall by Kim Byung-seo and Lee Hae-jun – South Korea | 2019 – 128 minutes

Stagnant since 1903, at an elevation of 2,744 m, a volcano erupts on the mythical and majestic Baekdu Mountain. (IMDb)

June 26th, 2020 – 8:45 pm (Italy time)





colorless by Koyama Takashi – Japan | 2019 – 122 minutes

Takashi Koyama’s directorial debut stars Daichi Kaneko and Ruka Ishikawa in a story focusing on the young love between a fledgling photographer and a readers’-choice model. (IMDb)

Schedule: June 28th, 2020 – 3:00 pm (Italy time)





Detention by John Hsu – Taiwan | 2019 – 103 minutes

In 1962 Taiwan during the White Terror martial law period, Fang Ray Shin, a female student at the hillside Greenwood High School is attending counselling with teacher Mr. Chang, and they gradually fall in love. It was a dangerous period where sensitive books were banned and free speech were restricted, but Mr. Chang secretly organised a study group for banned books, together with fellow teacher Miss Yin and male student Wei Chong Ting. (IMDb)

Schedule: June 27th, 2020 – 11:00 pm (Italy time)





Exit by Lee Sang-geun – South Korea | 2019 – 104 minutes

A rock climber tries to save the day when a mysterious white gas envelops an entire district in Seoul, South Korea. (IMDb)

Schedule: July 3rd, 2020 – 9:00 pm (Italy time)





Gundala by Joko Anwar – Indonesia | 2019 – 123 minutes

Indonesia’s preeminent comic book superhero and his alter ego Sancaka enter the cinematic universe to battle the wicked Pengkor and his diabolical squad of orphan assassins. (IMDb)

Schedule: June 28th, 2020 – 11:00 am (Italy time)




I WeirDO

I WeirDO by Liao Ming-yi – Taiwan | 2020 – 100 minutes

Po-Ching is an OCD patient, with serious symptoms of mysophobia. His “quirkiness” has isolated him. It is until he meets a weird girl Chen Ching, that his dull life begins to change. But one morning, Po-Ching wakes up and learns that he has become “normal”. The perfect love of two weirdos is no longer a positive made by two negatives. (FilmFreeway)

Schedule: Junu 29th, 2020 – 9:00 pm (Italy time)




Documentary of the Journalist

i-Documentary of the Journalist by Mori Tatsuya – Japan | 2019 – 113 minutes

This documentary from the producer of The Journalist and director Tatsuya Mori, known for A and Fake, follows the real-life female journalist, Isoko Mochizuki, on whom the protagonist was loosely based. (TokyoIFF 2019)

Schedule: June 27th, 2020 – 11:30 am (Italy Time)




Kim Ji-young

Kim Ji-young, Born 1982 by Kim Do-young – South Korea | 2019 – 119 minutes

Kim Ji-young, an ordinary woman in her 30s, suddenly shows signs of being inhabited by others such as her late mother and older sister, and the stories of the people connected to her. (IMDb)

Schedule: July 2nd, 2020 – 11:00 am (Italy time)




Minori on the brink

Minori, on the Brink by Ninomiya Ryutaro – Japan | 2019 – 130 minutes

Can Minori avoid a nervous breakdown? All the people surrounding her refuse to express their feelings and emotional boundaries. The resulting everyday life is characterized by ruthlessness: Even friends reduce each other to their appearance and shamelessly take advantage of each other. Minori runs against this by attacking ignorance whenever she encounters it, whatever the consequences might be. Ryutaro NINOMIYA is one of the most radical young voices in Japanese cinema. With MINORI, ON THE BRINK, he takes a resolute and inventive stand against the cinema of complacency and against social stagnation. (Nippon Connection 2019)

Schedule: July 7th, 2020 – 11:00 pm (Italy time)




The House of Us

The House of Us by Yoon Ga-eun – South Korea | 2019 –

It’s the summer holidays in the city and young Hana is trying to get her warring parents to reunite. But she’s distracted from her quest one day by a couple of younger girls, nine-year-old Yoomi and seven-year-old Yoojin. As she swiftly becomes an older-sister figure to the pair, the trio’s recess becomes one of imagination and adventure – from playing tricks on the landlady to going on a seaside reconnaissance – that leads to the bittersweet glimmerings of maturity. (IMDb)

Schedule: June 26th, 2020 – 11:00 am (Italy time)




We are champions

We are champions by Chang Jung-chi – Taiwan | 2019 – 118 minutes

Born into the bottom rungs of society, two teenage brothers with nothing but each other hope to change their fate through their love of basketball. Little brother Tung-hao joins an elite school and transforms into a dazzling superstar; big brother Hsiu-yu ends up on a ragtag squad about to be disbanded, finding an unexpected new brotherhood in his never-say-die teammates. Eventually, the brothers cross paths on their way to ultimate basketball glory – the HBL championship – where they will discover that some things are more important than winning. (IMDb)

Schedule: June 27th, 2020 – 3:00 pm (Italy time)




For more information about the festival and the programme please go to the official website: HERE

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.