Udine FEFF announces 2010 lineup

72 films, 24 premieres and two racy retrospectives on tap

BEIJING -- The 12th Far East Film Festival in the small northeastern Italian university town of Udine, will open Apr. 23 with a line up including 24 premieres from nine East- and Southeast Asian territories, two racy retrospectives and the launch of an Asian/European co-productions workshop.

On the eve of the festival, on Apr. 22, Hong Kong directing legend Johhnie To will offer early arrivals a look at "Vengeance," starring French rocker Johnny Halliday in his first Asian production playing a hit man turned cook.

The next day, on opening night, Apr. 23, the world premiere of Hong Kong director Pang Ho-cheung's slasher thriller "Dream Home," starring Josie Ho, will share the marquee with the international festival premiere of Chinese director Eva Jin's romantic comedy "Sophie's Revenge," starring Zhang Ziyi.

Calling itself "the largest showcase of popular films from the Far East," the festival's 72 titles will include, from China, the Italian premiere of the historical drama "City Of Life And Death," by Lu Chuan, and the European premiere of spy thriller "The Message" by Chen Kuofu and Gao Qunshu.

From Hong Kong, FEFF will show, among other films, the European premiere of the youth drama "Seven 2 One," by Danny Pang, and the international festival premiere of martial arts/action film "Ip Man 2," by Wilson Yip.

FEFF, which ends May 1, will host two racy retrospectives in 2010, one of the 1950s-60s erotic thrillers of Japanese cinema, including such titles as "Female Slave Ship," "The Bloody Sword of the 99th Virgin," and "Queen Bee and College Boy Ryu," by Ishii Teruo.

FEFF's second retrospective is of the films of 1960s-70s Hong Kong director Patrick Lung Kong, whose films such as the anti-war feature "Hiroshima 28," and dark social drama "The Call Girls" stood out in their time and place and helped reform industry standards for what could be shown on the big screen.

Other Udine selections include the international festival premiere of South Korean director Shing Yeon-shick's drama "The Fair Love," the Italian premiere of "Golden Slumber," a new thriller from Japanese director Nakamura Yoshihiro, and Filipina director Joyce Bernal's comedy "Kimmy Dora," in its international festival premiere.

Udine also will showcase five films from Thailand, three from Indonesia, two from Vietnam and two from Taiwan, including "Monga," the new gangster epic from director Niu Doze.
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