'Overheard' to open Toronto's Reel Asian fest

South Korea's 'Breathless' will close film festival

TORONTO -- The Hong Kong cop drama "Overheard" from co-directors Alan Mak and Felix Chong will open the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival on Nov. 11, organizers said Tuesday.

The 13th edition of the country's biggest Asian film festival will close Nov. 15 with the indie South Korean film "Breathless," Yang Ik-June's debut feature that has picked up a string of festival awards.

In all, 49 Asian and Asian-language films from 14 countries, including Canada, will unspool at the Reel Asian festival.

These include Toronto screenings for Malaysian director Mamat Khalid's "When the Full Moon Rises," which earned top prize at the Malaysian Film Festival, and Taiwanese director Chen Yu-Chieh's "Yang Yang," the audience choice winner at the Taipei Film Festival.

Also Toronto-bound is Japanese director Yoshihiro Nakamura's "Fish Story," the Rotterdam competition title "Blind Pig Who Wants to Fly," by Indonesian director Edwin, U.S. director H.P. Mendoza's "Fruit Fly," and the Japanese-American comedy "White on Rice," by David Boyle.

Reel Asian also has booked a world premiere for erotic drama "The Ache," by Canadian director Keith Lock.

The Toronto International Reel Asian International Film Festival is set to run Nov. 11-15.