Vancouver festival lines up Asia sidebar

Dragons and Tigers includes world premieres

TORONTO -- The Vancouver International Film Festival on Thursday unveiled 35 Asian features as part of its Dragons and Tigers sidebar, including world premieres for "Kun 1: Action," by Chinese director Wu Haohao and Yang Heng's "Sun Spots," also from China.

Vancouver also booked North American premieres for other Chinese titles, including Du Haibin's "1428," a documentary about the Great Sichuan Earthquake of 2008, Guan Hu's "The Cow," and Liu Jiayin's "Oxhide II."

Also screening in Vancouver is the Zhao Liang documentary "Petition"; "Queer China"; "Comrade China," by Chinese gay activist and radical filmmaker Cui Zi'en; and a world premiere for "Rough Poetry," where Chinese documentary maker Zhao Dayong puts eight characters in a cage, playing themselves, including a cop, a prostitute and a poet.

The Vancouver festival annually unspools a range of Asian titles to cater to that city's growing Asian-Canadian community.

From Hong Kong to Vancouver will come Brian Tse's "McDull Kung Fu Kindergarten," for an international premiere, and Ann Hui's Night and Fog" and "The Way We Are," both receiving a North American bow, and a Canadian debut for "Written By," a fantasy pic from Wai Ka-fai.

Other Asian titles in Vancouver include the Indonesian films "Forbidden Door," by Joko Anwar, and "Jermal," from Ravi L. Bharwani and Rayya Makarim, the Japanese films "Bare Essence of Life," by Yokohama Satoko ("German + Rain"), which stars Matsuyama Kenichi, and Tsuta Tetsuichiro's "Island of Dreams," an eco-terrorism thriller.

Representing Malaysia in Vancouver is Ho Yuhang's "At the End of Daybreak," a film noir pic, "Karaoke," by Chris Chong Chan Fui, and a world premiere for Charlotte Lim's "My Daughter," a debut feature drama about a teenage daughter struggling to care for her abused mother.

Vancouver also booked two films from the Philippines, Ralston Jover's "Bakal Boys," another debut feature, and "Independencia," by Raya Martin, and from South Korea will come Yang Ik-June's "Breathless, Lee Hey-Jun's "Castaway on the Moon," and Kim Ji-Hyun's "Cats," a nominee for the Dragons & Tigers award for best emerging director.

Other Dragons & Tigers competition entries include Jang Kun-Jae's "Eighteen," Japanese filmmaker Sasaki Omoi's "Left Out," Vietnamese entry "Adrift," from Bui Thac Chuyen and Japanese director Tetsuya Mariko's "Yellow Kid," which is receiving its international premiere in Vancouver.

The Vancouver International Film Festival, which is set to run Oct. 1-16, will make further lineup announcements on Sept. 9.
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