One of the best showcases of Asian Cinema in the UK, the Terracotta Far East Film Festival is back for its 6th year from 23 May to 1 June, and boasts a spectacular line-up of some of the most high-profile Asian titles from the past 12 months.
Taking place at two separate London venues this year, events kick off in spectacular style at the ICA on 23 May, with Erik Matti's fantastic thriller On The Job, which debuted at Cannes last year and kicks off a showcase of Filipino cinema. Matti will be in attendance at the event and will take part in a Q&A after the film.
The festival then moves to the fantastic Prince Charles Cinema for the Current Asian Cinema and Terracotta Horror All-Nighter sections, which offer up a fantastic selection of titles sure to tickle all tastes. See Korean favourites including Commitment, The Face Reader and Kim Ki-duk's Moebius. From Hong Kong, be sure to check out Dante Lam's Unbeatable and Andy Lau actioner Firestorm, from the mainland you can see Donnie Yen and Jackie Chan strut their stuff in Special ID and Chinese Zodiac.
Japanese treats include Miike Takashi's Lesson Of Evil and indie youth drama Be My Baby, while venturing further afield you can check out Tony Jaa in The Warrior King 2 (aka Tom Yum Goong 2) and the Mo Brothers' Killers.
Anyone in the London area owes it to themselves to get down to the festival and check out these quality films and do your bit to support Asian Cinema in the UK in the process. You'll also meet a pretty awesome bunch of folks at the helm and in the crowd. It promises to be a blast.
Here are all the details:
The sixth Terracotta Far East Film Festival (TFEFF) will be held in two central London venues over ten days from Friday 23 May to Sunday 1 June, showing 23 films including International and European premieres.
The festival is one of the UK's biggest showcases for contemporary Asian cinema, boasting an electrifying mix of movies from emerging and established artists across a range of genres. The 2014 edition will open on Friday 23 May with the UK premiere of ON THE JOB, the latest ground-breaking work from Erik Matti which premiered at Cannes Film Festival 2013 in the 'Directors' Fortnight'. The closing film of the festival, screened on Sunday 1 June, will be the International premiere of JUDGE! with special guest appearance from director Akira Nagai.
This year, the festival will kick off with the 'SPOTLIGHT ON' section at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) between Friday 23 and Tuesday 27 May. This section will focus on the Philippines where a new generation of independent film-makers are producing fresh and increasingly critically acclaimed content. TFEFF selection will reflect entertaining and accessible output from the indie and commercial sectors.
Among the highlights, acclaimed director Erik Matti will visit London to attend the opening ceremony of the 'SPOTLIGHT ON: PHILIPPINES' section with his film ON THE JOB.
A double bill will also be dedicated to award-winning Filipino actor Felix Roco. He will present the European premiere of A THIEF, A KID AND A KILLER with director Nathan Adolfson and SHIFT, in which Roco plays a gay man attracting the affections of his female colleague.
The festival is also delighted to launch local dark comedy TUHOG on the international festival circuit. In addition, there will be a special screening of the latest experimental film by Raya Martin (HOW TO DISAPPEAR COMPLETELY) and a six-years-in-the-making documentary about about Filipino midget James Bond 'Weng Weng' (THE SEARCH FOR WENG WENG).
The festival will then relocate to Prince Charles Cinema in the heart of Chinatown from Wednesday 28 May until Sunday 1 June for two more sections: Current Asian Cinema and Terror Cotta Horror All-Nighter.
Current Asian Cinema section showcases content from all countries of East Asia, all genres, headliners and new discoveries. The 2014 line-up covers seven countries and includes a mix of audience friendly and challenging films. From the European premiere of COMMITMENT starring K-pop sensation rapper T.O.P. to the return of KIM Ki-duk with an even more controversial piece, MOEBIUS; a Mongolia-Germany production REMOTE CONTROL, low-budget Japanese indie youth drama BE MY BABY and the return of Thai kicking duo Prachya Pinkaew and Tony Jaa for WARRIOR KING 2.
A star studded line-up of action and martial arts favourites from China and Hong Kong such as Jackie Chan (CHINESE ZODIAC), Donnie Yen (SPECIAL ID), Andy Lau (FIRESTORM) and Nick Cheung (UNBEATABLE).
The fast-becoming-cult Terror Cotta Horror All-Nighter will serve up a marathon of ghosts, zombies, demons and cold-blooded killers. The horror section will showcase the diversity and ingenuity of horror from the Far East. Featuring Takashi Miike, Erik Matti, the Mo brother's KILLERS, produced by Gareth Evans (THE RAID), and with the European premiere of Malaysian Joon Han YEO's latest scare IN THE DARK.
As always, the festival will feature a rich programme of events, including parties, guest Q&As, free filmmaker masterclasses and the festival hub, located in the heart of Chinatown at Opium Cocktail and Dim Sum Parlour.
Another cultural event will focus on a largely forgotten era of so-called "Hollywood in Taiwan" during the 1950s and 1960s. To coincide with the screening of FOREVER LOVE, TFEFF has sourced the theatrical posters from some of these films that inspired the movie and will be exhibiting them for the duration of the festival.
Festival director, Joey Leung says: "I am extremely happy to be announcing such a strong line-up of films for the 6th annual Terracotta Festival. Our festival team have worked tirelessly over the last few months to bring yet another great event where film lovers can see quality Asian cinema on the big screen (the majority of which are premieres), enjoy talent masterclasses, and mingle with actors and directors at our parties. We are also delighted to be back at the ICA and Prince Charles Cinema - both fantastic venues in the heart of London that have such a rich film heritage."
Tickets are now on sale for the sixth edition of the annual Terracotta Far East Film Festival.
KLM are the Official Airline Partner for the fourth year, while What is Bobo are Official Design sponsors of the Terracotta Film Festival, also for the fourth consecutive year, creating the festival branding, on-screen identity and all of its promotional material.
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