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September 5 , 2013

PASSPORT TO ASIA +
HIGHLIGHTS FROM DRAGONS & TIGERS SERIES

QUICKLINKS


A Touch of Sin

A Touch of Sin

Four Ways to Die in My Hometown

Four Ways to Die in My Hometown

Trap Street

Trap Street

Anatomy of a Paperclip

Anatomy of a Paperclip

My First Love

My First Love

The Spider’s Lair

The Spider’s Lair

Burn, Release, Explode, the Invincible

Burn, Release, Explode, the Invincible

9 Muses of Star Empire

9 Muses of Star Empire

Bends

Bends

Blind Detective

Blind Detective

Atambua 39° Celcius

Atambua 39° Celsius

Like Father, Like Son

Like Father, Like Son

Kids Return: the Reunion

Kids Return: the Reunion

The Great Passage

The Great Passage

Zentai

Zentai

Ilo Ilo

Ilo Ilo

Lebanon Emotion

Lebanon Emotion

Boomerang Family

Boomerang Family

New World

New World

Our Sunhi

Our Sunhi

Soul

Soul

Stray Dogs

Stray Dogs

A Time in Quchi

A Time in Quchi

Karaoke Girl

Karaoke Girl

 


DRAGONS & TIGERS: THE CINEMAS OF EAST ASIA — The largest annual exhibition of Pacific Asian films outside Asia. Begun in 1985, this focus addresses the continued excellence of cinema from these countries,  as well as Vancouver's key geographic situation and splendid ethnic mix.

Passport to Asia: This year we introduce a series pass! $100 provides access to all the screenings in our celebrated Dragons & Tiger series, comprised of many new films from China and Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, The Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand. That’s 47 films (32 features and 15 shorts), only 24 of which are listed below.

Passes are now available for purchase here.

For the 20th year running, the Festival is pleased to offer the Dragons & Tigers Award for Young Cinema to a new director from Pacific Asia. It is given to a creative and innovative film, made early in the director’s career, which has not yet won significant international recognition. As in years past, we’re hugely grateful to Brad Birarda for sponsoring this award, and the series as a whole.


DRAGONS & TIGERS AWARDS GALA

A Touch of Sin

Thu. Oct 3, 6:30 pm, Centre for Arts
Sun. Oct 6, 4:15 pm, Intl Village 8

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A TOUCH OF SIN

(Tian zhuding)

China/Japan | Director: Jia Zhangke

Related Links: Trailer | Review

Master director Jia Zhangke’s most popular film yet, this Cannes prize-winning drama shows China’s gangsters, massage parlours, vicious bosses and desperate workers drawn into a whirlwind of violence, passion and vengeance. This brilliantly achieved film is a vital state-of-China bulletin, torn straight from today’s bloody headlines.
Winner, Best Screenplay, Cannes 2013.


DRAGONS & TIGERS AWARD FOR YOUNG CINEMA

The 2013 Dragons & Tigers Award will be presented prior to the screening of Jia Zhangke's Cannes award-winning film, A Touch Of Sin on Thursday, October 3rd at 6:30pm at The Centre for Performing Arts (777 Homer Street at Robson).

China

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Four Ways to Die in My Hometown

FOUR WAYS TO DIE IN MY HOMETOWN

(Wo Guxiang de Sizhong Siwang Fangshi)

China | Director: Chai Chunya

World Premiere

Sun. Sep 29, 9:15 pm, Vancity
Mon. Sep 30, 4:00 pm, Intl Village 8

Through the story of a young woman who returns to her native village in Gansu (next to Tibet and spiritually close, too), journalist-turned-director Chai Chunya builds a poetic, Buddhist meditation on dying traditions.
Dragons & Tigers Award nominee.

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Trap Street

TRAP STREET

(Shuiyin Jie)

China | Director: Vivian Qu

Tue. Oct 1, 6:45 pm, Vancity
Wed. Oct 2, 1:15 pm, Intl Village 8

Vivian Qu’s remarkable debut feature cuts to the quick of China’s surveillance culture. The romance between a trainee surveyor and a woman scientist is suddenly derailed. Could it be because he also installs hidden cameras?
Dragons & Tigers Award nominee.


Japan

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Anatomy of a Paperclip

ANATOMY OF A PAPERCLIP

(Yamamori Clip Koujou no Atari)

Japan | Director: Ikeda Akira

Related Links: Trailer

International Premiere

Wed. Oct 2, 7:00 pm, Vancity
Thu. Oct 3, 1:20 pm, Intl Village 8

The spirit of Eraserhead lives on in Ikeda Akira’s droll, deadpan story of a paperclip maker and his romantic longing for a butterfly woman. Featuring weird juice drinks, unknown languages and a human cocoon!
Dragons & Tigers Award nominee.

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My First Love

MY FIRST LOVE

(Hatsukoi)

Japan | Director: Tsuruoka Keiko

Related Links: Trailer

World Premiere

Mon. Sep 30, 6:30 pm, Vancity
Tue. Oct 1, 1:20 pm, Intl Village 8

Tsuruoka Keiko’s excellent debut feature adapts Turgenev’s story to Tokyo in 1994. Eighteen-year-old Kyoichi develops the mother of all crushes on bar owner Megumi.
Dragons & Tigers Award nominee.


Philippines

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The Spider’s Lair

Tue. Oct 1, 9:15 pm, Vancity
Wed. Oct 2, 4:00 pm, Intl Village 8

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THE SPIDER’S LAIR

(Babagwa)

Philippines | Director: Jason Paul Laxamana

Related Links: Trailer | Facebook

International Premiere

Cat-and-mouse games get a turtle-and-monkey makeover in Jason Laxamana’s tale of 21st-century grifters. Bam Bonifacio is a dream hunk on a dating site, adept at persuading his admirers to part with cash. Behind ‘Bam’ is Greg, less impressive and much more fallible…
Dragons & Tigers Award nominee.


South Korea

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Burn, Release, Explode, the Invincible

BURN, RELEASE, EXPLODE, THE INVINCIBLE

(Yeonso, Seokbang, Bokbal, Daejeokhal Iga Eoptneun)

South Korea | Director: Kim Soohyun

International Premiere

Sun. Sep 29, 6:45 pm, Vancity
Mon. Sep 30, 1:20 pm, Intl Village 8
Wed. Oct 9, 12:15 pm, Cinematheque

Kim Soohyun’s portrait of a phenomenal woman: she works as a voice artist (games, ads) but when she’s asked to consider a Brecht role, a flood of reflections on gender and madness is unleashed.
Dragons & Tigers Award nominee.

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9 Muses of Star Empire

9 MUSES OF STAR EMPIRE

South Korea | Director: Lee Harkjoon

Related Links: Trailer | Facebook

Canadian Premiere

Mon. Sep 30, 9:00 pm, Vancity
Tue. Oct 1, 4:00 pm, Intl Village 8
Wed. Oct 9, 9:15 pm, Cinematheque

K-pop as you’ve never seen it! Lee Harkjoon gets incredibly intimate access to the grooming and launch of girl band 9 Muses (the endless rehearsals, the rivalries) and nails the whole system.
Dragons & Tigers Award nominee.


OTHER HIGHLIGHTS FROM EAST ASIA

Hong Kong

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Bends

BENDS

(Guo jie)

Hong Kong | Director: Flora Lau

Related Links: Trailer | Review

Fri. Sep 27, 6:15 pm, Intl Village 9
Sun. Sep 29, 3:30 pm, Centre for Arts

This gorgeously shot (by Chris Doyle, regular DOP of Wong Kar-wai) and elegantly restrained drama is a remarkably assured debut by Flora Lau. Hong Kong movie queen Carina Lau gives a tour de force performance as a matron whose husband suddenly disappears. Her driver (Chen Kun) has secrets of his own: will they overcome their own solitudes?

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Blind Detective

BLIND DETECTIVE

(Mang tan)

Hong Kong | Director: Johnnie To

Related Links: Trailer

Sat. Oct 5, 4:20 pm, Intl Village 10
Tue. Oct 8, 9:15 pm, Centre for Arts

Hong Kong superstars Andy Lau and Sammi Cheng team up with Johnnie To for this wild, sparklingly madcap genre-bender: a romantic/detective/horror/thriller/comedy. He’s a blind amateur investigator; she’s a feisty young cop. To at his most dazzlingly playful, with beguiling performances by HK’s best.


Indonesia

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Atambua 39° Celcius

Sat. Sep 28, 9:15 pm, Cinematheque
Tue. Oct 1, 11:00 am, Cinematheque

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ATAMBUA 39° CELSIUS

Indonesia | Director: Riri Riza

Related Links: Trailer

International Premiere

Riri Riza’s very realistic fiction focuses on the refugees who fled to Indonesia when East Timor became independent… but longed to go back home. Deeply humane and beautifully acted, this crowd-funded film was shot in Atambua itself.


Japan

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Like Father, Like Son

LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON

(Soshite Chichi ni Naru)

Japan | Director: Koreeda Hirokazu

Related Links: Trailer

Sat. Oct 5, 1:00 pm, Playhouse
Tue. Oct 8, 6:30 pm, Centre for Arts

Koreeda Hirokazu’s prizewinner asks: what if two male babies were accidentally switched at birth and, six years later, the parents decided to restore the boys to their "rightful" homes? The conundrum is a clever pretext for a study of differences in class, temperament and the ability to love.
Winner, Jury Prize, Cannes 2013.

 

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Kids Return: the Reunion

KIDS RETURN: THE REUNION

(Kids Return Saikai no Toki)

Japan | Director: Shimizu Hiroshi

World Premiere

Wed. Oct 2, 9:00 pm, Playhouse
Fri. Oct 4, 11:10 am, Intl Village 10

Remember high-school drop-outs Masaru (the yakuza) and Shinji (the boxer) in Kitano Takeshi’s 1996 film? Here’s what happened next, as imagined by Kitano and directed by his former assistant Shimizu Hiroshi. The key issue—how to succeed?—is played out vividly by an excellent young cast.

The Great Passage

THE GREAT PASSAGE

(Fune wo Amu)

Japan | Director: Ishii Yuya

Related Links: Original Language Trailer

Sat. Sep 28, 6:00 pm, Cinematheque
Mon. Sep 30, 11:45 am, Cinematheque
Sun. Oct 6, 2:00 pm, Cinematheque

After Sawako Decides and Mitsuko Delivers, Ishii Yuya gives us: the making of a dictionary! Matsuda Ryuhei (Gohatto) plays the geek who finds spiritual fulfilment—and a side-order of true love—in a huge editorial challenge. The humour and warmth you might expect; the Dickensian flavour is a wonderful surprise.

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Zentai

ZENTAI

Japan | Director: Hashiguchi Ryosuke

International Premiere

Thu. Sep 26, 7:00 pm, Cinematheque
Sun. Sep 29, 11:45 am, Cinematheque

Zentai are full-body-suit fetishists, and Hashiguchi Ryusuke’s wonderful comedy introduces us to four of them, two men and two women.
Warning: secret identities are involved.


Singapore

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Ilo Ilo

Tue. Oct 1, 6:15 pm, Intl Village 9
Sat. Oct 5, 1:30 pm, Intl Village 10
Wed. Oct 9, 4:00 pm, Centre for Arts

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ILO ILO

(Ba ma bu zai jia)

Singapore | Director: Anthony Chen

Related Links: Trailer

Classification: PG - Violence;coarse language

Set in 1990s Singapore, Anthony Chen’s vivid, bittersweet debut chronicles the relationship between a family of three and their newly arrived Filipino maid, Teresa. As she develops a bond with rascally son Jiale, the parents face economic and personal crises with dignity and unexpected reserves of love.
Winner, Caméra d’Or, Cannes 2013.


South Korea

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Lebanon Emotion

LEBANON EMOTION

(Lebanon Gamjeong)

South Korea | Director: Jung Youngheon

North American Premiere

Tue. Oct 1, 9:15 pm, Playhouse
Wed. Oct 2, 1:00 pm, Playhouse

A young man grieving over a family death finds himself nursing an injured woman—who has a vicious gangster on her trail. The poetic title refers to unspoken feelings, which run rife in a violent tale of hatred and revenge. It won the Best Director prize at the Moscow Festival for Jung Youngheon, who also scripted.

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Boomerang Family

BOOMERANG FAMILY

(Goryeolchwa Gajok)

South Korea | Director: Song Haesung

Related Links: Trailer

International Premiere

Tue. Oct 1, 3:30 pm, Intl Village 9
Mon. Oct 7, 7:00 pm, Rio

Korea has all but cornered the market in comedy-dramas about the family, and Song Haesung’s film is one of the best. A middle-class failure (the wonderful Park Haeil) has to learn to live with his criminal brother and his sexually incontinent sister—not to mention his unflappable mom.

New World

NEW WORLD

(Sin Segae)

South Korea | Director: Park Hoonjung

Related Links: Trailer | Review

North American Premiere

Tue. Oct 1, 1:00 pm, Playhouse
Thu. Oct 3, 9:10 pm, Playhouse

Park Hongjoon conflates The Godfather and the Infernal Affairs trilogy in this massively entertaining gangster thriller with three powerhouse star performances. Jasung stands to take over the Goldmoon crime syndicate, but he’s actually a police mole… and his sworn brother/rival suspects him.

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Our Sunhi

OUR SUNHI

(Woori Seonhui)

South Korea | Director: Hong Sangsoo

Related Links: Trailer

Sat. Sep 28, 1:00 pm, Intl Village 9
Mon. Sep 30, 8:45 pm, Intl Village 9

Hong Sangsoo won Best Director in Locarno for this comedy of manners about a young woman and the three hopeless men orbiting her. Sunhi is set on studying abroad, but needs a character reference…


Taiwan

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Soul

SOUL

(Shihun)

Taiwan | Director: Chung Mong-hong

Related Links: Trailer

Sun. Sep 29, 10:30 am, Intl Village 9
Wed. Oct 2, 9:30 pm, Rio

A son is possessed; gory murders accumulate; a father (veteran star Jimmy Wang Yu) is chillingly loyal; cops are confounded. Frequent VIFF director Chung Mong-hong (Parking, The Fourth Portrait) brings new elements—horror and some lusciously photographed blood—to his refined dramatic sensibility: creepy and thought-provoking.
Winner, Best Narrative Film, Best Actor, Taipei 2013.

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Stray Dogs

STRAY DOGS

(Jiaoyou)

Taiwan/France | Director: Tsai Ming-liang

Related Links: Trailer

Mon. Sep 30, 11:10 am, Intl Village 10
Fri. Oct 11, 8:30 pm, Rio

Tsai Ming-liang’s first feature in four years is a masterpiece: a blackly funny and unexpectedly warm comic tale of a father—Tsai’s usual brilliant actor Lee Kang-sheng—and two children adrift amongst the urban decay of Taipei. Part Buster Keaton, part rigorous art film, always enthralling.

A Time in Quchi

Fri. Sep 27, 7:00 pm, Vancity
Mon. Sep 30, 1:30 pm, Vancity
Thus. Oct 3, 4:15 pm, Intl Village 8

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A TIME IN QUCHI

(Shujia zuoye)

Taiwan | Director: Chang Tso-chi

Related Links: Trailer

North American Premiere

Classification: G - No advisory

Chang Tso-chi’s luminous Taiwanese coming-of-age story describes young Bao’s summertime trip to his grandfather’s rural home. What starts as gentle elegy, all sun-dappled scenes of play and discovery, gradually darkens as Bao confronts maturity and its tough truths. A gem of soft-spoken cinema.


Thailand

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Karaoke Girl

Sun. Sep 29, 9:30 pm, Intl Village 9
Fri. Oct 11, 11:00 am, SFU-GCA

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KARAOKE GIRL

(Sao Karaoke)

Thailand | Director: Visra Vichit Vadakan

Related Links: Official Website | Trailer

North American Premiere

Visra Vichit Vadakan’s debut is a sisterly, fictionalized portrait of Sa Sittijun, who sells her body in a karaoke lounge in Bangkok and has trouble with a "serious" boyfriend. Sensitive and intimate.


NEWS: VOLUNTEER FOR VIFF!

Want to work behind the scenes at one of North America's great film festivals?

Volunteers are vital to VIFF and help organize all aspects of the Festival—they tear tickets and check passes, chauffeur guests, control the line-ups (sometimes in the rain!), answer the film info line, work the box office, clean up at the galas, work the media centre and seat people in the theatres, among other things. We need you! Click here to sign up online.

You need to volunteer for a minimum of 32 hours for the Festival, earning you a Volunteer Pass good for most screenings during the Festival.

 


MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Sept. 4 – VIFF’s new 32-page MINI-GUIDE available as PDF download.
Sept. 5 – ONLINE BOX OFFICE opens; VIFF Mini-Guide available freely around town.
Sept. 9 – Media screenings begin.
Sept. 14 – IN-PERSON BOX OFFICE opens at Vancity Theatre.
Sept. 19 – PROGRAM CATALOGUE on sale. 196 pages in full colour.
Sept. 26 – FESTIVAL OPENS!
Oct. 2 – FILM + TELEVISION FORUM OPENS!


Vancouver International Film Festival | VIFF 2013

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