far east festival

The biggest European film festival excludsively dealing with Asian cinema will open on Friday the 22nd of April with the South Korean blockbuster “The Tiger” and close with the Hong Kong thriller “The Bodyguard” on Saturday the 30th with the presence of the legendary Sammo Hung. Legendary director Johnnie To and composer Lim Giong will also attend.

The festival will feature 72 films in the official selection (5 world premieres) a retrospective of Japanese science fiction, the restored 4K versions of four Bruce Lee masterpieces and over 100 events organized around the city.

The line up of 2016 includes the followings:

Competition Section

CHINA (10)

Chongqing Hot Pot, YANG Qing, crime-action- hipster noir, China 2016, European Premiere
The Dead End, CAO Baoping, cop-loves-cop thriller, China 2015, European Premiere
Destiny, ZHANG Wei, human drama, China 2016, World Premiere
The Left Ear, Alec SU, youth drama, China 2015, European Premiere
Lost in Hong Kong, XU Zheng, clash of cultures comedy, China 2015, International Festival Premiere
The Master, XU Haofeng, elegant martial arts, China 2015, European Premiere
Mojin: the Lost Legend, Wuershan, action-adventure-horror-and-more, China 2015, International Festival Premiere
Mountain Cry, Larry YANG, tearjacker melodrama, China 2015, Italian Premiere
Saving Mr. Wu, DING Sheng, movie world action-thriller, China 2015, International Festival Premiere
Young Love Lost, XIANG Guoqiang, youth fantasy-romance, China 2015, European Premiere
The Bodyguard, Sammo HUNG, martial arts drama, Hong Kong/China 2016, International Festival Premiere (Closing Movie)
Ip Man 3 , Wilson YIP, martial artist biopic, Hong Kong/China 2015, International Festival Premiere

Keeper of Darkness , Nick CHEUNG, horror-thriller-comedy, Hong Kong 2015, European Premiere
The Mobfathers, Herman YAU, triad action-drama, Hong Kong 2016, International Premiere
Trivisa, Frank HUI, Jevons AU, Vicky WONG, goodfellas triad noir, Hong Kong 2016, Italian Premiere
Weeds on Fire, CHAN Chi-fat, baseball drama, Hong Kong 2016, International Premiere

JAPAN (11)


Bakuman, ONE Hitoshi, mangaka action comedy, Japan 2015, European Premiere
Creepy, KUROSAWA Kiyoshi, über-psycho-thriller, Japan 2016, Italian Premiere
Flying Colours, DOI Nobuhiro, lost youth drama, Japan 2015, European Premiere
The Inerasable, NAKAMURA Yoshihiro, psycho-horror with ghost, Japan 2016. European Premiere
Hime-Anole, YOSHIDA Keisuike, pitiless thriller-drama, Japan 2016, World Premiere
The Kodai Family, HIJIKATA Masato, telepathic love story, Japan 2016 World Premiere
Lowlife Love, UCHIDA Eiji, movie-industry dramedy, Japan 2016, Italian Premiere
Maniac Hero, TOYOSHIMA Keisuke, yuppie fantasy-action comedy, Japan 2016, World Premiere
Mohican Comes Home, OKITA Shuichi, punk-hipster-redemption drama, Japan 2016, European Premiere
Round Trip Heart, TANADA Yuki, anarchic road-movie romance, Japan 2015, Italian Premiere
Three Stories of Love, HASHIGUCHI Ryosuke, redemption contemporary drama, Japan 2015, Italian Premiere


Ola Bola, CHIU Keng Guan, soccer drama, Malaysia 2016, European Premiere


Assassination, CHOI Dong-hoon, grand historical epic, South Korea 2015, Italian Premiere
A Break Alone, CHO Jae-hyun, drama of jealousy, South Korea 2016, European Premiere
The Exclusive: Beat the Devil’s Tattoo, ROH Deok, quirky media thriller, South Korea 2015, Italian Premiere
Fatal Intuition, YUN Jun-hyung, grim psycho thriller, South Korea 2015, International Premiere
Fourth Place, JUNG Ji-woo, sports drama, South Korea 2015, Italian Premiere
Inside Men, WOO Min-ho, breathless thriller, South Korea 2015, International Festival PremiereMaking Family, CHO Jin-Mo, kid-on-the-road, South Korea 2016, International Premiere
A Melody to Remember, LEE Han, Korean War drama, South Korea 2016, International Premiere
The Priests, JANG Jae-hyun, exorcist psycho-horror, South Korea 2015, Italian Premiere
The Silenced, LEE Hae-young, period all-female horror, South Korea 2015, European Premiere
Sori: Voice from the Heart, LEE Ho-jae, R2-D2 drama, South Korea 2016, International Premiere
The Tiger, PARK Hoon-jung, mountain-action epic, South Korea 2015, International Festival Premiere (Opening Movie)
Wonderful Nightmare, KANG Hyo-jin, deal-with-the-devil comedy, South Korea 2015, European Premiere
The World of Us, YOON Ga-eun, youth drama, South Korea 2016, Italian Premiere


Honor Thy Father, Erik MATTI, heist movie, The Philippines 2015, Italian Premiere
Apocalypse Child, Mario CORNEJO, surf-peppered drama, The Philippines, International Premiere


Our Times, Frankie CHEN, comedy-romance, Taiwan 2015, European Premiere
The Tag-Along, CHENG Wei-hao (Vic), contemporary horror, Taiwan, Italian Premiere

Senior, Wisit SASANATIENG, fantasy-ghost-horror-comedy, Thailand 2015, International Festival Premiere
The Forest, Paul SPURRIER, horror in the woods, Thailand, European Premiere
Heart Attack, Nawapol THAMRONGRATTANARIT, yuppie romance with flashy T-Shirts, Italian Premiere


Bitcoin Heist, Ham TRAN, mission: more than impossible, Vietnam 2016, International Premiere

Out Of Competition (10)

Blue Christmas, OKAMOTO Kihachi, Japan 1978
Exchange Students, OBAYASHI Nobuhiko, Japan 1982
Gamera 3: Incomplete Struggle, KANEKO Shusuke, Japan 1999
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, OBAYASHI Nobuhiko, Japan 1983
HOUSE, OBAYASHI Nobuhiko, Japan 1977
Invasion of the Astro Monster, Honda Ishiro, Japan 1965
Latitude Zero, HONDA Ishiro, Japan 1969
Mysterians, HONDA Ishiro, Japan 1957
Matango, HONDA Ishiro, Japan 1963
School in the Crosshairs, OBAYASHI Nobuhiko, Japan 1981


The Cambodian Space Project – Not Easy Rock’n’Roll, Marc EBERLE, Australia/UK, European Premiere
The Lovers and the Despot, Ross ADAM, Robert CANNAN, UK, 2016, Italian Premiere (Biografilm Festival preview)
Reach for the Sky, CHOI Woo-young, Steven DHOEDT, South Korea/Belgium, 2015, Italian Premiere


Ten Years, Jevons AU, Kiwi CHOW, KWOK Zune, NG Ka-leung, WONG Fei-pang, drama, Hong Kong 2015, European Premiere
Fukushima A Nuclear Story, Matteo Gagliardi, documentary, Italy 2016


Cut Out the Eyes, XU Tong, documentary, China, 2014, Italian Premiere
Double Act, DING Shiwei, China, short, 2013, Italian Premiere
Egg and Stone, HUANG Ji, drama, China 2012, Italian Premiere
Perfect Conjugal Bliss, ZHONG Su, short, China, 2014


Conditioned, CHAN Kam-hei, short, Hong Kong 2015, International Premiere
And Afterwards, LAW Sin-yan, short, Hong Kong 2015, International Premiere
Where’s the Head?, LUI Mei-fung, short, Hong Kong 2015, International Premiere


The Big Boss, LO Wei, martial arts, Hong Kong, 1971, 4K Restored Version International Premiere
Fist of Fury, LO Wei, martial arts, Hong Kong, 1972, 4K Restored Version World Premiere
Game of Death, Robert CLOUSE, Bruce LEE, Sammo HUNG, martial arts, Hong Kong/USA, 1978, 4K Restored Version International Premiere
Of the Flesh, Marilou DIAZ-ABAYA, melodrama, The Philippines 1983, Restored Version Italian Premiere
The Way of the Dragon, Bruce LEE, martial arts, Hong Kong 1972, 4K Restored Version International Premiere

You can find additional information for the festival here: http://www.fareastfilm.com/

My name is Panos Kotzathanasis and I am Greek. Being a fan of Asian cinema and especially of Chinese kung fu and Japanese samurai movies since I was a little kid, I cultivated that love during my adolescence, to extend to the whole of SE Asia. Starting from my own blog in Greek, I then moved on to write for some of the major publications in Greece, and in a number of websites dealing with (Asian) cinema, such as Taste of Cinema, Hancinema, EasternKicks, Chinese Policy Institute, and of course, Asian Movie Pulse. in which I still continue to contribute. In the beginning of 2017, I launched my own website, Asian Film Vault, which I merged in 2018 with Asian Movie Pulse, creating the most complete website about the Asian movie industry, as it deals with the almost every country from East and South Asia, and definitely all genres. You can follow me on Facebook and Twitter.