As September 2019 approaches, so does the 33rd edition of Fantasy Filmfest which will take place in the cities of Berlin, Cologne, Stuttgart, Hamburg, Frankfurt and Munich on specific dates during that month. Among its program including the newest film by American filmmaker Rob Zombie and a prequel to Lucky McKee’s cult classic “The Woman” titled “Darlin'”, the festival again also shows its dedication towards Asian genre cinema with many interesting titles, some of which will be screened in Germany for the first time.

Here is the list of Asian films included in this year’s program:

“Diner” by Mina Ninagawa

Door Lock” by Lee Kwon

“First Love” by Takashi Miike

The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil” by Lee Won-tae

“It Comes” by Tetsuya Nakashima

Kingdom” by Shinsuke Sato

Shadow” by Zhang Yimou

White Snake” by Amp Wong and Ji Zhao

The Witness” by Jo Kyu-jang

In case you are ready for some international genre cinema and live or are in Germany in September, Fantasy Filmfest is definitely the right occasion for you. If you want to have a look at the rest of their program or reserve tickets, check out the festival’s homepage.

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Ever since I watched Takeshi Kitano's "Hana-Bi" for the first time (and many times after that) I have been a cinephile. While much can be said about the technical aspects of film, coming from a small town in Germany, I cherish the notion of art showing its audience something which one does normally avoid, neglect or is unable to see for many different reasons. Often the stories told in films have helped me understand, discover and connect to something new which is a concept I would like to convey in the way I talk and write about films. Thus, I try to include some info on the background of each film as well as a short analysis (without spoilers, of course), an approach which should reflect the context of a work of art no matter what genre, director or cast. In the end, I hope to pass on my joy of watching film and talking about it.