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Pan-Asia Film Festival 2013

The Pan-Asia Film Festival returns for a 5th time tomorrow, with a strong and, as ever, diverse range of films…

Organised by Aisa House, the Pan-Asia Film Festival programme 2013 begins tomorrow night with an Opening Gala and UK premiere of Ya-che Yang’s Gf*Bf, an enormous hit in its native Taiwan. With a killer contemporary soundtrack, the film won both the Audience and the Best Lead Actress prizes at the Golden Horse Awards.

Takeshi Kitano returns to the crime genre (finally!) with Outrage Beyond, a thriller focusing on the sinister machinations and complex politics driving Japan’s biggest crime families. The most distinctive and inventive director of Thailand’s new wave, Pen-ek Ratanaruang (Last Life in the Universe) is back with a Buddhist twist on the noir thriller, Headshot.

Instigated by Johnnie To, one of Asia’s most prestigious short film festivals, the Fresh Wave Film Festival showcases the best of the continents developing filmmaking talent in Hong Kong in December each year. This year the festival will, for the first time, be showcasing their winning shorts as part of the 2013 Pan Asia Film Festival.

There will also be a late night screening of Takashi Shimizu’s (Ju-on: The Grudge, Shock Labyrinth 3D) latest horror Tormented 3D, starring Hikari Mitsushima (Love Exposure, Sawako Decides, Villain, Hari-Kiri: Death Of A Samurai). Shot by legendary cinematographer and Wong Kar-wai collaborator Christopher Doyle (In The Mood For Love, Days Of Being Wild, Hero, Underwater Love – A Pink Musical), director Takashi has stated they clashed a lot on set, but “if any one understood our intentions – or more to the point, felt them – it was probably Chris, the Troublesome but Refined Old Bastard.”

Other screenings include Mira Nair’s (Salaam Bombay! Monsoon Wedding) The Reluctant Fundamentalist and Prashant Bhargava’s Patang (with director Q&A). The Closing Gala features the UK Premiere of Midi Z’s Poor Folk, followed by a Q&A with the director and lead actress Wu Ke-Xi.

The Pan-Asia Film Festival will take place over ten London venues and several other UK cities from 6th to 17th March. See the Asia House website for further details and booking information.

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