Focus on Asia Fukuoka International Film Festival 2017

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September 18th(Fri.) to 24th(Fri.) 2017

SCREENING PROGRAM

New and Much Talked About Films from Asia

  • Violinist
  • FAN
  • Honeygiver among the Dogs
  • Ben&Jody
  • Bad Genius
  • Brutal
  • Hello Vietnam
  • The Foolish Bird
  • Godspeed

New and Much Talked About Films from Asia

Bringing you a selection of Asia's much talked about motion pictures including those marking their Japanese Premiere at our film festival!

Legend

JS
Japanese subtitled
ES
English subtitled
AP
Asian Premiere
JP
Japanese Premiere
KP
Kyushu Premiere
   

Violinist

  • JS
  • ES
  • JP

2016/Iran/74 min.

Directed by Mohammad Ali TALEBI

Violinist
Relaying the warmth of Islamic culture through the depiction of one youth.

In a corner of a bazaar in metropolitan Tehran, Kianoosh earns his daily income in cash by playing popular Iranian songs on the violin. One night, Saba, an inspiring pianist, approaches him and takes him to her music school. Kianoosh,, without any western style musical training, now has a chance to lead an affluent life. Unfortunate for him, he loses his precious violin.

Fan

  • JS
  • ES
  • KP

2016/India-Croatia-UK/ 143 min.

Directed by Maneesh SHARMA

FAN
Shah Rukh Khan plays double roles in this explosive entertainment attraction!

A thriller starring Shah Rukh Khan, the “King of Bollywood”. Young Gaurav who lives in Dehli, is a fanatical fan of Aryan, the superstar. To Gaurav, the existence of Aryan is life in itself. When such excessive sentiment turns perverse, there is trouble. This is an entertaining film loaded with highlights of dance and action where the “King” plays a youth in his 20s as well as a superstar.

Honeygiver among the Dogs

  • JS
  • ES
  • JP

2016/Bhutan/132 min.

Directed by Dechen RODER

Honeygiver among the Dogs
A beautiful, mysterious woman, in a mystery of illusion presented through peaceful imagery.

In a mountain village, Kinley investigates the disappearance of a Buddhist nun. A woman named “Choden”, referred to by the villagers as a “demoness” holds the key to the case. Realizing the police are after her, she decides to leave the village. In order to unmask the truth behind the case, Kinley decides to approach and accompany her while concealing his identity. She then starts to narrate a mysterious story. A female film director presents a film of mystery set in Buddhist mythology.

Ben&Jody

  • JS
  • ES
  • IP

2017/Indonesia/117min.

Directed by Angga Dwimas SASONGKO

Ben&Jody
The young embark upon a journey in search of finding the best tasting coffee

Ben and Jody now travel across Indonesia selling coffee on a commercial vehicle wagon. When one of their friends quits, the two decide to return to Jakarta and find new friends to reopen their coffee house. The sequel to "Filosofi Kopi" (2015) depicting the struggles of youngsters in search for better and ultimately the best tasting coffee.

Bad Genius

  • JS
  • ES
  • JP

2017/Thailand/130 min.

Directed by Nattawut POONPIRIYA

Bad Genius
Turning an examination into money. A thrilling big operation develops.

Lynn, a high school student with exceptional grades, comes up with a business scheme after helping a friend during an examination. The scheme; she gets money for giving out answers during an examination. As students devise various measures to do well in their exams, Lynn's business skyrockets. Shouldering great expectations from students preparing for their exams, she gets a chance to earn big money for her business by taking on the international standard examination required of students wanting to enroll in the top leading universities of the world. Can she pull it off?

Brutal

  • JS
  • ES
  • KP

2015/Malaysia/76 min.

Directed by Shanjhey Kumar PERMAL

Brutal
With adults not understanding him, where does a youth go?

Set in the 1990s during a period of agony for Malaysia's residents of Indian Tamil descent in the northern section of the nation, the film focuses on Appoy, a youth, whose rage against adults and society keeps escalating. Gradually he is lured into the underground world that Michael Jackson, who Appoy adores, sings about in “BAD”. Rare for a Malaysian film to be totally in the Tamil language, the motion picture took the Best Malaysian Film Award at the Malaysia Film Festival Awards in 2016.

Hello Vietnam

  • JS
  • ES
  • JP

2017/Vietnam/88 min.

Directed by NGUYEN Quang Dung

Hello Vietnam
A sense of warmth and pain is felt when thinking about one's homeland far, far away from home.

Set in the winter of 1995 in New York, the film depicts three generations of a Vietnamese family living in the United States on how family members feel about their homeland, and what values and views on life they hold. The streets of New York covered in snow and the vivid green pastoral scenery in the south of Vietnam are both beautiful in their own way. The film makes us sense the longing for nostalgia, the pain still at heart and the future of a people who have endured a long history of being tossed about by warfare.

The Foolish Bird

  • JS
  • ES
  • JP

2017/China/ 118 min.

Directed by HUANG Ji and OTSUKA Ryuji

The Foolish Bird
What's wrong with that! A stark naked depiction of problems teenagers face.

16 year-old Lynn, a high school student, lives with her grandparents away from her mother in a provincial city in the south of China. Bullied at school and alienated at home, she only trust networking via smartphone. She then steals a smartphone and sells it to a stranger via SNS for some quick cash. Winner of the 67th Berlin International Film Festival Special Mention of General 14 Plus by an International Jury.

Godspeed

  • JS
  • ES
  • KP

2016/Taiwan/112 min.

Directed by CHUNG Mong-Hong

Godspeed
The job was supposed to be a cinch! An unpredictable road movie.

The assignment Na Dow accepted was very simple. He was to deliver some goods he received early in the morning, and return by dusk. For this journey, he chooses a taxi driven by a weird elderly man…The drama that unfolds with men from the underground mob is painted with humor. Michael HUI, the former king of Hong Kong comedy, plays the taxi driver.

  • Violinist
  • FAN
  • Honeygiver among the Dogs
  • Ben&Jody
  • Bad Genius
  • Brutal
  • Hello Vietnam
  • The Foolish Bird
  • Godspeed

THAI FILMS-A DIVERSITY IN CHARM

Bad Genius

  • JS
  • ES
  • JP

2017/Thailand/130 min.

Directed by Nattawut POONPIRIYA

Bad Genius
Turning an examination into money. A thrilling big operation develops.

Lynn, a high school student with exceptional grades, comes up with a business scheme after helping a friend during an examination. The scheme; she gets money for giving out answers during an examination. As students devise various measures to do well in their exams, Lynn's business skyrockets. Shouldering great expectations from students preparing for their exams, she gets a chance to earn big money for her business by taking on the international standard examination required of students wanting to enroll in the top leading universities of the world. Can she pull it off?

By the Time It Gets Dark

  • JS
  • ES
  • KP

2016/Thai-France-Qatar-Netherlands/105min.

Directed by Anocha SUWICHAKORNPONG

Every single person's memory spins into history

The second film from Anocha SUWICHAKORNPONG, the driving force behind Thai art genre films. To use as script material, a female film director interviews a woman who used to be in the student movement in the 1970s. Gradually, memories and space blend together into an exquisite collage. A film of poetic imagery full of stimulation which swept awards such as Best Picture and Best Director at the Thailand National Film Association Awards.

The Crown

  • JS
  • ES
  • IP

2016/Thailand/99min.

Directed by Akechai SRIVICHAI

Will tradition crumble when it feels the wrath of God?

A troupe performs the traditional performing dancing art of "Nora" in southern Thailand. Contrary to the wishes of the leader of the troupe, the son shows no interest in "Nora", and instead always plays the guitar. After an argument, he leaves the troupe and joins a street band and becomes popular. The film, set in the southern Thailand with its relaxed and beautiful landscape, depicts the traditional and cultural performing art of Nora and its spiritual climate.

A Gas Station

  • JS
  • ES
  • JP

2016/Thailand/110min.

Directed by Tanwarin SUKKHAPISIT

The stage of love is at a gas station in the wilderness.

Every day, two women who fancy Mun come to his gas station to s see him. A middle aged woman who always wears a red dress and a high school girl who comes in a different costume play outfit every day. Yet Mun has a woman he can't forget about. This love story depicted in its unique outlook of the world took awards at the Thailand National Film Association Awards and the Thai Film Directors Awards.

Mary is Happy, Mary is Happy

  • JS
  • ES
  • KP

2013/Thailand/125min.

Directed by Nawapol THAMRONGRATTANARIT

Tweets.! A new sensation of youthful graffiti.

A motion picture made from 410 real tweets sent by an anonymous girl. Mary, who will soon graduate, spends her remaining time in high school in comfort. With her friend, Mary finds herself in charge of producing the school yearbook. She's eager to make it look artistic. However. A fantastical film which unfolds the sensitive days of youth in a surrealistic way.

The Master

  • JS
  • ES
  • KP

2014/Thailand/80 min.

Directed by Nawapol THAMRONGRATTANARIT

A man with a big impact on the New Wave movement in films

In one corner of a market in Bangkok, there was a video store managed by one man. His stock of pirated art genre films of all ages from the East and West came to satisfy the needs of film enthusiasts to the point where the young would refer to his place as "that man's store". A documentary that looks back at the rise and fall of this store with successful filmmakers who used frequent the shop as regulars.

The Unseeable

  • JS
  • ES
  • KP

2006/Thailand/97min.

Directed by Wisit SASANATIENG

Don't ever speak of what you see here.

In the 1930s, a pregnant woman searching by foot to find her missing husband, visits a mansion. The mysterious widow living in the mansion welcomes the visiting woman but then eerie things begin to surface around her. Wisit Sasanatieng uses his aesthetics and storytelling to bring you a stylish horror story, which also is packed with the air of a classic horror film.

Santi-Vina

  • JS
  • ES
  • JP

1954/Thailand/117min.

Directed by Thavi NA BANGCHANG

A story of love that comes to life again through state of the art technology.

The film was Thailand's first 35mm color feature film. For a long time, the film could not be shown because the print was lost. However a negative was found in 2014, and after 1700 hours of 4K digital restoration, the film was completed. The story of undivided love and suffering of Santi and Vina can now be seen without any cuts and in the color of its first release.

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