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Terracotta Festival Takes 5 Asian Films On A UK Tour - Film Festival

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 Craig Grobler 0 Comments

terracotta festival tourFor the first time in its four year history, Terracotta Festival is expanding its successful London residency of current Asian cinema showcase to selected venues in the UK.

The touring festival will kick off at the Cornerhouse cinema in Manchester on September 19th, followed by the Watershed in Bristol and will continue through October at the Genesis in London as well as dates in Brighton and Nottingham. More cities will be announced on the festival website -

Organisers are bringing a shortened programme of five contemporary films offering a taster of the best in current cinema in the Far East.

There will be two Japanese films, including Isn’t Anyone Alive? which marks the return of Sogo Ishii to filmmaking after a 10 year absence, and crowd-pleasing comedy The Woodsman and the Rain. Also in the line-up, two Korean films of different genres: pan-Asian WW2 blockbuster My Way and dark animation The King of Pigs. And the docu-drama Return to Burma which gives the audience a rare insider perspective into ordinary life in this fascinating and topical country.

Continuing its support of films and emerging film-makers from across the Far East, Terracotta Festival has been curating and exhibiting a selection of films from Asia for four years. With a selection of hand-picked films from the best of each year’s vintage, organisers bring quality and entertaining Far East cinema to the UK.

Also discovering less known regions and cultures through films has been a goal for the organisers and widening the audience to a larger scale seemed a natural development.

My Way
The most ambitious and expensive film coming from South Korea directed by box office champion Kang Je-Kyu (Brotherhood: Taegukgi, Shiri), MY WAY is an explosive epic war drama spanning Japan, Korea, China, Russian gulags and the beaches of Normandy, packed with high octane action and heart-breaking emotion that tells, for the first time, the story of the Second World War from a Korean point of view.

Video: My Way Trailer

- Official selection Berlin Film Festival 2012/ Opening film Terracotta Far East Film Festival
Director: Kang Je-kyu / starring Jang Dong-gun, Joe Odagiri, Fan Bingbing / War Epic / Korea / 2011 / 137 mins / Korean, Japanese, Russian with English subtitles / cert 18

Isn’t Anyone Alive? 
Gakuryu Ishii (aka Sogo Ishii) has been amusing us with his talent of totally overstepping genre boundaries with striking images and music. In his latest feature film he has adapted the Shiro Maeda play Isn’t Anyone Alive, an avant-garde story of 18 young students dying one after another.

Isn't Anyone Alive? (生きてるものはいないのか - Gakuryu Ishii, 2012) - Trailer

- Official selection Edinburgh Film Festival 2012/ Fantasia Film Festival 2012

Director: Sogo Ishii / starring Shota Somentani, Murakami Jun, Mai Takahashi / Black Comedy / Japan / 2011 / 113 mins / Japanese with English subtitles / cert 15

Return To Burma 
After decades of military rule, Burma has finally held its first presidential election. Many Burmese living abroad believe that peace and prosperity will soon follow. Wang Xing-Hong, who is living as an immigrant labourer in Taiwan, comes back. He feels like a stranger in a foreign land with the bleak employment and social situation there. This docu-drama shows scenes of every day life in an insular country which, this year, finds itself in the international spotlight.

Return To Burma - UK Trailer

Official selection Rotterdam International Film Festival 2012/ Los Angeles Film Festival 2012

Mandarin and Burmese with English subtitles / cert 12
Director: Midi Z / starring Wang Shin-Hong, Lu Jiun / Documentary Drama / Taiwan, Burma / 2011/ 84 mins /

King Of Pigs
After his business goes bankrupt, a man kills his wife impulsively. Hiding his anger, he seeks out his former middle school classmate. For the first time in 15 years they meet and hiding, their own current situations, talk about their school days. At school, they were classified by their wealth and grades. Both at the bottom of the pile, they were known as the “pigs” and were bullied by a ruling class of “dogs”. This bullying led to a harrowing incident at the school, and they return to the site where the most shocking truth of what happened there is finally revealed.

The King Of Pigs Trailer (English Subtitles)

- Official selection Edinburgh Film Festival 2012

Director: Yeun Sang-ho / starring Yang Ik-june, Oh Jung-sae, Kim hye-na, Kim Kkobbi / Animated Drama / South Korea /2011 / 97 mins / Korean with English subtitles

The Woodsman And The Rain
Katsu, a 60 year-old lumberjack, lives in a small, tranquil village in the mountains. When a film crew suddenly arrives to shoot a zombie movie, he finds himself unwittingly roped into assisting the production. However, an improbable friendship soon develops between Katsu and the young director Koichi, as he comes to see joy in the filmmaking process, and gradually helps Koichi to recover his sense of self. Soon, their bond inspires an unusual collaboration between the villagers and the film crew.

The Woodsman & The Rain (Kitsutsuki to Ame - Shuichi Okita, Japan, 2011) english-subtitled Trailer

Director: Shuichi Okita / starring Koji Yakusho (13 Assassins)., Shun Oguri(Gaku, Crows Zero)  / Comedy / Japan /2011 / 100 mins / Japanese with English subtitles

Venues and dates confirmed, more TBC:
Cornerhouse: 70 Oxford Street, Manchester M1 5NH
19th September: Return to Burma
22nd September: My Way
25th September: Isn’t anyone alive
27th September: The King of Pigs

Watershed: 1 Canon's Road, Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 5TX
24th September: My Way
25th September: Isn’t anyone alive
27th September: The King of Pigs
26th September: Return to Burma

Genesis Cinema: 93-95 Mile End Road, London E1 4UJ
Tuesday 02 October: My Way
Tuesday 09 October: The King of Pigs
Tuesday 16 October: The Woodsman and the Rain
Tuesday 23 October: Return to Burma
Tuesday 30 October: Isn’t anyone alive

About Terracotta Festival
Committed to bringing quality and entertaining Far East films to the UK, the Terracotta Far East Film Festival is an annual event aiming to widen the audience for Far Eastern film in the UK and to further promote this genre to existing film fans. With a stunning line-up of films hand-picked from the best of the region, encompassing diverse genres from comedy to drama to horror and everything in between, exclusive cast and crew Q&As, intro’s, masterclasses and parties. ( #terracotta 12
Releases by Terracotta Distribution include the multi-award winning Breathless directed by Yang Ik-june, Johnnie To’s Sparrow and most recently Arirang by Kim Ki-duk -

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