Terracotta Far East Film Festival ’14


This year’s Terracotta Far East Film Festival’s long awaited line up has been released, and it looks like it’ll be another corker of a festival! This will be the sixth annual festival from Terracotta, and we can’t wait for it to start! Its 23 films will be showing from the 23rd May to the 1st June, showcasing some of the best Asian films out there, many of which will be International and European premières.

The Festival’s focus this year is on cinema from the Philippines, showing some amazing films from the country. Of course, other Asian countries will also have some of their most interesting cinema being shown. The full line-up and schedule can be seen here, with links to where to buy tickets from included. 

In terms of Korean films in the Festival, there’s a varied and interesting selection to choose from.

Korean Films at the Festival:

Moebius: Friday, 30 May 2014

KIM Ki-duk’s daring portrayal of a dysfunctional family, filmed without dialogue, making this disturbing drama all the more potent.

A spurned wife seeks revenge against her adulterous husband. In a fit of rage, she grabs a knife and tries to castrate him. He fights her off, so instead she lashes out at her teenage son. Distraught and driven by guilt, the father explores desperate methods in order to help his maimed son.

A chain of twisted events brings father and son unexpectedly closer together in this provocative, pitch black comedy, that only a very talented director and cast could pull off. Starring promising newcomer SEO Young-ju (JUVENILE OFFENDER) as the son, Cho Jae-hyun (CROCODILE, THE ISLE, BAD GUY) as the father, and LEE Eun-woo who plays both wife and mistress.

Commitment: Saturday, 31 May 2014 

A taut spy thriller starring CHOI Seung-hyun, a.k.a. rapper T.O.P. from super group Big Bang, as a North Korean secret agent undercover in a South Korean high school.

Imprisoned in a North Korean labour camp, Ri Myung-hoon (CHOI) is offered a way out if he agrees to work as a spy. Leaving his younger sister behind, he heads South to track down a mysterious assassin picking off fellow agents.  Allegiances become muddied when he befriends bullied classmate Hye-in (HAN Ye-ri), but Myung-hoon is ready to do whatever it takes to see his sister again.

A topical storyline, with adrenaline-rush bike chases and hard-boiled hand-to-hand combat. CHOI Seung-hyun puts in a suitably moody performance and shows off some impressive action skills as a tenacious teen assassin.

The Face Reader: Sunday, 1 June 2014 

A Joseon dynasty saga with a powerhouse cast.

Set in 15th century Korea, the film follows gifted physiognomist Nae-kyung (SONG Kang-ho, THE HOST, SYMPATHY FOR MR.VENGEANCE, SNOWPIERCER), who seizes the opportunity to cast off his peasant existence and advance through the ranks of the warrior nobles in the capital.

But Nae-kyung, caught up in a dangerous game, soon gets trapped between its two deadliest players—Grand Prince Sooyang (LEE Jung-jae), known as “the Wolf”, simmering with menacing ambition, and Kim Jong-seo (BAEK Yoon-shik), “the Tiger”, charged with maintaining royal power.

Director HAN (THE SHOW MUST GO ON) exemplifies the current trend in Korean cinema of historical dramatisations with this film, bringing together assured performances, sumptuous visuals and costume design, and finding beauty in the violence of medieval court machinations.

So from Kpop star T.O.P in a spy thriller, some historical action, and a film from the dark imagination of Kim Ki-duk, there’s something for everyone.

Other things to note:

This is also a great chance for Korean film fans to explore some more of Asia’s great cinema. We especially liked the look of ON THE JOB, SHIFTTHE SNOW WHITE MURDER CASE, and LESSON OF EVIL.

Also don’t forget, the Terror Cotta Horror All-Nighter is back! This is an all night film fright fest, with games, snacks and fun in addition to the horror films to see you through the dark hours.

Along with the films being shown, there are also other bonuses which are amazing….

Guests and Masterclasses:

These will be announced on the website in the run up to the festival, so keep checking their website for details! There are some great people lined up for these events, trust us, so it’s worthwhile to keep your finger on the pulse and wait for them to be announced.

Short Film Competition:

Following up on the success of last year’s short film competition, it’s been brought back again to give aspiring film makers the chance to win an amazing prize.

Terracotta Festival, in association with KLM and VisitKL, is excited to present its second annual Short Film Competition, with a fantastic prize package on offer, including a trip for two to the beautiful city of Kuala Lumpur. This dynamic Asian destination city is a great place to enjoy stunning views from chic sky-scrapers before descending into the bustling streets in search of colourful markets, mouth-watering food, and a nightlife as hot as the weather.

The winning entry will also enjoy an Official World Premiere screening at the Opening Night of the Terracotta Festival, as part of the prize presentation ceremony. Entries will be judged by a panel including guest directors, actors, and film journalists. The winner will be notified on 14th May 2014.

This is a fantastic chance and anyone who has the film making bug should definitely give this a try. All details on how to enter can be seen here.

So what are you waiting for and pick out the films out want to see now!

The essential Festival details:

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