I am always happy to see Asia-focused film festivals around the world. Five Flavours Film Festival in Warsaw has the widest and the most varied selection of Asian films I have ever seen. They merge the old classics and the new wave and introduce South East Asian country films that are usually overlooked in such film fests. These are some titles you can “taste” during the festival:
- New Asian Cinema programme has Cambodian film “The Last Reel“, a few Filipino titles – “Crocodile” and “Shadow behind the moon“, Vietnamese “Big father, small father and other stories“, Indonesian “Siti” and a few more titles from Taiwan, Japan and South Korea.
- Taiwanese wuxia film focus will screen the classic King Hu’s “Dragon Inn” as well as the most recent film by the master filmmaker Hou Hsiao-hsien – “The Assassin” and a few more famous titles.
- Focus on the Japanese female directors will shed a light on many overlooked films and John Woo’s retrospective will bring back the good old Hong Kong classics.
I had a pleasure to be interviewed by the Radisson Blu blog about Asian cinema and significance of wuxia film in Taiwan. You can read the full article here.