July 16th, 2008 03:02:00
An Empress and the Warriors (Hong Kong) Dir.: Tony Ching Siu-Tung - Canadian premiere
One of a number of spectacular martial arts epics unleashed by China this year, this one stars the radiant Kelly Chen, acclaimed as both an actress and a pop singer. She portrays the princess Feier, poised to inherit the Emperors throne, torn by love and treachery.
May 18, 1980 is a date that to this day harbours a somber resonance for South Koreans
May 18th (South Korea) Dir.: Kim Ji-hun - Canadian premiere
May 18, 1980 is a date that to this day harbours a somber resonance for South Koreans, recalling a tragedy that left over 200 civilians dead and vast numbers wounded. Like 2003s gritty SILMIDO , Kim Ji-hoons box-office hit MAY 18 reveals a painful episode from a troubled time in the countrys recent history.
Akanbo shôjo (Japan) Dir.: Yûdai Yamaguchi - Canadian premiere
A teenage girl finally meets her real parents, but something seems very, very wrong about them. The many fans that Yûdai Yamaguchi gained with his gems BATTLEFIELD BASEBALL and CROMATIE HIGH SCHOOL will be delighted by his latest, replete with inventive acts of cruelty and mutant babies. A cinematic nightmare drawn from the mangas of Kazuo Umezu.
Rule of Three, World Premiere hosted by Eric Shapiro and Rhoda Jordan.
Rule of Three (USA) Dir : Eric Shapiro - World Premiere hosted by Eric Shapiro and Rhoda Jordan.
This captivating feature debut from multiple award-winning author Eric Shapiro (DAYS OF ALLISON) takes place almost entirely in a single motel room over a trio of timelines. A father is consumed in panic over his daughter`s disappearance, obsessively returning to the motel room that was the last place she was seen. She never checked out. Timelines jump backwards and ahead, unveiling a riveting chain of events that will have you biting your nails into mangled stumps. Shapiro delivers a rare and engrossing work whose qualities can perhaps best be likened to PT Anderson, James Foley or Steven Soderbergh. Phenomenal.
The Rebel (Vietnam) Dir.: Truc 'Charlie' Nguyen - Montreal premiere
In the days of Vietnams French occupation, a revolution is brewing and an indigenous secret agent rebels against his masters. An explosive action drama with a political dimension, establishing a place for Vietnam among exporters of martial-arts excitement.
Triangle (Hong Kong) Dir.: Ringo Lam, Johnnie To, Tsui Hark - Montreal premiere
One director gets the ball rolling, another moves it along, the third brings it all home. A cinematic challenge that only artists of the calibre of Hong Kongs celebrated Ringo Lam, Johnnie To and Tsui Harkthree living legends long since familiar to Fantasia fans, working with a first-rate cast, add up to a bravura exercise in group creation
From Within (USA) Réal : Phedon Papamichael International premiere
A mysterious suicide plague sweeps across a small religious American town in this disturbing shocker from celebrated cinematographer Phedon Papamichael (WALK THE LINE, 3:10 TO YUMA). Religious extremism is every bit as frightening as supernatural bloodshed and FROM WITHIN delivers both in provocative spades. Papamichael makes a subversive film all the more radical by mounting it as a severe teen horror vehicle populated with a hip cast that includes Thomas Decker, Elizabeth Rice and Rumer Willis!