July 19th, 2008 04:15:00
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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.
Island of Lost Souls (Denmark) Dir : Nikolaj Arcel Montreal Premiere
Even if it is aimed primarily at a pre-teen audience, this tale about three kids fighting a sorcerer packs in enough darkness and sheer creepiness to please any lover of genre film. Though it owes a debt to HARRY POTTER, the film outdoes the Hollywood series with its black humour and self-parody.
A Tale of Legendary Libido (Korea) Dir.: Shin Han-sol - International premiere
Screening for the first time outside Korea, this is a mix-and-match of mythology, mirth andahemmature subject matter, with a splendid cast including comedy icon Bong Tae-kyu and ART OF FIGHTING director Shin Han-sol. The brilliant mixture of musical flavours, including Korean traditional song (Chang) and dance, enhances the fun of this lighthearted and off-the-wall mythical sex comedy, and the modified traditional costumes are sure to be a fashion trendsetter.
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Seven Days (South Korea) Dir.: Won Sin-yeon - North American premiere
A lawyer is confronted with the dilemma of whether or not to secure the release of a convicted murderer within the seven days remaining before his second trial. Her child will die if she does not comply. Gritty, complex, stylish and bursting with nervous energy, SEVEN DAYS showcases Kim Yunjin of the popular TV series LOST.
Seven Days presented for the first time in North America
Le Grand Chef (Korea) Dir.: Jean yun-su North-American premiere
In the tradition of such Chinese "kung-food" movies as ART OF COOKERY, this Korean adaptation of a beloved comic series, makes its North American debut at Fantasia 2008. This film is a spicy stew of comedy, melodrama and cuisine combat. With its bright, pop-art colour scheme, this movie is a visual feast. There is a real chemistry between the actors; you would be hard pressed to find a more likable cast.This month, Seoul Broadcast System (SBS) again takes full advantage of this film's popularity and has created a TV series titled "Sikgaek" that will feature 'the delicious and colorful dishes of Korean cuisine'.
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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.
4bia (Thailand) Dir.: Youngyooth Thongkonthun, Banjong Pisanthanakun, Parkpoom Wongpoom, Paween Purikitpanya - International premiere, hosted by Banjong Pisanthanakun, Parkpoom Wongpoom
For this horrific collective work, four of Thailands most talented directors unite to create a succession of terrifying moments. Sometimes darkly funny, at others truly shocking, 4BIA allows each of the filmmakers to put their own unique touch on material that pushes the boundaries of horror cinema. A film tailor-made for Fantasia.
Ex Drummer (Belgium) Dir.: Koen Mortier Montreal premiere
Immensely vulgar, shockingly violent, deeply politically incorrect, EX DRUMMER is a powerfully raw piece of work, one that picks mercilessly at the scab covering its leads spiritual disease, one that brutally confronts the passive middle class with the harsh word that they are, in fact, worse off than the coarse, crude masses they so easily dismiss and look down upon. It is a bruising experience not easily forgotten.
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Tunnel Rats (Canada/Germany) Dir : Uwe Boll North American Premiere
The incorrigible Uwe Boll quits video game adaptations for a short moment and leads us straight into the middle of the Viet-Nam War. With this captivating story of soldiers sent on a suicide mission, Boll gives us one of the most poignant vision of war since Bruno Dumonts FLANDRE.
INFECTION is perhaps the stage equivalent of the wave of handicam cinemathink CLOVERFIELD, DIARY OF THE DEAD and BLAIR WITCH PROJECT. The audience finds itself spying on a theatre troupe rehearsing for the grand premiere of their variety show, slated to open in two days. Its a catastrophe! A catastrophe thats about to transform into a nightmare when the missing actor shows up with a wound on his arm. The horror is only beginning Isabelle Stephen, the actress often called the scream queen of Quebec due to her appearances in over 20 Canadian and American horror films, unveils her first stage play. She guarantees that with INFECTION, shes sharing her worst (and most entertaining) nightmare!
Sasori (Hong Kong) Dir.: Joe Ma Canadian premiere
Hong Kong reinvents Japanese 70s action icon Scorpion (longstanding Fantasia-heads will recall seeing series entry FEMALE CONVICT SCORPION JAILHOUSE 41 at the fest) in the confrontational image of 80s and 90s notorious HK Category III films! If youre unfamiliar with the landmark originals, just know that their titular femme hero served as a key influence on Tarantinos KILL BILL films. And that this eccentric redux is absolutely bloody insane, positioning itself firmly between Arthouse and Grindhouse as it plays like a breathless travelogue of exploitation film hot spots, from women-in-prison grime to dizzying fight film and neon-drenched urban revenge action epic. Wow!
Canadian premiere of Sasori
Hunting Grounds (Canada) Dir.: Eric Bilodeau - Montreal premiere
Straight outta the Saguenay comes this ambitious and capably crafted slice of DIY sci-fi fun. Director Eric Bilodeau and his team do a remarkable job on the green-screening and special effects, and theyve let out word that HUNTING GROUNDS is in fact their first film of a series of four, all about hunting, all related and in chronological order.
Midnight Meat Train (USA) Dir : Ryuhei Kitamura - World Premiere hosted by de Ryuhei Kitamura.
VERSUS/ARAGAMI director Ryuhei Kitamura makes his U.S. breakout with a vengeance with this intense and visually-stunning adaptation of Clive Barker`s beloved short story from his BOOKS OF BLOOD collection. Features an absolutely heart-stopping performance by none other than Vinnie Jones as a shadowy figure bringing hell to New York`s late night transit system. Barker himself is absolutely thrilled with the film - a rarity for the famously perfectionist author. One of the most anticipated horror films of the year, this one`s an absolute must-see.
World premiere of Midnight Meat Train hosted by Ryuhei Kitamura