Ubisoft Presents Fantasia 2008

July 20th 2008

July 20th, 2008 04:21:00

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Canadian premiere of Gachi Boy: Wrestling With a Memory

Gachi Boy: Wrestling With a Memory (Japan) Dir.: Norihiro Koizumi – Canadian premiere
Yes, kids, GACHI BOY is a film that combines the central plot device of MEMENTO with the classic lovable-underdog sports movie—a bizarre combination but, by god, does it ever work. You’ll come to this one for the hysterical sight of scrawny Japanese university students donning masks and costumes and stepping into the ring—a comic goldmine used to its full potential—but you’ll walk away cheering the heart of the piece.

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 Dumont’s FLANDRE.


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Muay Thai Chaiya (Thailand) Dir.: Kongkiat Khomsiri - Canadian premiere
There’s no denying Kongkiat Khomsiri’s debut as a solo director, after being part of the gang behind ultra-gory ART OF THE DEVIL 2, will strike many as familiar on more than one level. Capably written and performed, laced with strong action scenes and a fantastic sense of period detail courtesy of art direction from CITIZEN DOG and TEARS OF THE BLACK TIGER director Wisit Sasanatieng, MUAY THAI CHAIYA adds some much-needed narrative depth to the world of Thai action films.

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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.

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North American Premiere of Voice of a Murderer

Voice of a Murderer (Korea) Dir.: Park Jin-pyo - North American Premiere
Based on 1991 kidnapping of Lee Hyong-ho, a widely publicized event still vividly remembered by Koreans, VOICE OF A MURDERER takes a very different tack from similarly-themed thrillers, like the Mel Gibson vehicle RANSOM. Given that the outcome of the situation was familiar to the movie’s home audience, director Park Jin-pyo revisits to the docudrama form he applied to sexy seniors in 2002’s TOO YOUNG TO DIE, focusing on the slow-burning misery of the persecuted parents and their all too human failures, mistakes and regrets. The results are honest and compelling, with the sharp tang of truth.

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The Butcher (South Korea) Dir : Kim Jin-won – Canadian Premiere
THE BUTCHER was shot completely outside the studio system, something that is almost unheard of in South Korean cinema. Told entirely through two POV video cameras, giving the perspective of both victims and killers, it throws viewers into the middle of chaos and death: a handful of people have been abducted and lie bloodied and bound. Nearby, a team of snuff-film producers are discussing their plans... Less HOSTEL than it is a twisted form of verité mockumentary, THE BUTCHER uses a distinctively non-cinematic aesthetic to directly implicate not only the viewer in the crimes and serial mayhem taking place onscreen, but the mainstream Korean film industry as well.

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directors Banjong Pisanthanakun and Parkpoom Wongpoom and co-writer Aummarapon Phandintong will host Alone

Alone (Thailand) Dir.: Banjong Pisanthanakun & Parkpoom Wongpoom – Montreal premiere
The sophomore effort from the directing duo behind SHUTTER, ALONE proves once again that Banjong Pisanthanakun and Parkpoom Wongpoom are among the very finest horror directors Asia has to offer. The premise is sterling, the directors smart enough to know when to play to expectations and when to twist and subvert them, and the technical end of the film so strong that it should come as no surprise that ALONE has been scooping up awards by the armful all around the world.

Punch Lady (Korea) Dir.: Kang Hyo-jin - North American Premiere
If you’re expecting another Korean film subtly mixing drama and wry dark comedy, expect to get smacked upside the head, but hard. PUNCH LADY is a heartrending psychological study of a woman trapped in a cycle of violence, wrapped in a coating of humour equally sitcom and slapstick, culminating in a gripping climactic battle. Realism and logic be damned, PUNCH LADY is a beast unleashed.

The Moss (Hong Kong) Dir.: Derek Kwok - International premiere
Taking place in the seedy underworld of gangsters, double agents, informers and moles, the second film from rising star Derek Kwok is a fairy tale disguised as a lurid film noir, with action galore. Fantasia is proud to present its international premiere.

Pig Hunt (USA) Dir : James Isaac - World Premiere hosted by James Isaac.
The director of JASON X and the art director of CHILDREN OF MEN join forces to make a no-limits action/horror freakout of a genre smash-up produced entirely outside the Hollywood system. It’s a killer monster pig film. It’s a psycho-hog biker film. It’s a city-dwellers-ambushed-in-redneck-hell film. It’s a hippie stoner sex film. Baby, it’s PIG HUNT, and it`s almost certainly the wildest American horror film of the year! Watch out for an unhinged performance by Primus` Les Claypool, who actually broke a finger during a take and kept right on going.

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James Isaac will host the world premiere of Pig Hunt