July 27, 2006


Venice's Golden Lion It's in Italian, and I don't speak Italian, but here's the Asian line-up of this year's Venice Film Festival and the whole festival is a doozy:

In Competition
PAPRIKA - Satoishi Kon's new animated film
MUSHISHI - this is weird. Here's Katsuhiro Otomo's live action movie that only just announced its cast. Is it further along than we've been informed?
EXILED - directed by Johnnie To.
HEI YANQUAN - Tsai Ming-liang's latest movie
SANG SATTAWAT - the latest from Apichatopong Weerasethakul.

Out of Competition
THE BANQUET - we all know what this is. Zhang Ziyi. Yuen Wo-ping.
TALES OF EARTHSEA - the Studio Ghibli film.

Out of Competition Midnight
ROB B HOOD - Jackie Chan's latest is in Venice. Apparently the confusion was over whether it was going to be the opening film or not. Not whether it was going to be there at all.
SAKEBI - a new movie from Kiyoshi Kurosawa starring Koji Yakusho and Jo Odagiri.
JAKPAE - a new flick from action ace Ryu Seung-Wan.

KOOROGI - a new Shinji Aoyama flick.
TAIYANG YU - a film from Ho Yu-hang
MABEI SHANG DE FATING -  Liu Je's new flick
OPERA JAWA - from Indonesia's Garin Nugroho. I don't think it's an opera about jawas. Star Wars fans: stand down.

Horizons Documentary
DONG - Jia Zhangke doing a documentary?


And Park Chan-Wook's on the jury. Anyone wanna send me to Venice?

Also, anyone who knows more about these titles, feel free to chime in. It looks like Gu Changwei didn't finish his movie in time to be included, unfortunately.

(Thanks to everyone who sent in info)

July 27, 2006 at 10:32 AM in News | Permalink


jedi counsel couldn't wish for talents this diverse! the asian movie god weeps...

Posted by: ed | Jul 27, 2006 10:58:52 AM

Yes, Gu Changwei can't finish the film in time. When Gu Changwei know that he can't finish the film in time, he held urgent meeting with the crew of the movie.


Posted by: no name | Jul 27, 2006 11:04:04 AM

Grady....JAKPAE is the korean title for "City of Violence."

Posted by: Marten | Jul 27, 2006 1:19:55 PM

With the support of The Weinstein Company, I believe CITY OF VIOLENCE will become the high-profile film in Venice Film Festival.

Posted by: no name | Jul 27, 2006 5:17:43 PM

By the way, Hirokazu Koreeda's HANA isn't in it......

It looks like this movie has been passed on by two big festivals (Cannes, Venice), and it is sad.

Posted by: no name | Jul 27, 2006 7:47:07 PM

Cool, we have a Malaysian film. Taiyang Yu (English title: Rain Dogs) by Ho Yuhang

Posted by: Edmund Yeo | Jul 28, 2006 2:26:37 AM

Sang Sattawat by Apichatpong Weerasethakul is Syndromes and a Century, earlier titled Intimacy and Turbulence. It will be the world premiere. The film was among the works commissioned for the New Crowned Hope festival in Vienna to celebrate Mozart's 250th.

Posted by: Wise Kwai | Jul 28, 2006 3:52:52 AM

Wow. I'm with you, Grady: Venice looks too good to miss.

Posted by: Simon Abrams | Jul 28, 2006 9:46:03 AM

Jia's actually done several short documentaries in the past, they just haven't received distribution. A couple of them are available on an (unsubtitled) Chinese DVD (http://www.joyo.com/movie/detail.asp?prodid=bkys512191). Now I'm wondering what happened to "Still Life," which was mysteriously pulled from Celluloid Dreams' website a few months back and has yet to return.

Posted by: Bob Violence | Jul 29, 2006 11:20:51 AM

STILL LIFE is still in post-production. I expect it'll premiere at Berlin next year.

Posted by: Steve | Jul 30, 2006 2:31:35 PM

OPERA JAWA by Garin Nugroho was also one of the works for the New Crowned Hope as well as SANG SATTAWAT by Apichatpong and HEI YANQUAN by Tsai Ming-liang.

OPERA JAWA will be screened on 7th Aug. at Jogja-Netpac Asian Film Festival in Indonesia as the world premiere.

Posted by: tdc | Jul 30, 2006 9:35:03 PM

I expect STILL LIFE will premiere at Cannes next year.

(I don't say that STILL LIFE won't be finished before Berlin, but I think Jia Zhangke will "hold" the film until Cannes, because Cannes has the biggest market in the world)

Posted by: no name | Jul 31, 2006 9:17:16 AM

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