The friendly film festival that celebrates East Asian cinema is set to return for another year. East Winds is the UK’s only major showcase of East Asian cinema outside of London and the first of its kind in the Midlands. It will be running in Coventry between 31st October and 2nd November and has a stunning selection of popular films from Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand and Japan.
Opening the festival on Friday is the European Premiere of the dark, brooding and sinister Taiwanese tale Partners in Crime from director Chang Jung-chi who takes teenage angst into an entirely more mature and disturbing area. On the night, Japanese black comedy Greatful Dead from Third Window Films will follow a young woman with a dysfunctional childhood as she transitions from a peeping tom spying on people who have gone crazy from loneliness into a full-fledged stalker of old men. Touching or disturbing?
Viewers will be kept on the edge of their seats on Saturday with an assortment of highly anticipated films. Starting things off with a chilling glimpse into twisted minds is Isogai Nagisa’s short thriller Lust of Angels as a group of schoolgirls go on a hunt for gropers, a film that will be reviewed here at Kamera in November.
From acclaimed director Sophon Sakdaphisit comes box office hit Laddaland, a horror based on the real story of a haunted condo development which will remind audiences of The Amityville Horror and Poltergeist. Following this, Louis Koo will play a tense game of cat and mouse with the high-powered fat cats of Hong Kong in the European Premiere of David Lam’s first film in 15 years, Z Storm.
Saturday night will play host to the International Festival Premiere of The Swimmers, the latest intricate horror from Thailand’s champion of scares and slow burn chills, Sophon Sakdaphisit.
Playing for the first time in Europe and closing the second day is Japanese/South Korean co-production ‘A Record of Sweet Murder’ from Koji Shiraishi, one of Japan’s leading directors in underground horror, who converges deranged fantasy and stark reality into a terrible nightmare.
The last day of the festival brings with it a lighter tone, kicking off with the International Festival Premiere of romantic comedy Live @ Love, featuring a cast of rising stars in Taiwanese TV and film as they work in an inconspicuous private detective agency.
A first in the international festival sphere, Sunday afternoon will deliver a throwback to the classic Hollywood B-movies of the ’60s and ’70s with Bugs. Shockly fun and scares in real 3D await.
Renowned director Clifton Ko will be bringing his family drama Wonder Mama, featuring a superb performance from Petrina Fung Bo Bo as a 49-year old librarian whose mellow world is shattered when she learns her teenage maid has been impregnated by her 70-year old father, and finds herself torn between her parents’ divorce at an old age, the pressure of raising the new-born, her missing husband and her 30-year old unemployed son who still lives with her.
The East Winds Closing Ceremony with feature the European Premiere of Nithiwat Tharatorn’s Thai box office smash hit The Teacher’s Diary, which has been selected as the official entry into the Oscars’ foreign-language division. A sweet and sentimental comedy-drama, it follows the intertwining stories of two lonely teachers posted to the same rural school a year apart.
The festival will also be offering audiences an exclusive behind the scenes look at East Asian cinema by inviting special guests to introduce their films and mingle with the audience.
The full schedule and tickets are now available at the festival website