It’s hard to believe that I’ll be covering my fifth edition of the Reel Asian fest this year. Over the years, this strongly-curated event has brought films from places like Indonesia and Malaysia to my attention, in addition to adding to my knowledge of film from such cinema powerhouses as Japan, Hong Kong and South Korea. The program for the 14th edition of the festival was announced last night, and I’m preparing to have my horizons expanded yet again. Here are some things I’m looking forward to:
Tuesday November 9 at 7:00pm: Opening Night Gala – Gallants – I heard this described as a martial-arts version of The Expendables. Sold!
Friday November 12 at 10:00pm: Golden Slumber – from the same director who brought us the inventive Fish Story at last year’s festival.
Saturday November 13 at 5:00pm: The Mountain Thief – filmed using non-professional actors recruited and trained by the director living near the Manila garbage dump where the film is set.
I’ve really only had a chance to take a cursory glance at the program guide so far, and I’m sure I’ll find more to feature in the weeks to come.
Passes and tickets are on sale now, and this year, for the first time, Reel Asian will be holding events and screenings in Richmond Hill. If you can’t make it downtown, be sure to check out the 905 version of the festival!