Toronto International Film Festival 1999:
Chinese language films: a preview
The Toronto International Film Festival has announced their complete programme (lookout: it's a huge file).
Here is a list of the 13 (10 new, 3 old) Chinese films that have been chosen for this year. I've tried to provide Chinese (pinyin) titles, and selected links.
The Festival runs from September 9 to September 18, 1999. Their website is here.
The Emperor and the Assassin [Jing Ke ce Qin Wang] dir. Chen Kaige, Japan/PRC/France
Shower [Xi zao] dir. Zhang Yang (world premiere)
So Close to Paradise [Bian dan gu niang] dir. Wang Xiaoshuai
Crazy English [Feng kuang ying yu] dir. Zhang Yuan (documentary)
Away with Words [San tiao ren] dir. Christopher Doyle Japan/HK (see a trailer here)
Bullets over Summer [Bao lie xing jing] dir. Wilson Yip Wai-shung
Tempting Heart [Xin dong] dir. Sylvia Chang (world premiere) HK/Japan (see a trailer here)
Darkness and Light [Hei an zhi guang] dir. Chang Tso-chi
March of Happiness [Xing fu jin xing qu] dir. Lin Cheng-sheng
The Personals [Zheng hun qi shi, 1998] dir. Chen Kuo-fu
2 in the "Tribute to David Overbey" series (Toronto's Asian film programmer who passed away earlier this year):
A Better Tomorrow [Ying xiong ben se, 1986] dir. John Woo
Dust in the Wind [Lian lian feng chen, 1986] dir. Hou Hsiao-hsien
In the "Dialogues: Talking with Pictures" series (famous filmmakers introduce their favourite films), Sylvia Chang will be presenting:
Hiroshima 28 [Guang dao er shi ba, 1974] Patrick Lung Kong, Hong Kong
Dreamtrips dir. Kal Ng Canada/HK (in the Perspective Canada series)
Augustin, roi du kung-fu, dir. Anne Fontaine (I know, this is a French film, not a Chinese film, but does star Maggie Cheung)
The Wisdom of Crocodiles, dir. Po Chih-leong UK (Midnight Madness series) : Hong Kong director, returned to the UK, makes an English language vampire movie
unavoidable crotchety remarks:
Finally, after a 1998 program without a single mainland film, we have four in Toronto this year. However, neither of the two new Zhang Yimou films -- The Road Home [Wo de fu qin mu qin] nor -- Not one less [Yi ge dou bu neng shao] was deemed good enough for Toronto? Good enough for Venice, though...
This year's Hong Kong selections are a marked improvement over last (who remembers Bishonen, The Poet, and My Rice Noodle Shop? (unfortunately, I remember) ), but where is Fruit Chan's The Longest Summer [Qu nian yan hua te bie duo], or Yu Lik-wai's Love Will Tear Us Apart [Tian shang ren jian] ?
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