The East Winds Film Festival is just over a month away and information is being released about its line-up. The website gives a glimpse of what films are on offer and so far from a Japanese film fan’s perspective there is a notable J-horror title in the form of Koji Shiraishi’s film CULT:
Japanese Title: カルト
Running Time: 84 mins.
Director: Koji Shiraishi
Writer: Koji Shiraishi (Screenplay)
Starring: Mayuko Iwasa, Yu Abiru, Mari Iriki, Natsumi Okamoto, Mari Hayashida, Hajime Inoue, Ryosuke Miura,
Koji Shiraishi loves scaring idols in his horror films. Noroi the Curse featured idols, White Eyes featured idols and the Ada Senritsu hen/Ada Zetsubou hen films released last week featured idols. Seeing pretty girls get chased by ghosts can be pretty fun. In this film Mayuko Iwasa and her idol girlfriends are taking part in a paranormal television show covering the exorcism of the mother and daughter of the Kaneda family. A mysterious shaman/demon hunter seems to be the only hope to save everyone involved! This is the UK premiere and it takes place on Halloween!
The film was released back in July and was one of a trio of J-horror titles released over three weeks. The film was directed by Koji Shiraishi (Noroi: The Curse) and starred a set of idol girls getting tormented by spooks. This is one of the titles on offer and as the days go on more will be revealed. To go back to Japanese films, if the two other films released in this trilogy and another J-horror released recently, The Seeds of Anxiety, get a screening I reckon this will be a pretty good line-up of recent J-horror.
Here’s a press release with more details:
EAST WINDS FILM FESTIVAL 2013 (October 31st – November 3rd)
12 MAJOR AND EXCLUSIVE FILM SCREENINGS OVER FOUR DAYS, SHOWCASING POPULAR EAST ASIAN CINEMA FROM HONG KONG, CHINA, JAPAN, THAILAND AND VIETNAM.
ACTION. HORROR. COMEDY. ROMANCE. EUROPEAN PREMIERES. SPECIAL GUESTS. EVENTS. PARTIES.
The annual East Winds Film Festival returns this autumn to Coventry University for its third year, even bigger and better than before. Join us for the only major film festival of East Asian cinema outside of London and the first of its kind in the Midlands, UK. A unique Film Festival delivered by students of the award-winning Coventry East Asian Film Society, in partnership with official festival sponsor Nissan.
With 4 International Premieres, 4 European Premieres and 4 UK premieres screened over 4 days, be the first to see major blockbuster releases from East Asia at the purpose built digital cinema facility at the HUB, Coventry. This year’s event will commence with a special ‘East Winds Chills’ strand on Halloween Night – an exclusive double bill of Horror films from Asia.
Special guests from the East Asian film industry will be flying into Coventry to introduce their films, take part in Q&A sessions, and mingle with the audience.
East Winds Film Festival is delighted to open with the European Premiere of the most anticipated movie in Vietnam and across Asia this year – the epic martial arts sci-fi fantasy ‘Once Upon A Time in Vietnam’, directed by and starring Dustin Nguyen.
A passion project for Nguyen for many years, the film offers a unique blend of swordplay, super powered martial arts and science fiction imagery, and is a landmark production in Vietnamese cinema, in terms of scale and production values. The film rights have already been sold all over the world, and the film has recently been picked up by Lionsgate for a US release later this year.
“… Once upon a time, foreign invaders came from distant lands to conquer our beloved country. Time and time again, they’re exorcized by the most elite of the monk-hood. The elite of the elite of these were known as The Masters. When peace was restored, some of their Brothers returned to the sanctity of The Temple. But the Masters stayed behind, bound by an oath to protect the Emperor. Some say they were forced to make the ultimate sacrifice for their country. But ask those who have been to battles, once your eyes have seen war, there is no returning home.”
For details on film schedule and tickets, please visit www.eastwindsfilmfest.com.
STUDENT TICKETS £3.50 | GENERAL £5.00
EARLY BIRD FESTIVAL PASS ONLY £20 – offer ends September 30th
STUDENT FESTIVAL PASS £30 | GENERAL PASS £45