The Osaka Asian Film Festival is back for its 13th year and a wide variety of films from across Asia will be shown in a programme that includes a Competition, Special Screenings, Special Programs, an Indie Forum and more.
The festival opens on Friday March 9th at Hankyu Umeda Hall with the Japanese premiere of the Korean film “Anarchist from Colony”, directed by Lee Joon-ik (“The Throne” and “Dongju: The Portrait of a Poet”) and stars Lee Je-hoon from “Architecture 101” and “Phantom Detective”, and the up-and-coming actress Choi Hee-seo who won many awards for her performance in this title.
The film is based on the real life anarchist and revolutionary Park Yeol (Lee Je-hoon), a Korean living in Tokyo during the time of the Japanese occupation of his homeland. After the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake strikes, the city descends into chaos and with many people worried that the long-exploited Korean minority, already agitating for independence, would use this disaster to start a rebellion. To quell the disorder, the Japanese government issues instructions for the arrest of Korean men. Amongst the innocent Koreans who get rounded up is the reckless anarchist Park Yeol, and his lover, the Japanese nihilist Kaneko Fumiko (Choi Hee-seo). The two have shown their defiance against authority in the past and their continued defiance causes a massive scandal when they reveal their plot to “Kill the Crown Prince of Japan, Hirohito”.
Here’s the trailer:
This is the first film selected by festival director Sozo Teruoka with the rest of the programme set to be announced in early February.
The Osaka Asian Film Festival takes place from Friday, March 9th to Sunday, March 18th.