The eagerly awaited live action adaptation of Hirohiko Araki’s much-loved manga, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable, is to make its world premiere at the 17th Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival.
One of several films from prolific director Takashi Miike set for release this year, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable stars Kento Yamazaki and adapts the fourth arc of the manga which follows the illegitimate son of Joseph Joestar, Josuke Higashikata, as he discovers the world of “Stands” in the picturesque town of Morioh in 1999.
Now in its 17th year, Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival has a long history of showcasing Asian Cinema with a dedicated annual strand. Films already announced for this year’s festival include:
Alan Lo’s Zombiology: Enjoy Yourself Tonight in which two slackers decide to do their civic duty by saving Hong Kong from the zombie apocalypse.
Yoshihiro Nishimura’s Meatball Machine Kudoku – the latest gore fest from this notorious director is a return to the world of 2005’s Meatball Machine in which a debt collector suffering with terminal cancer is infected by the alien necroborg virus and decides to get some revenge on a cruel and unforgiving world.
Alex Cheung’s 1983 Shaw Brothers comedy Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star will also play in the festival’s outdoor sci-fi retrospective strand, Laughing in Space. This wacky outing stars Cherie Chung as a suicidal young woman who is later raped by space aliens but encounters two also suicidal private investigators who embrace the chance to let the world know about the alien threat as their way out of a desperate situation. Yes, this is a comedy.
Tsui Hark’s A Chinese Feast features in a special selection of culinary films marking Neuchâtel’s nomination for the “City of Taste” 2017. Starring Leslie Cheung, A Chinese Feast is the classic Chinese New Year movie mixing food and fun for a feel good family comedy.
The festival will also be marking the death of the late Seijun Suzuki with a retrospective of around ten of the director’s films to be announced at a later date. The full programme for the 17th Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival which runs from 30th June to 8th July, will be unveiled on 15th June and you can keep up with all the latest festival news via the official website, Facebook page, and Twitter account.