The Edinburgh International Film Festival has a long and proud history of showcasing East Asian cinema and this year is no different with several high profile movies making their UK premieres in the Scottish capital.
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Sunao Katabuchi’s award winning animation In This Corner of the World receives its UK premiere at Edinburgh ahead of a domestic release from Animatsu. A moving historical drama, the animated feature examines the life of a woman in Hiroshima towards the end of the second world war.
Taiwanese dark comedy crime thriller Godspeed follows the adventures of a hapless drug dealer whose plans are derailed by an encounter with a strange taxi driver.
Needing little introduction, Okja is the latest film from Bong Joon-ho and the story of a little girl and her strange animal friend which has been kidnapped by a shady international organisation.
Lee Sang-il reunites with Unforgiven’s Ken Watanabe and enlists an all star cast including, Kenichi Matsuyama, Aoi Miyazaki, Chizuru Ikewaki, Satoshi Tsumabuki, Go Ayano, Mirai Moriyama, and Suzu Hirose for Rage – another exploration of human darkness based on a novel by Villain’s Shuichi Yoshida.
Kiki Sugino brings a modern twist to the classic tale of the Snow Woman who steals the breath of mortal men daring to spend a night in her forests only to find her icy heart melting and ultimately broken by the cruelty of human frailty.
Kyoko Miyake’s documentary Tokyo Idols takes a look at the idol phenomenon as it operates within modern pop culture.
Takashi Miike never stops! Mole Song: Hong Capriccio is a sequel to the original Mole Song in which undercover cop Reiji gets himself mixed up with a yakuza and his unusual daughter.
Playing in the Night Moves section, Dante Lam’s Operation Mekong stars Eddie Peng in an action packed crime adventure in which Chinese special forces make a daring raid into Thailand in search of a drug syndicate.
A return to the classic Hong Kong horror comedies of the past, Vampire Cleanup Department is the story of a young man who discovers he comes from a long line of vampire hunters only to fall for a rare “human type” vampire.
The Edinburgh International Film Festival runs from 21st June to 2nd July 2017, and you can find all the latest details on the festival’s official website, or follow the official Facebook page, Twitter account, Instagram, and YouTube channel.
At a glance – full list of Asian films playing at the festival: