outragebyond-決a02The Venice Film Festival has unveiled the full lineup for 2017. Sadly, it is a poor showing for East Asian cinema with only four films in total included in this year’s programme (bar the possibility of a few late additions announced as the festival gets closer) and only Japan and China represented.

outrage coda stillThe biggest hitter in terms of the festival as a whole is Takeshi Kitano’s Outrage Coda. The third in Kitano’s Outrage saga, Coda follows Otomo (played by Kitano himself) as he returns to Japan following gang trouble in South Korea. Outrage Coda will screen as the closing night gala.

third murder horizontal posterThe only other Japanese film included in the programme this year is the latest from festival favourite Hirokazu Koreeda – The Third Murder. A departure from Koreeda’s usual focus on drama, The Third Murder is a crime thriller in which Masaharu Fukuyama (Like Father, Like Son) plays top lawyer Shigemori working on the defence of a murder/robbery suspect (Koji Yakusho) who previously served time for murder 30 years before. The defendant admits his crime and wants to plead guilty even if he will almost certainly get the death penalty but the more Shigemori looks into the case the more doubts he accrues.

1260733_Human-FlowMoving on to China, Ai Weiwei’s documentary Human Flow charts the global scale of the ongoing refugee crisis. Playing in competition.

©22 HOURS FILMSFinally Vivian Qu’s Angels Wear White is the story of two teenage girls assaulted in a hotel room by a middle aged man, and the receptionist who says nothing in fear of losing her job. Sadly, Vivian Qu is also the only female director with a film playing in competition.

The Venice Film Festival runs from 30th August to 9th September.


  1. I didn’t cover Venice last year but I can’t remember if it was because there were no Japanese films or if it was because I was too busy/forgot. I suppose we’ll get the Koreeda at the LFF at the very least.

    1. I’m pretty sure Gukoroku: Traces of Sin was at Venice last year and I have a feeling there might have been a couple more (but not many) 🤔 Yes, I am assuming the new Koreeda will popup at LFF, would be odd if it didn’t.

      1. Gukoroku was an interesting film since it illuminated class in Japan. It also had that one murder scene which took me completely by surprise like whoa!

      2. I know exactly which scene you mean…very shocking. Did not see that one coming!

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