This year will see the return of the 2nd London East Asia Film Festival 2017 with a plethora of films from the Far Eastern countries all the way from China to Japan. The film festival dates are from 19th to 29th of October. 11 days of non stop Far East Asian films will entertain Asian film lovers and Londoners alike. Film Directors and Actors will once again visit London to present their films. Some films will have their European Premieres and some UK Premieres. The films are accepted to be coming from China, South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan and Thailand including other Asian countries. Entries for the films to be sent into Competition 2017 are now opened till 21st July, 2017. 2nd London East Asia Film Festival 2017 Dates Announced
2016 was the first year in which the London East Asia Film Festival was launched. It had a very positive response as people from all over London came down to the cinemas to be a part of the film festival. The festival screened Kim Jee-woon’s The Age Of Shadow(2016) in the Opening Gala, and Johnie To’s Three(2016) in the Closing Gala. The most exciting section which was also the most successful was the Retrospective on South Korea’s most successful Director Park Chan-wook who gave a BAFTA Screenwriter’s lecture and a Masterclass at the NFTS. A series of his films were also screened including the most famous Oldboy(2003) and a rarely before seen short film Night Fishing(2011), but the one that gave a houseful show was his most latest project Handmaiden(2016).
There were films which were a part of the Competition which came from South Korea, China, Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan. The festival also focused on female directors in the Stories of Women section which chose Director Yoon Ga-eun’s The World Of Us(2016) as the best film. Japanese drama series Midnight Diner – Tokyo Stories was a part of the Special Spotlight, which also had a houseful show at Curzon Soho cinema. The Official LEAFF Selection included Kim Seong-hun’s Tunnel(2016), Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Creepy(2016) and Kang Woo-suk’s The Map Against The World(2016) to name a few.
This year too, expect the best of Asian Cinema to come in London this October. Till then, watch this Official Trailer of LEAFF 2016.
YouTube Video LEAFF 2016 Official Trailer courtesy of London East Asia Film Festival.
Writer: Adnan Kundi
Tags: 2nd London East Asia Film Festival, London East Asia Film Festival
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