The London East Asia Film Festival opened its doors at the start of October 2018, featuring an eclectic line-up. Here are ten films you shouldn’t miss this season.
The “film festivals 2021” is a list that includes 10 films you should not miss at the London East Asia Film Festival.
These are 10 films you should see at the London East Asia Film Festival, which will take place in London, UK, from October 21st to October 31st, 2021.
– Films to Watch –
Yujiro Harumoto’s A Balance – Japan | 2020 – 153 minutes
Yuko is a filmmaker who is now working on a new documentary on a teacher-student relationship that ended in suicide. She believes intimidation had a role in their dramatic action. Her father, a teacher, was also engaged in a similar connection, she soon finds. What impact will this have on the way she creates the film – are there any lines between professional and personal life? Yujiro Harumoto’s second feature is straightforward in its examination of the role of shame and honor in society, as well as the filmmaker’s role and obligation in invading their subjects’ life. It’s also an interesting discussion of the limits of investigative journalism. When does a person’s right to privacy be infringed by the ‘right to know’? (LeafForward 2021)
Date: Saturday, October 23rd, 2021 | 15:00 pm | Odeon Luxe West End
Chang Yao-A Sheng’s Leg – Taiwan | 2020 – 115 minutes
The directorial debut of screenwriter Chang Yao-Sheng conjures up a darkly comedic drama that examines a couple’s relationship through the lens of an administrative blunder. Qian Yu-Ying (Gwei Lun-Mei) is at the hospital with her husband Zheng Zi-Han (Yang You-Ning), who has to have his leg amputated due to an urgent procedure. He does, however, go into a coma and pass away. Qian realizes her husband’s leg has stayed behind as they leave in an ambulance with his corpse. When she returns to the hospital, she is engulfed in a maze of Kafkaesque bureaucracy. Simultaneously, the video jumps back in time, documenting the couple’s initial meeting, their lives as ballroom dancers, and their relationship’s progressive degeneration. Chang skillfully blends mordant humour with real passion in his portrayal of the relationship, backed in no little part by Gwei’s great center performance. (LeafForward 2021)
Date of screening: Saturday, October 30th, 2021 | The Cinema At Selfridges | 20:30 pm
Alan Fung’s Elisa’s Day – Hong Kong | 2020 – 106 minutes
An meeting with a young lady brings back memories for Sergeant Fai (Ronald Cheng), a policeman on the verge of retirement, of similar events 15 years earlier that resulted to his career being wrecked. When a young couple fell on hard times, they resorted to crime and had to deal with the repercussions. Fai now wonders whether he might have done things differently back then, and if this latest meeting offers a chance for atonement. Alan Fung’s directorial debut, which he also scripted, has a somber tone to it as it examines a previous catastrophe and the possibilities of preventing one in the present. It’s a heartbreaking depiction of everyday people wrenched apart by destiny, with an understated visual approach and performance. (LeafForward 2021)
Date: Saturday, October 30th, 2021 | 12:00 pm | Odeon Covent Garden
Chung-Man Lim’s Keep Rolling – Hong Kong | 2020 – 111 minutes
Ann Hui is one of the few female directors who can claim to be as influential in Hong Kong cinema as she is. She was born in Manchuria and migrated to Hong Kong at the age of five. She attended film school in London before coming home to work as an assistant to King Hu and then directing a series of critically praised, though sometimes contentious, documentaries before making her feature debut in 1979 with ‘The Secret.’ Her fourth movie, 1982’s “Boat People,” earned her worldwide acclaim, and she has been a crucial element of Hong Kong’s cinematic environment for the last four decades. Chung-Man Lim’s documentary portrayal of Hui is an absorbing trip through her life and career, emphasizing her seamless ability to switch gears with her films, from slick genre fodder to more penetrating social problem dramas, all while preserving her distinct voice. (LeafForward 2021)
Date of Screening: Sunday, October 24th, 2021 | Odeon Luxe West End | 21:20 pm
Soi Cheang’s Limbo – Hong Kong | 2021 – 118 minutes
A vicious murderer is on the run on Hong Kong’s streets, and experienced officer Cham Lau (Ka Tung Lam) is teamed up with rookie Will Ren (Mason Lee) to track him down. But first, the two guys must establish some common ground. Will follows the rules, whilst the grizzled Cham has no time for formalities and will get the job done any way he can, even if it means pushing the two to the brink of legality. While the setup is reminiscent of a traditional Hong Kong police thriller cliche, Soi Cheang’s visual style is rather distinct. Johnnie is a regular guy. The visuals frequently dazzle because cinematographer Siu-Keung Cheng filmed the picture in sharp monochrome and with rain as a constant throughout the film. The actor-turned-director of the ‘Monkey King’ series has made a daring move. (LeafForward 2021)
Date: Saturday, October 23rd, 2021 | Odeon Luxe West End | 21:45 pm
Lee Jung-Not gon’s Out – South Korea | 2020 – 108 minutes
Baseball is everything to Gwangho (Jeong Jae-Kwang). It’s the only way he can see himself going in life, and he’s already shown to be an important component of his high school squad. His life begins to spin out of control after he fails to make the cut for a professional squad. He chooses to play in university, but he needs money to do so. So he concocts a scheme with a buddy that leads him to the outskirts of the underworld and individuals who are only interested in his ability to contribute to their scheme, not his dreams. Lee Jung-drama gon’s explores the moment at which we must recognize that our ambitions are just that, as well as the perils of pursuing them at any costs (LEAFF 2021).
Date: Sunday, October 24th, 2021 | 15:00 pm | Odeon Luxe West End
Takuya Uchiyama’s Sasaki In My Mind – Japan | 2020 – 118 minutes
Yuji (Kisetsu Fujiwara), a poor actor who still lives with his ex-girlfriend (Minori Hagiwara) and works at a nearby factory to make ends meet, is asked by a friend (Nijiro Murakami) to take part in an upcoming play he has written. Yuji reflects on his history and bond with common comrade Sasaki after a fortuitous meeting with an old high school classmate (Gaku Hosokawa). Sasaki, a disturbed adolescent, was constantly the center of attention. And Yuji realizes that Sasaki may have had a bigger impact on his life than he had previously realized. Takuya Uchiyama’s riveting portrayal of friendship captures the thrill, energy, silliness, and drama of youth, based on a scenario developed by Hosokawa and influenced by his own experiences (LEAFF 2021)
Date: Friday, October 22nd, 2021 | 21:00 pm | The Cinema at Selfridges
Taiwan | 2020 – 108 minutes | The Silent Forest by Ko Chien-Nien
Chang Cheng (Liu Tzu-Chuan), a hearing-impaired adolescent, is moved to a special needs school. Everything seems to be in order at first, but Chang soon discovers the institution’s horrific truth. Despite being inspired on events at National Tainan Special School, Ko Chien-powerful Nien’s and devastating drama is delicate in its portrayal of systematic abuse at the school and the damage it has on the pupils. Importantly, the script by Ko Chen-Nien and Lin Pin Chun analyzes the pain experienced by the pupils and how such abuse might go unnoticed for years before being discovered or probed. It’s an unnerving and somber drama that’s well-acted. (LeafForward 2021)
Date: Sunday, October 31st, 2021 | 12:00 pm | Odeon Covent Garden
Thomas Ash’s Ushiku – Japan | 2021 – 87 minutes
The treatment of migrants arriving at what they believe would be a safe port lies behind the stories of refugees escaping conflict, starvation, and persecution across the globe. Tales of mistreatment abound from the United States, Europe, and Australasia. Japan does not seem to have had a substantial influence in this, for the most part. Stories fleeing from the Ushiku immigration center outside Tokyo, on the other hand, paint a different picture. Thomas Ash, a filmmaker, used a concealed camera to interview persons detained at the center, which is intended to house anybody requesting asylum in the nation. It compares the inmates’ awful position, in which they speak of guard intimidation and pressure, with the government authorities’ dishonesty in claiming that the captives are being treated decently. As a consequence, there is a compelling and troubling record of human rights violations, as well as the need for a worldwide policy on the treatment of individuals who have every right to seek a safe haven elsewhere on the planet (LEAFF 2021).
Date of screening: Sunday, October 24th, 2021 | Odeon Luxe West End | 17:15 pm
Carlo Francisco Manatad’s Whether The Weather Is Fine – Philippines | 2021 – 105 minutes
When Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines in November 2013, it wreaked havoc on Carlo Francisco Manatad’s hometown of Tacloban. The aftermath of this catastrophe is the subject of his feature directorial debut. Miguel (Daniel Padilla) emerges from the storm’s debris in pursuit of his mother, Norma (Charo Santos-Concio), and lover, Andrea (Rans Rifol). Miguel advises they leave when he discovers them, but Norma wants to see her estranged husband, and Andrea has other local worries. Meanwhile, Manual’s nightmares are becoming more vivid. Manatad brings these divergent components together to create a dramatic depiction of struggle, both between the people on a personal level and between humanity and the environment on a larger scale (LEAFF 2021).
Date: Thursday, October 28th, 2021 | The Chiswick Cinema | 18:30 pm
Please visit https://www.leaff.org.uk for additional information about the festival.
- amazing movies to watch
- classic must see movies
- epic movies to watch