NEW ASIAN CINEMA features in 2014 CINEMA ONE ORIGINALS FEST


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2014 CINEMA ONE ORIGINALS

NEW ASIAN CINEMA

1. “THE LUNCHBOX”
a film by Ritesh Batra
(India)
Cast:
Irrfan Khan
Nimrat Kaur
Nawazuddin Siddiqui

Synopsis:

Middle class housewife Ila is trying once again to add some spice to her marriage, this time through her cooking. She desperately hopes that this new recipe will finally arouse some kind of reaction from her neglectful husband. She prepares a special lunchbox to be delivered to him at work, but, unbeknownst to her, it is mistakenly delivered to another office worker, Saajan, a lonely man on the verge of retirement. Curious about the lack of reaction from her husband, Ila puts a little note in the following day’s lunchbox, in the hopes of getting to the bottom of the mystery.

This begins a series of lunchbox notes between Saajan and Ila, and the mere comfort of communicating with a stranger anonymously soon evolves into an unexpected friendship. Gradually, their notes become little confessions about their loneliness, memories, regrets, fears, and even small joys. They each discover a new sense of self and find an anchor to hold on to in the big city of Mumbai that so often crushes hopes and dreams. Still strangers physically, Ila and Saajan become lost in a virtual relationship that could jeopardize both their realities.

2. “BLACK COAL, THIN ICE”
a film by Yinan DIAO
(China)
Cast:
Liao Fan
GWEI Lun Mei
NI Jingyang
WANG Xuebing
WANG Jingchun
YU Ailei

Credits:
Director Yinan DIAO
Producer Vivian QU
Producer WAN Juan
Co- Producer SHEN Yang
Co- Producer ZHANG Dajun
Executive Producer BU Yu
Executive Producer Daniel Jonathan VICTOR
Executive Producer Han Sanping
Executive Producer Han Xiaoli
Executive Producer HONG Tao
Director of Photography DONG Jinsong
Art Director Liu Qiang
Editor Yang Hongyu
Screenplay Diao Yinan
Sound Design Zhang Yang
Composer WEN Zi
Production Company Jiangsu Omnijoi Movie Co., Ltd.

Synopsis:

In 1999 a gruesome killing and mutilation takes place in a small town in northern China. A worker from a coal plant has been murdered, and the severed parts of his body are found in various locations across the province, hundreds of kilometers apart. The police investigation soon uncovers multiple suspects, but the attempt to bring them in for questioning takes a heavy toll; two police officers are killed and one is wounded.

The officer that was wounded, Zhang Zili, is forced to retire and take on what he feels is a demeaning job as a security guard in a factory. In 2004, as a group of uncannily similar murders comes to light, he is the first to realize that all the victims had been in a relationship with one woman, Wu Zhizhen. With the help of an old colleague on the force, Zhang decides to solve the mystery, hoping to turn his life around in the process. Wu Zhizhen works in a laundry shop, and Zhang poses as a customer to find a way of approaching her. Slowly he gets to know her and begins to court her. What he hasn’t counted on is that he finds himself falling in love with her …

One bitterly cold winter night, he has an epiphany. Nothing is as it seemed, and he is in serious danger. Justice will eventually win out, but innocence and guilt are not so easy to assess. And what about what he feels in his heart?

3. WINTER SLEEP
a film by Nuri Bilge Ceylan
(Turkey)

Cast:
Haluk Bilginer
Melisa Sozen
Demet Akbag
Synopsis:
Aydin, a former actor, runs a small hotel in central Anatolia with his young wife Nihal with whom he has a stormy relationship and his sister Necla who is suffering from her recent divorce.
In winter as the snow begins to fall, the hotel turns into a shelter but also an inescapable place that fuels their animosities…

4. “COMING HOME”
a film by Yimou ZHANG
(China)

Cast:
Li GONG
Daoming CHEN

A couple is forced to separate when the husband is imprisoned for political reason. When he is finally released after a few years, he returns home only to find that his wife has amnesia. Her memory of her husband stays in the past and she is still waiting for her husband to come back. The husband will go to great lengths to recall his wife’s memory.

5. “THE GOLDEN ERA”
a film by Ann HUI
(Hong Kong)

Cast:
Wei TANG,
Shaofeng FENG

An epic journey chronicling the obscure life of Xiao Hong, one of the most influential female writers in modern Chinese literature, pieced together with episodes from her own writings and recollections from her friends.

6. “HAEMOO (Sea Fog)”
a film by SHIM Sung-bo
(South Korea)

Cast:
KIM Yoon-seok
PARK Yu-chun
HAN Ye-ri

Crew:

Director SHIM Sung-bo
Executive Producer KIM Woo-taek
Producer BONG Joon-ho, CHO Neung-yeon, Lewis Taewan KIM
Co-Producer TBC
Screenplay SHIM Sung-bo, BONG Joon-ho
Cinematographer HONG Kyeong-pyo
Lighting Director KIM Chang-ho
Editor KIM Sang-bum, KIM Jae-bum
Production Designer LEE Ha-joon
Make-up HWANG Hyun-gyu
Wardlobe CHOI Se-yeon
Original Music TBC
Sound LIVETONE(CHOI Tae-young)
CGI Effect TBC

Synopsis:

Based on true events, the 69-ton stow net fishing boat’s crew attempt to smuggle in illegal migrants in order to keep their fishing jobs. But their plan goes wrong when they meet a tragic accident while transporting the thirty or so illegal migrants on the ship through the heavy sea fog. And amid the chaos, the youngest crewman Dong-sik tries to protect a female migrant who he falls in love with against the crazed Captain Kang and other crew members.

7. “HILL OF FREEDOM”
a film by HONG Sangsoo
(South Korea)

Cast:
KASE Ryo
MOON Sori
SEO Younghwa
KIM Euisung
YOUN Yuhjung

Crew:
Director HONG Sangsoo
Producer KIM Kyounghee
Screenplay HONG Sangsoo
Cinematographer PARK Hongyeol
Editor HAHM Sungwon
Original Music JEONG Yongjin
Sound KIM Mir

Synopsis:

Kwon, a language school instructor, stops by her old workplace and receives a thick envelope addressed to her. A Japanese instructor named Mori had proposed to her two years ago. She turned him down. Mori had immediately gone back to Japan, but now was back in Korea looking for her. The envelope enclosed letters he had written to her during his search through Seoul. After Kwon finishes the first letter in the lobby, she grows faint coming down the staircase and drops the letters. She gathers them off the floor and sees there are no dates on the letters. She now has no way of knowing the order in which they were written.

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