I am a day late here because I’m out of town and have been busy attending the East Winds Film Festival and symposium in Coventry for the past few days. All but one film in this week’s Trailer Weekly are in inspired by what I have seen screened at the event (reviews to follow), plus some that were mentioned by speakers in the connected East Winds conference. Not surprisingly that means this week’s selection is all East Asia.
- おおかみこどもの雨と雪 (Ōkami No Kodomo Ame To Yuki, literally The Wolf Children Rain and Snow, Japan, 2012) – The only non-East Winds offering is Hosoda Mamoru’s Ōkami No Kodomo Ame To Yuki. I have mentioned it before, but now there is a teaser trailer! I like the look of it – the fact that it’s a more intimate, back-to-the-basics story, more so than his 2009 サマーウォーズ (Samā Wōzu/Summer Wars), which I liked, but didn’t love the way I adore(d) 時をかける少女 (Toki o Kakeru Shoujo/The Girl Who Leapt through Time, 2006).
- 海角七號 (Hǎijiǎo qī hào/Cape No. 7, Taiwan, 2008) – A film that was mentioned in a very interesting talk on the Japanese colonial empire and its legacy in the creation of a Pan-Asian cinema. It’s a story of romance, but with historio-political reflections and rock music thrown in, so it could satisfy on a number of levels. Hǎijiǎo qī hào was extremely successful in Taiwan, breaking box office records by becoming the country’s second top-grossing film after James Cameron’s Titanic (1997), and it also secured a number of awards across Asia.
- 夜の上海 (Yoru no shanghai/The Longest Night in Shanghai, Japan/China, 2007) – Another film mentioned in the Pan-Asian cinema talk, again romantic but lighter fare than Hǎijiǎo qī hào.
- イン・ザ・プール (In za puru/In the Pool, Japan, 2005) – A quirky Satoshi Mikii socio-comedy – review to follow in due time (thanks to this festival, my backlog of reviews has rocketed).
- 竞雄女侠·秋瑾 (Jìng xióng nǚ xiá·qiū jǐn/Woman Knight of Mirror Lake, Hong Kong, 2008) – The East Winds festival included two films directed by Hong Kong great Herman Yau, Woman Knight of Mirror Lake being the historio-political, focusing on the feminist revolutionary 秋瑾(Qiū Jǐn) offering – slightly more commercial but still impressive.
- 性工作者2: 我不賣身．我賣子宮 (Xìng gōngzuò zhě 2: Wǒ bù màishēn. Wǒ mài zǐgōng/True Women for Sale, Hong Kong, 2008) – The second Herman Yau film at East Winds explored more contemporary issues of two women on the fringes of society. Less mainstream than Woman Knight of Mirror Lake, but wonderful, and with moments of humour too.