Edmund Yeo wins Best Director with AQÉRAT (We, the Dead) at the Tokyo International Film Festival Competition section. AQÉRAT is his sophomore film, and second film in Tokyo Main Competition. He remains the only Malaysian director to have presented films in Tokyo's Main Competition. He is currently shooting his third film, ASHAMED (Malu) about a pair of estranged sister which will mark his first feature film production in Japan. Half has already been shot this September and will star MayJune Tan (Berlinale Talents) in the lead role.
Daphne Low is awarded Tokyo Gemstone Award. She played the role of Huiling, a human trafficker who is desperately trying to raise funds to leave Malaysia.
Tokyo Gemstone Award
In keeping with their vision of "cultivating a future for film," the Tokyo International Film Festival has established the new Gemstone Award for acting.
It will be given to a handful of up-and-coming actor and actresses whose talent is deemed worthy of International recognition. By spotlihhting these gemstones of raw talent, we hope to help them further shine. Young actors and actresses in all films presented at the festival will be eligible for the award.
The Tokyo International Film Festival Secretariat will select actoes and/or actresses not only from Japan, but around the world.
Hui Ling’s life will truly begin as soon as she makes it to Taiwan. Or so she thinks. Right now, she is at the Thai-Malaysian border, working odd jobs and saving money. Determined to make it even when she loses all her savings, she accepts her boss’ offer for quick money as a human trafficker. As she descends into the darkness of her sordid trade, she witnesses the atrocities perpetrated against the Rohingya immigrants. Her beacon of light through this is Wei, a young hospital worker who believes that she is a woman from his past. AQÉRAT is a sweeping tale of displacement and morality in contemporary Malaysia
Yeo's debut feature documentary YASMIN-SAN, along with Malaysian film ADIWIRAKU screened in Tokyo Crosscuts.
Listening to your friend's latest drama, do you ever think, I could make a movie / web-series / TV show about you.
Most of the time, one really should not.
What Angie Chen is able to do in i've got the blues is to extend beyond the voyeuristic perspective of a witness in the biography of Wong Yan-Kwai, and step straight into the frame. Almost in a supporting role is her adamant curiosity about her friend. How, she wonders, does this man live?
"I've known you for years," she says, "and yet I don't really know you."
"Me too," he answers, "after all these years, I still don't know much about myself."
We want badly to know what it is to live someone else's life, to understand their everyday-ness, to understand their being, their perspective. This yearning is central in i've got the blues. It's as if Chen, Yank, Yank's daughters... they are all in the shadow of this yearning, to the question why. Why do you live like this? Why do you see life like this?
Yank Wong is hard to pin down, but this is the personality and character he cultivates. He rents instead of owning, he leaves, he quits, he stops, and yet at the same time, he owns his space in the apartment he rents; he welcomes the people he left; he quits with plenty of reason; he stops when it is time for him, according to him, to stop. The man lives in this doubleness, at some point taking over Chen's role and creating footage with a go-pro.
i've got the blues is a painting on yearning and being.
Photo by Yank Wong of his daughter being interviewed by director Chen and crew, surrounded by murals he painted.
i've got the blues is screening next at Vancouver International Film Festival on October 4th at 6:30PM and October 5th at 12:45PM. Director Angie Chen and Producer Pamela Lay will be in attendance.
It will then screen in Busan International Film Festival on October 13th at 10:00AM, October 16th at 10:30AM and October 19th at 2:30PM. All three screenings will be at Megabox Haeundae.
i've got the blues is part of the HKIFF is part of the HKIFF collection, a new and unique initiative to coordinate and direct the HKIFFS’ expanding scope of services to filmmakers
We've been working hard on preparing the most spectacular and worthwhile films to bring to the market this fall, and are finally able to announce our full lineup. Apart from the output deal Screen previously reported on with Malaysia's Greenlight Pictures, we've also begun working with the Hong Kong International Film Festival Collection, which is is part of its Film Industry Services (FIS) office, a new and unique initiative to coordinate and direct the HKIFFS’ expanding scope of services to filmmakers (Read more here).
In addition to its library including shorts and restored Japanese Indie punk 8mm films (more on that later), we're proud to represent Angie Chen's new documentary i've got the blues premiering in Vancouver and Busan this fall, and the Heyi (China) produced films SUNSHINE THAT CAN MOVE MOUNTAINS (Shanghai 2017) and LOOKING FOR LUCKY (Postproduction)
Star reporter Mumtaj Begum sits down with director Edmund YEO to talk about his two new films AQERAT and YASMIN which will be world premiering in Tokyo. Star also mentions the other Malaysian film showing in Tokyo, ADIWIRAKU (also managed by Good Move).
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Tokyo takes refugee epic AQÉRAT (We, the Dead) in competition, family title MY SUPERHEROES, and documentary YASMIN-SAN in Crosscut Asia
Tokyo International Film Festival takes three Good Move films, including AQÉRAT in competition. Director Edmund YEO and main cast Daphne LOW and Kahoe HON will be presenting the film in person.
In the Crosscut section, we have the children's title MY SUPERHEROES making its Japanese premiere, with director Eric ONG presenting the film. MY SUPERHEROES was recommended to the festival by actor SHARIFAH Amani, who will be attending to present YASMIN-SAN, a documentary on her friend and director, Yasmin Ahmad (also by Edmund YEO).
Screening times and events are to be announced!
AQÉRAT (We, the Dead)アケラット：ロヒンギャの祈り
Tokyo screening times to come
Market screening in Busan: Monday October 16 10:30AM @ Bexco A
Tokyo screening times to come
ADIWIRAKU (MY SUPERHEROES)
Tokyo screening times to come
Parit Buntar is a small town lying along the Malacca Straits, one of the last stops before Penang Island. It's beautiful, colonial exterior holds a terrible
We're delighted to announce our representation of Greenlight Pictures which produces award winning directors WOO Ming Jin and Edmund YEO. Their previous films have premiered and screened at the Cannes Quinzzaine, Venice, Tokyo, Busan, and Rotterdam. We're proud to add these classics of the Malaysian New Wave to our catalog as well as Edmund YEO's two new films: his sophomore feature AQERAT (After Life) and YASMIN-SAN, a documentary on the late director Yasmin Ahamd. We look forward to a long collaboration with them. Edmund YEO is currently shooting his third film MALU (Shame).
We've also started working with Penang-based director David Thian whose horror film 9.13 THE RETURNING, (based on a true drowning which occurred on September 13, 1972), will be released in Malaysia on September 21. His Malaysian / Korean co-production, HAPPINESS OF FISH, will be completed this fall and have its market premiere at the Busan Asian Film Market.
On top of these extremely exciting new films, we have also acquired JAGAT (2015), the Tamil language sleeper hit which had a successful cinematic run. We are happy to announce that the film will be distributed in France by Spectrum Films, and is now available on Filmdoo. It's next screening will be at the Fukuoka Festival this September (18/9 & 20/9). Further distribution deals are in discussion and we're excited by the film's ongoing prospects. Director Shanjhey Kumar Perumal and his producer Sivanantham Perianan are quite the dynamic duo with ambitious plans. We can't wait to watch their careers unfold.
Our lineup announcement was covered by screen daily here:
Ahead of announcing our Busan lineup, we are delighted to present JAGAT, Shanjhey Kumar Perumal's debut feature.
JAGAT (Brutal) was released in Malaysia December 2015 and became a surprise sleeper hit. It started building an international audience after screening well at the New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF 2016). As of today, the title is available with UK based distributor Filmdoo.
The film will screen next at Fukuoka International Film Festival with director Perumal in attendance.