Have you been waiting for this year's Sydney Film Festival's program? We are excited the full program has finally been revealed and here are the highlight of this year's Asian films in the program.
Parasite 기생충 (2019) directed by Joon-Ho Bong from South Korea. Director Bong has directed many masterpieces includes Okja (2017) and Memories of Murder (2004). Parasite is selected for Palme d'Or at Cannes Film Festival 2019 and the selected for Offical Competition at Sydney Film Festival 2019.
"Parasite vividly contrasts the two families using humour, mystery and a creeping sense of tension. Bong once again skillfully fuses genre elements with social critique in a wildly entertaining, visually extraordinary and intoxicating manner" (SFF 2019 Program Guide, page 12).
Children of the Sea 海獣の子供 (2019) directed by Ayumu Watanabe with award-winning composer Joe Hisaishi. Not only that, but the film also has the Japanese Billboards top-chart artist, Kenshi Yonezu to sing the theme song 海の幽霊. Kenshi raised as an independent artist to major label debut with many hit songs like Loser, Shunrai, and Lemon.
Children of the Sea is based on the original manga series of the same-titled by Daisuke Igarashi. The manga has won the 2009 Japan Cartoonists Association Award and Manga awards- Excellence Prizes at Japan Media Arts Festival.
By having Joe Hisaishi and Kenshi Yonezu, what more can you ask for this vivacity?
So Long, My Son 地久天長 (2019) directed by Xiao-Shuai Wang 王小帥 and has won various international awards includes Best Actor and Actress at 2019 Berlin International Film Festival and selected as Offical Competition for Golden Bear. Director Xiao worked closely with An Elephant Sitting Still (2018) directed by Bo, Hu and the film won Best Feature at 2018 Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival.
“The Cultural Revolution, China’s One-Child Policy and eventual burgeoning wealth all play out as the backdrop to this immensely emotional story of loss, love and redemption.” (SFF 2019 Program Guide, page 20).
Clean Up 호흡 (2019) directed by Man-Ki Kwon, it's his debut and is well-known for its simplistic visual style. Clean Up shares top prize at 2018 Busan International Film Festival's New Currents section. Director Kwon will be attending the festival as the festival guest.
Jesus 僕はイエス様が嫌い (2019) directed by Hiroshi Okuyama but also as a cinematographer and screenwriter. Won the New Director Award at the 2018 San Sebastian Film Festival, Director Hiroshi and Tokyo-based Australian comedian actor Chad Mullane will be attending the festival as the festival guests.
Plus many other amazing documentaries, short films and retrospective selection. Check out the full program at https://www.sff.org.au
English written by Benson Wu. 文｜吳佳蓉 Dale Wu