ASIA HOUSE PAN-ASIA FILM FESTIVAL 2014

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ASIA HOUSE PAN-ASIA FILM FESTIVAL 2014 

A DYNAMIC SELECTION OF PREMIERE SCREENINGS SHOWCASING THE
BREADTH AND VARIETY OF ASIAN CINEMA – FEATURING NAMES FROM
ACROSS THE GLOBE INCLUDING ZHANG ZIYI AND MARTIN SHEEN

Wednesday 26 February – Sunday 9 March 2014, London
with special screenings in Glasgow and Leeds

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The Asia House Pan-Asia Film Festival 2014 includes 7 UK premieres and 2 London premieres. Highlights include a Japanese remake of a revered Clint Eastwood western, a Chinese adaptation of a famous novel and film starring Zhang Ziyi, a dramatisation of India’s Bhopal tragedy starring Martin Sheen, Mischa Barton and Kal Penn, a thriller about honour  killing in the British-Asian community starring Paddy Considine, an archive gala screening to mark the centenary of renowned Japanese director Noboru Nakamura, plus acclaimed new films from Thailand, Cambodia and Iran – a positive celluloid explosion that reflects what’s happening in Asian cinema today.

The festivals sixth edition is once again sponsored by Prudential plc. It’s also the second year that it’s been overseen by the East End Film Festival team. London venues include the ICA, Ciné Lumière, Riverside Studios, Asia House and the Genesis Cinema. Satellite screenings are taking place at Glasgow Film Festival and Leeds’ Hyde Park Picture House.

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The Asia House Pan-Asia Film Festival opens on 26 February with the UK Premiere of UNFORGIVEN (dir. Sang-il Lee, Japan). Set in post-Meiji restoration, 1880s Japan, this Japanese adaption of the revered Eastwood western stars A-list actor Ken Watanabe (Letters from Iwo Jima) as an ageing warrior persuaded out of retirement by an old friend. Having gained attention from international press, the film possesses real crossover appeal for Western audiences and will be released by Warner Bros in the UK on 28 February.

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Another highlight is the gala UK Premiere of the glossy Chinese adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS (dir. Jin-ho Hur, China). This sumptuous and tempestuous version is set in 1930s Shanghai and stars BAFTA- and Golden Globe-nominated actress Zhang Ziyi (House of Flying Daggers, Memoirs of a Geisha) alongside fellow Chinese actress Cecilia Cheung and South Korean actor Dong-gun Jang.

Please check out asiahouse.org for more festival Information.

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