Eight Asian Film Classics chosen By Eight Dutch Icons

Cinemasia not only honors contemporary Asian cinema, but also influential Asian film classics. On the occasion of the tenth edition of the Cinemasia Film Festival several Dutch celebrities have chosen their favorite film and they will explain their choice during the screening at the festival.

After Life 

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda
118 minutes
Japanese (DUTCH subtitles)
1998 (35MM)
Johanna ter Steege will give an introduction to the film

LET OP: deze film begint om 17:00 uur.   In het programmaboekje is per ongeluk een verkeerd tijdstip vermeld  One of the most constructed narratives of Hirokazu Koreeda, After Life is still an poignant and touching film about the way memories shape our life and personality. Set in a small mid-20th century social- service-style office, souls of the recently deceased …

Chungking Express 重慶森林 

Director: Wong Kar-wai
102 minutes
Cantonese (English subtitles)
Hong Kong
Norbert ter Hall will give an introduction to the film

Every day, Cop 223 buys a can of pineapple with an expiration date of May 1, symbolizing the day he’ll get over his lost love. He’s also got his eye on a mysterious woman in a blond wig, oblivious of the fact she’s a drug dealer. Cop 663 is distraught with heartbreak over a breakup. But when his ex drops …

Oldboy 올드보이 

Director: Park Chan-wook
104 minutes
Korean (English subtitles)
South Korea
Lavinia Meijer will give an introduction to the film

Unmistakingly the most iconic Korean revenge thriller, OLDBOY set the bar high for every Korean genre that followed. After being kidnapped and imprisoned for fifteen years, Oh Dae-Su is released, only to find that he must find his captor in five days. While the clock is ticking, the estranged avenger finds out that his kidnapper has a greater plan for …

Still Life 三峽好人 

Director: Jia Zhangke
111 minutes
Mandarin (English subtitles)
2006 (35MM)
Ruben Terlou will give an introduction to the film and will be interviewed by Ardi Bouwer

Set in Fengjie, near the massive three gorges dam, coalminer Han Sanming tries to find his ex-wife whom he has not seen for 16 years. Nurse Shen Hong also comes to Fengjie to look for her husband who has not been home for two years. Both Han Sanmin and Shen Hong find their lost loved ones, but the planned flooding …

Still Walking 

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda,
115 minutes
Japanese (English subtitles)
Bianca Tan will give an introduction to the film

A loving, yet painful portrait of a family visit during a hot summer day. Both Ryota (Abe) and his sister are visiting their parents’ house outside of the city, bringing along their families as well to commemorate the unfortunate passing of their younger brother fifteen years ago. Now, all gathered in their family house father, mother, brother, sister, wife, husband …

The Hidden Fortress 

Director: Akira Kurosawa
146 minutes
Japanese (English subtitles)
Martin Koolhoven will give an introduction to the film

This story of two greedy peasants in feudal Japan inspired George Lucas in his creation of the iconic robot duo of C-3PO and R2-D2 of the Star Wars- saga. Here, Tahei and Matashichi, the peasant equivalent of the sci-fi tin companions, are tricked into escorting a famous General and Princess through enemy territory. Even though it appears the clever General …

Vive l’Amour 愛情萬歲 

Director: Tsai Ming-Liang
118 minutes
Mandarin (DUTCH subtitles)
1994 (35MM)
Mijke de Jong will give an introduction to the film

By occupying the same vacant apartment in Taipei, three disparate and desperate people step in and out of each other’s’ life. In empty bedrooms the loneliness and depression of May Lin, Hsiao-kang and Ah-jong gets highlighted in this distanced, but critical portrait of life in the big city. Even though these three people share a space and sometimes even a …