London’s Pan-Asia Film Festival 9th-18th March

This Friday (9th March) sees the launch of the fourth Pan-Asia Film Festival, showcasing films from the Middle East, as well as South, Central and East Asia.

The Pan-Asia Film Festival London Asia House 2012

Fans of Asian cinema won’t want to miss out on this unique festival which seeks to promote both independent and emerging talent, as well as more established filmmakers, at London’s Asia House.

Previously, the Pan-Asia film festival has hosted the English première of Tran Anh Hung’s Norwegian Wood, the Taiwanese classic, Cape No 7, and 2002 ‘wuxia’ martial-arts film Hero. With directors including Gurinder Chadha, Chen Kaige and Ken Loach all having been in attendance in the past, the Pan-Asia Film Festival is quickly becoming once to watch – and this year’s line-up looks to be just as impressive.

The festival kicks off with the world première of Indian director Shivajee Chandrabhushan’s ice-hockey film, One More, which centres around the story of Ladakh’s first ever ice hockey team. The screening will also be followed by a Q&A with the film’s writer, Naman Ramachandran, and Chandrabhushan himself.

Another festival highlight looks set to be South Korean film, Come Rain, Come Shine, which was nominated for a the Golden Bear award at last year’s Berlinale film festival. The latest drama to come from distinctive director, Lee Yoon-Ki, Come Rain, Come Shine tells the story of a couple who are planning to separate after five years of marriage.

Coinciding with the one year anniversary of the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami is the screening of 3.11 A Sense of Home. This is the latest project to come from award-winning director, Naomi Kawase, and is comprised of a collection of short films focused on the theme of ‘home’, with each being 3 minutes and 11 seconds in length.

The closing gala will screen the UK première of Wang Xiao-Shuai’s 11 Flowers – a semi-autobiographical tale of a young boy who finds himself harbouring a fugitive towards the end of China’s Cultural Revolution.

To take a look at the full festival programme, visit the Asia House website:

We’ll also be keeping you posted on all the latest news from the opening gala event!

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