Terracotta is London's premier celebration of the film and culture of the Far East. With a stunning line-up of films hand-picked from the best of the region, encompassing diverse genres from comedy to drama to horror and everything in between, an unbeatable programme of exclusive cast and crew Q&As, intro's and masterclasses and fabulous public parties the Terracotta Far East Film Festival really does have something for everybody.
OPENING FILM "My Way"
In recent years, cross-border productions have been flourishing and Terracotta are thrilled to be opening the festival on Thursday 12th April 2012 with one of the most high-profile and ambitious examples to date, the Korean war epic "My Way".
From Korean cinema's box office champion Kang Je-gyu who also directed 'Taegukgi' and 'Shiri', "My Way" tells the story of two marathon runners, one Korean and one Japanese, during Japan's colonisation of Korea. The two men are drafted into the Japanese army, and develop a close friendship through battles in Russia and Germany.
"My Way" is a pan-Asian Korean, Chinese and Japanese production which brings together an impressive cast - Jang Dong-gun, Joe Odagiri and Fan Bingbing - from all three territories and spans the battlefield action of WWII from Japan to the Battle of Normandy.
The film had its European Premiere at the 62nd annual Berlin Film Festival for the Panorama section and Terracotta Festival is proud to host the UK Premiere.
CLOSING FILM HIMIZU
Terracotta Festival will also be closing on Sunday 15th April with a world-renowned name in Japanese cinema: HIMIZU by Sono Sion which had its World Premiere at the 2011 Venice Film Festival where it played In Competition.
HIMIZU is based on the famous manga of the same name and relates the story of two teenagers living a dystopian existence in post-tsunami Japan and embark on a campaign of violence against evil wrong doers.
HIMIZU will be the third film from Sono Sion to be released by Third Window Films, after the success of 'Love Exposure' and 'Cold Fish' and marks the return of a long term creative collaboration between the label and Terracotta Festival.
Adam Torel, Third Window Films managing Director, comments: "Sono Sion is one of the most talked about new directors in Asiawith his recent wave of critical and box office success. Himizu, his latest, was in Official Selection in Venice and won the Marcello Mastroianni Award for best new actor and actress. We are pleased to have Himizu close the Terracotta Film Festival, one of the UK's leading Asian film festivals".
The annual Terracotta Festival at the Prince Charles Cinema, London, will once again show the latest films from Asia and further announcements on the full line-up will be made shortly.
Committed to bringing quality and entertaining Far East films to the UK.
Releases by Terracotta Distribution include the multi-award winning Breathless directed by Yang Ik-june and Johnnie To'sSparrow.
A new imprint label TERROR-COTTA devoted to Asian horror and thrillers was recently launched with Death Bell.
Terracotta Far East Film Festival is an annual event which aim is to widen the audience for Far Eastern film in the UK and to further promote this genre to existing film fans.
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The Third Window Films brand was born in 2005 and works hard to bring you the wonderful world beyond long-haired ghost films and mindless Hollywood action copies, sourcing the finest works in new Far Eastern cinema. We strive to represent a rich variety of film genres, be they dramas, comedies, political satires, action or anything else in between. Expect everything from the unknown and cult to the off-beat and even the occasional mainstream masterpiece... or expect nothing but quality Asian cinema!
About Prince Charles Cinema
From cult festivals to the latest box office hits, the Prince Charles Cinema is the heart of independent film in London. The PrinceCharles Cinema is located at 7 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BY.
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