- Yang Fudong & Christopher Doyle art exhibitions at TIFF
- The original DRUNKEN MASTER 2!!! We found a print in a warehouse and this will be the first time in years that the original, subtitled version of this film has been shown in the US! Considered by many to be Jackie’s masterpiece it’s one of the best martial arts movies ever made!
- SNAKE IN THE EAGLE’S SHADOW! The movie that made Jackie a star, screened with live subtitles (there are no subtitled prints).
- CITY HUNTER, the most insane movie Jackie ever made, screening TWICE because it’s so much fun!
- Two screenings of THE YOUNG MASTER, the first big film directed by Jackie Chan himself and the movie that closes with a 19-minute fight scene that even Jackie says is one of his best!
- All three POLICE STORY movies screened back-to-back on Thursday, June 27! That’s POLICE STORY 1, POLICE STORY 2, and POLICE STORY 3: SUPERCOP!
- Back-to-back screenings of 35mm prints of PROJECT A and PROJECT A 2 on Tuesday, June 25! These two movies are, to my mind, the funniest, most innovative, and most amazing movies Jackie ever made.
- ARMOUR OF GOD and ARMOUR OF GOD 2: OPERATION CONDOR, Jackie’s versions of the Indiana Jones movies, are screening together on Monday, June 24!
- We’re screening LITTLE BIG SOLDIER, Jackie’s 2010 movie that features one of his best scripts and best performances. There’s plenty of action, but it’s also very funny and not a little heart-breaking.
- And finally, we’re screening MIRACLES, Jackie’s remake of Frank Capra’s POCKETFUL OF MIRACLES. A lush, Damon Runyon-esque gangster story, it’s like Jackie’s version of a Golden Age Hollywood screwball comedy.
Date: Fri. June 7, 2013 - Sun. August 11, 2013.
Location: TIFF Bell Lightbox (Reitman Square, 350 King St W) - Toronto, Canada
Internationally acclaimed visual artist Yang Fudong and legendary cinematographer Christopher Doyle present two new installations specially commissioned for TIFF’s A Century of Chinese Cinema. For more information, visit tiff.net/century
June 7 – August 11, 2013
TIFF Bell Lightbox (HSBC Gallery)
Admission: FREE to public
Tuesday – Saturday: Noon-8:00pm
Tours offered weekly starting June 9. More information
1) Yang Fudong – New Women《新女性》
“Celebrated Chinese visual artist and filmmaker Yang Fudong draws inspiration from the decadent aura of Shanghai in the 1920s and 1930s. As immortalized in the racier films and literature of the era, Shanghai was an uneasy mixture of Chinese and foreign influence, of corruption and religious rectitude, of poets and policemen, and of the numerous types of “women of the night,” from streetwalkers to “sing-song” girls. All of this came to an end with the Japanese occupation of the city, but it left an indelible mark on succeeding generations of Chinese artists, and Chinese filmmakers especially. Shanghai’s creative energy, sexual charge and political ferment were a crucible of change for a society tentatively emerging from the stagnation and humiliations of the imperial era.” Continue reading…
2) Christopher Doyle – Away With Words《離言萬語》
“Christopher Doyle Du Ke Feng is best known as one of the world’s great cinematographers for his work on such films as The Peach Blossom Land, Chungking Express, Comrades: Almost a Love Story, In the Mood for Love and Hero. Doyle’s new project at TIFF is comprised of two multi-channel installations in complex dialogue with one another. According to Doyle, this new work seeks “to get away with and from words to explore the elemental nature of image-making and the personal nature of films and the film experience.” It also functions as a fragmentary and succinct history of Chinese (especially Hong Kong) cinema, and his own role within it. Continue reading…
Toronto Japanese Film Festival
Date: Thu. June 13, 2013 - Fri. June 28, 2013.
Location: Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (6 Garamond Ct.) (6 Garamond Ct.) - Toronto
The Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre and Shiseido presents the Toronto Japanese Film Festival. This year the festival will take place from June 13-28, 2013 at the JCCC.
The Toronto Japanese Film Festival is dedicated to showing the finest Japanese films that have been recognized by Japanese audiences and film critics, international film festival audiences and the Japanese Film Academy. The 2013 programme features a solid presentation of the most recent notable box office hits, breakthrough performances and highly-anticipated films. View full film programme here.
TICKET INFORMATION: Tickets: $10 (JCCC member). $12 (non-members). Buy tickets
The Opening Night reception kicks off on Thursday June 13 at 6:30pm, followed by a screening of Tenchi – The Samurai Astronomer at 7:30pm.
Reel Asian Co-Presentation:
Fly With The Gold
Wednesday June 25, 2013 | Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre
SYNOPSIS: Based on Kaoru Takamura’s best-selling novel, Kazuyuki Izutsu’s popular 2012 thriller finds a pair of former college mates embarking on a daring 1.5 billion yen gold bar heist from the HQ of Sumita Bank. Their 6 man team also includes an explosives expert, the bank security guard, a former elevator engineer and a North Korean spy (played by Korean pop superstar Chang-min of TVXQ!).
Ai Weiwei’s Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads
Date: Tue. June 18, 2013 - Sun. September 22, 2013.
Location: Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto City Hall (Queen Street & Bay Street) - Toronto
Ai Weiwei has reinterpreted the 12 bronze animal heads representing the Chinese zodiac that once stood in the gardens of the Yuanming Yuan (Garden of Perfect Brightness, Old Summer Palace), an imperial retreat in Beijing. In accordance with the conventions of the traditional Chinese zodiac, the works are installed in an oval in the following order: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. Each of the works is one solid piece of bronze and stands roughly 10 feet high on a marble base. Their weight ranges from 1,500 to 2,100 pounds. The sculptures are on display for free at Nathan Phillips Square until September 22nd.
The Jackie Chan Experience (NYC)
Date: Sun. June 23, 2013 - Thu. June 27, 2013.
Location: Film Society of Lincoln Center (70 Lincoln Center Plaza) - New York, New York
We are incredibly jealous of friends and film fans in New York City. This summer, Subway Cinema presents The Jackie Chan Experience – the biggest retrospective of Jackie Chan’s movies ever held! It’s a rare opportunity to see these archived films on the big screen, including ARMOUR OF GOD, CITY HUNTER, POLICE STORY, DRUNKEN MASTER. Four days, thirteen films – your mind will explode.
Pride Week LGBT Short Film Festival
Date: Mon. June 24, 2013 - Sat. June 29, 2013.
Location: Graham Spry Theatre (CBC Broadcast Centre) (250 Front Street West) - Toronto, Canada
Dawn is a 10-minute piece from NY-based actor/director Leon Le, last seen on Reel Asian’s screens in the cast of Pearls of the Far East, which sold out its world premiere at our 2011 festival.
Vancouver filmmaker Jason Karman, whose State of Yo screened at Reel Asian in 2008, has his film I’m In The Mood For Love included in the selection. Karman was a finalist at our So You Think You Can Pitch? competition in 2011.
The programme consists of twelve shorts, total run time 1h46m. The programme runs on a continuous loop in the Graham Spry Theatre (in the lobby of the CBC Broadcast Centre) from 9am to 9pm weekdays and noon to 5pm on Saturday. Admission is free!
ReelHeART Film Festival
Date: Mon. June 24, 2013 - Sat. June 29, 2013.
Location: Big Picture Cinema (formerly Projection Booth) (1035 Gerrard St E) - Toronto, Canada
The 9th annual ReelHeART Film Festival takes place June 24-29 in various locations, but most screenings (including all those listed here) take place in the east end at the Big Picture Cinema, formerly Projection Booth. Asian selections include:
South Asian UK director Hardeep Giani’s mid-length narrative Rose, Mary & Time screens with Puerto Rican Filipino director Ian Allen Lim’s short The Love Paradox in the Shorts Heard Around The World programme, 6pm on Mon 24 Jun.
American directors JJ Kelly & Josh Thomas have made a feature-length adventure film/hybrid doc called Go Ganges!, where they attempt to traverse the entire length of India’s Ganges River. It screens in the 7pm programme on Fri Jun 28.
California-based filmmaker Kevin Huang’s Ai (Love) screens in the 4pm shorts programme on Sat Jun 29.
Tickets for these screenings are $12 per programme.
Italian Contemporary Film Festival
Date: Wed. June 26, 2013 - Sat. July 6, 2013.
Location: Various Venues (Various) - Toronto
The 2nd edition of the Italian Contemporary Film Festival (IFCC) takes place in Toronto from June 26 – July 6, 2013.
ICFF is a Festival that takes place during Canada and Ontario’s “Italian Heritage month.” As the only Italian Film Festival in Canada, ICFF will be an influential showcase for contemporary cinema of Italian origin from all over the world. The 11-day festival will feature an international collection of feature films, documentaries and shorts, gala parties and industry panels. View full film programme here.
Reel Asian Co-Presentation:
Shun Li and the Poet (Io Sono Li)
Director: Andrea Sergre
Monday July 1, 2013 | 9:30PM | TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King St. W)
SYNOPSIS: Shun Li works in a textile factory in the outskirts of Rome, in the hope of sponsoring her eight-year-old son who lives in China. Suddenly, she is transferred to Chioggia, a small city-island in the Veneto lagoon, to work as a bartender. Bepi, a Slavic ﬁsherman, nicknamed “the Poet,” has been a regular at her pub for years. The friendship growing between Shun Li and Bepi upsets both the Chinese and local communities as they both interfere with the relationship.