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Film Review: ‘The Forest’

Film Review: ‘The Forest’
Real and imaginary worlds commingle in “The Forest,” an elegantly composed fantasy-drama about an idealistic schoolteacher whose posting to a remote Thai village upsets the local status quo. Intertwining the teacher’s story with that of a mute student who lives in a nearby forest that’s said to be haunted, Bangkok-based British helmer Paul Spurrier crafts an intriguing and visually beautiful tale that taps into universal childhood experiences while painting a realistic picture of life in a community suffering severe economic and environmental hardships. Festival programmers should take a look. After winning the Netpac prize at BiFan, “The Forest” is scheduled for limited local release in late 2016.

The first westerner to direct a Thai-language feature, Spurrier has stepped up impressively from his debut, “P” (2005), a supernatural drama set in the Bangkok go-go bar scene. Working in close collaboration with his wife, Jiriya, Spurrier’s second feature combines fantasy and
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BiFan 2016 Review: The Forest Is A Slow Burn Beauty

In Paul Spurrier's The Forest, Preecha (Asanee Suwan) walks into a bucolic village in nowhere Thailand to begin a new chapter in his life as teacher in the local village. Whatever hope and passion he has for his new profession quickly dissipates in the stultifying atmosphere where nothing happens, nothing works and the deadening hand of the local village headman Vithaya (Vithaya Pansringarm from Only God Forgives) aims to keep it that way Preecha finds one person he can help - a poor mute village girl Ja (Wannasa Wintawong) who is bullied by her classmates. He is determined to set things straight, but soon comes up against petty politics at which point the story pivots away from Preecha and his stifling new job to Ja...

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Udine Far East Festival 2016

The biggest European film festival excludsively dealing with Asian cinema will open on Friday the 22nd of April with the South Korean blockbuster “The Tiger” and close with the Hong Kong thriller “The Bodyguard” on Saturday the 30th with the presence of the legendary Sammo Hung. Legendary director Johnnie To and composer Lim Giong will also attend.

The festival will feature 72 films in the official selection (5 world premieres) a retrospective of Japanese science fiction, the restored 4K versions of four Bruce Lee masterpieces and over 100 events organized around the city.

The line up of 2016 includes the followings:

Competition Section

China (10)

Chongqing Hot Pot, Yang Qing, crime-action- hipster noir, China 2016, European Premiere

The Dead End, Cao Baoping, cop-loves-cop thriller, China 2015, European Premiere

Destiny, Zhang Wei, human drama, China 2016, World Premiere

The Left Ear, Alec Su, youth drama, China 2015, European Premiere

Lost in Hong Kong, Xu Zheng, clash of cultures comedy, China 2015, International Festival Premiere

The Master,
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Sammo Hung to present 'The Bodyguard' at Italy’s Far East Film festival

Sammo Hung to present 'The Bodyguard' at Italy’s Far East Film festival
The 18th Feff will feature 50 titles in competition, including Lost In Hong Kong, Mojin: The Lost Legend and Ip Man 3, as well as a new Focus Asia market.Scroll down for full programme

The Udine Far East Film Festival (Feff) has revealed the programme for its 18th edition (April 22-30), featuring a myriad of high-profile Asian titles from the past year.

The event will close with the European premiere of director and actor Sammo Hung’s latest feature, The Bodyguard [pictured], with Hung due to be in attendance.

Hung’s appearance marks the second year in a row that the festival has played host to a Hong Kong film icon, after Jackie Chan attended last year’s edition.

The Bodyguard (also known as My Beloved Bodyguard) has grossed close to $50m since its release in China on April 1. The film stars Sammo Hung as a retired bodyguard who strikes up an unlikely friendship with a young girl.

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PiFan's Naff to spotlight Thailand

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PiFan's Naff to spotlight Thailand
The Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) has announced six Thai works from rising filmmakers for this year’s Project Spotlight in the Network of Asian Fantastic Films (Naff).

PiFan’s Project Spotlight takes a different Asian country each year to focus on selected genre film projects.

The seventh edition of Naff lauds Thailand as recently “running strong with its genre films of unique subject matters and techniques” and the filmmakers for the six selected projects as up-and-coming on the international stage.

Off his recent film Hong Hun featuring Ananda Everingham, Kulp Kaljareuk will bring mystery thriller Fallen Thailand as his next feature, with Nattaporn Kaljareuk producing. With shades of political commentary, the story is set in 2035 and features a Thai boxer battling zombies in a quarantined hospital to save his wife, a nurse, and help a lost child find his mother.

Director Nuttorn Kungwanklai, whose horror omnibus 9-9-81 screened at last year’s Udine Far East
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PiFan unveils It Project line-up

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The Puchon International Film Festival (PiFan)’s Network of Asian Fantastic Films (Naff) has announced this year’s It Project line-up of 21 selections from 13 countries.

These include Greek filmmaker Costas ZapasFrankenstein: A Death Odyssey and Kei Ishikawa’s comic fantasy Baby, a Japan-Poland co-production.

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“Making the selection was a challenge this year with 141 project submissions - more than a 60% increase on last year,” says Naff managing director Thomas Nam.

Korean projects include Two Weddings And A Funeral director Kim Jho Gwang-soo’s period piece Secret Detective & Vampire; 2011 PiFan Audience Award winner Ji Ha Jean’s Re: Make; and Teenage Hooker Became Killing Machine director Nam Ki-woong’s Capsule.

Director Dain Said is teaming with producer Nandita Solomon again on Malaysian mystery Interchange. Their previous film, Bunohan, sold to Universal Pictures for several territories including UK, France, and Australia before premiering at Toronto.

Other Asian projects include Paul Spurrier’s Thai
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DVD Review - Edge of the Empire (2010)

Edge of the Empire, 2010.

Written and Directed by Nirattisai Kaljareuk.

Starring Arnut Rapanit, Lalisa Sontirod and Than Thanakorn.


In 757, the Qin dynasty unleashes its army to impose the emperor's will upon the free tribes in the Cheung Dao Valley, China, forcing the six Tai tribes (the legendary ancestors of the Thai people) - the Ler, Chiangsair, Khanu, Yuro, Dtai and Thanai, into a futile war. After their defeat, the living remnants of the tribes are scattered across the land and reside in cities under the stewardship of Han overlords.

Based on the novel that won the 1973 John F. Kennedy award for literature, Edge of the Empire sports eye-popping visuals and top draw production values, courtesy of the film's three years in production. Following completion of principal photography, Edge of the Empire was tweaked and preened to fully embody the sumptuous experience the filmmakers hope to put on screen. And,
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New Trailer for Thai Historical Epic Edge of the Empire

After four years of production, a new trailer for the Thai historical epic Edge of the Empire (Kon Tai Ting Pandin – คนไท ทิ้งแผ่นดิน) was released just in time for the theatrical opening in April. Directed by Nirattisai Kaljareuk, the film is based on a novel by Sanya Pholprasit and was shot by Paul Spurrier, who some of you might remember from his occult horror P.

The trailer looks a lot like the stuff that China and Hong Kong’s studios have been putting out in the last few years, but I hope Edge of the Empire will show us some more fights knee versus knee man versus man than just anonymous mass battles.

[via Wise Kwai's Thai Film Journal]
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DVD Round Up, Oct. 30, 2009: ‘Sauna,’ ‘The Tournament,’ ‘The Butcher’

Chicago – Many editions of the DVD Round-Up have featured a different genre and focus for each title within it. This week seems a little more thematically linked as we have a trio of foreign horror films and a few more independent films than usual. Of course, there has to a holiday comedy to spice things up.

Consider this column informational with synopsis, tech specs, and special features info for titles that might go otherwise unnoticed, but if you’re looking for more critical opinion, we covered “Sauna” when it played at the EU Film Fest, “Medicine For Melancholy” when it was available on IFC Direct, and “Nothing Like the Holidays” when it played in theaters.

“P” and “The Tournament” were released on October 20th, 2009

“The Butcher,” “Medicine For Melancholy,” “Nothing Like the Holidays,” and “Sauna” were released on October 27th, 2009

Nothing Like the Holidays

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Synopsis: “John Leguizamo (Ice Age,
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DVD Playhouse--October 2009

DVD Playhouse—October 2009


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The Wizard Of Oz 70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’S Edition (Warner Bros.) A true highlight in digital restoration technology, Warner Bros. restoration of the 1939 classic is cause for celebration. The Technicolor of the late ‘30s looks as though it was shot yesterday, and is especially stunning on Blu-ray, which was produced by scanning each of the film’s original Technicolor camera negatives using 8K resolution. From this scan, a final “capture” master was created in 4K, yielding twice the resolution seen in the master utilized for the film’s previous DVD release. Judy Garland’s Dorothy is charming as ever, and the entire cast: Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley and Margaret Hamilton as the Wicked Witch, are all stellar. Four disc set bonuses include: Sing-along track; Documentaries and featurettes; Two 1914 silent films produced by Oz author L. Frank Baum, based on his stories
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I’ll Take “Chilling Thai Horror Starting With the Letter P” (DVD Review)

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“P” is Thai for “ghost”. Alright, I had to look that up. I’m not actually that smart. However, what I do know is that P is one of the more intense horror films from Thailand I have seen. Despite that distinction, I still can’t get that Rental’s song “Friends of P” out of my head. Don’t worry; the two have nothing to do with each other. And this movie, “P” is chillingly excellent!

Dau (Suangporn Jaturaphut) is a young girl living in an impoverished Thai village and an outcast taunted by the other children. Dau becomes a student of her grandmother’s folk magic, until her grandmother’s illness and medical costs force Dau to find employment in Bangkok. Once in the city, the only job that underage Dau can find is as an exotic dancer and prostitute. As Dau embraces her dark powers and becomes
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Palisades Tartan announces release of Thai horror “P”

Palisades Tartan has announced their first “Asia Extreme” release since acquiring Tartan’s film library and it’s Paul Spurrier’s Thai horror film P. The DVD will be released in the Us on October 20th and special features will include commentary by the director and a behind the scenes video. Synopsis: While growing up in rural Thailand , a young and beautiful orphan girl is taught the mysterious art of dark magic by her grandmother. When her grandmother falls sick, young Dau travels to Bangkok looking for work in order to earn enough money for medicine. She lands a job as an exotic dancer at a go-go club. Hesitant at first and ridiculed by the other dancers, circumstances force Dau to become an adult before her time and ultimately becomes the most popular and eerily seductive dancer at the club.
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DVD/Blu-ray news: Spiders coming, Stepfather details, 100 Feet, more

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Shout! Factory gave Fango the scoop that it will release a special-edition DVD of the 1977 nature-run-amok cult favorite Kingdom Of The Spiders next year. The company also sent along final details on its disc of the original Stepfather, which we first told you about here.

Currently targeted for a January 19, 2010 street date, Kingdom will be presented with “a new anamorphic widescreen transfer, plus a slew of extras,” according to our source. Directed by John “Bud” Cardos, the movie stars William Shatner and The Candy SnatchersTiffany Bolling as a rancher and entomologist battling an invasion of killer tarantulas in a Southwestern town. We’ll bring you more details as they come up.

The Stepfather, which cuts in October 13, will supplement its new hi-def widescreen transfer with the following bonus features:

Audio commentary by director Joseph Ruben, moderated by yours truly All new “The Stepfather Chronicles” retrospective documentary featuring interviews with Ruben,
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Palisades Tartan Introduces America to P

Palisades Tartan is poised to release P , the company's first Asia Extreme release since acquiring the Tartan Films library in May 2008. The film streets on October 20th. P is directed by Paul Spurrier, a former child actor who appeared in popular Us television shows Max Headroom and Anna Karenina. While growing up in rural Thailand, a young and beautiful orphan girl is taught the mysterious art of dark magic by her grandmother. When her grandmother falls sick, young Dau travels to Bangkok looking for work in order to earn enough money for medicine. She lands a job as an exotic dancer at a go-go club. Hesitant at first and ridiculed by the other dancers, circumstances force Dau to become an adult before her time and ultimately becomes the most popular and eerily seductive...
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Beware! Crappy Machine Girl Blu-ray Disc ahead!

If you are thinking about ordering the HMV exclusive Machine Girl Blu-ray Disc announced here, please read this article, check out the full resolution screenshots below and then save your money!

I got my copy from Guernsey today and I just couldn’t believe my eyes when I popped the disc into my Bd player(s)…

I don’t know if Cine Asia didn’t get proper source material or if they screwed up during the mastering process but I don’t think material looking like this Pos should be allowed on Blu-ray Disc! I’ve tested the disc on my PC drive, a PS3 and my standalone Panasonic Dmp-BD80 (yes, I’m a freak!), and it looks absolutely terrible on every machine!

Machine Girl is no Hollywood blockbuster (hell, it’s not even a good movie!), but I wasn’t expecting something like this! Especially if you compare it
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Sick of Waiting For Paul Spurrier’s P?  So Is He ...

Okay, the saga of Paul Spurrier’s Thai ghost story P and it’s failure to arrive on DVD is a long and complicated one, but all the fans really want to know is when will they finally be able to own the thing themselves? Well, Spurrier feels your pain, folks, and so he is self-releasing a region free Blu-Ray edition of the film with subtitles included in English, French, German, Spanish and Italian. There’s load sof coverage on this one in the archives, with articles stretching back years, so if you’ve been waiting now is the time ...
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