Pan-Asia Film Festival in full swing

The third Pan-Asia Film Festival hosted by Asia House looks to be a fascinating and eclectic display of modern cinema from across Asia.

The festival launched earlier this week with a screening of Japanese Norwegian Wood. If you missed this, though, do not dismay! There are still a vast array of films to check out, including both of the Korean movies on the agenda.

Apologies for the short notice- Hong Sangsoo’s Hahaha is being shown at the Apollo Cinema tomorrow at 7.30pm. This won the Un Certain Regard award at Cannes, and is set to be a hit with audiences here in London. The premise is that of two old friends reflecting on times gone by, with interweaving storylines and dry witted humour.

Sona, the Other Myself will be screened at Asia House on Monday 7th March. This is a South Korean / Japanese documentary which follows director Yang Yonghi’s family situation, divided between Korea and Japan. This is sure to be a sentimental, moving and highly personal exploration. It should also be well worth staying for the post-film discussion after.

Why stop at these though? This festival is a great opportunity to discover new talent and film favourites.

For more information and to book tickets, visit the Pan-Asia Film Festival website:

  • Hahaha (Hong Sangsoo) Sat 05 Mar, 2011 7:30pm Apollo Cinema
    Tickets £12 / £8 concessions
  • Sona, the Other Myself (Yang Yonghi) Mon 07 Mar, 2011 6:45pm Asia House
    Tickets £10 / £6 concessions

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5 Responses to Pan-Asia Film Festival in full swing

  1. p says:

    Thanks for the heads up! Can’t believe I missed Norwegian wood already. Love murakami! Do you know of any good Korean authors that have been translated into English?

    • kimchifever says:

      Thanks for the comment and interest P. I would recommend ‘Who Ate up all the Shinga’ by Park Wan-Suh. Its a clever, semi-autobiographical book that I came to know through the Korean Cultural Centre’s ‘Literature Essay Contest’ last year. I look forward to seeing which book is chosen for this year’s competition, and will keep you informed!

      • P says:

        Thanks, I’ll look out for it. Not sure what Shinga is though; I’ve never heard of it before. Even google didn’t know. Care to enlighten?

  2. kimchifever says:

    That’s actually a really good question. I wondered the same thing when I first got the book, and as I read on, found out that ‘shingha’ is a rare cactus-type plant that would grow in rural areas of Korea. However, the author of the book purposefully used this word to intrigue her readers, and give a mythical status to country life. Apparently, even Koreans wouldn’t be familiar with what ‘shingha’ is. So you definitely shouldn’t feel bad for not knowing! 🙂

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