One of the highlights of the festival calender falls during November here in Toronto with the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, which kicks into gear tonight with a high flying Hong Kong film Gallants as the Opening Night Gala selection and homage to old school martial arts. What a great way to start the festival - I can't wait to see that with a packed audience!! More spectacular titles at the festival include the Centrepiece Presentation of Golden Slumber from director Yoshihiro Nakamura who brought us the fantastic Fish Story / Fisshu sutôrî which screened at last year festival. The festival will conclude with the beautiful Closing Night Gala of Au Revoir Taipei, which has it's Toronto premiere at the festival and director Arvin Chen in attendance at the screening.
More exciting titles at the festival include the award winning films Bi, Don't Be Afraid, Dear Doctor, Dooman River, Oxhide II and Eighteen. I always look forward to the shorts programs which this year included On the Flip Side, Redress Remix and Drawing on the Art of Hand & Foot. This year also spotlights Oscar-nominated Koji Yamamura with Koji Yamamura: The Mastery of the Form a screening of a selection of shorts. The festival continues all week and brings us films from all over the world including Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, China, The Philippines, Hong Kong as well as USA & Canada.
I'll be covering the festival all week here at Movie Moxie so be sure to check back for my daily updates! I've already got this started with a preview of with reviews of films that bookend of the festival including Ip Man 2 and Au Revoir Taipei. It looks to be yet another great year of film and fun at Reel Asian!
For more information, check out the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival: Website, How to Buy Tickets, Full Festival Schedule, Industry Series Information and Venue Information and Festival Awards & Jury Information. Also see the Reel Asian Facebook Page and you can follow the festival on Twitter.
The Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival 2010 runs from November 9 - 15, 2010 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada