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East Winds Film Festival set to scare, excite and delight…

Submitted by on October 20, 2014 – 7:20 am |


Louis Koo in Hong Kong crime thriller Z Storm, one of the films showing at the festival. A stunning selection of films from the Far East, ranging from action packed blockbusters and chilling horrors to touching dramas and delightful comedies will be on show at a major international film festival in Coventry later this month.

The East Winds Film Festival, the UK’s only major showcase of East Asian cinema outside of London, takes place at Coventry University’s state-of-the-art digital 3D cinema at its city centre campus from Friday 31 October to Sunday 2 November.

The festival forms part of a programme of activities run by the university’s award winning East Asian Film Society (CUEAFS). The society, which champions an eclectic selection of cinema from the Far East, was recently voted ‘Best Student Cinema in the UK’ for its efforts at this year’s Cinema for All Awards run by the British Federation of Film Societies.

East Asian film and culture are celebrated at the festival through a selection of 11 international, European and UK Premieres from Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand and Japan with stars, directors and other creative artists associated with the films on show also making special guest appearances to discuss their work.

East Winds opens with the European Premiere of Partners in Crime, a dark, brooding and sinister Taiwanese tale of teenage angst from acclaimed director Chang Jung-chi.  This is followed by Japanese black comedy Greatful Dead, a touching but troublesome story from independent distributors and festival partners Third Window Films about a vulnerable young woman’s transition from curious voyeur to fully-fledged stalker.

Also playing for the first time in Europe will be David Lam’s crime thriller Z Storm. Starring Louis Koo – one of the stalwarts of the Hong Kong film scene – Z Storm presents a tense game of cat and mouse between a relentless anti-corruption investigator and crooked high-powered fat cats.

Further thrills follow with an assortment of chillers including an Amityville inspired horror of a haunted house, a tale of avenging schoolgirls taking justice into their own hands and dark and disturbing murder mysteries.

A gentler tone comes in the shape of romantic comedies including the international premiere of Live @ Love, a light-hearted affair set in a private detective agency and the European premiere of The Teacher’s Diary. Selected as Thailand’s official entry into the Oscars 2015 foreign language film category, Nithiwat Tharatorn’s box office hit is a sweet and sentimental comedy drama which explores the possibilities for romance between two lonely teachers who have yet to meet.

The East Winds Film Festival takes place from Friday 31 October to Sunday 2 November on Coventry University’s student cinema at The Hub, Jordan Well, Coventry CV1 5FB.

Further information about the festival, including trailers of the films on show and details of how to book tickets, is available on the website www.eastwindsfilmfest.com.


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