The Toronto International Reel Asian Film Festival opens today with the Hong Kong film Overheard playing at the Bloor Cinema (Bathurst and Bloor). This is the last part to my 3 part mini review. Hope to see you there! Stop by the merchandise table!
- Fish Story – Japan (2009)
Forget the upcoming blockbuster 2012 for a moment and check back into something a little more fun about the impending doomsday. Fish Story is about a song, woven throughout a tapestry of characters over time and how it saves the world. Not exactly light fare, nor is it a heavy sitting. It is touching at the parts where it matters the most and funny when it needs to be. All in all, a very entertaining film that has everything from a little romance, to martial arts, to punk rock music.
- Breathless – South Korea (2009) – Closing Night Gala
With an armful of awards under its belt, Breathless is brutally violent and aggressively touching at times. A debt collector who uses his fists to talk meets his match with a high school girl unafraid of him even after he hits her. Unbeknownst to each other, they share a parallel background of domestic abuse each wanting to move past their past but constantly wrestle with the demons locked in their closet. Brace yourself for some really brutal fight scenes. Watch the trailer below.