The 62nd Venice International Film Festival which started yesterday has a strong Chinese feel about it this year and the martial art masterpiece Seven Swords (
Hong Kong singer/actress Sammi Cheng (
It is also a good year for Taiwanese productions. Fall ... In Love (
In celebration of the centennial of Chinese cinema, the festival has curated a retrospective section on Chinese films from the 1930s to the 1990s in its program The Secret History of Asian Cinema. Internationally acclaimed director John Woo (
Back to the local scene. This week ravers and electronic music lovers will get a kick from the highly enjoyable film It's All Gone Pete Tong, a comedy depicting the tragic life of the legendary (and totally fictional), world-class DJ Frank Wile.
City cinema weekend box office takings (Aug. 27, Aug. 28)
*The Brothers Grimm (神鬼剋星)
*The Wedding Crashers (婚禮終結者)
*Densha Otoko (電車男)
In this mock-biographic film, Frankie Wile is the self-destructive genius of the UK techno/dance scene, who loses it with a sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll lifestyle. Tragedy strikes when a hearing disorder worsens until Frankie is completely deaf. He locks himself away in depression and gradually learns to accept his deafness and then finds a new perspective on life.
Camp is Broadway musical star Todd Graff's debut on the big screen. The film draws on the director's personal experiences and tells of a group of young people who join a musical-theater camp to live out their dreams. Each person has their own story and secret, and together they will learn something new and valuable before the summer ends.
The low-budget film scored nicely on the US festival circle and was nominated for the Jury Award at the Sun Dance Film Festival and was also invited to show at the Seattle International Film Festival.
The Hidden Blade by renowned director Yamada Yoji offers an alternative to music-oriented cinema this week. Co-starring Japanese stars Matsu Takako and Masatoshi Nagase, the film portrays the ill-fated life of a samurai who struggles to adapt himself to the new era and faces the consequences of tragic love. The film is the Japanese entry in the competition section of Berlin International Film Festival this year.