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Tickets to Kaohsiung Film Festival prove popular

SOLD OUT:The annual event, which opens on Oct. 19 and is to premier a series of new movies, saw tickets for one film run out within 10 minutes of their release

By Ko Yu-hao and Stacy Hsu  /  Staff reporter, with Staff writer

Japanese actress Rinko Kikuchi is shown in a still from the Japanese-language film The Warped Forest.

Photo: Ke You-hao, Taipei Times

With the 2012 Kaohsiung Film Festival just around the corner, tickets for the event’s opening-night film — Ripples of Desire (花漾) — sold out in less than 10 minutes on Friday, with other highly publicized movies featuring at the annual festival recording decent levels of sales, the event organizer said.

Tickets to see movies at the film festival — which is set to open on Oct. 19 and runs through Nov. 4 at the Kaohsiung Film Archive and the Cinemark Theater at the Greater Kaohsiung-based Dream Mall — went on sale on Friday at noon at 7-Eleven electronic outlets.

A special edition of Ripples of Desire which is still at special effects and audio mixing post-production stage, is to premiere on the first day of the film festival as a gesture of gratitude by director Zero Chou (周美玲) to thank Greater Kaohsiung residents.

The film’s production team is also scheduled to stage a promotional event in southern Taiwan on Oct. 18 with leading actors and actress Jerry Yen (言承旭) and Michelle Chen (陳妍希) set to make an appearance.

Meanwhile, 70 percent of the tickets put on sale for the closing night’s film, Star of Bethlehem (微光閃亮第一個清晨) as well as other blockbusters including Japanese films Under the Bridge, Chips and The Warped Forest, had sold out as of Friday, the event organizer said.

French animation Eleanor’s Secret and Spanish animation Tad, the Lost Explorer saw 50 percent of their tickets fly off the shelves on the first day of sales, as did the restored version of French classic A Trip to the Moon.

To offer a choice for economising movie enthusiasts, the film festival on Friday also released a ticket set which has proved popular selling more than 500 sets, the event-organizer said, adding that the preferential set is to remain available until the end of the film festival.

For more information on the festival and the films being featured at the event visit www.kff.tw.

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