CinemAsia Film Festival kicks off with Korean blockbuster

CinemAsia Film Festival kicks off with Korean blockbuster

Information on the 2017 festival coming soon. The week-long event shows around 40 feature films and inspiring documentaries with an Asian flavor. Various films have been produced by budding talent from the Netherlands, but most are sourced in China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, India, Indonesia and the Philippines.

The festival has its roots in the Queer and Asian Film Festival, which first took place in 2003 in Filmhuis Cavia (also In Amsterdam), and a Queer & Asian section is a prominent part of the programme. It would be surprising if this year we’d again see a few lip synch artists from the Philippines represented. Apart from the drag queen input there is also a lot of attention for Diaspora and Asian Eyes on Docs.

The opening film is a blockbuster movie from Korea called Snowpiercer. This film is the product of a collaboration between two of the best filmmakers from Korea, Park Chan-wook, who built up some repute with great works including Stoker and Thirst, and Bong Joon-ho, who also shot The Host and memories of Murder.

Snowpiercer is set in a future ice age and a post apocalyptic era. The people on this planet have lost everything and the world is covered with ice and snow. Those trapped outside have died off and what has remained of humanity is one long train with survivors which travels around the world without stopping.

In this microcosm, a battle between classes is taking place between the compartments in the front and those at the back, between poor and rich, suppressors and the oppressed.  Something is about to erupt.

The film’s typical Korean cinematography is supplemented with an international cast including Chris Evans (Captain America), Song Kang-ho (The Host, Mr. Vengeance), Tilda Swinton (Narnia), Ewen Bremner (Trainspotting) and John Hurt (V for Vendetta).

2017 information coming soon. Check the CinemAsia website for tickets and for the full programme. De Balie is located behind the taxi rank at the Leidseplein, which is very central and within easy reach by public transport from any Amsterdam Apartment accommodation.