VIFF announces films for Dragons & Tigers, award nominees

Forty-three features and 21 shorts have been confirmed for the upcoming Vancouver International Film Festival's Dragons & Tigers program, showcasing cinema from East Asia.
Aftershock

Forty-three features and 21 shorts have been confirmed for the upcoming Vancouver International Film Festival’s Dragons & Tigers program, showcasing cinema from East Asia.

Among the high-profile films are the gala presentation of Feng Xiaogang’s adventure disaster epic Aftershock, the highest-grossing film in China’s history, Miike Takeshi’s 13 Assassins from Japan, Sono Shion’s Cold Fish from Japan and Anocha Suwichakompong’s Mundane History from Thailand, to name a few.

Other films confirmed for the program are The Fourth Project (Taiwan, director Chung Mong-hong), Oki’s Movie (South Korea, director Hong Sangsoo), Pinoy (Taiwan, director Ho Wi-ding), Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (Thailand, director Apichatpong “Joe” Weerasethakul) and Winter Vacation (China, Li Hongqi)

Meanwhile, a trio of filmmakers — Bong Joon-ho (Mother!, The Host), Denis Côté (Curling, Carcasses) and Jia Zhangke (I Wish I Knew, 24 City) — have also been selected to serve on the jury for the 2010 Dragons & Tigers Award for Young Cinema.

Eight films will be vying for the $10,000 director’s award, to be announced October 7. The nominees include Don’t Be Afraid, Bi! (Vietnam, director Phan Dang Di), End of Animal (South Korea, director Jo Sunghee), Good Morning to the World! (Japan, director Hirohara Satoru), Icarus Under the Sun (Japan, directors Abe Saori & Takahashi Nazuki), Insects in the Backyard (Thailand, director Thanwarin Sukaphisit), Kimu; The Strange Dance (South Korea, director Park Donghyun), Rumination (China, director Xu Ruotao), Sandcastle (Singapore, director Boo Junfeng)