SITGES 05 will be offering the latest movies by distinguished Asian filmmakers like Tsui Hark, Johnnie To, Park Chan-wook or Takashi Miike. Chiaki Kuriyama and Park Chan-wook have confirmed their assistance in Sitges.
All sections of the SITGES 2005- International Film Festival of Catalonia will have Asian representation, with some of the best titles from their latest production.
In the Official Fantàstic selection, we would highlight:
Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (photo), by Korean Park Chan-wook, who has confirmed his assistance in Sitges.
Seven Swords (Hong Kong/China), an epic film that has helped establish Tsui Hark as one of the most important directors in Chinese film.
The latest movie from Japanese Takashi Miike, Yokai Daisenso, a fast-paced story of fantasy and mythical monsters, starring Chiaki Kuriyama, the young Japanese star who has also confirmed her assistance in Sitges and who won over action movie fans with her role as the cruel GoGo Yubari in Kill Bill by Quentin Tarantino.
Another famous Asian filmmaker in Sitges' Official Selection is Johnnie To, who will be presenting Election, a violent portrayal of Hong Kong's criminal world. The Festival will be paying tribute to Johnnie To with the 'Maria Honorífica' award for his entire career, a monographic book on his work and a retrospective with his best movies.
In the Fantàstic section you can also see the Thai film Shutter, by Banjong Pisonthanakun and Parkpoom Wongpoom, a horror movie that has caused a big sensation in the Asian market, A Bittersweet Life, by Kim Jee-woon and Blood Rain, by Kim Dae-seung, both huge Korean box office hits.
Noves Visions, will be offering the latest films by the acclaimed Shinya Tsukamoto (Haze) and Shinji Aoyama (Eli, Eli, Lema Sabachtani) and the smash hit Citizen Dog, by the Thai Wisit Sasanatieng.
Orient Express, Sitges' section specifically dedicated to Asian film, will be opening with the Chinese adventure movie A World Without Thieves, by Feng Xiaogang and will be offering productions with a variety of subject matters.
We will be screening from the explosive martial arts of Born To Fight (Thailand) by Panna Ritrigai or the latest by Jackie Chan (New Police Story, by Benny Chan) to the horror of Neighbor 13, by Yasuo Inoue and One Missed Call 2, by Renpei Tsukamoto, both Japanese.
In addition, you can see Antarctic Journal (Korea) by Yim Pil-seung, Naina (India) by Shripal Morakhia and Zee-Oui, by Nida Sudasna and Buranee Rachjaibun (Thailand).
Another outstanding screening will be the big screen version of Takashi Miike's theater piece, Demon Pond, an enormous hit this year on Japanese stages.
There will also be Asian productions in the Anima't section, a customary venue for Japanese animation, that will be represented this year by, among others, Mind Game, by Yuasa Masaaki and Urusei Yatsura, by masters Mamuro Oshii and Kazuo Yamazaki.
In the section of films selected by the critics, Seven Chances, we would point out the presence of Sanctuary (Ho Yu-hang), a production from Malaysia, a country with an industry in full growth after the boom of neighboring cinemas like the Thai.