Films rise from the dead! Asian Horror Night, October 27
As tradition has it, a couple of weeks before the beginning of Five Flavours we meet at a truly horrifying marathon. This year, Asian horrors rise from the dead thanks to three master storytellers, familiar to the Polish audiences.
Pen-ek Ratanaruang returns with a bloody story rooted deep in the Thai folklore, Yeon Sang-ho, the director of "Train to Busan," presents an animated beginning of the South Korean zombie apocalypse, and Dain Said presents his legendary film debut which was pronounced dead before its time and only now comes back to haunt the screens. It will be a night of true virtuosos!
After making his long-awaited "Samui Song" (in Polish cinemas in January 2019), Ratanaruang, the director of "Last Life in the Universe" and "Nymph," started working on a break-through project for HBO Asia – the "Folklore" series. Together with five brilliant filmmakers, including Joko Anwar from Indonesia, Eric Khoo from Singapore, and Ho Yu-hang from Malaysia, he created a set of horror stories based on folk tales and legends from Southeast Asia. In "Pob," the avant-garde filmmaker sets a new bar for the genre and breathes fresh air into its film conventions. Another part of the series, Ho Yu-hang’s "Toyol," will be screened during the 12th Five Flavours.
"Dukun," the legendary debut of Dain Said, one of the most original Malaysian filmmakers ("Bunohan", "Interchange"), spent 11 years hidden away in the studio. Considered too controversial to be shown in 2006, it finally hit the screens and became an instant box-office success. Asian Horror Night is the best time for the Polish premiere of this already cult classic.
The fans of "Train to Busan," one of the biggest Korean hits of the past couple of years, will have a unique opportunity to see the animated "Seoul Station," which the director made parallel to his acting debut. The animated medium allowed Yeon Sang-ho to transgress the limitations of the matter and show another side of a zombie apocalypse macabre.
The film kicks off the animations section – the main axis of this year’s Five Flavours program.
The Asian Horror Night takes place right before Halloween, on Saturday, October 27, in Muranów cinema.
20:30 - "Dukun", dir. Dain Said, Malaysia 2006/2018, 108'
22:50 - "Folklore: POB", dir. Pen-ek Ratanaruang, Thailand, Singapore 2018, 62'
00:00 - "Seoul Station", dir. Yeon Sang-ho, South Korea 2016, 92’
Tickets: 55 PLN, free entrance for Master Pass holders.
DUKUN, DIR. DAIN SAID, MALAYSIA 2006/18, 108’
A film based on true events from thirty years ago, when a Malaysian politician was murdered by a popular shaman and a fading pop star, Mona Fandey. Dain Said intertwines a metaphysical horror with a courtroom drama, creating a chilling combinations of facts and fiction. The premiere of the film was put on hold for over a decade, but now, after it was leaked to the internet, it finally hit the cinemas. Maybe black magic had something to do with it...
FOLKLORE: POB, DIR. PEN-EK RATANARUANG, THAILAND, SINGAPORE 2018, 62’
Manop, a young journalist, heads to a wealthy neighborhood to report on a brutal murder of an American. There, he accidentally meets Pob, a bloodthirsty ghost from the Thai legends. A satire on the expat community, and a taste of a ruthless folk justice. Blood and pulled-out guts included.
SEOUL STATION, DIR. YEON SANG-HO, SOUTH KOREA 2016, 92’
The epidemic is spreading quietly. An old man is lying in the hall of a Seoul train station. Despite the multiple wounds, nobody pays any attention to him. The animated prologue to "Train to Busan" widens its context, but it is still truly a horror in its own right. Zombie macabre takes over the animated world.
12th Five Flavours Asian Film Festival – Warsaw, November 14-21
The full program will be announced on October 22.
Organizer: Arteria Art Foundation
Co-financed by: Warsaw City Council, Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, Asian Film Awards Academy