Festival 2016/ Special Presentations
The Wasted Times
(Luo Man Di Ke Xiao Wang Shi)
China | 118 minutes | World Premiere | 2016 | STC | colour | Mandarin
Directed by Cheng Er 导演：程耳
Executive Producer: Jerry Ye, Wang Zhonglei, Albert Lee, Hu Xiaofeng
Producer: Zhang Dajun, T.K Yang, Lina Wu
Cinematographer: Du Jie
Cast: Zhang Ziyi, Ge You, Tadanobu Asano
Love, hatred, and betrayal abound in Shanghai during the chaotic, war-torn 1930s. Mr. Lu is ambushed during an important meeting with the Japanese army, but his sister’s husband, Watabe, sacrifices himself to save Mr. Lu. Worse still, the Japanese brutally murder Mr. Lu’s children and sister. To avenge their deaths, Mr. Lu’s mistress attempts to kill the culprit but ends up dead. Years later as the SinoJapanese war comes to a close, Mr. Lu visits Mrs. Wang, the abandoned wife of his former boss who reveals an astonishing truth about the tragedy. Cast includes Zhang Ziyi, Ge You, and Tadanobu Asano.
I Am Not Madame Bovary
China | 128 minutes | World Premiere | 2016 | STC | colour |
Directed by Feng Xiaogang
Cast: Fan Bingbing
A café proprietor spends a decade petitioning the Chinese legal system after being swindled by her ex-husband, in this caustically comic contemporary fable from superstar director Feng Xiaogang (Aftershock).
Birth of the Dragon
USA / China / Canada | 103 minutes | World Premiere | 2016 | STC | colour |
Directed by George Nolfi
Executive Producer: George Nolfi, David Nicksay, Kelly Mullen, Helen Ye Zhong
Producer: Michael London, Janice Williams, James Hong Pang, Leo Shi Young, Stephen J. Rivele, Christopher Wilkinson
Cinematographer: Amir Mokri
Cast: Billy Magnussen, Xia Yu, Philip Wan-Lung Ng
A contemporary take on the classic Kung Fu films Bruce Lee brought to the world, Birth of the Dragon tells the story of the legendary fight in 1964 San Francisco between a then unknown Bruce Lee and Shaolin master Wong Jack Man as seen through the eyes of a young American student of both men. While details of the fight are still hotly disputed to this day, one thing is clear – out of that epic fight, Bruce Lee emerged as The Dragon, the man who brought Kung Fu to the world.
Festival 2016/ TIFF Cinematheque
The Horse Thief (DAOMA ZEI)
China | 88 minutes | 1986 | PG | colour | Mandarin |
Directed by Tian Zhuangzhuang
Cinematographer: Hou Yong, Zhao Fei
Cast: Tseshang Rigzin, Dan Jiji, Jayang Jamco
One of the greatest achievements of Fifth Generation Chinese cinema, Tian Zhuangzhuang’s ravishingly beautiful epic set in the vastness of rural Tibet was famously praised by Martin Scorsese as the best film he saw in the 1990s.
Festival 2016/ Vanguard
Taiwan | 111 minutes | World Premiere | 2016 | STC | colour | Mandarin | Thai | Taiwanese | Cantonese |
Directed by Chung Mong-Hong
Producer: Jufeng Yeh, Shao-Chien Tseng
Cinematographer: Nagao Nakashima
Cast: Michael Hui, Na Dow, Leon Dai
A Taiwanese drug mule has his foolproof smuggling method thrown out of whack when he catches a ride with the wrong cab driver, in this highly entertaining caper starring Hong Kong comedy legend Michael Hui.
Festival 2016/ Short Cuts
China | 26 minutes | North American Premiere | 2016 | STC | colour | Mandarin |
Directed by Jia Zhang-ke
Executive Producer: Liu Kailuo
Producer: Wang Hong, Li Wenwen, Liu Jingya
Cinematographer: Yu Likwai
Cast: Liang Jingdong, Han Sanming, Yuan Wenqian
An engaging combination of comedy and drama about several unemployed Shanxi coal miners looking for work. What begins as an everyday tragedy about the hard lot of workers in our age of economic volatility becomes something unexpected in this sly and visually sumptuous satire by Chinese master Jia Zhang-ke.