Shutter is showing at the Hawaii International Film Festival. It's the only full-length Thai feature at the festival, but it's part of an impressive lineup of Asian films.
In addition, there's Don't Fence Me In: Major Mary and the Karen Refugees of Burma, a short-film documentary about Burma's Karen people, which is a politically sensitive subject in Thailand. Also, there's Iceblock Cometh, which follows the short life of a block of ice in Cambodia.
The Star-Bulletin offers a top 10 Asian films at the festival, by LoveHKFilm's Sanjuro.
- Welcome to Dongmakol -- Director Park Kwang-hyeon makes a stunning debut.
- Initial D -- Pop singer Jay Chou is Takumi Fujiwara, a tofu-delivery-boy-turned-accidental-god-of-illegal-street-racing.
- A Bittersweet Life -- Lee Byung-hun plays a hard-boiled gangster who glimpses a better life.
- Kamikaze Girls -- Cross the American road movie aesthetic of Thelma and Louise with the Japanese bubblegum pop of Cutie Honey and you'll have some idea of what this movie is all about.
- Crying Fist -- The traditional underdog boxing flick gets a Korean facelift in this genre-busting box-office hit about two men searching for a little redemption.
- Shutter -- With the glut of Asian horror movies ripping off Ringu and Ju-on, it's nice to see some fresh blood in the genre.
- Sad Movie -- Another highly-anticipated Korean film, the one makes its world premiere at the festival.
- Dumplings -- Miriam Yeung plays a washed-up actress on the prowl for some pricey dumplings that are said to possess the power to restore a woman's youth. But vanity has its price.
- Princess Raccoon -- Ziyi Zhang plays a raccoon spirit who falls in love with an exiled prince (Joe Odagiri). True to Suzuki's previous work, Princess Raccoon is a love-it-or-hate-it affair but, at the very least, this deliriously silly Technicolor musical should prove memorable.
- Kekexili: Mountain Patrol -- Based on a true story, the film focuses on a Beijing journalist traveling with a mountain patrol as they try to nab some poachers amidst the countryside's unforgiving terrain.
- An Evening with Zhang Yimou.
- A screening of State of Mind, a documentary on North Korean gymnasts.
- Godzilla: Final Wars.
- Special Focus on Toei Film Studios, a retrospective that includes The White Snake Enchantress, Galaxy Express 999, Red Peony Gambler: Flower Cards Match, The Mad Fox and Kinji Fukasaku's Street Mobster and his Shogun's Samurai, which will feature an appearance by festival guest Sonny Chiba.
(Cross-published at Rotten Tomatoes)