The 12th annual Cinemanila International Film Festival is running just five days this year, from December 1 to 5, but there's a killer of around 100 movies that includes Wisit Sasarantieng's The Red Eagle and Iron Pussy: A Kimchi Affair, which is part of the Camellia Pan-Asian trilogy of Busan-set romances.
The Red Eagle is part of the World Cinema program that also includes Ekachai Uekrongtham's Singporean romantic comedy The Wedding Game, as well as such films as Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Reign of Assassins and A Prophet.
Camellia, also featuring segments by Joon-Hwan Jang and Isao Yukisada, is part of the Mabuay, Mr. Kim!: Focus on Korean Cinema, in tribute to the Pusan International Film Festival's retiring director, Kim Dong-ho. The program also includes such films as Thirst by Park Chan-wook, Bong Joon-ho's Mother and Im Sang-soo's The Housemaid
There's a SEA Cinema line-up that comprises Ang Damgo ni Eleuteria by Remton Siega Zuasola and Halaw Sheron Dayoc from the Philippines, Red Dragonflies by Liao Jiekai from Singapore, Sunday Morning in Victoria Park by Lola Amaria from Indonesia and The Tiger Factory by Woo Ming Jin Year Without A Summer by Tan Chui Mui from Malaysia.
In observance of 20 years of the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema, NETPAC Award-winning films to be screened are Animal Town by Kyu-hwan Jeon (South Korea), Au Revoir, Taipei by Arvin Chen (Taiwan), Divine Intervention by Elia Suleiman (Palestine), Floating Lives by Nguyen Panh Quang Binh (Vietnam) and Kaleldo by Brillante Mendoza and Pila Balde by Jeffrey Jeturian (Philippines).
The fest opens with the Taiwanese comedy about Filipino migrant workers Pinoy Sunday by Wing Ding Ho and closes with Amigo, veteran U.S. indie director John Sayles' look at the Philippine-American war of 1800-1902.