Thursday, March 31, 2005

The Overture in San Francisco

There's only one Thai film at the 48th San Francisco International Film Festival. It's The Overture, by Itthi-sunthorn Wichailak, and much lauded by Thailand's awards bestowers.

Malaysia has a bigger presence. In addition to the epic Princess of Mount Ledang, there are several other Malaysian films and presentations on the state of cinema in that Southeast Asian country.

Takeshi Miike's Izo will be shown. It is "another cavalcade of carnage ... [the] story of an immortal samurai who cannot stop killing. Careening through time and space, this violent spectacle will leave viewers reeling."

More Miike is one the way in Three . . . Extremes, a horror trilogy that Miike shares with Park Chan-Wook and Fruit Chan.

(Cross-published at Rotten Tomatoes)

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