Eatmybrains were lucky enough to attend the opening night of Firecracker's amazing Showcase earlier this week (with free wine and dim-sum!), and were blown away by the screening of Huo Jianqi's Chinese hit Nuan, which was followed by a great Q&A with the director who had flown over especially for the night (thank Fed-Ex sponsors for their help there...)
There's still nine more days to go for the festival, with well in excess on 30 more films still to be screened - most of them UK Premieres – over four separate London venues.
Covering a whole genre of movies from thrillers to kung fu epics to love stories and cult oddities, the festival is guaranteed to contain something for everyone, whether it be a brand new Asian classic, or the chance to catch a neglected gem on the big screen.
Highlights include Sth Korean movie A Bittersweet Life, Hayao Miyazaki’s Howl’s Moving Castle , Kim Ki-duk’s Samaritan Girl, The Bodyguard (directed by Ong-Bak’s co-star, Petchtai Wonghamlau), the first Thai Zombie movie experience Sars Wars and an all-night Sonny Chiba Triple Bill.
As well as the full festival listings below, there will also be Firecracker Nite Movies, four pre-midnight screenings of Premonition, Sars Wars, Say Yes and Gagamboy at the Gate in Notting Hill on Fri 9th, Sat 10th, Fri 16th and Sat 17th repesctively.
Fri Sept 16th 4:00pm Genesis - Master of Everything 4:30pm Curzon Mayfair - La Visa Loca 6:30pm Curzon Mayfair - A West Lake Moment 7:00pm Genesis - Two Great Sheep 9:00pm Genesis - Gangster
Sat Sept 17th 2:00pm Curzon Mayfair – Life Show 2:00pm Genesis - Magdalena 4:00pm Genesis – Sepet 4:00pm Curzon Mayfair - Sword in the Moon 6:30pm Curzon Mayfair - The Parking Attendant in July 7:30pm Genesis – with free beer courtesy of Cobra!
CLOSING FILM - Crying Fist
Sun Sept 18th 12:00pm Curzon Mayfair – Firecracker Documentary Triple Bill:
Singapore Gaga, The Big Durian, Imelda 4:30pm Curzon Mayfair – Lost in Wu Song 6:45pm Curzon Mayfair - Gangster
Tickets must be purchased direct from the relevant venue, either in person at the box office, over the phone or at the cinema websites (tickets are now available through all cinema websites!)