(KTSF by Sean Au)
The 22nd Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose will showcase 157 films beginning Feb 28
In 1988, Aung San Suu Kyi returned from Oxford in Great Britain to Myanmar (Burma) to see her sick mother, but became entangled in the people’s strive for democracy. Despite leading the National League for Democracy to a resounding victory in the polls, the military government did not hand over power to the people. Aung San Suu Kyi was placed under house arrest for the next fifteen years. Michelle Yeoh plays Aung San Suu Kyi under the direction of French director Luc Besson. This Franco-British co-production, THE LADY, will kick off this year’s film festival.
Jiang Wen’s LET THE BULLETS FLY has been adapted from a Chinese novel. The bandit played by Jiang Wen kidnaps the governor Ge You, and fights over territorial control with local mobster played by Chow Yun Fat. This comedy is filmed with the aesthetics of a western.
Cinequest collaborates with Beijing’s RDFZ, China’s leading high school to produce PAST SUMMER. Directed by two Chinese students, the film tells the story of two girls in the city.
Siok Tan’s TWITTAMENTARY from Singapore, is billed as a cross country road trip with tweeting.
Cinequest Film Festival will be held from February 28 to March 11.