Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Fantasia Festival - Montreal 2009

This year's Fantasia Festival was lot of fun. Every year I say the festival was a lot of fun. We've been attending Fantasia for several years so to say this every year is a tribute to the people who plan the festival. The fun actually begins when the film line up is announced. We spend a couple of days reading about the movie selections then listing the movies each of us wants to see. We were lucky this year as both our first choices played on the same day. One screened in the early afternoon the other at night so we picked two other movies to watch in between.

A great fantasy art festival poster. The festival is held at Concordia University and people line up early for the movies.

Festival banner over Maisonneuve Blvd West. Most movies are shown in two theaters across the street from each other. We often leave one movie and hurry across Maisonneuve to stand in line for our next screening.

My first film choice was the 2009 South Korean movie by Park Chan-wook , Thirst. Above is the original post which was considered too risque/blasphemous.

Sanctioned Thirst poster with the relection of Concordia's Hall Theater lobby. Song Kang-ho was very good as the vampire priest. The movie was a little long or maybe seemed so as it was the fourth movie of the day for us. It switched back and forth between comedy and drama but that didn't lessen my enjoyment of the movie. Sympathy for Lady Vengeance is still my favorite Park movie with Thirst a close second.

The royal women of Queens of Langkasuka dressed for battle. The costumes in the movie were wonderful.

The poster for the Thai 2008 movie, Queens of Langkasuka, directed by Nonzee Nimibutr. This entertaining, action-packed historical film was my husband's first choice and his favorite at this year's festival.

This 2008 Korean independent film, Daytime Drinking, was made for very little money. Written and directed by Noh Young-seok it had a good script, a good director and good actors. Very enjoyable and I hope to see more movies from the talented Noh.

Another version of the poster for Daytime Drinking.

The Japanese poster for Dream written and directed by Kim Ki-duk.

The Korean poster for this 2008 movie with Japanese star Joe Odigiri and Korean actress Lee Na-yeong was visually beautiful. The storyline was interesting and clever but not entirely successful to this viewer. Previously I'd watched the DVD so seeing the movie on the big screen was entertaining as the sets were so stunning.


YTSL said...

Hi sbk --

Interesting re SYMPATHY FOR LADY VENGEANCE being your favorite Park Chan-wook film. I think mine remains the first of his works I saw: JOINT SECURITY AREA.

And you can tell your husband if you like that QUEENS OF LANGKASUKA would have been my top choice of film to view too of those that you saw! ;b

Did you see any Hong Kong movies at the Fantasia Fest? (I thought there'd be lots to catch your fancy since wasn't there a special Hong Kong section this year on account of it being the 100th year of Hong Kong cinema?)

Glenn, kenixfan said...

Wow, I'm curious about that Queens film. I saw the director's Nang Nak on a whim when I first got a DVD player and then watched Jan Dara (mainly due to the presence of Christy Chung) a few times. I thought that that film had great production values and a really, downbeat story.

I too preferred Lady Vengeance to Old Boy for some reason, though I've only seen both one time each and I have yet to see Mr. Vengeance since I heard it was weak.

sbk said...

Hi ytsl,

Thanks for your comments. My husband said QUEENS OF LANGKASUKA was "by far" his first choice this year. He also saw IP MAN while I watched DAYTIME DRINKING (he felt this movie wouldn't have enough of a storyline or action for him.)

The 100 Years of Hong Kong Cinema consisted of six movies, three of which I'd seen. The other three were shown on different weekdays when I couldn't go because of work commitments. I envy your living in Hong Kong and not having to travel to see Hong Kong movies!

sbk said...

Hi Glenn,

I think you would like the Queens movie as the story is good and not a downer plus there's lots of action.

I'm not a big fan of Old Boy. I watched it once and don't care to see it again. I wouldn't describe Mr. Vengeance as weak but it's a lesser work of Park's. It's a solid movie and if it weren't a Park Chan-wook film I think would be considered differently.