8th Kyoto HISTORICA International Film Festival

Date: 2 – 13 November 2016

Location: Kyoto (The Museum of Kyoto)

Guest: Roger Garcia, Shobu Yarlagadda, Masato Harada, Tetsuo Harada

Screening: The Golden Era, The Grandmaster, Baahubali: The Beginning, Kakekomi, The Tiger

Partners: Kyoto HISTORICA International Film Festival

Asian Cinerama was a flagship film screening series of the AFA Academy with the objective of bringing Asian films that have rarely or never been seen by certain regional audiences. In 2016, the Academy presented several premiere screenings of Asian films at the Kyoto HISTORICA International Film Festival (KHIFF, Japan, November 2 to 13, 2016).

With the KHIFF, Asian Cinerama had a successful Opening with a presentation of AFA-winning films The Golden Era (dir. Ann Hui) and The Grandmaster (dir. Wong Kar-wai). There were altogether five commercially and critically successful Asian period films brought by the AFA Academy to illustrate the important role of the period film genre and the changing styles of period films with the rapid advancement of filmmaking techniques and technologies. Guests that attended the KHIFF in the past includes Palme d’Or nominated MIIKE Takashi (Hara-kiri: Death of a Samurai, Straw Shield) and Golden Lion nominated OSHII Mamoru (Ghost in the Shell, The Sky Crawlers).

Other Asian Cinerama
Kuala Lumpur 7 Hong Kong films were premiered in Malaysia. Including the Asian premiere of director Keian Chui’s REMEMBER WHAT I FORGOT.
Jakarta Six Hong Kong films were shown in Indonesia. Showcase the rich and vibrant creativity of contemporary movies produced out of Hong Kong.
Hong Kong Both opening and closing films of Asian Cinerama, Hokusai and Waiting for My Cup of Tea, made their Hong Kong premiere at the programme.
Warsaw The best film of the 15th Asian Film Awards "Wife of a Spy" had its grand premiere in Warsaw, and director Kiyoshi Kurosawa also participated in the online sharing session.
Toronto For the first time, Asian Cinerama was held in Toronto, allowing local audiences to watch different styles of Asian films.
Hawaii Over thousand audiences watched different Asian films through Asian Cinerama in Hawaii.
Hong Kong We were grateful to see a full house for opening film Longman Leung’s Anita screening.
Helsinki The programme is opened with Berlin Grand Jury Prize winner, Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy!
Warsaw Five excellence Asian filmmakers had joined the interview from Warsaw Five Flavours Asian Film Festival and shown their films!
Hong Kong The programme is opened with Wet Season by a Singaporean director Anthony CHEN. He also join the after-screening sharing session!