A Barefoot Dream (Maen-bal-eui Ggoom)
<center></center> Directed by KIM Tae-kyun | SOUTH KOREA | 2010 | 121min | Subtitled A BAREFOOT DREAM (2010) is based on a true story and chronicles a previously successful soccer player and his role in creating the first East Timor Youth National Football (soccer) Team. Once a hapless man with big ideas but no motivation to finish them, Kim Won-kwang (Park Hie-sun) decides to move to East Timor to invest in a get rich quick scheme, but in due time, he realizes there is little opportunity there to thrive. Dejected, he scrambles for an idea, and upon seeing Timor’s love for football, opens a sports store. He enlists the help of the Timoran youth to advertise shoes in exchange for monthly pay, initially using the kids for his own interest. However, the more time he spends collecting money from the kids, the more attached he becomes, causing him to reexamine his motives. This is South Korea’s Foreign Language Academy submission. - Julia Speace
Fire of Conscience
<center></center> Directed by Dante Lam | HONG KONG | 2010 | 106min | Subtitled A prostitute’s murder brings dedicated but reckless street cop Manfred into an unlikely collaboration with Kee, an opportunistic inspector from the Narcotics Bureau. Their investigation leads them to a backroom arms deal, which turns into a deadly battleground with tossed grenades and blasting AK-47s. Amid the ensuing PR backlash of police and civilian casualties, things are further complicated when DNA evidence points to Cheung-On, one of Manfred’s trusted officers, as a prime suspect in the murder, and a corruption investigation threatens to pin Manfred in a trap of disgrace and ruin. Shooting in some of Hong Kong’s busiest areas, Lam and Kar-Lok bring a gritty urgency to their gunplay and stunt-filled chases that are crafted with the precision of a Rube Goldberg machine. Fire of Conscience is one of the loudest action films in recent memory, with an orchestra of exploding grenades and machine gun rounds that threaten to overload a cinema’s speakers. - Colin Geddes - Abridged from Toronto International Film Festival
<center></center> Directed by PARK Soo-young | SOUTH KOREA | 2010 | 90min | Subtitled US PREMIERE In Park Soo-young’s (FANTASTIC PARASUICIDES) latest suspense drama NO DOUBT, a small Korean village outside of Gyeonggi-do is up in arms when a popular young girl goes missing. At the same time, Sejin (Lee Jeong-jin) moves into town with his mother and sister to open a bike shop. Hoping to live in quiet obscurity, Se-jin cannot escape the ensuing hysteria surrounding the missing child. In examining the ways in which people make assumptions in their search for answers, NO DOUBT leaves room for discussion—and for doubt.
Patisserie (Coin de rue)
<center></center> Directed by Yoshihiro Fukagawa | JAPAN | 2010 | 115min | Subtitled WORLD PREMIERE Yoshihiro Fukagawa’s newest film, PATISSERIE COIN de RUE, is a story of introspect and soul-searching, both on the parts of the viewer and characters. When Tomura (Yosuki Eguchi) vanishes from the upper echelon of the pastry circuit in Japan, people are befuddled as to where he went, and why. Living a quiet life as a lecturer to confectionary students in Tokyo, Tomura figures that he is home free. That is until he is “discovered” by the young daughter (Yu Aoi) of a cake-baker, who, on a whim, decided to leave her home to follow her boyfriend to the big city. When she becomes an apprentice at a small but well-esteemed bakery, she makes it her duty to try and bring Tomura back into the proverbial pastry ring.
Red Light Revolution
<center></center> Directed by Sam Voutas | CHINA / AUSTRALIA | 2010 | 91min | Subtitled | (Q&A) US PREMIERE Watch Movie Trailer Who’da thunkit, a Chinese sex comedy? Well, as this film is quick to point out, in a country of 1.3 billion people no nation is more actively involved in sex than the Chinese. RED LIGHT REVOLUTION follows the comic misadventures of a chubby cuckolded ne’erdo- well cab driver who loses his job and his wife on the same day and finds that his only possible future is that of a proprietor of a neighborhood sex shop. The humor of this film erupts from the interaction of the wacky patrons’ reactions to the shop’s existence—a wild array of dismay, disgust and delight! This feature has a more than a gentle nod to French films (think Veber), American indie pop music and crass infomercial marketing, giving us a comedy in which traditional Chinese culture comes to grips with the allure of external influences and changing values. - Joe Palladino
The Knot (Musubime)
<center></center> Directed by Yuichi Onuma | JAPAN | 2010 | 91min | Subtitled | (Q&A) | *Adult Situations* US PREMIERE We are often bound to the past, but how do we break free so we can live our lives? In the middle of a passionless marriage to a well-meaning yet doltish husband (Masaki Miura), housewife Ayako (Mukku Akazawa) lives a mundane existence that includes taking care of her father-in-law (Koichi Ueda), an elderly man suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Resigned to her fate, a trip to the local laundry throws all of this into a tangled mess when she finds that the proprietor is her former high school teacher and first lover Keisuke (Junichi Kawamoto), who is also married. Upon his inadvertent reunification with Ayako, the sadly stoic Keisuke comes to life and vows to fulfill a promise made via a knotted red ribbon that signified their forbidden love. THE KNOT not only examines what occurred in the past, but how the past affects the present and the future.