What’s coming? The coolest thing ever – a film festival Hope got to help program. And it is too nutty!
Asia Extreme opens at the Gateway Film Center next Thursday, August 8 and runs through the following Tuesday (8/13). Expect showers of blood, technology ghosts, regular ghosts, ass kicking, face kicking, face sliting, demonic cats, and vengeance. Oh, so much vengeance.
Some highlights include the Park Chan-wook’s full Vengeance Trilogy, in one location for one low price. See Oldboy as it was meant to be seen before the American version potentially ruins it. Truth be told, Spike Lee’s trailer looks pretty good. Still, the original’s a surefire weirdfest that may kill your soul just a little.
Another insane set of three: Kim Jee-Woon’s I Saw the Devil, Doomsday Book (in its Midwest premier) and A Tale of Two Sisters. A punishing director with tremendous visual flair and subversive humor, Jee-Woon work is meant to be enjoyed on a big screen.
Another two from Joon-ho Bong – the riveting drama of Mother (voted Best Foreign Language Film by the Central Ohio Film Critics Association in 2011), and the spectacular creature feature The Host – will keep you wildly entertained.
There’s more, including the Asian originals of Hollywood flicks you know and may love: Ringu, Shutter, Ju-On: The Grudge, and Pulse. Plus action and Sci-Fi to rip your flesh off, like the infamous Battle Royale, Election, BKO: Bangkok Knockout, and the fascinatingly titled This Girl Is Bad-Ass (in its Ohio premier, no less).
And more! Seriously, there are like another dozen movies I haven’t even mentioned! Who’s geeked?!
So, obviously, go. Do it! How could you not?!!
Thursday, August 8
7:30 PM BLOOD C: THE LAST DARK (2012) – US Theatrical Premiere!
10:30 PM BATTLE ROYALE (2000)
12:00 AM HOUSE (1977)
Friday, August 9
1:30 PM MOTHER (2009)
Three films from legendary director Kim Jee-Woon:
4:30 PM I SAW THE DEVIL (2010)
7:30 PM DOOMSDAY BOOK (2012) – Midwest Premiere!
10:30 PM A TALE OF TWO SISTERS (2003) – First Ohio Theatrical Screening!
12:00 AM THE HOST (2006)
Saturday, August 10
1:30 PM RINGU (1998)
4:30 PM JU-ON: THE GRUDGE (2002)
7:30 PM HORROR STORIES (2013) – US Theatrical Premiere!
10:30 PM IP MAN: THE FINAL FIGHT (2013)
12:00 AM THE SLIT MOUTHED WOMAN (2006)
Sunday, August 11
The Vengeance Trilogy – First combined theatrical screening in Columbus! Patrons can see SYMPATHY FOR MR. VENGEANCE, OLDBOY, and LADY VENGEANCE at normal prices or all three for $15!
1:30 PM SYMPATHY FOR MR. VENGEANCE (2002)
4:30 PM OLDBOY (2003)
7:30 PM LADY VENGEANCE (2006)
10:30 PM THE RED SHOES (2006) – Columbus Premiere Screening!
Monday, August 12
1:30 PM PULSE (2001)
4:30 PM SHUTTER (2004)
7:30 PM BKO: BANGKOK KNOCKOUT (2010) – Ohio Premiere!
10:30 PM THIS GIRL IS BAD-ASS!! (2012) – Ohio Premiere!
Tuesday, August 13
1:30 PM ELECTION (2005)
The Ghost School Trilogy – First combined screening in the Midwest! Patrons can see WHISPERING CORRIDORS, MEMENTO MORI, and WISHING STAIRS at normal prices or all three for $15!
4:30 PM WHISPERING CORRIDORS (1998)
7:30 PM MEMENTO MORI (1999)
10:30 PM WISHING STAIRS (2003) – Closing Night Screening!