Season III Directors’ BIOS (in order of their films screenings dates)
Sept 17 – SORI: VOICE FROM THE HEART
Director: Lee Ho-jae
Born in 1971, Lee Ho-jae received his B.A. in Film from the ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, California, where he directed a short film Absolute Pitch (2003), a stock market thriller that sold 1.5 million admissions. In the years following he directed a short film Vertical Limit (2010) and also was one of the writers on Lee Won-suk’s romantic comedy How to Use Buys with Secret Tips (2013). Sori: Voice from the Heart is his second feature.
2009 – The Scam
2015 – Sori: Voice from the Heart
Sept 21 – WEEDS ON FIRE
Director: Steve Chan Chi-fat
Chan Chi-fat graduated in Communication – Cinema and Television from Hong Kong Baptist University in 2012. During his study, he was an editor and animator for music videos, music concerts and TV commercials. Weeds on Fire (2016) is his first feature.
Sept 25 – HAMOG (Haze)
Director: Ralston G. Jover was born on November 17, 1965 in Manila, Philippines. Before working as a TV & film screenwriter and documentarian, he obtained a Bachelor’s Science degree in Business Management from the Philippine School of Business Administration & the University of St. Tomas, Manila.
T E L E V I S I O N W O R K E X P E R I E N C E S
Worked for ABS-CBN & GMA 7 for 10 years as a contributing writer in various drama programs in the 80’s to the 90’s ( Ipaglaban Mo, Maricel Drama, GMA Telesine, Spirits fantaserye, Mahiwagang Baul etc)
Worked as a member of the Creative Monitoring Team of ABS-CBN programs assessment & evaluation, from 2002 to 2005;
Worked as a segment producer for the reality show, “Extreme Makeover Home Edition” for TV5 in 2008;
Worked as segment producer for Wish Ko lang ( 2 episodes only) for GMA 7 in 2009;
Currently working as a contractual brainstormer for the comedy program “Ismol Family” GMA 7 prime time Sunday; also as a contributing/freelance writer for Karelasyon & Wagas for GMA Public Affairs programs;
F I L M O G R A P H Y
Ralston G. Jover, writer & director.
He studied filmmaking with screenwriting as major at the Mowelfund Film Institute in Manila. He has worked for television stations and film outfits in Manila as a screen writer for the past 16 years.
In 2006, he wrote his very first screenplay, the award-winning- film, Kubrador by Jeffrey Jeturian. The first & only Filipino film to tackle the gambling menace of jueteng and how corruption creeps through the decaying Filipino culture;
In 2008, he made his first creative documentary entitled, Marlon about a blind boy who wants to go to school despite his mother’s order and the national suspension of classes because of an impending coup d’ etat attempt against the Arroyo Government. It won best documentary in the Cinemanila International Film Festival;
In 2009, he made his debut film, Bakal Boys (Children Metal Divers). It’s about the dangerous occupation of slum children engaging in diving for scrap metals in the ship yard-coastal-community of Baseco Compound, Manila. It went to several European and North American Film Festival and won accolades;
In 2010, he attended the Busan Film Festival’s Asian Project market (APM) and pitched his selected film project, Dog Show among film programmers, agents and funders from all over the world;
In 2012 he received a full scholarship from the Torino Film Lab Script & Pitch programme that held in-depth & extensive film workshops & pitching sessions at various locations (Sweden, France & Italy), from March to November 2012;
In the same year, he was invited in the Cannes Film Festival’s L’Atelier Meetings where pitch his film project, The Dog Show in a select group of European producers, distributors and agents;
In 2013 he finished his 4-year-old film project, Dog Show with funding support from Germany & a Phil Production Company.
In 2015, his latest screenplay, Children’s Show won the GRAND JURY PRIZE FOR ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY in the Fantastic Film Festival of the Film Society of Little Rock in Arkansas, USA: . It’s about the illegal and brutal fight club among children in Tondo, Manila.
He writes for TV specials, and gives lectures on screen writing & directing to various colleges & cineaste groups all around the Philippines.
A W A R D S
_2016 Best Film & Best Screenplay Awards for Da Dog Show from the Young Critics Circle of the Philippines
_NCCA Ani ng Dangal awardee in 2016 for the screenplay of Children Show;
_6th Indie Bravo Award of Distinction for the screenplay of Children’s Show;
_Jury Prize from the Cinema One Originals Film Festivals 2016 for HAMOG;
_Grand Jury Prize for Best Screenplay for Children Show, 2015 Fantastic Film Festival of the Film Society of Little Rock in Arkansas, USA.
Sept 30 – WONG KA YAN
Director: Benny Lau
Born in Hong Kong, Benny Lau wrote his first screenplay The wooden-man chamber of shaolin temple in 2007, which was selected as one of the projects of Pusan Promotion Plan. In 2008, Lau wrote and directed his debut short film Mr. Right, starring actor Patrick Tam and actress Isabel Chan. The film was selected and screened in Pusan International Film Festival, Hong Kong Asian Film Festival, and One Country One Film of Apchat International Film Festival in France.
In 2008, Lau wrote the screenplay of Wong Ka Yan, which was selected by Golden Horse Film Project Promotion in Taipei. Going through a long process of finding investors and suitable actors and actresses, the film was finally produced in 2014, six year after the screenplay was written, with Lau as the director and starring Wong You-nam and Karena Ng. Set in Ping Chau, a small island in Hong Kong, the film featured the touching story of a young man’s enduring search for his love.
Lau also wrote and directed his second short film, When Love Encounters, in 2013, starring Timothy Cheng and Kandy Wong. The film was selected and screened in Hong Kong Asian Film Festival and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Lau has an intuitive love for writing ever since he was young. He began his career in Commercial Radio Hong Kong in 1990s as program host and producer, during which he wrote and produced a number of well-received radio dramas. He has also been widely recognized as the pioneer who first introduced Korean popular culture to Hong Kong. He later joined “Stellar International Company”, found by the well-known international filmmaker Terence Chang and famous actress Michelle Yeoh, as house director and writer in 2007, during which he wrote his first screenplay The wooden-man chamber of shaolin temple.
Oct 5 - PATHS OF THE SOUL
Director: Zhang Yang
Zhang Yang is a Chinese film director, screenwriter, and occasional actor. He studied Chinese literature in Beijing, where he later moved to the Central Academy of Drama from where he graduated in 1992.
His first film Spicy Love Soup opened in Competition at Tokyo IFF. Followed Shower a realistic gaze at contemporary Beijing, that achieved great recognition internationally as well as in China, where it was successfully distributed. Followed Quitting. There Zhang Yang gets even closer to reality: the film fictionalise and re-enact the real life of the main actor Jia Hongsheng, his struggle with drug addiction, his parents, fellow inmates in a mental institution, and Zhang Yang himself like the ensemble cast.
His next films, Sunflower, Getting Home, Full Circle, were romantic drama, road movie comedy or powerful drama that travelled internationally to many festivals and where distributed with great recognition in China. Paths of the Soul has been shot over the course of a year in Tibet and has been released in North America, in Japan and in China after touring in numerous festivals.
Soul on a String is his latest film.
Oct 9 – WHEN THE CURTAIN RISES
Director: Motohiro Katsuyuki
Born on July 13, 1965 in Marugame, Kagawa Prefecture, Motohiro Katsuyuki has directed TV dramas from 1992 onward. In 1996 he directed his first feature film, July 7th, Sunny Day. His break was the 1997 Bayside Shakedown cop-thriller TV series. A decade after his first big commercial success, Motohiro thought about quitting directing, but his encounter with playwright and Seinendan Theatre Trouple director Hirata Oriza turned him in a new direction. In 2010 Motohiro directed the play introduction to Drama (Engeki Nyumon.)
1998 – Bayside Shakedown: The Movie
2000 – Space Travelers
2003 – Baywide Shakedown 2
2005 – Summer Time Machine Blues
2008 – Shaolin Girl
2015 – Psycho-Pass: The Movie
2015 – When The Curtain Rises
Oct 12 – SITI
Director: Eddie Cahyono
Eddie Cahyono was born in Jogjakarta, Indonesia 1977. Graduated from the Television Department of Indonesian Institute of Art, Jogjakarta in 2007. He started to make a short film in 1998 and founded Fourcolours Films in 2001.
He directed a number of short film and some of them won numerous awards both at home and abroad as well as widespread critical acclaim such as Best Short Film in Indonesian Independent Film-Video Festival, Best Short Film in Bali International Film Festival and get nomination in Akira Kurosawa Short Film Competition 2007.
Diantara Masa Lalu dan Masa Sekarang (Between Past and Presents/2001),
Air Mata Surga (Tears of Heaven/2002), Bedjo Van Derlaak (2003), Untuk Perempuan (ForWoman/2005), Nyanyian Dari Surga (Song From Heaven/2006), Jalan Sepanjang Kenangan (A Ride Down Nostalgia Lane/2007).
(feature film): Cewek Saweran (2011), SITI (2015)
Oct 30 – THE WAILING
Director: Na Hong-jin
Na Hong-jin has gained international recognition with his feature film debut The Chaser (2008) and follow up: The Yellow Sea (2010). He realized his unique perspective and fully fleshed out the genre of “Korean noir” through his distinct visual style and bold touch. Relentless and sorrowful, The Wailing explores, in depth, humans who are instinctively roused and corrupted by an unknown being who can neither be defined as real nor imaginary, good nor evil.
The Wailing (2016)
69th Cannes Film Festival - Out of Competition
The Yellow Sea (2010)
64th Cannes Film Festival - Un Certain Regard 17th LA Film Fest - The Beyond
28th Filmfest München - Focus Far East
15th Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival - Best Director 60th Melbourne International Film Festival - Accent on Asia
7th Fantastic Fest - Official Selection
44th SITGES - International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia - Official Fantastic - Best Direction Award
The Chaser (2008)
61st Cannes Film Festival - Out of competition (Midnight Projections)
41st SITGES - International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia - Casa Àsia-Orient Express - Casa Àsia Award 12th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival - Screen International Critics’ Choice
31st Golden Film Festival - Best New Director
29th Oporto International Film Festival - Fantasporto - Orient Express - Special Jury Award 11th Deauville Asian Film Festival - Action Asia - Best Action Asia Film
27th Brussels International Festival of Fantastic Film - Thriller Competition - The Prize of the Best
Nov 9 – A FOOL
Director: Chen Jian-bin
Born June 27, 1970 in Urumqi, Xinjiang, China, Chen was 1994 graduate of China’s Central Academy of Drama – Acting Dept. and later on in 1998 he completed his master’s degree of the Central Academy of Drama. He started his acting career in the TV dramas and became very popular in several historical dramas namely: The Romance of Three Kingdoms; and Zheng Huan Zhuan. A Fool was his directorial debut. Chen was awarded both the Best Actor and Best New Director prizes for A Fool at the 2014 Golden Horse Awards in Taiwan. The film’s domestic and worldwide release was delayed when supporting actor Wang Xue-bing was arrested for drug possession -- adding an ironic twist to the movie’s message about morality.
Nov 13 – THE ACTOR
Director: Satoko Yokohama
Satoko Yokohama graduated from the Film School of Tokyo in 2004. She gathered attention for her independent debut film German Plus Rain (2007). In 2008, she directed her feature debut film Bare Essence of Life, which was selected for the Toronto International Film Festival and many other festivals. The film was highly acclaimed, with Kenichi Matsuyama winning the Best Actor at the Mainichi Film Awards.
Nov 30 – THE ASSASSIN
Director: Hou Hsiao-hsien
After studying film at the Taiwan National University of Arts, Hou Hsiao-hsien worked as an assistant director, notably for Li Hsing. In 1980, he directed his first feature, CUTE GIRL, which was a box office hit. In 1984, The Boys From Fengkuei further boosted his career. A winner at the Three Continents Festival, this semi-autobiographical tale marked his first collaboration with Chu Tien-Wen, who would become his regular screenwriter. Three highly personal films, largely inspired by his own life, followed: A Summer At Grandpa’s (1984); A Time To Live, A Time To Die (1985, FIPRESCI Award, Berlin International Film Festival), and Dust In The Wind (1986). In 1989, he won the Golden Lion in Venice for A City Of Sadness, a political drama that began a trilogy on the history of Taiwan, continuing with The Puppetmaster (1993, Jury Prize, Cannes Film Festival) and Good Men, Good Women (1995).
A co-writer on Taipei Story, directed by his compatriot Edward Yang, in which he played the lead role, and a producer on Zhang Yimou’s Raise The Red Lantern, in 1997 Hou Hsiao-hsien directed Goodbye South, Goodbye, a depiction of contemporary Taiwan, and the following year, Flowers Of Shanghai, an enchanting portrait of the world of 19th century courtesans. In 2001, his hypnotic Millenium Mambo revealed actress Shu Qi to the Western world. Café Lumiere (2003), a tribute to master filmmaker Ozu Yasujiro, was followed by Three Times (2005), an ambitious film about three love stories set in three different eras, and his sixth selection in Cannes.
Two years later, he directed the short film The Electric Princess House for the 60th anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival, working alongside 30 other major directors to create the collective work To Each His Own Cinema.
In 2008, Flight Of The Red Balloon - loosely inspired by Albert Lamorisse’s film, and starring Juliette Binoche - was presented at Cannes in Un Certain Regard.
The powerful and unique filmmaking of Hou Hsiao-hsien - a cineaste of fragments and memories, emotions and sensations - has garnered the attention of several documentary makers, including Olivier Assayas who shot HHH, A Portrait of Hou Hsiao -Hsien (2005), Todd McCarthy who enlisted him to speak about one of history’s legendary cinephiles in PIERRE RISSENT: HOMME DE CINEMA (2010), and Jia Zhang Ke, who filmed the director’s memories of the city of Shanghai and its upheavals in I Wish I Knew (2011).
2015 The Assassin
2011 10 +10 - ( “La Belle Epoque”)
2007 To Each His Own Cinema - (“The Electric Princess House”)
2007 Flight Of The Red Balloon
2005 Three Times
2003 Café Lumieré
2001 Millenium Mambo
1998 Flowers Of Shanghai
1996 Goodbye South, Goodbye
1995 Good Men, Good Women
1993 The Puppet Master
1989 A City Of Sadness
1987 Dust In The Wind
1987 Daughter Of The Nile
1985 The Time To Live And The Time To Die
Dec 4 – ROUND TRIP HEART
Director: Yuki Tanada
Yuki Tanada studied theater in high school and filmmaking at the Image Forum Institute of the Moving Image in Tokyo. She thought of giving up her dream to become a director, but was inspired by Jaco Van Dormael's 1991 drama Toto the Hero to continue. In 2000 she scripted, directed and starred in her first film, Moru. In 2008, she released the road movie One Million Yen Girl which earned critical acclaim. After a four-year break from film director to write fiction and direct for television, she returned to the big screen with the coming-of-age drama The Cowards Who Looked to the Sky, then followed by Mourning Recipe in 2013.
2013 Mourning Recipe
2010 The Cowards Who Looked to the Sky
2009 Ain't No Tomorrows
2008 One Million Yen Girl
2007 Sakuran (Screenplay)
2004 Moon & Cherry
2004 Takada Wataru – A Japanese Original