吴清源 | The Go Master

The Go Master

The latest film from celebrated Fifth Generation director Tian Zhuangzhuang, The Go Master shines a light on the life and times of Wu Qingyuan. Better know by his Japanese name Go Seigen, Wu is considered the greatest Go player of the 20th century, his talents bringing him from his native China to a professional career in Japan when he was only a teenager. Based on Wu’s autobiography, this elegantly shot and remarkably restrained biopic follows the life of a singular figure, fascinating not only for his genius and achievements in the game of Go, but also for his unique experiences as a Chinese man in Japan during an immensely turbulent period in history. With the breakout of the Sino-Japanese War in the 1930s, Wu Qingyuan and his family are thrown into an uncomfortable and dangerous position as Chinese nationals residing in Japan. While Wu’s family returns to China, he chooses to stay behind in his adopted country to continue to pursue the game of Go. In the quiet recluse of his school, there are no politics, only the singular dedication to his art and the love for his wife Kazuko. However, the chaos of the times eventually forces him out of his enclave, throwing his life and mind into conflict. Wu joins a cult in a sober pursuit of faith and his own ongoing battle to come to terms with himself.

Directed by Zhuangzhuang Tian | Starring : Chen Chang, Sylvia Chang, Xuejian Li, Ayumi Ito, Yi Huang | Presented at New York Film Festival, Rome Film Festival, Hong Kong Film Festival, Ankara Film Festival, Shanghai Film Festival, Bangkok Film Festival, Cinemanila Film Festival

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桃色 | Colour Blossoms

Color Blossoms

A visually stunning reflection on lustful desire, Yonfan’s Colour Blossoms tells the story of Meili, a realtor, who visits a mansion after being asked to sell it. There, she meets the mysterious Madame Umeki, and finds herself caught up in irresistible physical desires that transcend time and space. Geiko Matsuzaka from Japan, Teresa Chung from Hong Kong, and Ha Risoo from Korea explore a dreamy world of sex and passion.

Directed by Yonfan | Starring : Teresa Cheung, Keiko Matsuzaka, Ri-su Ha, Carl Ng, Sho Yokouchi | Presented at Berlin Film Festival, Hong Kong Film Festival, Rio de Janeiro Film Festival, Cinemanila Film Festival, Pusan Film Festival