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16:13 - 25th February 2013, by David West

Pan-Asia Film Festival Returns From 6 To 17 March

Asia House has revealed the full line-up for the 2013 Pan-Asia Film Festival, running in London in March.

In addition to the five film's revealed in January, the rest of the line up contains the following:

Gf*Bf*, Taiwan
The opening night movie will be this romantic love triangle from Taiwan, set against the backdrop of the pro-democracy movement. Three high school friends, Mabel (Gwei Lun-mei), Aaron (Rhydian Vaughan) and Liam (Joseph Chang), become activists, calling for the end of martial law. But protest is illegal and being gay in punishable with imprisonment - which presents a dilemma for Liam who is smitten with Aaron.

Outrage Beyond, Japan
Takeshi Kitano is back for more mobster mayhem. Police detective Kataoka (Fumiyo Kohinata) hopes that by pitting the Sanno and Hanabishi yakuza clans against each other, they will both be wiped out. To this end, he has Hanabishi member Otomo (Takeshi Kitano) released from prison, but Kataoka has not reckoned with Otomo's capacity for wreaking havoc.

The Reluctant Fundamentalist, India/Pakistan/USA
Mira Nair's drama looks at Changez Khan, a young Pakistani man living in New York who experiences an intense identity crisis about his whole life in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. Returning to Lahore, Changez is accused by the CIA of being involved in the kidnapping of an American academic. The cast includes Riz Ahmed, Liev Schreiber and Kate Hudson.

The King Of Pigs, South Korea
Yeon Sang-ho's brutal animated feature is quickly becoming a favourite of the festival circuit. The film follows the hard lives of a group of school kids dealing with bullies and beatings that will leave them with psychological scars that will last a lifetime.

The Revolutionary, USA
A documentary about the life of Sidney Rittenberg, an American who become friends with Chairman Mao and joined the Chinese Communist Party, only to end up imprisoned in China for over a decade for failing to toe the party line.

Material, South Africa/UK
Cassim is a young Muslim living in Johannesburg. He works in his father's fabric shop but he secretly dreams to try his luck at stand-up comedy. Knowing his father will disapprove, Cassim decides to try to chase his dream while keeping it a secret from his family. The movie was a smash hit in South Africa in 2012.

The Pan-Asia Film Festival runs from 6 March to 17 March 2013 at venues throughout London, followed by select screenings in Glasgow, Leeds and Brighton.

For venues and screening times visit the Asia House website.

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