The only festival of contemporary Asian cinema in Finland, Helsinki Cine Aasia, will take place again from 14th to 17th March 2019. The festival offers the most talked about and the most viewed, the most sparkling and the most subtle films of the moment from East and Southeast Asia, and opens a window to current Asian film culture.
A varied and high-quality selection of films has been carefully chosen for the Helsinki Cine Aasia programme from the most important Asian film festivals and through direct contacts in Asia.
In preparation for the programming of this year’s festival, the festival committee went to Busan International Film Festival in South Korea, to Japan to Tokyo International Film Festival and Tokyo FilmEx and to the Berlin International Film Festival Berlinale 2018.
In order to tune into the atmosphere of Asian cinema, teasers from the programme will be announced once a week on the festival’s Facebook page. The full festival programme will be announced on Tuesday 26th February 2019, and tickets go on sale on Thursday 28th February 2019.
The first film to be unveiled from the Helsinki Cine Aasia 2019 programme is One Cut of the Dead (Kamera o tomeru na!, 2017), the Japanese director Shinichiro Ueda’s unique zombie comedy. A clever metafilm about making a zombie film has been a box office hit in Japan, and also won over the hearts of film critics. The film begins with the shooting of a low-budget zombie film. Before long, actual zombies start showing up, and things take a wilder turn.