Valley of Saints

On Friday, the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival offered up a sneak peek at some of the films that will be screening at this year’s festival. The full festival lineup, including the Opening Night Gala film, will be announced until October 9, 2012. In the meantime, here is a small taste of this year’s selections:

Valley of Saints
Director Musa Syeed | Kashmir/USA 2012 | 82 min | Toronto Premiere | Director in Attendance
Upon the beautiful but troubled Dal Lake in Kashmir, a young boatman’s world is opened up by a visiting scientist in this lyrical drama about friendship, family and home. Winner of two Sundance awards.

Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings
Director Tadashi Nakamura | USA 2012 | 60:00 | Canadian Premiere | Director in Attendance
Jake Shimabukuro plays the ukulele but not like anything ever seen or heard before in this rock documentary on the pioneering Hawaiian ukulele virtuoso who propelled this simple four-string instrument to dazzling heights.

Cold Steel
Director David Wu | China/Hong Kong 2011 | 101:00 | Toronto Premiere | Director in Attendance
Bullets fly, swords are drawn and enemies slashed in John Woo’s longtime collaborator David Wu’s historical film that recalls the energy and glory of classic 1980s Hong Kong action films. Starring Tony Leung Ka Fai.

A Fish
Director Park Hong Min | South Korea 2011 | 100:00 | Toronto Premiere | Director in Attendance
A professor traces rumours revealing his wife has become a possessed shaman in this mesmerizing exploration of the spirit world. A Fish is Reel Asian’s first 3D film presentation.

10 + 10
Omnibus | Taiwan 2011 | 115:00 | Toronto Premiere
Commissioned by the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival, twenty of Taiwan’s top young and veteran directors each direct five-minute shorts to highlight the uniqueness of Taiwan. The resulting stories are a multifaceted panorama of Taiwanese society ranging from thriller to silent cinema to dark comedy. Including work by Hou Hsiao-hsien, Arvin Chen and Chang Tso-chi.