Any film goer would be highly anticipating the Terracotta 2014 lineup, with a spotlight on Indonesian movies last year with proved to be spot on as The Raid had become a hit at the same time. This year's spotlight is on the Phillipines cinema looking at the mainstream and indie sectors.
Friday 23rd May
20:40 On the Job
Dangerous inmates Tatang (Joel TORRE) and Daniel (Gerald ANDERSON) are granted temporary release from prison—but only to carry out traceless assassinations for crooked government officials before being returned to their cells. While Daniel seems to relish the violence, the older Tatang wants out; from the contract killings and from prison for good.
Saturday 24th May
Estela’s tomboy slacker routine is shaken when she is assigned a mentor. Senior Sales Agent Trevor (Felix ROCO) is smart, funny, and cute and the two quickly become close friends. Although Trevor is openly gay, Estela, ever the idealist, secretly falls in love with him.
Little Maximo Rooney (Arvy VIDUYA), bullied and ridiculed at school, arrives home one day to find two strangers hiding in his apartment. Small-time thief Nico (ROCO) and his cousin Lloyd are on the run after a bungled jewellery heist, with two corrupt detectives in hot pursuit. Although separated by age and background, Nico and Maximo become firm friends. But with a handful of black market diamonds at stake and cousin Lloyd becoming increasingly twitchy, all bets are off.
Sunday 25th May
A young girl (Ness ROQUE) searches for a way to disappear from a suffocating existence, from parents more concerned with drink and religion than their own daughter. Her silence and inertia slowly transform into violence and vengeance, spurred on by an unnatural presence in the surrounding forest.
A swerving bus and a single steel bar bring three strangers together, very literally. As a team of doctors work to extract the bar, the events that led each stranger to be on the bus that day are untangled through a series of flashbacks.
Tuesday 27th May
20:40 In Search of Weng Weng
Director Andrew Leavold, former owner of Australia’s largest cult video rental store, turns detective and investigates forgotten Filipino superstar and diminutive James Bond, Weng Weng.
Wednesday 28th May
An involving action drama, from influential Hong Kong director Dante LAM (THE BEAST STALKER, THE STOOL PIGEON), set in the world of competitive mixed martial arts. Disgraced ex-boxing champion, Scumbag Fai (Nick CHEUNG, ELECTION, EXILED) is chased out of Hong Kong by debt collectors. He starts afresh in Macau, where he meets two fellow life-beaten souls: struggling single mother Gwen (Mei TING), and Lin Si-Qi (Eddie
Thursday 29th May
20:45 Warrior King 2
Director Prachya PINKAEW and star Tony JAA bring their trademark daredevil stunts and action choreography once more to the big screen, this time joined by hip hop legend RZA (MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS) and female fighting sensation Jeeja YANIN (CHOCOLATE).
Friday 30th May
13:05 Remote Control
A coming-of-age story which traces the blurred lines between reality and fantasy in a young man’s world. Teenager Tsog (Baasandorj ENKHTAIVAN) moves from the country to a makeshift home in the city, where he becomes fixated on an older woman, Anya (Nergui BAYARMAA). Desperate for a connection, he steals a remote control and begins to manipulate her television—and perhaps more.
15:30 Forever Love
Energetic septuagenarian Liu Chi-sheng (LUNG Shao-hua) is confined to a hospital bed after a biking accident. Worried about his wife, who suffers from dementia, he tells his visiting granddaughter the incredible story of how they met.
18:25 Be My Baby
BE MY BABY traces the aftermath of a party attended by a group of drop-out twenty-somethings, all running into or away from flawed relationships. Rooms are dimly lit, floors strewn with trash, clothes grubby and unkempt; this is a gritty, smutty world populated by characters blithely caught up in a vortex of insecurity, betrayal, and manipulation.
A spurned wife seeks revenge against her adulterous husband. In a fit of rage, she grabs a knife and tries to castrate him. He fights her off, so instead she lashes out at her teenage son. Distraught and driven by guilt, the father explores desperate methods in order to help his maimed son.
Saturday 31st May
12:35 Chinese Zodiac
Ready to tackle any job, as long as the price is right, maverick treasure hunter JC (Jackie CHAN) and his team of experts are hired by the Max Profit Corporation to track down six missing bronze sculptures, part of a set of twelve representing the animals of the Chinese Zodiac.
A taut spy thriller starring CHOI Seung-hyun, a.k.a. rapper T.O.P. from super group Big Bang, as a North Korean secret agent undercover in a South Korean high school. Imprisoned in a North Korean labour camp, Ri Myung-hoon (CHOI) is offered a way out if he agrees to work as a spy. Leaving his younger sister behind, he heads South to track down a mysterious assassin picking off fellow agents. Allegiances become muddied when he befriends bullied classmate Hye-in (HAN Ye-ri), but Myung-hoon is ready to do whatever it takes to see his sister again.
18:00 Special ID
Chen Zilong (Donnie YEN) is deep undercover as a high ranking member of a ruthless Hong Kong gang. He is ordered to the mainland to deal with Sunny (Andy ON), an old adversary who is causing problem for both police and the underworld alike. On hand to help is fellow cop and love interest Fang (Jing TIAN), whose tiny physique belies some hardcore action skills.
20:15 Snow White Murder Case
The devastating power of rumour in our super-connected age is thrown into relief in this contemporary suspense, based on the bestselling novel by Kanae MINATO, whose work was previously adapted in the award-winning CONFESSIONS. The murder of beautiful Noriko Miki (Nanao) becomes fodder for today’s scandal-hungry media when newbie director and Twitter addict Akahoshi (Go AYANO), prompted by a tip-off that dowdy Miki Shirono (Mao INOUE) is the killer, begins an unofficial investigation.
Sunday 1st June
12:15 The Face Reader
Set in 15th century Korea, the film follows gifted physiognomist Nae-kyung (SONG Kang-ho, THE HOST, SYMPATHY FOR MR.VENGEANCE, SNOWPIERCER), who seizes the opportunity to cast off his peasant existence and advance through the ranks of the warrior nobles in the capital.
An explosive cops and robbers thriller starring Andy LAU (INFERNAL AFFAIRS, HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS) and LAM Ka Tung (SPARROW, COLD WAR). Tou Shing-bong (LAM Ka Tung) is released from prison and falls in with mainland crook Nam Cao (HU Jun) and his gang of armed robbers. Straight-laced police inspector Lui (Andy LAU) hunts them down, but due to a lack of evidence Nam continues to slip through his fingers. After witnessing the gang’s brutality first hand, Lui’s actions become obsessive and desperate, and his clean-cut facade begins to crack.
Hapless ad agency employee Kiichiro Ota (Satoshi TSUMABUKI) is sent by his almost-namesake boss to take his place on the Santa Monica Advertising Festival jury. Lacking in confidence and English competence, Kiichiro drags along his brilliant colleague Hikari (Keiko KITAGAWA) for support.
Terror Cotta Horror Night Saturday 31st May 22:40
Two twisted paths cross in this provocative psychological horror from Indonesian directing duo The MO Brothers (MACABRE) and Executive Producer Gareth EVANS (THE RAID).
Troubled Indonesian journalist Bayu Aditya (Oka ANTARA, THE RAID 2, V/H/S/2) finds himself compulsively drawn to a members only website, hosted by Japanese serial killer Nomura Shuhei (Kazuki KITAMURA). After Bayu uploads footage of his own, they strike up an uneasy online relationship.
Tik Tik: The Aswang Chronicles
A vampire folklore horror from the Philippines with a macabre sense of humour and plenty of blood, guts, and garlic, from director Erik MATTI (ON THE JOB). Cocky layabout Makoy (Dingdong DANTES) travels to a remote village to reconcile with his pregnant girlfriend. When he’s angrily turned away, he tries to win favour by purchasing a suckling pig for her birthday feast. Although a bargain price, the pig isn’t quite what it seems, and soon the family are fighting for their lives from a hoard of vicious, vampire-like Aswang.
In the Dark
Joseph (WANG Po Chieh) finds himself plunged into a world of nightmares when he defies a fortune-teller’s prophecy and proposes to his girlfriend May (Jennifer FOH). She is soon killed in a car accident, and Joseph, distraught, teams up with May’s friend Vivien (Candy LEE) to reach out to May’s spirit. Instead, they stir up other demons better left in the dark.
Lesson of Evil
Cool and charismatic English teacher Seiji Hasumi (ITO) is popular with students and teachers alike. He inspires trust and respect from his class, greeting many with an affectionate, if irritating, ruffle of the hair. But his actions soon take a turn, revealing something dark behind that charming smile. Students become suspicious when friends slowly start to disappear, but little do they know that absolute jaw-dropping carnage is just around the corner.
Terrarcotta have chosen a varied line up to offer something to every audience whether they appeal to the MMA fan in you or offwer family fun with Jackie Chan. I know the Kpop fan in me is looking forward to seeing T.O.P in Commitment. For more information on the films, watch the trailors or buy tickets go to the Terracotta Film Festival website.