Reel Asian’s 2014 TIFF picks – Vanguard & Midnight Madness

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The city is already in a buzz for the Toronto International Film Festival (Sept 4-14). We’re only a couple weeks away, but with all the latest film and guests announcements, it’s hard to not get swept up by the excitement. We’ve combed through the entire film programmes and selected our Asian picks.

Vanguard

Over Your Dead Body | Japan | Dir: Takashi Miike

A theatre troupe rehearsing a classic play of murder, betrayal and phantasmagorical vengeance find life bloodily imitating art backstage, in this wild cinematic detour from madly prolific Japanese auteur Takashi Miike.

The World of Kanako | Japan | Dir: Tetsuya Nakashima

An ex-cop finds out more than he wanted to about his missing teenage daughter, in this stylish and provocative thriller from Confessions director Tetsuya Nakashima.

 

Midnight Madness

Tokyo Tribe | Japan | Dir: Sion Sono

Midnight Madness favourite Sion Sono (Why Don’t You Play in Hell?, winner of the 2013 People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award) ventures even further into uncharted cinematic territory with this yakuza-street gang-hip hop-musical epic.