May is Asian Heritage Month in Canada!
At the start of every week of this month, we will unveil a new slate of photos to celebrate these Asian storytellers from around the world.
For Week 3, we feature two directors from the other side of the world.
Director, Dear Ex
Biography: Mag Hsu is a critically acclaimed screenplay writer and theatre director. She won the 2012 Golden Bell Award for best screenplay. Her most famous screenplays include the TV dramas Story in Time, Apple in Your Eye and In Time with You.
On the Horizon: Since Reel Asian 2018, Mag has been nominated for Best New Director and Best Original Screening for her work on Dear Ex. The film has also been picked up by Netflix. The latest film based on her screenplay, 傻傻愛你，傻傻愛我 (no official English title yet but it roughly translates to “Loving You Foolishly, Loving Me Foolishly”) will play at the Taipei Film Festival and is nominated for a Best Screenplay Award.
Biography: After finding success as a scriptwriter, Shinsuke Sato made his directorial debut with Love Song in 2001. Sato began to carve out a reputation as an action director with The Princess Blade. After his first major commercial hit with the 2010 feature Sand Clock, he directed Oblivion Island: Haruka and the Magic Mirror, the hit sci-fi thriller Gantz (2010) and Gantz Perfect Answer (2011). Sato has continued to turn out action hits, including I Am a Hero, a manga adaptation about humans struggling to survive a zombie holocaust.
On the Horizon: In addition to Inuyashiki, Shinsuke Sato also released a live-action adaptation of Bleach last year to rave reviews. His latest directorial effort, Kingdom, another manga adaptation about an orphan boy who becomes a general to the Qin Emperor, was released in April worldwide and will be released by Funimation in Canada and the US this summer.