The 15th edition of Filmasia will run at Prague’s Lucerna and Ponrepo cinemas from December 5 to 8. The focus this year is on action films.
The main part of the program is the Godfathers section, focusing on the Hong Kong action film and its craziest stunts.
The second section is Disciples, which presents three local variations of martial arts films from Indonesia, Vietnam and Taiwan. There also two blocks of shorts.
Hong Kong martial arts films have redefined the genre rules, and the filmmakers have regularly been involved in American and international large-scale productions.
The program will start on December 5 at Lucerna with The Bodyguard (Můj strážný senior). Sammo Hung stars as an aging man who tries to protect a young girl during a gang conflict. He also directed and choreographed the film. In supporting roles you can see many notables of Hong Kong cinema such as actors Andy Lau and Eddie Peng, and director Tsui Hark.
After the opening, the festival moves to Ponrepo for the rest of the screenings and accompanying events.
Hung began his career as a child actor, and has worked in 75 films not only acting but also an action choreographer, director, and producer.
Three more films are in the Godfathers section. From 1991, Once Upon a Time in China (Tenkrát v Číně),by director Tsui Hark starring Jet li, was groundbreaking for its time, helping to launch the genre of elaborate period martial arts films.
SPL II: A Time for Consequences (Zóna smrti: Čas odplaty), from 2015, is a complex police action film. Project A (Projekt A), from 1983, is directed by and stars Jackie Chan, and also features Sammo Hung. The comedic action film is set in the 19th century.
There are three films in the Disciples section. The Indonesian comedy 212: Warrior (212: Bláznivý Wiro) takes viewers back to the 16th century. It is an adaptation of a popular Indonesian book series. The action scenes were choreographed by Yayan Ruhian, who appeared in John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum.
Director Le Van Kiet’s Furie (Furie) takes Hong Kong style to Vietnam for a revenge story, with a mother going after kidnappers. Taiwan offers Tzu-Hsuan Hung’s The Scoundrels (Parchanti), with an ex-basketball player trying to prove his innocence in a bank robbery.
This year’s Filmasia will also be accompanied by an accompanying program and several exceptional screenings. The audience will be able to visit thematic documentaries in Czech about Japan by Czech travel duo Miroslav Zikmund and Jiří Hanzelka, as well as a block of wordless experimental animation from Hong Kong.
There will also be discussions of the travel documentaries and of film stunts, both aimed at a Czech-speaking audience.