London East Asia Film Festival Coming to the Chiswick Cinema

Films to be screened from Thailand, South Korea, China and the Philippines

Thai Film The Con-Heartist to have its UK premiere in Chiswick
Thai Film The Con-Heartist to have its UK premiere in Chiswick


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The Chiswick Cinema is to host part of this year’s London East Asia Film Festival. The sixth annual festival is taking place from October 21–October 31 and will feature 33 films.

The cinema on Chiswick High Road will be presenting four including a Thai romantic-comedy, a South Korean documentary, a Chinese slow-burning drama and a Filipino natural-disaster drama.

If great films aren’t enough, we’re spoiling you further with a Limited Edition Menu by Michelin Star Guest Chef Joo Won.

The Con-Heartist will have its UK premiere at the Festival. It tells the story of college graduate Ina (Pimchanok Leuwisetpaiboon) who has been left broken-hearted and broke by her former boyfriend. A year ago he skipped town, taking with him money that she now owes. So, when small-time crook Tower (Nadech Kugimiya) fails in his attempt to dupe her, instead of getting the police involved, Ina hatches a plan to take revenge on her ex and solve her financial problems.

From Korea there is the International Premiere of Jikji Route; Terra Incognita which explores the claim that the metal types were first developed in Goryeo.

Chinese film Stars Await Us gets it UK Premiere in Chiswick. It’s the 1990s. The USSR has collapsed and Ma Biao returns home after time in prison, to a small town occupying a hinterland between China and Russia. His reason for returning is to see Karinna, his love. But she appears to have left. Nevertheless, Ma Biao seems to find traces of her in the women he encounters and the places he visits. In particular, he is reminded of his relationship by young couple Wei and Xixi. Wei has fallen foul of a local gangster and so Ma Biao takes it upon himself to shield his new acquaintance, while putting some old grudges to rest. But the ghosts from the past are not that easy to eradicate, like the woman he loves. Dalei Zhang’s atmospheric film makes much use of its seemingly timeless location to capture the forlorn nature of a lost love.

Also being shown in the UK is Whether the Weather is Fine. Filmmaker Carlo Francisco Manatad’s home town of Tacloban was severely damaged when Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in November 2013. His feature directorial debut focuses on the aftermath of this event.

While the festival is on a Limited Edition Menu from Michelin Star Guest Chef Joo Wan will be available and cooked in Chiswick by Michelin starred chef Redmond Hayward and his team. He said of his ‘Taste of Asia menu, “It is very much my pleasure to be a part of London East Asia Film Festival. We are ready to amuse all of London with flavourful food along and well made world class films!”

Chef Joo Wan
Chef Joo Wan

The menu will be available through the festival from 12pm to 8.30pm and you don’t need to be attend one of the films to try it.

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October 17, 2021

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