Film Choices: Cartoons Underground, Japanese Film Festival, Singapore Korean Film Festival

Launched in 1983, one of Singapore’s oldest country film festivals is back. After two years of hybrid screenings, this year marks its return to cinema only. The festival is presented by the Japan Creative Centre, the Japanese Embassy in Singapore and the Japan Foundation, in collaboration with the Singapore Film Society.

Among the 31 titles on the program is the Tsukamoto Horror Showcase (M18, 95 minutes, Friday, 7 p.m.). This collection features two low-budget shorts from horror master Shinya Tsukamoto, a filmmaker whose techno-fetish nightmares expressed in Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989) had the world sit up and take notice.

In the short film Haze (2005, 49 minutes), a man played by Tsukamoto finds himself trapped in a concrete cell without knowing how he got there. Locked away with him are visions of hell. In the surreal short film L’Aventure From Denchu-Kozo (1987, 46 minutes), a boy with a power pole protruding from his body travels back in time to a future where cyborg vampires roam.

Where: Shaw Theaters Lido, Levels 5 & 6 Shaw House, 350 Orchard Road; Projector X: Picturehouse, 05-01 The Cathay, 2 Handy Road; and Oldham Theatre, 1 Canning Rise
MRT: Orchard; Dhoby Ghaut; City hall
When: Until November 5, various times
Tickets: From $10, with discounts
Information: https://str.sg/wHCi

Singapore Korean Film Festival 2022

Marie A. Evans