Viewster at Fantasia and Frontières Day 2: Drinks, Dinner and a Naked Ass-kickin’ Assassin

We’re having a great time here in Montreal at the Fantasia International Film Festival and the Frontières International Co-Production Market. We’ve met some amazing people, got to go to some nice receptions looking over the city and since this is a film festival … we actually watched some movies.

The Canadian Media Production Association hosted an Industry Rendez-Vous. We got to meet some more of the filmmakers taking part in Frontières and the film festival.

Guests at the Industry Rendez-Vous hosted by the Canadian Media Production Association
Guests at the Industry Rendez-Vous hosted by the Canadian Media Production Association

Afterward, we caught the world premiere of Bag Boy Lover Boy, described by the Festival as “A rugged odd duck of a film that evokes the tones of Paul Morrissey, Andy Milligan and Richard Kern — and particularly DRILLER KILLER-era Abel Ferrara … ” With a description like that, how could we not check it out? It pretty much lived up to it.

Still from Bag Boy Lover Boy
Still from Bag Boy Lover Boy

The Frontières International Co-Production Market hosted an intimate dinner for sponsors. It was a good time to catch up with the staff of Frontières to see how things were going. They had their first full day of one-on-one meetings for the projects. It sounded like things were going good so hopefully we’ll see some of these projects in the Festival in the coming years.

Staff of Frontières and Sponsors
Staff of Frontières and Sponsors

We ended the night catching a screening of Kurando Mistutake’s Gun Woman, described as “an extremely violent film with a structure similar to ’70s exploitation-inspired kung-fu pictures, but with the tacky humour of early ’80s, straight-to-video action flicks.” If you’ve seen The Machine Girl or Zombie Ass: The Toilet of the Dead, you’ll be familiar with star Asami.

Director Kurando Mistutake (right) and star Asami at the Gun Woman screening
Director Kurando Mistutake (right) and star Asami at the Gun Woman screening

We’ve seen female assassin movies before, but none have performed it as Asami does in Gun Woman. She fights and kills while completely naked and covered in blood. Even though she was totally exposed, she was anything but vulnerable. The audience totally dug the ultra-violent and hilarious flick. It was a gore-fest, but it was a fun one.

David got to meet director Kurando Mistutake and actress Asami at the Irish Embassy Pub
David got to meet director Kurando Mistutake and actress Asami at the Irish Embassy Pub

More fun to come over the weekend.

 

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