The Garden of Evening Mists to be screened at Busan and Golden Horse film festivals

13 Sep 2019 / 10:56 H.

THE FILM adaptation of critically-acclaimed novel, The Garden of Evening Mists (TGOEM), will make its world premiere at the 24th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) under the ‘A Window on Asian Cinema’ category, this October 2019.

TGOEM has also been selected as the ‘Closing Film’ at the 56th Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival in November 2019.

TGOEM is presented by Astro Shaw and HBO Asia with support from the National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (FINAS) in association with CJ Entertainment.

The film is adapted from a novel by Malaysian born writer Tan Twan Eng, that was shortlisted for the 2012 Man Booker Prize, and also won the 2013 Man Asian Literary Prize and the 2013 Walter Scott Prize.

The feature film adaptation has seen an international production team from Taiwan, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, India, Australia and UK working to bring together this bring celebrated novel to the silver screen.

TGOEM is directed by Taiwanese director Tom Shu-Yu Lin and adapted by Scottish BAFTA-winning screenwriter Richard Smith. It boasts a star-studded international cast including Malaysian-born actress Sinje Lee (The Eye), Japanese actor Hiroshi Abe (After the Storm), Sylvia Chang (Love Education), David Oakes (Cold Skin), Julian Sands (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and John Hannah (The Mummy).

The film tells the story of Teoh Yun Ling (played by Sinje Lee) who, embittered from atrocities of World War II in Malaya, seeks solace in the rolling hills of Cameron Highlands.

There, in her quest to build a garden in homage of her late sister, she embarks on a forbidden love affair with the mysterious gardener, Nakamura Aritomo (played by Hiroshi Abe).

The Garden of Evening Mists is slated to debut in Malaysian cinemas starting January 2020.

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