Italy’s Far East Film Festival launches streaming service for Asian cinema

The Far East Film Festival (FEFF), based in the Italian city of Udine, is launching a streaming service for Asian cinema, Fareastream.

The first Italian platform dedicated exclusively to Asian cinema (www.fareastream.it), the new service will stream both arthouse titles and mainstream blockbuster movies. 

A total of 30 titles will be available when the platform launches on October 21. New content will be uploaded periodically, including premieres such as Johnnie To’s Throw Down (restored by FEFF with Bologna’s L’Immagine ritrovata) and Koki Shigeno’s documentary Ramen Heads.

Some of the titles have previously been selected for FEFF, including road movie Survival Family, and two titles from this year’s virtual edition of the festival – Kim Young-hoon’s Korean noir Beasts Clawing At Straws and Obayashi Nobuhiko’s Labyrinth Of Cinema.

Viewers can navigate the library’s menu by genre and country of origin, or can choose to follow one of the itineraries provided, including one dedicated to Japanese auteur Ozu and another exploring Donnie Yen’s performances as Ip Man.

Fareastream’s technical partner is Mymovies.it and the service will only be viewable in Italy. Films will be available in dubbed versions (when available) and original language versions (with Italian subtitles).