Two Taiwanese movies will be shown in the United Kingdom next month at the Pan-Asia Film Festival, a major cultural showcase for Asian cinema, according to the organizers.


"GF*BF," directed by Taiwanese Yang Ya-che, will be screened on the opening day of the festival in London on March 6, according to the London-based Asia House.


The movie is a story of love and friendship among three young people who joined the 1980s student movement in Taiwan.

 




The other film, a Taiwan-Myanmar production titled "Poor Folk" by Myanmarese director Midi Z, depicts the lives of illegal immigrant workers from Myanmar in Thailand. It will be shown March 17, the closing day of the festival.


It is the first time that either one of the films is being screened in the U.K.


The directors of both films and actress Patty Wu, who played the lead in "Poor Folk," will travel to London for the screenings and to hold discussions with the audiences.


"GF*BF" was a box office hit in Taiwan last year, and Taiwanese Kwai Lun-mei won the Best Lead Actress prize at the 2012 Golden Horse Awards for her role in the movie.


"Poor Folk" has been selected for screening at international film festivals in Busan in South Korea and in Vancouver, Canada.


This year's Pan-Asia Film Festival features 12 movies from Hong Kong, India, Iran, Japan, Thailand and South Korea, among other countries.


(By Jennifer Huang and Elaine Hou)


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