Masterclasses and classic films at the East Asia Film Festival Ireland

Last year’s Chinese-Language Film Festival was another great example of the diverse, compelling international cinema on offer at the Irish Film Institute, as the likes of A Touch of Zen and The Road to Mandalay were given the opportunity to be screened for Irish eyes. The festival returns to the Temple Bar cinema this April under a new name, the East Asia Film Festival. This year the festival offers a fresh masterclass from an acclaimed cinematographer, several Irish premieres and a screening of Wong Kar-wai’s In the Mood for Love, one of the greatest films of the 2000s.

For its second edition, the East Asia Film Festival Ireland (previously the Chinese language Film Festival Ireland) celebrates the diversity, artistry and variety of films from East and South East Asia. Over four days, the festival will feature a compelling range of films from China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan.

We are honoured to welcome the great Taiwanese cinematographer Mark Lee Ping-Bing as our guest in Dublin. A long-time collaborator with director Hou Hsiao-Hsien, he has also worked with many renowned directors including Wong Kar-Wai, Tian Zhuangzhuang, Tran Anh Hung, Ann Hui and Sylvia Chang.


The festival will feature the work of Mark Lee Ping-bing with rare screenings of five films spanning Mark Lee’s career, as well as an exclusive masterclass and post-screening Q&As.


Commenting on this year’s programme, Festival Artistic & Programme Director Marie-Pierre Richard said:

‘We are delighted to welcome our guest of honour Mark Lee Ping-Bing, a celebrated cinematographer and an intrinsic part of East Asian cinema for more than 30 years. Our programme which includes several Irish premières offers exciting glimpses into the richness and diversity of cinema in East Asia.’


The East Asia Film Festival Ireland runs at the Irish Film Institute, Thursday 5th – Sunday 8th April.


Tickets for the festival are on sale now from the IFI at

Press release courtesy of EAFFI

Check out the full schedule for the East Asia Film Festival below:

Thursday 5 April

Let the Wind Carry Me

6.00pm (Gala opening)
In the Mood for Love
followed by Q&A with Mark Lee Ping-Bing
Moderator Tara Brady, The Irish Times
Reception afterwards

Friday 6 April
5.30–6.30pm (special event Trinity Centre for Literary Translation)
Chinese Cinema; Sites of Translation;

In conversation with Professor Chris Berry, King’s College London

Springtime in a Small Town
followed by Q&A with Mark Lee Ping-Bing
Moderator John Maguire, Sunday Business Post

Claire’s Camera (Irish Première)

Saturday 7 April
12.00 noon
Masterclass: Mark Lee Ping-Bing
In conversation with Tim Fleming, Irish Society of Cinematographers (ISC)

Human Flow
Introduced by Dr David Robbins (DCU School of Communications)

Three Times
followed by Q&A with Mark Lee Ping-Bing
Moderator Prof. Chris Berry

The Great Buddha (Irish Première)

Sunday 8 April


Monster Hunt 2

On the Beach at Night Alone (Irish Première)

Seventy-Seven Days (Irish Premiere)
followed by Q&A with Mark Lee Ping-Bing
Moderator Prof. Chris Berry

8.20pm (closing film)
Ramen Shop (Irish Première)

About Luke Dunne

Luke is a writer, film addict and Dublin native who loves how much there is for film fans in his home county. A former writer for FilmFixx and the Freakin' Awesome Network, he founded Film In Dublin to pursue his dual dreams of writing about film and never sleeping ever again.

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