JeejaYanin (Bangkok, 1984) is one of the bigger stars of Thai cinematography and a reference of international martial arts cinema. The actress has accepted the Honorary Award and the invitation to attend the Asian Summer Film Festival 2019, which will take place from July 15 to 21 in Vic, Barcelona.
Master Prachya Pinkaew saw Jeeja Yanin in a taekwondo match when she was 20 years old and asked her to join his stunt team. She learned Muay Thai (Thai boxing) and studied acting. Jeeja Yanin inspired Pinkaew to write Chocolate (2008), which we will be able to see at the Welcome Night (Monday, July 15, at Seminari de Vic). Its international success made her a great female star of Asian action cinema.
In Raging Phoenix, the inaugural film of the 2010 ASFF that is also included in the retrospective 'Thai Action!' this year, she polished her technical inventiveness further, adding her ballet experience in scenes that combined martial arts and breakdance. Then she appeared in films where she shone, like This Girl is Badass (2011); in productions like the Korean feature The Kick (2011), where she was able to show her mastery of taekwondo; also in Thai Dragon 2 (2013), next to Tony Jaa; and she also took part in big-budget coproductions such as Europe Raiders (2018) or Triple Threat (2019), recently released in Spain.
In its 16th edition, the ASFF adds a night prior to the program: the Welcome Night, which will take place at the Pati de l'Ós- Seminari de Vic, on Monday, July 15, starting at 8:00 pm. The evening event will close the Més Nits! programme, which fills the city of Vic with activities during the three weeks prior to the festival, and it will open the Asian Summer FF, welcoming guests, collaborators and especially the public.
The show will focus on the existing ties between the East and the West, which are the hallmark of the festival. It will include, among others activities, a concert by the band Zao; the performance of the Dragon and Chinese lions from the Institut Confuci in Barcelona followed by the pyrotechnics of the Fúries d'Ausa; the presentation of the project titled 'Looking China' by with the ESCAC (Cinema School) and the screening of the first film of the retrospective 'Thai Action!': Chocolate, starred by JeejaYanin.
The festival has also added the Sunday Marathon to its program: 12:00 pm, Saint Young Men (Japan, 2018); 2:00 pm, Big Brother (Hong Kong, 2018); 4:00 pm, Golden Job (Hong Kong, 2018), this last one is included in the Movistar+ Section.
And finally, it is worth highlighting the transformation of the Bassa (the outdoor festival venue) into an exhibition space during the festival, thanks to two projects:
PRISONERS ASSISTANCE NEPAL (PA Nepal) by BernatAlmirall_
An exhibit with large format photographs, about the work carried out by Nepalese activist Indira Ranamagar to give a dignified life to the daughters and sons of the people who have been imprisoned in Nepal.
Exhibition coordinated by the local council, Consell de Cooperació de Vic.
JAPÓ IL·LUSTRAT: TEATRE I MITOLOGIA _ by Angie Delgado.
Creator of the Cactus Tatto Studio, Angie, Mexican by origin, Catalan by conviction and Japanese by spirit (apart from Asian cinema fan), exposes cultures, colours, ignorances and knowledge in this mix of illustrations, Ukyo-e and tattoo art.