International film stars from across East Asia will be walking the red carpet in Coventry at one of the most prestigious events in the Midlands, the East Winds Film Festival.

Director Sophon Sakdaphisit arrives on British land to introduce his 2011 film “Laddaland”, an apparent real life story of an actual condo development rumoured to be haunted, and his most recent horror “The Swimmers”, a story of alienation and teen romance that is every bit as horrifying as the ghostly premise suggests.

An expert in scares and slow burn chills, viewers may know him for being responsible for some of Thailand’s best and most profitable horror films in recent years. Sakdaphisit demonstrates mastery over the real potency of the horror genre by integrating social commentary into his films, with the ghouls, ghosts and monsters all embodying local issues.Sophon SakdapisitA notable presence on the South Korean film scene, Kim Kko-bbi will be present at East Winds for the European Premiere of “A Record of Sweet Murder”, a 2014 production from one of Japan’s leading directors in underground horror, Koji Shiraishi, and “Greatful Dead” from Eiji Uchida.

Kim made her breakthrough portraying a spunky high school girl with an abusive past who bonds with a neighbourhood thug in the 2009 gritty drama “Breathless”, in which she starred opposite actor-director Yang Ik-june.

Kim-Kko-bbi

Renowned film director, producer and screenwriter Clifton Ko Chi-sum arrives in Coventry for the European Premiere of his touching drama “Wonder Mama”, a story about a 49-year old lady librarian on the verge of retirement who can never get the ordinary, drama-free life she desires.

Many of Clifton’s films have become household names, such as the 1992 “All’s Well, Ends Well”, which broke Hong Kong box office records and was named the highest-grossing film ever made at that time.

Clifton Ko

An adept filmmaker in the teen romance market with a string of hits such as “My Girl” and “Seasons Change”, writer-director Nithiwat Tharatorn will be introducing this year’s Closing Film, “The Teacher’s Diary”, his best looking and smoothest feel-good movie to date and Thailand’s official entry to the Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards.

Nithiwat-Tharatorn

All guests will be introducing their films, taking part in exclusive Q&A sessions and mingling with audiences in an informal environment at the fourth edition of the East Winds Film Festival between 31st October and 2nd November in the state-of-the-art digital 3D Cinema Square One.