Where does one begin with a film like this? I need to resist exploding with excitement with each word I write. Director Vasan Bala’s second feature (the first being Peddlers) is like every other Midnight Madness film that screens at TIFF, in that it is an experience best shared with an audience. The first film from India to join Midnight Madness programming, The Man Who Feels No Pain, is a power-punching martial arts Bollywood bonanza.
Celebrated actor and filmmaker Jiang Wen’s most recent endeavor, Hidden Man, already had its run at the Chinese box office and now awaits its fair stake at the Toronto International Film Festival as of this Thursday. The film is set to screen this Friday and for the last three days of the festival at the Scotiabank theater and stands as one of several titles I hope to learn more about with fellow contributor Alex Chung on hand to screen at least a few if not a nifty handful.
Annapurna Pictures is releasing Jennifer’s Body and The Invitation helmer Karyn Kusama’s new movie, Destroyer, on December 25. Before then, folks will get to screen the film at TIFF next month, bearing witness to actress Nicole Kidman’s haunting new look.
Director Vasan Bala has several credits in many facets for the film projects he’s worked on – namely in screenwriting and assistant directing aspects. For this, it was his 2012 crime pic, Peddlers, which set forth a pretty good precedent for his later work now leading up to a what looks to be a rousing world premiere at TIFF next month in Toronto for his sophomore outing, The Man Who Feels No Pain.