Hideo Nakata’s ‘L’ to open Udine

Asian film festival runs April 18-26

Japanese horrormeister Hideo Nakata’s “L: Change the World” will open Italy’s festival of Far East Film in Udine. Fest runs April 18-26.

Nakata (“Ringu”) will be on hand in the northern Italian city for the international preem of “L,” a spinoff of his hit “Death Note” duo of fantasy thrillers. “L” has done boffo biz at the Japanese box office since opening in February.

Udine fest, now in its 10th frame, will feature 62 pics, including the world preem of “Lost Indulgence,” a coming-of-age drama by Chinese helmer Zhang Yibai (“Curiosity Kills the Cat”), which will unspool in Tribeca in May.

The international preem of promising young Hong Kong helmer Pang Ho-cheung’s comedy “Trivial Matters”; a spotlight on Japan’s Satoshi Miki, including the international bow of his “Adrift in Tokyo”; tyro helmer Jung Kil-young’s “Our Town,” a South Korean serial killer pic set on the border between the two Koreas, are among other highlights.

Hong Kong helmer and producer Johnnie To, an Udine aficionado, will make the trek with his musical comedy “Sparrow.”

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