Director: Song Il-gonRooted in the substance of nightmares but playing out like a murder mystery, [Spider Forest] is a chilling, surrealist exploration of memory and guilt. Min has lost his wife in a plane crash - a tragedy he foresaw in a dream shortly before it occurred. Tormented by grief, he trudges through his life with no apparent will to live. Then he meets Soo-young, an anchorwoman who lost her father in the same terrible accident. Just when the memory of the tragic crash seems at last to be dissipating, Min suddenly starts receiving mysterious and disturbing phone calls that lead him to a remote cottage hidden in the dark underwood of an ancient forest - a cottage Soo-young appears to know very well. In his state of extreme confusion, Min is forced to try and piece together both past and present from the cryptic fragments colliding in his mind. Defying genre boundaries, [Spider Forest] moves from supernatural thriller to richly symbolic psychological drama, from fantasy to fragile humanity, trapping the audience in a deftly constructed web of consummate storytelling.
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[Princess Raccoon], from maverick of Japanese cinema Seijun Suzuki (MIFF 00 retrospective subject), screened in Official Selection at Cannes, 2005. In this stunning operetta, Suzuki is inspired the T… More »
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Hong Kong/China, 2004
Ken (Daniel Wu) has been romancing teacher Chan Wai-Ching (Gillian Chung), until he unceremoniously ditches her for karaoke waitress Shirley (Tao Hung). Chan goes knocking on Shirley's door when she … More »
Hong Kong, China, 2004
Mongkok, one of Hong Kong's most densely populated areas, is a seething centre of illicit business and criminal connections. Into these claustrophobic streets steps Lai Fu (Daniel Wu), a farm boy fro… More »