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For a North Korean in South Korea, the grass isn't always greener. ... Having escaped the oppressiveness of North Korea, Jeon Seung-chul is determined to build a better life for himself amidst the freedoms of the South. However, introverted and ill-suited to Seoul society, Jeon begins to find his ... Read more
Winner of the Special Jury Prize at the Tokyo Film Festival. ... When 16-year-old Ji-gu gets out of juvenile detention, he's shocked to discover that Hyo-seung, the mother he long thought dead, is alive. Taken to live with her in her cramped, shared apartment, Ji-gu discovers that when the world ... Read more
"A piercing, tender poem about the bittersweet ebb and flow of paternal love." - The Telegraph ... Ryota is a successful Tokyo architect who works long hours to provide for his wife, Midori, and six-year-old son, Keita. But when a blood test reveals Keita and another baby were switched at birth ... Read more
“Like Someone in Love offers its most complete pleasures as a quietly pristine showcase for Kiarostami's undiminished craft.” - Variety ... A young escort named Akiko (Rin Takanashi), disenchanted with her work, is called out to a new client: the shy and elderly Takashi (Tadashi Okuno), a ... Read more
“Bollywood meets Boogie Nights.” - Hollywood Reporter ... Ashim Ahluwalia (John and Jane) turns a planned documentary project into fiction with this unique specimen of Hindi-language filmmaking, neither definable as Bollywood nor traditional art cinema. ... Set in the lower depths of Bombay's ... Read more
Propaganda reels and hundreds of clay figures cleverly combine in this autobiographical documentary of childhood under Cambodia's Khmer Rouge regime. ... As the only family survivor of Pol Pot's reign of terror (1975–1979), Cambodian-French director Rithy Panh (S21, The Khmer Rouge Killing ... Read more
Dirty Harry meets Run Lola Run in writer/director Amit Kumar's kinetic, bracingly ambitious debut feature. ... On the mean streets of Mumbai, idealistic rookie cop Adi finds himself trapped between the ethical murk of his trigger-happy boss Khan and the menace of local gang executioner Shiva. Given ... Read more
“A rags-to-rogues crimer whose finely chiseled portraits of greed, self-preservation and depravity are buttressed by powerhouse performances.” - Variety ... Set in the 1980s around President Roh Tae-woo's war on organised crime, this epic Korean gangster movie charts a decade-long rivalry ... Read more
"The New Wave is still alive and kicking in Korea … judging by Hong Sang-soo's latest contribution." - Screen Daily ... Many MIFF-goers will be familiar with the work of Hong Sang-soo (most recently with In Another Country, MIFF 2012, and The Day He Arrives, MIFF 2011), and this latest ... Read more
With this adaptation of the best-selling novel by Haruki Murakami, acclaimed Vietnamese-French director Tran Anh Hung (The Scent of Green Papaya, Cyclo) has created a dark and strikingly haunting film about love and loss. ... A young college student is pulled towards two very different women in ... Read more
Sex, lies and filmmaking. ... In Oki's Movie, Hong Sang-soo (Hahaha, MIFF 2010; Night and Day, MIFF 2009), presents a love triangle told in four chapters. The woman at the centre of the affair is Oki, a university student majoring in film and simultaneously wrestling with the romantic expectations ... Read more
"As violent, amoral and misanthropic as a Jacobean play... arguably [Kitano's] best film in a decade." - Hollywood Reporter ... Legendary director Takeshi Kitano (Hana-Bi, MIFF 1998) returns to the Yakuza genre he has made his own, starring as Otomo, a Yakuza subordinate ordered to bring a rival ... Read more
"Takeshi Kitano's best film in a decade." – Cinema Scope ... Picking up where Outrage (MIFF 2010) left off, Outrage Beyond opens with rifts beginning to form in the Sanna yakuza family. The younger breed are corporate hotshots who run the family like a corporation, something the old ... Read more
“An unclassifiable work of striking originality.” - Screen Daily ... The theme of longing is apparent early on in the ethereal Postcards from the Zoo, when we see the young Lana wandering around Jakarta's zoo at night calling out for her father, who abandoned her there. Flash forward several ... Read more
“You cannot look away from Darezhan Omirbaev's Student, as you can't look away from any of the Kazakh director's films.” - MUBI Notebook ... Deemed by Jean-Luc Godard “one of the most outstanding film directors of today”, Darezhan Omirbayev continues his penchant for adapting classic ... Read more
"A fascinating and ultimately moving tribute to a seminal comic artist's dark, disquieting but powerful works." - Hollywood Reporter ... Filmmaker Eric Khoo (My Magic, MIFF 2009; Be With Me) adapts for the screen the spellbinding work of Yoshihiro Tatsumi, father of the gekiga comic-art movement of ... Read more
"Farooki could be the next South-East Asian filmmaker to break out." - Hollywood Reporter ... In a small, peaceful Bangladeshi town, village elder Amin, a devout Muslim, has decreed that the Koran forbids all television. But when Kumar, a Hindu schoolteacher, decides to ignore Amin's rules and ... Read more
The story of three young people lured into a radical Islamic organisation. ... Crisscrossing between the stories of Rima, a dynamic recruit whose ambition is soon thwarted by Islamic convention; the disaffected Jabir, who is looking for a way out of a cycle of poverty; and Asimah (played by the ... Read more
Sungjoon, a film director who no longer makes films, goes to Seoul to meet a friend who doesn't show. ... Lonely, he wanders among old haunts and bars. Amid the random circumstance of days spent in hard drinking and encountering strangers, acquaintances, and ex-lovers, Sungjoon confronts the unseen ... Read more
A haunting depiction of loss and loneliness, channelled through the eyes of a child. ... When his father dies, with his mother long absent, ten year-old Xiang is alone. Caught stealing from other people's lunchboxes by the school janitor, social services track down Xiang's long estranged mother and ... Read more
"Simple in its measured and assured direction, The Piano in a Factory establishes Zhang Meng as one of the most vibrant voices in Chinese cinema today." - Toronto International Film Festival ... Chen, an unemployed ex-steelworker and amateur accordionist, loves music nearly as much as he loves his ... Read more
“Im Sang-soo's latest portrait of lust and corruption, power plays and violence at the highest echelons of Korea's society has all the style and luster of his previous works.” - Screen Daily ... Im Sang-soo's The Housemaid, which screened at MIFF 10, forms the backstory to this tale of sex and ... Read more
"Achieves a happy marriage between commercial savvy and artistic integrity in its hard-hitting depiction of Seoul as a city of corruption." - Hollywood Reporter ... A massive critical and commercial success in South Korea, The Unjust is a complex crime thriller, set against the background of police ... Read more
Rising star of the South Korean film scene Na Hong-jin returns with an ambitious follow up to The Chaser (MIFF 2009) that was a box office hit domestically. ... In a lawless Chinese border town, where the boundaries of North Korea, China and Russia intersect, Gu-nam lives one day at a time. Faced ... Read more
A modern-day retelling of one of cinema's greatest achievements. ... Yasujiro Ozu's 1953 masterpiece Tokyo Story is regarded by many as the greatest film in the history of Japanese cinema, a finely wrought tale of human fragility amidst the rampant social upheaval of post-war Japan. In Tokyo ... Read more
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