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JOURNALS OF MUSAN (Park Jung-Bum, 2010)
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 fr… Read more

JUVENILE OFFENDER (Kang Yi-kwan, 2012)
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 al… Read more

LIKE FATHER LIKE SON (Hirokazu Kore-eda, 2013)
"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-… Read more

LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE (Abbas Kiarostami, 2012)
“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), disenchante… Read more

MISS LOVELY (Ashim Ahluwalia, 2012)
“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, … Read more

MISSING PICTURE, The (Rithy Panh, 2013)
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 reig… Read more

MONSOON SHOOTOUT (Amit Kumar, 2013)
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 t… 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 … Read more

NOBODY S DAUGHTER HAEWON (Hong Sang-soo, 2012)
"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 re… Read more

NORWEGIAN WOOD (MA15+) (Tran Anh Hung, 2010)
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 fil… Read more

OKI'S MOVIE (Hong Sang-soo, 2010)
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… Read more

OUTRAGE (Takeshi Kitano, 2010)
"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 Y… Read more

OUTRAGE BEYOND (Takeshi Kitano, 2012)
"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. Th… 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 … Read more

STUDENT (Darezhan Omirbayev, 2012)
“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 outstandi… Read more

TATSUMI (Eric Khoo, 2011)
"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 f… Read more

TELEVISION (Mostofa Sarwar Farooki, 2012)
"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 fo… Read more

THE BLINDFOLD (Garin Nugroho, 2011)
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 … Read more

THE DAY HE ARRIVES (Hong Sang-soo, 2011)
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 h… Read more

THE FOURTH PORTRAIT (Chung Mong-Hong, 2010)
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 peo… Read more

THE PIANO IN A FACTORY (Meng Zhang, 2010)
"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… Read more

THE TASTE OF MONEY (Im Sang-soo, 2012)
“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 ... … Read more

THE UNJUST (Ryoo Seung-wan, 2010)
"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 … Read more

THE YELLOW SEA (Na Hong-jin, 2010)
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, wher… Read more

TOKYO FAMILY (Yôji Yamada, 2013)
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 w… Read more

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