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“The switch for kitschy visuals and florid melodrama is flicked to 11.” - Variety ... Flamboyant filmmaker Royston Tan follows on from the bubblegum musical fun of 881 (MIFF 08) to once again delve into the exuberant Singaporean song culture of getai - a series of open-air concerts dominating ... Read more
"Mr. Jia is working at the border where fiction and nonfiction meet, which is where this fantastically surreal country itself seems to exist." - New York Times ... For six decades Factory 420 in Sichuan China has been more than just an aeronautics factory - it has been a self-contained town of its ... Read more
"Holds up Indonesia like a jewel to the light, examining it for its beauty and flaws, and its mostly non-judgemental eye recalls the less paranoid moments of Easy Rider and its snapshots of 60s America." - Variety ... Yusuf is a young middle-class Muslim entrusted with the all-important in task of ... Read more
"If ABBA could sing Hokkien, they might have auditioned for Royston Tan's 881." - Hollywood Reporter ... Set within the Singaporean song culture of getai - a series of exuberant concerts dominating the seventh month of the Chinese calendar - the latest offering from Royston Tan (4:30, MIFF 06) is a ... Read more
“Uncle… I have been here for a while. I would like to see a movie about your life. So I proposed a project about reincarnation.” ... --- ... D/S Apichatpong Weerasethakul P Simon Field, Keith Griffiths WS Animate Projects L Thai w/English subtitles TD betacamsp/2009 ... --- ... D/S ... Read more
The first ever film from North Korea to be distributed internationally. ... A gently sketched tale of a rebellious teenager, exasperated by her overworked parents and the boredom of life in the North Korean countryside, A Schoolgirl's Diary is significant in being the first time that life under Kim ... Read more
“A warm homage to cinema itself… Watch it and understand why Filipino cinema is now hot.” - Rotterdam Film Festival ... In the neo-realistic tradition of De Sica's The Bicycle Thief, Adela follows a former radio personality living in the slums of Manila, as she confronts her prevailing ... Read more
“A subtle, melancholy exploration of erotic angst and uncomfortable awakening.” - New York Times ... In steamy, rain-sodden Hanoi, a bride spends her wedding night waiting by the bed for her husband, as he drinks himself unconscious downstairs. So begins a marriage destined to be unfulfilled ... Read more
'I found myself with a heart I was not supposed to have.'- Nozomi, the inflatable doll ... The subject of a MIFF spotlight in 2007, filmmaker Hirokazu Koreeda (Still Walking, MIFF 09; Nobody Knows) returns with a Pinocchio-inspired fable about a life-sized sex doll (captivatingly embodied by South ... Read more
“Wise and deliciously witty.” - The London Film Festival ... Filmmaker Ryosuke Hashiguchi emerges from a seven-year hiatus to present an intimate rendering of married life with All Around Us. ... Shoko and Kanao (played in an exceptional acting debut from author Lily Franky) do their best to ... Read more
“Opens up deep historical wounds and generational traumas created by China's civil war, but does not press on them, exploring instead more universal human dilemmas.” - Hollywood Reporter ... Like thousands of Nationalists, Liu retreated to Taiwan when the Communists marched across China in ... Read more
"The film is Mr Wong's most abstract endeavor, a bold excursion into the realm of pure cinema." - New York Times ... In ancient China, a vagabond swordsman earns his living by hiring others as assassins. His heart was long ago hardened by the betrayal of a woman, but his encounters make him reflect ... Read more
“A perky urban dramedy that makes one smile from ear to ear.” - Hollywood Reporter ... Filmmaker Arvin Chen combines a colourful visual aesthetic and a hilarious ensemble of urban characters in this romantic comedy with a twist. ... Kai serves dumplings by day and learns French by night in a ... Read more
Producer Josabeth Alonso will be attending the festival and will be introducing the first screening of The Bet Collector ... For those without a choice, the name of the game is survival… It's all or nothing. Amelita is known in the slums of Manila as ‘Amy', an uncanny saleswoman with a ... Read more
“The forces of history, of the past, the forces of nature… the forces of cinema, all come to a clash and to explode.” - filmmaker Vimukthi Jayasundara ... Rajith falls from the sky to find himself in dangerous territory: a land gripped by an endless cycle of riots, fighting and death ... Read more
A vivid and visually stunning film, Blind Mountain's pretty exterior encompasses a darker subject - the abduction and slave trafficking of women in rural China. Bai Xuemei is a young university graduate who, keen to help pay back the cost of her education to her father, takes a job selling medical ... Read more
A former badminton champion, a tormented young boy, a girl who eats firecrackers and a cheesy 80s pop song you can't get out of your head. ... Captivating in its array of characters and their circumstances, Blind Pig Who Wants to Fly is young Indonesian director Edwin's exposé of the enigma that ... Read more
What passes away is, perhaps, like the river. Day and night, it never lets up. On the banks of the Yangtze River in the misty city of Chongqing, a father and son live in the shadow of one woman - their wife and mother who abandoned them years ago and who remains ever present in the failings of ... Read more
Echoing his earlier works Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring and 3-Iron, filmmaker Kim Ki-duk once again looks to the passing seasons and the liberating possibilities of a taboo relationship. This dispassionate but deeply tender love story is a must-see cinema for fans of Kim Ki-duk's ... Read more
“Arrestingly violent from the get-go.” - Screen International ... Dark, brutal and prone to uncontrollable rages, Song-hoon is someone you don't want to run into on the street. Making a living in the casual daily violence of underworld thuggery, he finds brutality comes as naturally as ... Read more
“This masterpiece has the blunt force of a tank rolling over naked flesh.” - Hollywood Reporter ... When Lieutenant Kyuzo Kurokawa returns home from WWII a hero - minus his four limbs - he is praised as a ‘god of war' in his village, a true patriot who made a worthy sacrifice for his country ... Read more
“A wince-inducingly violent serial killer thriller… a sort of Asian-extreme Manhunter for the strong of nerve.” - Daily Telegraph ... First-time filmmaker Na Hong-jin immediately makes his mark on Korean cinema with a police crime thriller that explosively rewrites the rules of the genre. Read more
A special needs girl with a special need to kick some ass. ... With its tongue firmly planted in its cheek, Chocolate unleashes a new type of heroine - a martial-arts master with lightning-quick reflexes energised by eating copious amounts of chocolate. ... Zen, a girl with autism and attitude ... Read more
“Gut-wrenchingly up close and personal.” - Variety ... Filmmaker Lu Chuan (Kekexili: Mountain Patrol, MIFF 2004) shows the ‘Rape of Nanking' to be an appropriate and horrific title for the atrocities committed in the then capital of China during the Japanese invasion of 1937. In just six ... Read more
The steppes of Outer Mongolia form a striking backdrop to this contemplative story of unlikely bonds formed in the trackless desert. Near the border between Mongolia and China, the desert slowly swallows a tiny rural community. The town leader, Hangai, is determined to plant seedlings and ... Read more
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