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“The best Korean gangster movie since Friend.” - Variety “Since I've got my foot into this world… might as well go all the way…” Second-in-rank Byung-doo is a gangster stuck between his overbearing boss and younger criminals, each as aggressive and ambitious as the next and ... Read more
“Rabidly violent Dog Bite Dog takes the action off the leash.” - Variety The Hong Kong action film of the year, Dog Bite Dog, distinguishes itself even by Hong Kong standards with its uncompromising toughness and terrifyingly intense depictions of criminal violence. Pang (Edison Chen), a ... Read more
An original melding of spiritualism and action starring Jaycee Chan, son of martial-arts legend Jackie Chan, rounded out with spirited drumming sequences. ... When Sid (Chan), the son of a triad boss, is caught with the wife of a rival leader, he flees Hong Kong at the urging of his father ... Read more
Director Taika Waititi will be a guest of the festival and will be introducing the first screening of Eagle vs Shark ... “Napoleon Dynamite meets When Harry Met Sally.” - cinematicalPainfully inept fast food worker Lily is the butt of her co-workers' jokes and the object of her manager's ire ... Read more
“Here, you encounter a love completely different from what you have known or experienced before…” - filmmaker Kim Tae-yong Arguments turn to fighting, fighting to shouting, shouting to crying, crying to sulking and sulking back to arguing again - but family is family and family is ... Read more
“A film whose genuine humor and lack of pretension, not to mention palpable warmth, set it above the general run of new Malaysian cinema.” - Variety ... On Mother's Day in some parts of the world it's tradition to wear a flower, pink or red if your mother is still alive, white if she is no ... Read more
“A headlong dive into the company of reckless Chinese youths.” - Variety ... In the gritty hub that is China's Fujian province, human cargo, illegal emigration and blackmail are part of everyday life. One of the first coastal areas of China to be opened to the outside world, it has become an ... Read more
“For Hong's fans as well as art film-inclined audiences coming to his films new, this is as tangy and refreshing as sangria.” - Hollywood Reporter ... Receiving the top prize in the Un Certain Regard section of this year's Cannes Film Festival, South Korea's premier auteur and MIFF mainstay ... Read more
“We live in our dreams, and everything is about fantasy invading reality or reality breaking into fantasy.” - filmmaker Guo Xiaolu Guo Xiaolu's intricate and unconventional debut How is Your Fish Today? moves fluidly between fiction and reality, and eventually seamlessly melds the two ... Read more
“Albeit closer to ballet than drama, this urban nocturne is one of Tsai's most beautiful and naturalistic films.” - Village Voice Taiwan's champion of minimalism, Tsai Ming-liang (What Time is It There?, The Wayward Cloud), travels to his homeland of Malaysia for this cinematic elegy that is ... Read more
“Recalls the intensity of Alfred Hitchcock's The Wrong Man.” - Variety ... The writer-director of the original Japanese Shall We Dance?, Masayuki Suo, makes his return to feature filmmaking after an 11-year absence. Suo turns his eye for analysis on the closed world of Japan's legal system ... Read more
“Raya Martin's weather-beaten melodrama is one hallucinatory emotional hothouse.” - Time Out New York ... With fake backdrops, overacting, deliberately rough effects and a black and white 1:33 aspect ratio, Independencia harks back to golden era of 1930s cinema to tell an earnest tale about a ... Read more
“Think remake of Mutiny on the Bounty using Dogville as an aesthetic blueprint.” - Hollywood Reporter ... Japan's recent economic recession has fuelled the revival of left-wing dissident Takiji Kobayashi's 1929 novel Kanikôsen. This remade film version from director Sabu comes as a ... Read more
“Human life is like Pandora's Box, too ambiguous and magical to measure.” - filmmaker Roh Gyeong-tae ... Within the decaying landscape of an industrialised South Korean city, three lost souls wrestle with questions of identity and meaning in Roh Gyeong-tae's follow up to his praised debut ... Read more
Yang Lina's documentary is a fascinating insight into the late-life trials and emotion of Beijing's senior citizens. ... At 90, Lao An shows no signs of slowing down - a passion for dance gives him the vitality of someone half his age. A chance encounter with Wei, a dancer he meets in a park one ... Read more
In his dreams, she appears as an otherworldly beauty. In reality, she 's a brassy country girl. Which version of this woman does he love? ... A Chinese man (played by Hong Kong superstar Daniel Wu) living in New York suffers recurring dreams in which he meets an elusive, sorrowful woman (played by ... Read more
“Film festivals and cinema workshops come across as hotbeds of drunken brawls, fulsome schmoozing and adulterous sex.” - Hollywood Reporter ... In a self-reflexive jibe, filmmaker Hong Sang-soo (Woman on the Beach, MIFF 07; Night and Day, MIFF 08) skewers artistic pretensions and sends up the ... Read more
A heartbreaking Dickens-like tale about the harsh realities of child exploitation that is both moving and ruthlessly unsentimental. ... After the death of her mother, 11-year-old ‘Little Moth' is put up for adoption. She suffers from toxic blood poisoning that renders her unable to walk, and the ... Read more
“Though arthritic and weary, these two gray panthers offer a sharp, unsentimental portrait of cunning and determination.” - Village Voice ... In the permanently flooded district of Malabon in Manilla a grandmother (or lola in Tagalog) grieves for her grandson, murdered by a thief. The thief's ... Read more
Sex, greed and a little bit of love make the world go round in Lost in Beijing, Li Yu's tragi-comic view of life in the new China. Foot masseuse Liu Pingguo and husband, An Kun, a high-rise window cleaner, are struggling to get by, barely able to pay their rent. When Pinggauo gets drunk with her ... Read more
“Evoking an unhinged Ken Russell on a sushi binge.” - Variety ... Clocking in at just under 240 minutes but never skipping a beat, visionary filmmaker Sion Sono (Suicide Club, Noriko's Dinner Table) presents an epic love story peppered with religion, perversion and martial arts. ... After being ... Read more
“A eulogy to lung pollution, Love in a Puff makes sharing a pack of cigarettes look sexier than sharing a bed.” - Hollywood Reporter ... In post-cigarette ban Hong Kong, smokers gather around rubbish bins, in alleyways and outside shops to share gossip and dirty jokes. It's over one of these ... Read more
“Heralds a dark wit and sleek intelligence guided by a creatively secure humility.” - Variety ... Death, family and literature all come to the forefront but not necessarily in that order, as three seemingly unrelated guests at a funeral reveal their hidden relationships with the deceased and ... Read more
“This is a place of sin, prostitution, drug trafficking - you name it.” ... Gritty and blackly comic, The Moss is the second feature from director Derek Kwok, whose award-winning debut The Pye-Dog cemented his reputation as a new force in Hong Kong cinema. ... Kwok's Hong Kong overflows with ... Read more
“Vertigo-style flashback and shocking revelations elevate the film beyond mere thriller into high-octane Almodovar territory.” - Screen International ... One of South Korea's most exciting filmmakers, Bong Joon-ho (The Host, MIFF 06) continues to subvert genre conventions with Mother, his take ... Read more
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