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Winner of the Grand Prix at this year's Cannes Film Festival. Multiple award-winning filmmaker Naomi Kawase (Suzaku, The Weald) channels the classical Japanese masters in this sumptuous mood piece on longing and mourning. For Shigeki, life in a retirement home is a happy existence where very ... Read more
“Superbly honed at every level, with dialogue, performances and direction meshing in a seamless, apparently effortless flow.” - Variety This observational drama centres on the changing chemistry between two best friends - and the wife of one of them - who are forced to confront their ... Read more
“How much will I get? I'm gambling with my life.” ... Battling alcoholism, portly magician Francis (played by real-life magician Francis Bosco) works at a bar while relying on his young son Rajr to clean up after him, following his regular drunken escapades. As Rajr struggles to better himself ... Read more
Korean expats spend lazy days in the city of love, in the latest offering from Hong Sang-soo (Woman on the Beach, MIFF 07). ... Nominated for the Golden Bear at the 2008 Berlin International Film Festival, prolific South Korean director Hong Sang-soo's latest film tackles the peculiar existential ... Read more
A chilling drama set in China's inhospitable industrial western provinces. ... After making a humorous debut with Uniform (MIFF 04), filmmaker Diao Yinan performs an about-face with this strikingly composed, minimalist drama that dives into inhospitable depths, leaving a chill that lingers long ... Read more
“Oozes a sylvan sensuality.” - Bangkok Post ... Former MIFF guest and Thai revelation Pen-ek Ratanaruang (Invisible Waves, MIFF 06; Ploy, MIFF 08) returns with a moody supernatural drama about a how a couple is changed by encounter with a strange jungle spirit.When Nop, a photographer, accepts ... Read more
“I don't think I've ever seen more tension-filled sequences of this sort.” - critic and historian David Bordwell ... Affectionately called ‘Old Fish' by the locals, a cop approaching retirement is the only person in town deemed qualified to dispose of recently discovered landmines left behind ... Read more
“Tony Jaa and his team have once again raised the bar for fight choreography… Outstanding.” - Martial Development ... As the audience at MIFF's Closing Night screening of Ong Bak: Muay Thai Warrior in 2004 can attest, Tony Jaa's no-CGI, wire-free stylings left jaws hanging slack. For Ong ... Read more
An epic musical drawing on the tradition of Javanese theatre, dance and music, Opera Jawa comprises multiple dance troupes and a cast of hundreds. Husband and wife Siti and Setyo are both former dancers, now labouring in an ailing earthenware business. When Setyo is called away on business, local ... Read more
Director Robert Sarkies will be a guest of the festival and will be introducing the first screening of Out of the Blue ... The peaceful innocence of a tiny seaside village is shattered by the actions of one man in what was to become New Zealand's largest mass murder. This edge-of-the-seat drama of ... Read more
A polished mystery story set in a South Korean border town about a man seeking to escape the demons of his past, and the enigmatic women entangled in it. ... They say the mist that wraps around the city of Paju is from the soldiers who fell there during the Korean War, but for Joong-shik it's a ... Read more
Two women's experiences of China's shifting economic forces are explored in this unconventional blend of documentary and fiction. ... Quietly masterful, Emily Tang's Perfect Life discards traditional storytelling conventions to detail the contrasted experiences of two Chinese women in a country ... Read more
Every relationship needs its fantasies; some are more real than others. ... Arriving back in Thailand after a decade abroad, Wit and his wife Dang check in to a five-star hotel downtown. As Dang sleeps, a jet-lagged Wit retires to the hotel bar where he meets Ploy, a Lolita-like 19-year-old girl ... Read more
Winner of the Best Screenplay prize at this year's Cannes Film Festival. ... Filmmaker Lee Chang-dong (Secret Sunshine, MIFF 08; Oasis, MIFF 03) continues his tradition of razor-sharp social critique with his latest feature, a quietly haunting and thought-proking meditation on society's quick-fix ... Read more
“A simple, soulful film that stylistically recalls Italian neo-realist films such as The Bicycle Thief.” - Screen DailyWriter Cai Shangjun (Sunflower, MIFF 06) makes his directorial debut with The Red Awn, an honest portrayal of teen rebellion, coming-of-age and the rebuilding of a father-son ... Read more
“A powerful tale of quasi-biblical cycles of sin, atonement and redemption… a work of pristine beauty.” - Hollywood Reporter ... Sad Vacation concludes filmmaker Shinji Aoyama's ‘North Kyusha Saga' - the previous two films being Helpless and Eureka (MIFF 00). It follows Kenji, played ... Read more
Lee Chang-dong's (Oasis, MIFF 03) latest epic follows a young mother's encounter with adversity and tragedy as a widow settling in a new town. ... After losing her husband in a car accident, Shin-ae (played by Jeon Do-yeon, who was awarded Best Actress for the role at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival) ... Read more
“Corporate greed meets an ultra-shameless reality show, and Sondheimian musical numbers... To call the whole shebang a Faustian tale is an understatement.” - Bangkok PostYeo Joon Han's exuberant debut feature is a satirical musical dig at corporate culture, complete with several silly ... Read more
“A take-no-prisoners verite plunge into a Manila slum.” - Variety ... A fast-paced swoop into the streets of Manila, Slingshot follows the lives of a group of tiradors - or ‘slingshots' - local slang for petty thieves who operate the streets, stealing, fighting and avoiding the police. It's ... Read more
“I entered this condemned city [Fengjie] with my camera and I witnessed demolitions and explosions. In the roaring noise and fluttering dust, I gradually felt that life really could blossom in brilliant colours even in a place with such desperation.” - filmmaker Jia Zhang-ke Fengjie's old ... Read more
“This sublimely poignant character study will likely rank alongside Ozu's classics… one of the best Japanese family dramas ever put on film.” - Time Out ... The Yokoyama family reunites to honour their eldest son, who died saving a boy from drowning 15 years earlier. The annual ritual ... Read more
Cube meets Being John Malkovich. ... Japan's hugely popular comedian Hitoshi Matsumoto (Dainipponjin, MIFF 08) demonstrates his maturation as a filmmaker with this piece of candy-coloured weirdness. ... An anonymous man - played by Matsumoto in a noteworthy example of great physical comedy - wakes ... Read more
Purportedly based on the courtship of the filmmaker's parents, this film experiments with narrative to tell a story twice - in radically different settings. Purportedly based on the courtship of the filmmaker's parents, this film experiments with narrative to tell a story twice - in radically ... Read more
There are three kinds of people in the world - men, women and actresses. ... Six ravishingly beautiful Korean movie stars make light of their professional personae in this witty, tongue-in-cheek mockumentary. ... Coming together for a Vogue Magazine photo shoot, each actress - Youn Yuh-jung ... Read more
“An operatic, sensuous social satire that dares to be different from the original classic.” - Hollywood Reporter ... Controversial Korean director Im Sang-soo (A Good Lawyer's Wife, MIFF 04; The President's Last Bang, MIFF 05) reconfigures and modernises a classic of Korean cinema into a ... Read more
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