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12 STOREYS (Eric Khoo, 1997)
A moving and thought provoking second film by Meepok Man director Eric Khoo, 12 Storeys is a look at a day in the life of three households in a Housing and Development Board estate of cramped three-r… Read more

BUDDHA BLESS AMERICA (Wu Nien-jen, 1996)
Taiwan's colonial past is brought into sharp and ironic relief in Wu Nien-jen's satiric com­edy. Though the settings and cultural references are very specific, audiences will have no trouble reco… Read more

HAPPY TOGETHER (Wong Kar-wai, 1997)
Hong Kong maverick Wong Kar-wai mixes up a heady brew of race, culture and sexuality in Happy Together, his latest film dealing with a gay Chinese couple residing in Buenos Aires. The director's star… Read more

KIDS RETURN (Takeshi Kitano, 1996)
Alternating between humour and irony, Takeshi Kitano's hard edged look at disaffect­ed youth follows the life of two high school fail­ures, Shinji and Masaru, and their fate in the unyielding… Read more

LABYRINTH OF DREAMS (Ishii Sogo, 1996)
Sogo Ishii's Labyrinth Of Dreams is radically removed from Angel Dust, his last film seen in Australia (MIFF 1995). However their polar differ­ences indicate the breadth and scope of Ishii's crea… Read more

PRIVATE WARS (Nick Deocampo, 1996)
In this intensely personal documentary, film­maker Nick Deocampo traces the tumultuous public history of the Philippines through its dev­astating effect on the private history of his own life… Read more

SUZAKU (Naomi Kawase, 1997)
Naomi Kawase's first feature film confirms the talent shown by her poignantly poetic prize-winning shorts. In a magnificent cedar-forested mountain setting, exquisitely filmed by veteran cameraman Ma… Read more

TOPLESS WOMEN TALK ABOUT THEIR LIVES (Harry Sinclair, 1997)
There's every likihood that this shot-on-a-shoestring first feature will be seen as a trans-Tasman version of Love and Other Catastropes. Precursors can probably be found at least one generation earl… Read more

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