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Bao Gun is a simple country boy whose dreams come true. He wins a contest in his small town, the prize being a deluxe apartment in a sumptuous, new Shanghai high-rise. Armed only with a single suitcase, the address of a distant relative and trousers that ride too high, Bao Gun heads for the big ... Read more
Fans of Takeshi's two films prior to this (Violent Cop and Boiling Point) must have had their expectations confounded! After his relentless explorations of renegade cops and pitiless Yakuza, to come up with a Japanese surfing romance?! A Scene at the Sea is such a delight that it seems ... Read more
Uzuki Nireno bids farewell to her family and relocates to Tokyo to attend University. As the film progresses at a gentle pace, it becomes evident that the long-haired boy at the local bookstore has more to do with Nireno's choice of university than any other factor. A hit at both Berlin and Toronto ... Read more
Bounce allows us to sneak into the real-life under-belly of Shibuya, Tokyo's teen capital. The film is fast, twisted, thoroughly involving, and easily stands alongside Kids and La Haine as no holds barred accounts of disaffected youth. In Shibuya - where the world's best accessorised youth come out ... Read more
With his fascination for transmogrified bodies, junkyard sci-fi hallucinations, explosive violence and dynamic editing. Shinya Tsukamoto has found a cult audience at festivals worldwide since his breakthrough feature debut, Tetsuo—The Iron Man. ... Fans of his hi-impact, confrontational style ... Read more
After a masterful series of films about the history of Taiwan, Hou Hsiao-hsien turns his gaze to a fascinating saga from Chinese history. Qing Dynasty 'Flower Houses', a polite euphemism for elegant brothels, were a meeting place for the male elite in the British conces­sion. The strict social ... Read more
Hock has a dead-end supermarket job but a single prospect on the horizon: if he can swallow his pride and summon the skill to enter the local disco dancing com­petition, he might just win the girl of his dreams along with $5000 to buy the motorbike of his dreams. Think Strictly Balloom with an ... Read more
Police detective Nishi (Takeshi) ditches stakeout duty with his partner and best friend Horibe to visit his wife in hospital. During the visit he is informed that his wife's condition is incurable and terminal. Distraught and overwhelmed by the news, Nishi's world is completely shattered when news ... Read more
A complex story based around a small ensemble of characters who cross paths in the wake of a plane crash. Grieving for his dead wife, a young husband, Fung Wai, meets a gay real estate agent, Tong, after he considers selling his apartment, which holds too many painful reminders of the loss. Much of ... Read more
A group of Japanese hire a tour bus with one intention: communal suicide. Everyone on this fatal trip, including the driver and perky female guide, has financial or per­sonal woes that have led them to take desperate mea­sures. ... The debut feature by Takeshi Kitano protege Hiroshi Shimizu ... Read more
Leaf on a Pillow depicts the rough and tumble daily life of three young homeless kids on the streets of Yogyakarta. During the day they scrounge a living in the crowded, nar­row streets of the market area of the city. At night they share a deserted corner of the market place with Asih, a middle ... Read more
Four very different intimate encounters occur in Room 407 of Motel Cactus, a Seoul 'love hotel'. In Summer, the first episode, a woman seeks to spend her birthday with the man she loves, but he has very different plans. Autumn concerns a pair of young college students who surprise themselves when ... Read more
Winner of the Grand Prize at last year's Locarno Film Festival, Mr Zhao relates the romantic entangle­ments of the gentleman of the title. A low-key charmer, Zhao is magnetically attracted to women of all kinds, without any thought for consequences. The film opens with Zhao, a Shanghai doctor ... Read more
An audience favourite at Montreal, Sundance and Rotterdam Film Festivals, Postman Blues is a terrifically entertaining farce directed by Sabu, one of the rising stars of Japanese cinema's next wave. The film reflects the deep alienation and fanatical media fixation of contemporary youth culture in ... Read more
Comic farce or major assault on Korean sexual mores? Push! Push! is both. The X Files meets ER, with a portion of Fawlty Towers thrown in. Korean filmmaker Park Chul Soo storms the wards of a women's clinic and pushes humour and satire to its limits without once belittling his subject matter ... Read more
The classic Samurai film has been drastically updated in this dazzling feature debut by Hiroyuki Nakano. An official selection at Sundance and Montreal Film Festivals, Samurai Fiction has taken the genre and added a daring and dynamic new flair. A masterful sense of humour, advanced special ... Read more
"As soon as we saw the first image of this film, it was perfectly obvious to us that a genuine director was born." This was the enthusiastic appraisal of the head of the Director's Fortnight panel at Cannes last year. "We really appreciated the beauty of the shots, the elegance of the style and the ... Read more
Contrasling images of flight—primeval, mystical, hi-tech—set the tone for a remarkable journey backwards in time to the most distant part of China. Yunnan is frozen in time, a place so culturally isolated that the old­est person there has never even heard of Chairman Mao. Untouched ... Read more
The Eel (winner of the Palme d'Or at Cannes 1997) balances comic tragedy and drama in its telling of the rehabilitation of Takuro, released from jail after stabbing his wife eight years previous. In the outside world he remains largely uncommunicative, except with an eel he found while in prison ... Read more
Robert Nicholas, a drifting journalist in his mid-30s, nar­rates this painfully beautiful film as Boku ('I' in Japanese). In early 1989, Boku is a foreign student of Japanese Literature at a university in Kyoto. He lives in a crowded, filthy share house in the ancient, exotic city. Despite the ... Read more
Fruit Chan is back! The young HK Chinese director who captivated MIFF audiences last year with his dazzling Made in Hong Kong returns with an epic crime thriller set during the lead up to the hand-over. A band of disaffected soldiers, dumped by the British army stationed in Hong Kong once they ... Read more
The Personals is a cleverly constructed, ironic comedy of manners that's exceptionally accessible to western audiences without compromising its identity. A sleeper hit at Cannes 1999, the film involves Wu, a pret­ty but far from glamourous woman in her early 30s. A comfortably off ... Read more
Think The Texas Chainsaw Massacre meets Fawlty Towers; think The Partridge Family meets The Addams Family but don't ever think you're prepared for the Kangs! This totally macabre and crazed Korean comedy takes the rice cake in bad taste, black humour and body count. ... After father Kang is sacked ... Read more
Without Memory is a melancholy document of three years in the life of Sekine Hiroshi, diagnosed with Wernicke's Kosakoff Syndrome, a minute but profound damage to the brain which prevents him from accumulating new memories. While hospitalised for a stomach operation in 1992, Hiroshi was deprived of ... Read more
During China's Cultural Revolution around 7.5 million 'intellectual youth' were 'sent down' to the countryside to learn skills of manual labour and rural life. Xiu Xiu, based on Yan Geling's novella Tian Yu, tells an intimate tale of a young student trapped in a movement which has long since lost ... Read more
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