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A BEAUTIFUL NEW WORLD (Shi Runjiu, 1998)
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 suitca… Read more

A SCENE AT THE SEA (Takeshi Kitano, )
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 … Read more

APRIL STORY (Shunji Iwai, 1998)
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 m… Read more

BOUNCE (Masato Harado, 1997)
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 b… Read more

BULLET BALLET (Shinya Tsukamoto, 1998)
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 bre… Read more

FLOWERS OF SHANGHAI (Hou Hsiao-Hsien, 1998)
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 … Read more

FOREVER FEVER (Glen Goei, 1998)
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 gir… Read more

HANA-BI (FIREWORKS) (Takeshi Kitano, 1991)
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 an… Read more

HOLD YOU TIGHT (Stanley Kwan, 1998)
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, a… Read more

IKINAI (Hiroshi Shimizu, 1998)
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 t… Read more

LEAF ON A PILLOW (Garin Nugroho, 1998)
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 ma… Read more

MOTEL CACTUS (Park Ki-Yong, 1997)
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 v… Read more

MR ZHAO (Lu Yue, 1998)
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 wom… Read more

POSTMAN BLUES (Sabu, 1997)
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. … Read more

PUSH! PUSH! (Park Chul Soo, 1997)
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… Read more

SAMURAI FICTION (Hiroyuki Nakano, 1998)
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 g… Read more

SPRING IN MY HOMETOWN (Lee Kwang-Mo, 1998)
"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… Read more

THE BIRD PEOPLE IN CHINA (Takashi Miike, 1998)
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 cu… Read more

THE EEL (Shohei Imamura, 1997)
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 … Read more

THE FIRST TIMERS (Isao Morimoto, 1999)
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 univ… Read more

THE LONGEST SUMMER (Fruit Chan, 1998)
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-ov… Read more

THE PERSONALS (Chen Kuo-Fu, 1998)
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 involv… Read more

THE QUIET FAMILY (Kim Ji-Woon, 1998)
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 co… Read more

WITHOUT MEMORY (Kore-ada Hirokazu, 1996)
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 ac… Read more

XIU XIU: THE SENT DOWN GIRL (Joan Chen, 1998)
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 … Read more

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