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Films Screened In 2002

Hong Kong filmmaker Yan Yan Mak's debut scooped the coveted FIPRESCI Award at the 2001 Hong Kong Film Festival. Her ambitious film took the director from her home in bustling Hong Kong to a remote North Western province in China, a journey largely mirrored in the film's narrative. ... Ah Ming ... Read more
A dreamlike tale from the margins of Americana, Buried has an otherworldly quality ideally suited to the dark fable that forms its core. Nineteenth century Montana: a woman's hand thrusts up through the earth of a shallow grave. She drags herself from the sod, emerging fully clothed in a saloon ... Read more
Eight people, seven dreams, one bus. Sit back for a contemplative trip. ... Read more
A man and a woman, having once met in the pharmacy where the woman works, drive to a hotel in a small seaside town near Seoul. Only on the way does the man ask the woman her name. Each has their own families, and memories of the town, once a small inlet in their school days, now full of ... Read more
A bold combination of animation styles and techniques, coupled with live action, this BAFTA nominated piece compares accounts of growing up in a family with a schizophrenic parent. Screened at Rotterdam, British Animation Awards and World Animation Celebration. ... Read more
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"Hiroshi Shizumi is a Takeshi Kitano protégé, having worked as assistant director on several of his films, including Kids Return (MIFF 1997), Hana-Bi (MIFF 1998) and Brother (MIFF 2001). Shizumi's style in Chicken Heart (selected for Critics' Week at Cannes this year) echoes that of his master ... Read more
Julian Benedikt's third documentary to be screened at MIFF; this exhaustively researched film traces the life of Chico Hamilton from the early years performing with his school buddies Dexter Gordon and Charles Mingus, through the orchestras of Count Basie and Duke Ellington to his time with the ... Read more
"Sharing this year's Best Director prize at Cannes, veteran Korean filmmaker Im Kwon-Taek has crafted a stirring, poetic portrait of the creative process as personified by Ohwon, an eminent late-nineteenth century Korean painter. A colourful individual with a healthy appetite for living, Ohwon, at ... Read more
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Are you prepared to alter your diet to avoid the need for toilet breaks, thus fitting in more movie screenings each day? Do you take changes of clothes to the cinema to avoid coming home? Can you live on peanut butter sandwiches for months in order to afford up to eight screenings a day? ... The ... Read more
A young man who is born to happiness is foiled when his over-zealous parents buy him a contrabass (double bass). Will he ever escape its oppressive influence and know happiness once again? From the director of Poste Restante (MIFF 2001). ... Read more
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"The recurrent themes in my films are space and captivity. The woman in Crocodile and the man in The Isle are captives; they're characters who become prisoners through a violence which, ironically, is beautiful." - Kim Ki-Duk ... Kim Ki-Duk's debut is an unsettling and unclassifiable piece ... Read more
Banned in China, yet screening at Cannes this year in Un Certain Regard, Beijing filmmaker Liu Bingjian's third feature (the other two were also banned) has struck a chord for its equally humorous and honest portrayal of mainland Chinese life in all its contradictions. ... Guixiang, a strong and ... Read more
"From the director of the superb Ring and Ring 2. A young mother is plagued by visions of the ghostly presence of a drowned girl which seem to strip away the reassuring surfaces of modern-day Japan to reveal an alternative world of fear and superstition. But while Ring's horror involved a widening ... Read more
One of the most formidable jolts to the Yakuza genre in the past decade. Dead or Alive has already left audiences gulping and gasping at Tokyo, Vancouver and Seattle Film Festivals. Surreal visions of excess, an out of control guitar soundtrack and mean streets examinations of almost every ... Read more
Dead or Alive 2: Birds, is far from a traditional sequel. Mizuki, a crack hitman fond of painfully loud shirts, is hired by an enigmatic magician played by Shinya Tsukamoto, director of the Tetsuo films (MIFF 1994) as well as Tokyo Fist (MIFF 1996) and Gemini (MIFF 2000). His target is a Yakuza ... Read more
Sonny Corpus, 16, orphaned and loose on the streets of Manila, makes a near fatal mistake when he offers to be a lookout for a group of pals planning a home invasion. An elderly woman is killed and a policeman wounded when the thieves botch their getaway. Only Sonny is nabbed and, due to the fact ... Read more
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Winner of two awards at the 2001 Venice Film Festival, including the Cinema of the Present - Special Jury Award, Deep Breath tells a singular tale of an alienated teenage boy who lives with his uncle in the French countryside. In the course of a day, David gets drunk for the first time and finds ... Read more
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