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Films In 2004

BIG SWINDLE, THE (Choi Dong Hun, 2004)
Choi Dong-hoon's directorial debut, The Big Swindle, proves that South Korea's golden age of filmmaking is set to continue for a while yet. Carrying on the recent tradition of films that deliver on e… Read more

Birthday Boy (Sejong Park, 2004)
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Bite (Annemarie van de Mond, 2004)
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BITTER DREAM (Mohsen Amiryoussefi, 2004)
For 40 years the cantankerous Esfandiar has prepared corpses for the journey to their final resting places. He works with a dignified widow named Delbar, who washes the bodies of deceased women, and … Read more

Black Man and His Bride: Australian Paintings by Arthur Boyd (Tim Burstall, 2004)
Tim Burstall Remembered Pioneering filmmaker Tim Burstall, who passed away recently at age 76, was justifiably credited with revitalising the Australian film industry in the 70s. With films such as S… Read more

BLINDSPOT: HITLER's SECRETARY (André Heller, 2004)
Blind Spot: Hitler's Secretary (Im Toten Winkel: Hitlers Sekretärin)Austria'I have finally let go of my story. Now I feel the world is letting go of me.'Traudl Junge, Hitler's secretaryAfter keepi… Read more

BLOOD AND BONES (Yoichi Sai, 2004)
Blood and Bones centres on Kim Sun-pei, a Korean migrant attempting to build a fortune in Japan. Contrary to his hopes, the Japan he encounters is a brutal world of discrimination and hard labour. Re… Read more

BLOOD BROTHERS, THE (Chang Cheh, 2004)
The Blood Brothers (Ci Ma) Hong Kong 'a tragic, romantic, blood-soaked martial arts tale of revenge that explores one of the most sensational scandals in Chinese history and marked the ascension of i… Read more

BOMBON - EL PERRO (Carlos Sorin, 2004)
Bombon - El Perro is a story about fate and friendship, and a magnificent white Argentinean mastiff named Bombon. The amiable Juan Villegas has lost his job at a remote Patagonian service station. At… Read more

BORN INTO BROTHELS (Ross Kaufman, Zana Briski, 2004)
Born Into Brothels USABritish photographer Zana Briski ventured into Calcutta's red-light district on assignment and wound up working there for two years, appalled by the plight of the children of se… Read more

BOY WHO PLAYS ON THE BUDDHAS OF BAMIYAN, THE (Phil Grabsky, 2004)
The Boy who Plays on the Buddhas of Bamiyan UK/Afghanistan 'Compelling' Watching it is a reminder that you don't necessarily need massive budgets to be a distinctive voice. But you do need mavericks … Read more

BRAIN MONKEY SHORTS (, 2004)
Brain Monkey Shorts Japan MIFF pulls together a programme of cutting-edge live action and animation shorts'a selection that could truly only come out of Japan. Films include:The Fuccons: Special Edit… Read more

Bread and Milk (Shinyun Won, 2004)
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BREAKING NEWS (Johnnie To, 2004)
Breaking News (Dai Sigin) Hong KongThe latest hard-boiled crime drama from acclaimed Hong Kong filmmaker Johnnie To (P.T.U., MIFF 2003) wowed audiences in its Official Selection slot at Cannes this y… Read more

BRIDE OF THE SEVENTH HEAVEN, A (Markhu Lehmuskallio, 2004)
A Bride of the Seventh Heaven (Jumalan Morsian) FinlandIn the vast, frozen expanses of the Jamal Peninsula in Russia's far north, the astonishing story of a woman's marriage to a god is recounted. Sh… Read more

BRIGHT FUTURE (Kurosawa Kiyoshi, 2004)
Bright Future (Akauri Mirai) JapanMamoru (Asano Tadanobu) is a 27-year-old factory worker, whose sole purpose in life is to mutate his hauntingly luminous yet poisonous jellyfish into a freshwater cr… Read more

BRIGHT LEAVES (Ross McElwee, 2004)
Bright Leaves USA'Idiosyncratic, funny and genuine, Bright Leaves is a little gem.' -screen International Ross McElwee is best known for his 1986 documentary, Sherman's March, which inaugurated its o… Read more

brothers (Sussanne Bier, 2004)
In her powerfully immediate [Brothers], Suzanne Bier - director of the acclaimed Dogma film [Open Hearts] (MIFF 02) - has fashioned a taut psychological drama of a splintering family. ... Michael and… Read more

BUFFALO BOY (Minh Nguyen-Vo, 2004)
The striking debut feature of Minh Nguyen-vo, which won him the Youth Jury and Leopard awards at Lorcano last year, marks him as a filmmaker to look out for. ... Set in Indochina in 1940, his [Buffal… Read more

BUKOWSKI: BORN INTO THIS (John Dullahan, 2004)
Bukowski: Born Into This USA'Here's a movie that requires you to tie one on after, if not during the screening. Bukowski: Born Into This presents just about everything you want to know about the lege… Read more

Busby Berkeley's Tribute to Mae West (Paul Bush, 2004)
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cafE Lumiere (Hou Hsiao-hsien, 2004)
In [Cafe Lumiere] Hou Hsiao-hsien has fashioned a superb homage to Japan's master filmmaker Ozu Yasujiro, incorporating some reverent references to his 1953 [Tokyo Story]. ... [Cafe Lumiere] is a del… Read more

CASSHERN (Kiriya Kazuaki, 2004)
Kazuaki Kiriya is known in Japan for his music videos and fashion photography. His debut feature is the stylistically eclectic [Casshern], an apocalyptic sci-fi war flick inspired by a 1970s' anime T… Read more

Casuistry: the art of killing a cat (Zev Asher, 2004)
[Casuistry: The Art of Killing a Cat], which premiered at last year's Toronto Film Festival, is an examination into one of Canada's most notorious, abhorrent animal cruelty cases. This challenging fi… Read more

CAT RETURNS, THE (Morita Hiroyuki, 2004)
The Cat Returns (Neko no Ongaeshi) JapanThe latest film from Japanese animation powerhouse Studio Ghibli is The Cat Returns, an enchanting fantasy adventure tale following the fortunes of Haru, a you… Read more

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