International Films – Asia Pacific

Baby

Baby

Executive produced by Hou Hsiao-hsien (The Assassin, MIFF 2015) and anchored by a powerhouse performance from popular star Yang Mi, this propulsive social thriller examines the far-reaching consequences of China’s one-child policy.

Bellbird

Bellbird

MIFF Accelerator alumnus Hamish Bennett makes his feature directorial debut with this tender drama about grief-stricken dairy farmers, a follow-up to his award-winning short film Ross & Beth (MIFF 2014).

Children of the Sea

Children of the Sea

Brought to the screen with stunning animation and a spectacular score by veteran Studio Ghibli composer Joe Hisaishi, this vivid eco-conscious adventure is based on Daisuke Igarashi’s award-winning manga.

Daffodils

Daffodils

New Zealand’s smash-hit musical is a feelgood, nostalgic romance set to some of the biggest hits in Kiwi pop history.

Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains

Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains

“As mesmerizing and immersive as the legendary 14th century landscape painting that inspired it … a vast canvas that stands up to close scrutiny both as a series of snapshots of its characters’ personalities and as the panorama of a society undergoing radical change.” – The Hollywood Reporter 

Dying to Survive

Dying to Survive

An enterprising businessman takes on Big Pharma to provide cancer patients with expensive, life-extending medicine in this socially conscious drug-smuggling drama, which is based on a touching and astonishing true story, and earned more than $450 million at the Chinese box office.

A Family Tour

A Family Tour

Director Ying Liang is inspired by his own recent autobiographical history in this poignant portrait of an unusual family reunion that occurs despite exile, threats and the grief born of forced separation.

First Love

First Love

The unstoppable, incomparable Takashi Miike returns to MIFF with a sweet and gentle love story. Only joking! First Love is characteristic Miike: a brutal, bloody, hyper-violent and hyperreal tale of a boxer and a call girl caught between the yakuza, the triads and all-out anarchy.

The Halt

The Halt

The year is 2034. In Lav Diaz’s sci-fi vision of future, a deadly flu has killed millions, while the sun has stopped shining over South-East Asia. With the Philippines plunged into perpetual darkness, a despotic president grasps his chance to turn the desolated country into an oppressive dystopia.

His Lost Name

His Lost Name

Previously working with Hirokazu Kore-eda on MIFF 2013’s Like Father, Like Son and MIFF 2015’s Our Little Sister, filmmaker Nanako Hirose makes her feature directorial debut with a drama about family, secrets and trauma.

Hotel By The River

Hotel By The River

The latest from MIFF favourite Hong Sang-soo is a lyrical meditation on family, friendship and the eternal, which won Gi Ju-bong the Best Actor award at Locarno.

House of Hummingbird

House of Hummingbird

Winner of multiple awards from Berlin and Busan to Tribeca and beyond, House of Hummingbird is the debut feature from one of South Korea’s most celebrated new directors.

Jinpa

Jinpa

Acclaimed Tibetan director Pema Tseden veers away from his usual naturalistic style in this metaphysical road movie produced by Wong Kar-wai.

Long Day's Journey Into Night

Long Day's Journey Into Night

After the otherworldly allure of MIFF 2016’s Kaili Blues, poet turned filmmaker Bi Gan returns with another entrancing visit to China’s Guizhou province – as constructed around an astonishing 55-minute single take in mesmerising 3D.

Manta Ray

Manta Ray

Delving into Thailand’s treatment of Rohingyan refugees, cinematographer Phuttiphong Aroonpheng turns director with this visually stunning drama, which won the Orizzonti Prize for Best Film at last year’s Venice Film Festival.

Memories of My Body

Memories of My Body

Winner of UNESCO’s Cultural Diversity Award at the 2018 Asia Pacific Screen Awards, Indonesian auteur Garin Nugroho’s Memories of My Body dances through gender stereotypes, societal oppression and his homeland’s recent political history.

Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen

Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen

In 1988, Merata Mita was the first Māori woman to write and (solo) direct a narrative feature film in New Zealand. In 2019, she remains the only Māori woman to do so. This is her story, as told by her youngest son.

Nina Wu

Nina Wu

Direct from Cannes’ Un Certain Regard, The Road to Mandalay (MIFF 2017) director Midi Z returns with something very different from his celebrated ultra-low budget projects: a stylish, riveting thriller about a young actress losing control.

One Child Nation

One Child Nation

Winner of this year’s Sundance Film Festival Documentary Grand Jury Prize, this eye-opening film lays bare China’s population-shaping policy, the accompanying propaganda and the multi-generational impact that’s still being felt today.

Photograph

Photograph

Reuniting with Bollywood star Nawazuddin Siddiqui (Manto, MIFF 2018; Gangs of Wasseypur, MIFF 2012), The Lunchbox director Ritesh Batra contemplates love, life, and the complexities of culture, religion and class on the subcontinent.

Taking the Horse to Eat Jalebis

Taking the Horse to Eat Jalebis

“A highly imaginative panoramic portrait of [Old Delhi] … a thrilling, endlessly mutable tribute to one of the oldest, most vibrant parts of one of the world’s great cities.” – The Hollywood Reporter

Travelling Film Showcase - Vai

Travelling Film Showcase - Vai

Eight female directors from eight separate Pacific Island nations celebrate Indigenous resilience and creativity through the life of one extraordinary woman.

Vai

Vai

Eight female directors from eight separate Pacific Island nations celebrate Indigenous resilience and creativity through the life of one extraordinary woman.

We Are Little Zombies

We Are Little Zombies

Reality ain’t worth crying about for four teens numbed by tragedy who decide to form a technicolour pop-electronica band in this riotous yet emotionally trenchant feature debut from the award-winning Makoto Nagahisa.

The Wild Goose Lake

The Wild Goose Lake

The director of the acclaimed Black Coal, Thin Ice returns with his latest from Cannes competition, a densely layered neo-noir set in the Chinese underworld.

Your Face

Your Face

Taiwanese auteur Tsai Ming-liang swaps the virtual-reality splendour of The Deserted (MIFF 2018) for a contemplative work of close-up portraiture, as paired with a brooding score by Ryuichi Sakamoto.