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  • 11 Flowers

    Directed by Xiaoshuai Wang • Drama • With Jingchun Wang, Wenqing Liu • 2011 • 115 minutes

    One of China's foremost directors, Wang Xiaoshuai (Beijing Bicycle, Shanghai Dreams) has created a moving coming-of-age tale set in the final days of China's Cultural Revolution.

    11-year-old Wang lives w...

  • Nobuhiko Obayashi's War Trilogy

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    In the last decade of his long and prolific career, Nobuhiko Obayashi (1938-2020) —best-known in the U.S. as the filmmaker behind the cult hit House (1977)—wrote and directed a trio of deeply personal and formally audacious films that confronted Japan’s wartime past.

    Made in the wake of the Grea...

  • Air Doll (Hirokazu Kore-eda)

    Directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda • Drama • With Bae Doona, Arata Iura, Itsuji Itao • 2009 • 116 minutes

    A present-day fable for the increasing disconnect we find in urban life, Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Air Doll transports the Galatea myth to present day Tokyo.

    A life-size sex doll (Bae Doona, The Host)...

  • A New Old Play

    Directed by QIU Jiongjiong • Drama • With Tao Gu, Yi Sicheng • 2022 • 180 minutes

    Jiongjiong Qiu’s visually magnificent new film is a unique hybrid of fiction, historical reminiscence, and experimental theatre. Its overview of China from the 1930s to the 1980s is filtered through Qiu Yu, a Sichu...

  • Though I Am Gone

    Directed by Hu Jie • Documentary • 2007 • 68 minutes

    Pioneering filmmaker Hu Jie uncovers the tragic story of a teacher beaten to death by her students during the Cultural Revolution.

    In 1966, the Cultural Revolution exploded throughout China, as Mao's Red Guards persecuted suspected Rightists....

  • Maborosi

    Directed by Hirokazu Koreeda • Drama • With Makiko Esumi, Tadanobu Asano • 1995 • 110 minutes

    One of the finest films of Japanese cinema, Hirokazu Kore-eda’s first feature film Maborosi is a story of love, loss, and ultimately, regeneration.

    Haunted by the mysterious loss of her grandmother ma...

  • Long Day's Journey Into Night

    Directed by Bi Gan • Drama • With Wei Tang, Jue Huang, Sylvia Chang • 2019 • 140 minutes

    Bi Gan follows up his knockout debut, Kaili Blues, with this noir-tinged stunner about a lost soul (Jue Huang) on a quest to find a missing woman from his past (Wei Tang, Lust, Caution). Following leads acr...

  • Adela

    Directed by Adolfo Alix, Jr. • Drama • With Anita Linda, Joem Bascon, Jason Abalos • 2008 • 90 minutes

    It is Adela’s 80th birthday. A former radio personality, she lives on her own in the slums of Manila. Adela is surrounded by a sea of humanity and with it their problems, successes, and trivial...

  • Manila

    Directed by Adolfo B. Alix Jr., Raya L. Martin • Drama • With Piolo Pascual • 2009 • 90 minutes

    Piolo Pascual portrays two characters in this fractured tale of darkness and light, exposing the seedy underbelly of the city that surrounds him.

  • Blue Island

    Directed by CHAN Tze Woon • Documentary • 2022 • 98 minutes

    BLUE ISLAND documents three people who engaged in rebellions when they were young. Through reconstructing these events, the film dramatizes their scarred memories and experiences by using four young people who participated in the 2019 A...

  • Mrs. B., A North Korean Woman

    Directed by Jero Yun • Documentary • 2016 • 71 minutes

    "There are five kinds of families that buy us," says Mrs. B over dinner and drinks with fellow North Korean exiles living in China. "The first type, either the father or the mother is missing and the son can't get married. Then there are the...

  • White Sun

    Directed by Deepak Rauniyar • Drama • With Dayahang Rai, Asha Magrati, Rabindra Singh Baniya • 2016 • 89 minutes

    Gorgeously lensed, WHITE SUN sensitively explores the damage done to the fabric of Nepalese society by the decade-long civil war between the Maoists and Nepal’s monarchical government...

  • Education and Nationalism

    Directed by Hisayo Saika • Documentary • 2023 • 108 minutes

    A group of uniformed Japanese schoolchildren make their way to class. But what they will be taught when they get there is a subject increasingly under government scrutiny.

    EDUCATION AND NATIONALISM traces growing government interventio...

  • Happy Hour (Ryusuke Hamaguchi)

    Directed by Ryûsuke Hamaguchi • Drama • With Sachie Tanaka, Hazuki Kikuchi, Maiko Mihara • 2017 • 317 minutes

    A powerful affirmation of the immersive potential of cinema. HAPPY HOUR is a slow-burning epic chronicling the emotional journey of four thirtysomething women in the misty seaside city o...

  • Rebels of the Neon God

    Directed by Tsai Ming-liang • Drama • With Lee Kang-sheng • 1992 • 106 minutes

    Tsai Ming-liang emerged on the world cinema scene in 1992 with his groundbreaking first feature, Rebels of the Neon God. His debut already includes a handful of elements familiar to fans of subsequent work: a deceptiv...

  • Myanmar Diaries

    Directed by Myanmar Film Collective • Documentary • 2023 • 70 minutes

    MYANMAR DIARIES is comprised of short films by ten young anonymous Burmese filmmakers, combined with emotionally harrowing citizen journalism documenting the junta’s brutality, as well as courageous resistance to it.

    The film...

  • Casting Blossoms to the Sky

    Directed by Nobuhiko Obayashi • Drama • With Yasuko Matsuyuki, Masahiro Takashima, Natsuki Harada,  • 2012 • 160 minutes

    In 2011, a journalist arrives in Nagaoka, a Japanese village that underwent destruction during both World War II and the 2004 Chūetsu earthquakes, and is now notable for the f...

  • Xiaogang Feng

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    In the late '90s, Xiaogang Feng emerged as one of Asia’s most successful commercial directors for his black comedies about the lives of common people in a rapidly changing China. In the past 15 years, his films have become more ambitious and have pushed the boundaries of Chinese cinema. He is oft...

  • Detention

    Directed by John Hsu • Drama • With Gingle Wang; Meng-Po Fu; Hung Chang Chu; Jing-Hua Tseng; Cecilia Choi • 2019 • 102 minutes

    Set during the Taiwanese martial law of the 1960s, this shockingly gruesome and terrifying coming-of-age drama based on a hugely popular video game sees two classmates w...

  • Shusenjo: Comfort Women and Japan's War on History

    Directed by Miki Dezaki • Documentary • 2019 • 120 minutes

    One of the most heated issues in Japan and Asia today is over something that occurred 80 years ago: the Japanese Imperial Army's sexual enslavement of an estimated tens of thousands of Korean women and others in military brothels during ...

  • We Are Little Zombies

    Directed by Makoto Nagahisa • Drama • With Keita Ninomiya, Mondo Okumura, Satoshi Mizuno, Sena Nakajima • 2019 • 120 minutes

    When four young orphans—Hikari, Ikuko, Ishi, and Takemura—first meet, their parents’ bodies are being turned into dust, like fine Parmesan atop a plate of spaghetti Bologn...

  • Anand Patwardhan

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    Discover the complete filmography of Anand Patwardhan, for almost 50 years India’s most important – and to some, controversial – documentary filmmaker.

    From his first film Waves of Revolution made in 1974 through his most recent film Reason completed in 2018, Patwardhan has recorded the modern h...

  • The Enigma of Arrival

    Directed by Song Wen • Documentary • With Li Xian, Xuan Gu, Lin Xiaofan • 2018 • 112 minutes

    A group of high school friends reunite, years after they cut off contact with each other due to the mysterious disappearance of a mutual friend. Although a long time has passed, they realize they need to...

  • A Fool

    Directed by Jianbin Chen • Drama • With Jianbin Chen, Jiang Qinqin, Wang Xuebing, Jin Shijia • 2014 • 97 minutes

    Based on Hu Xuewen's novella "Running Moonlight", a Chinese shepherd tries to enlist help in getting his son released from prison; when a wandering stranger enters his life, diverting...