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Asian Cinema

Asian Cinema

Cinema has been a part of Asian cultures for more than a century. We offer a selection of films from older classic titles (King Hu's THE FATE OF LEE KHAN) to more recent family dramas by the Japanese auteur Hirokazu Kore-eda, along with films from Singapore, South Korea, Vietnam and Thailand.

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Asian Cinema
  • The Taste of Pho

    Long, a Vietnamese cook and Warsaw resident, has built up a loyal following for his expertly-made pho, until the restaurant where he works is sold to a new owner who wants to revamp the menu. This sudden change exacerbates Long’s struggles to fit in with the European culture his ten-year-old daug...

  • Heavenly Nomadic

    A family of horse-herding nomads lives in the remote high mountains of Kyrgyzstan. Tabyldy is the head of the household. His wife Karachach does the cooking and looks after their granddaughter, while their widowed daughter-in-law Shaiyr takes their herd to graze. Shaiyr has not had another man in...

  • Summer Lights

    Akihiro (Hiroto Ogi), a filmmaker based in Paris, returns to Japan to film a documentary on the 70th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing. Deeply moved by the interviews, he takes a breather in a nearby park where he meets Michiko (Akane Tatsukawa), a spirited and enigmatic young woman, who takes...

  • Dead Pigs

    The fates of an unlucky pig farmer, a feisty home-owner defending her property, a lovestruck busboy, a disenchanted rich girl, and an American expat pursuing the Chinese Dream converge and collide as thousands of dead pigs are found floating down the Huangpu River, towards a modernizing Shanghai ...

  • Oh Lucy!

    Bored Tokyo office lady Setsuko (Shinobu Terajima) breaks free of her monotonous life, when her niece, Mika (Shioli Kutsuna), convinces her to enroll in an unorthodox English class. There, she adopts a blonde-haired alter ego named “Lucy” and develops romantic feelings for her American instructor...

  • The Road to Mandalay

    Burmese immigrants sneak into Thailand on a well-trafficked route across the Mekong River, down quiet country roads and past bribed police checkpoints. Along this treacherous path to Bangkok, Lianqing (Wu Ke-Xi) and Guo (Kai Ko) meet, and their fates become entwined. After finding work, the coupl...

  • After the Storm

    From acclaimed Japanese auteur and 2018 Palme D'Or winner Hirokazu Kore-eda (SHOPLIFTERS, LIKE FATHER LIKE SON) comes one of the most critically acclaimed dramas of 2017, earning a New York Times Critic's Pick and Village Voice Choice designation, and Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. Dwelling ...

  • Hospitalite

    The film follows the follies that ensue when a man and his wife shack up with a family that owns a printing press in their building. The husband takes it over, and the couple begin inviting a motley crew of friends.

    DIRECTED BY KOJI FUKUDA
    JAPAN | 2009 | JAPANESE WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

  • The Piano in a Factory

    To fight for custody of his daughter who loves playing the piano, a steel factory worker decides to forge a piano from scratch.

    DIRECTED BY ZHANG MENG
    CHINA | 2010 / MANDARIN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

  • The Third Wife

    In late 19th century Vietnam, fourteen-year-old May becomes the third wife to a wealthy landowner. She quickly learns that she can gain status and security if she gives birth to a male child, but her burgeoning attraction to Xuan, the second wife, puts her fragile standing in jeopardy. As May obs...

  • The Fate of Lee Khan

    In his follow-up to the critically acclaimed A TOUCH OF ZEN, trailblazing filmmaker King Hu brings together an all-star female cast, including Hong Kong cinema stalwart Li Li-hua and Angela “Lady Kung Fu” Mao, in this lively martial arts adventure. When Lee Khan, a powerful general of the oppress...

  • Violent Cop

    In his explosive directorial debut Japanese renaissance man-cum-comedian-extraordinaire Takeshi "Beat" Kitano plays vicious rogue homicide Detective Azuma who takes on a sadistic crime syndicate only to discover widespread internal corruption in the police force. Facing criminal charges for his u...

  • The Third Murder

    When high-powered attorney Shigemori (Masaharu Fukuyama) takes on the defense of murder-robbery suspect Misumi (Kōji Yakusho), he does so with reluctance, knowing that the man already provided a full confession and had been previously convicted of murder thirty years earlier. But as he digs deepe...

  • Harmonium

    Toshio (Kanji Furutachi) sees his seemingly ordinary life take an ominous turn when Yasaka (Tadanobu Asano), a mysterious friend from his past, arrives unexpectedly. Recently released from prison and in need of a helping hand, Toshio gives him a job and generously takes him in to live with his wi...

  • Soul on a String

    After discovering a sacred stone in the mouth of a slain deer, Taibei, a young Tibetan wanderer, embarks on a mission of redemption in order to bring the divine artifact back to its rightful home, the holy mountain of Buddha. Danger and treachery await at every step, as black market traders and t...

  • In Love We Trust

    A divorced couple learns that the only way to save their little daughter Hehe, who suffers from Leukemia, is to have another child. Now both remarried, Mei Zhu and Xiao Lu are forced to test their love and their commitment to one another by putting their current relationships in danger. Will this...

  • Boiling Point

    In enfant terrible Takeshi Kitano’s explosive second feature film, Masaki (Yûrei Yanagi) is an unassuming gas station attendant and amateur baseball player for underdog team The Eagles. After he enrages a local yakuza, setting off a feud between the gangsters and his coach, Masaki heads to Okinaw...

  • Hana-bi (Fireworks)

    Former police officer Nishi feels responsible for the shattered lives of his loved ones. His partner Horibe has been crippled in a disastrous stakeout, a colleague is shot dead by the same villain, and his own wife has a terminal illness. In debt to a yakuza loanshark, Nishi conceives a bank robb...

  • Between Shadow and Soul

    When fourteen-year-old May becomes the third wife of a wealthy landowner, she finds herself navigating treacherous waters of family politics and her own budding desires. Entrapped in a cocoon of traditions, May soon realizes that flying free can only come at the steepest price.

    With Between Shad...

  • Outrage Coda

    Five years after surviving the all-out war between the Sanno and Hanabishi crime families, former yakuza boss Otomo now works in South Korea for Mr. Chang, a renowned fixer whose influence extends into Japan. A relatively minor incident causes tensions to rise between Chang Enterprises and the fa...

  • Complicity

    Chen Liang (Lu Yulai), a young Chinese immigrant illegally living in Japan, buys a fake ID and cell phone on the black market. When he receives a call about a job, he blindly accepts the offer. Chen, now assuming the identity of Liu Wei, ends up working as an apprentice in a family-run soba resta...

  • Ilo Ilo

    Set in Singapore during the 1997 Asian financial crisis. Ilo Ilo chronicles the day-to-day drama of the Lim family - troublesome grade-schooler Jiale and his overstressed parents, Heck and Leng. Comfortably middleclass and with another baby on the way, they hire Teresa, a Filipino immigrant, as a...

  • Apprentice

    When ambitious young correctional officer Aiman is transferred to the country's highest-security prison, he catches the attention of the seasoned chief executioner Rahim. Aiman's desire to become the hangman's apprentice is not only professional but born of an unspeakable urge to reconnect with a...

  • All About Lily Chou Chou

    For young people around the world, music is often the only salvation when pain and suffering becomes too much to bear. Yuichi (Hayato Ichihara) is in 8th grade and worships Lily Chou-Chou, a Björk-like singer whose lush and transcendent music provides the perfect escape from his brutal surroundin...