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Featured image for Peony Birds (牡丹鳥, Huang Yu-Shan, 1990)Background image for Peony Birds (牡丹鳥, Huang Yu-Shan, 1990)

Peony Birds (牡丹鳥, Huang Yu-Shan, 1990)

A mother and daughter struggle to find common ground in a changing Taiwan in Huang Yu-shan’s intergenerational social drama

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The Prayer (간호중, Min Kyu-dong, 2020)

A caregiving android’s awakening spirituality and poor grasp of human empathy present a series of ethical questions in Min’s existential sci-fi drama

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The Best Secret Agent (天字第一號, Chang Ying, 1964)

A female super spy is forced to sacrifice romantic fulfilment in the pursuit of her duty but with it gains true freedom and independence in Chang Ying’s hugely…

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Early Spring (早春, Yasujiro Ozu, 1956)

A dejected office worker and his disappointed wife battle the emptiness of the “salaryman dream” in Ozu’s embittered marital drama

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I’m Flash! (Toshiaki Toyoda, 2012)

A conflicted cult leader experiences an existential crisis after meeting a mysterious woman in a bar in Toshiaki Toyoda’s Okinawan drama

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Monsters Club (モンスターズクラブ, Toshiaki Toyoda, 2011)

A traumatised young man still painfully in love with an imperfect world is plagued by trickster ghosts and shapeshifting monsters in Toyoda’s melancholy character study

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The Dishwasher Squad (洗碗天團, Shum Sek-yin, 2021)

Two cynical businessmen eventually rediscover a sense of humanity while working with a series of marginalised employees in Shum’s breezy Hong Kong comedy

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History of Ha (Historya ni Ha, Lav Diaz, 2021)

A disillusioned poet finds new purpose while travelling with his ventriloquist dummy in Lav Diaz’ absurdist fable

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The Medium (ร่างทรง, Banjong Pisanthanakun, 2021)

A shamaness suspects her niece’s shamanistic consciousness is awakening but soon discovers something far more sinister play in this atmospheric Thai folk horror

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White Building (ប៊ូឌីញ ស, Kavich Neang, 2021)

A young man contemplates the loss of home and history as the building he’s lived in all his life faces demolition in Kavich Neang’s ethereal coming-of-age drama

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Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy (偶然と想像, Ryusuke Hamaguchi, 2021)

A series of chance meetings and a healthy dose of fantasy lead a collection of wounded souls towards a kind of liberation in Hamaguchi’s whimsical triptych

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Drive My Car (ドライブ・マイ・カー, Ryusuke Hamaguchi, 2021)

A theatre director begins to overcome his sense of inertia after bonding with a young woman hired to drive his car in Hamaguchi’s deeply moving drama

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Ripples of Life (永安镇故事集, Wei Shujun, 2021)

Wei Shujun’s meta odyssey follows a Beijing film crew to a small town in rural China where everyone it seems is longing for escape

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Money Has Four Legs (ခြေလေးချောင်း, Maung Sun, 2020)

An ambitious filmmaker turns to crime in order to escape his desperate circumstances in Maung Sun’s meta satire

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The Beast Shall Die (野獣死すべし, Eizo Sugawa, 1959)

A sociopathic serial killing literature student runs rings around an ideologically divided police force in a grimy post-Sun Tribe Toho noir from Eizo Sugawa

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Between Us (藍に響け, Yasuo Okuaki, 2021)

A sullen young woman learns how to connect through the power of taiko in Yasuo Okuaki’s intense manga adaptation

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The Deer King (鹿の王 ユナと約束の旅, Masashi Ando & Masayuki Miyaji, 2021)

A lone survivor comes to represent both salvation and destruction in Ando & Miyaji’s fantasy adventure.

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You’re Not Normal, Either! (まともじゃないのは君も一緒, Koji Maeda, 2021)

A nerdy maths teacher turns to his student for advice on how to seem more “normal” little knowing she has an ulterior motive in Maeda’s charming rom-com

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Wuhan Wuhan (武汉武汉, Chang Yung, 2021)

Chang Yung’s exploration of the later stages of Wuhan lockdown provides a more hopeful counterpart to the fear and confusion of 76 Days

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I Never Shot Anyone (一度も撃ってません, Junji Sakamoto, 2020)

An unsuccessful writer staves off a sense of existential despair living by night in Junji Sakamoto’s darkly comic tale of late life ennui

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Okinawa Santos (オキナワ サントス, Yoju Matsubayashi, 2020)

Matsubayashi explores a traumatic yet largely unknown episode of Brazilian-Japanese history in interviewing witnesses of the forced relocation from Santos

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My Name is Yours (君が世界のはじまり, Momoko Fukuda, 2020)

A collection of Osaka teens begin to find a sense of solidarity in the wake of a violent crime in Momoko Fukuda’s nostalgic teen drama

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Closet (クローゼット, Takehiro Shindo, 2020)

An emotionally repressed young man begins to overcome a crisis of masculinity while working as a sleep companion in Shindo’s empathetic indie drama

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Queer Japan (クィア・ジャパン, Graham Kolbeins, 2019)

Kolbeins’ elegantly designed documentary showcases the breadth and diversity of Japan’s vibrant LGBTQ+ community without losing sight of battles still to be won

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Raining in the Mountain (空山靈雨, King Hu, 1979)

Advisors with ulterior motives plot to steal a precious scroll from a temple in the midst of transition in King Hu’s farcical wuxia drama

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A Touch of Zen (俠女, King Hu, 1971)

A hapless scholar finds new purpose after falling for a woman on the run in King Hu’s spiritually-inflected wuxia tale of flight and enlightenment

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Gohatto (御法度, Nagisa Oshima, 1999)

A beautiful boy becomes an existential threat to the fracturing integrity of the Shinengumi in Nagisa Oshima’s iconoclastic final film

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Featured image for 461 Days of Bento: A Promise Between Father and Son (461個のおべんとう, Atsushi Kaneshige, 2020)Background image for 461 Days of Bento: A Promise Between Father and Son (461個のおべんとう, Atsushi Kaneshige, 2020)

461 Days of Bento: A Promise Between Father and Son (461個のおべんとう, Atsushi Kaneshige, 2020)

Father and son bond through the power of bento in Kaneshige’s heartwarming drama inspired by papaben pioneer Toshimi Watanabe’s autobiographical essay

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Madame X (Lucky Kuswandi, 2010)

A transgender hairdresser is forced to accept her destiny as Madame X when her friend is killed by vigilantes in Lucky Kuswandi’s high camp superhero origin story

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Taiwan Film Festival Edinburgh Announces Lineup for 2021 Hybrid Edition

Running in person and online streaming for free in the UK 25th to 31st October.

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Go Back (고백, Seo Eun-young, 2020)

A rookie policewoman is conflicted while suspecting a traumatised social worker of a kidnapping for ransom in Seo Eun-young’s emotionally complex drama

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Secrets of 1979 (弓蕉園的秘密, Zero Chou, 2021)

Two women fall in love over the summer of 1979 but find their innocent romance overshadowed by the oppressive KMT regime in Zero Chou’s political drama

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Featured image for Kakegurui 2: Ultimate Russian Roulette (映画 賭ケグルイ 絶体絶命ロシアンルーレット, Tsutomu Hanabusa, 2021) [Fantasia 2021]Background image for Kakegurui 2: Ultimate Russian Roulette (映画 賭ケグルイ 絶体絶命ロシアンルーレット, Tsutomu Hanabusa, 2021) [Fantasia 2021]
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No Smoking (Taketoshi Sado, 2019)

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of his debut, Taketoshi Sado’s comprehensive documentary explores the career of legendary musician Haruomi Hosono

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The Phantom Goblin (まぼろし天狗, Nobuo Nakagawa, 1962)

Hashizo Okawa takes on dual roles as earnest brothers separated at birth determined to “clean out evil in Edo” in Nobuo Nakagawa’s jidaigeki drama

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My Dear Friend (好友, Yang Pingdao, 2018)

A city woman finds herself in a place out of time while driving two old men in search of truth and identity in Yang Pingdao’s ethereal drama

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Number 1 (男儿王, Ong Kuo Sin, 2020)

A straight-laced executive discovers a new sense of freedom after losing his job and taking up drag in Ong Kuo Sin’s cheerful Singaporean dramedy

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Featured image for Hiruko the Goblin (ヒルコ/妖怪ハンター, Shinya Tsukamoto, 1991)Background image for Hiruko the Goblin (ヒルコ/妖怪ハンター, Shinya Tsukamoto, 1991)

Hiruko the Goblin (ヒルコ/妖怪ハンター, Shinya Tsukamoto, 1991)

A professor and his nephew battle ancient evil deep underground in Shinya Tsukamoto’s anarchic genre romp adapted from the manga by Daijiro Morohoshi

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Never Stop (超越, Han Bowen, 2021)

A defeated former champion begins to rediscover his fighting spirit when challenged by a similarly troubled former protege in Han Bowen’s sporting drama

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Gift of Fire (太陽の子, Hiroshi Kurosaki, 2020)

A conflicted scientist struggles to reconcile himself to the implications of his work while researching an atomic bomb in Kurosaki’s contemplative wartime drama

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Ascension (登楼叹, Jessica Kingdon, 2021)

Jessica Kingdon’s striking documentary uncovers the absurdity at the heart of the Chinese Dream amid the nation’s ever increasing wealth inequality.

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BFI Japan 2021 to Celebrate More Than 100 Years of Japanese Cinema

At the BFI Southbank and various venues throughout the UK October to December 2021

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The Book of Fish (자산어보, Lee Joon-ik, 2021)

An “evil learning sinner” and a fisherman fixated on Neo-Buddhist thought butt heads while compiling an encyclopaedia of fish in Lee’s contemplative drama

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Spaghetti Code Love (スパゲティコード・ラブ, Takeshi Maruyama, 2021)

Lovelorn and lonely Tokyoites chase connection and self-acceptance in an often confusing city in Takeshi Maruyama’s beautifully meandering drama

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Jigoku-no-Hanazono: Office Royale (地獄の花園, Kazuaki Seki, 2021) [Fantasia 2021]

Office ladies go to war in Kazuaki Seki’s anarchic, Bakarhythm-scripted transposition of the yankee manga to the world of the OL

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To Sleep So as to Dream (夢みるように眠りたい, Kaizo Hayashi, 1986)

A detective becomes lost in the labyrinths of cinema while chasing a ghost of the silver screen in Kaizo Hayashi’s ethereal ode to the silent movie

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BFI London Film Festival Confirms Complete Programme for 2021

In cinemas across London & the UK 6th to 17th October with select titles streaming online via BFI Player

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Breakout Brothers (逃獄兄弟, Mak Ho-Pong, 2020)

A trio of inmates decide to break out of prison but discover that it’s friendship that sets them free in Mak Ho-Pong’s cartoonish crime caper

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