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Featured image for A Hometown in Heart (마음의 고향, Yoon Yong-Kyu, 1949)Background image for A Hometown in Heart (마음의 고향, Yoon Yong-Kyu, 1949)

A Hometown in Heart (마음의 고향, Yoon Yong-Kyu, 1949)

A lonely boy longing for his mother bonds with a grieving widow in Yoon Yong-Kyu’s tale of oppressive religiosity and the necessity of love

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Repast (めし, Mikio Naruse, 1951)

An unhappily married woman fed up with the drudgery of her existence considers other options but finally concludes there are none in Naruse’s bleak melodrama

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Amagi Pass (天城越え, Haruhiko Mimura, 1983)

An inspector calls for a middle-aged man forced to face his wartime trauma in Haruhiko Mimura’s adaptation of the Seicho Matsumoto mystery

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Snow Country (雪国, Shiro Toyoda, 1957)

A self-absorbed, unappreciated painter is torn between an embittered geisha and her resentful yet pure sister in Toyoda’s adaptation of the classic Kawabata novel

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Sympathy for the Underdog (博徒外人部隊, Kinji Fukasaku, 1971)

A displaced post-war gangster relocates to Okinawa where the conditions of the occupation are stil very much in play in Fukasaku’s proto-jitsuroku yakuza drama

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Foolish Bride, Naive Bridegroom (三八新娘憨子婿, Hsin Chi, 1967)

A naive young couple’s desire to marry is frustrated by the revelation their parents were once lovers in Hsin’s delightful screwball rom-com

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Sword Devil (剣鬼, Kenji Misumi, 1965)

A gentle samurai who just wants to grow flowers finds himself consumed by courtly intrigue and a cruel destiny in a visual tour de force from Kenji Misumi

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Ken (剣, Kenji Misumi, 1964)

A rigid young man dreaming of a “pure life” is forced to confront the contradictions of the modern society in Misumi’s melancholy masculinity drama

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Destiny’s Son (斬る, Kenji Misumi, 1962)

A wandering son finds himself in the middle of intrigue on learning the sad secrets of his birth in Kenji Misumi’s elliptical, elegiac tale of death and the…

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Shadows (殘影空間, Glenn Chan, 2020)

A traumatised psychiatrist finds herself in an ideological battle of wits with a duplicitous rival in Glenn Chan’s eerie psycho-noir

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New York Asian Film Festival Confirms Lineup For 2021 Hybrid Edition

In-person at Lincoln Center & SVA Theatre and online across the US Aug. 6 – 22

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Swimming Out Till the Sea Turns Blue (一直游到海水变蓝, Jia Zhangke, 2020)

Jia Zhangke charts the history of rural China in the 20th century through the stories of a series of authors from differing generations

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The Story of a Man Among Men (修羅の群れ, Kosaku Yamashita, 1984)

An intensely noble gangster attempts to preserve yakuza idealism in the turbulence of the mid-20th century in Kosaku Yamashita’s ninkyo eiga throwback

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Where Now Are the Dreams of Youth? (靑春の夢いまいづこ, Yasujiro Ozu, 1932)

A privileged young man begins to understand the divisive effects of inequality after taking over the family business in Ozu’s wistful student drama

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Red Handkerchief (赤いハンカチ, Toshio Masuda, 1964)

A pure-hearted former policeman embarks on a noirish journey of retribution after discovering his partner may have betrayed him in Masuda’s stylish crime drama

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Wife (妻, Mikio Naruse, 1953)

An unhappily married woman contemplates independence but struggles to see herself as anything other than a “wife” in Naruse’s bitter marital drama

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The Two Lives of Li Ermao (他她:李二毛的双重人生, Jia Yuchuan, 2019)

Following her over a period of 17 years, Jia charts the frustrated attempts of a transgender woman to find love and acceptance in a rigid and conservative soceity

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Love Poem (情詩, Wang Xiaozhen, 2019)

Wang Xiaozhen directs himself and his wife in a self-lacerating meta contemplation of art and marriage

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Drifting (濁水漂流, Jun Li, 2021)

Hong Kong’s homeless find themselves pushed ever further into the margins by an increasingly unequal society in Jun Li’s gritty drama

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Tale of Japanese Burglars (にっぽん泥棒物語, Satsuo Yamamoto, 1965)

A former burglar finds himself conflicted on realising only he can prevent a miscarriage of justice in Satsuo Yamamoto’s ironic tale of post-war moral confusion

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Chinese Visual Festival 2021 Announces Full Lineup

Runs at BFI Southbank and Genesis Cinema 15th to 25th July

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Midnight in a Perfect World (Dodo Dayao, 2020)

Dejected youngsters contemplate the costs of their newly “utopian” society in Dayao’s eerie, sci-fi inflected horror take on the legacy of martial law

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Seven Weeks (野のなななのか, Nobuhiko Obayashi, 2014)

“A death is a history” in Obayashi’s intensely moving tale of the interconnectedness of all things, love, death, war, and memory.

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Casting Blossoms to the Sky (この空の花 長岡花火物語, Nobuhiko Obayashi, 2012)

An emotionally arrested journalist begins to reconnect with the past through wartime stories of Nagaoka in Obayashi’s compassionate plea for a kinder future

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As We Like It (揭大歡喜, Chen Hung-i & Muni Wei, 2021)

A romantic exile meanders through an internet free corner of Taipei in Chen & Wei’s all-female adaptation of the Shakespeare play.

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Hail, Driver! (Prebet Sapu, Muzzamer Rahman, 2021)

An illegal taxi driver searches for possibility in contemporary Kuala Lumpur in Muzzamer Rahman’s empathetic social drama

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The Fable: A Contract Killer Who Doesn’t Kill (ザ・ファブル 殺さない殺し屋, Kan Eguchi, 2021)

Junichi Okada returns as the hitman with a no kill mission in Kan Eguchi’s action comedy sequel

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Death Knot (Tali mati, Cornelio Sunny, 2021)

Siblings enter a dark world of supernatural dread when unwisely returning for their estranged mother’s funeral in Cornelio Sunny’s eerie folk horror

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Tonkatsu DJ Agetaro (とんかつDJアゲ太郎, Ken Ninomiya, 2020)

The nerdy heir to a tonkatsu restaurant finds his heaven on the dance floor in a surprisingly wholesome turn from Ken Ninomiya

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Like Father and Son (拨浪鼓咚咚响, Bai Zhiqiang, 2020)

A grief-stricken truck driver and a left behind child bond in a shared sense of loneliness while forced onto an awkward roadtrip in Bai’s neorealist drama

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OK! Madam (오케이 마담, Lee Cheol-ha, 2020)

A twisted doughnut seller has to bust out some hidden talents when her plane is hijacked during a first family holiday in Lee’s slapstick action comedy

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Son of the Macho Dancer (Anak ng macho dancer, Joel Lamangan, 2021)

An ambitious young man seduced by the lifestyle of the rich and famous is pulled into a nexus of sex and crime in Lamangan’s “sequel” to the Lino…

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Sugar Street Studio (糖街製片廠, Sunny Lau, 2021)

A gang of plucky filmmakers right a historical wrong while running an “authentic” haunted house in Sunny Lau’s charmingly retro horror comedy

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One Second Champion (一秒拳王, Chiu Sin-Hang, 2020)

A dejected single-father with a “useless” superpower finds a new lease of life in the boxing ring in Chiu’s plucky social drama

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Hand Rolled Cigarette (手捲煙, Chan Kin-long, 2020)

A cynical former British soldier and a South Asian street thief find unexpected solidarity in Chan’s gritty neo-noir

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Limbo (智齒, Soi Cheang, 2021)

Morally compromised cops chase a serial killer in the rubbish-strewn junkyards of contemporary Hong Kong in Soi’s stylish noir

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Blue (BLUE/ブルー, Keisuke Yoshida, 2021)

A trio of dejected boxers contemplate their place inside and outside of the ring in Keisuke Yoshida’s unconventional boxing drama

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Woman of Design (その場所に女ありて, Hideo Suzuki, 1962)

Post-war women find themselves constrained by a relentlessly patriarchal society in Hideo Suzuki’s workplace melodrama

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A Dedicated Life (全身小説家, Kazuo Hara, 1994)

Kazuo Hara attempts to understand enigmatic author Mitsuharu Inoue as he follows him through the final months of his life

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Minamata Mandala (水俣曼荼羅, Kazuo Hara, 2020)

Kazuo Hara’s empathetic documentary follows suffers and researchers of Minamata Disease as they battle continued governmental indifference

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Deliver Us From Evil (다만 악에서 구하소서, Hong Won-chan, 2020)

A burned spy turned hitman makes a bid for redemption when his daughter is kidnapped but finds only futility in Hong’s moody pulp noir

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The Stormy Family (台風家族, Masahide Ichii, 2019)

Siblings fail to find a sense of solidarity reuniting 10 years after their parents robbed a bank and disappeared in Masahide Ichii’s darkly comic drama

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Red Post on Escher Street (エッシャー通りの赤いポスト, Sion Sono, 2020)

The extras reclaim the frame in Sion Sono’s anarchic advocation for the jishu life.

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Wonderful Paradise (脳天パラダイス, Masashi Yamamoto, 2020)

An impromptu going away party descends into a psychedelic rave of death and rebirth in Yamamoto’s defiantly surreal nighttime odyssey

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NIFFF 2021 Confirms Complete Programme for 20th Edition

Online and at various locations in Neuchâtel 2nd to 10th July.

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Sasaki in My Mind (佐々木、イン、マイマイン, Takuya Uchiyama, 2020)

A struggling actor finds himself thinking back on memories of a larger than life high school friend in Uchiyama’s melancholy youth drama

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Ainu Neno An Ainu (アイヌネノアンアイヌ, Neo Sora & Laura Liverani, 2021)

Neo Sora & Laura Liverani’s empathetic documentary explores the place of the Ainu in contemporary Japanese society as they strive to preserve their culture

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Extraneous Matter – Complete Edition (異物-完全版-, Kenichi Ugana, 2021)

The sudden appearance of mysterious creatures provokes a series of responses in an increasingly disconnected society in Ugana’s elegantly composed sci-fi drama

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