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The majority of films in the Vancouver International Film Festival are unrated and you must be 18 and purchase a $2 VIFF membership to attend a screening. However, a selection of films are open to all ages.

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Duration: 86 mins
Country of Origin: Japan,South Korea, 2013/2014
Series:
Dragons & Tigers

An old VIFF tradition is revived in this electrifying anthology of new indie animation from Japan—with a special bonus in the form of Hwang Gyuil’s Deaf and Wind from Korea. A wide range of graphic styles and techniques, tackling everything from a ninja vendetta to the secret origin of the universe. Tony Rayns

Animation
(Ketsujiru Juke)
Duration: 3 mins
Country of Origin: Japan, 2013
Series:
Dragons & Tigers

A funny/sad pop-art mini-extravaganza! Ms Kabuki says that it’s based on a dream she had when her lover left her. He was a man who liked enemas. Tony Rayns

Animation
Duration: 3 mins
Country of Origin: South Korea, 2014
Series:
Dragons & Tigers

Kang’s first films since serving time (for conscientious objection) are studies of post-prison rehab and of life on Anmado island, both precise and poetic. Tony Rayns

(Bairi yanhuo)
Duration: 106 mins
Country of Origin: China, 2014
Series:
Dragons & Tigers

Diao Yi’nan’s film noir is a stylish, exhilarating descent into a nightmarish wintery Manchurian mystery. Following a series of murders, alcoholic former cop Zhang Zili’s (Liao Fan) suspicions are aroused by laundress Zhichen (Taiwan superstar Gwei Lun-mei), who seems intimately linked to the victims. China’s biggest art-house box-office hit so far. Winner, Golden Bear (Best Film), Silver Bear (Best Actor), Berlin 2014. Shelly Kraicer

Crime, Action, Thrills & Suspense
(Tui Na)
Duration: 114 mins
Country of Origin: China,France, 2014
Series:
Dragons & Tigers

Based on Bi Feiyu’s best-selling novel, Lou Ye’s sensual drama explores a Nanjing massage parlour and the desires of the sightless masseurs and masseuses employed there. As the camera and actors (including the extraordinary Guo Xiaodong and Qin Hao) grow as intimate as lovers and Lou artfully conveys how his characters experience the world, the film becomes "entirely engrossing…”—Variety. Winner, Best Cinematography, Berlin 2014.

Disabilities, Literary (inc. Adaptations), Romance
(Megadete Hukurande)
Duration: 7 mins
Country of Origin: Japan, 2014
Series:
Dragons & Tigers

Computer animation, exploring the space between chemical structures and organic structures. Sparking life is like pushing a bell. Tony Rayns

Animation
Duration: 20 mins
Country of Origin: South Korea, 2014
Series:
Dragons & Tigers

Kang’s first films since serving time (for conscientious objection) are studies of post-prison rehab and of life on Anmado island, both precise and poetic. Tony Rayns

(Gui lai)
Duration: 111 mins
Country of Origin: China, 2014
Series:
Dragons & Tigers

The radiant Gong Li is magnificent in this staggering period piece about a woman with Alzheimer’s-like symptoms who anxiously awaits her husband’s return despite the fact he’s already come home to her. "Chinese master Zhang Yimou’s… family drama of guilt, love and reconciliation set during the aftermath of the Cultural Revolution [is] heartbreaking in its depiction of ordinary lives affected by political upheaval."—Variety

Gentle on my Mind, Health (Mental & Physical), History
(Tiantang jiaoluo)
Duration: 94 mins
Country of Origin: China,France, 2014
Series:
Dragons & Tigers

Abandoned by his mother, a small village boy sets out to find her on a Dickensian adventure through the horrors of China’s brutal economy. First he’s a factory slave, then he’s abducted by thieves… Zhang’s film, however, is shockingly, poetically beautiful, with a black and white floating camera-eye that turns every shot into lyrical poetry. Shelly Kraicer

Family Relations
Duration: 14 mins
Country of Origin: South Korea, 2014
Series:
Dragons & Tigers

Does time flow horizontally or vertically? In wintry Moon Town, a small boy dreams of his father’s disappearance while flying. Or is this just an old man’s fantasy? Tony Rayns

Animation
Duration: 13 mins
Country of Origin: Japan, 2013
Series:
Dragons & Tigers

A man visits his wife in hospital, and goes on a mental journey … a journey through space and time, involving much climbing, sudden death syndrome and a body swap. Tony Rayns

Animation
(Dang’an)
Duration: 128 mins
Country of Origin: China, 2014
Series:
Dragons & Tigers

Among the most eloquent voices advocating for Tibet and its people is that of Beijing-based Tibetan writer/blogger/activist Tsering Woeser. This sharply designed, formally innovative documentary is completely in her own voice: combining readings from her secret government “dossier” with her own passionate, moving account of her political awakening and unrelenting advocacy Shelly Kraicer

Human Rights
(Hui guang zoumingqu)
Duration: 94 mins
Country of Origin: Taiwan,Hong Kong, 2014
Series:
Dragons & Tigers

In Chienn Hsiang’s subtle urban drama, the great Chen Shiang-chyi plays Lingzi, whose romantic imagination strains against the boundaries of a downwardly mobile working woman’s life. When she encounters an almost comatose man lying next to her mother-in-law in hospital, she seizes the opportunity to transform her life, one tender, anonymous touch at a time. Winner, Best Feature, Best Actress, Taipei Film Awards 2014. Shelly Kraicer

Audience Award Winners
(Haname)
Duration: 5 mins
Country of Origin: Japan, 2014
Series:
Dragons & Tigers

The first of four titles in this selection by women animators. A rhapsody of touching-feeling-dreaming, in red and black brush-strokes. Terayama Shuji Prize at Image Forum Festival 2014. Tony Rayns

Animation
Duration: 97 mins
Country of Origin: France,Hong Kong, 2014
Series:
Dragons & Tigers

Tsang Tsui Shan brings the past to life in this beautiful, bittersweet documentary that shares the story of a Hong Kong family and recounts their fortunes over the span of decades, replete with home videos and photos. The culture the film sketches is unique but the emotions it evokes are immediately familiar. "There’s much nostalgia to feel for, and much beauty to behold…"—Hollywood Reporter

Family Relations, Immigration
(Saihatenite)
Duration: 118 mins
Country of Origin: Japan,Taiwan, 2014
Series:
Dragons & Tigers

Made in Japan by a Taiwanese woman director, this sets a high benchmark for films about female solidarity. A woman returns to the remote peninsula where she grew up; she wants to "find" her father, lost at sea, but instead bonds with a single mother living nearby. Piercing emotional depth and wonderful performances, plus great visual beauty. Tony Rayns

Women Directors
(Jairo)
Duration: 6 mins
Country of Origin: Japan, 2014
Series:
Dragons & Tigers

A reggae-rhythmed feminist protest against men who idle while women do all the work. Featuring a woman whose face has been erased and a man who rules with his nose. Award for Excellence, Image Forum Festival 2014. Tony Rayns

Animation
(aka Sea Mist)
Duration: 130 mins
Country of Origin: South Korea, 2014
Series:
Dragons & Tigers

Co-written (and reputedly also supervised) by Bong Joonho, this is an exceptionally gripping story set at sea between Korea and China. A fishing-boat skipper is persuaded (against his better judgment) to smuggle a group of 25 illegal immigrants from China, all of them ethnic Koreans, ashore: what could possibly go wrong? Like Memories of Murder, this is based on a real incident notorious in Korea. Tony Rayns

Adventures Outdoors, Extreme Weather, Immigration, Action, Thrills & Suspense
(Jayoo ui Undeok)
Duration: 66 mins
Country of Origin: South Korea, 2014
Series:
Dragons & Tigers

Named after the coffee shop in which several key scenes are set, Hong Sangsoo’s latest centres on a Japanese man (Kase Ryu, Like Someone in Love) who fetches up in Seoul in search of a long-lost girlfriend. His amusingly awkward encounters with several other women and his landlady’s adult son make for Hong’s wittiest deconstruction of the rom-com in some time. Tony Rayns

Comedy, Romance
(Matsuri no Uma)
Duration: 74 mins
Country of Origin: Japan, 2013
Series:
Dragons & Tigers

Much of Matsubayashi’s prize-winning documentary was shot inside the “exclusion zone” around the crippled nuclear power-plant at Fukushima. He finds a stable of horses injured in the tsunami, and follows their rehabilitation to take part in a local horse festival. Very movingly, we watch one horse overcome its traumas… and one man overcome his fears. Tony Rayns

Animals, Audience Award Winners, Extreme Weather

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