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We Are Family film image, director Benny Lau

Cinema of East Asia

Image: We Are Family, VIFF 2022

Journey into the cinematic reaches of East Asia with some of the world’s most compelling storytellers as your guide.

 

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China

Septet: The Story of Hong Kong

Drama Women Directors

These shorts from seven of Hong Kong’s best filmmakers is an elegiac tribute to the city's past—and a subversive commentary on its present. From kung fu to the cultural politics of cuisine, the filmmakers mine their city's history with wit and poignancy.

International Village 9

Hong Kong

Septet: The Story of Hong Kong

Drama Women Directors

These shorts from seven of Hong Kong’s best filmmakers is an elegiac tribute to the city's past—and a subversive commentary on its present. From kung fu to the cultural politics of cuisine, the filmmakers mine their city's history with wit and poignancy.

International Village 9
We Are Family
We Are Family film image, director Benny Lau

We Are Family

Veteran Hong Kong star Eric Tsang (Infernal Affairs) has a field day here as a terrible actor (actually a retiree who works as an extra) whose unwaveringly sunny disposition makes him a natural for WeFamily, a rent-a-mom-and-pop operation.

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Japan

Motherhood

Drama

Ryuichi Hiroki’s film tells the story of a woman who loves her mother but can’t muster the same feelings for her daughter. Shot through with the spirit of Greek tragedy, Hiroki creates a rich atmosphere of psychological danger.

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Plan 75

Award Winners Drama Human Rights & Social Justice Women Directors

In a near future Japan, seniors aged 75-plus are encouraged to voluntarily euthanize themselves for the good of society. While the plan seems to solve the dilemma, everyone involved questions the morality of it.

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Riverside Mukolitta

Comedy Drama Women Directors

Yamada, an ex-con dealing with the sudden death of his estranged father, makes a fresh start by moving to a small fishing village, and into an old apartment building populated by a group of quirky misfits. Based on director Naoko Ogigami's own 2019 novel.

International Village 9

Stonewalling

Drama Women Directors

Lynn (Yao Honggui), a 20-something looking forward to a career as a flight attendant, has a pushy, patriarchal boyfriend and a mother deep in debt. When she finds herself pregnant, she decides to sell her unborn child to her mother's debtors.

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South Korea

Broker
Broker film image, director Hirokazu Kore-eda

Broker

Award Winners Comedy Drama

Shoplifters director Kore-eda fashions a sprawling, compassionate crime story set in South Korea about a half-baked baby adoption scam led by Song Kang-ho (Parasite; The Host). Winner of Best Actor at Cannes Film Festival.

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Decision to Leave
Decision to Leave film image, director Park Chan-wook

Decision to Leave

Action & Suspense Award Winners Drama Romance

Virtuoso Korean filmmaker Park Chan-wook (The Handmaiden; Oldboy) picked up the Best Director Prize at Cannes for this teasing, tantalizing genre piece, a neo-noir mystery about a homicide detective who falls in love with the widow of an apparent suicide.

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The Novelist's Film

Award Winners Drama

Novelist Junhee is taking a break from writing, going on a daytrip to a small town where her encounters with friends, both old and new, causes her to reconsider an idea she has been mulling over: what if she were to write and direct her own film?

International Village 9

Taiwan

The King of Wuxia
The King of Wuxia film image, director Lin Jing-jie

The King of Wuxia

Documentary

Lin Jing-Jie’s film is a detailed, deeply poignant tribute to master filmmaker King Hu (1932-1997). Actors, crew members, and fellow directors pay tribute to the man and his work, and their recollections and analyses form a mosaic-like depiction.

The Cinematheque

Shorts

China

Mumu film image, director Mo Sha

Mumu

International Shorts: Family Ties

The six-year-old daughter of a deaf-mute couple frustrates her father, who believes she can hear and speak.

 

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Very, Very, Tremendously film image, director Guangli Liu

Very, Very, Tremendously

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Virtual currency and digital junk, along with virtual acts of production and consumption, interact with systems in our lived reality, highlighting their coexistence in geopolitical conflicts.

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Will You Look at Me film image, director Shuli Huang

Will You Look at Me

International Shorts: Personal Journeys

A 25-year-old gay man returns to his hometown in China after film school, and reflects how his coming out as gay affected (and continues to affect) his mother.

 

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Japan

Magnified City film image, director Isaku Kaneko

Magnified City

International Shorts: Connect/Disconnect/Reconnect

In a ruined city, a wandering Magnifying Glass Human encounters a secret society of Projector Humans with grand plans to reconnect to the past in a surviving mountaintop theatre.

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