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Asian Heritage Month at VIFF Centre

This Asian Heritage Month at VIFF Centre, our programming includes a new restoration of Ann Hui’s 2002 masterpiece July Rhapsody, and the new movie by Drive My Car director Ryûsuke Hamaguchi, Evil Does Not Exist.

There’s also a very special one-night-only VIFF Live event: Raagaverse Plays Bollywood. Led by vocalist Shruti Ramani, Indo-jazz fusion project Raagaverse melds ancient and rich Hindustani melodies with dense and dynamic Jazz harmonies. Here, the band will cover songs by AR Rahman, Lata Mangeshkar and others, alongside clips from the legendary Bollywood musicals where they first appeared.

July Rhapsody

Ann Hui's newly restored 2002 film is a moving and sympathetic portrait of a 40-year-old school teacher (Jacky Cheung) going through a rocky patch with his wife (Anita Mui) while fending off a flirtatious student (Vancouver-born Karena Lam).

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Ru

At ten, Tinh and her family are forced to flee Vietnam and eventually find refuge in wintery but welcoming Quebec. A lyrical, warm adaptation of the award-winning novel by Kim Thúy.

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The End of Evangelion

"One of the most beautiful, inventive, and poignant works in anime" (Anime News Network), this legendary 1997 feature has never been released to North American theatres before. An apocalyptic fantasia that has to be seen to be believed.

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Raagaverse Plays Bollywood

Melding ancient and rich Hindustani melodies with dense and dynamic Jazz harmonies, Raagaverse is an exciting Indo-Jazz fusion project spearheaded by Shruti Ramani. For this special show, Shruti will share clips from the legendary Bollywood musicals which inspire her, complemented by the band's unique take on these songs.

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The Concierge

Yoshimi Itazu's lighthearted anime is a wry look at the best -- and worst -- aspects of a career in the service industry. Akino is a concierge in a high end department store, where the clientele are -- literally -- animals...

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Ryuichi Sakamoto | Opus

Filmed across a week at his home just a few months before he died from cancer, this simple, pensive, poignant concert film comprises 20 pieces selected and performed by Ryuichi Sakamoto, and spans a lifetime of composition and artistry.

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