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CLOSING NIGHT FILM: RAMEN SHOP

Film

CLOSING NIGHT FILM: RAMEN SHOP

Directed by Eric Khoo
A cinematic turducken of food movie wrapped in a love story marinated by Singapore’s multi-ethnic history. Two iconic…
Discoveries

ASAKO I & II

Film

ASAKO I & II

Directed by Ryusuke Hamaguchi
Asako’s first love is a fantasy lifted from the movies: he’s cruelly handsome, heart-stoppingly passionate. Two years later,…
Asian American Panorama

BETWEEN TIDES

Film

BETWEEN TIDES

Directed by Masa Fox
As the Bonin Islands passed back and forth between US and Japan rule after WWII, for a young…
Asian American Panorama

BLOWIN’ UP

Film

BLOWIN’ UP

Directed by Stephanie Wang-Breal
Deep in Queens, Judge Toko Serita has created a courtroom remarkably uninterested in crime. A space where women…
Asia Pop!

BROTHER OF THE YEAR

Film

BROTHER OF THE YEAR

Directed by Vithaya Thongyuyong
Jane and Chut are siblings filled with mutual hate since childhood. Now adults, Jane is super successful while…

DON’T CRY WITH ME

Film

DON’T CRY WITH ME

Directed by Hiroaki Kubo
A lovely meditation on young infatuation. A student makes up a class one-on-one with a young teacher in…
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INLAND SEA

Film

INLAND SEA

Directed by Kazuhiro Soda
Surrounded by cats in a remote Japanese village, fishing is braided into the lifestyles of all its aging…
Masters

KILLING

Film

KILLING

Directed by Shinya Tsukamoto
Young ronin Mokunoshin is recruited away from countryside life and must grapple with a samurai sword he has…

KIMCHI

Film

KIMCHI

Directed by Jackson Kiyoshi Segars
Marrying into a Korean American family in disarray over the grandmother’s choice of death, a Japanese American man…
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THE LEGEND OF THE STARDUST BROTHERS

Film

THE LEGEND OF THE STARDUST BROTHERS

Directed by Macoto Tezuka
CELLULOID JUKEBOX Choreographed stage antics! Cocaine in kiddie pools! This is the star-studded MTV glam rock opera you’ve…

MOGU & PEROL

Film

MOGU & PEROL

Directed by Tsuneo Goda
Mogu and Perol experience food, friendship, and fun times on Yummy Island.
Asia Pop!

MORI, THE ARTIST’S HABITAT

Film

MORI, THE ARTIST’S HABITAT

Directed by Shuichi Okita
Japan’s revered actors star in this charming comedy about one enchanted day in the life of celebrated painter…

OKAASAN (MOM)

Film

OKAASAN (MOM)

Directed by Kana Hatakeyama
Beautifully captures the delicate intimacy, irritations, and longings between a single mother and an adult daughter struggling to…
Asia Pop!

ONE CUT OF THE DEAD

Film

ONE CUT OF THE DEAD

Directed by Shinichiro Ueda
Can a zombie wield an axe? Would Hot Potato with a severed arm work on-screen? How far will…

OUR MAN IN TOKYO (THE BALLAD OF SHIN MIYATA)

Film

OUR MAN IN TOKYO (THE BALLAD OF SHIN MIYATA)

Directed by Akira Boch
With music and shout outs to Ritchie Valens and La Bamba, meet Shin Miyata, a Japanese record label…

REUNION

Film

REUNION

Directed by Mai Shirai
A dedicated woman, traveling to her boyfriend’s hometown, recalls fond and loving memories.
Masters

SHOPLIFTERS

Film

SHOPLIFTERS

Directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda
Scrambling just below the radar is a rag-tag family that subsists on petty thievery. When they decide to…
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TEN YEARS JAPAN

Film

TEN YEARS JAPAN

Directed by Akiyo Fujimora, Chie Hayakawa, Kei Ishikawa, Megumi Tsuno, Yusuke Kinoshita
Produced by Kore-eda, a speculative omnibus from five top and emerging Japanese filmmakers who imagine their country in…

THE STATE OF THINGS

Film

THE STATE OF THINGS

Directed by Ryo Orikasa
Words turn into music, and return to sound; melting in time and place in this spinning story.
Masters

VISION

Film

VISION

Directed by Naomi Kawase
A forest ranger is visited by a French journalist in search of a mythic plant thought to alleviate…
Masters

YOCHO (FOREBODING)

Film

YOCHO (FOREBODING)

Directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Etsuko might be the only person who can resist the alien Dr. Makebe, who sucks concepts from humans,…
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THE TRAIN HAMASEN

Film

THE TRAIN HAMASEN

Directed by Lai Kuan-Yuan
VIRTUAL REALITY Overlapping various eras and bringing together different corners of ethnic life, this innovative VR piece is…