After a botched arrest in a grisly serial murder case, small-town detective Zhang Zili is suspended, taking a security job at a coal factory. When another series of mysteriously similar murders takes place five years later, Zhang sets out to investigate on his own. Winner of the top prize at this year’s Berlin Film Festival, Diao Yinan’s moody, quietly powerful thriller is a classic film noir staged against the quotidian lives of a wintry Northern Chinese industrial town. |Read MoreDrama
Cheng Lai-sheung is a young, upwardly mobile professional finally ready to invest in her first home. But when the deal falls through, she is forced to keep her dream alive—even if it means keeping her would-be neighbors dead. Pang Ho-Cheung's disturbingly imaginative violence unfolds against a backdrop of lifestyle fetishization and the housing market crisis in this metropolitan spin on Guignol horror. |Read MoreHorror, Thriller
Set during the Age of the Warlords in the 1920s, this comic western is the highest grossing Chinese film ever. When circumstances force an outlaw (actor/director Jiang Wen) to impersonate a county governor and clean up a corrupt town, the Robin Hood figure finds himself in a showdown with the local "godfather" (Chow Yun-Fat). Full of surprises and grounded with a smart, humorous script, Let the Bullets Fly's battles are fought with guns and wit. |Read MoreAction, Comedy
Following an assignment gone wrong in Tokyo, professional Taiwanese hitman Mr. Long (Chang Chen) finds himself stranded without a passport in a run-down Japanese village. So naturally Long does what any cold-hearted killer would do in his situation: befriend the locals and open a wildly popular noodle cart. Moving artfully between scenes of slickly choreographed violence and charming, whimsical drama, Japanese director SABU’s latest is a refreshing twist on the gangster genre, offering a surprisingly tender and heartwarming fable of redemption. |Read MoreDrama, Comedy
Acclaimed Chinese-Indonesian director Edwin (Blind Pig Who Wants To Fly) returns with a gorgeous, dreamlike fairy tale set inside Jakarta's wondrous Ragunan Zoo. Abandoned in the zoo as a little girl and raised among the wild menagerie, Lana finally embarks outside the peculiar confines she has always known—and into the seedier side of Jakarta—when she falls in love with a charming magician. |Read More
This poignant human drama is set against a surreal, metaphorically loaded backdrop--a Yangtze town that will soon be submerged by the Three Gorges Dam. Like the director's other films (Platform, Unknown Pleasures, The World), it's an empathetic portrait of those left behind by a modernizing society, and a unique hybrid of documentary and fiction. In Mandarin.
Going one step beyond the sensual images of In the Mood for Love, Wong Kar Wai and D.P. Christopher Doyle create a dreamily lush, futuristic setting in which Tony Leung moves in and out of relationships with a series of beautiful women including Gong Li, Maggie Cheung, Ziyi Zhang and Faye Wong. A Sony Classics Pictures release. |Read More