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BOILING POINT

BOILING POINT

Directed by Takeshi Kitano
  • Japan / 
  • 1990 / 
  • Japanese with English subtitles / 
  • 97 min

"A work of varied and strange miracles."
- Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion

"I can think of no working director who uses stillness as gracefully and effectively as Takeshi Kitano."
- Sean Axmaker, Seattle Weekly
BOILING POINT (BLU-RAY)

BOILING POINT (BLU-RAY)

Directed by Takeshi Kitano
  • Japan / 
  • 1990 / 
  • Japanese with English subtitles / 
  • 97 min
DRIFTERS

DRIFTERS

Directed by Wang Xiaoshuai
  • YEAR 3 - FILM 9 / 
  • China / 
  • 2003 / 
  • Mandarin with English subtitles / 
  • 120 min
Official Selection - Cannes Film Festival
Official Selection - AFI Film Festival

"Uncompromising and stylish...it has extraordinary moments!"
- Michael Wilmington, The Chicago Tribune

"A poetic character study...an involving film!"
- Cinescene.com
HOSPITALITE

HOSPITALITE

Directed by Koji Fukuda
  • YEAR 10 - FILM 4 / 
  • Japan / 
  • 2009 / 
  • Japanese with English subtitles / 
  • 95 min

"Brilliant storytelling...undeniable artistry!"
- Chris Cabin, Slant

"A marvelous tension between a prim comedy of manners and unbridled slapstick."
- Ronnie Scheib, Variety

"This entertaining and engrossing movie plays like a chess game between director and viewers."
- Janos Gereben, San Francisco Examiner
ILO ILO

ILO ILO

Directed by Anthony Chen
  • YEAR 12 - FILM 2 / 
  • Singapore / 
  • 2013 / 
  • Mandarin, Tagalog & English with English subtitles / 
  • 99 min

"Anthony Chen's portrait of a family in 1997 Singapore is one of those rare films that manages to capture an entire period within an intimate slice of life. Beautifully acted and precisely observed, Ilo Ilo is an amazing debut, full of heart and intelligence. "
- Ang Lee, Oscar-winning director

"A small gem about how families learn to persevere during the toughest times...Its emotional wallop sneaks up on you!"
- Tim Grierson, ScreenDaily

"The very beating heart and soul of cinematic storytelling."
- Robert Koehler, Film Comment
IN LOVE WE TRUST

IN LOVE WE TRUST

Directed by Wang Xiaoshuai
  • YEAR 7 - FILM 1 / 
  • China / 
  • 2007 / 
  • Mandarin with English subtitles / 
  • 115 min
Winner - Prize of the Ecumenical Jury - Berlin Int'l Film Festival
Winner - Silver Bear for Best Screenplay - Berlin Int'l Film Festival

"Brilliant, remarkable...a wonderously complex tale! For fans of foreign film and especially those who appreciate intellectually, ethically and morally stimulating pieces, you won't do any better than the superlative In Love We Trust."
- Jen Johans, Film Intuition

"Extraordinary, delicate [and] honest!"
- David Cornelius, efilmcritic.com

"[An] extremely moving film...full of fascinating and highly specific details of life in today's China, as well as excellent performances all around."
- James Van Maanen, Trust Movies
KEY OF LIFE

KEY OF LIFE

Directed by Kenji Uchida
  • YEAR 11 - FILM 8 / 
  • Japan / 
  • 2012 / 
  • Japanese with English subtitles / 
  • 128 min

"Breezy rhythm, witty dialogue and excellent thesping chemistry...a chessboard of ingenious subplots!"
- Maggie Lee, Variety

"Intelligent, amusing, and casually touching."
- Kong Rithdee, Cinema Scope

"Sweet, satisfying and very funny!"
- Beyondasiaphilia
LUCKY

LUCKY

Directed by Avie Luthra
  • YEAR 11 - FILM 2 / 
  • South Africa / 
  • 2011 / 
  • Zulu, Hindi & English with English subtitles / 
  • 100 min
Winner - Best Film - Bengaluru Int'l Film Festival
Official Selection - Toronto Int'l Film Festival

"An emotionally resonant portrait of contemporary South Africa...delicate and real...extraordinarily touching."
- Variety

"A simple but profoundly moving portrait of humanity...a wonderful little gem."
- BBC

"Lucky is both touching and believable without being heavy-handed and sappy."
- Vanessa Martinez, indieWIRE
MAD TIGER

MAD TIGER


"Fantastic portrait of a band and its leader that works on so many different levels. What I love about the film is that what starts out with a look at a band changes into a look at what it takes to be in a band and how the relationships outside of the band are forced to change because of the dynamics of the band."
- Steve Kopian, Unseen Films

"10 Must-See Documentaries at DOC NYC."
- Indiewire

"The members of Peelander-Z unmask themselves for revealing new doc MAD TIGER... For close to two decades fans have known the band with their personas held firmly in place, their colorful costumes seldom removed, but the opportunity to meet Peelander-Z has finally arrived, and the line between artist and person is blurring."
- Silvas Valentino, Village Voice
MY LOVE, DON'T CROSS THAT RIVER

MY LOVE, DON'T CROSS THAT RIVER

Directed by Jin Moyoung
  • YEAR 14 - FILM 9 / 
  • South Korea / 
  • 2014 / 
  • Korean with English subtitles / 
  • 86 min

"...gentle, elegant and genuinely moving...MY LOVE, DON'T CROSS THAT RIVER is a wonderful documentary that tells a story of [undying] love."
- Hugo Ozman, Twitch Film Sydney

"Go and see MY LOVE, DON'T CROSS THAT RIVER: if, by its ending, it hasn't moved you to your core, you have an invulnerable heart."
- Andrew Blackie, Film Ink Australia
SEA FOG

SEA FOG

Directed by Sung-bo Shim
  • YEAR 14 - FILM 5 / 
  • South Korea / 
  • 2014 / 
  • Korean with English subtitles / 
  • 111 min

"Never in a million years would someone be able to watch this film for the first time and guess that it's a debut feature. So assured is the direction, so purposeful is the camera."
- Nikola Grazdanovic, The Playlist

"...crisp, starkly beautiful compositions, contrasting claustrophobic human activity with the ocean's vastness."
- Maggie Lee, Variety

"While the film is expertly made, all its visual thrills are present to serve the characters and their complexly interwoven moral trajectories... "
- Pierce Conran, Twitch Film
SHUN LI AND THE POET

SHUN LI AND THE POET

Directed by Andrea Segre
  • YEAR 10 - FILM 11 / 
  • Italy / 
  • 2011 / 
  • Italian & Mandarin with English subtitles / 
  • 100 min
Winner - Best First Feature - BFI London Film Festival
Winner - Lux Prize - European Parliament
Winner - Best European Co-production - Seville Film Festival

"A poignant story...striking cinematography! A film that doesn't shy away."
- The New York Times

"This just might be a masterpiece!"
- Liberazzione

"Rapturous! Exquisite!"
- Allisa Simon, Variety
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