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Beyond Beauty: Taiwan From Above

Taiwan | 2013 | 93 minutes | Chi Po-Lin

Astonishing aerial cinematography reveals the shorelines, mountaintops, cityscapes, farmer’s fields, rivers, and social life of the island nation, delivering a sweet environmentalist and humanist message.

Black Coal, Thin Ice

China | 2014 | 106 minutes | Diao Yinan

This innovative, stylish, and compelling noir set among ordinary people in the northern Chinese provinces begins as disgraced detective-turned-security guard Zhang privately reopens the cold case that ended his career. Winner of the Best Picture, 2014 Berlinale.

Final Recipe

South Korea | 2013 | 98 minutes | Gina Kim

Hoping to save his grandfather’s fledgling restaurant, teenage Mark uses his university savings to secretly enter Shanghai’s blockbuster cooking competition, led by Master Chef Julia Lee (international superstar Michelle Yeoh).

Firestorm

Hong Kong | 2013 | 110 minutes | Alan Yuen

Fiercely focused Inspector Lui and his police team are pushed to the limits of moral ambiguity in their quest to take down a group of Hong Kong’s canniest crooks.

Lilting

United Kingdom | 2014 | 86 minutes | Hong Khaou

This delicate chamber piece addresses the universal language of grief with elegance, humor, and tenderness. Sixty-something Junn is visited by an interpreter who can help bridge the language gaps between herself and two men: a new suitor at the nursing home and the handsome “best friend” of her deceased son.

The Midnight After

Hong Kong | 2014 | 124 minutes | Fruit Chan

This philosophical take on the apocalypse throws a minibus full of folks, both established Hong Kong cinema stars and fresh new talents, into the first day of the rest of their lives. Only, on earth—it’s just them.

The Nightingale

China | 2013 | 108 minutes | Philippe Muyl

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In this ravishingly beautiful movie, Philippe Muyl takes us on a Chinese road trip through spectacular mountain villages to discover a bucolic existence. A grandfather travels towards his memories, while his granddaughter finds simple wonders she never knew existed.

Once Upon a Time in Shanghai

Hong Kong | 2014 | 96 minutes | Wong Ching-po

A poor country laborer moves to a 1930s Shanghai overrun with gangsters and femme fatales and gets caught in a bloody mob war with only his kung fu skills at his disposal. A remake of the 1972 Shaw Brothers-produced Boxer From Shantung.

Rigor Mortis

Hong Kong | 2013 | 105 minutes | Juno Mak

A dejected, washed-up horror film actor moves into a decrepit housing estate with every intention of ending his life, but finds that the apartment complex is teeming with bloodthirsty vampires and other assorted supernatural beasties.

Stray Dogs

Taiwan | 2013 | 138 minutes | Tsai Ming-Liang

Tsai Ming-Liang (The Wayward CloudVive L'Amour) spins a compassionate, elegant, minimalist and visually powerful yarn about a poverty-stricken alcoholic and his family living on the margins of Taipei society.