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Song of the Fishermen

China | 1934 | 57 minutes | Cai Chusheng

The struggles of a poor family living near Shanghai are illustrated in this silent film by director Cai Chusheng. Newly restored by China Film Archive and screened with a live musical accompaniment, it is an iconic film pairing bleak social commentary with strikingly beautiful and detailed shots.

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.

A Time in Quchi

Taiwan | 2013 | 109 minutes | Chang Tso-Chi

A group of sassy, sweet kids both befriend and torment Bao as he spends the bucolic summer with his grandfather in the countryside outside Taipei, while his parents work out the terms of their divorce.

Touch of the Light

Taiwan | 2012 | 110 minutes | Jung-Chi Chang

Music, dance, and a gentle dash of romance shine when Yu-Siang, a blind pianist, meets Chieh, an aspiring dancer who gave up her goal because she couldn’t afford extensive study and training. Based on Yu-Siang’s true story.

Unforgiven

Japan | 2013 | 135 minutes | Lee Sang-il

Ken Watanabe stars as a retired samurai who takes up his sword anew in this gorgeously shot and impressively choreographed Meiji-period remake of Clint Eastwood’s classic western.

Why Don’t You Play in Hell?

Japan | 2013 | 126 minutes | Sion Sono

An amateur filmmaking crew called the F*ck Bombers use documentary and flash-mob techniques to film whatever mayhem they encounter, stumbling into a gory war between Yakuza factions.

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