Films A to Z

Filtering by Program: Asian Crossroads

Nightfall

Hong Kong | 2012 | 107 minutes | Roy Chow

In this stylish Hong Kong noir thriller, obsession leads to violence when an ex-con torments the family of the famous musician instrumental in his 20-year incarceration.

Pieta

South Korea | 2012 | 104 minutes | Kim Ki-duk

In Kim Ki-duk's brilliant but disturbing psychological study, a cold-blooded loan shark reconsiders his brutal lifestyle when a mysterious woman arrives and claims to be his long-lost mother. Warning: this film contains explicit scenes that some viewers may find offensive.

Ripples of Desire

Taiwan | 2012 | 112 minutes | Zero Chou

Set in 17th-century Taiwan, rife with pirates, courtesans, and star-crossed lovers, the beautiful and talented ladies of the Floating Island hide a gruesome secret, in this big-budget period drama.

A River Changes Course

Cambodia | 2013 | 83 minutes | Kalyanee Mam

Shot over two years, Kalyanee Mam returns to her homeland to document three families and they contend with the ever-changing economy and industry of modern Cambodia in this impressionistic and beautifully constructed portrait of life.

The Rocket

Australia | 2013 | 96 minutes | Kim Mordaunt

Set in lush, rural Laos, this spirited drama tells the story of scrappy ten-year-old Ahlo, who yearns to break free from his ill-fated destiny. With help from his friend Kia and uncle Purple, he builds a giant rocket to compete in the dangerous Rocket Festival.

Salma

United Kingdom | 2013 | 89 minutes | Kim Longinotto

When Salma, a young aspiring poet in South India, reached puberty, her parents locked her away. Twenty-five years later, Salma has fought her way back to the outside world in this beautiful, poignant, and powerful portrait of women in India.

Tai Chi Hero

China | 2012 | 100 minutes | Stephen Fung

This fantastic sequel to Tai Chi Zero follows the larger-than-life adventures of Yang Luchan, who must use his fiancée's kung fu lessons to protect his family from an invading horde of steampunk soldiers.

Television

Bangladesh | 2012 | 106 minutes | Mostofa Sarwar Farooki

Amin Patowary, a religious fundamentalist, is the leader of his small water-locked Bangladeshi village. He won't allow his people to have access to television or other technology. But trouble brews when the schoolteacher buys a television in this satirical folktale.

These Birds Walk

Pakistan | 2012 | 75 minutes | Bassam Tariq, Omar Mullick

The Edhi foundation, founded by humanitarian Abdul Sattar Edhi, gets the documentary treatment in this ethereal and inspirational story of resilience about a runaway child and an ambulance driver in Karachi, Pakistan. The film recently won the Filmmaker-to-Filmmaker Award at the Hot Docs Festival, and directors Omar Mullick and Bassam Tariq were featured in Filmmaker Magazine's "The 25 New Faces of Independent Film."

Together

Taiwan | 2012 | 114 minutes | Hsu Chao-Jen

In this Amelie-esque romantic drama from Taiwan, 17-year-old high schooler Xiao Yang clandestinely attempts to cure his family and friends of their romantic and professional woes.