Asian Crossroads

Discover the culture and history of Asia from bustling metropolises to quiet countryside villages.

The action-packed Gatao 2: Rise of the King whiplashes between sentiment and over-the-top violence, while Le Chocolat de H takes you on a trek with a mild-mannered chocolatier. No. 1 Chung Ying Street juxtaposes stories of Chinese political upheaval and anguished romance, while the dramedy Go Back to China examines social conflict on a more intimate scale. 19th century Vietnam is captured with sensuous, impressionist beauty in The Third Wife, while The Farewell lets flamboyant hip-hop star Awkwafina shows off her dramatic chops.

A Family Tour

Taiwan | 2018 | 109 minutes | Ying Liang

Ying Liang exposes Chinese authoritarianism, based on his experiences after one of his films forces him into exile.

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Baby (Bao Bei Er)

China | 2018 | 96 minutes | Liu Jie

A poor young woman goes to extreme lengths to save a baby born with a health defect from being discarded by her family.

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Cities of Last Things

Taiwan | 2018 | 107 minutes | Ho Wi Ding

Three actors portray one tortured Taiwanese police detective in this sci-fi-tinged noir told in reverse-chronological order.

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Hong Kong | 2018 | 100 minutes | Jevons Au

Two troubled secondary-school students and a music teacher take part in a musical at a school for students with disabilities.

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Gatao 2: Rise of the King

Taiwan | 2018 | 127 minutes | Yen Cheng-Kuo

A dynamic, operatic, and extremely bloody gangster saga out of Taiwan tracking the rocky rise of a small-town gang leader.

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Go Back to China

China | 2019 | 96 minutes | Emily Ting

Spoiled Sasha is forced to come back from America to work in the family's factory in this easygoing dramedy.

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House of Hummingbird

South Korea | 2018 | 138 minutes | Bora Kim

14-year-old Eun-hee struggles with social pressure, her sexuality, and her indifferent family during the summer of 1994.

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House of My Fathers

Sri Lanka | 2018 | 95 minutes | Suba Sivakumaran

A magical-realist fable about a man and a woman from antagonistic Sri Lankan communities who must remove a curse.

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Le Chocolat de H

Japan | 2019 | 84 minutes | Takashi Watanabe

One award-winning patissier seeks to expand chocolate’s possibilities by incorporating traditional Japanese ingredients.

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Long Time No Sea

Taiwan | 2018 | 97 minutes | Heather Tsui

A young island boy yearning to see his father and a rookie teacher come together to train for an Indigenous dance competition.

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No. 1 Chung Ying Street

Hong Kong | 2017 | 118 minutes | Derek Chiu

This drama links the pro-Communist, anti-British riots of 1967 and the anti-China "Umbrella Revolution" of 2014.

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One Child Nation

China | 2019 | 85 minutes | Nanfu Wang, Jialing Zhang

The horrific effects of China's one-child policy—botched sterilizations and institutional sexism, to name only two.

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Ten Years Thailand

Hong Kong | 2018 | 93 minutes | Aditya Assarat, Wisit Sasanatieng, Chulayarnnon Siriphol, Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Four Thai directors imagine their nation a decade from now in visions surreal, satirical, and dystopian.

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The Legend of the Stardust Brothers

Japan | 1985 | 100 minutes | Macoto Tezuka

Rocky Horror meets The Apple in this lost gem of 1980s Japanese cinema, a bonkers musical biopic of a fictional new wave duo.

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The Sweet Requiem

India | 2018 | 93 minutes | Ritu Sarin, Tenzing Sonam

A young Tibetan living in a refugee community in India is forced to re-face the trauma of her journey.

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The Third Wife

Vietnam | 2018 | 94 minutes | Ash Mayfair

A 14-year-old girl in 19th-century Vietnam enters a polygamous marriage to an older wealthy landlord.

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Watch List (Maria)

Philippines | 2019 | 94 minutes | Ben Rekhi

A widowed mother is forced to enter Manila’s dark underworld of cops, criminals, and drugs.

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Widow of Silence

India | 2018 | 85 minutes | Praveen Morchhale

Her husband's fate a mystery, a Kashmir woman lives in a grueling legal limbo as a "half-widow."

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The Farewell | SIFF 2019 Closing Night Gala

USA | 2018 | 98 minutes | Lulu Wang

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A woman travels back home to China to assist in an elaborate ruse to keep a truth from her terminally ill grandmother.

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