Season 1: Monstrous Realities

Monsters have long roamed our imaginations, and they continue to find their way onto our screens. Coming from the depths of the ocean, the reaches of outer space, from scientific misadventure or even supernatural realms, they are often villainous outcasts and social others that articulate our perennial fears, troubled memories or suppressed desires. Lurking between fantastical fictions and harsh realities, this season of films explores the literal and metaphorical idea of the monstrous; it promises not only encounters with ghoulish spectres or maniacal robots, for example, but also visits unresolved histories and often grim social realities of these diverse modern societies.
17
Oct
2013

Devils on the Doorstep 鬼子来了

During the last years of Sino-Japanese War, a Chinese villager becomes responsible for the lives of two prisoners from the Japanese Imperial Army—should he kill them or set them free?

Devils on the Doorstep 鬼子来了

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14
Nov
2013

When the Bough Breaks 危巢

One of the most important female filmmakers in China, Ji Dan spent three years following a migrant worker family living on the outskirts of Beijing, as the family’s three children fight against all odds – including their own parents – to continue their education and pursue a better future.

When the Bough Breaks 危巢

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12
Dec
2013

A2

On March 20, 1995, members of Aum, a small Buddhist sect, released sarin gas into rush hour crowds in the Tokyo subway system.

A2 movie poster

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16
Jan
2014

Pietà 피에타

A young, solitary loan shark collects paybacks from customers with extreme brutality. While he maims and emotionally cripples many of his customers, their suffering leaves him cold. One day, a mysterious woman appears in front of him claiming to be his long-lost mother. Although he violently rejects her at first, he gradually accepts her into his life and allows her to change his ways.

Pietà 피에타

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13
Feb
2014

Paranoia Agent 妄想代理人

A young woman appears to have been violently beaten by a mysterious assailant she believes to be a boy on roller-blades wielding a baseball bat. But as detectives chase the trail of the juvenile attacker, dubbed “bat boy,” uncanny connections between subsequent victims, including the detective himself, reveal the victims’ secret anxieties, in a surreal, biting critique of our urban selves.

Paranoia Agent

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30
Aug
2013

Tetsuo II: Body Hammer 鉄男Ⅱ

Shot around the densely urbanized Tokyo landscape of concrete and steel, Tetsuo II is a classic 1990s cyberpunk film in the sci-fi (kaijû)/horror genre from the auteur director Tsukamoto Shinya (1960- ).

Tetsuo II: Body Hammer 鉄男Ⅱ

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05
Sep
2013

Taxi Blues 택시블루스

This movie offers a candid, compelling and at times uncomfortable glimpse into the lives of the approximately 70,000 taxi drivers operating in Seoul. Director Choi-ha spent a summer as a driver in this city of over 10 million people with a hidden camera placed under the rearview mirror.

Taxi Blues 택시블루스

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