A Village Across the World 跨越世界的村莊
A Village Across the World follows a group of foreign English-teaching volunteers into the cultural and emotional landscape of a Chinese village.
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. Originally made for television by the cult animated film director Kon Satoshi (Perfect Blue, Tokyo Godfathers, Paprika), this series explores the societal angst of a postwar, rapidly industrialized society, and is relatively unique in the anime genre, for its disturbing, self-reflexive insight.
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. But when some of the woman's secrets are starting to become unravelled, he finds his past haunting him in the most devious of ways.
On March 20, 1995, members of Aum, a small Buddhist sect, released sarin gas into rush hour crowds in the Tokyo subway system. Often compared to the attacks in the United States of America on 11th September 2001, the impact of the Aum attack changed perceptions of Japanese society. Having had the opportunity to live with the Aum, the director Mori Tatsuya adopts the cult members' perspectives of Japanese society.
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. The family’s tense exchanges are captured as two headstrong girls try to negotiate a path to independence, security, and adulthood, revealing how some children are forced to make their own way in the world. The film takes an unflinching look at the difficulties facing migrant families barely surviving at the margins of China's new prosperity.
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?
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. While the movie shows that passengers are often happy to reveal very intimate details about their personal lives with their driver, it also documents the considerable contempt and aggression the drivers are regularly subjected to. Winner of Best Asian Feature Documentary Film at the 2006 Syracuse International Film and Video Festival.
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- ).