#BKKY 



Director: Nontawat Numbenchapol
75 minutes
Thai (English subtitles)
Thailand
2016

After two documentaries about the political and economical misfortune of Thai villagers, director Nontawat Numbenchapol ventures into new territory with #BKKY: a part documentary, part fiction piece about love and hardship among the youth of Bangkok. Numbenchapol requested over a hundred teens to share their views on romance, sexuality, friendship and the future, intersplicing their anecdotes with the fictional tale …

A Quiet Dream 춘몽 



Director: Lu Zhang
101 minutes
Korean (English subtitles)
South Korea
2016

IFFR@CinemAsia In this black-and-white mishmash of poetic moments and everyday occurrences, Yeri, the kind-hearted female owner of a makeshift bar in Seoul’s poverty-stricken Su-saek neighbourhood, is at the center of a group of otherwise exclusively male friends. There’s Ik-june, whose small crimes are contrasted by his sizeable ego; Jung-bum, a North-Korean defector with bipolar disorder; Yeri’s landlord Jong-bin, an epileptic …

After Life 



Director: Hirokazu Koreeda
118 minutes
Japanese (DUTCH subtitles)
Japan
1998 (35MM)
Johanna ter Steege will give an introduction to the film

NOTICE: this film starts at 17:00 uur.  In the printed filmguide there is an error about the time. One of the most constructed narratives of Hirokazu Koreeda, After Life is still an poignant and touching film about the way memories shape our life and personality. Set in a small mid-20th century social- service-style office, souls of the recently deceased are processed before entering …

Apprentice 



Director: Junfeng Boo
115 minutes
Malay , English (English subtitles)
Singapore, Germany, France, Hong Kong, Qatar |
2016

There’s a certain fascination for the macabre that permeates throughout APPRENTICE; one that reflects the complicated relationship Singapore has with the death penalty. Said punishment even deprived Aiman of his father, but that doesn’t stop him from working as a warden and titular apprentice in one of the many prisons where these sentences get carried out. When the ageing executioner …

Chongqing Hotpot 火鍋英雄 



Director: Yang Qing
94 minutes
Mandarin (English subtitles)
China
2016

“Chongqing’s known for two things”, a voice-over narrates at the beginning of this ambitious crime drama. “Tunnels… and hot pot restaurants.” It’s a combination that proves to be of essential importance for a quartet of thieves who decided to rob a bank. They almost get caught, but manage to escape through a hole in the floor, leading them into Chongqing’s …

Chungking Express 重慶森林 



Director: Wong Kar-wai
102 minutes
Cantonese (English subtitles)
Hong Kong
1994
Norbert ter Hall will give an introduction to the film

Every day, Cop 223 buys a can of pineapple with an expiration date of May 1, symbolizing the day he’ll get over his lost love. He’s also got his eye on a mysterious woman in a blond wig, oblivious of the fact she’s a drug dealer. Cop 663 is distraught with heartbreak over a breakup. But when his ex drops …

Diamond Island 



Director: Davy Chou
101 minutes
Khmer (English subtitles)
France, Cambodia, Germany, Qatar, Thailand
2016

Between the excessively lavish promotional video of the luxurious apartment district known as Diamond Island, and Bora’s impoverished village in the wilderness, the contrast could not be larger. Drawn by the allure of the still under construction project and the promise of being able to financially support his family, Bora leaves his village to become a construction worker at Diamond …

Fathers 



Director: Palatpol Mingpornpichit
96 minutes
Thai (English subtitles)
Thailand
2016

Gay couple Phoon and Yuke wanted nothing more than to start their own family. Their dream finally became a reality when they adopted the abandoned baby Butr, completing their happy little household. Their near-idyllic existence gets threatened when Butr starts going to school, where the previously blissfully unaware boy gets bullied for not having a “normal” parental situation. While Butr …

Hebei, Taipei 河北臺北 



Director: Nien-Hsiu Li
87 minutes
Mandarin (English subtitles)
Taiwan
2015

War is more than just conflicting ideologies. A thought-provoking statement made by the director of HEBEI, TAPEI, in the form of this deeply personal documentary about her father Li, who fought for both the Nationalists and the Communists during the Chinese Civil War. He eventually ended up in Taipei, Taiwan, when the war drew to a close, far away from …

I America 



Director: Ivan Andrew Payawal
87 minutes
Filipino, Tagalog (English subtitles)
Philippines
2016

The long-lasting consequences of prostitution in an ever-globalising Asia are made painfully palpable in the tragicomedy I AMERICA. Director Ivan Andrew Payawal sketches a convincing portrait of the teenage years of Erica, the daughter of a Filipino prostitute and an American soldier. A soldier Erica never got to meet, after the Americans left their base in 1991. This seems to …

Laskar Pelangi 



Director: Riri Riza
124 minutes
Indonesian, Malay (English subtitles)
Indonesia
2008

NOTICE: this film is showing thursday 9 march.  In the printed filmguide there is an error about the date. Based on the popular same titled novel by Andrea Hirata, LASKAR PELANGI follows a group of ten schoolchildren and their two inspirational teachers as they struggle with poverty and develop hopes for the future in Gantong Village. Set in the 1970s the film …

Lipstick Under My Burkha 



Director: Alankrita Shrivastava
117 minutes
Hindi (English subtitles)
India
2016

Not every protagonist wears a burkha in this Indian feminist comedy, but the film’s title serves as an extraordinarily apt metaphor nonetheless. LIPSTICK UNDER MY BHURKA’s four female leads all differ in age, profession and even religion, but are united in their secretive undermining of the norms of a still predominantly male-centered India. Which is why unhappy housewife Shirin moonlights …

Mad World 一念無明 



Director: Chun Wong
101 minutes
Cantonese (English subtitles)
Hong Kong
2016

After being discharged from a mental institution, Ah-Yang moves in with his father, claiming space in an already cramped apartment. It’s from this claustrophobic position where the two estranged relatives attempt to build a better, mutual future. Their efforts are hindered by traumatic events from the past, challenging the men’s claim for happiness. This highly emotional feature film debut from …

My Father’s Choice – CANCELLED 



Director: Yan Ting Yuen
79 minutes
Cantonese, English (English subtitles)
the Netherlands
2017

Unfortunately this film has been cancelled due to technical reasons. If you have purchased a ticket, do contact coordinator@cinemasia.nl for arranging the refund. We are apologise for any inconvenience caused due to circumstances beyond our control. IFFR@CinemAsia Director Yan Ting Yuen links her father’s life history to China’s drastic developments over the last fifty years, in this deeply intimate documentary. Covering everything …

Oldboy 올드보이 



Director: Park Chan-wook
104 minutes
Korean (English subtitles)
South Korea
2004
Lavinia Meijer will give an introduction to the film

Unmistakingly the most iconic Korean revenge thriller, OLDBOY set the bar high for every Korean genre that followed. After being kidnapped and imprisoned for fifteen years, Oh Dae-Su is released, only to find that he must find his captor in five days. While the clock is ticking, the estranged avenger finds out that his kidnapper has a greater plan for …

Pricetag 價錢牌 – FilmLAB 2017 



Director: Myrthe Nymph Wai
10 minutes

Netherlands
2017

The 29-year-old Jeffrey Chen works as a shop assistant in a Chinese supermarket. His fiancé is the 26-year-old Annie Li, who comes from a traditional, wealthy Chinese family with strict parents. Struggling financially, Jeffrey does not have enough money to meet the demands of his parents-in-law. This film is inspired by stories the filmmaker sees and hears from her own …

Salawaku 



Director: Pritagita Arianegara
78 minutes
Indonesian (English subtitles)
Indonesia
2016

When ten-year-old orphan Salawaku embarks on a journey to find his missing sister Binaiya, he does so unaware of the fact that she does not actually want to be found. During his adventure across the beautiful Moluccan Seram Island he encounters a different woman who purposefully left her life behind. He meets Sara on a remote part of the isle …

Sang Pembakar – Short Selection 2017 



Directors: Hari Suprayitno, Dwitra J. Ariana & Ucu Agustin
38 minutes

Indonesia
2016

  This documentary provides an insight in the Indonesian forest burning activity, which can result in a big catastrophe for Indonesia and surrounding countries. THOSE WHO BURN shows how local palm oil plantation workers are faced with a big dilemma: even though they know the economical, ecological and political risks of forest burning, they sometimes need to do it to …

Soul on a String 皮繩上的魂 



Director: Zhang Yang
142 minutes
Mandarin (English subtitles)
China
2016

The immaculate beauty of Tibet’s landscapes is what inspired director Zhang Yang to make a Buddhist western about revenge, hatred, reincarnation and enlightenment. Adapting not one, but two books by Tibetan author Tashi Dawa, SOUL ON A STRING portrays the quest of Tibetan cowboy and murderer Taibei, who’s trying to return a sacred rock to the mountain that symbolises Buddha’s …

Still Life 三峽好人 



Director: Jia Zhangke
111 minutes
Mandarin (English subtitles)
China
2006 (35MM)
Ruben Terlou will give an introduction to the film and will be interviewed by Ardi Bouwer

Set in Fengjie, near the massive three gorges dam, coalminer Han Sanming tries to find his ex-wife whom he has not seen for 16 years. Nurse Shen Hong also comes to Fengjie to look for her husband who has not been home for two years. Both Han Sanmin and Shen Hong find their lost loved ones, but the planned flooding …

Still Walking 



Director: Hirokazu Koreeda,
115 minutes
Japanese (English subtitles)
Japan
2008
Bianca Tan will give an introduction to the film

A loving, yet painful portrait of a family visit during a hot summer day. Both Ryota (Abe) and his sister are visiting their parents’ house outside of the city, bringing along their families as well to commemorate the unfortunate passing of their younger brother fifteen years ago. Now, all gathered in their family house father, mother, brother, sister, wife, husband …

Suffering of Ninko 



Director: Niwatsukino Norihiro
70 minutes
Japanese (English subtitles)
Japan
2016

IFFR@CinemAsia How agonising it must be to live a life of celibacy whilst being lusted after by men and women alike! This is the life of the young monk Ninko, whose torment takes on disturbing magnitudes after an encounter with a masked, naked woman. To cleanse himself of his impure sexual desires, the monk decides to embark on a spiritual journey …

Sunday Beauty Queen 



Director: Baby Ruth Villarama
94 minutes
Filipino (English subtitles)
Philippines
2016

“How would we live without them?”, a wealthy 63-year-old man asks himself in this documentary about Filipino domestic workers in Hong Kong. It’s a question that director Baby Ruth Villarama decides not to answer, in lieu of a more obtrusive look into the lives of the actual hard- working Filipino expats. The majority of these 190.000 documented domestic workers only …

Sweet Dumplings 甜蜜的回憶 – Short Selection 2017 



Director: Lai Kin Chang
14 minutes

Belgium
2016

Yin and Lee are making dumplings in the kitchen of their restaurant. Yin is kneading dough, while Lee is cutting meat and vegetables to make the filling. They are preparing the favorite dumplings of their daughter Tim Tim who has passed away three years ago. While they are cautiously folding the dumplings, they are thinking of beautiful and painful moments. …

Taxi Stories 出租車故事 



Director: Doris Yeung
98 minutes
English (English subtitles)
China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Netherlands
2016

The influence of globalisation becomes painfully apparent in this ensemble film situated in three Asian metropolises. Mutual incomprehension, miscommunication and exploitation complicate the lives of a homosexual taxi driver in Beijing, a wealthy pregnant woman in Hong Kong, and an impoverished teenager in Jakarta. Despite the world becoming a more economically networked place, it becomes increasingly burdensome for these individuals …

The Age of Shadows 밀정 



Director: Jee-woon Kim
140 minutes
Korean, Japanese (English subtitles)
Korea
2016

With THE AGE OF SHADOWS Kim Jee-woon (I SAW THE DEVIL) delivers a chic spy-thriller portraying the freedom fighters of the Heroic Corps and their efforts to free Korea from their Japanese oppressors in the 1920s. A deadly game of cat-and-mouse full of intrigue, danger and deception ensues as the organisation tries to ship explosives from Shanghai to Seoul , …

The Beekeeper and his Son 養蜂人家 



Director: Diedie Weng
85 minutes
Manadarin (English subtitles)
Canada, Switzerland
2016

Generational conflicts keep stacking up in this intimate look at a rural family of beekeepers. After a gap year in the big city, the adolescent Maofu returns home to supposedly help his father Lao Yu with the bee business, but finds himself more interested in reading marketing books. Maofu thinks the enterprise’s way forward is to reposition honey on the …

The Hidden Fortress 



Director: Akira Kurosawa
146 minutes
Japanese (English subtitles)
Japan
1958
Martin Koolhoven will give an introduction to the film

This story of two greedy peasants in feudal Japan inspired George Lucas in his creation of the iconic robot duo of C-3PO and R2-D2 of the Star Wars- saga. Here, Tahei and Matashichi, the peasant equivalent of the sci-fi tin companions, are tricked into escorting a famous General and Princess through enemy territory. Even though it appears the clever General …

The Road to Mandalay 再見瓦城 



Director: Midi Z
108 minutes
Southwestern Mandarin, Burmese (English subtitles)
Myanmar, Taiwan
2016

IFFR@CinemAsia Burma is still being torn apart by the Karen conflict, one of the world’s longest-running civil wars. After the documentaries JADE MINERS and CITY OF JADE, Chinese-Burman director Midi Z returns to feature film with a tale of two Burman refugees trying to start a new life in Bangkok, Thailand. After a bone- chillingly silent smuggling trip across the border, …

The Truth Beneath 비밀은 없다 



Director: Kyoung-mi Lee
102 minutes
Korean (English subtitles)
Korea
2016

Schemes and plot twists galore in THE TRUTH BENEATH, a film that feels like House of Cards done by Korean thriller aficionados. When Jong- chan gets nominated to represent his political party, his career instantly becomes priority number one. Most of his time is dedicated to the garnering of votes with his wife Yeon-Hong, estranging his daughter Min-jin in the …

Train to Busan 부산행 



Director: Sang-ho Yeon
118 minutes
Korean (English subtitles)
Korea
2016

IFFR@CinemAsia Director Sang-ho Yeon sketches an apocalyptic scenario at a frenetic pace. While the blissfully oblivious businessman Seok-woo boards the train to Busan with his daughter, zombies are mercilessly taking over the entire city. One of the undead manages to get on board, unleashing a hectic struggle between the infected and those not (yet) afflicted. As the train rolls out of …

Vive l’Amour 愛情萬歲 



Director: Tsai Ming-Liang
118 minutes
Mandarin (DUTCH subtitles)
Taiwan
1994 (35MM)
Mijke de Jong will give an introduction to the film

By occupying the same vacant apartment in Taipei, three disparate and desperate people step in and out of each other’s’ life. In empty bedrooms the loneliness and depression of May Lin, Hsiao-kang and Ah-jong gets highlighted in this distanced, but critical portrait of life in the big city. Even though these three people share a space and sometimes even a …

Yamato (California) 



Director: Daisuke Miyazaki
119 minutes
Japanese (English subtitles)
Japan, USA
2016

This “Miyazaki Daisuke joint” (an explicit reference to the socially engaged films of American director Spike Lee) is a hip hop fable portraying the tense relations and dynamics between Japan and the United States. Yamato has been laying in the shadow of an American Air Force base since the second World War, causing elements of American culture to seep into …