A collection of some of the best international Asian films, CinemAsia has always been an integral part of the festival’s vision, and this year’s crop is no exception, especially with new films from award-winners like Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Sion Sono, Ying Liang and more. From the harrowing morality play When Night Falls to the upbeat The Cheer Ambassadors, the diversity of world cinema is on full display. Enjoy!
Ritu Sarin / CinemAsia / India, UK, USA / 2012 / Documentary, Feature / 75 minsHari is getting married—to a girl he’s seen only once in their two-year engagement. In the latest film from Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam (Dreaming Lhasa), the chatty taxi driver looks forward to spending his life with a woman he’s only talked to on the phone.
Ying Liang / CinemAsia / China, South Korea / 2012 / Social Issue / 70 minsAcclaimed director Ying Liang, “one of the world’s best young filmmakers” (The New Yorker), dramatizes the controversial real-life tale of Yang Jia, a young man who stabbed six policemen to death in Shanghai after being abused by officers. “A movie China doesn’t want you to see” (The New Yorker).
Ji Dan / CinemAsia / China / 2011 / Experimental / 147 minsTwo young girls and their brother struggle to improve their lives—with little to no help from their parents—in this powerful, unblinking documentary on the underclass in China, directed by one of China’s top female filmmakers. Winner, Best Documentary film, 2012 Millenium Festival. This screening is presented in partnership with the Oakland Museum of California.