A film from Singapore that views prison life from a less explored angle: that of the corrections officers tasked with enforcing the rules and carrying out punishments.

I Am Not Madame Bovary

Lian (Chinese megastar Fan Bingbing) is a woman on a mission, but she’s neither Norma Rae nor Mother Courage.

Japan Cuts 2016

This essential festival celebrated the richness and diversity to be found in current Japanese filmmaking and offered an especially eclectic and challenging selection.

Ten Years | New York Asian Film Festival

A film anthology that ran afoul of the Chinese government during its theatrical run and, despite strong box office, disappeared abruptly until it found a second life.

Highlights of the New York Asian Film Festival 2016

The city’s premier showcase of the latest and greatest from international film festivals celebrates its 15th anniversary by continuing what it does best: highlighting the richness to be found in Asian cinema.

The Assassin

It’s been eight years since Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien’s last feature, the Paris-set Flight of the Red Balloon (2007), and the idea for his latest film, The Assassin, had been gestating in his mind for a quarter of a century. But now, Hou’s unique and idiosyncratic take on the wuxia (martial arts films) has finally […]

Asian Auteurs in New York | NYFF

The New York Film Festival’s impressive lineup this year includes a number of celebrated directors from Asia. Perhaps the most anticipated of these, prior to its Cannes premiere, was Hou Hsiao-hsien’s The Assassin, his exquisite take on the martial arts film, which netted Hou a best director prize at Cannes. Hou will make a rare […]

New York Asian Film Festival 2015

We’re right in the thick of summer, and usually what that means, as far as movies go, is Hollywood throwing billions of dollars at us in bombastic Dolby surround sound, 3-D, and outsized spectacle at the multiplexes. But here in New York, if you’re willing to look beyond the realm of dinosaurs, revived Terminators, and […]


Written, Directed and Edited by Kim Ki-duk Produced by Kim Soon-mo Released by Ram Releasing Korean with English subtitle South Korea. 91 min. Not rated With Cho Jae-hyun, Seo Young-ju and Lee Eun-woo “What is family? What are desires? What are genitals?” These are the opening statements of director Kim Ki-duk in the press notes […]