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Asian Vision offers insights into the most exciting ideas and developments shaping the film landscape across all of Asia today, presenting new works by both renowned auteurs and future visionaries of Asian Cinema. It places the Festival’s position in Southeast Asia within the greater context of Asian cinematic traditions, and expands the cross-cultural dialogue for our local and regional audiences and filmmakers.


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    Absent Without Leave

    / National Gallery of Singapore*
    *Filmmaker in Attendance

    The murky waters of Malaya’s history of Communism are mapped onto the filmmaker’s memoirs of his martyred grandfather.

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    Art Through Our Eyes

    / National Gallery of Singapore*
    *Filmmakers in Attendance

    Art and film coalesce in this anthology of shorts by five heavyweights of Southeast Asian cinema.

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    Bangkok Nites

    / National Gallery of Singapore

    A portrait of Bangkok working ladies and their Japanese clientele that hits the dusty road with the frantic energy of the beat generation.

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    Big Big World

    / National Museum of Singapore*
    *Filmmaker in Attendance

    The bond between orphaned siblings is put to the test as they flee the horrors of the city into the isolation of nature.

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    Bitcoin Heist

    / National Gallery of Singapore*
    *Filmmaker in Attendance

    Vietnam’s answer to Ocean’s Eleven with a cool virtual twist.

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    Yamato (California)

    / The Arts House*
    *Filmmaker in Attendance

    The historical backdrop of American presence in Japan and its cultural disjuncture in hybridity is explored through a girl’s musical journey as a rapper.

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    The City of Mirrors: a fictional biography

    / The Arts House*
    *Filmmaker in Attendance

    A hallucinatory portrait of familial relations, set amidst the naturalistic backdrop of Vietnam.

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    Dearest Sister

    / National Gallery of Singapore*
    *Filmmaker in Attendance

    Lao’s only female and horror director returns with an exquisite chiller that holds a mirror towards the neuroses of contemporary Laotian society.

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    Diamond Island

    / National Gallery of Singapore

    Youthful naiveté and bitter reality is presented in vibrant kaleidoscopic vision, within the settings of present day, rapidly-progressing Cambodia.

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    Don't Look At Me That Way

    / National Gallery of Singapore*
    *Filmmaker in Attendance

    A raw and forceful feminist debut fueled by cultural excess.

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    A Dragon Arrives!

    / Shaw Theatres Lido

    Expect only the unexpected in Mani Haghighi’s mystifying and audacious stew of genres.

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    Headshot

    / Shaw Theatres Lido
    Cast in attendance

    An adrenaline-fuelled actioner that promises plenty of stylised fight scenes starring Indonesia’s very own martial arts expert Iko Uwais.

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    Hema Hema: Sing Me A Song While I Wait

    / National Gallery of Singapore*
    *Filmmaker in Attendance

    In the deep forest of Bhutan lies a sanctuary where masks shroud the primal underpinnings of human society.

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    Hooly Bible II

    / National Gallery of Singapore*
    *Filmmaker in Attendance

    A stoic observation of everyday street conversations that cuts deep into the roots of apathy in China.

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    Khun Pan

    / National Gallery of Singapore*
    *Filmmaker and Cast in Attendance

    Guns don’t matter when Sak Yant tattoos and magic comes into the picture in Kongkiat Khomsiri’s accomplished Thai western epic.

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    Ma' Rosa

    / National Gallery of Singapore*
    *Filmmaker in Attendance

    Filipino auteur Brillante Mendoza returns with another gritty study on political corruption and social injustice in modern day Philippines.

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    The Mobfathers

    / Shaw Theatres Lido*
    *Filmmaker in Attendance

    Blood and mayhem collide with social consciousness in Herman Yau’s eccentric take on Hong Kong’s gangster genre.

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    Nepali Short Films: Post-Conflict Cinema

    / National Gallery of Singapore*
    *Filmmaker in Attendance

    The quiet contemplative nature of these films gently delve into the societal issues of Nepal.

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    The Plague at the Karatas Village

    / The Arts House

    A new mayor discovers the macabre secret of a rural village in this absurdist black comedy.

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    Psycho Raman

    / Filmgarde Bugis+*
    *Filmmaker in Attendance

    The demented psyches of a serial killer and a drug addicted cop catalyse into an explosive dirge through blood and splatter.

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    Singing in Graveyards

    / National Gallery of Singapore*
    *Filmmaker in Attendance

    Filipino rock legend Pepe Smith acts as his own impersonator in a mirroring of imagination and reality.

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    Voyage to Terengganu

    / National Gallery of Singapore*
    *Filmmakers in Attendance

    Malaysian New Wave director Amir Muhammad returns with this collaborative work on Terengganu based on the writings of Munshi Abdullah.

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    Walking Street

    / Shaw Theatres Lido*
    *Filmmaker and Cast in Attendance

    Three Korean misfits find themselves in Pattaya in search of a home within a ruthless world.

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    Wet Woman in the Wind

    / Shaw Theatres Lido
    / The Arts House


    A sexually-liberated temptress latches onto a rural recluse in this audacious pink comedy.

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    What's With Love 2

    / National Gallery of Singapore*
    *Filmmaker in Attendance

    The sequel to the popular modern cult romance in Indonesia finds the former lovers, Rangga and Cinta, together again serendipitously.

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    Wolf and Sheep

    / National Gallery of Singapore

    In the dusty depths of central Afghanistan, idle shepherd children live vicariously through folklore, gossip and imagination.

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    A Woman from Java

    / National Gallery of Singapore*
    *Filmmaker in Attendance

    Award-winning Indonesian director Garin Nugroho returns with this historical drama set in Indonesia’s Dutch colonial period, told in real time.

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    The Woman Who Left

    / The Arts House
    Cast in attendance

    Lav Diaz returns with this powerful Golden Lion winner that ruminates on social disparity in pre-millennial Philippines.

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    Yourself and Yours

    / Shaw Theatres Lido

    Female doppelgangers cause panic and confusion in Hong Sang-soo’s surrealist take on male desire and relationships.