Presenting new works by both renowned auteurs and future visionaries of Asian Cinema, Asian Vision charts the most exciting developments shaping the film landscape of Asia today. 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.
A Family Tour
An exiled Chinese filmmaker is reunited with her mother under the most unusual of circumstances: by trailing a tour group in Taiwan.
Dir. Ying Liang
Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia (2018)
An Elephant Sitting Still
Late director Hu Bo’s devastating only feature charts four characters whose provincial fatalism is shaken by a strange, mythical elephant.
Dir. Hu Bo
Asako I & II
Asako’s first love disappeared suddenly. Two years later, she meets someone who looks exactly like him but acts completely differently.
Dir. Ryūsuke Hamaguchi
Ash Is Purest White
An epic tale of love, crime and ennui plays against the backdrop of a dying coal-mining town in Jia Zhangke’s latest.
Dir. Jia Zhangke
China, France (2018)
Crossroads: One Two Jaga
A rookie cop’s moral compass is tested by the systemic corruption and racism surrounding his investigation of illegal immigrants.
Dir. Nam Ron
First Night Nerves
Two stars fight to take the spotlight in a play that features more drama behind the scenes than on the stage.
Dir. Stanley Kwan
Hong Kong, China (2018)
Graves Without A Name
Rithy Panh hunts for the lost graves of his kin, trying to right long-standing wrongs in this deeply personal documentary.
Dir. Rithy Panh
France, Cambodia (2018)
Hotel By The River
A wintery riverside inn sets the stage for melancholia and unrequited desires in Hong Sang-soo’s gentle black-and-white drama.
Dir. Hong Sang-soo
South Korea (2018)
A solitary samurai contemplates renouncing his pacifist ways amidst a brewing civil war in mid-19th century Japan.
Dir. Shinya Tsukamoto
Magical realism and quiet mystery coalesce in this stunning debut feature, which allegorically addresses the plight of Rohingya refugees.
Dir. Phuttiphong Aroonpheng
THAILAND, FRANCE, CHINA (2018)
Memories of My Body
Four devastating episodes of a young Lengger dancer’s passage into manhood amidst Indonesia’s tumultuous history and conservative social norms.
Dir. Garin Nugroho