Asian Studies

Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case

Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case

Director: Andreas Johnsen
Year: 2014

An intimate and powerful encounter with one of today's most politically influential artists and the system he challenges.

Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case

Broken Blossoms

Broken Blossoms

Director: D. W. Griffith
Year: 1919

The heartbreaking story of a waterfront waif (Lillian Gish) from the Limehouse district of London who escapes the abuse of her father (Donald Crisp) through a doomed relationship with a Chinese immigrant (Richard Barthelmess).

Broken Blossoms

Caterpillar

Caterpillar

Director: Kôji Wakamatsu
Year: 2010

Caterpillar tells the story of a village woman given the grueling task of looking after (and fulfilling the sexual needs of) her quadruple amputee husband, a Japanese soldier in the Second Sino-Japanese War who has been decreed a "War God" by the...

Caterpillar

Chi-hwa-seon

Chi-hwa-seon

Director: Im Kwon Taek
Year: 2002

Im Kwon-Taek's ninety-fifth film tells the story of renowned nineteenth-century painter Jang Seung-up (Choi Min-Sik), an artist whose revolutionary work - and persona - forever changed the face of Korean art. Sweeping yet personal, Chihwaseon paints...

Chi-hwa-seon

China Heavyweight

China Heavyweight

Director: Yung Chang
Year: 2012

Award-winning filmmaker Yung Chang (Up the Yangtze) returns to China for another riveting documentary on that country's ever-changing economic landscape—this time through the lens of sports. In China Heavyweight, Chang follows the charismatic...

China Heavyweight

Cops vs. Thugs

Cops vs. Thugs

Director: Kinji Fukasaku
Year: 1976

In his 1975 masterpiece COPS VS. THUGS, director Kinji Fukasaku (BATTLE ROYALE) paints a dynamic portrait of flourishing corruption and unchecked greed using gritty 70s cop movie elan and true crime expose' detail. Brimming with irresistibly brutal...

Cops vs. Thugs

Crossing the Line

Crossing the Line

Director: Daniel Gordon
Year: 2007

The first Western interview with Comrade Joe, James Joseph Dresnok, an American soldier who defected to North Korea in 1962 and has embraced life in the secret state ever since. From the director of A STATE OF MIND.

Crossing the Line

Eagle Shooting Heroes

Eagle Shooting Heroes

Director: Jeffrey Lau

Executive produced by Wong Kar-Wai, Jeffrey Lau's "absurd 1993 masterpiece" (Austin Chronicle) Eagle Shooting Heroes is a fast, funny, flamboyant, and wildly imaginative martial arts farrago.

Eagle Shooting Heroes

A Gesar Bard's Tale

A Gesar Bard's Tale

Director: Lharigtso, Donagh Coleman
Year: 2014

As a boy, Dawa was an illiterate Tibetan nomad whose life revolved around herding yaks. At 13, his life changed: through a series of visions, Dawa acquired the gift of telling the epic story of Tibet's King Gesar. Now, at 35, Dawa receives a salary...

A Gesar Bard's Tale

Himalaya: Remastered Edition

Himalaya: Remastered Edition

Director: Eric Valli
Year: 2000

Academy Award nominated HIMALAYA tells the story of a generational struggle for the leadership of a tiny mountain village. A visually striking and spiritually captivating portrait of life in one of the world's most extraordinary places.

Himalaya: Remastered Edition

Hippie Masala: Forever In India

Hippie Masala: Forever In India

Director: Damaris Luthi, Ulrich Grossenbacher
Year: 2006

In the 1960s and 1970s thousands of hippies journeyed east to India in search of enlightenment. All, in the end, embraced this land of ancient traditions and transcendent pleasures as their own. Hippie Masala is a fascinating chronicle about aging...

Hippie Masala: Forever In India

Hooligan Sparrow

Hooligan Sparrow

Director: Nanfu Wang
Year: 2016

State surveillance. Harassment. Imprisonment. Human rights activist Ye Haiyan, AKA Sparrow, knew she faced these risks when she went to Hainan Province to seek justice for six elementary school girls who were sexually abused by their principal. But...

Hooligan Sparrow

I Have Found It

I Have Found It

Director: Rajiv Menon
Year: 2000

A Bollywood retelling of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility.

I Have Found It

In Between Days

In Between Days

Director: So Yong Kim
Year: 2006

Award winner at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, IN BETWEEN DAYS conveys "an extraordinary sense of intimacy" in depicting a young Korean immigrant's journey toward self-discovery.

In Between Days

The Juche Idea

The Juche Idea

Director: Jim Finn
Year: 2008

Inspired by the real-life story of the South Korean director kidnapped in the 70's to invigorate the North Korean film industry, the film follows Yoon Jung Lee, a young video artist invited to work at a Juche art residency on a North Korean...

The Juche Idea

Kimjongilia: The Flower of Kim Jong Il

Kimjongilia: The Flower of Kim Jong Il

Director: N.C. Heikin
Year: 2009

The first film to fully expose the humanitarian crisis of North Korea, this stylish, deeply moving documentary is centered around astonishing interviews with survivors of North Korea's vast and largely hidden prison camps, and interspersed with...

Kimjongilia: The Flower of Kim Jong Il

Last Train Home

Last Train Home

Director: Lixin Fan
Year: 2009

Last Train Home

Long Day's Journey Into Night

Long Day's Journey Into Night

Director: Bi Gan
Year: 2019

Bi Gan follows up his knockout debut, Kaili Blues, with this noir-tinged film about a solitary man (Jue Huang) haunted by loss and regret. Co-starring Chinese superstars Sylvia Chang and Wei Tang, the film features an hour-long, gravity-defying 3D...

Long Day's Journey Into Night

Mountains May Depart

Mountains May Depart

Director: Jia Zhangke
Year: 2015

Mainland master Jia Zhangke scales new heights with Mountains May Depart. At once an intimate drama and a decades-spanning epic that leaps from the recent past to the present to the speculative near-future, Jia's new film is an intensely moving stud...

Mountains May Depart

The President's Last Bang

The President's Last Bang

Director: Im Sangsoo
Year: 2005

Imaginatively recreating the 1979 assassination of South Korean President Park Chung-hee, writer-director Im Sang-soo dares to make complex, realistically neurotic characters out of the most polarizing figures in modern Korean political history.

The President's Last Bang

Ramen Heads

Ramen Heads

Year: 2016

Ramen Heads follows Osamu Tomita, Japan’s reigning king of ramen, as he reveals every single step of his obsessive approach to creating the perfect bowl of noodles.

Ramen Heads

The Red Chapel

The Red Chapel

Director: Mads Brügger
Year: 2009

In this Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning film, a trio of Danish comedians, who call themselves "The Red Chapel," pretend to be regime sympathizers and mount an absurd variety show in Pyongyang. The result is an unconventional, hilarious and damning...

The Red Chapel

A Sinner in Mecca

A Sinner in Mecca

Director: Parvez Sharma
Year: 2015

Parvez Sharma risks death to illegally film his Hajj pilgrimage - an act made more daring by the fact that he's gay. 

A Sinner in Mecca

Songs from the North

Songs from the North

Director: Soon-Mi Yoo
Year: 2014

SONGS FROM THE NORTH is an essay film which offers an unique look at the enigma of North Korea, a country typically seen through the distorted lens of jingoistic propaganda and derisive satire.

Songs from the North

The Stairway to the Distant Past

The Stairway to the Distant Past

Director: Kaizo Hayashi
Year: 1995

"I get 50,000 Yen a day, plus expenses," growls tough-talking detective Maiku "Mike" Hama (Masatoshi Nagase) in The Stairway to the Distant Past, the second part of director Kaizo Hayashi's stylish modern-day Japanese film noir trilogy. Picking up...

The Stairway to the Distant Past

The Sun

The Sun

Director: Aleksandr Sokurov
Year: 2005

The final portrait in a series on the lives of dictators by Alexander Sokurov, THE SUN is a re-imagining of Emperor Hirohito's final days in power during the waning days of WWII. Hirohito wanders through his palace in a child-like state of denial....

The Sun

Sunrise/Sunset

Sunrise/Sunset

Director: Vitali Manski
Year: 2009

The daily life of the Dalai Lama is brought home with remarkable intimacy in Sunrise/Sunset. Granted total access to His Holiness for 24 hours, this is a day in the life of the Dalai Lama from when he wakes up at 3AM until his bedtime at dusk.

Sunrise/Sunset

Sushi: The Global Catch

Sushi: The Global Catch

Director: Mark Hall
Year: 2011

Blue Fin Tuna is a valuable commodity that faces potential extinction due to the explosion in the popularity of sushi worldwide. Once a Japanese delicacy, today the consumption of sushi represents a four billion dollar industry. Is the current sushi...

Sushi: The Global Catch

Sweet Bean

Sweet Bean

Director: Naomi Kawase
Year: 2015

A lonely baker has his life (and business) reinvigorated when he hires an elderly woman with an uncanny culinary skill and a mysterious communion with nature, in this graceful, quietly moving drama from Japan's Naomi Kawase.

Sweet Bean

Take Care of My Cat

Take Care of My Cat

Director: Jae-eun Jeong
Year: 2001

A surprise hit at festivals from Rotterdam to Toronto, this first time film by a young Korean woman is an original and engaging look at young women trying to navigate the traumatic journey to adulthood.

Take Care of My Cat

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