Pan-Asian & Pacific Film

Best in East, South and Pacific Films
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A Frozen Flower (2008)
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A historical drama set in the Koryo dynasty and focused on the relationship between a king and his bodyguard. (133 mins.)
Director: Ha Yu
 
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The Flowers of War (2011)
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A Westerner finds refuge with a group of women in a church during Japan's rape of Nanking in 1937. Posing as a priest, he attempts to lead the women to safety. (146 mins.)
Director: Yimou Zhang
 
3.
Silenced (2011)
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Based on real events, this film depicts the story of a school for the hearing-impaired where young deaf students were sexually assaulted by the faculty members over a long period of time. (125 mins.)
Director: Dong-hyuk Hwang
 
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Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale I (2011)
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An indigenous clan-based people living in harmony with nature find their way of life threatened when violent interlopers from another culture arrive, intent on seizing their natural resources and enslaving them. (144 mins.)
Director: Te-Sheng Wei
 
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The Joy Luck Club (1993)
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The life histories of four Asian women and their daughters reflect and guide each other. (139 mins.)
Director: Wayne Wang
 
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Fire (1996)
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Ashok runs a family business that sells takeout food that also has a video rental store at the side... (108 mins.)
Director: Deepa Mehta
 
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Water (2005)
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A thesis picture. In 1938, Gandhi's party is making inroads in women's rights. Chuyia, a child already married but living with her parents... (117 mins.)
Director: Deepa Mehta
 
8.
Big Bang Love, Juvenile A (2006)
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A visually stylish tale of two male prisoners bonded by emotion, love and murder. (85 mins.)
Director: Takashi Miike
 
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Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)
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Nitta Sayuri reveals how she transcended her fishing-village roots and became one of Japan's most celebrated geisha. (145 mins.)
Director: Rob Marshall
 
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REC [Al-i-ssi] (2011)
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Hoping to create a special memento to celebrate the fifth anniversary of their relationship, Young-joon... (65 mins.)
Director: Joon-moon So
 
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Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
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A Mumbai teen reflects on his upbringing in the slums when he is accused of cheating on the Indian Version of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" (120 mins.)
 
12.
West Is West (2010)
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An immigrant father decides to take his truant son back to the old country. (103 mins.)
Director: Andy De Emmony
 
13.
Boy (2010)
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Set on the east coast of New Zealand in 1984, Boy, an 11-year-old child and devout Michael Jackson fan, gets a chance to know his absentee criminal father, who has returned to find a bag of money he buried years ago. (87 mins.)
Director: Taika Waititi
 
14.
East Is East (1999)
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In early 1970s England, a Pakistani father finds the authority he has previously maintained challenged by his increasingly Anglicized children. (96 mins.)
 
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It's a Wonderful Afterlife (2010)
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A comedy centered on an Indian mother who takes her obsession with marriage into the world of serial murder. (100 mins.)
Director: Gurinder Chadha
 
16.
Blood: The Last Vampire (2009)
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A vampire named Saya, who is part of covert government agency that hunts and destroys demons in a post-WWII Japan, is inserted in a military school to discover which one of her classmates is a demon in disguise. (91 mins.)
Director: Chris Nahon
 
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Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love (1996)
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Two female friends become sexual rivals at maturity. (117 mins.)
Director: Mira Nair
 
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Thirst (2009)
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Through a failed medical experiment, a priest is stricken with vampirism and is forced to abandon his ascetic ways. (133 mins.)
Director: Chan-wook Park
 
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The Last Airbender (2010)
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Follows the adventures of Aang, a young successor to a long line of Avatars, who must master all four elements and stop the Fire Nation from enslaving the Water Tribes and the Earth Kingdom. (103 mins.)
 
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Ghost in the Shell (1995)
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A cyborg policewoman and her partner hunt a mysterious and powerful hacker called the Puppet Master. (83 mins.)
Director: Mamoru Oshii
 
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Beautiful Boxer (2004)
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Bio-pic of transgender Muay Thai boxer Parinya Charoenphol who pursued the sport to pay for her sex change operation. (118 mins.)
 
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Infection (2004)
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INFECTION takes place in a dark, isolated hospital, where one doctors mistake has led to dire consequences for a patient. (98 mins.)
Director: Masayuki Ochiai
 
23.
Battle Royale (2000)
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In the future, the Japanese government captures a class of ninth-grade students and forces them to kill each other under the revolutionary "Battle Royale" act. (114 mins.)
Director: Kinji Fukasaku
 
24.
My Beautiful Laundrette (1985)
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An ambitious Pakistani Briton and his white boyfriend strive for success and hope when they open a glamorous laundromat. (97 mins.)
Director: Stephen Frears
 
25.
Once Were Warriors (1994)
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A family descended from Maori warriors is bedeviled by a violent father and the societal problems of being treated as outcasts. (102 mins.)
Director: Lee Tamahori
 
26.
Curse of the Golden Flower (2006)
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During China's Tang dynasty the emperor has taken the princess of a neighboring province as wife. She has borne him two sons and raised his eldest. Now his control over his dominion is complete, including the royal family itself. (111 mins.)
Director: Yimou Zhang
 
27.
The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros (2005)
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A young boy falls in love with a handsome policeman who is investigating his family's criminal activities. (100 mins.)
Director: Auraeus Solito
 
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Children... (2011)
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The film is based on a true case from the early 1990s that is known among Koreans as the "disappearance of the frog children." In 1991... (132 mins.)
Director: Kyu-maan Lee
 
29.
The Tower (2012)
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A Christmas Eve party at a luxury residential building takes a horrific turn when a fire breaks out. (121 mins.)
Director: Ji-hoon Kim
 
30.
The Sapphires (2012)
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It's 1968, and four young, talented Australian Aboriginal girls learn about love, friendship and war when their all-girl group The Sapphires entertain the US troops in Vietnam. (103 mins.)
Director: Wayne Blair
 
31.
Eat Drink Man Woman (1994)
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A senior chef lives with his three grown daughters; the middle one finds her future plans affected by unexpected events and the life changes of the other household members. (124 mins.)
Director: Ang Lee