Asia Pacific reviews


Ramen Teh

'Ramen Shop': Berlin Review

Eric Khoo’s mouthwatering drama premieres in Berlinale’s culinary section

Last child

'Last Child': Berlin Review

A bereaved couple take their recently deceased son’s friend under their wing

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'Season Of The Devil': Berlin Review

Lav Diaz presents a Philippine rock opera exploring 1970s military rule

Operation red sea

'Operation Red Sea': Review

Dante Lam follows up his 2016 blockbuster ‘Operation Mekong’ with a Chinese rescue mission set in a fictional Arab country

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'Monster Hunt 2': Review

Tony Leung jumps in to the Chinese monsterverse with gusto, and has already helped it break records

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‘Human, Space, Time And Human’: Berlin Review

Kim Ki-duk’s latest isn’t helped by some overt similarities to ’mother!’

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‘Xiao Mei’: Berlin Review

A debut from Taiwan is a richly-textured portrait of a mysteriously missing girl

Girls Always Happy

'Girls Always Happy': Berlin Review

A mother and daughter bicker endlessly in Yang Mingming’s finely-crafted debut


'Grass': Berlin Review

After three films in 2017, Hong Sangsoo’s first feature this year is both short and sweet

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'River's Edge': Berlin Review

Retro Japanese teen drama opens Berlin’s Panorama sidebar

Detective chinatown 2

'Detective Chinatown 2': Review

Lu Haoran re-teams with Wang Baoqiang for a dynamic sequel set in the Big Apple

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'Matangi/Maya/M.I.A': Review

Lively doc about the Tamil/London rapper premiered in Sundance before moving to Berlin

Til the end of The World

‘Til The End Of The World’: Review

Mark Chao and Yang Zishan are stranded in Antartica in this pre-Lunar New Year release


'Winchester': Review

Seeing isn’t quite believing for the latest shocker from The Spierig Brothers, starring Helen Mirren

The Widowed Witch

'The Widowed Witch': Rotterdam Review

Cai Chengjie’s debut focuses on a widow who rebrands herself as a shaman

The Return

'The Return': Goteborg Review

Malene Choi plays with fact and fiction in this arresting portrait of adoptees who return to South Korea

A better tomorrow 2018

'A Better Tomorrow 2018': Review

Remaking the John Woo classic, Ding Sheng delivers solid genre fare that stands on its own two feet

Guardians of the tomb

'Guardians Of The Tomb': Review

Li Bingbing and Kelsey Grammer take on a horde of flesh-eating spiders

The Legend of the Demon Cat

'The Legend Of The Demon Cat': Review

An elaborate, often exquisite, shaggy feline story from Fifth Generation master Chen Kaige

Swinging safari

'Swinging Safari': Review

Three families share every aspect of their lives in 1970s Australia