Asia Pacific reviews


Island of the hungry ghosts

'Island Of The Hungry Ghosts': Tribeca Review

Poetic profile of the forgotten asylum seekers detained on Christmas Island

Looking for lucky

'Looking For Lucky': Hong Kong Review

A shaggy dog story from first-time Chinese director Jiang Jiachen

Girl's encounter

'Girl's Encounter': Hong Kong Review

Actress Yûka Eda makes a confident debut with an ethereal tale of two adolescent girls

In the intense now

'In The Intense Now': Hong Kong Review

Five decades of archive footage tells the eye-opening story of modern political protest

Die tomorrow

'Die Tomorrow': Berlin Review

Idiosyncratic doc/drama hybrid from Thailand should pique the interest of festival programmers


'Mary Magdalene': Review

Rooney Mara plays a rehabilitated Mary Magdalene opposite Joaquin Phoenix as Jesus.

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'Foreboding': Berlin Review

Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s five-hour apocalyptic TV series is condensed into an off-kilter feature


'Ága': Berlin Review

A slice of life on the Tundra closes the 2018 Berlinale out of Competition

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


'Grass': Berlin Review

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

Girls Always Happy

'Girls Always Happy': Berlin Review

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

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'River's Edge': Berlin Review

Retro Japanese teen drama opens Berlin’s Panorama sidebar

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'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