Asia Pacific reviews


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'Animal World': Review

A dizzying and dazzling action-fantasy thriller from China’s Han Yan also showcases a slyly commanding Michael Douglas

The Extraordinary Voyage Of The Fakir

'The Extraordinary Voyage Of The Fakir': Review

The move from page to screen was a leap too far for Ken Scott’s globe-trotting English-language adaptation of a best-selling French novel

Ghost Hunter

'Ghosthunter': Sydney Review

A Sydney security guard and part-time ghostbuster confronts his own terrifying past


'Flow': Sheffield Review

Meditative documentary charting the Ganges and Biobio rivers

The Breaker-Upperers

'The Breaker Upperers': Sydney Review

Hilarious ‘womance’ comedy from New Zealand is executive produced by Taika Watiti


'Believer': Review

A police detective takes on a drugs lord in Lee Hae-young’s thriller

the gentle indifference of the world 2 c un certain regard

'The Gentle Indifference Of The World': Cannes Review

A tentative romance in the steppes is faced with the harsh realities of the city in Adilkhan Yerzhanov’s Kazakh drama

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'Burning': Cannes Review

Lee Chang-dong sets fire to Cannes competition

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'Long Day's Journey Into Night': Cannes Review

Bi Gan follows up ‘Kali Blues’ with another ode to hs hometown

shoplifters 2

'Shoplifters': Cannes Review

Hirokazu Kore-eda turns in a masterful ensemble piece about a ‘family’ living on its wits

10 years thailand 2 c cannes film festival

'10 Years Thailand': Cannes Review

Second in the ‘Ten Years’ series plays out in a future Thailand

dead souls c cannes film festival

'Dead Souls': Cannes Review

Wang Bing’s excoriating treatment of China’s anti-rightist campaign is a ‘Shoah’ of our time

A or B

'A or B': Review

Thriller starring the popular Xu Zheng is set in China’s world of high finance

Us And Them

'Us And Them': Review

Actor/singer Rene Liu makes her directing debut with a bittersweet romance which opened well over the last weekend of April

No.1 Chung Ying Street

'No 1. Chung Ying Street': Review

Derek Chiu’s tearjerker looks back at the protests of 1967 and the aftermath of the ‘Umbrella Revolution’ in Hong Kong

Yellow is forbidden

'Yellow Is Forbidden': Tribeca Review

Eye-opening documentary about Chinese fashion designer Guo Pei

The serengeti rules

'The Serengeti Rules': Tribeca Review

Documentary exploring the work of ecologists in five locations across the globe

Ghostbox cowboy

'Ghostbox Cowboy': Tribeca Review

An American businessman struggles to make his fortune in the East

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'Virgins': Tribeca Review

Joy Rieger impresses as a bored teenager in a seaside town in Israel

Island of the hungry ghosts

'Island Of The Hungry Ghosts': Tribeca Review

Poetic profile of the forgotten asylum seekers detained on Christmas Island