Asia Pacific reviews


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Haifa Film Festival unveils programme featuring 77 Israeli titles

The competition sections will showcase 72 new Israeli works.


‘Undertow’: Melbourne Review

The thriller is actor turned writer-director Miranda Nation’s feature debut.

Hotel By The River

'Hotel By The River': Locarno Review

Dir/Scr Hong Sang-soo. South Korea. 2018. 96mins


'Celeste': Melbourne Review

Radha Mitchell leads as an ageing soprano in tropical Queensland

Crazy Rich Asians

'Crazy Rich Asians': Review

Long-awaited adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s bestseller could deliver a blast of late-summer box office


‘Illang: The Wolf Brigade’: Review

Kim Jee-woon relocates the cult Japanese animated feature to a Korea on the eve of reunification

Buffalo Boys

‘Buffalo Boys’: New York Asian Film Festival Review

Indonesian western marks producer Mike Wiluan’s directorial debut


'BuyBust': NYAFF Review

The New York Asian Film Festival’s closing film is both brazenly cynical and brilliantly executed

Lobster Cop

'Lobster Cop': Review

It’s hot in the kitchen as a team of Chinese detectives go undercover as restaurateurs to smoke out a gangster


'I Used to Be Normal: A Boyband Fangirl Story': Sydney Review

A joyous documentary from Australia about the boyband obsessions of teenage girls worldwide

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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

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'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

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'Shoplifters': Cannes Review

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