Spotlight on China
1920s Tianjin, northern China. The son of a martial arts master and his most talented apprentice fight to take over a prominent martial arts academy. But rather than obey the…
Spotlight on Taiwan
Raised in a rural area, Feng (popular Taiwanese actress Jean Kao) defies her grandmother''s objections and runs away to Taipei to become a singer, only to be trafficked as a…
Asian|American
Seen through the eyes of a Korean American family that leaves the Bay Area for small-town Wyoming after experiencing devastating loss, A GREAT DIVIDE addresses the emotional and psychological impact…
Spotlight on Korea
Jae-wan (Sul Kyung-gu), a successful lawyer, takes on the case of a rich executive’s son, who has purposely run over and killed a man and left his daughter seriously injured.…
Kau Ka Hōkū Award Nominee, Spotlight on China
Wen Shan (Chinese superstar Hu Ge from THE WILD GOOSE LAKE) is a mediocre screenwriter struggling to make a living in Beijing. By chance, he begins to write eulogies for…
Panorama
For the past year, Sandra, her husband Samuel, and their eleven-year-old son Daniel have lived a secluded life in a remote town in the French Alps. When Samuel is found…
Kau Ka Hōkū Award Nominee, Southeast Asian Showcase
ASOG is a screwball tragicomedy starring a cast of real life Super Typhoon survivors. Jaya is a non-binary teacher and comedian who survived Super Typhoon Haiyan. Picking up the pieces…
Kau Ka Hōkū Award Nominee, Spotlight on Taiwan
The World is a transitory inn for all creatures, and time is a transient passenger passing through all generations. — Li Bai Faye (Ariel Lin) is an architect at a…
Centerpiece Presentation, Spotlight on Korea
In the opening moments of director Um Tae-hwa’s riveting new disaster epic, an earthquake renders much of Seoul a smoldering ruin. But as survivors begin efforts to restore order, it…
Spotlight on Taiwan
A-rui has run the family hairdressers in an old-fashioned area of Taichung for more than 40 years. With her tireless attitude and her stylist skills, she is a community institution.…
Panorama
Singaporean filmmaker Anthony Chen’s first English-language project assumes the intimate perspective of a woman in limbo. Living in self-exile on a Greek island, Jacqueline, a Liberian refugee, spends her days…
Panorama
Sweet-souled in story, scalpel-sharp in filmmaking precision, this enchanting love story from Finnish virtuoso Aki Kaurismäki circles around two financially strapped Helsinkians who keep finding and losing one another in…
Indigenous Lens
Since her sister’s disappearance, Jax (Kelly Reichardt acting staple Lily Gladstone, who will soon reach mainstream stardom with the upcoming KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON directed by Martin Scorsese) has…
Eat. Drink. Film., Spotlight on Japan
Set in the northern part of Okinawa, known as Yanbaru, Manna (a cross between Jerry Garcia, Ai Wei Wei and Anthony Bourdain), the chef of a BBQ restaurant is given…
Southeast Asian Showcase
Winner of the prestigious Camera d’Or for best first film at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, INSIDE THE YELLOW COCOON SHELL is an enthralling and meditative film from Vietnamese filmmaker…
HIFF Extreme, Spotlight on Japan
Set in 16th century Feudal Japan, rival warlords battle for domination and territory. Lord Oda Nobunaga, intent on conquering the entire country, is waging war against several clans when one…
Panorama
In 1980s Italy, Arthur (Josh O''Connor), an Englishman with a preternatural ability to connect with the land, finds himself embroiled in the world of the tombaroli, tomb raiders who steal…
Spotlight on Japan
Akio is your prototypical Japanese salaryman, worn down by corporate culture. His job as head of Human Resources is wearing him down. To make matters worse, his family life isn’t…
Spotlight on Japan
There’s a beautiful nuance in Hirokazu Kore-eda’s latest masterpiece MONSTER. Once again achieving brilliant performances from child actors—much like the top films in his masterful filmography NOBODY KNOWS and SHOPLIFTERS.…
Spotlight on Japan
As MOUNTAIN WOMAN opens, Rin goes about the job of helping a family dispose of a newborn. Her Tohoku village is in its second year of a devastating famine, and…
Spotlight on Taiwan
Three interrelated stories about life as transplants in New York City—We follow Mavis, a lonely Mandarin English interpreter who witnesses the suffering of others, and gains new perspectives on her…
Made In Hawaii
Pili (Kaipo Dudoit), a Native Hawaiian student-athlete standout, and Edmar (Jayron Munoz), a high-achieving Filipino student, are a part of rival senior class friend groups at Lahainaluna High School, who…
Opening Night Film
Directed by Academy Award® Winner Taika Waititi (Jojo Rabbit, Thor: Ragnarok) and based on a true story, NEXT GOAL WINS follows the American Samoa soccer team, infamously known for their…
Spotlight on Hong Kong
Water Ng (Hong Kong legend Chow Yun Fat) is a down-on-his-luck gambler living in Macau with no social responsibilities, until one day he is asked to take care of his…