Section: Asian Cinerama

WHEEL OF FORTUNE AND FANTASY

In Ryûsuke Hamaguchi’s triptych of short films, coincidence and chance encounters interrupt the fragile reality of waking life. Alternately playful, comedic, and cynical, WHEEL OF FORTUNE AND FANTASY plumbs the theatrical depths hidden beneath simple stories: an unexpected love triangle, an attempt to seduce and blackmail a professor, and a meeting between two old friends. …

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WHETHER THE WEATHER IS FINE

In Tacloban, the sky clears, and the worst of Typhoon Haiyan has passed. But for Miguel (Daniel Padilla) and his mother, Norma (Charo Santos-Concio), the real ordeal is what comes after. As radios crackle with unconfirmed rumors of another impending storm, Miguel and his girlfriend Andrea (Rans Rifol) search for passage aboard a Manila-bound ship, …

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MONEYBOYS

Fei (Kai Ko from YOU ARE THE APPLE OF MY EYE) works illegally as a gay hustler in order to support his family, yet when he realizes they are willing to accept his money but not his way of life, there is a major breakdown in their relations. Through his relationship to the headstrong Long, …

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DRIFTING

Fai (Francis Ng), a homeless man recently released from prison, finds his old friends on the streets in Sham Shui Po, one of Hong Kong’s poorest districts. One night, the group is rudely awakened by an unannounced street sweep. Seeing their possessions stolen by police officers and trashed, Fai and his friends decide to stand …

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HEAVEN: TO THE LAND OF HAPPINESS

Director Im Sang-soo (THE HOUSEMAID) returns with his most endearing and heartfelt film to date. Busan IFF 2021 Opening Night Film, HEAVEN: TO THE LAND OF HAPPINESS is a fresh take on the fugitive buddy road movie (à la THELMA & LOUISE). Prisoner 203 (Choi Min-sik) only has a few months left on his sentence, …

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BARAGAKI

BARAGAKI: UNBROKEN SAMURAI

Veteran director and HIFF-fan favorite Masato Harada is back with his most action-packed samurai epic to-date. The master of historical drama, Harada turns his impeccable attention to detail on the life of Toshizo Hijikata, vice-commander of the shinsengumi and staunch opposer of the Meiji Restoration. Starring Junichi Okada as Hijikata in one of his best …

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