Crime

THE SUNNY SIDE OF THE STREET

For Pakistani refugees, there’s little sunshine on either side of the unwelcome Hong Kong streets where they are forced to live on the edge. They can’t work to earn a living, while often waiting years for their asylum claims to be heard. Some turn to crime, while others are forced to eke by on the …

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THE LIMIT

Police officer So-eun reluctantly agrees to stand in as the mother of a kidnapped child. When the investigation stalls out, she receives a mysterious phone call. The caller, accusing her of a bad impersonation, demands that she deliver the ransom or her own son will pay the consequences…. Out of options, and unable to inform …

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PROJECT WOLF HUNTING

When the Korean police decide to transport an assortment of Korea’s most notorious criminals back from the Philippines via cargo ship (a la CON AIR, but on a boat!), the potential for things to go very wrong is palpable. And it is not long before trouble is afoot. The ultraviolent Jong-du (Seo In-guk) has his …

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ONE AND FOUR

Sanggye is a reclusive ranger in a Tibetan mountain forest living an increasingly hungry and alcoholic life. His isolated cabin does little to keep out the frigid winter, or the poachers and cop chasing them. The problem is, who’s who in this Quentin Tarantino-tinged (think HATEFUL EIGHT) suspense mystery. However, first-time Tibetan director Jigme Trigley …

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NOISE

Set against the serene backdrop of a remote island off the coast of Japan, Keita (Tatsuya Fujiwara, BATTLE ROYALE) supports his family with the help of childhood friend, Jun (Ken’ichi Matsuyama, NORWEGIAN WOOD) farming black figs in one of the island’s last remaining efforts to revitalize an otherwise waning economy. When a strange visitor shows …

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HUNT

SQUID GAME superstar Lee Jung-jae makes his directing debut with this 1980s-set thriller, in which he also plays an intelligence chief who uncovers a plot to assassinate the president of South Korea while hunting for a mole within his own agency. Korean superstar Jung Woo-sung co-stars as a fellow agent also trying to smoke out …

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HOLY SPIDER

From 2000 to 2001, a serial killer murdered sixteen women in the holy city of Mashhad, Iran. HOLY SPIDER, from writer/director Ali Abbasi, is based on this true story, and follows the uncompromisingly principled journalist Rahimi (Zar Amir Ebrahimi, recipient of the Cannes Film Festival 2022 Best Actress Award for this role) as she sifts …

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GOODBYE CRUEL WORLD

The latest from director Tatsushi Omori (EVERY DAY IS A GOOD DAY), GOODBYE CRUEL WORLD is a star-studded gangster thriller with a Tarantino-esque spin. When a yakuza syndicate’s money laundering operation is robbed in a brazen attack, the Sugiyama Clan leadership are hell bent on making someone pay. How did this seemingly bizarre group of …

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GODDAMNED ASURA

During the night of his 18th birthday, Jan-wen commits a random shooting in a crowded night market, using a self-made modified gun. Although an everyday occurrence in America, this is a once-in-a-lifetime incident that rocks Taiwan (although there was an infamous knife attack in Taipei’s subway a few years ago). We soon discover that Jan-wen …

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