80 Asian Films, Docs & Shorts you cannot miss (Shorts – Part 2)



AsianFilmFestivals present a list of 80 Asian Films, Docs & Shorts you cannot miss. In this post we continue with the list of short films.

About the list
After covering lots of festivals in these first months of 2016 we decided to publish a list of 38 Asian films, 17 documentaries and 25 shorts you cannot miss. The list was made taking into account fifty-six festivals that took place from January – June (2016). After reading lots of catalogues we decided to highlight films we consider interesting to watch. We try to be fair and cover all genres.

To make it more organized we decided to publish the list in different post. Also to make it more accessible for future reads we created a new section in the Top Menu called “80 Asian Films” there you will find all the post we create related to this list. We hope you like our selection of films and as always we are open to any comments.

Note: the films were order alphabetically



Lovely Bone by Nwaye Zar Che Soe – Myanmar | 2015 – 17 min.

The documentary which will highlight the struggles and surroundings faced by a disabled bread-winner from the rural area, the supports of his wife, the attitudes towards their disabled father by the children who have no right to choose parents as well as the strong bonds of attachment in the family.


Maya by Veemsen Lama – UK, Nepal | 2016 – 15 min.
Maya, Bikram and Kancha suddenly find themselves trapped in the heart of Kathmandu. Vulnerable, penniless and alone.



Nagayo by Cha Jeong-yoon – South Korea | 2016 – 29 min.

Da-hyun is a single lady in her twenties who lives alone and has a passion for rap music. She finds herself in a very unfamiliar space when she tried a new part-time job. In that strange place, at the end of one long autumn night, Dahyun makes a choice of her own.

Nias Door

Nia’s Door by Lau Kek-Huat – Taiwan | 2015 – 25 min.

Nia comes to Taiwan from the Philippines to work as a housemaid. She likes to keep herself in her room with a door that separates her from her employers. This brings displeasure to her employer and causes conflicts between them. This is a story about a day in Nia’s life, which would resonate with those who work far away from home.


Nothing Happend

Nothing Happened by Kim Min-sook – South Korea | 2016 – 24 min.

Jun-hee lives alone. One day, an intruder breaks into her house. She grows fearful ever since, but all people do is ignore and turn away from Jun-hee’s apprehension. Then, late at night one day, Jun-hee hears the sounds of an intruder inside her house once again.

Oh My Sweet Sixteen

Oh My Sweet Sixteen by Lee Ha-yun – South Korea | 2015 – 9 min.

Cheerful sixteen-year-old teenage girls live every day, laughing and chatting with their friends at school. However, the most unfitting captions evoking despair and pain suddenly appear on the screen and become juxtaposed with these happy and blissful scenes.


SUDAM by Kim Eun-hyung – South Korea | 2015 – 15 min.

One day, So-young joins Yoo-jee’s Go club. Yoon-jee, who is social and friendly learns how to play Go from a quiet introvert, So-young and they slowly open up to each other.

Switch Man2

Switch Man by Hsun-Chun Chuang, Shao-Kuei Tung (Taiwan Tech)
Taiwan | 2015 – 3:39 min.

The super-hero gig is a tough one – the hardest part is figuring out the proportions.



The Living Need Light, The Dead Need Music by The Propeller Group
Vietnam | 2014 – 22 min.

A colourful funeral procession travels from Ho Chi Minh City for a visual, musical tour of the eccentric funeral traditions and rituals of Southern Vietnam. Cultures linked by the raw symphony of a brass band. The Propeller Group builds an altar to the ‘global south’ where grief and joy meet on the threshold of life and death.


The Threshold

The Threshold (Daaravtha) by Nishant Roy Bombarde – India | 2015 – 30 min.

An adolescent Pankaj is discovering his sexuality. Torn between a patriarchal Indian upbringing full of gender-stereotypes and his natural urge to identify with the opposite gender, he finds an opportunity to express his desires within the bounds of cultural ethos.


Part 1 (1-10)
Part 2 (11-20)
Part 3 (21-25)

Go to the 80 Asian Film to see the complete list

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