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16 Asian films you cannot miss at the 44th Toronto International Film Festival

tiffasianmovies2019We present a list of sixteen Asian films you should not miss at the 44th Toronto International Film Festival which which will take place from September 5th – 15th, in Toronto, Canada.

Selected Films:

37 Seconds

37 Seconds by Hikari – Japan, USA | 2019 – 115 min.

A young Japanese woman with cerebral palsy is torn between her obligations to her family and her dream of becoming a successful manga artist, in director HIKARI’s Berlinale Audience Award–winning feature debut. (TIFF Website)

Schedule:
September 11th | Wednesday | TIFF Bell Lightbox | 3:00 pm
September 12th | Thursday | TIFF Bell Lightbox | 9:00 pm
September 14th | Saturday | TIFF Bell Lightbox | 6:00 pm

Trailer:

 

Balloon

Balloon by Pema Tseden – China | 2019 – 102 min.

Tibetan director Pema Tseden’s Jinpa was one of the gems of last year’s Festival, offering a vision of an under-seen corner of our world and a stirring meditation on destiny. Tseden returns with a film that, like its predecessor, unfolds on the Tibetan planes, where a family struggles against the conflicting dictates of nature, spirituality, politics, and free will.

Schedule:
September 8th | Sunday | TIFF Bell Lightbox | 6:15pm
September 9th | Monday | Scotiabank Theatre | 9:45 pm
September 14th | Saturday | Scotiabank Theatre | 9:30 am

Trailer:

 

Bring Me Home

Bring Me Home by Kim Seung-woo – South Korea | 2019 – 108 min.

A dedicated mother in search of her missing son follows a tip that leads her to a fishing village where corrupt police officers might have the answers to her mystery, in Kim Seung-woo’s tense and thrilling debut.

Schedule:
September 7th | Saturday | Scotiabank Theatre | 10:30 pm
September 13th | Friday | Scotiabank Theatre| 9:00 pm

Trailer:

 

Coming Home Again

Coming Home Again by Wayne Wang – South Korea, USA | 2019 – 86 min.

A Korean American man cares for his ailing mother while trying to master her traditional cooking in the latest from Wayne Wang (The Joy Luck Club), based on Chang-rae Lee’s New Yorker short story.

Schedule:
September 7th | Saturday | TIFF Bell Lightbox | 5:45 pm
September 8th | Sunday | Scotiabank Theatre | 4.15 pm
September 12th | Thursday | Scotiabank Theatre | 2:30 pm

 

Gundala

Gundala by Joko Anwar – Indonesia | 2019 – 119 min.

In this exhilarating actioner from writer-director Joko Anwar (Folklore), Indonesia’s preeminent comic book superhero (and his alter ego Sancaka) enter the cinematic universe to battle the wicked Pengkor and his diabolical squad of orphan assassins.

Schedule:
September 11th | Wednesday | Ryerson Theatre | 11:59 pm
September 12th | Thursday | Scotiabank Theatre | 9:00 pm
September 14th | Saturday | Scotiabank Theatre | 9:45 pm

Trailer:

 

Jallikattu

Jallikattu by Lijo Jose Pellissery – India | 2019 – 91 min.

A bold new voice in Malayalam cinema, Lijo Jose Pellissery (Ee. Ma. Yau.) presents a portrait of a remote village in his hometown where a buffalo escapes and causes a frenzy of ecstatic violence.

Schedule:
September 6th | Friday | TIFF Bell Lightbox | 9:15 pm
September 7th | Saturday | Scotiabank Theatre | 9:45 pm
September 14th | Saturday | Scotiabank Theatre | 9:15 pm

 

Krabi

Krabi, 2562 by Anocha Suwichakornpong, Ben Rivers – Thailand, UK | 2019 – 94 min.

An innovative exploration of the Thai tourist community, Anocha Suwichakornpong and Ben Rivers’ visually elegant and conceptually creative documentary is an ambitious reflection on time, place, and memory.

Schedule:
September 6th | Friday | Jackman Hall (AGO) | 6:00 pm
September 7th | Saturday | Scotiabank Theatre | 9:00 pm

Trailer:

 

Made in Bangladesh

Made in Bangladesh by Rubaiyat Hossain
Bangladesh, France, Denmark, Portugal | 2019 – 91 min.

Ugly walls of resistance arise when a Dhaka woman attempts to organize her garment factory co-workers, in this piercing indictment of exploitative labour practices and the global trade apparatus supporting them.

Schedule:
September 6th | Friday | Scotiabank Theatre | 6:15 pm
September 7th | Saturday | Jackman Hall (AGO) | 12:00 pm
September 14th | Saturday | Scotiabank Theatre | 9:45 am

 

Cherry Lane

No.7 Cherry Lane by Yonfan – Hong Kong | 2019 – 125 min.

Set in the politically charged Hong Kong of the 1960s, iconic Chinese director Yonfan’s animation debut is an atmospheric story of an English literature student who enters into a love triangle with the woman he is tutoring and her middle-aged mother.

Schedule:
September 10th | Tuesday | TIFF Bell Lightbox | 6:00 pm
September 12th | Thursday | Scotiabank Theatre | 2:00 pm
September 13th | Friday | Scotiabank Theatre | 6:00 pm

Trailer:

 

Parasite

Parasite by Bong Joon-ho – South Korea | 2019 – 131 min.

A family of cunning derelicts scheme to enter a wealthy household’s employ in this genre-bending, Palme d’Or–winning thriller of class struggle from South Korean master Bong Joon-ho (Okja, Snowpiercer).

Schedule:
September 6th | Friday | Ryerson Theatre | 8:30 pm
September 7th | Saturday | Scotiabank Theatre | 1:30 pm

Trailer:

 

So Long My Son

So Long, My Son by Wang Xiaoshuai – China | 2019 – 180 min.

A married couple attempts to deal with the untimely death of their young son in addition to the rapidly changing foundations of Chinese society, in this decade-spanning, highly personal, and ambitiously epic work from Sixth-Generation filmmaker Wang Xiaoshuai.

Schedule:
September 11th | Wednesday | TIFF Bell Lightbox | 2:15 pm
September 12th | Thursday | Scotiabank Theatre | 5:30 pm
September 15th | Sunday | Scotiabank Theatre | 2:15 pm

Trailer:

 

The Long Walk

The Long Walk by Mattie Do – Laos, Spain, Singapore | 2019 – 116 min.

Decades after witnessing a fatal car accident near his isolated home in rural Laos, a middle-aged man is left alone with his regrets and the unsettled spirit who still walks the road where she died, in this hauntingly dramatic third feature from Mattie Do (Dearest Sister).

Schedule:
September 10th | Tuesday | Scotiabank Theatre | 8:45 pm
September 11th | Wednesday | Scotiabank Theatre | 4:45 pm
September 13th | Friday | Jackman Hall (AGO) | 9:00 am

Trailer:

 

To the Ends of the Earth

To the Ends of the Earth by Kiyoshi Kurosawa – Japan, Uzbekistan, Qatar | 2019 – 120 min.

In the latest film from Kiyoshi Kurosawa — part travelogue, part showbiz satire — a tv-show host on location with her crew in Uzbekistan abandons her assignment and sets out on her own journey of self-discovery.

Schedule:
September 10th | Tuesday | Scotiabank Theatre | 7:00 pm
September 11th | Wednesday | TIFF Bell Lightbox | 2:45 pm
September 13th | Friday | Scotiabank Theatre | 12:30 pm

Trailer:

 

Verdict

Verdict by Raymund Ribay Gutierrez – Philippines, France | 2019 – 126 min.

An abused wife looks for justice but finds the legal and bureaucratic institutions meant to protect her mired in loopholes and repressive patriarchal traditions, in Raymund Ribay Gutierrez’s gripping feature debut.

Schedule:
September 10th | Tuesday | Scotiabank Theatre | 9:30 pm
September 12th | Thursday | Scotiabank Theatre | 5:30 pm
September 14th | Saturday | Scotiabank Theatre | 9:15 pm

 

Weathering With You

Weathering With You by Makoto Shinkai – Japan | 2019 – 111 min.

In the highly anticipated follow-up to his 2016 anime box-office hit Your Name, Makoto Shinkai returns with the story of a runaway teenager who meets a girl with the fantastical ability to stop the rain and clear the sky.

Schedule:
September 8th | Sunday | Scotiabank Theatre | 6:00 pm
September 10th | Tuesday | Scotiabank Theatre | 5:30 pm
September 14th | Saturday | Scotiabank Theatre | 3:30 pm

Trailer:

 

Wet Season

Wet Season by Anthony Chen – Singapore, Taiwan | 2019 – 103 min.

A teacher and student at a Singapore high school form a special, self-affirming bond in writer-director Anthony Chen’s (Ilo Ilo) highly anticipated second feature.

Schedule:
September 8th | Sunday | TIFF Bell Lightbox | 5:30 pm
September 9th | Monday | Scotiabank Theatre | 8:45 pm
September 13th | Friday | TIFF Bell Lightbox | 3:00 pm

Trailer:

 

For more information about the films and the full program please visit the official website of the festival: TIFF Website

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