50 Asian Short Films from 2022 (Part 1)

Each year I create a list with some of the best Asian films I discovered in different festivals and events. For the 2022 edition I decided to create a list specifically dedicated to short films. This is the first part of my list of fifty Asian short films from 2022.

This list was created considering films I watched last year, awarded films from Class A festivals, and movies I recommended during 2022. You might find some films from 2021 that I consider worth mentioning since they are cinema gems. Please remember that AFF covers festivals from East Asia, South Asia & Southeast Asia. If you enjoy this article, please share it with your friends. As always thanks for your support. – Sebastián Nadilo

A Dog Under Bridge by Rehoo Tang – China| 2022 – 13 minutes | Animation

I’m a dog, who lives in the park under a bridge. Awooooooooo~. (Indie-AniFest 2022)

A Guitar in the Bucket by Kim Boyoung – Korea | 2021 – 15 minutes | Animation

In a world where you can get everything from vending machines, a girl wants to be a guitarist, but people choose otherwise for her. (SIWFF 2022)


A Woman Who Drags a Refrigerator by Kim Gyeong-beom –Korea | 2022 – 20 minutes | Fiction

Mi-ok decides to kill herself due to inertia, but her broken refrigerator gets on her nerves. She needs to deal with it as soon as possible. (BIKY 2022)

Anxious Body by Mizushiri Yoriko – France, Japan | 2021 – 6 minutes | Animation

Living things, artificial things, geometric shapes, and lines. When these different things meet, a new direction is born. (Annecy 2022)


Bird in the Peninsula by Atsushi Wada – France, Japan | 2022 – 16 minutes | Animation

Children are dancing on the music under the supervision of their teacher. A young lady witnesses the scene and disrupts their rituals. (PÖFF Shorts 2022)


Black Rainbow by Zig Dulay – Philippines | 2021 – 20 minutes | Fiction

An aeta boy chases his dream of going to school in order to learn how to read the legal documents given to their community, and to understand why they are being forced to give up their ancestral lands. (SSFF 2022)


Bold Eagle by Whammy Alcazaren – Philippines | 2022 – 20 minutes | Fiction

Trapped at home with his talking cat, BOLD seeks refuge in the strong arms of strange men as together they venture deep down into the nether regions of the Internet in search of true happiness. Caught in the tangle of technology and social media, he wonders to his cat about his place in the world. If he spreads his wings, can he fly? (QCinema 2022)


Busking by Lim Seungmin – Korea | 2022 – 7 minutes | Animation

With a cup of coffee, Jungwon is waiting for someone for a long time. We can hear some objects clutter in the guitar case. Jungwon keeps on waiting for the unknown until the coffee goes cold. (JIMFF 2022)


Can You Hear Me? by Li Nien-hsiu – Taiwan | 2021 – 36 minutes | Fiction

Jhong wakes up at home and finds himself dead. He watches his wife and children deal with his death as they speak their thoughts over breakfast. Shortly after, absurd things begin to happen: Jhong’s spirit starts nagging beside his own corpse, but no one can hear him; his son is afraid his mother will be charged with manslaughter; the policeman who comes to help is terrified upon seeing Jhong’s ghost; and Jhong’s wife insists on taking her husband’s corpse for a walk by the riverbank. (Kaohsiung 2022)


Dikit by Gabriela Serrano – Philippines | 2022 – 16 minutes | Fiction

A young woman with a monstrous secret desperately longs for a different body. When the new couple in town moves in next door, she sees her chance to finally get one. (SGIFF 2022)


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