50 Asian Short Films from 2022 (Part 2)

I present the second part of my list of the best 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

Family Toast by Kim Junhyung – Korea | 2022 – 14 minutes | Fiction

A mother finds a cigarette in her daughter’s bag. Even though her mother starts to bombard her with questions, the daughter keeps her mouth shut. Then the father returns home from work and begins to suspect the cigarette was not just a cigarette, after all. (PIPFF 2022)


Framily by Kim In-hye – Korea | 2022 – 30 minutes | Fiction

Seon-ji and Jin-hee were friends but become sisters-in-law when Jin-hee marries Seon-ji’s older brother. As they prepare food for ancestral rites together, Seon-ji is bothered by the way Jin-hee treats her mother. (JeonjuIFF 2022)


Further and Further Away by Polen Ly – Cambodia | 2022 – 24 minutes | Fiction

Before a young indigenous Bunong woman and her brother move to the capital, she visits their old village that has since been lost to the development of a hydroelectric dam. (SGIFF 2022)


Girl in The Water by Huang Shi-Rou – Taiwan | 2021 – 7 minutes | Animation

Gazing at wall cancer and the scar, the woman recalls some ups and downs of love. Girl in the Water is a hand-drawn animation, which is based on my personal experiences, painted in watercolor and pastel frame by frame. The film depicts femininity and female internal time-consciousness through the convalescence of woman’s broken heart (BIAF 2021).


Gratitude by Eita Nagayama – Japan | 2022 – 21 minutes | Fiction

A man wanders alone, separated from his family, in search of a place to die. He runs away from the massage therapist who is supposed to comfort him and drives deep into the mountains in a stolen car. He abandons the car and walks further into the forest where he meets a strange young man. (SSFF 2022)

Hair Tie, Egg, Homework Books by Runxiao Luo – China | 2021 – 15 minutes | Fiction

As a model student in her elementary school, 11-year-old Lin Yuqi is assigned to give a speech about her family at the Parent’s Meeting tonight. But after Lin finds out that she shares the same secret with a mischievous classmate, she starts to have second thoughts. (BIKY 2022)


I′m Here by Jeong Eunuk – Korea | 2022 – 27 minutes

The father, who has been battling a disease for ten years, and the mother, exhausted from caring for him, return home. It looks as though Sujin, who was recently fired and planning to go on a working holiday, would have to stay home. Occasionally she sees a zombie in her father. The anxiety and fear in daily life shown through horror film conventions are ambiguous yet vivid. (BusanIFF 2022)


In the Big Yard Inside the Teeny by Weeny Pocket by Yoko Yuki – Japan | 2022 – 6 minutes | Animation

When it shrinks, it expands. It floats and it sinks. It separates but connects. When I think I’m watching them, they’re actually watching me. A charming animation rhyme that weaves together the many days of observing, recording, and experimenting. (Indie-AniFest 2022)


In The Dry Stream by Kang Ji-hyo – Korea | 2022 – 26 minutes

In the depth of a dry valley, there are two boys named Yu-bin and Geon, who are each other’s one and only friends. The dry stream serves as the best hideout and playground for them, but nobody seems to understand. (JeonjuIFF 2022)


It’s Raining Frogs Outside by Maria Estela Paiso – Philippines | 2022 – 14 minutes | Fiction

The world is about to end. Maya is forced to go home to the province of Zambales. There, she confronts her childhood house that terrorizes her as frogs rain outside. (SeaShorts 2022)


To see Part 1 please go HERE
To see Part 3 please go HERE
To see Part 4 please go HERE
To see Part 5 please go HERE

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