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The majority of films in the Vancouver International Film Festival are unrated and you must be 18 and purchase a $2 VIFF membership to attend a screening. However, a selection of films are open to all ages.
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The fraught and very possibly doomed romance between a dumpy 32-year-old woman and a failing boxer gives 100 Yen Love its storyline, but the film’s focus is on its unlikely heroine, a chronic underachiever who finally discovers something worth getting out of bed for. Take’s command of image and mood couldn’t be better; Ando Sakura is stupendous in the lead. Tony Rayns
In this prize-winning experimental essay film, a HKer interrogates her estranged parents with acuity, compassion and formal daring. (SK)
The funniest and most disquieting Korean black comedy in a decade, Ahn’s debut feature is a Candide for our times. Soonam may not be the sharpest pin in the cushion, but she tries to do the right thing, she really does. So why does everything keep going wrong around her? Bone-shaking farce meets political satire in a film with wildly exciting visuals and even wilder action. Tony Rayns
This dream exists in the borders between self and others, life and death, present and future. (TR)
As Freudians will guess from the title, Phan’s stunning film has a lot to do with patriarchy and the penis. When Vietnam’s government offered cash incentives to fathers to undergo vasectomies, they didn’t expect that unmarried, fun-loving kids would sign up, just for pocket money. Student slacker Vu resists his father’s order to get married, but down which deviant paths will life take him? Tony Rayns
Somewhere in Isan, in Thailand’s Deep Northeast, an ancient royal cemetery is being disturbed by developers. Nearby a school pressed into service as an army hospital houses soldiers with a mysterious sleeping sickness. What’s the connection? Apichatpong’s inimitable mix of dream, fact and speculative fiction teases out the answer, with some steely political implications. Very different in tone and style from Uncle Boonmee, but no less haunting. Tony Rayns
You’ve never seen Chinese officials like this. Geng Yanbo, the outlandishly charismatic mayor of Datong, has granted amazing access to documentarian Zhou Hao, who shoots an insider’s portrait of one way to wield power in China. Charming, brutal, wheedling and commanding, Geng is bent on transforming his dusty provincial capital into a tourist showpiece. His subjects/citizens acclaim his rule or get out of his way. People’s defender or oppressor? You decide. Shelly Kraicer
Kwak’s magnificent thriller recreates a Busan kidnapping case from 1978, a time of student protests against fascistic government—and of rampant police corruption. The month-long search for a missing schoolgirl brings seen-it-all cop Gilyoung into conflict with rival sections of the force, and into an uneasy alliance with a psychic. Important truths about Korean society are unearthed along the way, but the suspense is killing. Tony Rayns
An enormous death for an enormous grasshopper requires an enormous prayer. (TR)
Made from 20 loops used in an installation. Dark, indeed. Grand Prix, Holland Animation Festival 2015. (TR)
Ishii’s Gonin (VIFF 1995) set the standard for neo-noir gangster movies. Gonin Saga brings the story up to date, first by showing what happened next, then by having some of the sons of the original mavericks mount another raid on the Goseikai—again provoking violent reprisals. It’s all kinda complicated (check the original on DVD as prep!), but all the acts of treachery and betrayal cohere into an ultra-hard-boiled vision of “yakuza DNA.” Tony Rayns
Nine animated black-and-white screens show Chinese (or are they non-Chinese) utopias? Or are they dystopias? (SK)
What happens to young marrieds when they let in a generous dokkaebi ghost? (TR)
Water projects and externalizes what is happening in the mind of a young boy. Award for Excellence, Image Forum Festival 2015. (TR)
This remarkable debut, set in mystical Guizhou province, follows country doctor Chen Sheng on a road trip to find his abandoned young nephew Weiwei. But time flows mysteriously in this poetic work, perhaps even in reverse. A grown-up Weiwei appears on a broken bike in a picturesque riverside town, where beautiful tour guide Yangyang draws Chen towards a moving rendezvous with his past lost love. Chinese lyric poetry becomes radiantly impressionistic cinema. Shelly Kraicer
Kim is a Zainichi (Korean-Japanese) who hates Zainichi, an ex-boxer, a southpaw. And he’s heavily in debt. (TR)
Gracefully fusing documentary and fiction, Canadian-Chinese Luo Li crafts a provocative portrait of his hometown, Wuhan, where a scenic lake is threatened, and a policeman with a flair for painting patrols for dragons and subversive storytellers. Li creates a liminal space enveloping fact, fiction, myth and politics. Ever so gently, but charged with a precise, wise vision, a portrait emerges of a China full of contradictions, overloaded with imperilled beauty. Shelly Kraicer
Chinese-Korean director Zhang Lu doesn’t do mainstream entertainments, but this four-chapter conundrum is funny/sad in a way that’s actively seductive. Studded with top Korean stars—and featuring a Chinese translation of Borges, a Memories of Murder clip and much else—it looks at love and madness, acting and being, presence and absence. A high-protein menu, but Zhang’s touch is unfailingly light and witty. Tony Rayns
A nonstop girls’ animation in which the fantasy of a girl who wants to be eaten expands without limit. By the director of Anal Juice (VIFF 2014). (TR)