Discover the culture and history of Asia from bustling metropolises to quiet countryside villages.
The action-packed Gatao 2: Rise of the King whiplashes between sentiment and over-the-top violence, while Le Chocolat de H takes you on a trek with a mild-mannered chocolatier. No. 1 Chung Ying Street juxtaposes stories of Chinese political upheaval and anguished romance, while the dramedy Go Back to China examines social conflict on a more intimate scale. 19th century Vietnam is captured with sensuous, impressionist beauty in The Third Wife, while The Farewell lets flamboyant hip-hop star Awkwafina shows off her dramatic chops.
Taiwan | 2018 | 109 minutes | Ying Liang
Ying Liang exposes Chinese authoritarianism, based on his experiences after one of his films forces him into exile.
China | 2018 | 96 minutes | Liu Jie
A poor young woman goes to extreme lengths to save a baby born with a health defect from being discarded by her family.
Taiwan | 2018 | 107 minutes | Ho Wi Ding
Three actors portray one tortured Taiwanese police detective in this sci-fi-tinged noir told in reverse-chronological order.
Hong Kong | 2018 | 100 minutes | Jevons Au
Two troubled secondary-school students and a music teacher take part in a musical at a school for students with disabilities.
Taiwan | 2018 | 127 minutes | Yen Cheng-Kuo
A dynamic, operatic, and extremely bloody gangster saga out of Taiwan tracking the rocky rise of a small-town gang leader.
China | 2019 | 96 minutes | Emily Ting
Spoiled Sasha is forced to come back from America to work in the family's factory in this easygoing dramedy.
South Korea | 2018 | 138 minutes | Bora Kim
14-year-old Eun-hee struggles with social pressure, her sexuality, and her indifferent family during the summer of 1994.
Sri Lanka | 2018 | 95 minutes | Suba Sivakumaran
A magical-realist fable about a man and a woman from antagonistic Sri Lankan communities who must remove a curse.
Japan | 2019 | 84 minutes | Takashi Watanabe
One award-winning patissier seeks to expand chocolate’s possibilities by incorporating traditional Japanese ingredients.
Taiwan | 2018 | 97 minutes | Heather Tsui
A young island boy yearning to see his father and a rookie teacher come together to train for an Indigenous dance competition.
Hong Kong | 2017 | 118 minutes | Derek Chiu
This drama links the pro-Communist, anti-British riots of 1967 and the anti-China "Umbrella Revolution" of 2014.
China | 2019 | 85 minutes | Nanfu Wang, Jialing Zhang
The horrific effects of China's one-child policy—botched sterilizations and institutional sexism, to name only two.
Hong Kong | 2018 | 93 minutes | Aditya Assarat, Wisit Sasanatieng, Chulayarnnon Siriphol, Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Four Thai directors imagine their nation a decade from now in visions surreal, satirical, and dystopian.
Japan | 1985 | 100 minutes | Macoto Tezuka
Rocky Horror meets The Apple in this lost gem of 1980s Japanese cinema, a bonkers musical biopic of a fictional new wave duo.
India | 2018 | 93 minutes | Ritu Sarin, Tenzing Sonam
A young Tibetan living in a refugee community in India is forced to re-face the trauma of her journey.
Vietnam | 2018 | 94 minutes | Ash Mayfair
A 14-year-old girl in 19th-century Vietnam enters a polygamous marriage to an older wealthy landlord.
Philippines | 2019 | 94 minutes | Ben Rekhi
A widowed mother is forced to enter Manila’s dark underworld of cops, criminals, and drugs.
India | 2018 | 85 minutes | Praveen Morchhale
Her husband's fate a mystery, a Kashmir woman lives in a grueling legal limbo as a "half-widow."
USA | 2018 | 98 minutes | Lulu Wang
A woman travels back home to China to assist in an elaborate ruse to keep a truth from her terminally ill grandmother.