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Films from 2017

Claire’s Camera

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Hong Sang-soo

In director Hong Sang-soo’s wry observation of the end of an affair, Isabelle Huppert plays a French photographer who befriends a young Korean woman (The Handmaiden’s Kim Min-hee) at the Cannes Film Festival.

Yourself and Yours

Dangsinjasingwa dangsinui geot

Hong Sang-soo

Hong Sang-soo’s sardonic romantic comedy teases confusion and bountiful amusement out of doppelgängers who may not be doppelgängers and lapses in memory that may or may not be genuine.


Films from the Archive


Hong Sang-soo

This wry rom-com from Festival regular Hong Sang-soo took the Un Certain Regard prize at Cannes in May. “A midsummer night (and day) sex comedy… as tangy and refreshing as sangria.” — Hollywood Reporter

Like You Know It All

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Hong Sang-soo

“Film festivals and cinema workshops come across as hotbeds of drunken brawls, fulsome schmoozing and adulterous sex in Korean auteur Hong Sang-soo’s pertly observant and endearingly droll send-up.” — Hollywood Reporter

In Another Country

Da-reun na-ra-e-suh

Hong Sang-soo

Direct from Cannes. Arthouse superstar Isabelle Huppert meets Korean cult director Hong Sang-soo in three amusing tales of potentially romantic encounters, each starring Huppert as a French woman visiting a small Korean resort.

Tale of Cinema

Geuk jang jeon

Hong Sang-soo

Korean Hong Sang-soo (Turning Gate, The Virgin Stripped Bare…) continues his distinctly personal brand of filmmaking with this wry story about sex, lies and cinematic one-upmanship.

The Day He Arrives

Book chon bang hyang

Hong Sang-soo

Korean Hong Sang-soo’s latest satire of artists (and drinkers) is a characteristically sly farce of feckless men and hopeful women with a touch of Groundhog Day. “A crisp little gem.” — Screendaily

Oki’s Movie

Okhuiui yeonghwa

Hong Sang-soo

Festival favourite Hong Sang-soo returns with a playful, supremely droll, multi-part comedy that finds the self-reflexive auteur in inspired form.

Night and Day

Bam gua nat

Hong Sang-soo

From Korea's master of irony Hong Sang-soo, this ruthlessly unsentimental comedy of manners follows a feckless Korean painter to Paris, where he screws up the lives of several fellow expats.

Nobody’s Daughter Haewon

Nugu-ui ttal-do anin Haewon

Hong Sang-soo

With his unfaltering production schedule delivering a new film every NZIFF season, the prolific Hong Sang-soo continues to charm and delight audiences hip to his perceptive but ever-cynical take on modern relationships.

Our Sunhi

U ri Sunhi

Hong Sang-soo

The prolific Korean auteur Hong Sang-soo delivers another droll tale of romantic crisis in academia. His latest follows Sunhi, a young graduate, who inadvertently rekindles old flames on a visit back to her alma mater.

The Taste of Money

Do-nui mat

Im Sang-soo

Direct from Competition in Cannes. “The arrogance of wealth and power is seen through the eyes of a family employee in [this] stylish follow-up to The Housemaid.” — Hollywood Reporter

Hill of Freedom

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Hong Sang-soo

Prolific South Korean writer-director Hong Sang-soo’s funniest work, Hill of Freedom is a wry, mostly English-language comedy about a Japanese man who pursues a Korean woman to Seoul, hoping to pop the question.

The Housemaid


Im Sang-soo

A housemaid is caught up in the deadly games of her wealthy employers in this stellar, voluptuous remake of a Korean classic, fresh from competition in Cannes. “Slick, polished and sexy.” — Twitch

Three... Extremes

Fruit Chan, Park Chan-wook, Miike Takashi

Japan’s Miike Takashi (Audition, Visitor Q), Korean Cannes winner Park Chan-wook (Old Boy) and Hong Kong’s Fruit Chan (Hollywood, Hong Kong) join forces to showcase their considerable skills in this creepy anthology triptych.



Park Chan-wook

Korean auteur extraordinaire Park Chan-wook (Oldboy) unleashes his frenzied take on a ravenous vampire priest movie. “A truly original take on the vampire film from a true cinematic master.” — Twitch

Ten Years

Kwok Zune, Wong Fei-pang, Jevons Au, Chow Kwun-wai, Ng Ka-leung

Banned in China, satire lives in Hong Kong. Five dystopian visions of Hong Kong ten years from now by five independent filmmakers, Ten Years mysteriously disappeared from Hong Kong cinemas after drawing record crowds.

Kung Fu Hustle


Stephen Chow

Celebrate the opening of That’s Incredible Cinema with this once-only screening of the hilarious and breathtaking Hong Kong mega-hit on the big screen. “A kung fu parody that's also a terrific kung fu movie.” — J. Hoberman, Village Voice

The King of Pigs

Dae gi eui wang

Yeun Sang-ho

Adults-only anime from Korea immerses us in a world of bullying at school – and after. “Mightily provocative in its representation of human debasement, this satire on class inequality burns like acid.” — Hollywood Reporter


Man jeuk

Johnnie To

A seductive tale of a gang pf hyper-stylish pickpockets and the femme fatale who takes them on, from Hong Kong's genre-twisting Johnnie To (Election, Exiled). Starring Simon Yam, Kelly Lin.


Johnnie To

Hong Kong action king Johnnie To directs an exhilaratingly heroic bloodshed throwback that reunites the gang from To's previous smash The Mission for a bullet-ridden rumble in Macau.


Pang Ho-cheung

Pang Ho-cheung (the John Waters of Hong Kong) delivers a deliriously offensive comedy about the lengths a producer will go to secure funding for a feature film. “Lewd, crude and flat-out hilarious.” — Twitch

Love in a Puff

Chi ming yu chun kiu

Pang Ho-cheung

“Ever-attuned to the lifestyle choices of contemporary 20-something Hong Kongers, director Pang Ho-Cheung takes the change in smoking laws as his cue for this exuberant romantic comedy.” — Sydney Film Festival

The Yellow Sea


Na Hong-jin

A would-be assassin becomes a desperate man on the run in this latest from Korean genre ace Na Hong-jin (The Chaser). “One of the smartest and most inventive action films this year.” — The Playlist


Jia Zhang-ke

Great Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhang-ke's documentary companion piece to his latest feature, Still Life (also in Festival), captures the life and monumental canvases of artist Liu Xiao-dong.



Fruit Chan

The shady Auntie Mei promises eternal youth to all who eat her highly addictive, specially prepared dumplings. Soon demand exceeds supply in this sneakily spiced banquet for connoisseurs of bad taste and political incorrectness.


Huo Yuanjia

Ronny Yu

Far from limping to the finish line, Fearless is 42-year-old kung-fu icon Jet Li’s most ballsy and brutal martial arts flick since his peak Hong Kong period.


Hak sewui

Johnnie To

“To is back in prime crime form… there's enough juice left at the end for a two-generational trilogy." — Variety

Eye in the Sky

Gun chong

Yau Nai-hoi

Former Johnny To writer Yau Nai-hoi makes an astonishing directorial debut with this slick, fast and often furious Hong Kong crime caper centring on a high-tech special surveillance unit.

Daytime Drinking


Noh Young-seok

A humorous indie Korean road movie about a young man who drowns his unrequited love with soju (the notorious Korean rice wine) and staggers happily from one misunderstanding to the next.

Host & Guest


Shin Dong-Il

This witty, involving Korean indie charts the uneasy, incredibly odd friendship that develops between an irascible film scholar and a naïve young Christian.


Wong Kar-wai

The director and star of In the Mood for Love return to 60s Hong Kong in this sumptuous romantic sequel. “It's wonderful – a rich, glamorous and acutely human work with superb performances by Leung and the four gorgeous actresses.” — Richard Corliss, Time

The Chaser


Hong-jin Na

In this utterly riveting, twisting, no-holds-barred thriller, an ex-cop turned pimp races against time to locate one of his girls after she’s kidnapped by a serial killer who’s been terrorising the streets of Seoul.


Ying Xiong

Zhang Yimou

Ashes of Time Redux

Dung che sai duk

Leslie Cheung, Tony Leung and Maggie Cheung and a who's-who of Hong Kong cinema in a ravishing restored version of Wong Kar-wai's desert swordsman classic, freshly unveiled at Cannes this year.

Dream Home

Wai dor lei ah yut ho

Pang Ho-cheung

If you think house prices are a nightmare then check out the grisly house hunt in this macabre horror-comedy from Hong Kong. “Hilarious, outrageously stylish and thoroughly disgusting.” —

Blind Mountain

Mang shan

Li Yang

This searing suspense drama of a young woman tricked into slavery in a country village is a severely critical portrait of China now.

The Men Who Would Conquer China

Nick Torrens

In-depth and highly entertaining documentary account of partnership between two successful entrepreneurs: a pushy New York investment banker and a savvy Hong Kong businessman.

Kekexili: Mountain Patrol

Lu Chuan

This enthralling, superbly photographed ecological thriller tells the true story of a group of volunteers pursuing poachers across the bleak expanses of Tibetan wilderness.

Return to Burma

Gui lai de ren

Midi Z

Shot (beautifully) under the censors’ radar, this semi-autobiographical, semi-documentary by a young expatriate Chinese-Burmese director provides a uniquely close encounter with life in Myanmar/Burma.

The Man from Nowhere


Lee Jeong-beom

This flawless action film features career-making performances by heartthrob Won Bin (Brotherhood, Mother) and Kim Sae-ron as the child he’s trying to protect. Its action sequences will leave you gasping.


Cheunggong 7 hou

Stephen Chow

"This utterly beguiling foray into family comedy from Stephen Chow (Shaolin Soccer) may be the tribute to E.T. the gleefully childlike filmmaker has had up his sleeve forever." — LA Weekly

Sorceress of the New Piano

Evan Chan

Margaret Leng Tan, charismatic diva of the avant-garde piano provides a seriously enlightening crash course in her repertoire in this highly entertaining documentary portrait. “Mesmerising.” — Michael Nyman

People Mountain People Sea

Ren shan ren hai

Cai Shangjun

Inspired by a true-crime story, this bold and unsettling revenge film takes a road trip down the dark by-ways of modern Chinese society. Director Cai Shangjun won the Best Director Award at Venice for this searing vision of moral decay.

The Home Song Stories

Tony Ayres

Tony Ayres' poignant autobiographical feature follows the turbulent life of a glamorous Hong Kong nightclub singer (Joan Chen) who emigrates to Melbourne with her two children in 1964.

11 Flowers

Wo 11

Wang Xiaoshuai

An archetypal tale of an 11-year-old village boy’s misadventures illuminates director Wang Xiaoshuai’s moving recollection of his own childhood during the Cultural Revolution. “A stirring evocation of childhood.” — Variety

Still Walking

Aruitemo aruitemo

Kore-eda Hirokazu

“This sublimely poignant character study will likely… be recognised in time as one of the best Japanese family dramas ever put on film.” — Time Out Hong Kong. From the director of Nobody Knows and After Life.

Old Partner

Wyonang sori

Lee Chung-ryoul

Beautiful Korean doco about an old farming couple and the ox that has shared their lives and labours for 40 years. “A charming, heartbreaking, existential buddy tale.” — Sundance Film Festival

Anvil! The Story of Anvil

Sacha Gervasi

An inspirational rockumentary about an aging metal band, both funny and heart-warming in equal measure. "It's a hilarious, and unexpectedly moving, documentary about the greatest metal band you've probably never heard of." — Entertainment Weekly

13 (Tzameti)

Gela Babluani

A Soviet roofer is drawn to play a deadly French game. “This diabolical thriller, filmed in inky black and white, is as cold and sharp as razor blades stored in a subzero freezer.” — NY Times

Aachi & Ssipak

Aachi-wa Ssipak

Jo Beom-jin

Set in a future where humans convert excrement into energy, this lowbrow, animated action/comedy from Korea is a jet-propelled, politically incorrect and completely vulgar spectacle.

TrinityRoots, Music Is Choice

Sarah Hunter

Sarah Hunter’s music-filled documentary is a sharp and lively memento of the jazz-inflected Wellington reggae unit TrinityRoots, with fresh interviews and great footage of the band rehearsing, recording and performing.

Return of the Poet

Poeti Veradardze

Harutyun Khachatryan

Unique, virtually wordless documentary exploring the legacy of poet and folk singer Jivani provides a fascinating, mysterious portrait of Armenian life and traditions.

The Law in These Parts

Shilton ha chok

Ra'anan Alexandrowicz

Incisive award-winning doco interrogates the framing and persistence of the military legal system that rules Palestinians living under occupation in the same territory as Israeli citizens who live under civilian law.

The Comics Show

Shirley Horrocks

Director Shirley Horrocks explores the highly creative and under-rated New Zealand subculture of comics and graphic novels, revealing its rich local history and international following.


Hong Khaou

Ben Whishaw brings moving sensitivity to this lyrical tale of a young gay man tragically bereft of the love of his life and craving reconciliation with his lover’s old-school Chinese-Cambodian mother.


Wu yong

Jia Zhang-ke

The great Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhang-ke (The World, Still Life) presents an impressionistic, exquisitely shot documentary on China's (and, by implication, the world's) garment industry.

Let the Bullets Fly

Rang zidan fei

Jiang Wen

Chow Yun Fat, Ge You and Jiang Wen star in this spectacular, brutally comic blockbuster Chinese Western. “China’s biggest domestic box-office hit to date is a freewheeling romp full of sex, violence, and humor.” — Newsweek

A Dirty Carnival

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Yoo Ha

The familiar tale of the rookie crook rising up the ranks by any means possible gets a fresh, invigorating polish in this richly entertaining, emotionally textured Korean gangster movie.

Ballroom Dancer

Andreas Koefoed, Christian Bonke

Rich, engrossing backstage documentary. Slavik Kryklyvyy, a former world Latin American dance champion, returns to competition with a new young partner. “Kryklyvyy is a superb physical specimen, and his dancing is sublime.” — Variety

Happy Everyday: Park Life in China

Peter O'Donoghue

Sydney-based New Zealander Peter O’Donoghue shot, directed and edited this ambivalent, entertaining picture of senior calisthenics and other recreational activity in the leafy public parks of Shanghai and Beijing.

Still Life

Sanxia haoren

Jia Zhang-ke

Focusing on the Three Gorges Dam, China's most exciting young director, Jia Zhang-ke (Platform, The World), delivers yet another sublime meditation on the country's ceaseless progress.

A Bittersweet Life

Dalkomhan Insaeng

Kim Jee-woon

Formidable Korean director of The Quiet Family and A Tale of Two Sisters returns with stunning blend of icy noir, ultra-violence and wicked black humour.

I Saw the Devil

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Kim Jee-woon

Directed by Korean genre-star Kim Jee-woon (The Quiet Family and The Good, The Bad, The Weird), the film follows a government agent as he goes off the rails when his fiancée is brutally murdered.

Treeless Mountain

So Yong Kim

Two little Korean girls are the stars of this intimate drama of childhood. “Conveys the joys, worries and hurts of early childhood with keen poignancy and barely a speck of sentimentality.” — Eye Weekly

A Werewolf Boy


Jo Sung-hee

This Korean hit mixes shivers and young romance to come up with something closer to Edward Scissorhands than the Twilight series.

Sympathy for Lady Vengeance

Chinjeolhan geumjassi

Park Chan-wook

Korean director Park Chan-wook (Oldboy) delivers the third of his phenomenal revenge trilogy, concerning an angelic murderess who guards a deadly secret.

Three Sisters

San zimei

Wang Bing

In a Chinese mountain village a family of remarkable sisters aged ten, six and four, sustain themselves with minimal adult support in this remarkable doco. “A work of sustained observation and exquisite empathy.” — Cinema Scope

Mock Up On Mu

Craig Baldwin

From the wonderfully warped mind of Craig Baldwin (Tribulation 99, Sonic Outlaws), a delirious found-footage mash-up obsessing on Californian cultdom, the pre-history of Scientology and the American space race.



Bong Joon-ho

A mother’s campaign to clear her good-for-nothing son of a murder becomes a superb murder mystery in the expert hands of Bong Joon-ho (The Host, Memories of Murder). With Kim Hye-ja, Won Bin.

A Touch of Zen

Xia nu

King Hu

Frequently imitated (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) and never surpassed, King Hu’s spectacular pre-CGI masterpiece of wuxia cinema has been radiantly restored. “The visual style will set your eyes on fire.” — Time Out

Blue Moon

Stefen Harris

Mark Hadlow and Jed Brophy stand-off in this trickily plotted thriller about a service station owner who rashly appropriates a stash of stolen drug money.

24 City

Er shi si cheng ji

Jia Zhang-ke

Jia Zhang-ke’s (The World, Still Life) doco about a Chengdu military factory becoming a luxury apartment block. “Eloquent testimony to a China that is vanishing with each swing of the wrecking ball.” — Time

Last Child

Shin Dong-seok

A grieving couple take an interest in the withdrawn young man their son drowned saving in this emotionally intense, but deftly measured drama from South Korea.



Jang Sun-Woo