Online film streaming platform FilmDoo is working with Asian Shadows, Stardust Pictures and other distributors to give international releases to a whole host of new Asian films spanning the continent from Japan, China and Korea down to Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand.
From eccentric comedies and tender coming-of-age films to taut thrillers and poignant dramas exploring important and controversial issues, these films represent an exciting variety of new talent emerging from the continent.
“There are so many great, interesting stories coming out of Asia; so many talented emerging filmmakers coming from this part of the world,” FilmDoo’s Thai cofounder Weerada Sucharitkul comments, “We’re excited to be doing more to showcase this talent and give these unforgettable, diverse films the exposure they deserve.”
The nineteen films available internationally from Friday 3rd February include:
The Ravine of Goodbye (dir. Tatsushi Ohmori, Japan)
In a valley dense with trees, a child’s horrific murder brings to light the haunting truth of an affair between her mother and a neighbour.
Winner of the Special Jury Prize at the Moscow International Film Festival
Siti (dir. Eddie Cahyono, Indonesia):
A young mother has to find ways and means to care for her family. By day, she sells snacks; by night, she sells herself in an illegal karaoke bar.
Winner of the Asian New Talent Award for Best Screenplay at the Shanghai International Festival
River of Exploding Durians (dir. Edmund Yeo, Malaysia)
When a rare earth plant is being built near a coastal town, its inhabitants fall into despair, fearful of its radioactive effects.
Nominated for the Grand Prix at the Tokyo International Film Festival
The Eye of Silence (dir. Emmanuel Sapolsky, China)
When a lavish night out in Beijing ends in tragedy, the young Amelie seeks retribution in Emmanuel Sapolsky’s dark tale of power and wealth in a changing China.
Lotus (dir. Liu Shu, China)
Liu Shu’s drama explores the difficulties that one young woman encounters as she attempts to be true to herself and reject oppressive restrictions.
Nominated for the Bronze Horse for Best Film at the Stockholm Film Festival
The list of new releases is rounded out by Three Sisters (dir. Wang Bing), The Back (dir. Bingjian Liu), Ushijima the Loan Shark and Ushijima the Loan Shark 2 (dir. Masatoshi Yamaguchi), The Pinkie (dir. Lisa Takeba), Cautionary Tale (dir. Christopher Zawadzki), Cancelled Faces (dir. Lior Shamriz), I-San Special (dir. Mingmonkul Sonakul), Schoolgirl Complex (dir. Yûichi Onuma), Where the Road Meets the Sun (dir. Mun Chee Yong), Princess Sakura: Forbidden Pleasures (dir. Hajime Hashimoto), Haebangchon (dir. James William III) and Black Dawn (dir. Kentaro Horikirizono).
FilmDoo has previously collaborated with Third Window, Cine Asia, De Warrenne and other successful Asian film distributors and have released films in multiple regions from renowned Asian directors like Takeshi Kitano and Kim Ki-Duk.
Learn More about FilmDoo’s Collection of Asian Films Here
FilmDoo is the leading online film platform redefining the way people discover and watch films around the world. FilmDoo was a UK finalist in the 2015 MassChallenge accelerator programme and was recently featured in Forbes as one of the Top 5 startups to come out of the programme. They have received extensive press coverage in the Guardian, Variety and Screen Daily. FilmDoo is founded by co-founders Weerada Sucharitkul and William Page and was launched at the Cannes Film Festival last year. Their proprietary film distribution technology means that international films can be watched legally from any location around the globe.
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