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  • The Discarnates
  • Typhoon Club
  • Like Grains of Sand
  • Mahjong

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  • From Beijing with Love

    ★★★

  • The Family Game

    ★★★★★

  • Dangerous Encounters of the First Kind

    ★★★★½

  • Viva Erotica

    ★★★★

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  • The Time to Live and the Time to Die

    The Time to Live and the Time to Die

    ★★★★★

    Some of the greatest films will make you feel right at home even though their settings are not exactly like your own. Culture specific as they may be, they have the sort of universality that can endear them to any person in any part of the world. They will make you feel nostalgic about times you have never lived through. The way they show life in all its pain and glory, through all the heartache and hopefulness, is downright magical.…

  • Vive L'Amour

    Vive L'Amour

    ★★★★★

    A drunken haze of soulless segues from one day to the next in this concrete labyrinth of massive buildings and perennially busy roads breeds a lifestyle of alienation masquerading as one of routine. Once aimlessness befriends structure, people cannot escape the devastating cycle of wasting their days away.

    Fueled by the need to be anything but empty, yet ending up being just that. The puzzle that is your life seems to have run out of pieces that fit, and at…

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  • The Family Game

    The Family Game

    ★★★★★

    Amidst the economic boom of '80s Japan, illusions of contentment form the exterior of a family that functions on rigid social and familial structures. A family of four: the father, the mother, and their two sons. The sole breadwinner leaves his sons' upbringing at the hands of his wife, whose only job in turn is limited to looking after her kids and cooking food. Enter the tutor–and with him–a wave of subversion of these established tropes.

    Pencil on paper, chopsticks…

  • Dangerous Encounters of the First Kind

    Dangerous Encounters of the First Kind

    ★★★★½

    Innocuous youth a mirage. In a city amidst collapse, what starts as a demented curiosity about explosives pushes the lives of four teenagers into a world they're too young to win against and too stupid to back out of; one of a perpetual cycle of vengeance and violence.

    The one innocent prank at the start of Dangerous Encounters of the First Kind marks the end of their youth. Everything that follows progressively gets more tragic. Led by a girl with…

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  • Drive My Car

    Drive My Car

    ★★★★★

    People spend their whole lives forming bonds with each other. Some of those bonds are permanent, others fleeting. Some bonds simply do not last at all, some only get stronger over time, some unfortunately have the sour luck of hanging by a thread while slowly crumbling like walls subjected to acid rain. Rarely does a relationship remain unchanged throughout its course.

    This dynamic nature of relationships is fueled entirely by people going through trials and tribulations with each other and…

  • All About Lily Chou-Chou

    All About Lily Chou-Chou

    ★★★★★

    Humiliation. Rape. Murder. Bullying. How can a film that does not shy away from the most horrific of subjects look so beautiful? Unchecked teen angst fueled by the ignorance of adults is not an uncommon theme, but it's rarely been portrayed with as much beauty and emotion as it has been here. Anonymous message boards serving as a place for people to find solace in. People who would have spiraled deeper into depression if it weren't for a celebrity or…