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The Essentials: Contemporary Asian Cinema

Feb. 5 & 6:Memories of Murder (2003)

"Powerful, unrelenting, and with excellent performances — especially from Song who is never less than outstanding — Memories of Murder is unforgettable and justifiably described as a masterpiece." - Original Cin

Synopsis: In a small Korean province in 1986, two detectives struggle with the case of multiple young women being found raped and murdered by an unknown culprit. (NR, 132 min.)

Feb. 12 & 13: In the Mood for Love (2000)

"Probably the most breathtakingly gorgeous film of the year, dizzy with a nose-against-the-glass romantic spirit that has been missing from the cinema forever." [2000] - The New York Times

Synopsis: Two neighbors form a strong bond after both suspect extramarital activities of their spouses. However, they agree to keep their bond platonic so as not to commit similar wrongs. (PG, 98 min.)

Feb. 19 & 20: House of Flying Daggers (2004)

"About as viscerally and visually exciting as film can get, and yet it is also fully, ripely romantic in a way that few modern films would dare." - Detroit News

A romantic police captain breaks a beautiful member of a rebel group out of prison to help her rejoin her fellows, but things are not what they seem. (PG, 119 min.)

Feb. 26 & 27: Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010)

"You don't have to believe in the transmigration of souls to fall languorously in love with the Thai film that won the Palme d'Or at last year's Cannes Film Festival." - NPR

Dying of kidney disease, a man spends his last, somber days with family, including the ghost of his wife and a forest spirit who used to be his son, on a rural northern Thailand farm.

(NR, 114 min.)

Mar. 5 & 6: Yi Yi (2000)

"Warm, sprawling, and dazzling, this intimate epic is one of the undisputed masterworks of the new century."
- Criterion

Each member of a middle-class Taipei family seeks to reconcile past and present relationships within their daily lives. (NR, 173 min.)