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  • TONO RISOKUDE GOZARU 2016
    TONO RISOKUDE GOZARU 2016
  • TONO RISOKUDE GOZARU 2016
    TONO RISOKUDE GOZARU 2016
    It is eighteenth century Japan and the residents of a poor town lead a typically meagre life. Then nine residents, which include Juzaburo, hatch a scheme to improve their lots by running a pawn and loan business with the proceeds being distributed among the townfolk. However, the plan is risky with such commerce and profiteering being frowned upon in a society with a caste system. Based on a novel by Isoda Michifumi, The Magnificient Nine features a cast of well-known Japanese cinema familiars.
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  • THE FRONT LINE 2016
    THE FRONT LINE 2016
  • THE FRONT LINE 2016
    THE FRONT LINE 2016
    arly in the Korean War in 1950 as the North is rolling through South Korea, South Korean privates Eun-pyo (Shin Ha-kyun) and Soo-hyeok (Go Soo) are captured during a battle and brought to North Korean captain Jung-yoon. Jung-yoon declaims to the prisoners that the war will be over in a week and that he knows exactly why they are fighting this devastating war, brother against brother. Afterwards he lets the prisoners go free, so that they can help reconstruct the nation after the war. Three years later, in 1953, despite ceasefire negotiations, the fighting continues around the Aerok Hills on the eastern front, as that would help determine the future dividing line between the North and the South. The hills continue to change hands, so that even the ceasefire negotiators don't always know who controls them. Amidst the fighting, the South Korean officer commanding Alligator Company, who are fighting for Aerok Hill, is found dead, by a Southern bullet. First Lieutenant Kang Eun-Pyo of the South Korean Army's Counterintelligence Corps (the precursor to South Korea's current Defense Security Command) is sent to investigate the murder and also an apparent mole who had mailed a letter from a Northern soldier to his family in the South. Eun-pyo arrives at the front lines accompanied with Captain Jae-oh, the replacement commanding officer of Alligator Company, and a raw recruit. Eun-Pyo's perceptions change quickly upon arriving at the eastern front. The acting commander, Captain Young-Il, is addicted to morphine, some of the men are wearing captured Northern uniforms to keep warm and refer to their fallen friends as "comrades", war orphans live among the soldiers, and Eun-Pyo's old friend Kim Soo-Hyeok is not only alive but has moved up in rank now also a first lieutenant. He has also transformed from a scared and useless soldier to a ruthless killer and tactician. Also, the entire unit seems to be attempting to suppress their memories about something unspoken that happened in Pohang, earlier in the war. It turns out
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  • 3 MILE LIMIT 2016
    3 MILE LIMIT 2016
  • 3 MILE LIMIT 2016
    3 MILE LIMIT 2016
    It's 1965 and rock music is shaking up the world but not in New Zealand. Richard Davis a 23 year old journalist is determined to break the Government's monopoly on broadcasting and bring rock n' roll to a younger generation, and at the same time hold onto the woman he loves. Based on a true story.
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  • FEELING LUCKY 2016
    FEELING LUCKY 2016
  • FEELING LUCKY 2016
    FEELING LUCKY 2016
    Seven days earlier in a bar three best friends Nick, Josh and Harry were reflecting on their present lives. Their lives take a “U turn” when Nick gets a call from their fourth best friend Raj. To their surprise Raj who is a compulsive worrier and lives in constant fear of his overly strict father, does the unthinkable – invites the trio to an all paid epic weekend in Fiji. NICK, a married supervisor, who is bored to death with no spark in his life gets all excited and so does HARRY, a overconfident shop attendant with a quest to have a good time and do it now is on the top of his list and JOSH always super-excited and with serious lack of any social etiquette, specializes speaking the wrong thing at the wrong time and surely under wrong circumstances. Fast-forward – when the three friends hit the beautiful Fiji Islands, some serious “luck breaks loose” when they discover what JACK (Raj’s father) is up to and who befriends them. An out-an-out thrilling comedy filmed in beautiful locations of Fiji Islands and New Zealand.
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  • CROSSCURRENT 2016
    CROSSCURRENT 2016
  • CROSSCURRENT 2016
    CROSSCURRENT 2016
    Gao Chun, a young captain, steers his cargo boat up the Yangtze river. His father has recently died and, according to his beliefs, his son is now responsible for liberating his soul. At the same time, Gao Chun is looking for the love of his life. But all the women he meets in all the different ports are the same person: a magical being who grows ever younger the closer he gets to the source of the Yangtze. His trip up river turns into a journey through space and time. Gao Chun encounters people who accompany him for a while, and then loses them again. He comes across a town that had to make way for the big Yangtze dam only to reappear elsewhere. He hears the ghost story of a girl who crept into the body of a merchant. He enters a pagoda that reverberates with the voice of the Buddha from all sides. And he immerses himself in the verses of an unknown poet that reveal secrets from his past and make him contemplate his own crimes and their atonement. Yang Chao's odyssey merges daily life in China with politics and poetry, outer and inner worlds to create a magical universe.   
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  • THE NOODLES 2016
    THE NOODLES 2016
  • THE NOODLES 2016
    THE NOODLES 2016
    Chen Wei, a cellist, in the face of the failure of her interview, a narrow noisy rental and have returned home partners. Her cello had accompanied her to fight for the loneliness and faced up the reality. Within the time she had successfully attracted the spotlight at the stage, but it is just a fantasy. When the fantasy will be ended? Who is going to be the winner at the end, the memory of her home town or the unpredictable future? A mystery phone call will destroy her dream or make it secure? Dream is not only about strive and struggle but also it can be enjoyable.
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  • THE WINE 2016
    THE WINE 2016
  • THE WINE 2016
    THE WINE 2016
    The film tells a real story of the anti-drug police: the young anti-drug police Tan Yong was the undercover police to get this investigation done. Unfortunately the mission failed, but he still fined ways to pass the information to solve of case. His mum really misses his son and hope he will be back, so she has making the Chinese white wine in Twenty years has never stopped. The film starring, Tan mother play Siqin Gaowa said that this is showing the respect to anti-drug police as the representative of the people's police troop tribute, to convey the social positive energy.
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  • THE GYGES 2016
    THE GYGES 2016
  • THE GYGES 2016
    THE GYGES 2016
    Gyges is directed by He Wenchao, and starred by the famous actress Liang Jing. It is telling a story of morality and deceit. The afternoon like usual, single women with heavy makeup, empty mansion, an unexpected plumbers, a missing diamond hiding a dangerous of the suspense. The director He Wenchao tried to explore the confusion, and the social distance between people in this modern society under the thriller commercial shell. In the short period of 20 minutes, she strives to present the ubiquitous fears of daily life in the city, and also the effort of escaping the fears. The weakness of human nature showing the director has the ability of organization to build up film structure.
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  • FATHER AND SON 2016
    FATHER AND SON 2016
  • FATHER AND SON 2016
    FATHER AND SON 2016
    When Lansheng in the primary school, Lansheng‘s father Zhou Shuhai got fired due to the issue off absence for attending his singing performance show, and his mother died of illness at the same time. Careless is the side effect of his father’s singing addiction and caused the death of his mother. Therefore, the hate makes Lansheng to burn his father’s costumes, and he lost the interest of going to school and learning because of the fights and the arguments in their daily life. To support his child to reach the better life his father starts to do business, and he thinks it is not only making money for his son to finish his education, but also the better way not to disturb him. In Lansheng’s opinion, the way his father does is the evidence of loving singing more than him, so he just left without contacting each other. After 20years Zhou Shuxiong backs to the hometown, and Zhou Lansheng starts completing their rock dreams to regain the opera. This scene touching heart when his son reunion
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  • RETURNED LETTER 2016
    RETURNED LETTER 2016
  • RETURNED LETTER 2016
    RETURNED LETTER 2016
    A postman returned the letters to the same address every single day. One day he found he has fallen in the love with the girl who answered the door for him, so he thank that was the opportunity to know the girl more and more. The curiosity was leading them to figure out the reason why her grandfather sent those letters. Later on they have found a poignant story behind that, and realized time passed, love stayed.
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  • MONKEY KING 2015
    MONKEY KING 2015
  • MONKEY KING 2015
    MONKEY KING 2015
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  • Mindfulness and Murder 2015
    Mindfulness and Murder 2015
  • Mindfulness and Murder 2015
    Mindfulness and Murder 2015
    Father Ananda, an ex-cop Buddhist monk investigates a murder after a homeless youth is murdered in the grounds of his monastery. With the help of an orphaned boy named Jak, Ananda travels the canals of the city to unravel the clues and catch the killer. Prize The Best Picture (nomination) The Best Director(nomination) Tom Wallker The Best Actor(nomination) Vithaya Pansringarm The Best Supporting Actor Wannasak Sirilar The Screenplay(nomination) Vithaya Pansringarm/ Nick Wilgus / Tom Waller
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  • THE SUSPECT 2015
    THE SUSPECT 2015
  • THE SUSPECT 2015
    THE SUSPECT 2015
    Ji Dong-chul (Gong Yoo) was once the top special forces agent in North Korea, but after a change in political power, he was abandoned by his government while on a mission. He goes on the run, seeking his wife and daughter who were sold as slaves to China, only to discover their corpses. When he learns that an ex-colleague was behind their deaths, Dong-chul goes on a vendetta for revenge, defecting to the South to chase his family's killer.
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  • FATHER'S HOLIDAY 2015
    FATHER'S HOLIDAY 2015
  • FATHER'S HOLIDAY 2015
    FATHER'S HOLIDAY 2015
    Old Guo (Guo Tao), 岳伦 children (Wang Yuelun), Ryoko (Zhang Liang) three are in family and career troubled husband, while his wife went to accompany the children during the summer camp, went under the proposed field coach South Korea to participate in a place called “imperial holiday” tourism project, to seek short-term arbitrage and released. However, after arriving in Korea, but because of the good emperor holidays international thief JIMMY (Jimmy Lin) the emergence of danger, they staged a thrilling story full of humor
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  • THE EXIT 2015
    THE EXIT 2015
  • THE EXIT 2015
    THE EXIT 2015
    Ling, 45, finds her mundane life crushed by the sudden diagnosis of early onset menopause. Overwhelmed by loneliness, her absent husband and rebellious daughter offer no comfort. During a routine visit to her hospitalised mother-in-law, she becomes captivated by a male patient with bandaged eyes in excruciating pain. This wordless stranger lights a spark in Ling and their increasingly intimate interactions promise to rekindle her dormant desire. Flashed with black humour, Exit is a genuine portrait of a woman trapped between two generations, balancing her deepest desires against conforming to social expectations.
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