The Japanese films in this year’s OzAsia Festival are sure to fascinate audiences: one is a romantic anime, the other a riotous take on contemporary Japan through the eyes of teen misfits. Both films address trauma, but in vastly different ways.
Acclaimed actor and singer the dashing Hu Ge — China’s Hugh Jackman? — gets down and grungy as renegade motorbike thief Zhou Zenong in the dark crime thriller Wild Goose Lake.
Breathtaking cinematography and an overwhelming stillness are features of this powerful film which blurs the lines between fantasy and reality in its telling of a story set in a central Indian village, writes Peter C Pugsley.
Subtitled ‘The Untold Story of Indian Cinema’, Shalom Bollywood is a heartfelt documentary about the impact of Jewish actors and filmmakers in India’s Hindi-based Bollywood cinema.
A truly visceral film, Girls Always Happy offers an honest look at modern Beijing through the eyes of a struggling mother and daughter who are both seeking to establish themselves as writers, writes Peter C Pugsley.
A film that will have audiences smiling throughout, Lucky is a fitting final outing for iconic actor Harry Dean Stanton.