10 CinemAsia Film Tips to get through Quarantine

Martijn van Veen CinemAsia Update, Tip

CinemAsia has had the fortune to hold it’s 2020 edition of CinemAsia Film Festival this past March. Less than a month later such an event has become unthinkable. Words such as social distancing and selfisolation have entered our daily lexicon and people who do not have a crucial profession are adviced to work from home and everyone is asked to stay home as much as possible.

Even though being couped up at home might be trying, it also offers opportunities. For instance it grants the possibility to fill your appetite for Asian Cinema. That’s why we thought we’d share a list of 10 filmtips to lift your spirits and help you get through this period of self isolation.

1. Tune in for Love

122 min – Jung Ji-woo
South Korea, 2019

In 1997 during the IMF crisis, two people meet while exchanging stories on a radio program. They fall in love, but can’t quite seem to get the timing right.

2. October

115 min – Shoojit Sircar
India, 2018
Amazon Prime

Dan’s, is as life of any carefree 21 year old, revolving around a bunch of friends and fellow hotel interns who feed off each other’s everyday moments, ups and downs. Shiuli is one such intern at the same hotel, who at times is at a receiving end of Dan’s audaciousness. Life goes on until a sudden turn of events smashes Dan and Shiuli’s lives together in a bond that’s unlike any 21 year olds.

3. Happy Old Year

113 min – Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit
Thailand, 2019

A woman wants to reorganize her house and convert it into a home office. She will throw anything that has been lying around unused. However, she faces a great challenge when she comes across some items that belonged to her ex-boyfriend.

4. One Cut of the Dead

95 min – Ueda Chinichiro
Japan, 2017

Things go badly for a hack director and film crew shooting a low budget zombie movie in an abandoned WWII Japanese facility, when they are attacked by real zombies.

5. Posesif

101 min – Edwin
Indonesia, 2017

Lala is a platform diving athlete in her final year of high school when she meets Yudhis, a transfer student. The initial romance blossoms, but something about Yudhis is unfolding one by one

Posesif was screened at CinemAsia Film Festival 2018

6. A Sun

156 min – Chung Mong-hong
Taiwan, 2019

A family of four fractures under the weight of unmet expectations, unexpected tragedy, and uncompromising pride.

7. The Wild Goose Lake

113 min – Diao Yi’nan
China, 2019

A gangster on the run sacrifices everything for his family and a woman he meets while on the lam.

The Wild Goose Lake screened at CinemAsia Film Festival 2020

8. When Marnie was there

103 min – Yonebayashi Hiromasa
Japan, 2014

Due to 12 y.o. Anna’s asthma, she’s sent to stay with relatives of her guardian in the Japanese countryside. She likes to be alone, sketching. She befriends Marnie. Who is the mysterious, blonde Marnie.

When Marnie was Here screened at CinemAsia Film Festival 2015.

9. Dot 2 Dot

89 min – Amos Why
Hong Kong, 2014

A girl from Northern China, who comes to Hong Kong for teaching Putonghua, starts exploring the surrounding and history of her new city when she determines to find out the boy behind the mysterious dot to dot graffiti outside every subway station.

Dot 2 Dot screened at CinemAsia Film Festival 2015.


10. Along with the Gods:
The Two Worlds & The Last 49 Days

139 min & 141 min – Kim Yong-hwa
South Korea, 2017 & 2018

After a heroic death, a firefighter navigates the afterlife with the help of three guides.