Citizen Dog, March 18
Hou Hsiao-hsien pays tribute to Yasujiro Ozu in this meditative look at love in contemporary Tokyo, starring Tadanobu Asano.
A young Tibetan American journeys to Dharamsala, India, and discovers dub reggae and CIA agents among the Tibetan exiles there. "The first film to capture the majesty of Tibetan Buddhist culture and the complexity of its ties to the outside world."-Toronto International Film Festival
Cambodia's former National Theatre, now lying abandoned next to a glitzy casino, is the site of Rithy Panh's spellbinding blend of documentary and fiction that asks how to rebuild one's country when capitalism is all-powerful and culture is nearly forgotten. An official selection of the 2005 Cannes Film Festival.
Nicole Newnham in Person. A heartbreaking portrait of three young Cambodian Americans facing deportation.
This social-realist fable about a Korean Chinese kimchee peddler won prizes at the Cannes, Pesaro, and Pusan film festivals.
James Shigeta in Person. James Clavell's East-meets-Western from 1960 features Shigeta as a proud immigrant in 1870s California.
A Calcutta clerk is haunted by childhood memories and needled by his success-obsessed wife in this Buñuelian fable by the director of The Wrestlers.
Tanuj Chopra in Person. A Pakistani American teenager struggles with racial tensions and resentment in post-9/11 Queens.
The director of Tears of the Black Tiger returns with this fabulously bizarre collection of tall tales, part Chungking Express, part Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Thai style.
A woman's unrequited love ultimately consumes her in this ravishing remake of the Max Ophuls classic, transposed to war-torn 1930s China. "Melodrama in the classic style: part mesmerizing art flick, part tearjerker."-Edinburgh Film Festival
An all-girl rock band in Japan tries to win a high-school music contest despite numerous obstacles, including a vocalist who doesn't even speak Japanese, in this joyously entertaining movie. From the director of Ramblers; featuring a score by James Iha.