Thursday, December 9

Now you can see one of the best movies of the year.


Last year, the largest film festival in Oslo was digital. This year they are back in theaters in the city.

Asia dominates this year’s Cinema of the South program.

The pandemic still continues to affect the festival. Asia dominates this year’s Film from the South program. Among other things, you can see “Drive My Car,” which won three awards at Cannes this year and is the Oscar nominee for Japan.

– It may appear that the Asian film industry has recovered significantly from the pandemic compared to other continents. It is striking how a generally high-production film continent like Latin America has stagnated in the past year. In this year’s Film fra Sør, half the titles are from Asia, says Skagen.

South Korea with Bong Joon in “Parasite” and more recently the TV series “Squid game” has made Asia the continent everyone is paying attention to. Skagen says South Korea is not alone. Both China, Japan and Thailand characterize the major international festivals.

Below we’ve handpicked some Asian movies and show tracks you can dive into:


Japan represents one of the best films of the year

The movie’s bright red car becomes an intimate room where unexpected friendships emerge. Hidetoshi Nishijima (left) and Tôko Miura star in “Drive My Car.”

Japanese “Drive my car”, Directed by Ryûsuke Hamaguchi, it was one of the most critically acclaimed films at Cannes this year. Among other things, it won the award for best screenplay.

At first, it is not easy to understand why the three-hour film is so highly acclaimed. But when we gradually learn more about the characters’ past, the film is reminiscent of a classic work in which all the pieces masterfully fit into place at the end.

“Drive My Car” is based on a story by Haruki Murakami, from his collection “Men without women” (2014). We followed a group of theater actors for two months, as they rehearsed for a production of Chekhov’s play “Uncle Vanja.”

The movie is about identity and authenticity on many levels. It brilliantly illustrates how humans sometimes put on a mask and almost play a play for our loved ones. At the same time, we may have intimate conversations with people we hardly know. This elegant, deep soldering job is one of the best movies of the year.


Back to Hong Kong

Hong Kong was one of the largest film industries in the world. They dominated the martial arts, wuxia and not least the action movie. John Woo, Chow Yun-fat, Wong Kar-wai, and Maggie Cheung also became known to Western film audiences.

On July 1, 1997, Hong Kong was returned to China. That was one of the reasons why the golden age of the film industry was over. Many creative forces fled the country. Some went to other countries in Asia and mainland China, while others tried their luck in the United States.

This year’s festival celebrates Hong Kong with its own program. One of the new movies shown is Jun Lis. “Adrift” (2021), a story about the homeless among the skyscrapers of the city. If you want to know what the Hong Kong movie was like during the heyday, you should go back in time.

Bruce lees “The Way of the Dragon” (1972) is still considered one of the best martial arts movies. If you want to know what the wuxia genre is, we recommend that you take it with you «Dragon Inn» (1967). Here are the terrifying assassins, brave heroes and martial arts.


South Korea is more than a “squid game”

South Korean entertainment has taken over the world with everything from movies and TV series to K-pop.

This year you can enjoy or be intimidated by “The night shift.” Young filmmaker Jo Ba-Reun presents an anthology film with five stories that take place in the same apartment complex. Of course, mysterious things happen here.

South Korea leads in number of plastic surgeries. So maybe it’s no wonder body horror is on the show this year. The animated movie “Beauty water” is a terrifying fable about the beauty hysteria of our time.

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Asia is big and complex

This year, for example, you can take a trip to the Philippines. In Carlo Francisco Manatads “If the weather is good” takes as its starting point the hurricane that hit his hometown in 2013. Although the subject is serious, the film has a touch of both magical realism and surrealism.

The Vietnamese movie “Taste»He won the special jury award at this year’s Berlinale. It’s hard to put the Bao Les movie in a booth. The movie is more of an art project than a traditional story. It all starts with a disillusioned Nigerian footballer joining a women’s collective.

The action in Taiwanese “The sadness” It starts out realistically enough. A pandemic has been happening, but life for boyfriends Jim and Kat has returned to normal. Unfortunately, the virus has not disappeared. It has mutated. The result is a hyperviolent and very, very dark story.


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