Oxford Film Festival
Maryland Film Festival
Fastnet Film Festival
deadCenter Film Festival
Phoenix Film Festival
Andrew Dunn, Joanne Mitchell, Yuriri Naka, Anton Thompson
Max Gee, Tony Hipwell
In a near-future time, the British government has come up with an environmentally friendly program that abolishes prisons. Criminals and undocumented immigrants are chemically transformed into trees and put on public display. A propaganda filmmaker is forced to question his work as he prepares to see his journalist wife be “planted” for crimes against the state. A grim and imaginative cautionary tale by British filmmaker Tony Hipwell, based on the short story by Yasutaka Tsutsui (PAPRIKA, THE GIRL WHO LEAPT THROUGH TIME). – Mitch Davis
Winning praise from Martin Scorsese, HAN GONG-JU verges on perfection. It’s impossible to remain unmoved by this drama, as relevant as it is powerful.
The legendary Koji Yakusho delivers one of his most moving performances in this repentant yakuza drama by Miwa Nishikawa.
A masterful film with a phenomenal actress, using the codes of the boxing drama to deliver a moving, powerful and hopeful work.