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
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.
Kin Long Chan
Petty crook Kwan must decide where his loyalties and fortune lie. Drama, suspense, humour and action in the neon-soaked underbelly of Hong Kong.