Niki Caro avoids all the coming-of-age cliches in “Whale Rider.”
Bollywood, the film industry of India’s largest city, Mumbai, alone produces around 1,000 films each year — almost two times as many as Hollywood.
This vast continent doesn’t just come out on top when it comes to output, it has also sired many influential directors, actors and film-genres.
Ang Lee’s 2000 homage to Chinese fantasy martial arts genre, Wuxia, “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” and Japan’s unique take on horror, typified by films like Takashi Shimizu’s “Ju-on: The Grudge” are just two examples of Asia’s recent contribution to world film culture.
We have included films by Japan’s Akira Kurosawa, China’s Wong Kar-Wai and India’s Mehboob Khan in our provisional list of the best of Asian cinema but we want to hear from Web site users. What are your favorites? Have we missed one? Perhaps you don’t agree with our choices. Let us know in the Sound Off box below.
The director of photography is France’s Antoine Héberlé, a Lumiere Award prizewinner for Stéphane Brizé’s “A Woman’s Life.” The film’s editor is Italy’s Stefano Cravero (“Nico, 1988”).
“Seven Acts of Mercy,” which was the De Serios’ debut feature, made a splash on the festival circuit after premiering in competition in Locarno in 2011. The twins were subsequently at Venice in 2016 with the doc “River Memories,” about one of the largest shanty towns in Europe, on the banks of the river Stura in Turin.
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