Reel Asian’s 2014 TIFF picks – TIFF Cinematheque


The city is already in a buzz for the Toronto International Film Festival (Sept 4-14). We’re only a couple weeks away, but with all the latest film and guests announcements, it’s hard to not get swept up by the excitement. We’ve combed through the entire film programmes and selected our Asian picks. TIFF Cinematheque is a selection of extraordinary films from the history of cinema.

TIFF Cinematheque

Cruel Story of Youth | Japan | Dir: Nagisa Oshima

Master director Nagisa Oshima’s seminal second feature — a brutal and beautiful portrait of two doomed, rebellious young lovers living fast and dying young in the sleazy backstreets of Tokyo — has never been crueller or more visually glorious than in this pristine 4K restoration.

Dragon Inn | Taiwan | Dir: King Hu

A heroic trio of outlaw warriors square off against sinister assassins at an isolated desert inn, in this dazzlingly restored presentation of legendary director King Hu’s wuxia classic.

The Goddess | China | Dir: Tetsuya Nakashima

Silent screen legend Ruan Lingyu gives a fierce and tragic performance in her signature role as a wronged prostitute in Wu Yonggang’s early classic of Golden Age Shanghai cinema.