Reel Asian’s 2014 TIFF picks – Wavelengths


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. Check out the Wavelengths programme, a series of of experimental and visionary films!


Beep | South Korea | Dir: Kim Kyung-man

Experimental filmmaker and multi-media artist Kim Kyung-man explores his country’s institutionalized culture of fear and hatred toward North Koreans.

Fires on the Plain | Japan | Dir: Shinya Tsukamoto

Tetsuo director Shinya Tsukamoto creates a gritty and graphic version of the classic war novel about a dazed, wounded soldier who wanders through the surreal carnage of the Pacific War.

From What is Before | Philippines | Dir: Lav Diaz

On the eve of Marcos’ proclamation of martial law, a small village is visited by a series of strange, perhaps supernatural occurrences, in the new film from Filipino master Lav Diaz (Norte, the End of History).

Intransit | Thailand | Jakrawal Nilthamrong

A thrillingly lo-fi salute to the old-school, hand-crafted special effects that were once a mainstay of pre-CGI science-fiction films.

Journey to the West | France/Taiwan | Dir: Tsai Ming-liang

Taiwanese auteur Tsai Ming-liang returns with this entrancing latest entry in his Walker series, in which his slowly locomoting, carmine-robed monk acquires an unexpected acolyte in the form of Denis Lavant (Holy Motors) as he makes his way through the streets of a sun-dappled Marseille.

Songs From The North | USA/South Korea/Portugal | Dir: Soon-Mi Yoo

Multi-disciplinary artist and filmmaker Soon-Mi Yoo (Far from Afghanistan) makes her solo feature-film debut with this sharp and sensitive essay film about everyday life and ideological distortion in North Korea.