Late Autumn (Man Chu)

“Late Autumn” is an enchanting tale of two unlikely misfits who fall in love, despite all odds. Director Kim Tae-Yong’s subtle and nuanced direction elicits wonderful performances from his lead actors, crafting a lyrical and captivating love story.

The film opens with Anna (Wei Tang), a young woman wandering through the streets of a Seattle suburb. Her face bruised and her clothes torn, she’s clearly been badly beaten by someone. We soon learn that, in self-defense, she has killed her abusive husband. Seven years later, Anna is in a U.S. prison, serving out the sentence for her crime, until the day that she gets a phone call from her sister. Her mother has died, and Anna has a two-day leave from prison to take a bus to Seattle to attend the funeral.

As the bus pulls away, one last passenger scrambles aboard. Hoon (Bin Hyeon), a well-dressed young man, doesn’t have enough money to pay for his ticket and asks to borrow the remaining $30 from Anna. She reluctantly agrees, and so begins a strange and beautiful friendship. Anna is withdrawn and reluctant to speak. Hoon draws her out of her shell with his charm and amicable nature, making her laugh for the first time in years. But Hoon has a secret. Someone is after him and wants to kill him. Will 48 hours be enough time for this convict and this fugitive to make a connection and escape from their loneliness?

Filled with whimsy, pathos and beauty, “Late Autumn” is simultaneously delightful and sobering. Wei Tang is entrancing as Anna, appearing as a woman who was emotionally and physically wounded, apprehensively learning to love again. Bin Hyeon is charming as Hoon, a man with a shady past who makes a once-in-a-lifetime connection.

Delightful and heart-warming, “Late Autumn” is an accomplished film by a talented director. [Synopsis courtesy of Giovanna Fulvi, Toronto International Film Festival]

Monster Hunt

In a mythical ancient world, monsters rule the land while humans keep to their own kingdom. But when adorable baby monster Wuba is born to a human father and monster queen, mortals and creatures alike set out to capture the newborn, and Wuba’s epic adventure begins.

A Tale of Three Cities

Based on the incredible true story of superstar Jackie Chan’s parents, this epic spans the period from the Second Sino-Japanese War to the beginning of the Mao era as it follows the romance of a former spy and a drug-smuggling young widow as they struggle to survive in a country devastated by war and famine. [Synopsis courtesy of TIFF]

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The Golden Era

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Finding Mr. Right

Tang Wei plays Jiajia, a young woman in Beijing who lives a luxurious life provided by her wealthy boyfriend. When Jiajia got pregnant, she goes to the United States, hoping that the baby will be born an American citizen. While waiting for the baby’s arrival, Jiajia loses contact with her boyfriend and suddenly finds that she is unable to make end meets. At this point, she meets Frank, played by Wu Xiubo, who offers help and makes her think twice about who her Mr. Right really is.