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The annual Asian Restored Classics is a film festival presented by the Asian Film Archive to celebrate the best of Asian cinema, and it returns for its third year in 2018 with 9 Asian classic films!

Featuring films from the 20s to the 90s, ARC 2018 presents 9 timeless restored gems across Asia for the first time in Singapore. All these restored films are showing for the first time in Singapore. The festival will present one-time only screenings for a new generation of audience.

From family friendly flicks to art-house features, there will be something for everyone as the selection showcases 20th century films from the 1920s to the 1990s – all restored to their original glory.

 

TOKYO STORY 東京物語
24 Aug, Fri 8pm
dir. Yasujiro Ozu
1953 | Japan | Drama | In Japanese with English subtitles | PG | 135 mins

An ageing couple takes the long journey from their small seaside village to visit their adult children in bustling post-war Tokyo. Their elder son and daughter are too busy to pay them much attention, and so it falls to Noriko, the widow of their younger son who was killed in the war, to keep her in-laws company. Tokyo Story is widely regarded as Yasujiro Ozu’s masterpiece and is often cited as one of the greatest films ever made.

MADE IN HONG KONG 香港製造
25 Aug, Sat 4pm
dir. Fruit Chan
1997 | Hong Kong | Drama, Crime | In Cantonese with English subtitles | NC16 | 108 mins

Bad things start happening to Moon, a high-school dropout, when he comes into possession of two bloodstained letters left behind by a schoolgirl suicide: he starts having pesky wet dreams, his parents abandon him, his mentally handicapped best friend gets into trouble, and he falls for a girl who turns out to be seriously ill. This is revered as the quintessential Hong Kong indie film and one of the greatest cult classics in Hong Kong film history.

BATCH ’81
30 Aug, Thurs 8pm
dir. Mike de Leon
1982 | Philippines | Drama | In Tagalog with English subtitles | NC16 | 108 mins

University student Sid Lucero dreams of joining the Alpha Kappa Omega fraternity. After being accepted, he bears witness to escalating acts of violence, obscenity and degradation perpetrated by the fraternity’s seniors. Their brotherhood is put to the ultimate test when conflicts arise with a rival fraternity. Hailed as one of the greatest Filipino films of all time, Batch ’81’ is an unflinching study of the sadomasochistic tradition of a college fraternity and a metaphor for the Philippines under Ferdinand Marcos.

AIMLESS BULLET 오발탄
1 Sept, Sat 4pm
dir. Yu Hyun-mok
1960 | Korea | Drama | In Korean with English subtitles | PG | 110 mins

The sole breadwinner of his family, office worker Cheol-ho is plagued by a toothache but dare not visit a dentist because of his meagre income. He wanders around as his closed ones – his pregnant wife, his unemployed brother, his deranged mother and his prostitute sister – struggle to survive in the devastated city of post-war Seoul. Banned when it was first released in 1961 for alleged sympathies with the enemy in the North, this portrait of the post-war realities of South Korea is now widely regarded as the finest in Korean cinema.

 

Tickets are $13 and discounts are available for bulk purchases.
SFS members enjoy $2 discount for standard ticket prices.
Head over to Members’ Corner for the promo code. Kindly purchase your tickets via this link. Note that booking charges by SISTIC still apply.

*Tokyo Story, Made In Hong Kong and Orang Minyak will be shown at Capitol Theatre. All other films will be screened at the Gallery Theatre, National Museum of Singapore.

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