A college student attempts to cheat on his final exams by scribbling notes on his shirt; naturally his best-laid plans go awry. After this he is left to reassess his life and education and get back on track. Featuring legendary actors Chishu Ryu and Kinuyo Tanaka in significant early roles, Yasujiro Ozu’s silent comedy is a delightful satire of university life and a charming portrait of a young man’s entry into maturity.
With his lush and sensual visuals, pitch-perfect soundtracks, and soulful romanticism, Wong Kar Wai has established himself as one of the defining auteurs of contemporary cinema.
“No one sees anything. Ever. They watch, but they don’t understand.” So observes Connie Nielsen in Olivier Assayas’s hallucinatory, globe-spanning Demonlover, a postmodern neonoir thriller and media critique in which nothing—not even the film itself—is what it appears to be.
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An intoxicating, time-bending experience bathed in the golden glow of oil lamps and wreathed in an opium haze, Hou Hsiao-hsien’s gorgeous period reverie traces the romantic intrigue, jealousies, and tensions swirling around a late 19th century Shanghai brothel, where the courtesans live confined to a gilded cage, ensconced in opulent splendor yet forced to work to buy back their freedom.