Ilo Ilo (2013)

Ilo Ilo depicts the struggle of a foreign domestic helper fitting in with a family going through their own troubles during the Asian Financial Crisis in Singapore.

Grave of the Fireflies (1998)

This heart-wrenching tale of life under war conditions follows two orphan siblings struggling to live day by day as Japan fights a losing battle.

The World (2004 )

Jia portrays the the inaccessibility most Chinese have to the outside world, by introducing an amusement park that “promises a new world everyday.”

Still Life (2006)

The backstories of two strangers slowly unravel before viewers amidst the construction of the Three Gorges Dam taking place in the background.

Infernal Affairs (2002)

This Hong Kong action flick covers the war waged between cops and triads, after an undercover policeman finds out that a fellow triad member has also penetrated the police force.

Ju Dou (1990)

Zhang Yimou takes us back to life in rural China during the early 20th century; when daughters were despised and women were constant victims of abuse and objectification.

Hero (2002)

A swordsman appears before the King of Qin and is hailed a hero for killing the assassins who attempted to end the King’s reign. Unbeknownst to the King, there are more layers to the truth.

Om Shanti Om (2007)

Farah Khan infuses the beauty of 70’s Hindi cinema into her masterpiece- with a tragic love story, reincarnation and revenge as the main building blocks of this blockbuster.

The Maid (2005)

The Hungry Ghost Festival serves as a backdrop for this film that revolves around a Filipino domestic helper haunted by both spirits and the horrifying truth about the family she serves.

The Host (2006)

Bong Joon-ho’s The Host mashes political satire and horror in an attempt to parody and highlight the aftermath of the tragedy that struck South Korea in 2000.