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Masters of Cinema return to the 15th Five Flavours!

29 September 2021
Red Post on Escher Street, dir. Sion Sono, Japan 2020

Crazy Japanese teenagers, the cruel Yakuza, and a mystical journey through Kathmandu. This year, some of the audience's favorite filmmakers return to the festival lineup!

The 15th Five Flavours Asian Film Festival will take place in Warsaw cinemas on November 17-24 and online on November 17-29. Festival Passes are already available!

The 15th Five Flavours Asian Film Festival is approaching fast – it's time to reveal more titles from this year's program. We are overjoyed to welcome back filmmakers who have already had a chance to enchant and surprise our audiences.

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Kazuya Shiraishi and the return of the Yakuza

Among this year's Special Screenings is the new film by Kazuya Shiraishi, the author of films such as "Birds Without Names," "One Night," "Dawn of the Felines," and "The Blood of Wolves." One of the most interesting Japanese voices of the middle generation, Shiraishi often uses stylish generic conventions and confronts his protagonists with dramatic choices, creating a cinema combining great entertainment with a powerful psychological experience. He returns with a sequel to one of the most intriguing Japanese gangster films of the last decade – "Last of the Wolves" is a stylish, grasping story from the world of yakuza, combining swift action and spectacular confrontations between the gangs and the police with a contemplation of honor and morality. The film is set in 1990s Japan, taking us on a doubly nostalgic journey – to the extravagant aesthetic of the period and to the best era of Japanese gangster cinema.

Crazy cinephilia in the new Sion Sono film

The Five Flavours program wouldn't be complete without a film by a subversive master of Japanese cinema – Sion Sono, the subject of a retrospective at the 10th edition of the festival and a spring program at the Five Flavours At Home VOD platform. In his latest film, "Red Post on Escher Street," the author of "Love Exposure" and "Himizu" returns to his avant-garde, punk roots and the cinema made with unfettered joy and a lot of craziness. It is an autothematic film on making a film – an homage to everyone who loves cinema, but also to those without whom the film worlds wouldn't be complete, even though their names often don't even make it to the end credits. A satire on the cult of great directors, the sweetest Japanese pop culture, and a big pinch of the subversive girl power!

Khyentse Norbu and the power of the dakini

Five Flavours keeps exploring even the smallest national cinemas. This year's special event at the festival is the premiere of the latest film by Khyentse Norbu, a Bhutanese director and lama, whose films "The Cup," "Travelers and Magicians," or "Hema Hema" brought him international fame. In his films, the master of Himalayan cinema explores the mythology of Bhutan, Nepal and Tibet, without losing sight of the modern challenges faced by the people in the region. At the festival, he will present "Looking for a Lady with Fangs and a Moustache," a unique journey of the protagonist, a young businessman, whose pragmatism and rational outlook of the world are put to a test in confrontation with the sacrum. This time, Khyentse Norbu points our attention to the dakinis, enlightened women, and their energy, the energy of transformation.

Festival Passes are already available!

This year, the 15th Five Flavours Asian Film Festival will be held in a hybrid form: in Warsaw cinemas on November 17-24 and online on November 17-29.
Festival Passes for both forms of the Festival are already available. From October 26, Single Tickets for cinema screenings and Single Accesses for our VOD platform will also be available.

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