The BFI London Film Festival returns 5th to 16th October with some titles also streaming online in the UK 14th to 21st October via BFI Player. As usual there is a varied selection of East Asian films on offer including the latest from Park Chan-wook, July Jung, Koji Fukada, and Sho Miyake.


  • Hidden Letters – documentary following two women’s exploration of Nushu, a secret script used by women in an age in which they were forbidden to read and write.
  • What About China? – experimental essay film Trinh Minh-ha.

Hong Kong

  • Blue Island – hybrid documentary from Chan Tze-woon featuring reconstructions of historical conflict performed by the young activists of today.


  • Autobiography – political drama in which a young man taken in as a son by a powerful figure finds himself conflicted in wanting to stop his mentor’s authoritarian overreach.


  • Love Life – the latest film from Koji Fukada (A Girl Missing) in which the tight bond of a small family is disrupted by the resurfacing of the son’s birth father.
  • Small, Slow But Steady – latest from Sho Miyake (And Your Bird Can Sing) following a young woman’s determination to become a champion boxer.
  • Stonewalling – drama following a 20-year-old student training to become a flight attendant who suddenly discovers she is pregnant.


  • Decision to Leave – latest from Park Chan-wook starring Park Hae-il as a detective fixated on the wife (Tang Wei) of a murdered man.
  • Jeong-sun – a factory worker’s life is disrupted when a video of.a sexual encounter with a colleague is leaked on the internet.
  • Next Sohee – a policewoman investigating the suicide of a teenage girl uncovers a dark web of corporate exploitation in July Jung’s hard hitting drama. Review.
  • The Woman in the White Car – quirky mystery in which a young woman arrives at a hospital with a woman she claims to be her sister who has been stabbed by a jealous lover.


  • Fast & Feel Love – an obsessive sports stacker is plunged into a delayed adulthood when his long term girlfriend suddenly leaves in Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit’s charming post-modern comedy. Review.

The BFI London Film Festival takes place at various venues across the city from 5th to 16th October 2021, with some titles also streaming online (14th to 23rd October) or screening at various partner cinemas throughout the UK. Full details for all the films as well as screening times and ticketing information are available via the official website. Priority booking opens for Patrons on 5th September, for Champions on 6th September, and Members 7th September, with general ticket sales available from 13th September. You can also keep up to date with all the latest news via the festival’s Facebook page, Twitter account, Instagram, and YouTube channels.

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