Asian cinema attracts interest – Helsinki Cine Asia festival sets a new visitor record!

Helsinki Cine Asia achieved its highest-ever attendance in its 12th year. The growth was remarkable, with the total number of attendees increasing by approximately third compared to the previous year.

In the aftermath of the COVID-19 years, audiences were first cautious in returning  to theaters. However, it is evident that people are once again eager for high-quality cultural experiences. Particularly delightful was the discovery of new attendees who found their way to the festival’s screenings over the weekend.

“We are pleased that our carefully curated program has found theatergoers. There is clearly an audience and demand for Asian cinema in our country,” rejoices the festival’s artistic director Eija Niskanen.

Seven sold out screenings over the four-day period

A quarter of all festival screenings were sold out. The highest attendance was seen at the opening film, the Chinese film Only the River Flows, and Ripples, the latest film by Japanese director Ogigami Naoko.

Among the festival’s lineup, Japanese and Chinese films were particularly popular. However, the sold-out screening of the Vietnamese art house film Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell demonstrated significant interest in contemporary Southeast Asian cinema as well. The festival’s free discussion sessions also drew large crowds to the event corner of Kinopalatsi.

One of the festival’s most popular films, the Japanese LGBTQ+ film Egoist, will be screened for free at Helsinki City Civic Center Vuotalo on Wednesday, March 27th, at 6:00 PM.

Take part in the customer survey and win a screening pass for the 2025 festival!

The customer survey for 2024 is also now available. By taking part in the survey you will give the organisers valuable input, and you get a chance to win a screening pass for next year! The survey can be found here.

The next Helsinki Cine Asia festival will be held in spring 2025.

Helsinki Cine Asia festival is supported by the Arts Promotion Centre Finland (Taike) and the City of Helsinki.

Festival teams favourites for year 2024

Too many good movies and not enough time? What should I see at Helsinki Cine Aasia? Read the festival teams tips to make sure you don’t miss out!

The Movie Emperor is a comedic portrayal of the Chinese film industry and celebrity culture. Hong Kong star Andy Lau stars as a self-absorbed movie star trying to remain relevant.
– Eija, Artistic Director

I’m naturally excited about the extensive China section, especially since I haven’t seen all of its films yet! While I could recommend the entire program, let’s highlight the Korean films Work to Do ja Wild Roomer here. I haven’t seen the first one yet, but I expect a realistic and critical perspective on work-life structures, which is an intriguing topic globally. Wild Roomer, on the other hand, left an impression with its unhurried and slightly peculiar atmosphere.
– Jenni, Executive Director

The audience at the Tokyo International Film Festival, myself included, enjoyed A Long Shot with the full range of emotions. The action combined with subtle social criticism made a lasting impression on me. I personally look forward to seeing The Breaking Ice at this year’s HCA, as modern perspectives on the lives of young people in contemporary China are always mind-opening.
– Linda, Producer

Birth, which made an impact on me at the 2022 Busan festival, is an emotional, excellent depiction of a woman’s relationship with her body and external pressures during pregnancy. For more interesting female-centric storytelling, check out Solids by the Seashore, portraying friendship and love in a Thai beach town, a perfect film for March’s grayness!
– Muru, Publicist

It’s a rare treat to be able to see a South Korean indie production in Finland! Hail to Hell is not afraid to tackle some of the darker topics in South Korean society, such as bullying, suicide, and religious cults. However, the movie is far from a pity fest – the superb young protagonists are ready to stick it to their oppressors!
– Tuukka, Assistant Producer

As an avid cinephile, I can’t help but mention The Movie Emperor . My weakness lies in films about the film industry, especially satires, which this film by Ning Hao represents. Premiering at the Toronto Film Festival, it immediately caught my interest, and it’s fantastic that it’s now being shown on the big screen in Finland too.
– Joonas, Assistant Producer

I’m involved in graphic design for the festival, and  become familiar with the marketing images of films in the weeks leading up to the event. As a big nature lover and photographer, I was immediately drawn to the still from Snow Leopard; the image is inherently beautiful, and the subject matter also interests me a lot. I will definitely free up my schedule for this screening!
– Tiia, Graphic Designer

I joined the festival organization after the films were selected, so my knowledge of the program’s films is somewhat limited. However, films that have won prizes at Cannes are usually worth seeing. Therefore, I have high expectations for Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shellj and Only the River Flows. The latter’s neo-noir genre and the gradual revelation of the local community’s underlying secrets is right in my wheelhouse 🙂
– Tuomas, Website

The tickets are on sale now!

The online ticketing has now begun, continuing throughout the festival. During the festival tickets are also sold at the screening locations.

Single tickets are 12 € and a 5 ticket Screening Pass is 48,00 €.

You can purchase the tickets from here.

The entire festival program is out!

The films have been selected for the Helsinki Cine Asia program fresh from some of Asia’s most prominent film festivals, and many of the films have also been seen in the main sections of international festivals.

The festival aims to provide an overview of the most interesting new releases of East and Southeast Asian cinema, which have gained great popularity in recent years, as well as an insight into the current Asian film culture. 

Pema Tseden’s last film, the newest from Ogigami Naoko – and much more!

On Thursday, March 14th, at Cinema Orion, the opening film will be Wei Shujun’s intense and atmospheric neo-noir thriller Only the River Flows, which competed in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes in 2023.

Additionally, the program features films from the Chinese cultural sphere, including The Movie Emperor starring Hong Kong legend Andy Lau. The program also includes the last film Snow Leopard by the Tibetan director Pema Tseden (1969-2023).

Among the Korean films, audiences will experience everything from unique girl power in Hail to Hell, to workplace challenges in Work to Do. The Japanese selection includes, among others, the black comedy Ripples which is the latest work from Ogigami Naoko, and Okiku and the World, chosen by Japanese critics as the best film of 2023.

Both the Thai film Solids by the Seashore and the Japanese film Egoist have an LGBT+ theme. The program also includes the visually stunning Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell from Vietnam, which has garnered attention from critics.

In addition to film screenings, the program includes free discussion events held at Kinopalatsi, addressing topics such as Japanese hospitality omotenashi with journalist and author Heikki Valkama

The entire program can be explored here! Ticket sales for the festival begin on the website on Thursday, February 29th, 2024. Tickets for festival screenings cost 12 euros each, and a five-ticket package is available for 48 euros. Admission to the discussion events is free. 

If you want Helsinki Cine Aasia festival to continue also in the future, remember to take part and come to the screenings 😊😘

Girl power, an onsen mystery, and Chinese neo-noir – the entire festival program will be released on February 26th!

Less than a month away, the Helsinki Cine Asia Festival will bring a wide selection of new quality Asian cinema to the big screen in Helsinki. The opening film on Thursday March 14th will be Wei Shujun’s Only the River Flows, a tense neo-noir thriller that competed in the Un Certain Regard category at Cannes in 2023. Other films already announced include the Japanese LGBTQ+ portrayal Egoist, the Vietnamese critics favourite Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell, and the South Korean unconventional youth comedy-drama Hail to Hell.

The full program will be announced next Monday, February 26th, with ticket sales starting on Thursday, February 29th.

The opening film of the year 2024 is Only the River Flows

The opening film of the 2024 Helsinki Cine Aasia is Wei Shujun’s Only the River Flows. This tense and atmospheric neo-noir thriller, which competed in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes in 2023, follows a police chief’s murder mystery investigation. The rural China of the 1990s provides an excellent backdrop for unexpected twists in the chief’s deepening investigation.

The film is based on the short story “Mistakes by the River” by Yu Hua, one of the leading names in contemporary Chinese literature. Wei Shujun’s latest work, known from previous Helsinki Cine Asia festivals, creates a captivating cinematic experience that you won’t want to miss!

The full festival program will be announced on February 26th.

 

Volunteer recruitment period is over

Mainly the work focuses on tasks during the festival, but there are also some tasks available starting from early March. There is a diverse range of tasks available, from ticket sales to photography, so there is definitely something meaningful for everyone. All volunteers will have free access to watch movies during the festival.

The call for volunteers has already been closed.

Helsinki Cine Asia takes over the screens once again – the festival celebrates Asian cinema for the 12th time!

The festival program includes a wide selection of the latest Asian films, with Kinopalatsi and Cinema Orion serving as familiar screening venues. During the festival, attendees can immerse themselves in the works of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and other Asian filmmakers, spanning from delightful comedies to inspiring dramas.

For more information about the program and ticket sales, the best way is to follow Helsinki Cine Asia Festival on social media and on our website – stay tuned and ensure you don’t miss out on the latest news. Get ready for a journey into the enchanting world of Asian cinema, see you in March!

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Last minute recommendations from our team!

Too many interesting movies and too little time? So many good films in the programme that it is impossible to choose? Our festival team is here to help you!

Eija, artistic director

Your Lovely Smile tells us a story between documentary and fiction – of an indie movie director who tries to get his career running and his films screened in movie theaters.  The leading role is played by Hirobumi Watanabe who has visted Helsinki Cine Aasia previously. “

Screenings: 

Thu 16.3. at 17:45 Kinopalatsi 10

Sat 18.3. at 21:30 Kinopalatsi 10

”Japanese December is thematically close to the Finnish Kaija Saariahos and Sofi Oksanens modern opera Innocence: an old school shooting incident comes under scrutiny.”

Screenings:

Thu 16.3. at 19:45 Kinopalatsi 10

Sun 19.3. at 15:30 Kinopalatsi 10

 

Jenni, executive director

Stone Turtle is a visually stunning combination of triller, otherworldly elements and societal critique. Strong women in a very new  setting. An impressive film!”

 

Sat 18.3. at 17:00 Cinema Orion

Sun 19.3. at 17:00 Cinema Orion

”Indonesian Autobiography has been rightfully awarded at several festivals. The past military junta and its effects on modern day society are the heart of this drama that explores new paths. The viewer is invited to an intense journey!”

Screenings:

Fri 17.3. at 21:30 Kinopalatsi 9

Sun 18.3. at 19:15 Kinopalatsi 10

 

Joonas, publicist

Return to Seoul The hypnotic role played by Park Ji-Min throws the viewer into a whirlwind of emotions. Freddie is a chararacter that makes you cry, makes you hate her and also evokes questions that can haunt you for days. The theme of the film is not a new one: identity searching has been made into a film many times before. But this time you are going to view something totally different.”

Thu 16.3. at 17.30 Cinema Orion

Johanna, publicist

“ Part of the selection for Cannes La Semaine de la Critique, The Next Sohee is a thought-provoking film of a young high school student, who starts working in a call center and meets her destiny in a tragic accident. The film is a strong outcry against unequality in the Korean society.

Screenings:

Fri 17.3. klo 19:00 Kinopalatsi 9

Sun 19.3. klo 13:15 Kinopalatsi 9

“I also recommend  I am what I am. This is an unforgettable story of Kasumi, who doesn’t believe in romantic love. The film questions the traditional place of women in society and asks what could 21st century Japan be without these gender roles.”

Muru, executive producer

“I was enchanted by I am what I am during Busan International Film Festival. Toko Miura, who plays the role of Kasumi, does a magnificent role. The film takes the viewer to a journey that sheds light on asexuality and intergenerational gaps in Japan. A strong recommendation for anyone who has felt like an outsider at least once in their life.”

Fri 17.3. at 16:45 Kinopalatsi 9

Sat 18.3. at 16:30 Kinopalatsi 9

 

 

Tickets are on sale!

Online ticketing begins on Thursday 2 March, continuing throughout the festival. During the festival tickets are also sold at the screening locations. You can use a voucher to buy single or multiple tickets to the screenings you want. The voucher cannot be used to buy tickets for sold-out screenings.

Single ticket 11,00 € and a 5 ticket Screening Pass is 45,00 €. Free entrance to the Baby Kino, VR documentary Fukushima – The Home That Once Was and the special screening at Vuotalo.

You can purchase tickets from the Helsinki Cine Aasia website or here.

Helsinki Cine Asia 2023 full programme is published!

The Helsinki Cine Aasia festival opens with the intriguing co-production Return to Seoul (Retour à Séoul, 2022), which tells the story of a Korean adoptee in France who goes back to Seoul to search for her roots. The director Davy Chou is himself French-Cambodian. Individuals between two cultures can also be found in many other films at the festival. Society is a strong theme in such films as the Malaysian Stone Turtle (2022), which combines social critique to suspense and the supernatural, and the widely awarded Indonesian film Autobiography (2022).

 

The annual remembrance day of the Fukushima nuclear accident is in March and Helsinki Cine Aasia commemorates the topic in several ways. The virtual reality documentary Fukushima – The Home That Once Was takes us to villages emptied by the catastrophy, where we also meet former inhabitants. The film program also includes the catastrophy movie Fukushima 50 (Japan, 2020) where 50 nuclear plant worker fight against the inevitable. A discussion session will also go through the different ways the Fukushima disaster and its after effects have been presented in different media.

 

The programme has some oeuvres from well-known film-makers such as Lav Diaz and new Thai indie cinema. A discussion event on Korean entertainment industry will take place and the Korean modern classic Oldboy (2003) will be screened as a special treat.

 

The festival hosts a Baby Kino screening on 17 March with Arnold Is a Model Student (2022), which is the latest film from Thai filmmaker Sorayos Prapara. The screening is meant for audiences with toddlers and babies and is organised in collaboration with Kino Regina, Oodi Helsinki Central Library, and playground Loru.

 

The ticket sales begin on Thursday 2 March on the festival’s website. Tickets can also be purchased from theatres during the festival. Single tickets 11€. Baby-friendly screening is free and is meant for those who come with a toddler or a baby. Screening pass (5 screenings) 45 €.

Helsinki Cine Asia 2023 full programme is published!

The Helsinki Cine Aasia festival opens with the intriguing co-production Return to Seoul (Retour à Séoul, 2022), which tells the story of a Korean adoptee in France who goes back to Seoul to search for her roots. The director Davy Chou is himself French-Cambodian. Individuals between two cultures can also be found in many other films at the festival. Society is a strong theme in such films as the Malaysian Stone Turtle (2022), which combines social critique to suspense and the supernatural, and the widely awarded Indonesian film Autobiography (2022).

 

The annual remembrance day of the Fukushima nuclear accident is in March and Helsinki Cine Aasia commemorates the topic in several ways. The virtual reality documentary Fukushima – The Home That Once Was takes us to villages emptied by the catastrophy, where we also meet former inhabitants. The film program also includes the catastrophy movie Fukushima 50 (Japan, 2020) where 50 nuclear plant worker fight against the inevitable. A discussion session will also go through the different ways the Fukushima disaster and its after effects have been presented in different media.

 

The programme has some oeuvres from well-known film-makers such as Lav Diaz and new Thai indie cinema. A discussion event on Korean entertainment industry will take place and the Korean modern classic Oldboy (2003) will be screened as a special treat.

 

The festival hosts a Baby Kino screening on 17 March with Arnold Is a Model Student (2022), which is the latest film from Thai filmmaker Sorayos Prapara. The screening is meant for audiences with toddlers and babies and is organised in collaboration with Kino Regina, Oodi Helsinki Central Library, and playground Loru.

 

The ticket sales begin on Thursday 2 March on the festival’s website. Tickets can also be purchased from theatres during the festival. Single tickets 11€. Baby-friendly screening is free and is meant for those who come with a toddler or a baby. Screening pass (5 screenings) 45 €.

Helsinki Cine Aasia 2023 opens with French and South Korean Return to Seoul

 In search of identity in Seoul

The only festival of contemporary Asian cinema in Finland, Helsinki Cine Aasia, will take place from Thursday to Sunday 16 to 19 March 2023. The festival’ s goal is to offer a fresh take on Asian film culture and the most interesting films of the moment from East and Southeast Asia. 

 

This year’s opening film is Davy Chou’s Return to Seoul (Retour à Séoul, France/Belgium/Germany/South Korea etc., 2022) which tells the story of a young woman who is after her Korean roots in Seoul. The film premiered at Cannes Film festival as a part of Un Certain Regard series in May 2022, will be seen in theatres in Finland later in the Spring.

 

Helsinki Cine Aasia 2023 kicks off in March 16-19

We are back with a brand new programme for Helsinki audiences in March 2023. As in previous years, the films to hit silver screen have been selected from the most creative and latest works of East and Southeast Asian film makers. We are also hosting discussion events on Asian culture and society inspired by the topics of the films.

The films have been selected from the most recent works of Asian directors displayed on this year’s film festivals such as Busan International Film Festival in South Korea and film festivals in Japan.

We will announce new films to be screened at the festival weekly during February on our  Facebook ja Instagramt accounts. Stay tuned! The full programme will be  announced on February 28th. 

The full list of Helsinki Cine Aasia theaters will be announced soon.

Ticket sales being online on March 2, 2023. Tickets can be purchased in theaters during the festival.

 

Ticket sale has now started!

Screening passes and single tickets can be bought at the festival’s website starting NOW!

Single tickets cost 11 euros. Screening pass (5 tickets) 45 euros. Parent & baby screening ticket is 9 euros.

During the festival, tickets are also available at our screening theaters: Kino Regina, Finnkino Kinopalatsi and Cinema Orion. The ticket booth will open 30 minutes before the first screening of the day at the theater in question and stays open until the beginning of the last screening of the day.

Check out the full program HERE and the schedule HERE.

BUY YOUR TICKETS HERE!

2022 program is now released!


Familiar filmmakers

Japanese film director Ogigami Naoko’s newest film Riverside Mukolitta comes to Helsinki Cine Aasia in May. Ogigami became well known to the Finnish audiences with her film Kamome shokudō (2006) which was shot in a restaurant at Punavuori, Helsinki where the story was also set. Ogigami has since become known for the unique characters in her stories. Her latest visit to Finland was in 2019 during the retrospective of her works at Kino Regina, which was organized as a collaboration with Helsinki Cine Aasia. Her film Rent-a-Cat (2012) was screened to a sold out audience at Cinema Orion’s Cat Film Day back in 2021.

Helsinki Cine Aasia hosted Indonesian filmmaker Kamila Andini back in 2018 with her film The Seen and Unseen (2017) as the opening film. This year’s program includes two films from her. Yuni (2021) portrays the difficult choises of a young girl moving towards adulthood, and the film was awarded at Toronto International Film Festival with the Platform Prize. Before, Now & Then (Nana, 2022) had its premiere at Berlinale’s main Competition Series, and paints an impressive portrait of woman whose story is intertwined with the history of Indonesia.


Not your typical Mother’s Day

This year’s program includes eight films from female filmmakers. The upcoming Mother’s Day offers a double feature at Cinema Orion on May 8th with films Apartment with Two Women (2021, Korea) and Spring Tide (2019, China). Both films follow a story of very complicated mother-daughter relationships.

Ticket sale starts on Thursday April 21st
Screening passes and single tickets can be bought at the festival’s website from next Thursday. During the festival, tickets are also available at our screening theaters: Kino Regina, Finnkino Kinopalatsi and Cinema Orion. The ticket booth will open 30 minutes before the first screening of the day at the theater in question and stays open until the beginning of the last screening of the day. Single tickets cost 11 euros. Screening pass (5 tickets) 45 euros. Parent & baby screening ticket is 9 euros.

Full program: https://helsinkicineaasia.fi/en/ohjelmisto/

Opening Film: Anatomy of Time

Traveling to the 60’s of Thailand

Our opening film ANATOMY OF TIME (2021) comes from Thailand, and is directed by Jakrawai Nilthamrong. It will be screened on Thursday May 5th at Kino Regina.

The film was awarded with the Grand Prize at TOKYO FILMeX 2021. The story of Anatomy of Time got its inspiration from director Nilthamrong’s own family history.

Phuttiphong Aroonpheng acted as the cinematographer on the film. Aroonpheng’s own film Manta Ray was shown at Helsinki Cine Aasia back in 2019.

“Anatomy of Time skillfully mixes two times, two realities, memory, dream, and the intersection of personal and society in a poetic story of the past and the present in the life of a woman in Thailand’s rural countryside.”
-Eija Niskanen, Artistic Director

Become a volunteer!

This is not a April Fool prank! Helsinki Cine Aasia 2022 is coming next month. The festival will be held from May 5th until May 8th and it would not be possible without amazing volunteers. 🎉

Every volunteer will recieve a festival pass which allows you to participate all of our screenings if they´re not sold out.
Help will be needed during the festival and we also need some people to distribute our posters before that. The need for volunteers starts from April 8th.

Check out available tasks and fill out the form below. If you´re interested to help us with the distribution of our posters and catalogues before the festival, let us know in the application.

Come and celebrate Asian cinema with us and our 10 Anniversary! ✨

FILL OUT THE FORM HERE!

Helsinki Cine Aasia presents: Happu Hour

As Helsinki Cine Aasia is celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year, we proudly present HAPPY HOUR (2015) from the director Ryosuke Hamaguchi. This is the first time ever that the audiences in Finland can enjoy this high praised film.

Last Sunday the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awarded Hamaguchi’s newest feature DRIVE MY CAR (2021) with and Oscar Award for the best International Feature Film

“Four women. All in their 30s. Three married, one divorcee. They are able to tell each other
anything. Or at least they thought. One day, after losing in divorce court, one of them gives up
on a future with their partner and disappears. The three remaining women take a second look at
their lives. The long night is full of questions. ”Are you really the you you wanted to be?”

HAPPY HOUR will be screened at Cinema ORION in the upcoming Easter Friday April 15th at 12:00. The film is subtitled in English and the screening includes two short breaks.

More information and tickets:
https://cinemaorion.fi/elokuvat/happy-hour/

Helsinki Cine Aasia @ Orion

The only film festival in Finland focused on East and Sout-East Asian films, makes a comeback to the silver screen. We present together with Cinema Orion a series of Asian films on the big screen in July. The series includes three films which were shown at Helsinki Cine Aasia 2021 – ONLINE last Apri,l and three previously unseen films. The series starts on Tuesday July 6th, and continues until Sunday July 25th. The films will be shown at Cinema Orion, Eerikinkatu 15.

Favorites from Helsinki Cine Aasia 2021 – ONLINE
Japanese female director Ohku Akiko’s HOLD ME BACK from 2020 was the most popular film at our virtual festival, and it is a natural selection to start our series on Tuesday July 6th. RED POST ON ESCHER STREET from 2020, the new film by Sono Sion begs to be seen at cinemas, and it will be shown at Cinema Orion on Saturday July 10th. Maung Sung’s MONEY HAS FOUR LEGS from 2020 will be shown on Saturday July 17th. This Burmese film dominated the press in June by the news of it’s producer/co-screenwriter Ma Aeint’s arrest by the military regime. No one has seen or heard of her since.

Sharp newcomers
The series will be completed by 3 films that have not been seen yet in Finland. Chinese director Li Dongmei’s MAMA from 2020 follows a family who live in the countryside in the early 90’s. The storytelling feels almost like a documentary and the events of the film actually come from the director’s own life.

Harumoto Yujiro’s Japanese film A BALANCE from 2020 takes a bite of a controversial subject. A teacher has taken his life after being accused of sexually molesting a student. Yuko has been hired to make a news story for television about the events, but this eventually leads to more problems, and the subject hits too close to her home.

South Korean DAYS OF GREEN (2021) has been directed by Shin Dong-il, who visited Helsinki Cine Aasia back in 2017. Yusu and Cheongsan run from their problems for three days together. During their journey they meet interesting people and landscapes, while they form a deep connection to each other.

Schedule:
Tuesday July 6th. at 19:30 Hold Me Back
Thursday July 8th at 19:00 Mama
Saturday July 10th. at 14:00 Red Post on Escher Street
Monday July 12th at 20:00 Mama
Wednesday July 14th at 19:30 A Balance
Saturday July 17th at 14:00. Money Has Four Legs
Sunday July 18th at 16:00 Days of Green
Monday July 19th at 19:30 A Balance
Friday July 23th at 17:00 TOIVEUUSINTA
Sunday July 25th at 15:30 Days of Green

Ticket sale starts on June 29th 2021 at 10:00.
https://cinemaorion.fi/

Thank you for Helsinki Cine Aasia 2021 – ONLINE

Helsinki Cine Aasia 2021 – ONLINE has now ended but the celebration of Asian cinema goes on.

External gratitude to everyone who took part on our online festival in the past weekend. There would not be a festival without you! We were glad to see that people from all over Finland participated the festival.

Sode Yukiko’s Japanese drama ARISTOCRATS (2021) took the first place as most atched film. Japanese films HOLD ME BACK (2020) and AINU MOSIR (2020) came in second and third.

Our free additional program is still availanbe at our official YouTube channel.
Including exclusive conversations with the filmmakers of our 2021 online program and discussions about the censorship, political climate and women’s position in East and Southeast Asia.

Helsinki Cine Aasia together with Cinema Orion presents a series of Asian films on silver screen when restrictions allow it. The series includes films from the program of our online festival and some new additions. We hope to see you there in the upcoming summer. Let’s celebrate Asian culture together.
Follow our website and social media accounts for updates.

The festival will return in 2022 celebrating it’s 10th Anniversary!
Hopefully we can return to the cinemas.

Long live Asian cinema!

Kaakkois-Aasian historia by Marja-Leena Heikkilä-Horn

Helsinki Cine Aasia 2021 – ONLINE third and last day is here!

Marja-Leena Heikkilä-Horn wrote a book about the fistory of Southeast Asia which was released by Gaudeamus. Eija Niskanen, the Artistic Director of Helsinki Cine Aasia interviews Heikkilä-Horn in new exclusive conversation which is part of our 2021 program.

Check out our other free addittional program (in English) on our official YouTube channel.

Festival pass and individual tickets can be bought here!

Watch the conversation on the video below (in Finnish):

Discussion with Maung Sun on Money Has Four Legs

Director Maung Sun talks about the filming of Money Has Four Legs, about film censorship in Burma, and about the current political situation in his country with Eija Niskanen, the Artistic Director of Helsinki Cine Aasia.

The interview is part of the free addittional program of our ONLINE festival in 2021. More conversations like this can be found on our official YouTube channel.

Tickets to the film can be bought here!

Check out the interview on the video below:

Discussion with director Edmund Yeo

Malaysian director Edmund Yeo’s new film MALU (2020) can be seen at this year’s festival and we had the pleasure to interview mister Yeo about his film and how his own family history affected the story of the film.

The discussion between Edmund Yeo and Eija Niskanen, the Artistic Director of Helsinki Cine Aasia is a part of our free addittional program which can be seen on our official YouTube channel.

Tickets can be bought here!

Edmund Yeo’s interview below:

Director Funahashi Atsushi’s interview

Helsinki Cine Aasia 2021 – ONLINE is here!

Our online festival (April 16th – April 18th) has started. The full program can be now streamed and tickets can be bought at Festhome.

And don’t forget our free addittional program which can be found on our official YouTube channel.

The director of Company Retreat (2020) Funahashi Atsushi’s exclusive discussion with Eija Niskanen, the Artistic Director of Helsinki Cine Aasia opens up the facts behind the film. #metoo, women’s status in working life and internet bullying are strong themes on Funahashi’s new film and you can hear more about it by following the link below.