When it comes to movies, there's something for everybody on SBS ONE, SBS 2 and On Demand. Find out what's screening where and when.
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9 Feb 2015 - 3:15 PM  UPDATED 23 Feb 2015 - 10:12 AM

Monday, 16 February

Crazy Racer

12:10am, SBS ONE
M
China, 2009
Director: Ning Hao
Starring: Huang Bo, Jiu Kong, Rong Xiang
What's it about? 
Follows the misadventures of Geng Hao, a former champion cyclist who is barred from competition for unknowingly failing a drug test. Now a bicycle courier, he must think on his feet when he stumbles into an elaborate plot involving drug traffickers, ruthless businessmen, a Thai kickboxer and far too many mistaken identities. Winner of the 2009 Golden Horse Award for Best Visual Effects.

Not One Less

1:35am, SBS 2
G
China, 1999
Director: Zhang Yimou
Starring: Wei Minzhi, Zhang Huike, Tian Zhenda
What's it about? 
Set in a remote Chinese village during the 1990s, 13-year-old Wei is left in charge of her class when the teacher must leave for a month. Wei is told by the mayor not to lose any students. But within days, one of the boys takes off in search of work in the city, and Wei is forced to go looking for him. A multi-award winning film, including winner of the Golden Lion at the 1999 Venice Film Festival.

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Tuesday, 17 February

Empire of Silver

12:30am, SBS ONE
MA+15
China, 2009
Director:
 Christina Yao
Starring:
 Aaron Kwok, Zhang Tielin, Hao Lei
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What's it about?
In 1899, Lord Kang must decide which of his three sons will take over his family's Chinese banking empire. When circumstances dictate that he appoint his unreliable youngest son, family bonds are pushed to the limit as father and son clash in a climate of political turmoil. Winner of the Special Jury Award at the 2009 Shanghai International Film Festival.

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Belle de Jour

1:00am, SBS 2
M
France, 1967
Director: Luis Buñuel
Starring: Catherine Deneuve, Jean Sorel, Michel Piccoli
What's it about?
The most accessible of Luis Buñuel's biting satires, a lyrical exploration of a neglected doctor's wife who leads a bizarre double life. Catherine Deneuve is ice cool and untouchable as the bored housewife who turns to prostitution during the week. Winner of the Golden Lion at the 1967 Venice Film Festival.

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Wednesday, 18 February

The Medallion

8:30pm, SBS 2
M
Hong Kong, 2003
Director: Gordon Chan
Starring: Jackie Chan, Lee Evans, Claire Forlani
What's it about?
Marc Fennel presents special movie mayhem tonight as part of Jackie Chan Season. A Hong Kong detective suffers a fatal accident involving a mysterious medallion and is transformed into an immortal warrior with superhuman powers.

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Vargas: The Chalk Circle Man

12:55am, SBS 2
M
France, 2009
Director: Josée Dayan
Starring: Jean-Hugues Anglade, Charlotte Rampling, Jacques Spiesser
What's it about?
"Victor, hex on you, what are you doing outdoors?". For the past four months this phrase has appeared scrawled on the sidewalks of Paris, alongside chalk circles. In the middle of these circles are strange objects - a trombone, a pair of tweezers, a candle. While the media speculates and psychiatrists weigh in on the mystery, Police Captain Adamsberg knows that there is something sinister going on. Soon the findings go from oddities to the macabre - with the discovery of a murdered woman inside a circle.

Vento Di Terra

3:30am, SBS ONE
PG
Italy, 2004
Director: Vincenzo Marra
Starring: Vincenzo Pacilli, Francesco Giuffrida, Giovanna Ribera
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What's it about?
Vincenzo is an 18-year-old from a struggling working class family that lives in a sprawling block of flats in a poor suburb of Naples. When Vincenzo's father dies and his sister leaves Naples to work with an uncle, Vincenzo gets involved with a robbery. Winner of the Fipresci Prize in at the 2004 Venice Film Festival.

 

Thursday, 19 February

Inugami

2:05am, SBS 2
MA+15
Japan, 2000
Director: Masato Harada
Starring: Yuki Amami, Atsuro Watabe, Eugene Harada
What's it about?
Akira, a teacher from Tokyo, has just arrived in a small rural town to begin his new job. Soon after arriving, he meets, and begins to fall for Miki, a papermaker and part of a large and unusual family. When he learns of an ancient legend attached to the family, he brushes it off as silly superstition. After a series of mysterious deaths, however, the townspeople begin to grow restless, and Akira must confront the truth about Miki and her family.

  

Friday, 20 February

Portrait of a Beauty

11:00pm, SBS ONE
MA+15
South Korea, 2008
Director: Yun-su Chong
Starring: Kim Min-sun, Kim Young-ho, Kim Nam-gil
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What's it about?
An extravagant 18th century period piece from renowned director Jeon Yun-su. After her brother commits suicide, a brilliant female painter must disguise herself as a man in order to maintain her family's position in the Korean royal court.

The Matrimony

1:00am, SBS ONE
M
China, 2007
Director: Hua-Tao Teng
Starring: Leon Lai, Rene Liu, Bingbing Fan
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What's it about?
In this luxuriant, supernatural thriller set against the rich backdrop of 1930s Shanghai, Junchu, a talented young cinematographer, is forced to marry the hapless Sansan after his true love, Manli, is killed in a freak accident. When Sansan discovers a mysterious locked door in their attic, Junchu forbids her to enter. But her curiosity soon gets the better of her and upon discovering the contents of the room, Sansan is compelled to make a pact she will never forget. Winner of two Golden Horse Awards.

 

Saturday, 21 February

Tai Chi Hero

8:30pm, SBS ONE
M
China, 2012
Director: Stephen Fung
Starring: Daniel Wu, Qi Shu, Tony Ka Fai Leung
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What's it about?
The second instalment of the "Tai Chi" trilogy continues the journey of Yang Luchan, a gifted child who helped save a village from a frightening army of steampunk soldiers bearing strange machines with the knowledge of Tai Chi that they entrusted him with.

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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

10:25pm, SBS ONE
M
Taiwan/Hong Kong/USA/China, 2000
Director: Ang Lee
Starring: Chow Yun-Fat, Michelle Yeoh, Zhang Ziyi
What's it about?
When a politician's daughter steals a legendary warrior's precious sword, a sequence of events is triggered to recover the sword, which leads to a deadly encounter with the thief's witch-like minder. From renowned director Ang Lee, the film received four Academy Awards in 2001, including Best Foreign Language Film and Best Cinematography.

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The Warlords

12:30am, SBS ONE
MA+15
China, 2007
Director: Peter Chan
Starring: Jet Li, Andy Lau, Takeshi Kaneshiro.
What's it about?
A heroic tale of three blood brothers and their struggle in the midst of war and political upheaval. In the autumn of 1870, General Pang Qingyun of the imperial army wants to end war and restore peace to the land. But to do so he must first rise to power. To help him achieve his goal, he joins two bandits Zhao Er-Hu and Jiang Wuyang, and the three become sworn brothers.

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Sunday, 22 February

James Cameron's Deepsea Challenge

8:30pm, SBS ONE
PG
USA, 2013
Director: Ray Quint, Andrew Wight, John Bruno
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What's it about?
There are places on Earth with no human history or memories, as remote from us as a distant planet. The deep-sea trenches are such a place. The deepest points on the planet, shrouded in eternal darkness, are home to an ocean’s worth of scientific mysteries waiting to be solved. Now, after years of painstaking work, a team of visionary engineers led by filmmaker James Cameron (Avatar, Titanic) has built a submersible that for the first time allows humans to visit the deepest part of this hidden world.

Live and Become

9:30pm, NITV
M
France, 2005
Director: Radu Mihaileanu
Starring: Sirak M. Sabahat, Yael Abecassis, Roschdy Zem
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What's it about?
Set in the mid-1980s, Schlomo, a Christian Ethiopian boy from a poverty-stricken family is forced by his mother to pretend he is a Jewish orphan so that he has a chance at being adopted by an upper class Jewish family in Israel. 

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Marriage and Other Disasters

11:10pm, SBS ONE
M
Italy, 2010
Director: Nina Di Majo
Starring: Margherita Buy, Fabio Volo, Luciana Littizzetto
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What's it about?
Set in the beautiful city of Florence, this Italian romantic comedy follows Nana, a love-weary 40-something bookstore owner who shrugs off the marital naggings of her family in favour of a quiet life with her cat. However, unbeknown to her pushy family, Nana is secretly in love with a self-centred novelist (Mohammed Bakri) who exploits her kindness at every opportunity. When Nana is asked to plan her sister’s wedding, anything that can go wrong does go wrong for the anti-marriage cynic.