• From left: Vai, Blade of the Immortal, Captain Fantastic, Shoplifters (SBS Movies)Source: SBS Movies
Your guide to some of the stories from around the world, screening on Australia's own HD SBS World Movies channel (Digital channel 32).
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29 May 2020 - 9:51 AM  UPDATED 29 May 2020 - 4:23 PM

THIS WEEK'S MOVIES ON SBS, SBS VICELAND & NITV:
TV Movie Guide: 1 - 7 June
When it comes to movies, there's something for everybody on SBS, SBS VICELAND, NITV and SBS On Demand. Find out what's screening where and when.

MONDAY 1 JUNE

The Ash Lad: In the Hall of the Mountain King
5:30pm

PG
Czech Republic, Ireland, Norway, 2017
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy
Language: Norwegian
Director: Mikkel Brænne Sandemose
Starring: Vebjørn Enger, Mads Sjøgård Pettersen, Elias Holmen Sørensen, Allan Hyde
What's it about?
Espen “Ash Lad” (Enger), a poor farmer’s son, embarks on a dangerous quest with his brothers to save the princess from a vile troll known as the Mountain King – in order to collect a reward and save his family’s farm from ruin.

Wall Street
7:30pm

M
USA, 1987
Genre: Crime, Drama
Language: English
Director: Oliver Stone
Starring: Charlie Sheen, Michael Douglas, Martin Sheen, Daryl Hannah
What's it about?
Quick gains are the lure for two players on Wall Street: one a seasoned multi-millionaire corporate raider (Douglas, in an Oscar-winning performance); the other, a newly-minted young broker (Sheen) unprepared for the moral conflicts he will be forced to confront. Their dangerous friendship, set against the background of the Bull Market in the years 1985-1986, will become a mockery of mentor and aspirant, professor and student, father and son. 

Kiss Of The Dragon
9:50pm

MA15+
France, USA, 2001
Genre: Action, Thriller
Language: English, French, Mandarin
Director: Chris Nahon
Starring: Jet Li, Max Ryan, Tcheky Karyo, Bridget Fonda
What's it about?
Jet Li plays Liu Jiuan, China's top government agent, who arrives in Paris from Shanghai to carry out a sensitive, top-secret mission. Liu is in Paris to assist Richard (Karyo), an unorthodox police official with a small army to back him up. The mission goes horribly wrong, as the man Liu had come to help betrays him. Co-written by Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, Leon: The Professional).

TUESDAY 2 JUNE

The Nightingale
5:50pm

G
France, China, 2014
Genre: Drama
Language: Chinese
Director: Philippe Muyl
Starring: Li Baotian, Li Xiaoran, Qin Hao, Xin Yi Yang
What's it about?
Zhigen, an old Chinese farmer, has lived alone in Beijing for over 20 years after moving to the city to allow his son Chongyi to attend university. He decides to make the long journey from Beijing to Yangshuo to honour the promise he made to his wife to bring back the bird that has been his only companion in the city.

Vicky Cristina Barcelona
7:45pm

M
Spain, USA, 2008
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English, Spanish
Director: Woody Allen
Starring: Rebecca Hall, Scarlett Johansson, Penélope Cruz, Patricia Clarkson, Javier Bardem
What's it about?
Two girlfriends (Johansson, Hall) on a summer holiday in Spain become enamoured with the same painter (Bardem), unaware that his ex-wife (Cruz, winner of the 2009 Oscar for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role), with whom he has a tempestuous relationship, is about to re-enter the picture.

It’s three the easy way in Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Gundala
9:30pm

M
Indonesia, 2019
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Language: English, Indonesian
Director: Joko Anwar
Starring: Abimana Aryasatya, Tara Basro, Bront Palarae, Ario Bayu
What's it about?
Sancaka (Aryasatya) has lived on the streets since his parents left him. Living a hard life, Sancaka survives by thinking about his own safety. When the condition of the city gets worse and injustice rages throughout the country, Sancaka must decide whether he continues to live to look after himself or rise to become their oppressed hero.

WEDNESDAY 3 JUNE

The Finishers
5:50pm

PG
France, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Nils Tavernier
Starring: Fabien Héraud, Alexandra Lamy, Jacques Gamblin
What's it about?
Julien (Héraud) dreams of adventure. But when you live in a wheelchair, such dreams are difficult to fulfil. To do so, Julien challenges his father (Gamblin) to compete with him in the ‘Ironman’ triathlon in Nice. A whole family comes together and reconnects in an attempt to see this incredible exploit through. 

The Finishers Review: Charming French melodrama

Oranges and Sunshine
7:30pm

M
UK, 2010
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Jim Loach
Starring: Hugo Weaving, Emily Watson, David Wenham, Aisling Loften
What's it about?
Set in 1980s Nottingham, social worker Margaret Humphreys (Watson) holds the British government accountable for child migration schemes and reunites the children involved - now adults living mostly in Australia - with their parents in Britain. Directed by Jim Loach (son of renowned British social realist filmmaker Ken Loach) and based on the book by Margaret Humphreys herself.

Oranges and Sunshine: Review

Dredd
9:30pm

MA15+
UK, 2012
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Language: English
Director: Peter Travis
Starring: Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, Lena Headey, Domhnall Gleeson
What's it about?
The only force of order in a violent futuristic metropolis where criminals rule the streets lies with the urban cops called 'Judges' who act as judge, jury and executioner. Known and feared throughout the city, Dredd (Urban) is the ultimate Judge, whose goal right now is to rid the city of its latest scourge - a dangerous drug epidemic that has users of 'Slo-Mo' experiencing reality at a fraction of its normal speed. Screenplay by Alex Garland, writer of 28 Days Later and writer-director of Ex Machina.

THURSDAY 4 JUNE

Searching for Bobby Fischer
5:40pm

PG
USA, 1993
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Steven Zaillian
Starring: Max Pomeranc, Joe Mantegna, Joan Allen, Ben Kingsley, Laurence Fishburne
What's it about?
After discovering their prepubescent son's overwhelming talent in chess, Josh's (Pomeranc) parents hire a strict instructor who aims to instil chess legend Bobby Fischer's aggression into the boy. However, Josh is determined to succeed on his own terms. Written and directed by Steven Zaillian, writer of Schindler's List and The Irishman.

The Movie Show reviews Searching for Bobby Fischer (Episode 32, 1994)

Searching For Bobby Fischer (1993)

Thunder Road
7:45pm

M
USA, 2018
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Jim Cummings
Starring: Jim Cummings, Kendal Farr, Nican Robinson, Jocelyn DeBoer, Macon Blair
What's it about?
A police officer (Cummings, who also wrote and directed) faces a personal meltdown following a divorce and the death of his mother. Winner of Grand Jury Prize at the 2018 South by Southwest Film Festival award for Best Narrative Feature.

'Thunder Road': A Funny, Moving Character Study

Jim Cummings, the writer, director and star of Thunder Road

The Running Man
9:30pm

MA15+
USA, 1987
Genre: Action, Science Fiction, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Paul Michael Glaser
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Richard Dawson, María Conchita Alonso, Yaphet Kotto
What's it about?
By 2017, the global economy has collapsed and American society has become a totalitarian police state, censoring all cultural activity. A convicted murderer (Schwarzenegger) could win his freedom by participating in a survival game show. The rules are simple - to fight a team of trained assassins in a desolate section of Los Angeles. However, things become ugly when the game show host doesn't play by the rules.

FRIDAY 5 JUNE

Vai
5:45pm

PG 
New Zealand, 2019
Genre: Drama
Language: English, Fiji, Maori, Samoan, Tonga
Director: Nicole Whippy, Amberley Jo Aumua, Becs Arahanga, Matasila Freshwater, Dianna Fuemana, Mīria George, ‘Ofa-Ki-Levuka Guttenbeil-Likiliki, Marina Alofagia McCartney
Starring: Mereani Tuimatanisiga, Betsy Luitolo, Agnes Pele, Evotia-Rose Araiti, Fiona Collins, Maliaga Erick, Hinetu Dell
What's it about?
A portmanteau feature film made by 9 female Pacific filmmakers, filmed in 7 different Pacific countries - Fiji, Tonga, Solomon Islands, Kuki Airani (Cook Islands), Samoa, Niue and Aotearoa (New Zealand). It is about the journey of empowerment through culture over the lifetime of one woman, Vai, played by a different Indigenous actress in each of the Pacific countries.

'Vai': Pacific Womanhood In Eight Parts

Vai

Captain Fantastic
7:30pm

M
USA, 2016
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Matt Ross
Starring: Viggo Mortensen, George MacKay, Samantha Isler, Annalise Basso
What's it about?
Raised in the forest and living off the grid, six children venture out into the world for the first time after their recently widowed father (Mortensen, in an Oscar-nominated performance) takes them on a road trip.

'Captain Fantastic': Living Off The Grid

Viggo Mortensen in 'Captain Fantastic'

Get the Gringo
9:40pm

MA15+
USA, Mexico, 2012
Genre: Drama, Action
Language: English, Spanish
Director: Adrian Grunberg
Starring: Mel Gibson, Peter Stormare, Kevin Hernandez, Dean Norris
What's it about?
Driver (Gibson) is a career criminal, who during a high-speed car chase with the U.S. Border Patrol with a bleeding body in his back seat, crashes into the border wall as he tries to escape. He survives, only to be arrested by the Mexican authorities and placed inside a hard-core prison where he enters the strange and dangerous world of 'El Pueblito'. There, he finds unlikely survival guidance from a 9-year-old kid (Hernandez) who shows him the ropes.

Get the Gringo: Review

SATURDAY 6 JUNE

A Monster Calls
4:30pm

PG
USA, Spain, 2016
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Language: English
Director: J.A. Bayona
Starring: Lewis MacDougall, Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones, Toby Kebbell, Liam Neeson
What's it about?
A monster comes to young Connor (MacDougall), and it asks for the one thing Connor cannot bring himself to do - tell the truth. Connor is very damaged, guilty, and mostly angry, struggling at school with bullies as well as his mother's sickness. Will Connor overcome his problems? Will everything be okay? Will Connor be able to speak the truth?

Coming Home
6:30pm

PG
China, 2014
Genre: Drama
Language: Mandarin
Director: Yimou Zhang
Starring: Gong Li, Chen Daoming, Zhang Huiwen, Guo Tao
What's it about?
Lu Yanshi (Chen Daoming) and Feng Wanyu (Gong Li) are a devoted couple forced to separate when Lu is arrested and sent to a labour camp as a political prisoner, just as his wife is injured in an accident. Released during the last days of the Cultural Revolution, he finally returns home only to find that his beloved wife has amnesia and remembers little of her past. From Zhang Yimou, director of The House of Flying Daggers and Raise the Red Lantern.

Shoplifters
8:30pm

M
Japan, 2018
Genre: Drama, Crime
Language: Japanese
Director: Hirokazu Kore-Eda
Starring: Lily Franky, Sakura Ando, Mayu Matsuoka, Jyo Kairi, Miyu Sasaki, Kirin Kiki
What's it about?
After one of their shoplifting sessions, Osamu (Franky) and his son (Kairi) come across a little girl (Sasaki) in the freezing cold. At first reluctant to shelter the girl, Osamu’s wife (Ando) agrees to take care of her after learning of the hardships she faces. Although the family is poor, barely making enough money to survive through petty crime, they seem to live happily together until an unforeseen incident reveals hidden secrets, testing the bonds that unite them. From Hirokazu Kore-eda, writer-director of After Life, Nobody Knows and Our Little Sister.

Palme d'Or Winner 'Shoplifters' Asks: What Makes A Family?

The cast of 'Shoplifters', written and directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda

Blade of the Immortal
10:45pm

MA15+
Japan, South Korea, UK 2017
Genre: Action, Drama
Language: Japanese
Director: Takashi Miike
Starring: Takuya Kimura, Hana Sugisaki, Sota Fukushi, Hayato Ichihara, Erika Toda
What's it about?
Manji (Kimura), a highly skilled samurai, becomes cursed with immortality after a legendary battle. Haunted by the brutal murder of his sister, Manji knows that only fighting evil will regain his soul. He promises to help a young girl named Rin (Sugisaki) avenge her parents, who were killed by a group of master swordsmen led by ruthless warrior Anotsu (Fukushi). The mission will change Manji in ways he could never imagine. The 100th film from prolific cult director Takashi Miike (Audition, 13 Assassins).

SUNDAY 7 JUNE

The World's Fastest Indian
3:25pm

PG
New Zealand, 2005
Genre: Drama, Biography
Language: English
Director: Roger Donaldson
Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Iain Rea, Craig Hall
What's it about?
After a lifetime of perfecting his classic Indian motorcycle, Burt Munro (Hopkins) set off from the bottom of the world to test his bike at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. With all odds against him, he set a new speed record and captured the spirit of his times. Based on a true story.

All Quiet on the Western Front
5:45pm

PG
UK, USA, 1979
Genre: Drama, History, War
Language: English
Director: Delbert Mann
Starring: Richard Thomas, Ernest Borgnine, Donald Pleasence, Ian Holm, Patricia Neal
What's it about?
At the start of World War I, Paul Baumer (Thomas) is a young German patriot, eager to fight. Indoctrinated with propaganda at school, he and his friends eagerly sign up for the army soon after graduation. But when the horrors of war soon become too much to bear, and as his friends die or become gravely wounded, Paul questions the sanity of fighting over a few hundreds yards of war-torn countryside.

Kung Fu Hustle
8:30pm

M
China, 2004
Genre: Comedy, Action
Language: Cantonese
Director: Stephen Chow
Starring: Stephen Chow, Feng Xiaogang, Wah Yuen, Zhi Hua Dong, Kwok-Kwan Chan
What's it about?
In a Shanghai slum nicknamed Pig Sty Alley, residents and business owners cower in the presence of a cruel landlady (Yuen Qiu), but at least take comfort from the fact that their poverty-stricken neighbourhood is largely left alone by the city's criminal gangs. All that changes when the notorious Axe Gang muscles in and begins a war that looks to have only one possible outcome. The locals' only hope appears to be Sing (Stephen Chow), a small-time operator whose impersonation of an Axe Gang member sparked the trouble. Nominated for a 2006 Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film.

‘Kung Fu Hustle’ is an underrated, genre-bending Asian movie you need to watch

I ♥ Huckabees
10:25pm

M
USA, 2004
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: David O. Russell
Starring: Jason Schwartzman, Isabelle Huppert, Dustin Hoffman, Lily Tomlin, Jude Law, Mark Wahlberg, Naomi Watts, Isla Fisher, Jonah Hill, Talia Shire, Richard Jenkins, Shania Twain
What's it about?
Albert Markovski (Schwartzman), head of the Open Spaces Coalition, has been experiencing an alarming series of coincidences, the meaning of which escapes him. With the help of two Existential Detectives, Bernard and Vivian Jaffe (Hoffman and Tomlin), Albert examines his life, his relationships, and his conflict with Brad Stand (Law), an executive climbing the corporate ladder at Huckabees, a popular chain of retail superstores. From writer-director David O. Russell (Three Kings, The Fighter, Silver Linings Playbook).

The Movie Show reviews I Heart Huckabees (The Movie Show, Episode 37, 2004)

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