• L-R: Burning, Shadow, The Meddler, Wheels on Meals (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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28 Jan 2022 - 9:35 AM  UPDATED 28 Jan 2022 - 3:26 PM

FOR THIS WEEK'S MOVIES ON SBS, SBS VICELAND & NITV
TV Movie Guide: 31 January - 6 February
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.

  • Audio Description (AD) available for The Meddler, Mulholland Falls and Café Society
  • Closed Captions (CC) available for Labor Day, The Lunchbox and Chinese Zodiac

 

MONDAY 31 JANUARY

The Meddler
7:35pm

M, AD
USA, 2016
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Lorene Scafaria
Starring: Rose Byrne, Susan Sarandon, J.K. Simmons
What's it about?
An aging widow (Sarandon) from New York City follows her daughter (Byrne) to Los Angeles in hopes of starting a new life after her husband passes away. Written and directed by Lorene Scafaria (Hustlers).

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

Song Lang
9:30pm

M
Vietnam, 2018
Genre: Drama
Language: Vietnamese
Director: Leon Le
Starring: Isaac, Lien Binh Phat, Vu T. Le Thi, Phuong Minh
What's it about?
Set against a gloriously filmed backdrop of the distinctly jaded charm of mid-'90s Saigon, the lives of two men (Isaac, Lien Binh Phat) intertwine as they are both bound by traditions and honor. One to his mafia family, the other to the traveling troupe that performs elaborate classic operas. Yet they have much more in common than either wants to admit.

 

TUESDAY 1 FEBRUARY

The Grandmaster
7:30pm

M
Hong Kong, 2013
Genre: Action, Drama
Language: Mandarin, Cantonese, Japanese
Director: Wong Kar Wai
Starring: Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Ziyi Zhang, Chen Chang, Jin Zhang
What's it about?
Ip Man's (Tony Leung) peaceful life in Foshan changes after Gong Yutian (Qingxiang Wang) seeks an heir for his family in Southern China. Ip Man then meets Gong Er (Ziyi Zhang) who challenges him for the sake of regaining her family's honour. After the Second Sino-Japanese War, Ip Man moves to Hong Kong and struggles to provide for his family. In the meantime, Gong Er chooses the path of vengeance after her father was killed by Ma San (Jin Zhang). From legendary director Wong Kar-Wai (In The Mood For Love, 2046).

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
REVIEW
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Reign of Assassins
9:30pm

MA15+
Taiwan, 2010
Genre: Action
Language: Mandarin
Director: Chao-Bin Su
Starring: Michelle Yeoh, Jung Woo-sung, Wang Xue-Qi, Barbie Hsu, Shawn Yu Man-Lok
What's it about?
In Ancient China, Drizzle (Yeoh) is the most deadly and ruthless assassin. After a life of theft and murder, she seeks to atone for her ways. She starts a new life in the capital, but her old gang are hot on her trail.

 

WEDNESDAY 2 FEBRUARY

Mulholland Falls
7:30pm

M, AD
USA, 1996
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Crime
Language: English
Director: Lee Tamahori
Starring: Nick Nolte, Melanie Griffith, Chazz Palminteri, Michael Madsen, Chris Penn, Treat Williams, Jennifer Connelly, Daniel Baldwin, Andrew McCarthy, John Malkovich, Kyle Chandler
What's it about?
Follows the adventures of a 1940's special anti-gangster police squad in Los Angeles, the infamous 'Hat Squad.' The four members of this squad are big, tough, no-nonsense cops who don't hesitate to break the law, if it suits their purposes. When a local woman is murdered, their investigation turns up the fact that she had been romantically linked to several prominent men and had secret films taken of her liaisons. Directed by Lee Tamahori (Once Were Warriors).

Burning
9:30pm

M
South Korea, 2018
Genre: Mystery, Drama, Thriller
Language: Korean
Director: Lee Chang-Dong
Starring: Yoo Ah-in, Steven Yeun, Jun Jong-seo, Kim Soo-kyung, Choi Seung-ho
What's it about?
Deliveryman Jongsu (Yoo) is out on a job when he runs into Haemi (Jun), a girl who once lived in his neighbourhood. She asks if he'd mind looking after her cat while she's away on a trip to Africa. On her return, she introduces to Jongsu an enigmatic young man named Ben (Yeun), who she met during her trip. One day Ben tells Jongsu about his most unusual hobby... Based on a short story by Haruki Murakami, and directed by Lee Chang-Dong (Oasis, Secret Sunshine).

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
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THURSDAY 3 FEBRUARY

Café Society
7:40pm

M, AD
USA, 2016
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Romance
Language: English
Director: Woody Allen
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Blake Lively, Steve Carell, Parker Posey, Corey Stoll
What's it about?
Set in the 1930s, Woody Allen's bittersweet romance follows Bronx-born Bobby Dorfman (Eisenberg) to Hollywood, where he falls in love, and back to New York, where he is swept up in the vibrant world of high society nightclub life. Allen's film conjures up a 1930s world that has passed to tell a deeply romantic tale of dreams that never die.

The Bravest
9:30pm

MA15+
China, 2019
Genre: Drama
Language: Mandarin
Director: Tony Chan
Starring: Huang Xiaoming, Du Jiang, Tan Zhuo, Yang Zi, Oho Ou, Jason Koo, Hou Yong
What's it about?
When the oil pipeline at the Bingang Oil Depot in the city harbour explodes, a disgraced firefighter captain must put aside his grievances and team up with his former subordinate in order to save the city.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

 

FRIDAY 4 FEBRUARY

Labor Day
7:35pm

M, AD, CC
USA, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Jason Reitman
Starring: Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin, Gattlin Griffith, Tobey Maguire
What's it about?
Depressed single mom Adele (Winslet) and her son Henry offer a wounded, fearsome man (Brolin) a ride. As police search town for the escaped convict, the mother and son gradually learn his true story as their options become increasingly limited.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
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Shadow
9:35pm

MA15+
China, 2018
Genre: Action, Drama
Language: Chinese
Director: Zhang Yimou
Starring: Deng Chao, Sun Li, Ryan Zheng Kai, Wang Qian-Yuan, Wang Jingchun, Hu Jun
What's it about?
In a kingdom ruled by a young and unpredictable king, the military commander has a secret weapon: a shadow, a look-alike who can fool both his enemies and the King himself. Now he must use this weapon in an intricate plan that will lead his people to victory in a war that the King does not want. From legendary director Zhang Yimou (Raise the Red Lantern, Hero).

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

 

SATURDAY 5 FEBRUARY

Finding Altamira
6:50pm

PG
UK, 2016
Genre: Drama, History
Language: English
Director: Hugh Hudson
Starring: Antonio Banderas, Golshifteh Farahani, Rupert Everett, Pierre Niney
What's it about?
In 1879, a Spanish archaeologist (Banderas) and his eight-year-old daughter cause worldwide controversy when they discover cave paintings that are 10,000 years old. The discovery will put the family at odds with the religious and scientific leaders of the day. Directed by Hugh Hudson (Chariots of Fire).

Drunken Master
8:30pm

M
China, 1978
Genre: Comedy, Action
Language: Mandarin, Cantonese
Director: Woo-Ping Yuen
Starring: Jackie Chan, Siu Tin Yuen, Jung-Lee Hwang
What's it about?
Wong Fei-Hong's (Chan) father has been trying to teach him kung-fu, but has found him too disobedient to teach. He sends him off to his uncle, a cruel and torturous master of the 8-Drunken Genii kung-fu. After much suffering, the son comes back to rescue the father from an assassin who has previously humiliated Naughty Panther.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

The Young Master
10:35pm

M
Hong Kong, 1980
Genre: Action, Comedy
Language: Cantonese
Director: Jackie Chan
Starring: Jackie Chan, Pai Wei, Yuen Biao, Sek Kin, Lily Li Li-Li, Hwang In-Shik
What's it about?
Dragon (Chan), the younger of two orphans who are brought up by a strict master, tries to save the elder orphan, Tiger (Pai Wei), from being arrested by the county sheriff. As he attempts to capture the chief thief he keeps bumping into the sheriff and his two children. He manages to clean his own name and save Tiger's life by capturing the prisoner whom Tiger has innocently set free.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

 

SUNDAY 6 FEBRUARY

The Lunchbox
6:30pm

PG, CC
India, 2013
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English, Hindi
Director: Ritesh Batra
Starring: Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur, Nawazuddin Siddiqui
What's it about?
Lonely housewife Ila (Kaur) decides to try adding some spice to her stale marriage by preparing a special lunch for her neglectful husband. Unfortunately, the delivery winds up in the hands of Saajan (Khan), an irritable widower. Curious about her husband's response, Ila adds a note to the next day's lunchbox, and thus begins an unusual friendship in which Saajan and Ila can talk about their joys and sorrows without ever meeting in person. 

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Wheels on Meals
8:30pm

M
Hong Kong, 1984
Genre: Action, Comedy
Language: Cantonese
Director: Sammo Hung
Starring: Jackie Chan, Yuen Biao, Lola Forner, Sammo Hung, Keith Vitali, Benny Urquidez
What's it about?
Two Chinese friends (Chan, Hung), who operate a food truck in Barcelona, Spain, use their martial arts expertise to help their private investigator friend protect the pickpocket Sylvia (Forner), who's been targeted by a ruthless gang.

Chinese Zodiac
10:35pm

M, CC
Hong Kong, 2012
Genre: Adventure, Action
Language: Mandarin, English, French
Director: Jackie Chan
Starring: Jackie Chan, Shu Qi, Yao Xing-Tong, Zhang Lan-Xin, Liao Fan, Helen Yao
What's it about?
Asian Hawk (Chan) leads a mercenary team to recover several lost artefacts from the Old Summer Palace, the bronze heads of the 12 Chinese Zodiac animals which were sacked by the French and British armies from the imperial Summer Palace in Beijing in 1860. Assisted by a Chinese student and a Parisian lady, Hawk stops at nothing to accomplish the mission.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand
 
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