Saman Salour's compassion for these damaged characters ultimately carries the day.
The biggest challenge for offshore audiences will be understanding hwatu, the Korean card game around which the life of every character revolves.
In every department, from casting to cinematography, "Gangster Pay Day" taps into the spirit of the 1980s and '90s golden age of Hong Kong crime movies.
What emerges is a coming-of-age tale in which William and Bundit speak with remarkable clarity and understanding of their place in the world and what they hope the future might hold.
Most auds are likely to feel well rewarded by the time daylight breaks and life-changing events in the characters' lives have played out.
Obsessions with physical appearances, social status and material possessions are viewed with an intelligently critical eye in "The Liar."
Pic achieves its aim of conducting a quietly gripping examination of a marriage doomed by the inequality of its terms.
The idea that a human could become a kind of "zombie whisperer" is one of the bright new touches that "Wyrmwood" brings to a familiar scenario.
A gripping psychological drama set in the seediest quarters of Mumbai, the pic cleverly weaves fantasy and reality so that neither can be taken at face value.
A kimchi Western with a heavy helping of spaghetti and tasty trimmings of humor, "Kundo: Age of the Rampant" delivers a thoroughly entertaining if overlong gallop.
An engrossing slow-burn mystery about an apparently calm and collected crisis counselor whose past is linked to fanatical religious beliefs and doomsday prophecies.