Festival Favorites on Netflix

We’ve rounded up a list of 35 films currently streaming on Netflix, featuring some of our SDAFF and Spring Showcase alum over the last few years. Rewatch your festival favorites, or catch up on the films you missed! In reverse chronological order, titles you can (and should!) binge-watch:


1. The Assassin (Taiwan) — SDAFF 2015
Hou Hsiao-Hsien, 104 min.

In this masterpiece set in 9th-century China, Nie Yinniang is kidnapped and trained to become an assassin who uses her skills to get rid of corrupt public officials — until she’s ordered to kill her beloved cousin.


2. The Beauty Inside (South Korea) — SDAFF 2015
Baek Jong-Yeol, 127 min.

Imagine waking up every morning with a different face. Now imagine falling in love with somebody, only to know that their first impression will be the last.


3. Cemetery of Splendor (Thailand) — SDAFF 2015
Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 122 min.

Soldiers afflicted with a mystery sleeping sickness are confined to a rural Thai clinic. When volunteer nurse Jenjira discovers a soldier’s cryptic notebook of strange writings and blueprint sketches, there may be a connection between the soldiers’ enigmatic syndrome and the mythic ancient site that lies beneath the clinic.

4. It’s Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong (USA)— SDAFF 2015
Emily Ting, 79 min.

Real-life couple Jamie Chung and Bryan Greenberg play Americans finding their ways in the streets of Hong Kong – only to find themselves in a precarious web of flirtation. Emily Ting’s debut breezily captures expats’ now-whats and what-ifs in a sparkling Hong Kong.


5. Out of My Hand (Liberia) — SDAFF 2015
Takeshi Fukunaga, 88 min.

When Cisco and his fellow rubber plantation workers go on strike, it feels both inevitable and insufficient. When he decides to start fresh as a cab driver in New York City, he’s still haunted by the same forces of captivity.


6. Taxi (Iran) — SDAFF 2015
Jafar Panahi, 82 min.

Director Jafar Panahi poses as a taxi driver in Tehran. With an almost cheeky love of the camera, Panahi mounts several camcorders in a taxi he drives around town, interacting with passengers and brazenly putting to the test the ethics of cinema in urban Iran.


7. The Taking of Tiger Mountain (China, Hong Kong) — Spring Showcase 2015
Tsui Hark, 143 min.

A young soldier disguises as a bandit to infiltrate the lair of a sadistic warlord and his vicious gang, who rule a region of China from an impenetrable citadel on Tiger Mountain.


8. Top Spin (USA) — Spring Showcase 2015
Mina T. Son, Sara Newens, 80 min.

In this courtside view of competitive table tennis, three determined teen athletes undergo rigorous training, hoping to qualify for the Olympics.


9. A Hard Day (South Korea) — SDAFF 2014
Kim Seong-Hun, 111 min.

In this devilish thriller, a homicide detective panics and covers up a fatal hit-and-run accident he committed, then discovers that another detective was a witness.


10. Eat with Me (USA) — SDAFF 2014
David Au, 95 min.

Elliot is a chef struggling to attract customers to his restaurant, while feeling distant from his mother Emma, who hasn’t quite come to terms with the fact that he is gay. But with the help of Elliot’s irreverent neighbor Maureen, Emma is exposed to a world unencumbered by expectations – and by husbands. George Takei even makes a special cameo appearance in this touching comedy-drama.


11. The Golden Era (China, Hong Kong) — SDAFF 2014
Ann Hui, 178 min.

The story of writer Xiao Hong comes alive through memories of her great love affair, literary influence and escape from China during World War II.


12. Kano (Taiwan) — SDAFF 2014
Umin Boya, 185 min.

Baseball brings together all ethnicities in this inspiring true story of Taiwan under Japanese rule. In it, a hard-nosed new coach takes charge of a ragtag high school baseball team and charts them for a course for the national championships.


13. The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness (Japan) — SDAFF 2014
Mami Sunada, 118 min.

Inside Tokyo’s famed Studio Ghibli, viewers follow three of the studio’s visionaries, including Hayao Miyazaki as he prepares his final masterpiece.


14. Kumu Hina (USA) — SDAFF 2014
Dean Hamer, 77 min.

This film captures a year in the life of native Hawaiian transgender kumu (hula teacher) Hina Wong-Kalu — who embodies mahu, a sacred spirit both male and female — as she finds love and becomes an inspiration.


15. Limited Partnership (USA) — SDAFF 2014
Thomas G. Miller, 75 min.

A powerful love story captures four decades of struggle for equality. Though married since 1975, a gay couple seeking a green card spends years battling U.S. immigration officials, who refuse to recognize their union.



16. Man From Reno (USA) — SDAFF 2014
Dave Boyle, 111 min.

A popular crime novelist and a small-town sheriff investigate the disappearance of a mysterious man and the suitcase of clues he leaves behind.


17. Meet the Patels (USA) — SDAFF 2014
Geeta V. Patel, Ravi V. Patel

With his 30th birthday just around the corner, Indian-American Ravi Patel finds himself in a love triangle — with the woman of his dreams and his parents. Filmed by Ravi’s sister in what started as a family vacation video, this hilarious and heartbreaking film reveals how love is a family affair.


18. Stray Dogs (Taiwan) — SDAFF 2014
Tsai Ming-Liang, 138 min.

Through beautifully composed scenes, this moving family portrait follows the odyssey of an alcoholic drifter father and his two children living on the fringes of Taipei.


19. Venus Talk (South Korea) — SDAFF 2014
Kwon Chil-In, 108 min.

Three middle-aged women help each other through the tangles of their romantic lives, from tentative first dates to Viagra-popping husbands and one-night stands.


20. To Be Takei (USA) — Spring Showcase 2014
Jennifer Kroot, 93 min.

Over seven decades, actor and gay-rights icon George Takei boldly journeyed from a WWII internment camp, to the helm of the “Star Trek” starship Enterprise, to the daily news feeds of five million Facebook fans. Follow George and his husband Brad on this star’s playful and profound trek for life, liberty, and love.


21. Miss Granny (South Korea) — Spring Showcase 2014
Hwang Dong-Hyuk, 125 min.

After learning she’s to be sent to a rest home, a loud-mouthed grandma goes for a walk and wanders into a magical photo studio. When she emerges as a 20-year-old, she aspires to become a pop star.


22. The Protector 2 (Thailand) — Spring Showcase 2014
Prachya Pinkaew, 104 min.

In this action-packed sequel to The Protector, martial artist Kham kicks his way through a deadly society of fighters and animal poachers, who plan to use his elephant in a plot to carry out a coup.


23. Siddharth (India) — Spring Showcase 2014
Richie Mehta, 96 min.

After sending his 12-year-old son to work in another province, an indigent street merchant launches a search for the boy when he doesn’t return on the expected date. Some tell Mahendra his son probably ran away, but others whisper the more likely possibility: that Siddharth, like thousands of other Indian children each year, was abducted.


24. A Picture of You (USA) — SDAFF 2013
J.P. Chan, 83 min.

Two estranged siblings go through the belongings of their late mother only to uncover a photo that, through humor and repulsion, overturns their opinions of an otherwise angelic family member.


25. American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs (USA) — SDAFF 2013
Grace Lee, 82 min.

This documentary captures philosopher and social activist Grace Lee Boggs at age 97, who was still promoting justice and equality at home in Detroit and abroad.


26. Confession of Murder (South Korea) — SDAFF 2013
Jeong Byeong-Gil, 119 min.

After the statute of limitations expires, a handsome murderer comes out to a hungry media with a tell-all book, taking credit for the crimes. Harboring some doubts, Lieutenant Choi continues his own search for the real killer.


27. Documented (USA) — SDAFF 2013
Jose Antonio Vargas, Ann Lupo, 90 min.

Pulitzer-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas chronicles his life as an undocumented American and his quest to reconnect with his Filipino mother, who he hasn’t seen in 20 years.


28. Drug War (China, Hong Kong) — SDAFF 2013
Johnnie To, 107 min.

When an illegal-drug manufacturer is captured and arrested, a police captain senses an opportunity to have the man betray his criminal cronies.


29. Ilo Ilo (Singapore) — SDAFF 2013
Anthony Chen, 99 min.

The Chinese Lim family hires Teresa, a maid from the Philippines, to take care of their son Jiale, who is prone to disobedience. Like many Filipino women, Teresa has moved abroad to take care of others in order to send money home to take care of her own son. Her presence though puts a strain on the Lim family.


30. Ip Man: The Final Fight (Hong Kong) — SDAFF 2013
Herman Yau, 100 min.

This entry in the saga of the man who famously trained Bruce Lee finds the middle-aged master teaching the Wing Chun style in postwar Hong Kong. Ip Man is reluctantly called into action once more when challenges from rival kung fu styles draw him into the dark and dangerous underworld of the Triads.


31. On the Job (Philippines) — SDAFF 2013
Erik Matti, 121 min.

In this crime thriller inspired by a real-life scandal, a pair of cops investigate murders being committed by two assassins who are secretly allowed out of prison to carry out their hits.


32. Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch (USA) — SDAFF 2013
Angela Sun, 57 min.

Investigating rumors about an island of garbage in the Pacific Ocean, filmmaker Angela Sun discovers an ecosystem completely inundated by plastic waste. Along the way she encounters scientists, industry, legislators and activists who shed light on what our society’s vast consumption of disposable plastic is doing to our oceans, and what it may be doing to our health.


33. When I Walk (USA) — SDAFF 2013
Jason DaSilva, 85 min.

When 25-year-old director Jason DaSilva was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2006, he decided to document his struggles to live a fulfilling life. As he sets out on a worldwide journey in search of healing and self-discovery from his wheelchair, Jason finds love in unlikely places.


34. Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? (Taiwan) — SDAFF 2013
Arvin Chen, 104 min.

Weichung, once a regular on the gay circuit, now runs an optometry shop and has a loving wife and adorable six-year-old son. When his wife pushes him to have a second child, he confronts emotions from his gay past, as his sister Mandy gets her own pre-wedding jitters and leaves her wussy fiancé stranded in a supermarket.


35. Linsanity (USA) — Spring Showcase 2013
Evan Jackson Leong, 88 min.

The life story of basketball sensation Jeremy Lin, this documentary (narrated by actor Daniel Dae Kim) examines his humble start, religious beliefs and high-scoring 2012 season with the New York Knicks, in spite of discouragements and racism.