The Masters of Asian Cinema:  Then & Now, Part II

Shelly Isaacs
Movies / History

Course Description

Ozu, Kurosawa, Yang Zhimou are recognized internationally for the indelible images and memorable stories they have brought to the screen and for their contribution to our understanding of Asian cultures. Along with some of their finest work, we will explore works of the 21st century cinematic auteurs that are bringing today's Asia to the world.


  1. Burning - Cheng-dong Lee (Korea): –A searing examination of an alienated young man, his encounter with a beautiful young woman and a mysterious wealthy stranger.
  2. Mountains May Depart  - Jia Jangke (China): China in the 21st century explored through one woman's life through three different time periods.
  3. Mother - Bong Joon-ho (Korea): A mother desperately searches for the killer who framed her son for a girl's horrific murder.
  4. Shoplifters - Hirozaku Kore-eda (Japan):  A family of small-time crooks find their lives changed when they take in a child they find outside in the cold.

About the Instructor

  • Shelly Isaacs is the founder and host for Cafe Cinematheque, where he shares his passion for film in venues throughout South Florida. Isaacs was a creative director/writer/producer and director in advertising, specializing in film, TV and radio promotion. He holds an MA in Media Ecology Studies from New York University, where he also taught graduate level courses in cultural studies. In 2009 he launched Cinematheque at Sea, making his program available on luxury cruises throughout the world.