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List of Asian submissions to the 88th Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film

This is a list of submissions to the 88th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has invited the film industries of various countries to submit their best film for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film every year since the award was created in 1956. 81 countries submitted a film before the deadline. Here is the list of submissions of 22 Asian countries.


Utopia (2015)

Country : Afghanistan
Directed by Hassan Nazer
With Hannah Spearritt, Homayoun Ershadi, Bhasker Patel, Andrew Shaver

Three interwoven stories of loneliness and isolation that centre around Janan, a woman from Afghanistan who travels to the UK for artificial insemination. Complications arise when William, a medical sciences student working in the clinic switches the donor's semen for his own.

Jalaler Golpo (2014)

Country : Bangladesh
Directed by Abu Shahed Emon
With Toukir Ahmed, H M Akter, Mitali Das, Mohammod Emon

Just as Moses was found in the river Nile, an infant is rescued from a river, and adopted by Miraj, Karim and Sajib in turns over the years, only to be abandoned at the various stages of his life. From innocence to becoming a gangster, the unpredictable currents of Jalal's journey prove that he is truly a child of the river.

Go Away Mr Tumour (2015)

Country : China
Directed by Han Yan
With Joel Adrian, Baihe Bai, Yuan Li, Temur Mamisashvili

An imaginative woman copes with a debilitating form of cancer by remaining optimistic and spending time with her friends.

To the Fore (2015)

Country : Hong Kong
Directed by Dante Lam
With Eddie Peng, Si Won Choi, Shawn Dou, Luodan Wang

Court (2014)

COuntry : India
Directed by Chaitanya Tamhane
With Usha Bane, Vivek Gomber, Pradeep Joshi, Geetanjali Kulkarni

A sewerage worker's dead body is found inside a manhole in Mumbai. An ageing folk singer is tried in court on charges of abetment of suicide. He is accused of performing an inflammatory song which might have incited the worker to commit the act. As the trial unfolds, the personal lives of the lawyers and the judge involved in the case are observed outside the court.

Muhammad: The Messenger of God (2015)

Country : Iran
Directed by Majid Majidi
With Mahdi Pakdel, Sareh Bayat, Mina Sadati, Ali Reza Shoja-Nuri

The events, trials and tribulations of the city of Makkah in 7th century AD.

Memories on Stone (2014)

Country : Iraq
Directed by Shawkat Amin Korki
With Hussein Hassan, Nazmi Kirik, Shima Molaei, Ala Riani

Kurdish childhood friends Hussein (37) and Alan (40) direct and produce a film about the genocide of Kurdish people in Iraq, the Anfal campaign in 1988. They learn that, to achieve veracity by the means of cinema and to face their own identity, it's worth putting everything on the line - even their own life.

100 Yen Love (2014)

Country : Japan
Directed by Masaharu Take
With Sakura Andô, Hirofumi Arai, Miyoko Inagawa, Yôzaburô Itô

32-year-old Ichiko (Sakura Ando) lives at home with her parents, passing the days in self-indulgent grunginess. Ichiko's recently divorced younger sister Fumiko has moved back home with her young son. One day, after a particularly heated argument, Ichiko charges out of the house for good. With few employment options to support herself, Ichiko works the night shift at a 100 yen shop (dollar store)...

Theeb (2014)

Country : Jordan
Directed by Naji Abu Nowar
With Jacir Eid Al-Hwietat, Hussein Salameh Al-Sweilhiyeen, Hassan Mutlag Al-Maraiyeh, Jack Fox

In the Ottoman province of Hijaz during World War I, a young Bedouin boy experiences a greatly hastened coming of age as he embarks on a perilous desert journey to guide a British officer to his secret destination.

Talakjung vs Tulke (2014)

Country : Nepal
Directed by Nischal Basnet

Tulké is a day-laborer in a Nepalese mountain village. He struggles to reclaim his lost aristocratic identity, while a violent revolution disrupts every aspect of village life.

Moor (2015)

Country : Pakistan
Directed by Jami, Jami
With Joshinder Chaggar, Nayyar Ejaz, Sonia Hussain, Sultan Hussain

After the death of the family's matriarch, her husband and son must confront not only the corruption in society around them but the corruption within themselves.

The Wanted 18 (2014)

Country : Palastine
Directed by Paul Cowan, Amer Shomali
With Alison Darcy, Rosann Nerenberg, Holly O'Brien

A small Palestinian village bought 18 cows and stopped buying Israeli milk.

The Throne (2015)

Country : South Korea
Directed by Joon-ik Lee
With Kang-ho Song, Ah In Yoo, Geun-young Moon, Hae-suk Kim

Set in 18th century Korea, long-ruling King Yeongjo's struggle with his son, Sado, sees the king take extreme measures in order to deal with his heir.

How to Win at Checkers (Every Time) (2015)

Country : Thailand
Directed by Josh Kim
With Toni Rakkaen, Ingkarat Damrongsakkul, Thira Chutikul, Arthur Navarat

After the loss of both parents, 11 years old Oat faces an uncertain future when his older brother must submit to Thailand's annual military draft lottery. Unable to convince his brother to do whatever he can to change his fate, Oat takes matters into his own hands resulting in unexpected consequences. Based on the stories from the bestselling book Sightseeing by Rattawut Lapcharoensap, the film ...

The Last Reel (2014)

Country : Cambodia
Directed by Kulikar Sotho
With Rous Mony, Ma Rynet, Dy Saveth, Hun Sophy

A lost film, buried beneath Cambodia's killing fields, reveals different versions of the truth. A contemporary story about love, family and the ghosts of Cambodia's past.

Baba Joon (2015)

Country : Israel
Directed by Yuval Delshad
With Navid Negahban, Asher Avrahami, David Diaan, Rafael Eliasi

The son of a family of Iranian farmers in Israel rebels against his strong-willed father.

Heavenly Nomadic (2015)

Country : Kyrgyzstan
Directed by Mirlan Abdykalykov
With Taalaikan Abazova, Tabyldy Aktanov, Jibek Baktybekova, Jenish Kangeldiev

A family of nomads lives in the remote high mountains of Kyrgyzstan: old herdsman Tabyldy, his old wife Karachach, their daughter-in-law Shaiyr and their 7-year-old granddaughter Umsunai. Shaiyr's eldest son Ulan studies at the city and visits them only during summer holidays. Shaiyr's husband died long time ago, he was carried away by the river. Shaiyr decided to stay in the family thanks to her...

Men Who Save the World (2014)

Country : Malaysia
Directed by Seng Tat Liew
With Jjamal Ahmed, Harun Salim Bachik, Muhammad Farhan Bin Mohamad Nizam, Hazeehan Binti Husain

The shadow of an African immigrant in an abandoned house was mistaken for a ghost and the hilarious situations that ensued, creating havoc in a quaint Malay village.

Heneral Luna (2015)

Country : Philippines
Directed by Jerrold Tarog
With John Arcilla, Mon Confiado, Arron Villaflor, Jeffrey Quizon

Set during the Philippine-American war, a short-tempered Filipino general faces an enemy more formidable than the American army: his own treacherous countrymen.

7 Letters (2015)

Country : Singapore
Directed by Junfeng Boo, Eric Khoo, Jack Neo
With Faizal Abdullah, Aric Hidir Amin, Fatin Amira, Juliette Binoche

An emotive anthology by seven of Singapore's most illustrious filmmakers, celebrating SG50 through the lives and stories of Singaporeans. Directed by Eric Khoo, Jack Neo, K. Rajagopal, Royston Tan, Tan Pin Pin, Boo Junfeng, Kelvin Tong.

Jackpot (2015)

Country : Vietnam
Directed by Dustin Nguyen
With Jayvee Mai The Hiep, Ninh Duong Lan Ngoc, Dustin Nguyen, Chi Tai

A poor lottery ticket hawker fends off lecherous millionaires, fast-talking ex-cons, and jealous housewives to make a living for her and her daughter. But when a ticket that she originally set aside for a long-time customer as an IOU hits the major jackpot, she must decide whether to keep it for herself or sell it as promised.