THE BATTLESHIP ISLAND (NC16)
133 minutes/3.5 stars
During World War II, South Korean workers and sex slaves were forcibly held at the Japanese island of Hashima to support a brutal mining operation.
Bandmaster Lee Kang Ok (Hwang Jung Min) and his young daughter So Hee (Kim Su An), as well as notorious gangster Choi Chil Sung (So Ji Sub), are among those shipped off to it.
Park Moo Young (Song Joong Ki) infiltrates the island to rescue a fellow independence fighter, but eventually tries to help about 400 Koreans escape.
While the escape is fictional, the island exists and was inscribed as a Unesco World Heritage site in 2015.
At the end of the film, a coda notes that Japan has yet to acknowledge the events that took place there, a sombre reminder that the shadows and scars of war linger on today.
25TH ISRAEL FILM FESTIVAL: THE WOMEN'S BALCONY (PG)
In this 2016 drama-comedy, a close-knit community is shattered when the women's balcony - a part of the synagogue reserved for women - collapses. A charismatic young rabbi takes over, but his stricter, more male-centric teachings do not go down well with the women. This film was a hit in Israel and nominated in five categories for the Israeli Film Academy awards.
WHERE: The Projector, Level 5 Golden Mile Tower, 6001 Beach Road WHEN: Sept 3, 5pm ADMISSION: $13.50 INFO: theprojector.sg
TOKYO GHOUL (NC16)
120 minutes/ 3.5 stars
Ghouls, indistinguishable from regular folk, roam Tokyo and feed on human flesh.
Kaneki (Masataka Kubota, with Hiyori Sakurada) undergoes surgery after an attack and finds himself turning into a half-human, half-ghoul hybrid whose loyalties are torn between the two worlds.
Ghouls are monsters who must be exterminated at all cost. Or are they? It is a measure of how balanced the storytelling is that you do not know whom to root for when the humans battle the ghouls.
MALAYSIAN FILM FESTIVAL IN SINGAPORE: ADIWIRAKU (PG)
An English teacher in a rural school in Kedah is unhappy to find that her students are falling behind in national standards. She organises a choral-speaking competition, but will she be able to find anyone to do the job? Based on the true story of teacher Cheryl Ann Fernando, this 2017 drama opens the inaugural Malaysian Film Festival In Singapore (from Thursday to Sept 3).
WHERE: The Arts House, 1 Old Parliament Lane WHEN: Thu, 2pm; Sept 2 & 3, 4pm ADMISSION: $13, $10 (concession) INFO: mffsg.peatix.com