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Salvation and Redemption: Key Themes for Asian Films at Cinequest 2014

Now in its 24th year, the Cinequest Film Festival, held annually in San Jose, Calif., once again presents an impressive and eclectic array of independent films from all over the world. Each year, ThingsAsian posts my reviews of Cinequest’s Asian and Asia-related entries. This year, only six of the Asian films were available for pre-festival review: TheDesert Fish; A Thief, a Kid, and a Killer; Funny Money; The Circle Within; Papilo Buddha, and Life is Love. And whether real or fictional, all feature characters in need of salvation, with their own unique ways of finding redemption.