We were just alerted to this intriguing website called AsiaPacificFilms.com, a website that’s streaming “culturally and historically significant films from Asia and the Pacific.” All the films on the site are selected by a panel of scholars, critics and curators, and can be streamed in DVD quality.
From the intro on their site:
Fact: 95 percent of these films are never seen outside of their own countries because mainstream distributors don’t bring them to the global market, or filmmakers from these areas lack access to distribution channels.
Our curators — experts in Asian and Pacific cinema studies – hand-pick our films for their cultural nuances and historical significance, and for their themes, filmic techniques and styles.
Our film selections present artistic works that offer viewers a broad historical and cultural context about Asia and Pacific. We are creating an online library and archive because we believe the virtual environment is the best way to keep our cinematic heritage in perpetual circulation.
Besides the films, which you get free unlimited access to until November 1 (high time to see how many you can watch in four days!) there’s also reviews, exclusive interviews, theme-based searches, and podcasts. A portion of profits go to support NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema).