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Welcome to the 10th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival, where greatﬁlm comes to life! We are presenting our most ambitious program:some 200 ﬁlms from 20 countries. Crazy, I know. We struggled withthe fact that our 10th anniversary would fall during one of the worstrecessions in recent U.S. history. The natural response would be to cut-back. Instead, we took a risk and doubled the length of our Festivalto two weeks. Despite the economy, we have more loyal members andattendees than ever before, assuring us that we are indeed fulﬁllingour mission: to connect audiences with the human experience throughthe Pan Asian media arts. We believe ﬁlm is a powerful universal language that connects us on adeep, meaningful level. In times like this, ﬁlm offers an escape; storiesof hope and inspiration; and a way to gain new perspectives. That is why we chose to open our Festival with CHILDREN OFINVENTION (p. 36), which could not be more relevant to our economic times. A critically-acclaimed Sundance ﬁlm directed by emerging ﬁlmmaker Tze Chun, CHILDREN OF INVENTION tells thestory of a single mother chasing the American dream while in direﬁnancial straits. When she disappears, her two young children turn toingenuity to survive. Bookending the Festival as our Closing Night Filmis the premiere of IP MAN (p. 37), an epic martial arts tale inspired by the true story of Bruce Lee’s master, starring Donny Yen.In between is an enormous selection of ﬁlms, panels, parties, livemusic performances, a comedy night, a gala awards dinner, an artshow, and our ﬁrst-ever Audience Award!Sorely missing this year, however, is our beloved friend, George Lin,who died of cancer during last year’s Festival. He founded the DCAPA Film Festival in 2000, the same year our festival began. In 2003,he joined the SDAFF as our Program Director and Associate FestivalDirector. He championed indie ﬁlmmakers, mentored students, andlived life to the fullest. His handiwork is all over this festival.In George’s memory, we are heavily promoting Cancer Awarenessthrough public service announcements, an origami Crane Project,and closely-themed ﬁlms (see 100, BE SURE TO SHARE, IN LOVE WE TRUST). We want everyone to know the importance of gettingscreened for cancer, and that a diagnosis of cancer is neither shamefulnor hopeless. Like ﬁlm, cancer affects all of us in one way or another.Finally, I want to personally thank my husband, Louis Song; our chairman Dan Hom and board of directors; our hardworking staff,members, volunteers; and our generous sponsors, without any of whom this festival would not be possible.Life is short, and SDAFF 2009 will whiz by. Let’s make the most of it!Carpe Diem,Lee Ann KimFounder and Executive Director
Foundation & Fest Staff
Message from Mayor
How to Watch Film
Board of Directors
Text to Phone Updates
How to Festival
10 Years of SDAFF
Tribute to George Lin
Film & Program Guide
Financial support for the 2009 San Diego Asian FilmFestival is provided in part by the City of San DiegoCommission for Arts and Culture.
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Letter from the Chairman
Welcome to the 10th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival!
As chairman, I am proud to helpthe SDAFF celebrate ten wonderful years of ﬁlms, programs and social awareness. Through theyears, SDAFF has shown hundreds of ﬁlms to moviegoers across San Diego and has truly fulﬁlledits purpose of engaging and connecting audiences to the human experience through cinema.My passion for movies sparked my initial interest in SDAFF in 2002. Since then, I have come tothe festival every year to enjoy ﬁlms, festivities, and meet great people. I’m inspired by the many attendees who share our passion, as well as the amount of hard work and dedication the staff puts into each and every event. It wasn’t long before I knew that I wanted to do something morefor this organization. Initially, I became involved as a board member and was nominated andelected chairman in 2007.It is truly an honor to be working with such a great group of talented individuals, and I hopethat in the next ten years our Foundation’s work will continue to touch audiences as it has me.A special thanks to the 2009 Board of Directors for their continued support, volunteerism and leadership. I personally wishincoming chairman Stephen Chin a successful 2010, and I also want to recognize my dear friend and executive director Lee AnnKim, who has grown this festival since its inception. We all embrace the SDAFF for providing our community with a true culturaltreasure.Enjoy the show!Dan HomChairmanSan Diego Asian Film FoundationOur friends at the San Diego Film Critics Society believe anyone can watch ﬁlms with a critical eye. This allows you toexercise analytical parts of the brain that often go unused, and acquire skills that can carry over into other parts of your life.Here are some tips:• If you liked or didn’t like a movie, ﬁgure out why. It’s crucial to understand your own aesthetic and to be able toexpress why some ﬁlms or ﬁlmmakers appeal to you and others leave you cold.• Pay close attention to what goes into making the story. Does the dialogue seem honest and believable, and do theactors carry it off? Is the plot solid, or does it have as many holes as a piece of Swiss cheese?• Do you think the director had a cohesive vision for the entire movie, and if so, can you express what you think it was?• Do you feel like the movie is photographed well? Does the cinematography enhance or distract from the story itself? What about the costumes or the sets?• Try a movie you think you might not like. Catch a horror ﬁlm, sample a romantic comedy, don’t be afraid of subtitles,and watch something that has no movie stars in it. A good critic has to be open to everything.
The SanDiegoFilmCriticsSociety isanonproﬁtorganizationdedicatedtoprovidingdiverse critical opinionaboutmovies,advancing ﬁlm education and awareness, and recognizing excellence in cinema. www.sdfcs.org.
How to Critically Watch Film
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Co-presented by:SanDiego ChineseWomen’sAssociationAsianAmericanRepertory TheatreSanDiego City College-World CulturesProgramUCSDArtPower!
In this gripping examination of immigrant pursuit of the AmericanDream,Cindy (Elaine Cheung) is a singlemother. To support her children, precocious Raymond(MichaelChen)and sisterTina(CrystalChiu),Elainebounces fromone sales job to another to makeendsmeetin a harsh,unforgiving economy.Whenher family is ﬁnally evicted fromtheir suburbanBostonhomeandforced to seek refugeinanunﬁnished apartment building,Elaine’s desperation leads her to becomeinvolved in aPonzi schemevictimizing other immigrants. The schemeeventuallyfalls apart and Elainebecomes separated fromwhatshe cares about most, her children. Leftalone,Raymond and Tina areforced to fend forthemselves,showing great resiliencein their battlefor survival.Substantial and verycompelling, this ﬁlm emphatically establishes ﬁrst-timefeature director Tze Chun on theforefront of American independent ﬁlm.Marvelously shot, edited, and written,CHILDREN OFINVENTIONboastswonderfully natural performancesfromits cast,especiallyChen and Chiu, who demonstrate subtlety rarelyseenfromchild actors. Attacking timelyissuessuch as the exploitation of immigrants, child neglect,thecurrent globaleconomicmeltdown, and get-rich-quickPonzi schemes,CHILDREN OFINVENTION boldlybreaksnew ground in Asian Americancinema. Exploration of theseissues is deftlybalanced withthelevityprovided by truly delicatemoments of humor,yielding a remarkably entertainingﬁlm with universal appeal to all audiences.CHILDRENOFINVENTION madeits world premiereat the2009 SundanceFilmFestivaland won Grand JuryPrizes for BestNarrative Feature atthe NewportInternational Film Festivaland the Los Angeles AsianPaciﬁcFilmFestival.— GeneHuh
Director Tze Chun will bein attendance.
THU OCT 15, 7:00PM
USA | English86 minutes | Video | 2009DIRECTOR:TzeChunWRITER:TzeChunPRODUCERS:Mynette Louie, Trevor SaganCAST: Cindy Cheung, Michael Chen, Crystal Chiu
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THU OCT 29, 7:00PM
Hong Kong, ChinaMandarin and JapanesewithEnglish subtitles105 minutes | 35mm| 2009DIRECTOR:WilsonYip WRITER: Edmond Wong, based on anoriginalscreenplaybyChanTai-lee.PRODUCER: Raymond WongCAST: DonnieYen, Simon Yam, Xiong Dazhi,HiroyukiIkeuchi,Calvin Cheng,Fan Siu-wong, Lam Ka-tung,Yu Xing
This ﬁlm contains violenceWest Coast premiere
IP MAN isthe ﬁrstﬁlm based onreal-life martial artist Ip Man,bestknown as the teacher of martial arts legend Bruce Lee. In 1930’sFoshan, martial arts academies thrive and compete. Digniﬁed Wing Chun expertIp Man (Donnie Yen), while renownedasthe topmartial artist, chooses to keep a low proﬁle, training with friends andengaging onlyin closed-door challenges. Independently wealthy,hedoes not need anacademy for ﬁnancial purposes and his loving wife(Lynn Hung) forces him to balance his training with family life.Ip Man’s way of life is changed foreverbythe Japaneseoccupationof 1937. Stripped of his wealth, hemusttakea job working in a coalmineto support his family, especiallyhis now very-ill wife. When GeneralMiura (Hiroyuki Ikeuchi), demands thatIp Man teach Wing Chun tothe JapaneseArmy, Ip Man vehementlyrefuses and instead standsandﬁghts for both his life and the dignity of the Chinese people.IP MAN isthe fourthﬁlmcollaborationbetweendirectorWilsonYipand lead actorYen,ateambestknownforthe2005smashhit
).Theﬁlm reunites the duo with
) and the legendary Sammo Hung, who choreographedtheﬁght scenes. Ip Chun , the realIp Man’s eldestson,served astechnical consultant. IP MAN contains someof the mostexplosively spectacularﬁght scenesof any recentactionﬁlm, depending uponchoreography and realstunt work instead of camera and editingtricks. Director Yip has truly crafted the ﬁnestAsianmartialarts ﬁlm inyears by blending a throwback storyline with top cinematography andtheaforementioned ﬁght choreography. However,itis anunusually understated and digniﬁed performance bythe charismatic Yen andtheﬁlm’s historical context that raise IP MAN to martial arts epicstatus.IPMAN wontheaward forBestPictureatthe28thAnnualHong Kong Film Awards. — GeneHuh
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Philippines| Tagalog withEnglish subtitles116 min.| Video | 2008DIRECTOR:ChrisMartinezWRITER:ChrisMartinezPRODUCERS:ChrisMartinez,MarlonRiveraCAST: MyleneDizon, Eugene Domingo, TessieTomas
SAT OCT 17, 2:15PM THU OCT 29, 7:15PM
This ﬁlmcontains maturecontent
Co-presented by:Miramar College Diversity/International Education CommitteeKamalayanAlliance -CSU SanMarcosUCSD Kaibigang PilipinoUSD Filipino Ugnayan Student Organization (FUSO)KuyaAte MentorshipProgram
Atthirty-something,JoyceDeLeon,has doneverywellforherself asa well-paid executiveata hightechﬁrmin thePhilippines.Despitesuccess atwork,herpersonallifehas takena turnfortheworse.Notonlyis themanof herdreams married witha babyontheway,butavisitto thedoctorreveals shockingnews –shehas inoperablebreastcancer.Withsix months to live,Joyce(played byMyleneDizon)keeps her cancera secretfromeveryoneand quits herjob to putherlifeinorder. Withtheend of herlifelooming,Joycewrites a listof things shewantsto do before she dies on one hundred Post-It notes displayed on her bedroomwall.Frombuyinga cofﬁn,indulginginthemostdecadentmeals,traveling,and reconnectingwith a former boyfriend,Joycebegins takingdown thePost-Its one-by-one.At ﬁrst,herlistof tasks —mostlyclosures and practicalundertakings — areeasilyaccomplished.However,asthe Post-It notes are whittleddowntoa ﬁnalfew,Joycecontinues to procrastinateaboutsharingnews of herterminalcancer withhermother,who has alreadylostherhusband to thedisease. Winnerof theAudienceAward atthe2008PusanInternationalFilmFestival,100is thedirectorialdebutof screenwriterChris Martinez,whoseﬁlmexaminesthe betrayalofthe body, celebratesthe sensesandcontemplates theend of lifeand how to liveit.
Director Chris Martinez scheduled toattend Oct 17screening.
USA | English73 min.| Video | 2008DIRECTORS:Eric Byler,AnnabelParkPRODUCERS:Eric Byler,AnnabelPark,ChrisRigapulos
TUE. OCT 27, 7:00PM (FREE)**JACOBS CENTER, 404 EUCLID AVE. WED. OCT 28, 4:00PM (FREE)
Co-presented by:Anti-Defamation LeagueUCSD Cross CulturalCenter USD Trans-BorderInstituteBayside Community Center BorderAngelsMAACProject
West Coast premiere
Fromits confrontationalopeningsceneof a manfurious thathehadheard Spanish at the local hardwarestore, 9500 LIBERTY sets the stageof a complex,politicallycharged drama unfoldinginreallife.Inthecenterof thestormis oneof therichestand mostdiversecountiesinthenation— PrinceWilliamCounty,Virginia — whichbecamegroundzeroinAmerica’sexplosivebattleoverimmigrationpolicyinJulyof2007. This is whenelected ofﬁcials adopted a law empoweringpoliceofﬁcersto questionanyonetheysuspected to beanundocumented immigrant.Opponents cried foul,sayingthelaw legalizes racialproﬁlingwhilesupporters hoped it would bethecatalyst to send “illegals”back home.Clashes consumed this community,and caughtinthecrossﬁrewereﬁlmmakers EricBylerand AnnabelPark who captured hours of rawdebate.TheyturnedthisfootageintoaseriesofvideosonYoutubeaspartofaninteractive documentary,which eventuallygained the attention of the
The Washington Post
,and theU.S.CivilRights Commission.9500LIBERTY reveals thedevastatingsocialand economicimpactof the “Immigration Resolution,” felt in the lives of real people in homesand inlocalbusinesses.Buttheferocious ﬁghtto adoptand thenreversethis policyunfolds insidegovernmentchambers,onthestreets,andontheInternet.9500LIBERTY provides a frontrow seatto allthreebattlegrounds.
Directors Eric Byler and Annabel Park are scheduled toattend.
Free screenings made possible byTarget.
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