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Contents
5 About SDAFF
7 Special Events
8 Ticket Info
12 Festival
Schedule
14 Member
Information
15 Program
Guide
82 Foundation
& Festival Staff
Scene from ALIEN ABDUCTION, featured in this year’s Animation: The Illusion of Life program, (page 26)
4 | The 9th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival
Welcome to the ninth season of the of t e
San Diego Asian Film Festival! We have c come a tival! We have
long way since we began in 2000, and this y s year’s n 2000, and t
programming is a reflection of our maturity y and s a
growth. We are thrilled to showcase films fro rom 17 ase film d t
countries and expand our festival into Riverside de into Riv d our
for the first time.
here is so much to offer. From our opening night our g n o m Ther
film, the hilarious PING PONG PLAYA, directed by A y ected PON film
Academy Award winner Jessica Yu, to our closing r Jes Aca
night film, the charming Japanese drama ALWAYS
2: SUNSET ON THIRD STREET, more than 140 ON EET, m 140
short and feature films are packed into this festival. atu packed
We hope you “Catch them all.” “Cat all ”
I’m personally excited to see so many films lms
made by or about women this season. Along
Welcome
Catch Them All!
bove, with director Jessica Yu noted ab
mmaker Jennifer Phang will join us for filmmaker Jennifer Phang will jo
her critically-acclaimed Sundance film her critically-acclaimed Sun
HALF-LIFE; first-time director Hein Seok LIFE; first-tim
brings us an intimate documentary on us an intimat
Korean “comfort women” in HOUSE f K mf f
OF SHARING; THE FISH FALL IN LOVE O RING
offers a delectable story about an Iranian n Irania
woman who cooks her way into the the
heart of a former lover; and the beautiful
actress Sheetal Sheth returns to our ac return
festival for THE WORLD UNSEEN, as an
Indian woman living in South Africa during ng in Sou uring
he Apartheid. Others include SHAME the Apartheid. Others inclu arthei E, clude S
OWS IN THE PALACE, FAMILY SHADOWS IN THE PALA WS Y LACE, F
URS TRULY MISS CHINATOW INC., YOURS TRULY MISS UR WN, ATO
AGAINST THE GRAIN, and WINGS OF AIN, and AGAINST THE GRAIN GS OF
DDE DEFEAT.
rt film Between our documentaries, short film ntaries
here are programs, and narrative features, th f
programs - each one so many wonderful programs - eac nderfu
rpose and behind-the- with a special purpose and behind- l pur
scenes story to tell. Among them are MY FATHER, ry to tell. Among them are MY FA sce es story THE
based on the true story of Korean adoptee Aaron e true story of ba ed on the optee Aa
Bates; MYSTIC BALL, a 20-year history of a man’s TIC BALL, a 20-y Ba Bates; MYSTIC ory of a m
rney to master Myanmar’s national sport; and ster Myan journey to mas anmar’s national sport; an
Kim’s DIRTY HANDS, profiling eight years of RTY HA Harry Kim’s D ANDS, profiling eight yea
the life and crimes of the borderline schizophrenic s of the bord the life e borderline schizophre
artist David Choe. arti t oe
beauty of our foundation is that we have on is that we have The bb The b T at we
ed a place where everyone is welcome to e is welcome to created eve
d discover stories that connect us as human nnect us as hum share and n an at c ect as
beings. eings.
I want to give a special shout out to my husba band and want to give to my hu e a special sh o give
love of my life, Louis Song, for sacrificing so muc uch to of my life, Louis Song of my life, Louis Song ife L much to or sac so m
allow me to continue growing the Foundation. A d nue growing w me to continu n. And
to our dear George Lin – this festival is dedicated t to ge Lin – this fest tival is r dear George ed to
you!
—LEE ANN KIM LEE ANN —LEE LEE AN
SDAFF executive Director SDA DAFF exec ctor i
*photo by Robert Dahey
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WHAT WE DO
• Annual Film Festival in San Diego & Riverside
• Year-long Philippine Cinema Showcase in Chula Vista
• Quarterly Film screenings
• Student scholarships, high school digital storytelling internship (Reel Voices), & film review competition
• Special community film screenings & programs
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
“I’ve been to a lot of film festivals all around the world and SDAFF definitely ranks among the best!”
– Director, Linda Hattendorf, “Cats of Mirikitani” (Grand Jury Winner SDAFF 07)
“ The SDAFF is not just about the great films, but about the great community that embraces them .”
– Jeffrey Wong, FilmThreat.com
“The San Diego Asian Film Festival is a rich and enriching contribution to the cultural landscape of San Diego”
– Actor, George Takei
HOW YOU CAN HELP
• Buy a ticket, support our programs!
• Become a Member or make a tax-deductible donation
• Sign up for our eNewsletter on our website
• Volunteer
• Tell your friends and family about us!
SDAFF is a 501 (c)(3) and all donations are tax-deductible.
For more info: call 858-565-1264, email: info@sdaff.org or go to our website: www.SDAFF.org
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The San Diego Asian Film Foundation (SDAFF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and promoting the Pan
Asian experience through the media arts. We strive to present meaningful programs that culturally connect, inspire and
empower the community.
About SDAFF
photos by Daniel K. Lew
Macy’s is proud to support the shining stars at the
9th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival
Special Events at a Glance
A Celebrity Panel: ASIAN AMERICANS IN HOLLYWOOD
ber 11 at NOON Saturday, Octob NO ober 11 at NOON
Cinemas at Hazard Center UltraStar Mis t Hazard Cente ission Valley Cinemas at H Ultr
rican actors talk about their breakthrough into big-time Hollywood. Scheduled to attend an Ameri heir breakthr ican actors talk about the Asia gh i ut th d.
n Yoo (“21,” “Disturbia”), James Kyson Lee (Heroes), Leonardo Nam (“Sisterhood of the re Aaron Y bia”), James Kyson (“21,” “Disturbia”), are e (Heroe ”) Ja ard
ing Pants 1&2”, “Fast & Furious 3”), Smith Cho (Knight Rider), Sheetal Sheth (World Unseen), Traveling & Furious 3”), Smit , “Fast & Tr (Knig ), Shee
d Jimmy Tsai (Ping Pong P and Ji Playa) y T ya).
BLOWFISH: Unplugged
er 11, Noon – 6PM Saturday, October oon – 6PM Saturday, Octob oo
Valley Cinemas, Lobby UltraStar Mission V Cinemas, Star Missi
of So-Cal’s most talented unplugged musicians Experience some of ed unplugged musicians -Cal’s mo usic
BLOWFISH: An Intersection of Sights and Sounds
Friday, October 10 at 9PM – 2AM r 10 a M
Canes Bar & Grill, 3105 Ocean Front Way (Mission Beach) t Way (Mission Beach)
Our popular Friday night party, featuring live musical performan mances by The Blue Scholars, Far East turing live m ring live musical perf s, Fa
Movement, Hip-Hop violinist Paul Dateh, and Ashley Robles. es. Plus Fresh Beats and DJ ICY ICE spinning l Dateh, and A Ashley ip Hop v ICY I DJ IC
the tunes. $7 w/ ticket stub/$10 at door. 21& up. 0 at door. 21& the tunes. $7 w/ ticke tunes
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VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVE
Oct 9-16, Hazard Center Ultrastar lobby 6, Hazard Cente rastar lobby ar lobby
Reel in the Vote with us during this important election year. If you care enough to watc nt election ye atch a film and you care enoug the Vote with us ng this importan yy his importa
support SDAFF, you should care enough to be registered to vote! enough to be registered to vo t SDAFF, you shou po are enough to to b ed to v enough to
HAPPY SLIP: UNCENSORED
Monday, Oct 13 6PM Mon ay, O
UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas at Hazard Center tar Mi Vall
YouTube celebrity, Christine Gambito, talks about her rise to fame through Happy Slip, based on her l
Filipino American family.
FROM COMICS TO FILM
Sunday, October 12 2 at 2:30PM M Sund
UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas at Hazard Center n Valley Cinemas at ar Mis alley
Popular comic book artist Jim Lee and writer Greg Pak talk about the trend of turning comics to live c book artist Jim Le ar comic ok artist
action n film.
OPENIING NIGHT PARTY
October 9, 9PM-1A 1AM Thursday,
Lounge, 2400 India St (Little Italy) St (Little It Airport L Indi
e cast and crew of our opening night film, PING PONG PLAYA , and celebrate the launch of opening night film, PING PONG PLAY bra Join the c nd celeb p
our 9th festival. Free for members, pass holders, and anyone with a ticket stub. 21& up. Sponsored by , pass holders, and anyone with our 9 et stub. 2 & mbers . Free fo ur 9 r
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Ticket Information
8 | The 9th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival
Tickets for all shows Oct 9-16 can be purchased at Hazard Center UltraStar Cinema box office. shows Oct 9-16 can be purchased at Hazard Cen ar
Tickets for all shows Oct 21-23 can be purchased at Riverside University Village starting Oct 14. ows Oct 21-23 can be purchased at Riverside arting O Oct 14 ty Villa
To guarantee seating, patrons must show up at least 15 minutes before showtime uarantee sea rons must show e. utes before sho
N0N-MEMBER PRICES (Oct 9-16)
Opening & Closing Night Films Opening & Closing Nig t Film $15 (PING PONG PLAYA & ALWAYS 2) $15 (PING PONG PLAYA & ALW ) AYA & (PI
General Admission General Admission $9.50
Blowfish Music Showcase lowfish Music Showcase e $7 with ticket stub, $10 without out t
Panels els $7
Festival 4-pack (while available) ile avai e availabl $30
MEMBER PRICES (Oct 9-16)
Opening & Closing Night Films Night ht Films NG PLAYA & ALWAYS 2) $10 (PING PONG PLAYA & ALWA 2)
General Admission $6
Blowfish Music Showcas se wc Free
Panels Free (must get ticket from box office) Free (must get tick must ge
Festival 4-pack (while ava k (while available) vail $222
* some members receive free tickets or passes depending on their level. Membership prices are for listed member ONLY. asses depending on ckets n thei bers receive free Y.
** sign up for membership inside Hazard Center UltraStar lobby, and take advantage of discounts immediately. p nter UltraStar l r lobby, a membership ins nte tak
SPECIAL DISCOUNTS (Oct 9-16)
s with app $2 discounts for the following groups w ppropriate ID:
• Student, Military, & Seniors (55+) itar
• Harrah’s club card b carrd
• Sempra Employees mploye
Riverside Prices ONLY (Oct 21-23)
& all-fest passes do no 4-packs & all-fest passes do not apply in Riverside
Admission General $8.50
Seniors, Military Student, $7
dents UCR Stud Studen $5 $5 (w/ student ID) / stu (w/
FREE PROGRAMS:
• Ni Hao, Kai-Lan – World premiere of Hallow ai-Lan – World premiere of Halloween episode. oween episo Lan pre Hao, Kai
• Free Films at 4:00 (any program listed at 4PM Oct 13-16 is free to the public). 0 (any program listed at 4PM Oct 13-16 is free to blic) d at 4PM Oct 13 at 4:0 16 i
• Reel Voices (Oct 12, Noon).
• Reel in the Vote (Oct 14, 6 pm). el
• First Films at Riverside (first program each day Oct 21-23 is free to UCR Stud 21-23 is free to U day O to UCR Students). First F
REFUND POLICY
No refunds for unused tickets, 4-packs, or all-festival passes. Exchanges are only available when a n a progra es. Exchanges are are only ava gram if oversold. -festival 4-pack
SOLD-OUT SCREENINGS / RUSH LINES
When a program is sold out, there is a very good chance seats will be available through a “rush line” at the theater. Rush lines take place t the theater. Rush s will be available th ble t “rus oo be availab progra old pro er. Ru
outside the theater 30 minutes before the show. We will offer all open seats 15 minutes before showtime on a first-come basis to those on a first-come ba l open seats 15 m m ats 15 m how. ll open seat offe re 30 the the st c
waiting in the “rush line.” in the
FESTIVAL VENUES
Oct 9-16, 2008 (San Diego) Diego O
UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas y Ci aStar
7510 Hazard Center Drive 0 Ha
San Diego, CA 92108
Oct 21-23, 2008 (Riverside)
University Village Cinemas
1201 University Ave
Riverside, CA 92507
BLOWFISH MUSIC SHOWCASE (Oct 11)
Canes Bar & Grille lle G ane
3105 Ocean Front W Walk an Fro 3105
San Diego, CA 92109 (M (Mission Beac ach) on Beac CA A 92
PHILIPPINE CINEMA SHOWCASE
Filipino film, everyday, all year long! See page 54 for schedule and ticket inf fo. page 54 for sche edule a year long! See p info F
UltraStar Chula Vista 10
555 Broadway
Chula Vista, CA 91910
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12 | The 9th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival
THURSDAY, OCT 99
5:45PM PLEASE VOTE FOR ME
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66:10PM GON OH SAIGO
Theater 2 - WELLS FARGO WEL
7:0 :00PM PING PONG PLAYA G PONG PLAY
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10:00PM 0PM BIG MAN JAPAN APA
Theater 2 - WELLS FARGO LL
10:15PM 200 POUNDS BEAUTY
Theater 1 - FUJITSU
SATURDAY, OCT 11
10:30AM Ni Hao, Kai Lan (free)
Theater 7 - HARRAH’S RINCON H’S RINCO CON HA
12:00PM Celebrity Panel (pa anel) Celebrity Pan nel (panel)
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10:00PM 0:00P PUBLIC ENEMY RRETURNS
Theater 7 - HARRAH’S RINC H’S RINCON
SUNDAY, OCT 12
12:00PM Reel Voices Teen Video (free)
Project Showcase
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12:15PM CRICKET IN COURT OF AKBAR IN COU
Theater 2 - WELLS FARGO WEL
112:40PM ATS HELLCAT
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1:00 PM WORLD UNSEEN THE WO
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Theater 7 - HARRAH’S RINCON
2:30PM From Comics to Film (panel)
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3:20PM MYSTIC BAL BALL
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3:30PM YOURS TRULY, YOU
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6:00PM Happy Slip: Uncensored (panel) )
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7:15PM DANCE OF THE DRAGON OF THE
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THU Oct 9, 7PM (OPENING NIGHT)
MON Oct 13, 7PM
THU Oct 23, 7:15PM (Riverside)
USA | 96 min. | Video | English & Chinese w/ English subtitles | 2007
DIRECTOR: Jessica Yu
PRODUCERS: Anne Clements, Joan Huang
WRITERS: Jessica Yu, Jimmy Tsai
CAST: Jimmy Tsai, Smith Cho, Roger Fan, Andrew Vo
*Director & cast scheduled to attend Oct 9 screening
Christopher “C-Dub” Wang (Jimmy Tsai) dreams of becoming a professional basketball player. Unfortunately, he also
constantly blames his inability to make the NBA on his genetics, struggles to hold down a low-paying job at the mall
and spends most of his free time playing video games and daydreaming of easy money. In short, C-Dub is every Asian
American parent’s worst nightmare. Thankfully for the Wang family, C-Dub’s older brother Michael (Roger Fan) is a doctor
and national ping pong champion, who generates business for his family’s ping pong school and store.
When Michael and Mrs. Wang are both hurt in a car accident,C-Dub is forced to step up and take over teaching duties
at the ping pong school. The stakes are taken even higher when C-Dub must shake off his reputation as a chronic
underachiever and defend his family’s honor by replacing his brother in the national ping pong tournament.
Sharply directed by Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Jessica Yu (“In the Realms of the Unreal”), making her narrative
feature directing debut, PING PONG PLAYA is the rare sports comedy that will have you rolling with laughter, while
effectively tackling important Asian American identity issues.
Ping Pong Playa
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opening night film
Opening Night Party
Join the cast and crew of PING PONG PLAYA
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9PM - 1AM
Sponsored by Verizon Wireless
JESSICA YU’S PING PONG
PLAYA: TORRID TABLE
TENNIS HILARITY
By Dr. Craig D. Reid
PING PONG PLAYA combines romance, comedy and
sports as director Jessica Yu tackles a rare Hollywood
genre, an all Asian American comedy that is not in your
face but is in your brain. It’s the kind of film that makes
you think without thinking, where you laugh because it is
subversively funny and the repartee spicily squawks like
the progeny of a parrot and a phoenix on meth.
“The film isn’t about making any points,” Yu contends.
“We were going for humor and characters first and
didn’t worry about how it would be perceived later on.
We weren’t purposely trying to be politically correct, we
did what made sense for the characters in this world.
Many great films over the years tend to be heavy yet we
wanted to dish up some superficial comedy to balance
things out. If we had one goal, it was that we could see
without feeling like we were being hit over the head with
anything…except for some fairly juvenile humor bits. We
wanted to make a fun Asian American movie.”
The film centers on Christopher Wang (Jimmy Tsai)
whose street moniker “C-Dub” elevates his stature from
the reality of his Chinese American façade to cling to
the pipe dream of one day becoming the first Chinese-
American NBA pro basketball player. Yet when his mom
and “perfect” brother Michael (Roger Fan) get into a car
accident, then C-Dub must step up to the wacky paddle
and fight for his family’s ping-pong dynasty.
Yu enthusiastically shares, “I remember seeing Jimmy
doing his C-Dub character in a series of mock
commercials for an online clothing company and he
bowled me over. He was so funny. There was something
satiric and subversive about the humor…he was making
fun of stereotyping and the way people take themselves
too seriously when it comes to their own identity. I
thought this would be a great character to put in a film.”
When asked if Yu is obligated to make Asian American
themed films, she assuredly comments, “I don’t feel
pressured to tackle Asian American themes. Certainly
PING PONG PLAYA came naturally and it was a pleasure
to mind one’s own history for the little details and
experiences that makes the characters more authentic.
But certainly a big part of the humor was in poking fun at
ourselves through C-Dub who sometimes took himself
too seriously and when you do that, you then have
license to poke fun at other things too.”
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THU Oct 16, 7PM
Japan | Japanese w/ English subtitles | 147 min. | 35mm | 2007
DIRECTOR: Takashi Yamazaki
PRODUCERS: Shuji Abe and Seiji Okuda
WRITERS: Takashi Yamazaki and Ryota Furusawa
CAST: Maki Horikita, Hedetaka Yoshioka,
Shinichi Tsutsumi, Kazuki Koshimizu, Tomokazu Miura
Closing Night Reception immediately following screening sponsored by Goldilocks,
L&L Hawaiian BBQ, Jasmine Seafood & Sushi on a Roll
Fans who watched the first ALWAYS
on closing night of SDAFF ’06 are still
talking about how they walked out of
the theater blubbering over the magical
film that swept Japan’s version of the
Academy Awards. This year, SDAFF is
bringing back the endearing cast of
characters in ALWAYS 2: SUNSET ON
THIRD STREET, which takes place four
months after the original ended.
Tokyo Tower is now complete, though
family patriarch Norifumi Suzuki (Shinichi
Tsutsumi) is too scared to actually go up
in it – and re-introduces audiences to
all the major characters. There’s the car
repair shop-owning Suzuki and his wife
(Hiroko Yakushimaru); their lovelorn
mechanic and de facto daughter Mutsuko
(Maki Horikita); frustrated novelist
neighbor Chagawa (Hidetaka Yoshioka)
and his adopted son Junnosuke (Kenta
Suga); and sad, kept woman Hiromi
(Koyuki). The 1964 Tokyo Olympics have
been announced, and the entire country
has begun an enthusiastic rush towards
affluence and modernity.
Will the Suzukis and their hardscrabble
neighbors be left behind in Tokyo’s great
rush forward into the second half of
the 20th century? Will their traditional
values of friendship, hard work, sacrifice
and family commitment be lost when the
Japanese economy goes “boom?” And
just how does Godzilla figure into all of
this? You must watch to see.
Programmer’s note: You don’t need to have
watched the original ALWAYS: SUNSET ON
THIRD STREET to follow this film. But just in
case you want the full experience, we brought it
back for a few screenings. Be sure to bring some
tissue! Oct 12, 7:30pm; Oct 14, 6:30pm, Oct 23,
6PM (Riverside)
West Coast Premiere
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Always 2:
Sunset On Third Street
closing night film
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One of the top-grossing romantic comedies in South Korean history, 200 POUNDS BEAUTY is based on
a best-selling Japanese comic book series that centers on the life of Hanna, an extremely overweight singer
with an unbelievable voice. Although she had dreamed of becoming a pop singer, her appearance always
stood in the way. Instead, she is hired as a faceless singer, providing vocals for pop star Ami, who lip-syncs
because she can’t carry a note to save her life.
As Hanna is targeted with countless jokes about her full figure, she remains lighthearted and works hard to
please Ami’s music producer, Sang-jun, with whom she has developed a secret crush. Ami sees that Sang-jun
is being kind to Hanna, and in a fit of jealousy, humiliates Hanna in front of him, causing her to run away. Fed
up of being ill-treated due to her weight, Hanna undergoes an extreme makeover which changes her life and
her identity.
While 200 POUNDS BEAUTY will make you laugh, it ultimately pokes fun at society’s obsession with plastic
surgery, while challenging viewers to seek the meaning of one’s true beauty.
S. Korea | Korean w/ English subtitles |
116 min. | 35mm | 2006
DIRECTOR: Yong-hwa Kim
CAST: Ah-Joong Kim, Jin-Mo Joo, Dong-il
Seong, Hyeon-Sook Kim
FEATURES
ACCURACY OF DEATH is a charming tale about the Grim Reaper and his talking dog that celebrates the
idea that life is worth living. Taiwanese/Japanese heartthrob Takeshi Kaneshiro (“The Returner,” SDAFF ‘03)
plays an angel of God who is assigned to spend a week with the unfortunate humans chosen for a sudden
demise. His task is to decide whether the person deserves a second chance, or if he is to “proceed.”
Stretched across 30 years, the charismatic but lonely Grim Reaper encounters three lost souls. In 1988, he
considers the case of a young office lady who lives an unlucky life she hardly considers worth living. In 2008,
he has to judge the worthiness of a yakuza trapped in the middle of a gang war. And in the future, he meets a
feisty hair stylist who has managed to alienate her entire family.
Kaneshiro, who has appeared in films by Wong Kar-Wai, Zhang Yimou, and John Woo, takes an unpromising
part and turns in an amazing performance. By the time the movie ends, he has single-handedly sold the
audience on the idea that death is an inevitable part of being alive and there’s never a need to fear the reaper.
Japan | Japanese w/ English subtitles |
113 min. | 35mm | 2007
DIRECTOR: Masaya Kakei
CAST: Takeshi Kaneshiro, Manami
Konishi, Sumiko Fuji, Ken Mitsuishi
FRI Oct 10, 10:15PM
TUE Oct 14, 7:45PM
*Mature content
SUN Oct 12, 4:30PM
THU Oct 16, 8:10PM
200 Pounds Beauty
Accuracy of Death
Screening Sponsored by
Co-presented by: Japan Society of San
Diego and Tijuana,
San Diego Japanese Language & Culture
Meet-up Group
Co-presented by: Korean American
Coalition of San Diego
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In 1989, Peruvian artist Alfredo Marquez was sentenced to 20 years in prison for depicting a lipstick-wearing
Chairman Mao in his artwork. The reason was that Mao has been the symbol for the guerilla organization the
Shining Path, which has battled against the Peruvian government for decades. However, this specific instance
of artistic repression soon became a symbol for the important role that artists have had as a leading force
for political activism in Peru.
For six years, filmmaker Ann Kaneko traveled throughout Peru during the aftermath of the regime of Alberto
Fujimori, the Japanese Peruvian former President of Peru, whose brutal authoritarian rule did much to inspire
brave acts of protest from Peruvian artists. AGAINST THE GRAIN highlights several of these Peruvian artists
who have helped shape social consciousness in Peru, including Marquez and Japanese Peruvian artist Eduardo
Tokeshi, who had suffered from the anti-Japanese backlash of the post-Fujimori era. Through the telling of
their stories, AGAINST THE GRAIN helps us gain a greater appreciation for the freedom of expression and
its role in facilitating change.
Peru & USA | English, Japanese & Spanish
w/ English subtitles| 64 min. | Video |
2008
Director/Writer/Producer: Ann Kaneko
FRI Oct 10, 5:30PM
*Director Ann Kaneko scheduled to
attend
Co-presented by: The House of Peru
Japan Society of San Diego and
Tijuana, Media Arts Center San
Diego, San Diego Latino Film Festival
Against the Grain:
An Artist’s Guide to
Surviving Peru
FEATURES
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SAT Oct 11, 2:10PM
Director: Akira Boch | 18 min. | Akiraa Bo
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Video | 2008
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Co-presented by: Asian Accountants of
San Diego, UCSD Asian Pacific Islander
Student Alliance
All In The Family
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& Mitchel Dumlao | 21 Chen & umlao | 2 Mitc
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uses its Sears coupon for a free coupon for a e its Sears
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SMILE
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Back by popular demand is one of the most charming and heartwarming films you will see. ALWAYS:
SUNSET ON THIRD STREET played to sold-out audiences at SDAFF ‘06, and we brought it back as a
companion to our closing night film, ALWAYS 2.
Based on a popular manga and set in post-war Japan in the late 1950’s, rebuilding began in Tokyo where
construction of the magnificent Tokyo Tower was underway and houses across the city were acquiring their
first washing machines, refrigerators and the most holy of holies—televisions. The story centers on Mr.
Chagawa, who dreams of writing the Great Japanese Novel. His dreams are no more deluded than those
of Mutsuko, a countryside schoolgirl who thinks she’s taken a job with a thriving car manufacturer only to
discover that she’s working in a one-garage mechanic’s shop. Then there’s Hiromi who opens a bar down the
street and is saddled with the abandoned child of the nightspot’s previous owner.
Winner of 13 of Japan’s 14 Academy Awards, ALWAYS – SUNSET ON THIRD STREET is a movie that
guarantees you’ll cry at the end, so be prepared for this emotional and visually lavish journey.
Japan | Japanese w/ English subtitles | 132
min. | 35mm | 2005
DIRECTOR: Takashi Yamazaki
WRITER: Ryouhei Saigan
CAST: Hidetaka Yoshioka, Shin’ichi
Tsutsumi, Maki Horiki
SUN Oct 12, 7:30PM
TUE Oct 14, 6:15PM
THU Oct 23, 6:00PM (RIVERSIDE)
Oct 14th screening co-presented by:
Charles Schwab
Co-presented by: Japan Society of San
Diego and Tijuana
Always: Sunset on
Third Street
Twenty-two year old David Braddock is floundering - stuck in that lazy period between college and “what
am I going to do with the rest of my life?” Even David’s best friend, Sha, is concerned with David’s aimless
attitude. When David’s parents pressure him to either choose a career path or join the family business, he
decides to follow his father’s urging to “Go East young man.”
Once in China, he finds that it is much different from what he imagined: full of bustling modern cities as well
as charming little villages. He travels to a town that the modern world hasn’t yet altered and meets Mei, a
beautiful, ambitious young girl who works two jobs in order to save enough money to follow her dream
of going to the prestigious Beijing University. Despite their differences, a romance blossoms during the few
short weeks that David is with Mei.
This coming of age, fish out of water story takes us on a fascinating journey to a world full of strange
customs and people. But cultural differences, politics or distance cannot change the fact that we all share the
same basic desire: to love and be loved.
USA & China | English & Mandarin w/
English subtitles | 90 min. | Video | 2008
DIRECTOR: Ron Berrett
PRODUCERS: Steve Geiger,Maggie Yuan
WRITER: Ron Berrett and Wenxin Yuan
CAST: James Snyder, Sun Fei Fei, Anthony
Montgomery, Michael Gross
SAT Oct 11, 2:50PM
*Director scheduled to attend
Co-presented by: San Diego Chinese
Women’s Association, The House of
China
An American in China
is proud to be a partner of the
SDAFF's expansion to Riverside
October 21-23, 2008
M A TIO T
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SAT Oct 11, 2:20PM
WED Oct 15, 7PM
THU Oct 23, 9:20PM (RIVERSIDE)
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Magical Art of Animatio al Art o on.
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28 | The 9th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival
FRI Oct 10 5PM
WED Oct 15 8:35PM
6 Director: Shalini Kantayya, 16 Dire ector
min., Video, 2007 min.,Vide
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villager in rural India and an and a
American e American executive -whose
lives intersect wh t when they are
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TRT: 105 min n
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Director: Nathaniel Nuon, 15 Nathaniel N Director: Nathanie
min, Video, o, 2008 n, Video
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RESIDUE
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an boy in love A Norrth Korea
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LIGHT MY FIRE THE WOMEN’S KINGDOM
Director: Z. Eric Yang, 23 min., 3 min.,
Video, 2007 Video, 20
g immigra Two young immigrant siblings, mmig
working as prostit working as prostitutes to pay osti
off the enormous debt owed to t off the enormous debt owed to us of
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THE STATE OF SUNSHINE
ure cont *Mature content
ectors scheduled to attend *Directors scheduled to atten
Co-presented by: City College World
Cultures Program, UCSD Cross-Cultural
Center
Around The World
Catch Them All! | 29
Based on a true story, ASSEMBLY follows one man’s journey in search of truth and honor in the aftermath of
one of the bloodiest battles in the Chinese Civil War.
It is the winter of 1948 and Captain Guzidi is leading an infantry unit consisting of just 46 men on a sniping
mission. Their orders are to fight until the retreat assembly call is sounded. But that call never comes. After
many hours of defense and with ammunition running out, men are falling hard and fast. Guzidi realizes that
the call might have been missed during the heat of battle, contributing to the deaths of his men. The first half
of the film is mesmerizing and brutal, containing some of the most realistic warfare scenes many critics have
compared to “Saving Private Ryan.”
The second half of the film finds Guzidi as the only survivor on a mission to prove the heroism of his men
and to honor their glorious deaths. Overall, ASSEMBLY’s unflinching look at war can be too much for viewers
to digest, but that is also what makes it so rewarding.
China | Mandarin w/ English subtitles |
124 min. | 35mm | 2007
DIRECTOR: Xiaogang Feng
CAST: Wang Baoqiang, Liao Fan
THU Oct 9, 9:45PM
SUN Oct 12, 2PM
*Mature content
Co-presented by: Chinese Consolidated
Benevolent Association, The House of
China
Assembly
A television camera crew follows around middle-aged loser Dai Sato (Hitoshi Matsumoto) as he goes
through his daily routine. Details of his life appear far too mundane until he receives a call from the
“Department of Baddie Prevention.” It is then that Dai Sato springs into action by heading over to a power
station to receive the electrocution treatments that transform him into Dainipponjin (Big Man Japan), a 500-
foot tall superhero. As Dainipponjin, Dai Sato protects the people of Japan by battling against a vast array of
bizarre giant monsters.
However, life as a crime-fighting celebrity is not exactly glamorous. As a sixth-generation superhero,
Dainipponjin is faced with modern day problems that none of his predecessors could have ever dreamt of.
And things get even worse for him when a demonic beast from North Korea shows up to terrorize Japan.
Featuring a brilliantly deadpan comedic performance by Matsumoto, Japan’s most popular comedian, BIG
MAN JAPAN delivers big-time laughs mixed with sharp satire.
Japan | Japanese w/ English subtitles |103
min. | 35mm | 2007
DIRECTOR: Hitoshi Matsumoto
CAST: Hitoshi Matsumoto, Riki Takeuchi,
Ua, Ryunosuke Kamiki
FRI Oct 10, 10PM
*Mature content
Co-presented by: Japan Society of San
Diego and TijuanaSan Diego Japanese
Language & Culture Meetup Group
Big Man Japan
30 | The 9th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival
BLACK BELT is a well acted, deliberately nuanced drama about the moral dilemma of a young man forced
to choose between his principles and his obligation to defend the helpless. Trouble develops in Japan’s late
Showa dynasty (1932), in the wake of that country’s invasion of Manchuria, when a company of military
police arrogantly disrupts the karate studies of three young men at the rural dojo of their old wise master.
Convinced that their skills can help in battle, the army wants to acquire their services as fight instructors.
The fact that actual karate masters portray the main characters guarantees a great martial arts flick—no
wires, no stunts, and no elaborate special effects. It’s a no-frills fistacuffs that is all simply quick and brutal.
Japan | Japanese w/ English subtitles | 95
min. | 35mm | 2007
DIRECTOR: Shunichi Nagasaki
PRODUCERS: Kanjiro Sakura, Nobuniko
Sakho
WRITER: George Iida
CAST: Akihito Yagi, Tatsuya Naka, Yuji
Suzuki, Shinya Ohwada
FEATURES
SAT Oct 11 7:45PM
THU Oct 16 6PM
*Mature content
Black Belt
Co-presented by: Japan Society of San
Diego and Tijuana
Come kick off SDAFF 2008 with our third annual music and video showcase. A dynamic convergence of Asian American
talent, Blowfish is an exploration of the intersection of beats, rhymes and film, through live performance and projected
videos. Don’t miss this party, a deadly but delicious mix of West Coast party-rocking with San Diego flavor.
Friday October 10, 2008
9pm-2am
Canes Bar & Grill
3105 Ocean Front Way
San Diego, CA 92109
(858)488-1780
Tickets:
$10 at the door
$7 w/ festival ticket stub
21+ only
SPECIAL!
$7 Discounted Guest List:
please RSVP to blowfish@
sdaff.org by noon, 10/09.
Experience the Local-Motion of some of SoCal’s most
talented unplugged musicians.
Saturday, October 11, 2009
12pm-6pm
FREE
Where:
Hazard Center UltraStar Cinemas Lobby
ACTS TBA
Blowfish is proudly presented by:
Raytheon
Yellowspider Marketing
Crunchy Sandwich
Blue Scholars
Loyalty
Dir: Zia Mohajerjasbi
Featured Performers:
THE BLUE SCHOLARS
A Seattle hip-hop duo with
a progressive underground
style all their own.
FAR*EAST MOVEMENT
Representing the Fresh
Coast with their party
rocking new school sound.
PAUL DATEH
Paul Dateh and Inka One
bring a whole new meaning
to classical music.
ASHLEY ROBLES
Local singing sensation!
Spinning Fresh Beats
Dj Icy Ice of the World
Famous Beat Junkies
Far East Movement
Dance Like Michael Jackson
Dir: Wong Fu Productions
Daedelus
Fair Weather Friend
Dir: Jordan Kim
Lyrics Born
I like it, I love it
Dir: Neon
Hosts for the evening:
Dan aka Dan of
afterschoolspecial and Hula
from A.J.’s Playhouse 93.3
BLOWFISH UNPLUGGED
Featuring Music Video Premieres By:
Blowfish: An Intersection of Sights and Sounds
Catch Them All! | 31
Snacks sponsored by Southwest Airlines
32 | The 9th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival
Celebrity Panel: Asian Americans
in Hollywood
on SAT Oct 11, Noo
an annual tradition at SDAFF – we sit down the stars of our fest and ask them candid questions about how they got their F – we sit down the stars of our f It’s an annual tradit and ask them candid questions about h candi on tion a on
t in the door, their best and worst gigs, plus try to squeeze out a d worst gigs, plus try to squeeze out foot in the door, th a little insider Hollywood gossip. o eir be eze ig
Jimmy Tsai
Aaron Yoo Smith Cho Sheetal Sheth
Leonardo Nam
(21, Disturbia) (Knight Rider, PING PONG PLAYA) (The World Unseen, Looking for
Comedy in the Muslim World)
(PING PONG PLAYA) (The Sisterhood of the Traveling
Pants 2, Fast and the Furious 3)
Catch Them All! | 33
Hundreds of thousands of families in China are affected by autism. These families often face a desperate
situation. With little to no knowledge of the developmental disorder, they do not know how to teach or cope
with their children. They are also largely excluded by a society that does not understand or accept them.
CHILDREN OF THE STARS is a very personal documentary on a group of families seeking help for their
severely autistic children. Among them is the Wei family. Their five-year-old boy is violent, cannot speak, and
does not seem to even recognize his parents. No schools would accept him, causing his family so much
shame and despair, they even considered family suicide.
But they regained hope, when accepted into a program at a little charity school in Beijing called “Stars and
Rain.” Here, they would join other families to learn behavioral techniques that will enable them to teach and
manage their son.
A deeply moving journey, CHILDREN OF THE STARS follows the progress of the Wei family over three
months, resulting in an extraordinary story of parental love.
China | Mandarin w/ English subtitles |
50 min. | Video | 2007
DIRECTOR, WRITER,
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Rob Aspey
PRODUCER: Alex Haase
FEATURES
When Zin, a collector/moll for a Thai kingpin, falls for a Japanese Yakuza, an illegitimate child named Zen is
produced. Raised alone by her mother, Zen turns out to be an autistic girl with amazing acrobatic skills, quick
reflexes – and a sweet tooth for chocolate candies. Watching old Tony Jaa and Bruce Lee movies nonstop,
Zen is a martial arts master in training. Then when her mother becomes ill with cancer, it is up to her and her
older cousin to use her skills to collect old debts in order to pay her mother’s medical bills.
CHOCOLATE is a no-frills story about revenge brought to you by the makers of “Ong Bak” (SDAFF ’04). In
similar vein to the Tony Jaa films, there are no tricks or special effects here. It’s a spectacular and jaw-dropping
display of many years of Muay Thai training. Stay through the credits and see proof of the danger and the
injuries the actors had to overcome. The fight scenes in CHOCOLATE will not disappoint and when you see
newcomer Yanin “Jeeja” Vismitananda (only 14 years old), you’ll want to see it twice to believe it.
Thailand | Thai w/ English subtitles | 110
min. | 35mm | 2008
DIRECTOR: Prachya Pinkaew
WRITER: Chukiat Sakveerakul, Nepalee
Sakweerakul
CAST: Yanin Vismitananda, Ammara
Siripong, Hiroshi Abe
THU Oct 16, 5:45PM
*Founder of Stars and Rain school,
Tian Huiping, scheduled to attend
*Proceeds from this screening will
benefit co-presenter, SD Autism Society
FRI Oct 10 7:30PM
SUN Oct 12 7PM
*U.S. Premiere
*Mature content
Children of the Stars
Chocolate
Co-presented by: SD Autism Society
Co-presented by: San Diego Thai
Language and Culture Exchange Meetup
Group
34 | The 9th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival
SUN Oct 12, 7:10PM
5 Director: Richard Martin | 15 Dire ector
min. | 35mm | 2008 min. | 35
Four relationships spanning the Fou panning
four corners of the globe are globe a
put to the u put to the ultimate test when
they learn the wo e world may end
in eight minutes.
TRT: 106 min T: 106 min
A collection of award-winning and challenging short films for the more-than-average movie lover. n of award-winning and challengin he more-tha films -than-averaage m
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SHORTS
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DEAR HEIDI
KNEES
Director: Alexander Ku | 30 min. | 30 min
| Video | 2007 | Video | 2 07
Chinese gir A young Chinese girl in NYC nese
owes a staggering owes a staggering smuggling ring
debt to the Snak ebt to the Snakeheads and ke de
faces working in a sweatshop or working in a sweatshop or ces working in a sweatshop
prostit stit itution.
TRIPLE 8 PALACE
content *Mature c ten
Cinephile’s Journey
Catch Them All! | 35
North Indian classical music, a centuries-old musical tradition of great depth and richness, has influenced
generations of composers around the world. Although many of these musicians consider it the highest form
of musical expression, North Indian classical music remains unfamiliar to most Western ears. Furthermore,
the rapid influx of Western culture in today’s era of globalization now threatens this music with tragic
obsolescence.
In an unusual reversal of this cultural current, Andrew Mendelson, a 32-year-old native Texan, has dedicated his
life to the study of the sitar under his guru. A CRICKET IN THE COURT OF AKBAR is a documentary that
follows Mendelson as he travels to India to compete for the grand prize in the Tournament of Champions,
the Sur Sadak gold medal. As he prepares to vie for the championship as the only American competitor, he
struggles to reconcile his western identity with his embrace of the sitar. The film offers a variety of experts
from India and the United States with insight into the timely issue of global cultural exchange and the timeless
appeal of the musical tradition.
India & USA | 88 min. | Video | 2008
DIRECTORS: Andrew Mendelson, Nadia
Abji
PRODUCERS: Negin Farsad
FEATURES
Korean country boy Tae (Jang Hyuk), has dreamed of being a famous ballroom dancer since his first encounter
with the beautiful art form when he was a young boy. Twenty years later, self taught with the aid of dance
videos, Tae knows the only way to take the next step is to leave Korea for Singapore where he can be trained
by Emi Lim (Fann Wong), a former ballroom dancing champion renowned for her ability to take dancers to
great heights.
As the only student in the class without a partner, Tae sometimes partners with Emi in training. Before long
it becomes apparent that he has developed feelings for her. Tae struggles with life in his new environment so
far away from home, but none loom larger than Cheng (Jason Scott Lee) – Emi’s boyfriend and former martial
arts champion. Threatened by the new student, Cheng warns Tae to stay away from ‘his girl.’
DANCE OF THE DRAGON is an enchanting tale of love, passion, courage, and hope, with the demanding and
visually stunning disciplines of ballroom dancing and martial arts woven as backdrops into the plot.
Singapore I English, Korean w/ English
subtitles | 105 min. I Video I 2008
DIRECTOR: John Radel
PRODUCER: Robin Leong
WRITER: John Radel, Max Mannix
CAST: Fann Wong, Jang Hyuk, Jason Scott
Lee
SUN Oct 12, 12:15PM
*World Premiere
*Director Andrew Mendelson sched-
uled to attend & perform
MON Oct 13 7:15PM
*Mature content
A Cricket in the
Court of Akbar
Dance of the Dragon
Co-presented by: Intuit Indian Network,
Raag and Taal Academy, Qualcomm, Inc.
Co-presented by: SingMa Club of San
Diego, CSUSM Jam Control World Dance
Org, San Diego Alliance for Asian Pacific
Islander Americans
FEATURES
Dirty Hands: The Life and Crimes
of David Choe
O 9:
:2
Oct
DE ERSI
Q&A with Harry Kim,
director of DIRTY
HANDS: THE LIFE AND
CRIMES OF DAVID
CHOE
by Gene Huh
Q: How did you decide to make this film?
It started off as a 10-minute doc that I did as
a school project. As a thesis, I was going to
do this 30-minute thing on David mixing my
cinematographer, Johnny Granado’s footage
and mine. But when he ended up going to jail
and coming out sermoning for Jesus, I had to
keep shooting and chasing to see where it
would lead me.
Q: You worked on this film for over five years.
What was it like to film David Choe’s life
during this time period, especially when his
career really took off?
David was always hustling before and after
his career took off. If anything, David was in
a slump in the period right before he went
to prison. So that really made things happen
and actually turned out good for both of us.
After the Los Angeles premiere, my mom told
Dave’s mom that she was glad that Dave went
to prison because it made my movie happen.
Q: Did you encounter any unusual challenges
in making this documentary?
Like being in the Congo and marrying a
15-year old pygmy girl? Hitchhiking across
the U.S. and rafting down the Mississippi in
an inflatable Wal-Mart fun tube? Yeah, there
was a chance I could have died. I would have
also given one of my kidneys to have this film
finished two years ago. The money challenge
is not so unusual, it sucks for every indie
filmmaker to have to invest all your time,
money, and energy into a film that 99% of the
time would probably not pay you that back.
But in the end, you made a movie. I’m just
grateful that this one isn’t sitting in my closet
gathering dust but that people are actually
watching it and they like it.
Q. What inspired you to become a
filmmaker?
There was this college film festival/ student
screening held at Pitzer when I was back in
college. As you can guess, they were pretty
bad. At that point, I said hey...I could do better
than this shit. So I just started doing it.
Catch Them All! | 37
FEATURES
Set during the turbulent Sengoku period of Japanese history, DORORO is the story of Hyakkimaru (Satoshi
Tsumabuki), a young man who had 48 body parts sacrificed to 48 demons before birth by his power-
hungry father, Kagemitsu Daigo (Kiichi Nakai). As a result of this demonic pact, Kagemitsu becomes the
most powerful man in Japan and his limbless son is left to die. However, a doctor discovers Hyakkimaru and
saves him. The doctor then raises Hyakkimaru as his adopted son, until one day Hyakkimaru comes to the
realization that his destiny is to regain his humanity and reclaim his body parts by slaying the 48 demons.
Thankfully for Hyakkimaru, has incorporated awesome weaponry into Hyakkimaru’s appendages, including
arms that transform into swords. Hyakkimaru is soon joined by a tomboyish female orphan named Dororo
(Kou Shibasaki), the self-proclaimed greatest thief in the world.
A strong performance by dashing lead actor Tsumabuki (“Josee, the Tiger, and the Fish,” SDAFF ’04) is
supported by a cast of Japanese stars. All of these elements come together to make DORORO a wonderful
fantasy film that should not be missed.
Japan | Japanese w/English subtitles | 139
min | Video | 2007
DIRECTOR: Akihiko Shiota
WRITERS: Masa Nakamura, Akihiko
Shiota
PRODUCERS: Takashi Hirano
CAST: Satoshi Tsumabuki, Kou Shibasaki,
Kiichi Nakai, Eita, Mieko Harada
SUN Oct 12, 7:45PM
*Mature content
Dororo
Co-presented by: Japan Society of San
Diego and Tijuana, UCSD Multi-Asian
Student Association
38 | The 9th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival
Sang-won has the dream of being a professional singer, so she becomes a member of her vocational high
school band, Magnolia. The members of Magnolia begin to practice with the band of a neighboring boy’s high
school as recommended by their seniors. As they work together, feelings develop, and friends quickly become
competitors for the affection of a boy. Through the relationships of Sang-won, Soi, and Su-ah, the three girls
learn the need to make their own decisions. In the process of their growing pains, they discover their true
love.
Set in a vocational girls’ high school, this coming-of-age film interweaves the themes of friendships between
schoolgirls, their lives, and their strong determination to hold onto their dreams of making music in spite
of the harsh realities of growing up in Korea. Performing in traditional schoolgirl attire in the spirit of
Oreskaband, DRAWING PAPER features the young cast actually doing a decent job creating their own music
in the all-girl band. The unabashed hopefulness in the lyrics that Sang-won sings harkens back to the age of
innocence, and what it was like to fall in love with music for the first time.
S. Korea I Korean w/ English subtitles |
94 min. I Video I 2007
DIRECTOR: Sunhee Kim
PRODUCER: Jae-joong Kim
WRITER: Sunhee Kim
CAST: Eun-bi Kang
FEATURES
When filmmaker Emily Ting was asked by her father to return to Asia and take over the family business, she
didn’t exactly know how to say ‘no.’ Promising herself she would try it out for just one year, she traded in her
friends, her filmmaking pursuits, and her love of New York for a grueling new life as CEO-in-training in one of
Hong Kong’s most notorious toy companies. Two years later, she’s still there – with no end in sight.
From picking up the slack left behind by a runaway brother to steering a sinking company on the brink of
bankruptcy, Emily finds herself getting more and more stuck in a life she didn’t choose for herself. But her
biggest challenge yet is in trying to reconnect with an absentee father whose passion for his business far
outshines his relationship with his family.
In an attempt to come to terms with her new life, Emily turns the camera on herself and her family and the
result is an incredibly honest and at times bittersweet family portrait that examines the price we end up
paying when business and family become one.
China & USA | Mandarin w/ English
subtitles | 47 min. | Video | 2007
DIRECTOR: Emily Ting
PRODUCER: Helen Jen, Emily Ting
SAT Oct 11 12:25PM
*World Premiere
*Director scheduled to attend
SAT Oct 11, 1:10PM
WED, Oct 15, 4PM (FREE)
*Mature content
* Producer Helen Jen & Director
Emily Ting scheduled to attend Oct
11 screening
*Oct 15 free screening sponsored by
Burkett & Wong Engineers
Drawing Paper
Family Inc.
Co-presented by: Burkett and Wong,
Chinese School of San Diego, Harbor
Presbyterian Church
Screening Sponsored by
Catch Them All! | 39
SAT Oct 11, 8:05PM
rector: Bao Tran | 18 min. . | Director: Bao Tr 8 m
o Video | 2007
gambles everything g A bookie gam rything
n an unlucky waitress. on an unluck unlucky waitr
TRT 93 min.
In this collection of films, young men confront moral dilemmas and seemingly impossible ont moral dilem and seemingly d seemingly
situations. Whether they are seeking vengeance, exploring the limits of loyalty or even lty or even eance, exploring e limits of loyalt ts of loyal
channeling the supernatural, it’s always time for some action! e for some actio ways tim
BOOKIE
SHORTS
or: Fernando Huerta | 6 Director: Fernando Huer or: F uert
min | Video | 2007 de
mock m This humorous mock
es the myths uctional teaches hs instructional teache yths
ding again nd realities of defendi inst and realities of defe
vampires.
AIM FOR THE HEART:
A GUIDE TO VAMPIRE
DEFENSE
Director: Nathan Kit Kitada | 20 Nathan da | 20
min. | Video | 2007 7 eo | 2007
A hitman returns from the grave from the grave man returns f om
seekin ce. ng vengeance ce.
Director: Anurag Mehta | 14 Dir
min. | 35mm | 2007 m | 2
A mysterious shopkeeper A myst s shop
reconnects a young Indian onne reco
American man with his Am
previous life as a warrior. war pre
Featuring David Carradine Carra
(“Kill Bill: Volume 2”).
THE TRIDENT DEAD MAN’S HOUR
Director: Roland Nguyen | 14 | 14 Director: Roland d Nguy
min. | Video | 2007 min. | Video | 2
man must betr etray his A young ma
prove his loya yalty to a past to p
amese gang. Vietnam
BLOOD DEBTS
Directors: Richard Quebral & Richard Quebra ctors:
R.C. Penque | 8 min. | Video | ue | 8 min. | Vi R.C. Vide
08 2008
A disgraced superhero searches aced superh A o search g
for a new city to defend. w city to new city to defen
THE ASIAN ARROW
*Mature content / *CCast and crew scheduled to attend
Fight Night
Director: Mike Gunther | 13 min. her | 1 unth
| Video | 2007 | Vide
hild Childhood friends fall out in the Child
successful bu aftermath of a successful but
eist. violent heist.
6TH AND SANTA FE
40 | The 9th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival
Atieh’s singular passion is food, and her small but popular restaurant on the sleepy Caspian coast is her pride
and joy. But when Aziz, her former fiancé, appears after being gone for 20 years, the women believe he has
intentions of closing the restaurant. Atieh prepares his favorite dishes, one after the other, in a desperate
effort to convince him otherwise. Loosely based on the Persian fable of Shahrazad and the “Thousand Myths
(A Thousand and One Nights),” director Ali Raffi uses the language of food to paint a richly textured portrait
of life and love on the northern coast of Iran.
Iran I Persian w/ English subtitles I 96 min.
I VIDEO I 2006
DIRECTOR/WRITER: Ali Raffi
PRODUCER: Hassan Kalami
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Mahmoud Kalari
CAST: Reza Kianian, Roya Nonahali,
Golshifteh Farahani, Maryam Saadat,
Maedeh Tahmasbi, Mehdi Pakdel, Sina
Razani
FEATURES
FOLLOW YOUR HEART is Duncan Jepson’s first venture in filmmaking. By day, Jepson is a corporate lawyer
in Hong Kong. His daring documentary explores the life and ideals of a new generation of Chinese, focusing
on the beliefs, work and family of a number of China’s successful independent hip hop artists. The group,
spread across China, believes in Old School values: self-expression, freedom, and truth to oneself. The film
investigates the dynamic between the inflexible political environment and a modernizing ancient culture,
the issues that are affecting Chinese youth such as “Chinese-ness,” geography, freedom, family, information,
consumerism, wealth, and individuality. Finally, the film sets out to describe the high optimism of this new
generation and the future that they want to build.
Hong Kong | English, French & Cantonese
w/ English subtitles | 91 min. | Video |
2007
DIRECTOR/PRODUCER: Duncan Jepson
TUE Oct 14 5:40PM
TUE Oct 14, 4PM (FREE)
*Mature content
Free screening sponsored by Burkett
& Wong Engineers
The Fish Fall In Love
Follow Your Heart:
China’s New Youth
Movement
Co-presented by: Persian Cultural
Center of San Diego, Persian Institute at
SDSU/LARC
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The emotional bonds between foster-parents-for-hire and the abandoned babies they care for are examined
in the highly acclaimed drama FOSTER CHILD by prolific filmmaker Brillante Mendoza. Based on a true story,
it’s a glimpse into the life of a poor foster family in Manila, comprised of mother Thelma (played by the multi-
award winning actress Cherry Pie Picache), husband Dado, and sons Gerald and Yuri. The film sees Thelma on
the day she’s forced to part with a precious three-year-old named John-John, who has just been adopted by an
American family.
Mendoza gives viewers a rare glimpse into the slums of the Philippines. Like his fixed cameras lens, viewers
are forced to take in and contemplate – if only for an hour and a half – on the Third World living conditions
so many Filipino families must endure. What’s more, the film refers to the alarming number of foster homes
interspersed throughout the island nation.
The world premiere of FOSTER CHILD was held at the Cannes International Film Festival and culminated in
a rousing standing ovation at the Directors’ Fortnight. -Adapted by Paul Ventura, HIFF
Philippines | English & Tagalog w/ English
subtitles| 35mm | 98 min. | 2007
DIRECTOR: Brillante Mendoza
PRODUCER: Robbie Tan
WRITER: Ralston Jover, Joel Jover
CAST: Cherry Pie Picache, Eugene
Domingo, Jiro Manio, Kier Alonzo, Kier
Segundo
FEATURES
THU Oct 9, 8:15PM
*Mature content
FOSTER CHILD re-screens at the
Philippine Cinema Showcase Oct
17-19 at the Chula Vista UltraStar
Cinemas (555 Broadway). For info, go
to www.philippinecinemashowcase.
org
Foster Child
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In recent years, films adapted from comic books have dominated the global box offices - from gigantic
blockbuster summer movies such as “The Dark Knight,” “300” and “Iron Man” to critically-acclaimed
films such “Oldboy,” “A History of Violence” and “Road to Perdition.” Due to the strong representation
of Asian Americans within the comic book industry, this trend will surely have an effect on the Asian
American arts community.
Join acclaimed artist Jim Lee (“X-Men,” “Batman: Hush”) and writer/filmmaker Greg Pak (“Planet
Hulk”, “Robot Stories,” SDAFF ’03) for a lively discussion on the comic book creation process and the
adaptation of comics for the big screen from an Asian American perspective. Martin Wong (co-editor of
Giant Robot magazine) will moderate this panel.
Book signing with Greg Pak immediately following program at Barnes & Noble (upstairs from theater)
From Comics to Film: A Panel
SUN Oct 12, 2:30PM
Jim Lee Greg Pak
Catch Them All! | 43
Shinichiro Sawai’s GENGHIS KHAN is a Japanese-Mongolian production that topped the box office in Japan.
This biopic tells the story of the vast ambitions of Genghis Khan using thousands of extras to recreate the
spectacular battles and military feats of the great legend. Takashi Sorimachi stars as Temujin (aka Genghis) as
the story covers his doubts over the secret of his birth, the betrayal of his sworn friend, and his mixed feelings
for his son.
Similar to the earlier released film “Mongol,” Sawai’s film offers a humanization of the infamous icon, a leader
that is stoic patient stong, and emphatic. Beautifully shot on location in Mongolia, the film is an epic not to be
missed on the big screen.
Japan | Japanese w/ English subtitles | 136
min. | 35mm | 2007
DIRECTOR: Shinichiro Sawai
PRODUCERS: Haruki Kadokawa, Ryuhei
Chiba
WRITERS: Takehiro Nakajima and Shoichi
Maruyama
CAST: Takashi Sorimachi, Rei Kikukawa,
Mayumi Wakamura, Ken’ichi Matsuyama
FEATURES
Set in a world where global warming is more than just a theory, HALF-LIFE tells the story of the Wu family, a
suburban family reaching the breaking point. The Wu family - Saura (Julia Nickson), older sister Pam (Sanoe
Lake), and eight-year-old Timothy (Alexander Agate) - have their lives shaken up by the arrival of Wendell
(Ben Redgrave), an outwardly pleasant young man who has entered into a relationship with Saura. The
directionless Pam responds to the problems at home by seeking solace in the company of a young gay man
Scott (Leonardo Nam), whose religious parents remain in complete denial of their son’s open sexuality. In
the meantime, young Timothy becomes aware of the supernatural powers he possesses. As the natural
disasters escalate and the air quality deteriorates, the tension within the family continues to boil until it
reaches the story reaches its surreal conclusion.
Deftly blending CG animation with live action, HALF-LIFE is a bold and original debut feature film from
director Jennifer Phang. A selection at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, HALF-LIFE stamps Phang as an
aggressive filmmaker wiling to take risks and definitely an independent director to watch.
USA | 106 min. | Video | 2008
DIRECTOR/WRITER: Jennifer Phang
PRODUCERS: Alan T. Chan, Reuben Lim,
Robert Zimmer
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Assulv Wolf
Austad
CAST: Alexander Agate, Sanoe Lake, Julia
Nickson, Leonardo Nam, Ben Redgrave
MON Oct 13, 7:35PM
*Mature content
FRI Oct 10, 5:45PM
*Mature content
* Director and cast scheduled to
attend
Genghis Khan: To the
Ends of the Earth and
Sea
Half-Life
Co-presented by: Japan Society of San
Diego and Tijuana
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Happy Slip:
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a half-slip with skirts. However, the way she would pronounce
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case, located at the
Chula Vista Center UltraStar. For more information, go to: www.
philippinecinemashowcase.org
Co-presented by: Miramar College Diversity/International Education
Committee & Verizon Wireless
Moderated by
Lee Ann Kim
MON OCT 13 6PM
Uncensored
Catch Them All! | 45
musician in an unsuccessful rock band, cheating on her. To drown her sorrows, Ah-mi begins to drink heavily
and recklessly until she meets a kindhearted young accountant. Despite her desire for independence, Ah-mi
lives with her older sister, Young-mi (Mi-sook Lee), and Young-mi’s teenaged daughter, Kang-ae (So-hee An).
Young-mi, an attractive and successful 41-year-old interior designer, has just entered into an affair with a young
actor, but must also deal with a piece of unwelcome news from her doctor. Kang-ae is busy getting love
advice from an exotic female friend as she tries to gain attention from her apathetic boyfriend.
Based on the comic book series “10, 20 and 30” and directed by Chil-in Kwon (SINGLES), HELLCATS is a
sweet, romantic comedy that takes a realistic view of the modern Korean single woman. Terrifically acted
and confidently directed, this is a film that transcends the “chick flick” genre to create an intelligent and
entertaining film that will appeal to all audiences.
S. Korea | Korean w/ English subtitles |
114 min. | 35mm | 2008
DIRECTOR: Chil-in Kwon
WRITERS: Hye-Ryeon Park, Hyeon-su
Kim, Soo-ah Kim
CAST: Min-hee Kim, Mi-sook Lee,
So-hee An, Seong-su Kim, Heung-su
Kim, Hui-seok Yun, Eun-ji Jo, Beom Kim,
Hang-jun Jang
FEATURES
From 1916, when the first Asian American feature-length film was produced, to “Brokeback Mountain” 90
years later, HOLLYWOOD CHINESE comprehensively documents the contributions Chinese American
have made to American cinema. Featuring interviews with notable artists such as Ang Lee, Wayne Wang, Joan
Chen, David Henry Hwang, Nancy Kwan, Justin Lin, B.D. Wong, Lisa Lu, and James Hong, this fine documentary
blends the first-person accounts of the earlier pioneers with interviews with some of today’s most influential
stars. The film also contains rare footage, including clips from reels that director Arthur Dong re-discovered
from the 1916 film, “Curse of Quon Gwon,” the earliest known Asian American film. All the important eras in
Asian American film are covered, including the yellow-face era of exploitation films.
With HOLLYWOOD CHINESE, Award-winning filmmaker Arthur Dong has succeeded in creating an
entertaining and extraordinarily informative documentary film. Truly a landmark achievement in Asian
American film, HOLLYWOOD CHINESE is a film that should seen by all persons with interest in American
film.
USA | 90 min. | 35mm | 2007
DIRECTOR/WRITER/PRODUCER:
Arthur Dong
SUN Oct 12, 12:40PM
THU Oct 16, 5:15PM
*Mature content
FRI Oct 10, 6PM
TUE Oct 21, 6:15PM (RIVERSIDE)
*Director scheduled to attend both
screenings
Hellcats
Hollywood Chinese
Co-presented by: San Diego Women’s
Film Festival
Co-presented by: New Americans
Museum of San Diego
Screening Sponsored by
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S. Korea & USA | Korean w/
English subtitles | 84 min | Video
| 2008 | DIRECTOR: Hein Seok
FEATURES
Preceded by
WIAMBU – COMFORT
WOMAN
Director: James Bang
S. Korea & USA | Korean &
Japanese w/ English subtitles |
Video | 2008
A 17-year-old Korean girl is
brought to a Japanese military
camp during WWII, where her
catastrophic future awaits.
How did you come across this story?
I learned about existence of comfort
women fifteen years ago. And to this day,
their stories are some of the most heart
wrenching I have ever come across.
Through various media outlets, I followed
the survivors’ constant and unsuccessful
efforts to obtain a formal apology from
the Japanese government. So in the
summer of 2005, I decided to travel
to Korea to visit the House of Sharing
- a compound where eight survivors
live together. Once I got to know the
grandmothers, it was very clear as to what
kind of story I wanted to tell.
Was it difficult to gain their trust and get
them to open up to you?
When I first arrived, I asked the director if
I could volunteer at the museum located
within the compound. During the first
month, I did not shoot at all. I was very
concerned about invading their privacy. I
wanted to make sure the grandmothers
were comfortable with me. After a month,
I started shooting at the Wednesday
demonstrations and gradually progressed
from there. I guess my main challenge was
to let them know that I am not just going
to shoot the film and disappear from their
lives.
I struck by how charming and funny these
women are, but you can see their pain
through their art.
Seeing the original paintings hanging in the
museum at the House of Sharing was one
of the most profound experiences I had
when I first arrived.
I think that after the most avid painters
like Duk-kyung Kang and Soon-duk
Kim passed away, the program slowly
disappeared. Not all of the grandmothers
wanted to paint and some found it very
difficult to visualize their pain.
Screening Sponsored by
Q&A with director
Hein Seok
By Lee Ann Kim
Co-presented by: Thomas Jefferson
School of Law - Center for Law and
Social Justice, CSUSM Women’s Studies
Program, Gabriella Network - San
Diego, San Diego Women’s Film Festival,
UCSD Kamalayan Kollective, USD
Communication Studies
TUE Oct 14, 7:30PM
WED Oct 22, 4:30PM (RIVERSIDE)
* Mature content
* Director Hein Seok scheduled to
attend Oct 14 screening
House of Sharing
West Coast Premiere
During WWII, eight Korean girls survived kidnapping,
torture, and sexual slavery by the Japanese Imperial
Army. They returned home, only to spend the next 60
years outcast by society. These eight women are among
an estimated 200,000 victims. Now in their eighties, the
women continue to fight for justice, even as their time is
running out.
In HOUSE OF SHARING, first-time director Hein Seok
captured the candid lives of these eight survivors for over
a year, as they shared their life stories through heartfelt
words, paintings, and songs. During their seemingly
hopeless ordeals before and after the war, the women
find a collective strength in their outrage. Also revealed
is a hidden side to these women, who are simply called
halmoni (grandmother). They are lively, loving, and
unexpectedly humorous.
HOUSE OF SHARING captures a personal portrait of
some of the last living “comfort women,” who are living
legacies to the atrocities of war, and the strength of the
human spirit.
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WHAT HAPPENED ON THE
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What do Powerball, the planet Mars and sexual innuendos have in common? Fortune cookies of course!
Filmmaker Derek Shimoda invites us to take a closer look at a little something taken for granted at the
end of nearly every Chinese restaurant meal. Who started it all? Was its birthplace in San Francisco or Los
Angeles? And who writes those fortunes anyway?
Shimoda takes us on an irreverent and comical journey revealing the enigmatic and sometimes contentious
back story of the famous fortune cookie. A colorful cast of characters weighs in on the ubiquitous act of
cracking open a cookie and trying to discern one’s destiny. Martin Yan from “Yan Can Cook,” Miss South
Carolina, and Giant Robot founder Eric Nakamura offer their take.
Whether you think they’re harmless fun, worry they perpetuate stereotypes of Asian culture or secretly
believe they’ll lead you to happiness, fortune cookies have become an indelible part of not only Chinese
American dining, but American pop culture and beyond, making cameos in everything from “Mr. Rogers” to
the “The Simpsons” to outer space. - adapted from San Francisco International Asian Film Festival
USA | 75 min. | Video | 2008
DIRECTOR/WRITER: Derek Shimoda
PRODUCERS: Derek Shimoda, Jimmy
Tsai
WRITERS: Derek Shimoda, Mark Tasaka
CINEMATOGRAPHER: John Taylor
FEATURES
Amir, 29, is a heartbreaker—literally. As a relationship termination specialist, Amir spends his days delivering
bad news to unsuspecting lovers across Los Angeles. Though Amir claims he is just the messenger, the job
has made him hard-hearted and as a result, he is the last bachelor in his group of friends. When Amir returns
to his family’s Bay Area home for Thanksgiving, he is reunited with Zara, his charming and beautiful cousin
from Britain who he has not seen in twenty years. The two cousins do not get along right away. As the days
go by, Zara grows sympathetic towards Amir’s sad state of perpetual bachelorhood. Over time, Amir starts
to soften from Zara’s influence. An undercurrent of sexual tension develops between them as the charade
comes dangerously close to going too far. Will Amir fall for his own cousin?! Or will he become one of his
own victims?
KISSING COUSINS bursts with razor sharp wit and smartly written dialog. Memorable cameos by David
Alan Grier (“In Living Color”) as Amir’s fellow bachelor buddy, and Jaleel White (“Family Matters”) as his
antagonistic brother-in-law round out the excellent cast.
USA | 99 min. | Video | 2007
DIRECTOR/PRODUCER/WRITER:
Amyn Kaderali
PRODUCERS: Manish Goyal, Rahul Haria
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Alison Kelly
CAST: Samrat Chakrabarti, Rebecca
Hazlewood, P.J.Byrne, Zack Ward, Rachael
C. Smith, David Alan Grier, & Jaleel White.
SAT Oct 11, 4:40PM
SAT Oct 11, 4:50PM
WED Oct 22, 7PM (RIVERSIDE)
*Director & cast/crew scheduled to
attend Oct 11 screening
*Mature content
The Killing of a
Chinese Cookie
Kissing Cousins
Co-presented by: San Diego Chinese
Historical Museum
San Diego Chinese Service Center
Co-presented by: Intuit Indian Network
San Diego Indian American Society
Qualcomm, Inc.
Catch Them All! | 49
A group of fanatical eco-terrorists have decided to unleash a biological weapon on the planet. When the virus
wipes out an entire village in Thailand the authorities call upon L (Kenichi Matsuyama), the greatest detective
in the world, to save humanity. Assisting him are two young children, a boy who was the only survivor of the
Thai village attack and the daughter of the creator of the virus antidote. Of course, L’s reliable partner Watari
is available as always to provide able support.
A spinoff of the wildly popular “Death Note” series of manga (Japanese comics), anime TV show and live
action films, director Hideo Nakata (RING) takes L, the quirky, sweet-toothed, slightly goth hero of “Death
Note” and places him in a position where he must save the world. A huge box office success in Japan, this film
has clearly established Kenichi Matsuyama as a superstar and matinee idol. L: CHANGE THE WORLD is fun
for everyone and definitely required viewing for fans of the “Death Note” franchise.
Japan | Japanese w/English subtitles | 129
min. | 35mm | 2008
DIRECTOR: Hideo Nakata
PRODUCERS: Nobuhiro Iizuka, Takahiro
Kobashi, Takahiro Sato, Tadashi Tanaka
WRITERS: Tsugumi Oba, Takeshi Obata
CAST: Kenichi Matsuyama, Mayuko
Fukuda, Sei Hiraizumi, Renji Ishibashi, Yuta
Kanai, Youki Kudoh
FEATURES
FRI Oct 10, 8:30PM
WED Oct 15, 9:30PM
*Mature content
L: Change the World
Co-presented by: Japan Society of San
Diego and Tijuana
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First UU Church Rainbow Outreach,
Greater San Diego Business Association,
Guys Like Us, Long Yang Club of SD, SD,
P.F.L.A.G. SD Chapter, Pride Resource esource
Office of SDSU, Family Health Centers Cent
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LOVERS begins as a young photographer, Jeremy, arrives in Shanghai on the night of his first solo exhibition in
the city. Elsewhere on that same winter’s night, a young woman, ‘Qiu Sen,’ quickly and silently snaps photos of
a random couple while stalking closely behind them. She is eventually led into a small street corner art gallery
advertising Jeremy’s exhibition.
As she follows the couple inside, her life will pause for a moment. In that moment, Jeremy will see her—and
she will see him. When their eyes lock, they will fall for each other for the second time….
The film asks the question, what would you do if you had a chance to heal the wounds of a loved one you
hurt deeply? Or would the emotional baggage and pain of past mistakes be too much to overcome? Set
against the beautiful, glowing backdrop of modern Shanghai, LOVERS deals with the subjects of love both lost
and found, and the fragility of a second chance.
Hong Kong | English, French & Cantonese
w/ English subtitles | 115 min. | Video |
2007
DIRECTOR: Carl Zhang
PRODUCERS: Carl Zhang
WRITER: Carl Zhang
CAST: Cherie Leena, James Vegter
FEATURES
High above the commerce and crowds of Hong Kong winds Magazine Gap Road, a secluded enclave of
wealth and privilege. Samantha is a curator for a private museum in a world where her past - a life spent in
the Japanese flesh trade - is her most well-kept secret. One day, it catches up with her in a single phone call
from Kate, another escort, who’s in trouble. For Samantha, helping Kate means going back to the world she
escaped and risking everything - her budding romance with a wealthy antiques collector, the deadly men who
run Hong Kong’s high-class prostitution ring, and most importantly, her own fears that beneath the veneer of
respectability, she will always be for sale.
MAGAZINE GAP ROAD is a follow up to director Nicholas Chin’s short film “Tai Tai” (Official Selection
at Cannes 2002) and touts an accomplished cast and crew including Beijing actress Qu Ying, Jessey Meng
(“Mummy III”), cinematographer Chan Yuan Kai (“Ashes of Time”) and Oscar award-winning editor Jean Tsien.
It is an understated film set away from the crowded Hong Kong that most audiences have seen and takes
them to a world of Hong Kong high society.
Hong Kong | English, French & Cantonese
w/ English subtitles | 115 min. | Video |
2007
DIRECTOR: Nicholas Chin
PRODUCERS: Chiu Wah Lee, Nicholas
Chin
WRITER: Nicholas Chin
CAST: Carl Ng, Elvis Tsui, Qu Ying, Jessey
Ming
TUE Oct 14, 8:30PM
*Mature content
SAT Oct 11 9:30PM
*Mature content
Lovers
Magazine Gap Road
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FRI Oct 10, 8:15PM
TUE Oct 21, 9:15PM (RIVERSIDE)
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LITTLE MANILA
SHORTS
Director: Rochelle Lozada | Director: Rochelle Lo ector:
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LEGEND AN IMMIGRANT GIRL’S
JOURNEY
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GIVING CARE
*Mature content / / *Directors scheduled to attend
College Co-presented by: Miramar C
ternational Education Diversity/International Ed
Committee
Manila and Beyond
This program will repeat at the
Chula Vista Ultrastar Cinemas (555 Broadway)
October 17-19. For information, go to
www.philippinecinemashowcase.org
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SAT Oct 11, 12:15PM
MON Oct 13, 5PM
21 Director: Rita Rani | India | 21 Dire ector
min. | Video | 2007 min. | Vid
American-born Anjali runs off Am li runs
to India to become a movie a movi
star, but is c star, but is chased down by an
angry father who who eventually
reconnects with the he city he city
once called home.
TRT RT: 85 min.
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Asian exper As rience.
BOMBAY SKIES
SHORTS
Director: Suel Kim | 8 min. | Suel Kim | 8 Director: Suel Kim
Video | 200 008 deo | 20
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photographer, threatening the a ph er, threatenin
ty of his community and his safety mmunity and is
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SNAP-SHOT
Director: Ai Lene Cho hor |
Malaysia | 14 min. | Video deo | 2007 007
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of a servant only lives for the he ives fo vant
love and affection of a lonely f a lon
Chinese grandmother who runs r who
a food delivery business. od de
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THE TRIDENT TIFFIN
Director: Ruslan Pak | S. Korea | S. Korea
13 min. | Video | 2008 13 min. | Video | 2008 eo | 2
d South As A talented South Asian man outh
struggles with adapting to life in struggles with adapting to life in ada
Seoul, South Kor eoul, South Korea ore Se
DANCE OF A FREEBIRD
*Mature content / *Direct ctors scheduled to attend *Mature conten ontent ten
Co-presented by: San Diego Indian
American Society, Qualcomm, Inc.,.
Intuit Indian Network
Masala Bites
Director: Maya Anand | 15min. | d | 1
Video | 2008
A rebellious Indian-American ous an
teenager catches her father catc
cheating, and must decide
whether or not to share this not
secret.
ANJALI
THE MEANING OF TEA, gorgeously filmed by Gordon Arkenberg, explores the romance and complexities
surrounding tea, a universally beloved and widely consumed beverage. The film travels through eight countries,
unveiling many reasons behind tea’s mysterious appeal. From afternoon tea in the Midwestern United States
to tea estates in India, from the traditional tea ceremony of Japan to modern tea life in Morocco, the film
explores the rituals and ceremonies of tea celebrated and enjoyed by a myriad of unique cultures. The
common thread weaving together these individual stories is the question of whether there is any inherent
meaning to be found in tea, particularly in an era increasingly dominated by mass marketing and fast food.
The film also examines the role certain modern forces pay in threatening the survival of tea and its cultural
significance. By visiting places where tea is still revered and by investigating its role in these societies, THE
MEANING OF TEA suggests the profoundly positive role tea may play in our future.
France, India, Ireland, Japan, Morocco,
Taiwan, United Kingdom & USA | 74 min.
| Video | 2007
DIRECTOR: Scott Chamberlin Hoyt
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Scott
Chamberlin Hoyt
PRODUCER: Michaela McKee, Keir
Moreano
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY:
Gordon Arkenberg
FEATURES
MON Oct 13, 5:30PM
*Free Reception immediately
following, sponsored by
The Meaning of Tea
Co-presented by: San Diego Alliance for
Asian Pacific Islander Americans
Interview with Aaron
Bates, whose life was
the basis of the movie,
MY FATHER By Lee Ann Kim
Q: How did the movie come about? Was it from
all the publicity in Korea for your search?
Yes, the movie came about due to my
search [for my biological parents] and
publicity. During my first military year
(1996), I was stationed in Korea.
I was very fortunate to have a
Korean solider as my roommate.
I asked for his help, and he helped
find the orphanage, then posted
an ad in the Kwangju newspaper,
which somehow got on a SBS
documentary in late 1996.
About three years later, I was
notified that my biological father
was trying to contact me. In July
2000, I met my father for the first
time at prison surrounded by a lot
of Korean media.
From October 2000 through
January 2002, I got to know my
father. During those years, two
KBS producers (Hyun Mo Jung &
Sanghan Lee) filmed my journey. Sometime in
2003, KBS released a documentary. Through
that 2003 documentary, the movie company
contacted me in 2005 to make a movie.
Q: How close was the movie to your real
experience?
It’s a movie not an autobiography. So the
movie is NOT always accurate but a lot of
“experience” were very close such as me
going to military and while I was in the
military, going to search for my parents.
Were there any scenes that particularly touched
you?
At the very end of movie where the hand is
over the heart—I broke down and cried tears
of joy and honor!
Q: What about your adoptive parents, how did
they react to your search and the movie? Have
they seen it?
Due to my different “facial features,” my
adopted parents have told me I was adopted
since I was able to understand English. They’ve
ALWAYS been supportive. So they were
honored to know that my successful search
became a movie. They enjoyed [the film] so
much they watched it twice in Korea and just
recently again in the United States.
Q: If there’s anything you’d like people to get out
of the film, what would that be?
Three things: 1) Regardless of the situation,
praise God for everything! 2) Greatest gift
God gave to all is that “Love conquers ALL
and love never fails” and, 3) ADOPTION
reaps more blessings then one can really
comprehend - adoption works!
Meet Aaron Bates in person at the 5:05PM
Oct 11 screening of MY FATHER
Aaron Bates (right) with Director Dong-hyeok Hwang
FEATURES
Co-presented by: Korean American Bar
Association of San Diego, Arthouse
Movies Meetup Group
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FEATURES
Co-presented by: AAJA San Diego
Rainbow Integral Kids School
Rescue Task Force
The Spiritual Kick
of Director Greg
Hamilton’s MYSTIC BALL
By Dr. Craig D. Reid
At first glance chinlone (“cane-ball” in
Burmese), a spiritual kicking art created by
Burmese ancients over 1500 years ago, looks
like David Beckham juggling a soccer ball with
his feet while using martial arts contortions
and spins. But in actuality, the driving force of
this traditional game, this nationwide treasure
that exists within the borders of Myanmar but
outside the political boundaries of a country
in turmoil, is that the challenge of chinlone is
ultimately about beauty and elegance.
MYSTIC BALL recounts Greg Hamilton’s
25-year journey on a path deemed closed
to foreigners; the art of chinlone. Yet with
his purity of love for something he did not
understand other than a feeling to discover,
he answered a calling, braved the elements
and became the first foreigner to play
chinlone at the highest level and to open
doors to a side of Burmese culture that is
often ignored or hidden.
“I first saw someone doing chinlone in a
Toronto park in 1981,” Hamilton reminisces.
“I never played soccer, wasn’t familiar with it,
but when I saw chinlone, I was immediately
fascinated that he was kicking the ball behind
his back without looking.”
Made out of rattan and held together by the
rattan’s tension, the chinlone ball’s patented
ching-bingling sound, as a result of 200
possible kicking maneuvers, is also part of the
mantra-like tonality that can ultimately trance
the player into a feeling of overwhelming
happiness. One of the sparkling enigmas that
Hamilton features prominently in the film is
the chinlone solo artist Su Su Hlaing. Known
as the “Golden Princess,” she seems to have
elevated the game into a somewhat Zen
realm of fantasy.
When asked about the film’s theme,
Hamilton thoughtfully posits that it is about
transcending limitations, loneliness and one’s
culture into another culture. “It’s finding
one’s place in the world. The film shows that
somebody went out of their own way in spite
of others around them, and found that deep
passionate interest in life.”
Although in chinlone it is not a goal to be a
national or world champion, Hamilton would
like to be a champion for chinlone in his
quest to spread the word of the art. “I am
searching for a sponsor or patron. I want to
get the players out on tour so the world can
see them and respond to them. This is my
next journey.”
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Some 20 years in the making, MYSTIC BALL is a testament
to the passion and perseverance of Canadian director
Greg Hamilton – not only as a filmmaker but as a
champion of chinlone, the national sport of Myanmar.
As its leading foreign expert and player, Hamilton
thoroughly introduces Western audiences to this unknown,
mesmerizing game. Invented over 1500 years ago and
considered by many to be the oldest form of soccer,
chinlone is a mix of hackey sack, tai chi, dance, and a lot
of meditation. Teams composed of both men and women
form an ever-morphing circle to keep a woven rattan ball
from touching the ground by employing any of the 200
different kicks that have evolved over the centuries. In
chinlone, which is played to music, no score is kept; the
focus is not on winning or losing but rather the sheer
beauty and joy of the play.
Even more relevant in the wake of the unrest coursing
through Myanmar this fall, MYSTIC BALL – like the game it
portrays – shows the importance of play for the prospect
of unity and peace.
Canada, Myanmar & USA | Burmese w/ English
subtitles | 83 min. | Video | 2006
DIRECTOR: Greg Hamilton
PRODUCER: Matthew London, Greg Hamilton
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Jeremy Pollar, Aung
Ko Latt, Matthew London, John Maronset, Alex
Morrison, Emiko Omori, Dyanna Tayl
SUN Oct 12, 3:20PM
THU Oct 23, 5PM (RIVERSIDE)
*Mature content
* Director scheduled to attend
October 12th screening
Mystic Ball
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As a Sikh man with a full beard and turban, Dr. Amrit Singh (Omid Abtahi) is often faced with the realities of
racial profiling. But when he sees his dreams of becoming Chief of Surgery at a state-of-the-art transplant
center dwindle because of his appearance, Amrit makes a wrenching decision. He goes against a tradition he’s
maintained his whole life and cuts his hair. Despite his resolve to abandon tradition, he hides this decision
from his girlfriend and family, which marks the beginning of a series of compromises as he deals with hospital
politics and health care injustices. When the condition of patient Mary Stewart (Brenda Strong, “Desperate
Housewives”) turns grim, Amrit begins to reexamine the value of the religious traditions he’d turned his back
on. When a family secret is finally revealed, Amrit begins to understand the meaning behind the Sikh tradition.
Among the first feature-length narrative films portraying the Sikh experience, the award-winning OCEAN OF
PEARLS is a powerful look at one man’s balancing act between faith, family, and getting ahead.
2008 Grand Jury Award, Audience Award Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
USA | 94 min. | Video| 2008
DIRECTOR: Sarab Neelam
WRITER: V. Prasad
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Jeff Dowd,
Jim Burstein
CINEMATOPHER: Lon Stratton
CAST: Omid Abtahi, Heather McComb,
Ron Canada, Navi Rawat, Ajay Mehta,
Brenda Strong
FEATURES
SUN Oct 12, 5PM
*Mature Content
*Cast & crew scheduled to attend
Ocean of Pearls
Co-presented by: South Asian Bar
Association of San Diego, Arthouse
Movies Meetup Group, Qualcomm, Inc.
Bring out the kids for the world premiere screening of one of Nick Jr.’s most popular shows - Ni Hao, Kai-Lan.
Trick or treat, it’s Halloween! Kai-lan and her friends dress up to go trick or treating with YeYe (grandpa).
Kai-lan is a dinosaur, Tolee’s a panda, Hoho’s the Monkey King, and Rintoo is his favorite — a dragon! But
just when they set out to trick or treat, Rintoo sprains his ankle. YeYe helps him and tells him that he needs
to stay in bed and rest. Rintoo realizes that means he can’t go trick or treating, and he starts to cry. It’s up
to Kai-lan and the viewer to figure out how make things better for Rintoo. Kai-lan has a great idea — they
can make Rintoo’s bed into a huge dragon costume, attach some wheels, and zoom around the backyard to
go trick or treating, without Rintoo ever getting out of bed! Rintoo is thrilled, and everyone has an amazing
Halloween.
USA | 25 min | Video | 2008
SAT Oct 11, 10:30AM
*World Premiere / *FREE Screening
*Join us for a free book reading im-
mediately following Ni-Hao, Kai-Lan
at the Barnes & Noble bookstore
upstairs from the theater at Hazard
Center, starting at 11AM.
Ni Hao, Kai-Lan
Co-presented by: Barnard Elementary
School, Kidsland.tv
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On April 30, 1975, the final day of the Vietnam War, Doan Hoang’s family departed Saigon on the last
helicopter out of the country. On that day, a nation was reunified, but Doan’s family was torn asunder, as
brother was separated from brother and Doan’s half-sister, Van, was left behind. Twenty-five years later, Hoang
began shooting documentary footage of her family’s story, uncovering family secrets along the way, finally
culminating with the Hoang family’s return to Vietnam five years later.
In this astonishing look at a family divided by war, Hoang’s camera is omnipresent, providing the type of
intimate access to the Hoang family that only a family member could obtain. The result is the creation of a
powerful documentary film depicting the raw emotion and natural human reactions of a family’s struggle to
overcome the ramifications of wartime decisions.
USA & Vietnam | English & Vietnamese w/
English subtitles | 57 min. | Video | 2007
DIRECTOR/PRODUCER: Doan Hoang
WRITERS: Doan Hoang, Bret Sigler
FEATURES
The big budget and star-studded Korean film OPEN CITY is an urban crime story loaded with action and
sexual tension. Set in the gritty streets of Seoul, the story is a cat and mouse game involving a network of
professional pickpockets. Sexy actress Son Ye-jin shows off in the lead role as Baek Jang-mi (White Rose), the
boss of a dangerous gang of pickpockets affiliated with the Japanese Yakuza. Jang-mi aspires to expand her turf
by conquering Seoul’s hot spots like Dongdaemun and Myeong-dong, but she’ll need the help of a young and
handsome detective (Kim Myung-min) who falls for her beauty.
OPEN CITY delivers as the slick action thriller with relentless violence, a pretty realistic portrayal of the
underground crime world and bonus—beautiful women in off-the-runway fashions.
S. Korea | Korean w/ English subtitles |
112 min. | 35mm | 2007
DIRECTOR/WRITER: Sang-ki Lee
CAST: Ye-jin Son, Myeong-min Kim
THU Oct 9, 6:10PM
TUE Oct 21, 5:30PM (Riverside)
SUN Oct 12, 9:25PM
TUE Oct 14, 9PM
*Mature content
Oh Saigon
Open City
Co-presented by: Vietnamese American
Youth Alliance
Co-presented by: San Diego Dragon Boat
Team
Screening Sponsored by
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For Ruth Okimoto, the scars from her internment during World War II have never healed. The need to
confront the past brings her back to the desert of Arizona where she spent her childhood years behind
barbed wire — back to where Poston was built.
The Poston Relocation center, built on the Colorado River Indian Reservation, served as one of ten
internment camps built in seven states. Between 1942 and 1945, the Poston camps housed over 18,000
Japanese and Japanese American detainees. PASSING POSTON follows Ruth’s moving journey as she
searches for meaning in the inexplicable while discovering the true story of how the Poston camp came into
being. Ruth’s answers become an awakening and a road to revelation as the film examines the emotional
and haunting stories of several other former internees of Poston. Each person is shadowed by a tragic past,
each struggling in their own painful way to reconcile the trauma of their youth, each yearning during the last
chapter of their lives to find their rightful place in this country.
USA I 70 min. I Video | 2007
DIRECTOR: Joe Fox & James Nubile
WRITER: Joe Fox
PRODUCER: Fly On The Wall
Productions
FEATURES
An exciting showcase of some of the most insane dance performances and unforgettable power moves,
PLANET B-BOY depicts the global resurgence of breakdancing and the personal stories of those bustin’ the
moves. The film follows a dancer in Las Vegas looking for his big break, a Korean son who seeks his father’s
approval and a 12-year-old boy in France confronting his family’s racism. From the outskirts of Paris to the
suburbs of Seoul, the film serves as a reminder of hip hop’s influence on different and diverse cultures.
Forgotten by the mainstream and written off as an embarrassing 80s fad, breakdancing had a long climb
back to being accepted by the masses, but on the streets and in underground clubs from Tokyo to the USA
it never died, bubbling under the surface with a huge cult following and exploding each year in international
competition. Following four crews of ‘B-Boys’ from different nations as they prepare to battle it out at
the 2005 world championships, this frenetic documentary shows off the dizzying spectacle of the art form,
showcasing the skill and acrobatics of break dancing’s idiosyncratic characters.
France, Germany, Japan, S. Korea & USA|
95 min. | 35mm | 2007
DIRECTOR: Benson Lee
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Chris C. Kim,
Donny Huang, Johnny Lee
PRODUCERS: Amy Lo, Benson Lee
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Vasco Nunes
EDITOR: Benson Lee, Jeff Marcello
MON Oct 13, 5:15PM
*Reception immediately following
program
TUE Oct 21, 7PM
(RIVERSIDE ONLY)
*Director scheduled to attend
Passing Poston
Planet B-Boy
Co-presented by: Buddhist Temple of San
Diego, Japanese American Citizens League
Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana,
CSUSM Asian Pacific Islander Faculty Staff
Assoc., CSUSM Cross Cultural Center
Pan Asian Lawyers of San Diego, Phi Alpha
Theta (Alpha Zeta Chi Chapter)/History
Club
Catch Them All! | 63
Winner of the Sterling Audience Award at the AFI Silverdocs Film Festival, PLEASE VOTE FOR ME is one of
the most insightful and enjoyable documentaries of the year. In a school of Wuhan, China, it’s time to elect a
class monitor. Three eight-year-old contenders are chosen to square off: an incumbent known for his harsh
dictatorship, the smart yet shy girl, and the class clown. With their parents coaching and strategizing as the
free election approaches, the children face their fears and their challengers in a no-holds-barred series of
classroom debates. The election elicits betrayals, tears, and laughter, revealing the hardships of campaigning
and the lessons of dealing with defeat.
In this immensely entertaining snapshot of a culture going through change and the growing pains of their
children, Weijun Chen’s expertly crafted film will have you on the edge of your seat as the winner is
announced.
–Natalie McMenemy, AFI FEST
China | Mandarin w/ English subtitles | 58
min. | Video | 2007
DIRECTOR: Weijun Chen
PRODUCERS: Don Edkins
FEATURES
The original PUBLIC ENEMY told the story of a corrupt, burnt-out cop, Chul-Joong Kang, whose professional
passions are reignited when he crosses paths with a pampered, spoiled thrill killer. This time around, Kang is
ready to retire after a lifetime of fighting crime, injuries, and a zero credit rating. He can’t afford a house, and
caring for his family is out of the question.
On the other end of the social spectrum is Lee Won-Sul, a successful businessman with hundreds of
investments, a country house, and a doting family. He’s much-loved, highly respected and a great man in all the
ways the irascible, corner-cutting, deadbeat Kang is not.
So when Kang comes up with a link between Lee and some recent murders, people tend not to believe him.
The more he tries to prove that everyone’s favorite fella is a slimy crook commanding an empire of crime, the
more he’s dismissed as jealous, crazy, and downright dangerous. -Adapted by New York Asian Film Festival
S. Korea | Korean w/ English subtitles |
127 min. | 35mm | 2008
WRITER: Jin Jang
CAST: Kyung-gu Sol, Jae-young Jung,
Moon-shik Lee
THU Oct 9, 5:45PM
THU Oct 16, 4PM (Free)
THU Oct 9, 8PM
SAT Oct 11, 10PM
TUE Oct 21, 8:45PM (RIVERSIDE)
Please Vote for Me
Public Enemy Returns
Free screening on October 16 sponsored
by Burkett & Wong Engineers
Co-presented by: San Diego Multicultural
Asian Professionals
Screening Sponsored by
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Against the backdrop of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics and escalating international condemnation and
demonstrations over Chinese policies from Tibet to Darfur, THE RED RACE presents a detailed insight into
the Chinese passion for gymnastics.
The Lu Wan District Youth Athletic School in Shanghai seems to value competitive sports over reading
and writing for its students. Many of the children come from rural provinces and live with grandparents or
surrogate caretakers. Their parents hope to give them opportunities not available in the countryside. Some
children voice hope that they will eventually become successful enough to build homes for their families. Yet
the path won’t be easy. The trainers often “teach” by humiliation and punishment, and reward with candy.
These are the realities that the young children must face, as must the parents who send them knowing that
their chances for success are slim and the journey will be grueling. As the film progresses one question
persists: at what price is the New China? -Gail Silva, Silverdocs
China | Mandarin w/ English subtitles | 70
min.| Video| 2008
DIRECTOR: Chao Gan
FEATURES
MON Oct 13, 4PM (FREE)
WED Oct 15, 5:30PM
Red Race
Free screening on October 13 sponsored
by Burkett & Wong Engineers
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TUE Oct 14, 6PM
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Filipino woman launch hes A Filipino wo aunches
r the California st tate a bid for t rnia st
legislature, but faces a tough ugh gh legislature lature, but fa
challenge: bringing out th t the API API lenge: bringin
vote.
TRT: 70 min.
A collection of short films that confront Asian Pacific Islander voter apathy, but also Asian Pacific Is er voter apathy voter apath
celebrate API heroes of democracy. Reel in the Vote is a FREE el in the Vote is EE program. program.
Reception immediately following program, coordinated by Katz & Assoc sociates. coordinated by Ka rogram, Associates.. ciates
ABSENT VOICES
SHORTS
Directed by Curtis Chin Directed by Curtis Ch ected
oping to have an impact on thee Hoping to have an imp ping to
oming election, a group of upcoming election, a g omi a gr
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voting. portance of vot importance of vo
THE BIG V
Directed by Dean an Lim ed by De Lim
First-time votin ng experience of ime votin perience
an Asian American girl who just can girl who jus Asian American
tur en. rned eighteeen.
Directed by Eddie Kim
An entertaining yet informative tive ain
ocumentary that delves into doc into tary t
the reasons as to why there the r th re
is a perceived lack of Asian
Americans voting. oting. A
POWER OF THE SWING VOTE THE ALISON CHRONICLES
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. on the San Di Diego city council on o ci
THE GREATER GOOD: THE
POLITICAL JOURNEY OF
TOM HOM
Directed by Eric Byler ed by Eric Byl D yler
Shaquille and Annabel are uille and Ann S abel are
Asian American immigrants n American grant sian
with opposite views on opposite ith opposite v ew
“Illegal Immigration.” During legal Im legal Immigra
public demonstrations, each is ublic de h is s, each blic demo
confronted by passers onfront s-by who rs-by w
challenge their respective views. halleng espective views. pective view res
HELP SAVE MARYLAND
FROM WHAT?!
possible by Reel in the Vote was made po
rnia Independent grants from the California
ct, Epsilon Systems Solutions, Voter Project, Epsilon
mily Foundation, and Zero the Hom Fam
Divide.
Reel In The Vote
Directed by Cheryl Kanekar yl Kan hery
Asian Americans discuss why scuss
th they do not vote, creating a th
cture of immig complex picture of immigrant
munities shaped by thei communities shaped by their old
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Watch REEL IN THE VOTE after the festival
On Demand on Cox Digital Channel 1, Free
Zone, My Community and Time Warner Cable
Channel 144
Although the Reel Voices students
are only about half generation younger than me,
their skills and style of media communication define
the rapid changes in video/culture/media that have
come to pass since I was their age.
It’s unnecessary to comment on how much YouTube
and MySpace have influenced teen filmmakers.
These forums have become casual dialects of young
mediamakers--mediamakers who tend to worry less
about how well their projects are produced, and
instead how large their guaranteed audience will
grow the moment it is “posted” to the world. This
reality is as empowering as it is problematic, isn’t it?
Navigate YouTube and the thousands of young
voices and faces, and try to find the “real voices”
- it can be frustrating! Each of us can feel, see,
and hear when something is “REAL.” That is what
these students have shown me, and now you - the
audience.
These seven awesome students have reinforced my
belief that the casualness of youth filmmaking can
create an even more conscious and critical type of
filmmaker.
This is where these students shine. They opened
their minds, and over the course of the program,
we all restlessly traveled the Reel Voices journey. A
great ride that ended way too soon!
No matter how much filmmaking changes, we
can always count on what’s real – what has heart
and soul – and listening to the voices of a new
generation is a great way to begin that discovery.
Thanks Mike, Mari, Joska, Harrison, Elle, Al, Ryan, Aki.
I learned something from each of you and I think we
all grew together this summer. Hope it was fun.
-AKIRA CHAN is the teaching assistant for Reel Voices.
Akira Chan, Instructor
Reel Voices 2008
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Watch REEL VOICES after the EL V
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New York-based filmmaker Ron Morales
makes a striking feature debut with this
beautifully filmed coming-of-age tale of a
Filipino American boy who must return “home”
after the death of a loved one. Young Hector
loses his mom during a critical time in his life
as an impressionable young teen. With no
other family connections, he is taken in by
his estranged grandmother in the Philippines.
Unable to speak Tagalog, Hector strug-gles
in this unfamiliar home (and an even more
unfamiliar country), and soon falls into the
wrong crowd with some local street kids.
Things seem to turn around for Hector as
SAT Oct 11 2:35PM
Philippines & USA | Tagalog w/ English
subtitles | 85min. | 35mm | 2008
DIRECTOR/WRITER: Ron Morales
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Ellen Morales,
Ray Morales
PRODUCERS: Louise Lovegrove, Karin
Chien, Ron Morales
Cinematographer: Yaron Orbach
CAST: Jacob Kiron Shalov, Melissa Leo,
Jaime Tirelli, Maria Lopez
FEATURES
*Mature Content
*Director scheduled to attend
This film repeats as part of the
Philippine Cinema Showcase October
17-19 at the Chula Vista Ultrastar
Cinemas. For information, go to:
www.philippinecinemashowcase.org
Santa Mesa
Co-presented by: Filipino American National
Historical Society, Mabuhay Alliance,
Philippine-American Youth Organization
he befriends Jose, an older photographer
who takes him in and begins to mentor
him. Simultaneously he also finds comfort
in a developing friendship and crush with
Sel (Maria Lopez) as they commiserate
over issues of isolation at home. His worlds
begin to collide as he notices that Jose has a
mysterious connection with one of his random
photography subjects.
With excellent performances, SANTA
MESA convincingly captures the beauty and
awkwardness of cultural isolation and teen
angst amidst the tender sadness of losing a
loved one. -Adapted by Ernest Mark
SANTA MESA: GONE
BUT NOT FORGOTTEN
By Dr. Craig D. Reid
Crossing a bridge spanning the Pasig
River from metro Manila to the rickety,
shanty-like outskirts of the Philippine
capital, to a neighborhood foreigners
never discover, first generation Filipino-
American Ron Morales inadvertently
created a historical record of a fading
landscape in his directorial debut film
SANTA MESA.
A country built on its railroad system,
where squatter colonies arose
along these rail lines. When Morales
serendipitously stumbled upon one of
these colonies and combined it with
him trying to understand his family past,
SANTA MESA evolved.
This is a personal tale about Hector
(Jacob Kiron Shalov), a 12-year old,
orphaned Filipino-American kid
electrocuted by culture shock after being
shipped off to Manila to live with a long
lost relative; a grumpy old grandma (local
star Angie Ferro) who does not speak
English and would be just as happy to
never have met him.
“I saw a lot of Hector in me,” Morales
shares. “When I first cast Hector, I
envisioned him to be a mix, further
bringing out the loss of Filipino heritage.
When it comes to Filipino culture, we
are both lost because I was raised in an
all-white neighborhood and have seen a
decline in my culture.”
Morales explains that he and his family
are not tight, they have become distant
and don’t know each, which has probably
come from the typical plight of immigrant
workers trying to make a better financial
life in America.
“I recall a conversation [my mom and I]
had when I was 16 where she said her
mom would tell her, ‘The hardest thing
that you will ever have to accept is that
this is your life and what you do with it,
is up to you.’ It is the underlying point of
the film.”
During his most recent trip back to the
Philippines, Morales sadly notes that
Santa Mesa no longer exists, the houses
are torn down and everyone has been
relocated to a place three hours outside
the city. Morales’ film has now become a
historic cinematic record of the country’s
quickly vanishing railway squatter colony
system, another enigmatic part of Filipino
culture that will soon be lost of forever.
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70 | The 9th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival
Arguably the world’s most popular Mandarin-language recording artist, Jay Chou has successfully forayed into
acting through roles in “Initial D” and “Curse of the Golden Flower.” With his directorial debut film SECRET,
Chou establishes himself as a gifted performer and a skillful auteur, directing a script based on his own original
story. Not bad for a Taiwanese pop superstar.
Chou plays Lun, a music student at a secondary school who one day meets Yu while she is playing an evocative
tune on the piano. “What’s the melody you played the first day we met?” asks Lun. “That’s my secret,” Yu
whispers back. What evolves is an innocent and seemingly typical young romance between the two talented
pianists. But the real intrigue of the film begins when Lun discovers an old photograph of Yu with his father
(Anthony Wong), which triggers him to investigate the mystery of Yu and the secret melody she plays.
SECRET is a fun, for-all-ages film with a surprise twist that your girlfriend, parents, or teenage kids will all
enjoy.
Hong Kong & Taiwan | Mandarin w/
English subtitles | 101 min. | 35mm | 2007
DIRECTOR: Jay Chou
PRODUCERS: J.R. Yang
WRITER: To Chi-long
CAST: Jay Chou, Kwai Lun-mei, Anthony
Wong
FEATURES
Set during the Chosun Dynasty, SHADOWS IN THE PALACE begins with the death of a maid-in-waiting who
has hung herself within the palace walls. While performing the autopsy, imperial medic Chun-ryung (Park
Jin-hee) begins to suspect murder and starts her own investigation into the matter. Standing in her way are
the barren queen and the royal concubine who has mothered a child for the previously heir-less king, among
others. As she begins to unravel the vast array of deceptions, Chun-ryung is soon confronted by a secret
more powerful than she could have ever imagined.
This is the first feature film directed by Mee-jung Kim, a young woman who served as assistant director
on the 2005 Korean blockbuster “King and the Clown.” Notable for her all-female crew, Mee-jung Kim has
succeeded in creating a masterfully genre-bending film that combines elements of the historical costume
drama, murder mystery, and even Asian horror genres with a deft touch. Not just a beautiful and wildly
entertaining movie, SHADOWS IN THE PALACE is truly a remarkable film that boldly crosses lines.
S. Korea | Korean w/ English subtitles |
112 min. | 35mm | 2007
DIRECTOR/WRITER: Mee-Jung Kim
CAST: Jin-Hee Park, Se-Ah Yun, Jeong-
Eun Lim
SAT Oct 11, 7PM
WED Oct 15, 7:15PM
MON Oct 13, 8PM
WED Oct 15, 9:55PM
*Mature content
Secret
Shadows in the Palace
Co-presented by: San Diego Multicultural
Asian Professionals
Screening Sponsored by
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Every day, horrific world events evade justice. SHAME is the story of a courageous woman who fought back.
During the summer of 2002, in a remote village of Pakistan, 33-year-old Mukhtaran Mai’s life changed when
the village’s tribal council sanctioned a punishment against her for a crime allegedly committed by her younger
brother. Following the tribal custom of “honor for honor,” Mai was gang-raped and then publicly paraded
around as an example.
Her family cowered in shame. The village shunned her. Normally the only recourse for such a woman would
be suicide. Instead, Mai set out to seek justice and shook the very core of Pakistan’s decaying judicial system.
In her quest, she endured public scrutiny and exposure to the alien world outside her village, losing friends,
family, and her life as she knew it.
Throughout this incredible journey, Mai maintains an astonishing resilience and belief in herself. Journalists
may visit less frequently, but her work and the work of women like her - is not yet over. There is still plenty of
shame to be faced and conquered. -Thom Powers
Pakistan & USA | Farsi w/ English
subtitles | 110 min. | Video | 2006
DIRECTOR: Mohammed Naqvi
PRODUCERS: Mohammed Naqvi, Jill
Schneider
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Ahmed Bashir
FEATURES
WED Oct 15, 6:15PM
*Mature Content
*Director scheduled to attend
Reception immediately following
screening hosted by Project Concern
International and Gem Foundation
Shame
Co-presented by: Amnesty Group 137,
Friends of Hamid Daudani, Project
Concern International, SDSU Women’s
Resource Center, San Diego Women’s
Film Festival
SLEEPWALKING THROUGH THE MEKONG follows Los Angeles band Dengue Fever on their journey to
Cambodia to perform 60s and 70s Cambodian rock ‘n’ roll in the country where it was created and very
nearly destroyed. The odyssey is a homecoming for singer Chhom Nimol and a transformation for the
rest of the band as they perform with master musicians and record new songs along the way. More than a
rockumentary, the film serves up a portrait of modern Cambodia as the band tours through Phnom Penh
and beyond, crossing a great cultural chasm with the same spirit of Cambodia’s original rock pioneers. It
is a celebration of this long-overlooked music and reveals the power of music to weave a common thread
between extremely different cultures.
Shot in 10 days, the real star of this film is the unique and intoxicating Cambodian music that also heals
the generations of wounds from the brutal reign of the Khmer Rouge. SLEEPWALKING THROUGH THE
MEKONG is a testament to the power of this music. It’s no wonder Variety calls this “An engagingly different
rock ‘n’ roll documentary...”
Cambodia & USA| Khmer w/ English
subtitles | 70 min. | Video | 2007
DIRECTOR: John Pirozzi
PRODUCER: John Pirozzi & Josh Otten
CINEMATOGRAPHER: John Pirozzi
MUSIC: Dengue Fever
WED Oct 15, 5:15PM
Sleepwalking in the Mekong
Co-presented by: UCSD Cambodian
Student Association
Prolific filmmaker Brillante Mendoza premieres his work at the San Diego Asian Film Festival this
year with a double-header of FOSTER CHILD and SLINGSHOT, both shot on the streets of Manila
in what’s been described as “real time” filmmaking. Though fictional, Mendoza’s impressive skill is to
impose a calculated narrative onto Manila’s constant unpredictability, shaping its ground-level chaos
into art.
SLINGSHOT opens with a bravura sequence: a nighttime raid on one of Manila’s squatter
neighborhoods. The camera chases plainclothes police wielding massive automatic weapons through
the narrow laneways as they ransack homes, break in on couples making love, and herd dozens of
people out into the open. Only some of them are guilty. But in this neighborhood, stealing puts food
in your belly. Some snatch wallets and jewelry, some shoplift, others prefer more intimate forms of
thievery.
A showcase of Mendoza’s rapidly maturing abilities with digital cinema, SLINGSHOT also presents
the full range of human behavior—especially the ironies of greed and vanity.
The stories climax at a rally where politicians give high-minded speeches to thousands holding
candles aloft in the night. But even there, the harsh economics of life on the streets rules the
evening. -Adapted by Cameron Bailey
Philippines | Tagalog w/ English subitles | 86 min. |
Video | 2007
DIRECTOR: Brillante Mendoza
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Ferdinand Lapuz
PRODUCER: Renato Esguerra, Antonio del
Rosario
WRITER: Ralston Joel Jover
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Brillante Mendoza, Julius
Villanueva, Jeffrey dela Cruz, Gary Tria
CAST: Jiro Manio, Kristoffer King, Coco Martin,
Nathan Lopez, Jaclyn Jose
FEATURES
THU Oct 16, 7:40PM
*Mature content
*Director & cast scheduled to attend
SLINGSHOT will also screen at the Chula
Vista UltraStar (555 Broadway) as part
of the Philippine Cinema Showcase
October 17-23. For more info: www.
philippinecinemashowcase.org
Slingshot (Tirador)
Q&A with Brillante
Mendoza, director of
Slingshot (Tirador)
By Lee Ann Kim
Q: You have a wonderfully, distinctive style as a
filmmaker. While watching SLINGSHOT and
FOSTER CHILD, sometimes I had to ask myself “is
this real life?” How difficult was it to shoot these
films in such tight quarters in Manila?
Most of my films are set in real time and
in actual locations. That’s why I am able to
capture even the heat! We don’t have huge
studio lots in the Philippines where sets can
be built for particular movies. Besides, an
independent filmmaker like me would not have
the money to build sets. So what I do is to find
the most perfect location for the story I want
to tell, then bring the actors there, make them
live there or nearby if possible, then shoot the
film continuously and chronologically until it
is complete..Making the actors shoot in the
actual location of the stories and telling them
to hang out in the area as much as they could
is what I call “ immersion.” How do I make
them hang out in the area when we don’t
even have trailers for anyone? If our budget
could afford it, we rent a room or a house
in the vicinity that could serve as a as resting
place for the actors in between takes and in
between filming days. That’s actually how my
actors practically become the characters they
are portraying. And, that’s how dedicated and
professional these actors are.
Q: What inspired the stories and characters of
SLINGSHOT?
The idea came about not because of
fascination with snatchers but more on the
desires to discover and learn about other
people’s lives and culture that I have never
been deeply aware of before. Tirador is a look
not only into the life but into the heart, mind
and spirit of the snatchers.
Q: I know your most recent film, “Serbis,” was
selected to compete at Cannes. Congratulations!
It was an humbling experience. It’s too good
to be true but it happened and I’m extremely
happy about it.
Q: You’re an incredibly prolific, cutting edge
filmmaker. How do you feel your work fits into the
film industry in the Philippines?
At the moment the prevailing attitude of
the moviegoing public towards my films is
of curiosity. It is perhaps the tragedy of any
filmmaker and producers as well to make films
that are patronized out of curiosity. We hope
that this attitude will be cured.
Meet Brillante Mendoza and his lead actor
Coco Martin at the screening of SLINGSHOT
(TIRADOR) on Thu, Oct 16 at 8PM.
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In Vietnam, legend has it that a person who dies far from home will wander the earth forever until they are
commemorated—until their story is told. THE STORY OF SPIRITS documents Tien Nguyen’s escape from
Vietnam with her father and her three siblings while her mother and unborn sister stayed behind following
the fall of Saigon in 1975.
Thirty years after her disappearance, a mother’s ghost returns, channeled through her husband’s new
wife. This sudden appearance however, leads her daughter to question her lifelong belief that her mother
abandoned her children. As her questions turn to doubt, the daughter embarks on a journey to shatter years
of family deception and silence. She traces the path of a woman that she has never known, from their wealthy
life in Saigon, to 1975 when the family fled to America without her mother, to her mysterious disappearance
at sea, and finally, to her father’s struggle living with the ghost of his dead wife. Using in-depth interviews with
her family in California, Michigan, New Jersey and ultimately Vietnam, she is able to piece together one story,
but several conclusions.
USA & Vietnam | English & Vietnamese w/
English subtitles | 60 min. | Video | 2006
DIRECTOR/PRODUCER: Tien Nguyen
FEATURES
Winner of 4 prizes at the San Sebastian Film Festival, including Best Film and Best Actor
Best known for directing “The Joy Luck Club,” filmmaker Wayne Wang is arguably one of the most prolific
Asian American independent filmmakers today. Adapted from a short story written by Chinese émigré, Yiyun
Li, A THOUSAND YEARS OF GOOD PRAYERS is among Wang’s latest Asian-themed films that explore the
bonds of family and Chinese identity in the modern world.
The story begins with a dignified and quiet Mr. Shi (Henry O), who arrives in Spokane, Washington to visit
his divorced daughter, Yilan, whom he has not seen in12 years. Fearful that her father will meddle in the
affair of her failed marriage,Yilan finds excuses to leave her father alone in her apartment. In desperation,
he begins to visit a local park and befriends an older Iranian woman living with her son. These two lonely
souls communicate perfectly, despite their language barrier. Yilan eventually is forced to face her father, and is
surprised by what she discovers.
USA | Farsi & Mandarin w/ English
subtiltes | 83 min. | Video | 2007
DIRECTOR: Wayne Wang
Writer: Yiyun Li
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Yasushi
Kotani, Taizon Son, Jooick Lee
PRODUCER: Yukie Kito, Rich Cowan,
Wayne Wang
Cinematographer: Patrick Lindenmaier
CAST: Faye Yu, Henry O, Vida Ghremani
SUN Oct 12, 5:20PM
WED Oct 15, 7:30PM
Story of Spirits
A Thousand Years of
Good Prayers
Co-presented by: Vietnamese American
Youth Alliance
Co-presented by: Chinese Consolidated
Benevolent Association,
Pan Asian Lawyers of San Diego,
San Diego Chinese Historical Museum
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Mario Barth guides the viewer inside the Horitoshi family, masters of the ancient art of Tebori, a traditional
Japanese technique of tattoo that dates back for centuries. The Japanese government has outlawed Tebori
tattoos due to their underworld ties. For the first time ever, viewers will be able to see the small and secret
society of the Horitoshi Family, as well as their rich culture, exotic land, the history and mythology of Japanese
tattooing.
While in Tokyo, Barth participates in underground festivals, rituals and gets tattooed on camera. Barth has
gained much respect from the Horitoshi family throughout his career and is the only Westerner welcomed
to immerse into this highly guarded world, which until now, the average person would have zero access. It is
only through Barth’s accomplishments and stellar reputation that the viewer is given the key to this veiled
community.
USA | English | 59 min | Video | 2008
DIRECTOR: Billy Burke
PRODUCER: Billy Burke
CAST: Mario Barth
FEATURES
Water flows through this beautiful Filipino film like the life force it is — pouring down upon or flooding
into the key moments in the lives of two young men who meet as boys in a rural town and end up as male
prostitutes in Manila. Whether it’s the river where they play as boys, the holy water sprayed at a religious
festival, the filthy water that seeps through the Manila slums, the steaming water in the bathhouses where the
young men ply their trade, or just the ever-present rain, these guys are always getting wet.
Ken Escudero as Enzo and Wil Sadejas as Adong play the friends as young men. Their lifelong bond seems
broken when Adong elopes with Melay (Ashley Silverio), leaving Enzo heartbroken and alone in the river,
where the two had been happily skinny-dipping until she came along. Enzo soon embarks on a search for his
friend that takes five years. They finally meet again when they are unwittingly booked as performers in the
same gay sex show. Will the unspoken passion shared by these beautiful young men be forced into the open?
- Frameline
Philippines| Tagalog w/ English subtitles |
109 min. | Video | 2007
DIRECTOR: Roni Bertubin
PRODUCER: Juan Artemio Barron III
WRITER: Romualdo Avellanosa
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Gary Gardoce
CAST: Ken Escudero, Wil Sandejas, Ashley
Silverio, Sylvia Sanchez
WED Oct 15, 5PM
SUN Oct 12, 5:30PM
*Mature content
Under the Skin
Unspoken Passion
Co-presented by: Japan Society of San
Diego and Tijuana
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In the year 2067, Japan makes key breakthroughs in robot technology and isolates itself off from the rest of
the world. A decade later, the Americans believe Japan is a threat, and send in a special forces unit led by
Vexille (voiced by Meisa Kuroki) to investigate. After infiltrating Japan’s security, they discover something
shocking: technology which has managed to blend human tissue with robot engineering, resulting in androids
virtually indiscernible from real humans. Ambushed and left for dead, Vexille is rescued by local rebel Maria
(Yatsuko Matsuyuki) who shares a common desire to take back their humanity and end the cybernetic
tyranny. Together, they team up with a ragtag crew of insurgents to prevent the rest of the world from
meeting the same sinister fate.
Director Fumihiko Sori’s vivid depiction of dystopian Japan pays homage to “Bladerunner,” even down to
its ass-kicking femme fatales. Heavily inspired by “Ghost In The Shell,” “The Matrix,” “Star Wars,” and “Road
Warrior,” VEXVILLE is packed full of jaw-dropping action sequences and eye-popping visuals that rival the best
of Hollywood films. An official selection in prestigious Toronto Int’l Film Festival, Anime Insider calls VEXVILLE
“A must see!”
Japan I Japanese w/ English subtitles | 109
min. I Video I 2007
DIRECTOR: Fumihiko Sori
PRODUCER: Toshiaki Nakazawa, Ichirô
Takase, Yumiko Yoshihara
WRITER: Haruka Handa, Fumihiko Sori
CAST: Yasuko Matsuyuki, Meisa Kuroki
FEATURES
Prior to the collapse of French colonial rule in Vietnam, Dau (Trong Anh Ngoc) and Gu (Nguyen Khanh
Quoc) are lovers as well as servants from two different households in the picturesque Vietnamese town of
Ha Dong. Both have suffered harshly at the hands of their cruel masters and lack the means to get married in
the accepted sense. However, when Gu’s master is assassinated, Dau and Gu flee south and eventually ending
up in the central Vietnamese seaside town of Hoi An. There, they raise a family with Dau eventually giving
birth to four girls. Unfortunately, their loving family life becomes threatened when Gu learns how his wife Dau
has been secretly earning money to support their family and as the horrors of the war begin to hit closer to
home.
Considered controversial by some, THE WHITE SILK DRESS was the Vietnamese representative at the 80th
Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language film category and the winner of the Audience Award at the
Pusan International Film Festival. A tribute to the strength and heart of Vietnamese women, this evocative and
elegant epic film will be sure to leave a lasting impression.
Vietnam | Vietnamese w/English subtitles
| 142 min | 35mm | 2007
DIRECTOR: Huynh Luu
PRODUCER: Huynh Luu, Raymond Lim
WRITER: Huynh Luu
CAST: Trong Anh Ngoc, Nguyen Khanh
Quoc
SAT Oct 11, 9:30PM
SAT Oct 11, 5:20PM
WED Oct 22, 8PM (RIVERSIDE)
*Mature content
Vexille
The White Silk Dress
Co-presented by: Japan Society of San
Diego and Tijuana
Co-presented by: SD Viet Meetup Group
SDSU Vietnamese Student Association
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In the West, World War II Japanese kamikaze pilots are commonly remembered as a symbol of suicidal
fanaticism. In Japan, the kamikaze pilots are held in reverence as patriots for committing the ultimate sacrifice
in defense of their nation. Few outside of Japan realize that by the spring of 1945, all Japanese combat aircraft
were reassigned to kamikaze missions and that hundreds of kamikaze pilots survived World War II.
When director Risa Morimoto discovered that her late uncle was one these kamikaze pilots who survived
the war, she was inspired to go to Japan and film interviews with other survivors. Through these interviews,
we learn that the desperate Japanese military government, unwilling to face the inevitable defeat, forced young
men to take on missions with no chance of survival. By blending these extraordinary interviews with rare
combat footage and interviews with American military men who survived kamikaze attacks, WINGS OF
DEFEAT pains a very different picture of kamikaze pilots, one that shatters the commonly held mythology.
USA | English Japanese w/ English
subtitles | 90 min. | Video | 2007
DIRECTOR: Risa Morimoto
PRODUCER: Risa Morimoto, Linda
Hoaglund
WRITER: Linda Hoaglund
FEATURES
In 1950’s South Africa, the dawn of apartheid places every detail of life under strict scrutiny. Yet here’s free-
spirited Amina (Sheetal Sheth, “Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World”) scandalizing her Indian community.
She’s broken all the rules by running a café, a safe haven of laughter, music, and a grey area for those who fall
outside the strict black and white rules of the government. Miriam (Lisa Ray, Water), on the other hand, is a
doting mother to her children and a demure and subservient wife to her chauvinistic husband, Omar. When
Miriam meets Amina, their unexpected attraction throws them both off balance. Although Miriam manages
to subdue her fascination with Amina, she finds herself slowly inspired to confront familiar and familial
constraints. Shortly after their encounter Miriam moves to an isolated life in the country, but even here
apartheid is placing its cruel footprint on society, and these injustices bring the two women together again,
cementing the basis of their growing feelings.
THE WORLD UNSEEN is also a revealing look at a rarely examined community that divides white from black
and women from men, but also one that might just allow an unexpected love to survive.
S. Africa | 112 min. | Video | 2007
DIRECTOR/WRITER: Shamim Sarif
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Katherine
Priestly, Lisa Tchenguiz-Imerman
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Mike Downie
CAST: Lisa Ray, Sheetal Sheth, Parvin
Dabas, Nandana Sen
TUE Oct 14, 5:30PM
SUN Oct 12, 1PM
*Mature content
*Lead actress Sheetal Sheth
scheduled to attend
Wings of Defeat
The World Unseen
Co-presented by: Japan Society of San
Diego and Tijuana
Co-presented by: SDSU Women’s
Resource Center, UCSD Women’s
Center, USD Asian Pacific American Law
Students Association, Qualcomm, Inc.
Catch Them All! | 77
Ever since the very first Miss Chinatown was crowned in 1958, the titleholder has been a highly recognizable
Asian American icon at once admired and reviled. Her dazzling smile, perfumed coif, tight Chinese dress and
impeccable English is the picture of contentment - the perfect blend of East and West, old world continuity
and modern sensibilities. Or, what some call, a caricature of the feminine and ethnic ideal, exploited and
outdated.
YOURS TRULY, MISS CHINATOWN goes behind the scenes of the 2003 Los Angeles Miss Chinatown
pageant, delving into the lives of two pageant contestants during the pageant and the aftermath. Added to the
mix is the anti-heroine, a Miss Chinatown imposter who dares to take on the myth, and playfully molds the
symbol to reflect her own coming of age experiences.
Following these women over several years, at a pivotal time in their lives, what emerges are some of the
rarely heard voices of young Asian American women at the turn of the 21st century.
USA | 60 min. | Video | 2008
DIRECTOR: Daisy Lin Shapiro
PRODUCERS: Aaron Shapiro, John Keitel,
Stephen Liu
FEATURES
SUN Oct 12, 3:30PM
*Director scheduled to attend
Yours Truly, Miss Chinatown
Co-presented by: Families with Children
from China - San Diego Chapter,
San Diego Mesa College Asian Pacific
American Studies Program Committee,
San Diego Mesa College Women’s Union,
San Diego Mesa College Women’s Study
Advisory Committee, SDSU Alpha Phi
Gamma, San Diego Women’s Film Festival,
UCSD Women’s Center
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It’s our right and privilege.
What a shame that statistics show Asian Pacific
Islanders have the lowest voter registration and lowest
voter turnout! WE can change that NOW!
- Register to vote in our lobby or
online before October 20
- Come join us for our FREE Reel in the Vote
program, October 14, 6PM
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Congrats to winner Henry Ahn
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REEL IN THE VOTE is supported by grants from the CA Independent Voters Project, Episilon Systems Solutions,
Hom Family Foundation, and Zero Divide, as well as marketing support from Katz & Associates
82 | The 9th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Lee Ann Kim
ASSOCIATE FOUNDATION
DIRECTOR
Mye Hoang
PROGRAM DIRECTOR
George Lin
MARKETING COORDINATOR
Daniel Matthews
ARTISTIC PROGRAMMERS
Michael Chen
Sam Chen
Gene Huh
BUSINESS OPERATIONS
Jocelyn Pakingan
Michelle Tubon
ENTRY & TRAFFIC
COORDINATOR
Jennifer Lo
VOLUNTEER
COORDINATORS
Emil Ayoubkhan
Megan Lam
COMMUNITY
OUTREACH
COORDINATOR
Duke Tran
GRAPHICS DESIGN
Marilyn Jones
Christopher Lee
Diana Martinez
Vince Martinez
ONLINE CONTENT
COORDINATOR
Ryan Wong
WEBSITE
Steve Lukas
Vince Martinez
Ben Ting
Connie Allen
STREET TEAM
Daniel Matthews, Coordinator
Rachel Andrada
Joseph Balan
Christina Buquid
Kimberly Conocono
Mark Gadia
Pamela Huynh
Daniel Lew
Traci Kanamori
Alexis Zukowski
REEL VOICES COORDINATOR
Mike Watson
REEL VOICES ASSISTANT
Akira Chan
REEL VOICES INTERNS
Akio Mitsunaga
Ryan Medel
Al Pappas
Elle Lipson
Joska Charles
Mari Jacobson
Harrison Tong
SPECIAL EVENTS
Dennis-Michael Broussard
Aya Ibarra
Sheila Kanoya
Kelly Lim
Sophia Lukas
Terry Matsuoka
Monica Moon
PRODUCTION COORDINATOR
Chris Paffendorf
FACILITIES COORDINATOR
Anthony Noceda
OPERATIONS
Phil Luque
Martin Johnson
PROJECTIONISTS
Trevor Behan
Andi Brandenberg
Akira Chan
Brook Faleknstein
Mye Hoang
Arnold Marquez
Jon Miller
Chris Paffendorf
Jake Zamzow
GUEST SERVICES
Nick Cichon
Catherine Jaravata
Julie Kim
Diana Martinez
BOX OFFICE
& MERCHANDISING
Dorian Wicks
FILM FORUM
Rachel Andrada
Stephen Chin
John Dacapias
Mark Gadia
Gene Huh
Pamela Huynh
Marilyn Jones
Chris Paffendorf
Rita Quach
Tanya Shin
Didi Tanadjaja
Duke Tran
Ken Wade
INTERNS
Jonathan Abhay
Clint Baruch
Matt Wong
PROGRAM BOOKLET TEAM
Vince Martinez
Diana Martinez
Sophia Lukas
Marilyn Jones
WRITERS
Dr. Craig Reid
PHOTOGRAPHERS
Jose Bucud
Daniel K. Lew
Michael Domingo
Rodney Regala
Reggie Regala
Allan Regala
DOWN LOW TEAM
Guilain Bwinika
Jessica Chang
Brian Corpuz
Darryl Kim
Eddie Kim
Jinah Kim
Gina Lee
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Dan Hom, Chairman
Lani Lutar, Vice Chair
Jaejung Kim, Secretary
Yanqun Zhou, Treasurer
Henry Cheng
Ray Hom
Albert Lee
Benjamin Lee
Ed Lee
Joe Mendoza
Steve Peace
Arturo Rivera
Louis Song
Yen Tu
Eddie Wang-Rodriguez
Sarah Yang
FESTIVAL JURY
Beth Accomando
Rose Kuo
Ham Tran
Chi-Hui Yang
Jeff Yang
PUBLIC RELATIONS
Andy Hoang
Katz& Associates
CPA SERVICES
Roger Gordon, CPA
LEGAL REPRESENTATION
Mintz Levin
RIVERSIDE TEAM
William Caganap
Frank Hiroyasu
Danny Kim
Esther Kim
Julie Kim
Mariam Lam
Judy Lee
Rosalind Sagara
Kristin Seiler
Joe Virata
Rodd Wingate
Bryan Ziadie
ASSISTANT TO
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Jini Shim
FOUNDATION & FESTIVAL STAFF
Catch Them All! | 83
AAJA San Diego
ABA San Diego
Jonathan Abhay
Brent Altomare, Groovy Like A Movie
Emlyn Aurelio, NICU
Glenn Barroga
Ferris Bautista
Amy Berry, Cox
Michelle Brega, Bank of America
John Castillo, A-B
Jessica Chang, AAJA SD
Don Chareunsy
Han Chen, Kyocera
John Cho
Yuni Cho
Josh Choi, KCCLA
Diana Chuh
Leeva Chung, USD
Pascal Courtin, Sidney Frank Importing Co.
Matt D’Arrigo
Ranjit Dhindsa
John Ellison, UltraStar
Abe Ferrer, VC
Rosemarie Finone
Fritz Friedman, Sony Pictures
Michele Goodson, FUNimation
Roger Gordon CPA
Joe Gregore, Town & Country
Joon Han, Better SD
Jennifer Hasche, Intuit
Dan Hom, the KING
Gayle Hom
Loretta Hom
Tom Hom
Andy Hoang
Melanie Horn, Qualcomm
Moses Hwang
Aya Ibarra
Daniel Jaimes
Deborah Java
Rebecca Kelley, Office of Ron Roberts
Neil Kendricks
Margaret Kennedy, Town & Country
Danny Kim, UCR
Darryl Kim
Eddie Kim, Pepsi
Jay Kim, Paramount Pictures
Jinah Kim
Julie Kim
Myung Soon Kim
Anderson Le, HIFF
Wyman Lee, DCAPA Film
Mike Lomotan, Planet C
David Magdael
Solly Manalo, L&L
Arnold Marquez
Janine Mason, Fieldstone Foundation
Bryan Min, ESS
Joe Min, Intertrend
Hope Murran, Time Warner
Alex Nath, Town & Country
Dustin Nguyen
Angela Rockwood-Nguyen
Grace Niwa
Ben Ortega, Sansai
Bill Ostrem
Mark Palaganas, Intertrend
Mike Palmer, Stone Brewing
Judy Patacsil, Miramar College
Chris Principio
Reggie Regala
Rodney Regala
Craig Reid
Sharon Rhodes
Angela Rockwood-Nguyen
Damon Rubio, UltraStar
Shirley Sans, AT&T
Dana Sass, Barona
Wally Schlotter
John Skrentny
Jack Song
Louis Song
Samuel Song
Weston Song
Jimmy Tsai
Alan Tse
Ron Tuatagaloa
Felix Tuyay, SWC
Emilio Joe Virata, UCR
Mike Watson
Scott White
Simon Wong
Ditas Yamane
Kelly Yang, SW Airlines
Jeff Yang
Julia Yang
Sarah Yang
Lily Yee, Goldilocks
Tony Young, Councilmember
Su-Mei Yu, Saffron
Timothy Yuen, Burkett & Wong
Rick Zeiler
THANK YOU LIST 2008
84 | The 9th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival
6TH AND SANTA FE
Mike Gunther
11333 Moorpark St. #166
Studio City, CA 91602
mikegunther@sbcglobal.net
818-919-2525
818-932-1937
200 POUND BEAUTY
KM Culture Co., Ltd.
3rd Fl., Bojun Bldg.,
Gangnam-gu, Seoul 135-010
Korea
82 2 3438 3848
jaok@kmculture.com
364 CRANES
Vincent Lin
990 Avenue of the Americas
#20P
New York, NY 10018
vince@mintsintin.com
917-826-4255
ABRIDGED
Arjun Rihan
2620 Van Buren Pl
Los Angeles, CA 90007
arjunrihan@gmail.com
650-814-3145
ACCURACY OF DEATH
Nippon Television Network
Fumiko Nagata
1-6-1 Higashi Shimbashi,
Minato-ku
Tokyo 105-7444 Japan
tel: +81-3-6215-3028
fax: +81-3-6215-3029
nagata-f.stf@ntv.co.jp
AGAINST THE GRAIN
Kevin Kolodinsky
5150 NE 9th Lane
Ocala, FL 34470
kkolodin@ringling.edu
352-236-4493
AGAINST THE GRAIN:
AN ARTIST’S SURVIVAL GUIDE
TO PERU
Ann Kaneko
12323 Culver Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90066
annkaneko@pobox.com
310-390-1369
THE AGENT
David Kim
1159 Magnolia Ave. #1A
Gardena, CA 90247
monks617@gmail.com
310-755-8546
AIM FOR THE HEART:
A GUIDE TO VAMPIRE
DEFENSE
Fernando Huerto
10058 Challenger Cir.
Spring Valley, CA 91978
cloogie64@hotmail.com
619-471-6517
ALIEN ABDUCTION
David Han
309-311 East 37th Street, Apt.
BW
New York, NY 10016
makotsu@gmail.com
ALWAYS 1 &2
Nippon Television Network
Fumiko Nagata
1-6-1 Higashi Shimbashi,
Minato-ku
Tokyo 105-7444 Japan
tel: +81-3-6215-3028
fax: +81-3-6215-3029
nagata-f.stf@ntv.co.jp
AN AMERICAN IN CHINA
Ron Berrett
6914 Tujunga Ave
North Hollywood, CA 91605
info@east-west-media.com
818-388-8023
818-947-0036
AN IMMIGRANT GIRL’S
JOURNEY
Alex Marino
11316 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA 91604
cap@completeactorsplace.com
818-506-5111
ANJALI
Maya Anand
anjalifilm@gmail.com
917-362-8452
APPLE/BIRD & THE BEE
“AGAIN & AGAIN”
Dennis Liu
730 Columbus Ave
Apt. 14D
New York, NY 10025
dennis.a.liu@gmail.com
917-912-1508
860-945-1072
THE ASIAN ARROW
Richard B Quebral
1214 N. Gardner St.
West Hollywood, CA 90046
rquebral@gmail.com
323-318-4540
ASSEMBLY
Huayi Brothers Pictures
Kelly Pang
kellyps@hbpictures.com
AWKWARD
140 Richardson St. Apt. 1
Brooklyn, NY 11211
cesarkuriyama@gmail.com
BATTLE OF THE ALBUM
COVERS
Curious Pictures
440 Lafayette Street, 6th floor
New York, NY 10003
ro@curiouspictures.com
BIG MAN JAPAN
Matt Cowal
Magnolia Pictures
49 West 27th Street, 7th Floor
NY, NY 10001
(212) 924-6742
BITE ME
Jason Fong
jasonyerface@yahoo.com
916-541-2022
916-371-0799
BLOOD DEBTS
Roland Nguyen
426 S. Occidental Blvd. #3
Los Angeles, CA 90057
rvnfilms@gmail.com
415-846-1579
BLACK BELT
Klockworkx
Miku Kikuchi /International Sales
1-6-10 MF Bldg. 4F Ebisu Minami
Shibuya-Ku,
Tokyo JAPAN, 150-0022
tel: +81-35720-7791 fax :+81-
35720-7792
BOMBAY SKIES
Rita Rani
rrani_1@yahoo.com
818-451-8223
BOOKIE
Bao Tran
2010 N 153rd Pl
Shoreline, WA 98133-6336
info@pov-films.com
206-910-6219
CALIFORNIA KING
Eli Kaufman
717 Raymond Ave. #6
Santa Monica, CA 90405
eli_kaufman@hotmail.com
310-450-7901
CELEBRATION
Visual Communications
120 Judge John Aiso Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
info@vconline.org
CHILDREN OF THE STARS
Rob Aspey
602. Unit 10, Block 31
Xing Fu Er Cun,
Xing Dong Lu
Chaoyang District
Beijing, 100027 China
rob.aspey@gmail.com
312-688-3375
CHOCOLATE
Sahamongkol Films
Panu Aree
panu@sahamongkolfilm.com
COOKIES FOR SALE
Wes Kim
info@cookiesforsalefilm.com
PO Box 31993
Seattle, WA, 98103
wes@weskim.com
206-719-6261
A CRICKET IN THE COURT OF
AKBAR
Andrew Mendelson
448 W. 19th St., #3F
New York, NY 10011
andrew@ragamalaproductions.
com
917-658-7983
DAMN THE PAST!
Juli Kang
1317 1/2 N. Stanley Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
julikang@sbcglobal.net
323-851-9335
DANCE OF FREE BIRD
Korean National University of
the Arts
L382-ho, San #1-5
Seoul 136-716
82.2.746.9549
knuadis@knua.ac.kr
DANCE OF THE DRAGON
Calvin Tan
442 Orchard Road #02-13
Singapore 238879
calvin@silkroadpictures.com
(65) 67350818
(65) 67350812
DEAD MAN’S HOUR
Nathan Kitada
5432 Franklin Avenue Apt. 207
PRINT SOURCE
Catch Them All! | 85
Los Angeles, CA 90027
nathan.kitada@gmail.com
323-962-7748
DEAR HEIDI
John Ferrie
2400 Buchanan St. Apt 104
San Francisco, CA, 94115
U S A
john.ferrie@gmail.com
617-669-9371 (Cell)
DIRTY HANDS:
THE ART & CRIMES OF
DAVID CHOE
Harry Kim
1315 S Oxford Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90006
harry@bdprod.com
310-775-9232
DORORO
Dir: Akihiko Shiota
Universal Studios Home
Entertainment
100 Universal City Plaza
1440/06
Universal City, CA 91608
pamela.chien@nbcuni.com
DRAWING PAPER
Sunhee Kim
escape39@hanmail.net
82-2-838-2786
A DROP OF LIFE
Shalini Kantayya
221 East 18th Street, #3C
Brooklyn, NY 11226
kshalini@7thempiremedia.com
646-393-5209
EAT
Mitchel Dumlao
5161 San Lorenzo Dr.
Santa Barbara, CA 93111
mitchel.dumlao@gmail.com
805-708-1856
ESCAPING THE NORM
Glenn Gimutao
ggimutao@uci.edu
FAMILY INC.
Emily Ting
emily@unboundfeet.com
852-6202-2696
THE FISH FALL IN LOVE
Global Films Initiative
444 De Haro Street, #124
San Francisco, CA 94107
lisa@globalfilm.org
FOLLOW THE SIGNS
Steve Godwin
3121 Via Simpatia
Carlsbad, CA 92009
godwin.steve@gmail.com
619-890-6199
FOLLOW YOUR HEART :
CHINA’S NEW YOUTH
MOVEMENT
Duncan Jepson
24th Floor, Winsome House,
71-73 Wyndham Street, Central,
Hong Kong
duncan.jepson@creative-work.
com
852-918-8288
FOSTER CHILD
Ignatius Films Canada
1412 Seaview Drive, Mississauga,
Ontario, Canada L5J 1X5
Tel.: +63 2 747 6742
Mobile: +63 916 234 0268
ignatiusfilmscanada@yahoo.ca
GANDHI AT THE BAT
Stephanie Argy
913 1/2 Manzanita Street
Los Angeles, CA 90029-3009
steph@mentalslapstick.com
323-663-9911
GENGHIS KHAN:
TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH
AND SEA
1200 Lakeside Parkway Bldg 1
Flower Mound, TX
michele.goodson@funimation.
com
GIVING CARE
Steven Payne
543 45th Street, Suite 2
Brooklyn, NY 11220
slp068@verizon.net
646-267-2688
HALF-LIFE
Green Finch Pictures
200 West 20th Street #815
NY, NY 10011
reuben@halflifemovie.com
HALLUCII
Goo-Shun Wang
339 Lexington Ave Apt# 4R
New York, NY 10016
dorcus@gmail.com
646-651-5748
HELLCATS
CJ Entertainment
1801 Century Park East Suite
1901
Los Angeles, CA 90067
audrey@cj.net
HOLLYWOOD CHINESE
Deep Focus Productions
P.O. Box 39548
Los Angeles CA 90039
info@deepfocusproductions.
com
THE HOUSE OF SHARING
Hein Seok
297 Montgomery St. #3W
Jersey City, NJ 7302
info@thehouseofsharing.com
661-373-6225
JOSIE’S LALALAND
eb@hybworks.co.uk
JUST
Edward Gunawan
5593 1/2 Village Green
Los Angeles, CA 90016
323.842.9874
edwardgunawan@gmail.com
KALI MA
Soman Chainani
No Pressure Productions
2790 Broadway, #2
New York, NY, 10025
nopressurefilms@gmail.com
917 693 7280 (Day)
KETCHUP
Wenchung Lu
25236 Running Horse Rd.
New Hall, CA 91321
wlu@alum.calarts.edu
THE KILLING OF A CHINESE
COOKIE
Jimmy Tsai
2100 Sawtelle Blvd. Ste.101
Los Angeles, CA, 90025
ryan@cherryskyfilms.com
3104798001 (Work)
KISSING COUSINS
Amyn Kaderali
438 S. Venice Blvd. #1
Venice, CA 90291
amynk@hotmail.com
310-591-8764
KNEES
Minhyun Park
mpark2@sva.edu
917-361-4087
L: CHANGE THE WORLD
(See Always 1 & 2)
LALALAND
Ronnarit Lueangwattanakij
99-56 63rd. Ave. #2R
Rego Park, NY 11374
ronn_iam@hotmail.com
646-934-5297
LEGEND
(see Celebration)
LIGHT MY FIRE
(see Dance of Freebird)
LIGHT YEARS
Richard Martin
24889 Nueva Vista
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
richmart11@yahoo.com
949-510-0689
866-612-9904
THE LITTLE KNAVE
Sarah Campbell
Portland, OR 97214
sarahnaomi@
framespersecondfilms.com
503-756-5156
LITTLE MANILA:
FILIPINOS IN CALIFORNIA’S
HEARTLAND
Media Factory
2600 Tenth St. Ste. 600
Berkely, CA
marissa@mediafactory.tv
LOOK AGAIN
Jennifer Lin
1809 Sacramento St
Berkeley, CA 94702
lookagainfilms@gmail.com
510-388-6061
510-647-8196
LOVERS
Carl Zhang
carlzhang@thestyleembassy.com
61-412-218-179
MAGAZINE GAP ROAD
Nicholas Chin
Hong Kong
nick@taitaifilms.com
+852 94041811
MAGICICADA
1327 Solera Lane #1
Diamond Bar, CA 91765
benettkim@yahoo.com
MAMO’S WEEDS
Akira Boch
1034A Magnolia Street
Los Angeles, CA 91030
akiraboch@yahoo.com
626-441-6926
THE MEANING OF TEA
Scott Chamberlin-Hoyt
jennifer.ahlstrom@gmail.com
212-691-8899
MEAT DAYS
Wen-ming Hsieh
wts234@ms6.hinet.net
peter771112@yahoo.com.tw
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MISS POPULARITY
Sharon Bradley
Vivo Media Art Centre
1965 Main St. Vancouver BC V5T
3C1
videoout@telus.net
MOON LADY
Sulyn Zan
111 Somerville Rd
Ridgewood, NJ 7450
wseoling@gmail.com
201-447-9021
THE MOUSE TRAP
indiestory@indiestory.com
MY FATHER
Lotte Cinema, Justin Choi
1556-4, Seocho-dong, Seocho-gu
Seoul, 137-873, KOREA
Tel: 822.3470.3596
jchoi@lottecinema.co.kr
MY FIRST CRUSH
Rocky Jo
8500 Steller Drive
Building 7
Culver City, CA 90232
contact@bbfilms.net
310-467-7788
MYSTIC BALL
Black Rice Productions
795 Fifth Ave. Suite 1007
New York, NY 10021
1 212 591 6029
matthew@blackrice.com
NADAL VS. ALIEN
Hyungkee Lee
Dmc E3-2, Sang-am Dong, Mapo
Gu
Dmc R&d Center # 305
Seoul, Seoul 121-270
822-380-3346
keeanimation@gmail.com
NEW AGING
Jason Wong
808 Greenridge Drive
La Canada, CA 91011
wongjaso@gmail.com
818-790-8868
NI HAO, KAI-LAN
Nick Jr. & NOGGIN
Brand Marketing
1515 Broadway
NY, NY 10013
shalina.mansharamani@nick.com
OCEAN OF PEARLS
P.O. Box 99411
Troy, MI 48099-9411
sjneelam@comcast.net
THE OH-MALLEYS IN
DADDY’S MY MERCEDES
Chil Kong
2041 N. Vermont Ave #400
LA, CA 90027
chilk@sbcglobal.net
818-554-0977
OH SAIGON
Nuoc Pictures
317 Hicks St., Ste. 8
Brooklyn, NY 11201
nuoc@mac.com
OPEN CITY
(see Hellcats)
PASSAGE
Angela How
1400 N. Gardner Street, #3
Los Angeles, CA 90046
aperturepictures@yahoo.com
323-969-0756
PASSING POSTON
jfox@flywall.com
nubile@flywall.com
A PASSING RAIN
4FL., BaekAk B/D, 135-4
Seoul 110-043
82.2.722.6055
indiestory@indiestory.com
PING PONG PLAYA
IFC Films
11 PENN PLAZA, 15TH FL.
NY, NY 10001
646.273.7260
nabaruch@ifcintheaters.com
PLANET B-BOY
Vicky Wight
Elephant Eye Films
27 W. 20th Street, Suite 607
New York, NY 10011
vicky@elephanteyefilms.com
PLEASE VOTE FOR ME
Steps International
7 Glynville Terrace Gardens
Cape Town, Western Cape 8001
South Africa
don@steps.co.za
+27 21 465 5805
THE POSSUM
Chris Choy
819 NW 23rd Ave
Portland OR 97210
chrischoy1203@yahoo.com
THE POSTCARD
Josh Kim
junepyo@gmail.com
PREKISSTORIC TIMES
Leo Matsuda
5648 BAY ST APT 623
Emeryville, CA 94608-2443
leoimatt@hotmail.com
PUBLIC ENEMY RETURNS
(see Hellcats)
THE RED RACE
Chao Gan
298 Weihai Road
Shanghai, 200041 China
ganchao@ganchao.net
62870089
RESIDUE
Sothea Pictures
9140 Grammercy Dr, #297
San Diego, CA 92123
619-822-3080
Jaredldavis@gmail.com
S/HE
Sharon Bradley
VIVO Media Art Centre
1965 Main St. Vancouver BC V5T
3C1
videoout@telus.net
SANTA MESA
Louise Lovegrove
7 East 14th Street
Apt 726
New York, NY 10003
louiselovegrove@gmail.com
917-701-8289
SAVE RON JR.
Infrastructure Productions
ray@infdv.com
SECRET
1212 Tower Two, Admirality Ctr
040 Hong Kong
makolivia@edkofilm.com.hk
SEXY GIRL AND CARPENTER
DongKeun Lee
1472-13. #501, Seochodong,
Seochoku
Seoul, 137-073
South Korea
caenal@hotmail.com
82-10-9041-4254
SHADOWS IN THE PALACE
(see Hellcats)
SHAME
Mu-Nan Pictures, LLC
Jill Schneider
631-766-3799
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Kelowna, AB V1P 1E1
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1368 11th Ave
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