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Welcome Letter
Welcome to the 10th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival, where great
film comes to life! We are presenting our most ambitious program:
some 200 films from 20 countries. Crazy, I know. We struggled with
the fact that our 10th anniversary would fall during one of the worst
recessions in recent U.S. history. The natural response would be to cut-
back. Instead, we took a risk and doubled the length of our Festival
to two weeks. Despite the economy, we have more loyal members and
attendees than ever before, assuring us that we are indeed fulfilling
our mission: to connect audiences with the human experience through
the Pan Asian media arts.
We believe film is a powerful universal language that connects us on a
deep, meaningful level. In times like this, film offers an escape; stories
of hope and inspiration; and a way to gain new perspectives.
That is why we chose to open our Festival with CHILDREN OF
INVENTION (p. 36), which could not be more relevant to our
economic times. A critically-acclaimed Sundance film directed by
emerging filmmaker Tze Chun, CHILDREN OF INVENTION tells the
story of a single mother chasing the American dream while in dire
financial straits. When she disappears, her two young children turn to
ingenuity to survive. Bookending the Festival as our Closing Night Film
is the premiere of IP MAN (p. 37), an epic martial arts tale inspired by
the true story of Bruce Lee’s master, starring Donny Yen.
In between is an enormous selection of films, panels, parties, live
music performances, a comedy night, a gala awards dinner, an art
show, and our first-ever Audience Award!
Sorely missing this year, however, is our beloved friend, George Lin,
who died of cancer during last year’s Festival. He founded the DC
APA Film Festival in 2000, the same year our festival began. In 2003,
he joined the SDAFF as our Program Director and Associate Festival
Director. He championed indie filmmakers, mentored students, and
lived life to the fullest. His handiwork is all over this festival.
In George’s memory, we are heavily promoting Cancer Awareness
through public service announcements, an origami Crane Project,
and closely-themed films (see 100, BE SURE TO SHARE, IN LOVE
WE TRUST). We want everyone to know the importance of getting
screened for cancer, and that a diagnosis of cancer is neither shameful
nor hopeless. Like film, cancer affects all of us in one way or another.
Finally, I want to personally thank my husband, Louis Song; our
chairman Dan Hom and board of directors; our hardworking staff,
members, volunteers; and our generous sponsors, without any of
whom this festival would not be possible.
Life is short, and SDAFF 2009 will whiz by. Let’s make the most of it!
Carpe Diem,
Lee Ann Kim
Founder and Executive Director
About SDAFF 6
Foundation & Fest Staff 7
Message from Mayor 8
Chairman’s Welcome 9
How to Watch Film 9
Board of Directors 10
Ticket Information 13
SDAFF membership 14
Text to Phone Updates 15
How to Festival 16
Star Campaign 17
Festival Schedule 18
Sponsors 22
10 Years of SDAFF 26
Tribute to George Lin 29
Cancer Awareness 30
Special Events 32
Film & Program Guide 33
Special Thanks 120
Print Source 121
Financial support for the 2009 San Diego Asian Film
Festival is provided in part by the City of San Diego
Commission for Arts and Culture.
Table of Contents
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REEL VOICES COMMUNITY SCREENINGS MEMBERSHIP EVENTS
MI SSION
Our mission is to connect audiences with the human experience through the Pan Asian media arts.
We fulfill our mission by:
• Presenting unique, culturally-enriching programs that would otherwise be inaccessible;
• Engaging the public in meaningful discourse and positive social change;
• Promoting artistic excellence, innovation and the independent voice;
• Strengthening San Diego as an arts destination.
PROGRAMS
While the Asian Film Festival is our largest event of the year, we offer year-round programs that include:
FREE FILMS ON DEMAND
Check out a free selection of SDAFF films year-round on TIME WARNER CABLE. If you are a digital subscriber, go to
Channel 144, and search for the SD ASIAN FILM tab. Click on the tab, and choose the film you would like to watch, and
keep coming back for more!
www.SDAFF.org
We believe film is a powerful means to shape the way we view the world and
builds a cultured and compassionate society.
About the San Diego Asian Film Foundation
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Foundation and Festival Staff
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Lee Ann Kim
ASSOCIATE FOUNDATION DIRECTOR
Mye Hoang
OPERATIONS DIRECTOR
Phillip Luque
MARKETING DIRECTOR
Daniel Matthews
ARTISTIC PROGRAMMERS
Michael Chen
Sam Chen
Gene Huh
Anderson Le
PROGRAMMING ASSISTANTS
Jimmy Lee
Jennifer Lo
Jini Shim
Cypress Villaflores
ENTRY & TRAFFIC COORDINATOR
Jennifer Lo
COMMUNITY OUTREACH
COORDINATOR
Jimmy Lee
GRAPHIC DESIGN
Marilyn Jones
Christopher Lee
Gabrielle Tabios
Mark Reyes
ONLINE CONTENT COORDINATOR
Ryan Wong
WEB SITE
Ken Benavente
Michael Sasaki
VOLUNTEER COORDINATORS
Mark Gadia
Julie Zhan
MARKETING ASSOCIATES
Kane Diep
Kathryn Hammelman
STREET TEAM
Joseph Balan, Coordinator
Linda Le
Pamela Huynh
Ben Ting
Jessica Ross
Rachel Andrada
Ryan Medel
Vietca Do
Daniel Lew
Alexis Zukowski
REEL VOICES COORDINATOR
Mike Watson
REEL VOICES ASSISTANT
Sam Akira Chan
REEL VOICES INTERNS
Holly Cramer
Laura ChauDavis
Staci Gaines
Steve Garcia
Jarrod Finley
Guadalupe Sandoval
Joseph Severs
Junia Zhang
SPECIAL EVENTS
Dennis-Michael Broussard
May Chu
Aya Ibarra
Sheila Kanoya
Megan Lam
Marsha Lapid
Kelly Lim
Terry Matsuoka
Cynthia Yee
PRODUCTION COORDINATOR
Chris Paffendorf
FACILITIES
Anthony Noceda
Emil Ayoubkhan
THEATER OPERATIONS
Phil Luque
Mark Atkinson
PROJECTIONISTS
Trevor Behan
Akira Chan
Nicholas Constant
Brook Falkenstein
Staci Gaines
Mye Hoang
Arnold Marquez
Jon Miller
Chris Paffendorf
Sonya Park
Tracy Teel
Jake Zamzow
GUEST SERVICES
Catherine C. Jaravata
Ashley C. Jaravata
Julie Kim
Francis De Jesus
Bryce Griffin
Desphina Vorgeas
Nick Cichon
INTERNS
Jon Camaisa
Esther Chung
Letty Giang
Nikki Jimenez
Courtney Jong
Kazuki Nakagawa
Paola Rodelas
Jini Shim
Nathan Tran
Elianna Yanger
PROGRAM BOOKLET EDITOR
Arnold Marquez
PROGRAM BOOKLET DESIGN
Marilyn Jones
PHOTOGRAPHERS
Jose Bucud
Daniel K. Lew
Michael Domingo
Rodney Regala
Reggie Regala
Allan Regala
Alex Tran
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Dan Hom, Chairman
Stephen Chin, Co-Vice Chair
Lani Lutar, Co-Vice Chair
Jaejung Kim, Secretary
Yanqun Zhou, Treasurer
Roger Chan
Amethyst Griffith
Albert Lee
Benjamin Lee
Ed Lee
Nita Mehta
Joe Mendoza
Steve Peace
Arturo Rivera
Fauzia Saeed
Louis Song
Benjamin Tu
Eddie Wang-Rodriguez
Sarah Yang
FESTIVAL JURY
Quan Phung
Eric Pierson
Win-sie Tow
PUBLIC RELATIONS
Andy Hoang
ACCOUNTING
Lee Forrester
Roger Gordon, CPA
LEGAL REPRESENTATION
Mintz Levin
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Letter from the Chairman
Welcome to the 10th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival! As chairman, I am proud to help
the SDAFF celebrate ten wonderful years of films, programs and social awareness. Through the
years, SDAFF has shown hundreds of films to moviegoers across San Diego and has truly fulfilled
its purpose of engaging and connecting audiences to the human experience through cinema.
My passion for movies sparked my initial interest in SDAFF in 2002. Since then, I have come to
the festival every year to enjoy films, festivities, and meet great people. I’m inspired by the many
attendees who share our passion, as well as the amount of hard work and dedication the staff
puts into each and every event. It wasn’t long before I knew that I wanted to do something more
for this organization. Initially, I became involved as a board member and was nominated and
elected chairman in 2007.
It is truly an honor to be working with such a great group of talented individuals, and I hope
that in the next ten years our Foundation’s work will continue to touch audiences as it has me.
A special thanks to the 2009 Board of Directors for their continued support, volunteerism and leadership. I personally wish
incoming chairman Stephen Chin a successful 2010, and I also want to recognize my dear friend and executive director Lee Ann
Kim, who has grown this festival since its inception. We all embrace the SDAFF for providing our community with a true cultural
treasure.
Enjoy the show!
Dan Hom
Chairman
San Diego Asian Film Foundation
Our friends at the San Diego Film Critics Society believe anyone can watch films with a critical eye. This allows you to
exercise analytical parts of the brain that often go unused, and acquire skills that can carry over into other parts of your life.
Here are some tips:
• If you liked or didn’t like a movie, figure out why. It’s crucial to understand your own aesthetic and to be able to
express why some films or filmmakers appeal to you and others leave you cold.
• Pay close attention to what goes into making the story. Does the dialogue seem honest and believable, and do the
actors carry it off? Is the plot solid, or does it have as many holes as a piece of Swiss cheese?
• Do you think the director had a cohesive vision for the entire movie, and if so, can you express what you think it was?
• Do you feel like the movie is photographed well? Does the cinematography enhance or distract from the story itself?
What about the costumes or the sets?
• Try a movie you think you might not like. Catch a horror film, sample a romantic comedy, don’t be afraid of subtitles,
and watch something that has no movie stars in it. A good critic has to be open to everything.
The San Diego Film Critics Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing diverse critical opinion about movies,
advancing film education and awareness, and recognizing excellence in cinema. www.sdfcs.org.
How to Critically Watch Film
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Board of Directors
(Front L to R) Lani Lutar, Nita Mehta, Dan Hom, Fauzia Saeed, Amthyst Griffith (Back, L to R) Yanqun Zhou, Stephen Chin, Roger Chan, Albert Lee,
Benjamin Lee, Steve Peace, Lee Ann Kim, Eddie Rodriguez, Joe Mendoza, Art Rivera, Ed Lee, Sarah Yang, Louis Song (not pictured: Ben Tu, Jaejung Kim)
2009 Board of Directors
The San Diego Asian Film Foundation is overseen by a passionate group of business and community leaders who volunteer their
time and expertise. Board members are in charge of governance, ensure adequate resources and help with the Foundation’s strategic
direction. We think they’re pretty cool!
WHY SERVE?
• Great networking opportunity
• Enrich your life with culturally enriching programs
• Help shape the future of a dynamic, successful organization
• Make a difference in the community
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Dan Hom, SDAFF Chair – President, Focuscom Inc.
Lani Lutar, Co-Vice Chair – Executive Director, San Diego County Taxpayers Association
Stephen Chin, Co-Vice Chair - Marketing Director, Sharp Health Plan
Jaejung Kim, Secretary - Associate, Brown Law Group
Yanqun Zhou, Treasurer – Senior Accountant, Wawanesa Insurance Group
MEMBERS AT LARGE
Roger Chan - Lucky Star Seafood Restaurant Amethyst Griffith - Matador Enterprises
Albert Lee – Harrah’s Rincon Casino Benjamin Lee - Bank of America Home Loans
Ed Lee - ELT Insurance Nita Mehta – Court of Appeals
Joe Mendoza – Katcam Financial Group Steve Peace – JMI Realty
Art Rivera - Fusion Marketing Fauzia Saeed – Teradata
Benjamin Tu – Barona Valley Ranch and Casino Eddie Wang Rodriguez – Mintz Levin LLC
Louis Song - Proven Staffing & Consulting Sarah Yang – Wells Fargo
Interested in serving on the Board? Contact us at info@sdaff.org or 858.565.1264
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2009 Ticket Prices
N0N-MEMBER PRICES
Opening & Closing Night Films $14 online*/$15 at door (CHILDREN OF INVENTION & IP MAN)
General Admission $7.50 online*/$9.50 at door
Senior/Child/Military $8.00 (except for CHILDREN OF INVENTION & IP MAN)
Blowfish Music Showcase $15 by RSVP at blowfish@sdaff.org/$18 at door
Panels $5 online*/$7 at door
Festival 4-pack (while available) $32 online*
Festival 10-pack (while available) $77 online*
SDAFF MEMBER PRICES
Opening & Closing Night Films $10 online*/at door (CHILDREN OF INVENTION & IP MAN)
General Admission $6.50 online*/at door
Blowfish Music Showcase Free (must RSVP at blowfish@sdaff.org)
Panels Free (must get ticket at box office)
Festival 4-pack (while available) $24 online*
Festival 10-pack (while available) $60 online*
All Festival Pass $175
Some members receive free tickets or passes depending on their level. Membership prices are for listed member ONLY.
Sign up for membership inside Hazard Center UltraStar lobby, and take advantage of discounts immediately.
SPECI AL DI SCOUNTS
Groups (of 10 or more) $7.00 ($12.00 Opening and Closing Night Films) Online only*
*All online sales are subject to $1 fee per ticket plus 3% surcharge on order.
Online and Group sales end at 9:00PM on OCT 11, 2009.
FREE PROGRAMS:
• Free Films at 4:00PM, presented by Target
• Ni Hao, Kia Lan (OCT 17, OCT 24)
• After School Special (OCT 20)
• Reel Voices (OCT 24)
• North Korea: In Focus Panel (OCT 25)
• 9500 Liberty (OCT 27 at Jacobs Center, Oct 28 UltraStar Mission Valley)
REFUND POLICY
No refunds for unused tickets, 4-packs, 10-packs, or all-festival passes.
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 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 waiting in the “rush line.”
FESTIVAL VENUES
OCT 15–29, 2009 BLOWFISH MUSIC SHOWCASE (OCT 24) 9500 LIBERTY (OCT 27)
UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas Canes Bar & Grill Jacobs Center
7510 Hazard Center Drive 3105 Ocean Front Walk 404 Euclid Ave.
San Diego, CA 92108 San Diego, CA 92109 (Mission Beach) San Diego, CA 92114
To guarantee seating, patrons must show up at least 15 minutes before showtime.
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SDAFF Membership
We thank our 2009 Members for their generous support!
FRIENDS ($55-99)
Travis Anderson
Jason Arcand
Andrew Arvai
Maria Ballesteros
Steve Barlow
Roel Bautista
Jeffrey Brosbe
Greg Brown
Jose Bucud
Arthur Carbonell
Akira Chan
Johne Chandler
Jessica Chang
Karin Anna Cheung
Michelle Cheung
Jd Lynn Chiong
Kathleen Clavero
Jason Collins
Chad Cooper
Roman Cortez
John Dacapias
Gary Davis
Sophia Dehof
Toshiye Estes
RB Francisco
Carolyn Gerhart
Russell Ginns
Jim Gottlieb
Wendy Grice
Kaori Hashimoto
Mye Hoang
Valerie Hong
John Hunter
Pamela Huynh
Kenji Ima
Jasmine Restaurant
Hajime and Clare Kanoya
Chikako Keith
Chris Keith
Elizabeth Kim
Julie Kim
Mike Klass
Marsha Lapid
Linda Vista Multicultural Fair
Jennifer Lo
Virginia Loh
Jimmy Lee
Yam Lee
Gerardo Leon
Nancy Liu
Jonathan Louie
Keith Momon
Nathalie Morales
Stephanie Moy
Miyoko Nakajima
Diana Newhouse
Nancy Nguy
Thanh Nguyen
Jacqueline Pablo
Pat Pepper
Ty Phimmasone
Trent Reid
Mark Reyes
Severino Reyes
Daniel Roose
Bruce Rowe
Chris Rule
Peggy Russell
Vikraman Selvarajan
Grace Shih
Jini Shim
David Shina
Shawn Skinner
Ryan Suda
Jackie Szitta
Ronnie Tuatagaloa
Annamarie Till
Joshua & Marlo Tucker
Felix Tuyay
Jan Vangrov
Judy Wong
Cynthia Yee
DONORS ($100 – 249)
Elly Aguilar
Elias Almazan
Lorriz Anne Alvarado
Brian Blake
Corinne Brown
Catibog Jaravata Family
Roger Chan
Kristine Chang
Michael Chen
Henry Cheng
Sandra Chong
Christopher Ekren
James Faupel
Stephen Freitas
Erika Hiramatsu
Jinah Kim
Susan Kim
Elaine Lallana
Eric Lallana
Karen Lim
Kelly Lim
Phil Luque
Lani Lutar
May McLean
Lyman Ng
Shirley Omori
Joy Pakingan
Greg Penetrante
Lisa Peters
Luis Ramos
Jessica Ann Ross
Fauzia Saeed
Shirley Sanz
Randal Schober
Wendy Urushima Simmons
John Skrentny
Mark Stabb
William Saung
Joyce and Bill Teague
Greg Toya
Susanna Thompson
Elizabeth Tran
Benjamin Tu
Yen Tu
Rainer Wagester
Janet Weber
Michael Wells
Niki Wells
Kuniko Yoshitoshi
Yanqun Zhou
SUPPORTERS ($250 – 499)
Paul Bergman
Keith Calistro
Stephen Chin
Jerry Fu
Amethyst Griffith
Shan Huang
Albert Lee
Rich Lee
Thomas Lee
Kyong Macek
Joe Mendoza
Laurel Nishida
Chris Paffendorf
Roberta Pelia
Jeremy Pizzola
Denson Pokta
Miyo and Mitchell Reff
Art Rivera
Ryan Wong
PATRONS ($500 – 999)
Sheila Abrenica Kanoya
Mark Arbitrario
Mike Avila
Michael Cheswick
Thomas Dring
Grace DuVall
Richard Feinberg
Jaejung Kim
Sam Kim
Yong & Myung Kim
Marcia Kingzio
Dan Lawton
Matthew Long
Marichu Magana
Johnny Mah
Evan McGinnis
Michelle Mentz
Willie and Lois Fong Sakai
Robert Sanchez
Hyung & Kay Song
Louis Song & Lee Ann Kim
Kenneth Wade
Mike and Music Watson
Charles & Linda Tu
The Yang-Ongsiapco Family
Thomas Yellich
PRODUCERS ($1000+)
Jesse Charfauros
Joon Han
Dan Hom
Chong Lee
Ed Lee
The Lew Foundation
Diana Marjip-Chuh
Steve Peace
Eddie Wang Rodriguez
Ryun Song
Dominic Tong and Katherine
Bowdish
Jim Wade
Sarah Yang
Join a community of supporters of Asian American cinema and culture. As a MEMBER, you receive discounts on film festival
tickets and merchandise, invitations to member-only events, and access to sneak preview screenings of films prior to their
theatrical release. Membership lasts one year from sign-up. Start today by joining online at www.sdaff.org or send your check
made payable to SDAFF to:
San Diego Asian Film Foundation
c/o Memberships
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San Diego, CA 92111
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Ten Tips on How to Festival
ANNUAL TH ANNUAL
Attending a film festival can be overwhelming, so we’ve compiled 10 tips on how to maximize your experience.
1. CLEAR YOUR SCHEDULE
Think of the 15-day Festival as a mini vacation. You’ll get the most out of it by simply planning ahead.
2. TAKE NOTE OF SPECIAL EVENTS
Whether it’s a reception, art show, live music, food tasting, film discussion, gala awards dinner, group art project, or
karaoke, these special events are what make the Festival a Festival.
3. GET CELL PHONE UPDATES : TEXT “SDAFF” to 53137
Become a FESTIVAL INSIDER and receive the latest festival news on your cell phone. You will receive texts on newly
added screenings, special discounts, coupons, and freebies.
4. BECOME A MEMBER
Memberships start at $55 and pay-back easily through discounted tickets, exclusive member screenings, and events
during the festival and throughout the year. Membershisp last one year from sign-up.
5. FESTIVAL ON A BUDGET
Save money on tickets by buying online, or by purchasing the Festival 4- or 10-pack.
Don’t miss Free Films at 4:00PM, presented by Target.
Enjoy discounts from our Festival Partners:
• Applebee’s 20% off meals with festival ticket
• Quiznos 25% off for passholders
• All American Grill 15% meals with festival ticket, nightly Happy Hour at 10:00PM
• Sansai Japanese Grill 25% off meals during daily Happy Hour, 3:30–6:00PM
• Yogurtland 10% off
• Doubletree Windows Lounge $4 drinks & appetizers everyday from 4:00–6:00pm
• ULAN MED SPA Buy one, get one free Hydrafacial. Call 619-294-8526
Hazard Center locations only.
6. GET LUCKY
We’re giving away great stuff including 7-day cruise for two to the Caribbean or Mexico ($10 Star Campaign); $100
Visa Gift cards (Texting Campaign); roundtrip Southwest Airlines tickets (Gala Awards/Texting Campaign); a luxury
weekend for two at Harrah’s Rincon Casino & Resort (Audience Award Ballot); free food coupons from Jack in the Box;
Yogurtland Giftcards, and much more!
7. READ & WATCH
Take time to read this program booklet. We also have trailers available for many films on our Web site at www.sdaff.org
8. TALK FILM
Participate in Q&As and film discussions. This helps broaden film appreciation.
9. MORE RANDOM TIPS
Bring a sweater. Sometimes the theaters get cold!
Show up 15-30 minutes before each show.
Clean up after yourself after each show. This helps us turn around theaters faster.
10. Be BOLD! Choose a film program that you wouldn’t normally see, you’ll be glad you did.
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Schedule of Programs
4:00PM YOU DON’T KNOW JACK:
THE JACK SOO STORY
(FREE) 60mins
7:00PM CHILDREN OF INVENTION
(OPENING NIGHT FILM)
86mins
4:00PM AMERICAN DREAMS
AND REFLECTIONS
(FREE) 80mins
7:00PM WHITE ON RICE
85mins
9:30PM STRANGE BREW
94mins
12:15PM OLD PARTNER
78mins
2:00PM ALL ABOUT DAD
90mins
4:20PM TALE OF MARI
& THREE PUPPIES
125mins
7:00PM WE’RE HERE,
WE’RE QUEER
77mins
9:30PM BREATHLESS
130mins
12:20PM BETWEEN THE FOLDS
56mins
2:00PM THE DRUMMER
115mins
4:30PM MODERN BOY
121mins
7:00PM RED CLIFF
(CENTERPIECE)
148mins
8:00PM CHOPSHTICKS
85mins
5:45PM PATSY MINK : AHEAD
OF THE MAJORITY
56mins
7:20PM SIGHTS AND SOUNDS
OF A NEW HOPE
85mins
10:00PM HELP ME EROS
103mins
11:30AM NI HAO KAI LAN
GOES TO CHINA
(FREE) 40mins
1:00PM THICKER THAN WATER
99mins
4:40PM LOVE IN TRANSLATION
95mins
7:30PM MAKE YOURSELF
AT HOME
90mins
10:05PM NEKO RAMEN TAISHO
80mins
12:10PM A VILLAGE CALLED
VERSAILLES
69mins
2:45PM WHATEVER IT TAKES
90mins
5:00PM WAR AND HOPE
104mins
7:30PM AROUND THE WORLD
89mins
7:15PM LOVE IN TRANSLATION
95mins
9:40PM THIRST
133mins
5:10PM DIM SUM AND THEN SOME
105mins
7:40PM AFRO SAMURAI :
RESURRECTION
97mins
12:45PM LONG STORY SHORT
53mins
2:15PM 100
116mins
5:00PM CONCRETE JUNGLE
84mins
7:40PM KARMA CALLING
90mins
9:55PM CHOPSHTICKS
85mins
12:00PM TRANSCENDING :
THE WAT MISAKA STORY
86mins
2:20PM TANDOORI LOVE
92mins
4:15PM ANTOINE
82mins
7:10PM THE THINGS WE CARRY
77mins
9:15PM REAL SHAOLIN
89mins
7:30PM LEGEND IS ALIVE
95mins
9:30PM BE SURE TO SHARE
109mins
3:00PM CROSSING
112mins
6:00PM KABEI: OUR MOTHER
133mins
8:55PM ROUGH CUT
113mins
12:00PM CAPE NO. 7
129mins
2:30PM ANIMATION :
ILLUSION OF LIFE
90mins
5:15PM FIRST SQUAD
73mins
7:15PM MY GIRLFRIEND IS
AN AGENT
112mins
12:30PM YOU TUBE CAN BE A
CELEBRITY PANEL
90mins
2:30PM FIGHT SCENES AND
FALL GUYS PANEL
90mins
4:45PM LEGEND IS ALIVE
95mins
7:20PM BE SURE TO SHARE
109mins
9:40PM FIRST SQUAD
73mins
THURSDAY OCT 15
ALL film programs (except for 10/27 9500 Liberty screening) take place at the Mission Valley UltraStar Cinemas at Hazard Center
Times & films are subject to change. Additional screenings may be added. For the latest, go to our Web site, www.sdaff.org or text
SDAFF to 53137 for cell phone updates.
FRIDAY OCT 16
SATURDAY OCT 17
SUNDAY OCT 18
THEATER 7 - BARONA
THEATER 7 - BARONA
THEATER 7 - BARONA
THEATER 7 - BARONA
THEATER 6 - SHARP
THEATER 6 - SHARP
THEATER 6 - SHARP
THEATER 6 - SHARP
THEATER 2 - STELLA ARTOIS
THEATER 2 - STELLA ARTOIS
THEATER 2 - STELLA ARTOIS
THEATER 2 - STELLA ARTOIS
THEATER 1 - WELLS FARGO
THEATER 1 - WELLS FARGO
THEATER 1 - WELLS FARGO
THEATER 1 - WELLS FARGO
THEATER 7 - BARONA THEATER 6 - SHARP THEATER 2 - STELLA ARTOIS THEATER 1 - WELLS FARGO
4:30PM YOU DON’T KNOW JACK:
THE JACK SOO STORY
60mins
7:15PM BEAST STALKER
109mins
9:30PM BREATHLESS
130mins
5:20PM ANTOINE
82mins
7:30PM ARUSI: PERSIAN WEDDING
53mins
8:55PM ETIENNE!
87mins
4:00PM LONG STORY SHORT
(FREE) 53mins
6:00PM GEORGE LIN TRIBUTE
(FREE) 30mins
7:00PM BEFORE WE CLOSE
77mins
9:15PM LEGEND IS ALIVE
95mins,
3:40PM CAPE NO. 7
129mins
6:30PM OM SHANTI OM
162mins
MONDAY OCT 19
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4:00PM DADDY TRAN:
LIFE IN 3-D
(FREE) 47mins
7:00PM K-20
137mins
9:45PM HELP ME EROS
103mins
4:00PM THE LOVE MARKET
(FREE) 52mins
5:30PM DADDY TRAN:
LIFE IN 3-D
47mins
7:00PM MY GIRLFRIEND
IS AN AGENT
112mins
9:40PM NEKO RAHMEN TAISHO
80mins
4:00PM JOURNEY OF A
RED FRIDGE
(FREE) 52mins
7:00PM KOLLABORATION
(LIVE) COMEDY
90mins
4:00PM MY BEIJING BIRTHDAY
(FREE) 52mins
7:00PM THE PEOPLE I’VE SLEPT WITH
89mins
9:45PM MY GIRLFRIEND IS
AN AGENT
89mins
3:00PM TRANSCENDING:
THE WAT MISAKA
STORY
86mins
5:30PM THE LOVE MARKET
52mins
7:15PM ORCHESTRA NOVA
(FREE) 50mins
8:55PM WHITE ON RICE
85mins
3:00PM IN LOVE WE TRUST
115mins
5:00PM AKI RA’S BOYS
57mins
7:30PM BEST OF TIMES
118mins
4:45PM WINDS OF
SEPTEMBER
107mins
7:30PM PRIVATE EYE
111mins
9:45PM THE THINGS
WE CARRY
77mins
3:00PM PATSY MINK: AHEAD
OF THE MAJORITY
56mins
5:30PM DANCING ACROSS
BORDERS
88mins
7:45PM BOMBAY SUMMER
102mins
10:30PM VAMPIRE GIRL VS.
FRANKENSTEIN GIRL
85mins
4:30PM AFTER SCHOOL SPECIAL
(FREE) 59mins
6:30PM IN LOVE WE TRUST
155mins
9:15PM CROSSING
112mins
6:00PM MY BEIJING BIRTHDAY
52mins
7:45PM MEMBERS ONLY
SCREENING
2:30PM AKI RA’S BOYS
57mins
5:15PM TIGER SPIRIT
73mins
7:10PM THE DRUMMER
115mins
9:30PM ROUGH CUT
113mins
3:10PM SITA SINGS THE BLUES
82mins
5:00PM THE PHILOSOPHER KINGS
70mins
7:30PM GOING HOME
73mins
9:30PM CONCRETE JUNGLE
84mins
5:45PM KABEI: OUR MOTHER
133mins
8:30PM MODERN BOY
121mins
4:45PM CROSSING
112mins
7:15PM ANIMATION:
ILLUSION OF LIFE
90mins
9:30PM MAKE YOURSELF
AT HOME
90mins
3:30PM OM SHANTI OM
162mins
6:55PM TANDOORI LOVE
92mins
9:15PM HELP ME EROS
103mins
TUESDAY OCT 20
WEDNESDAY OCT 21
THURSDAY OCT 22
FRIDAY OCT 23
THEATER 7 - BARONA
THEATER 7 - BARONA
THEATER 7 - BARONA
THEATER 7 - BARONA
THEATER 6 - SHARP
THEATER 6 - SHARP
THEATER 6 - SHARP
THEATER 6 - SHARP
THEATER 2 - STELLA ARTOIS
THEATER 2 - STELLA ARTOIS
THEATER 2 - STELLA ARTOIS
THEATER 2 - STELLA ARTOIS
THEATER 1 - WELLS FARGO
THEATER 1 - WELLS FARGO
THEATER 1 - WELLS FARGO
SATURDAY OCT 24
12:30PM BETWEEN THE FOLDS
52mins
2:10PM KIMJONGILIA
75mins
4:30PM REEL VOICES
(FREE) 60mins
7:00PM SCANDAL MAKERS
108mins
10:00PM DETROIT METAL CITY
103mins
11:30AM NI HAO KAI-LAN
GOES TO CHINA
(FREE) 40mins
12:15PM SPEAKING IN TONGUES
60mins
2:00PM OPERATION BABYLIFT
73mins
4:05PM THE PHILOSOPHER
KINGS
70mins
6:00PM FRUIT FLY
94mins
8:15PM YANG YANG
112mins
12:45PM ALL ABOUT DAD
90mins
2:50PM THE REAL SHAOLIN
89mins
5:00PM I AM THAT GIRL
97mins
7:30PM THE HARIMAYA BRIDGE
120mins
10:10PM SIGHTS AND SOUNDS
OF A NEW HOPE
85mins
2:00PM SDAART NOW:
ACTORS WORKSHOP AT
DOUBLETREE HOTEL
120mins
8:30PM BLOWFISH
AT CANES BAR & GRILL
THEATER 7 - BARONA THEATER 6 - SHARP THEATER 2 - STELLA ARTOIS OFFSITE
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11:30AM MUSHI-SHI
131mins
2:30PM BETWEEN THE FOLDS
56mins
4:15PM SHADES OF RAY
87mins
7:00PM MERANTAU
106mins
9:15PM THE PEOPLE I’VE SLEPT WITH
89mins
1:20PM WINDS OF SEPTEMBER
107mins
4:00PM SITA SINGS THE BLUES
(FREE) 82mins.
7:00PM FOREVER ENTHRALLED
147mins
10:15PM ICHI
120mins
4:00PM LI TONG
(FREE) 75mins
5:40PM AMERICAN DREAMS
AND REFLECTIONS
80mins
7:30PM ICHI
120mins
10:00PM MERANTAU
106mins
5:10PM SHADES OF RAY
87mins
7:10PM ROUGH CUT
113mins
10:00PM MUSHI-SHI
131mins
4:15PM ICHI
120mins
7:00PM IP MAN
(CLOSING NIGHT FILM)
106mins
9:45 PM IP MAN
(ENCORE SCREENING)
12:15PM PATSY MINK:
AHEAD OF THE MAJORITY
56mins
2:00PM KIMJONGILIA
75mins
4:00PM NORTH KOREA: IN FOCUS PANEL
(FREE) 90min
6:15PM DIM SUM AND THEN SOME
105mins
9:00PM PRIVATE EYE
111mins
3:00PM TIGER SPIRIT
73mins
5:30PM JOURNEY OF A RED FRIDGE
52mins
7:30PM SCANDAL MAKERS
108mins
9:45PM YANG YANG
112mins
5:00PM GOING HOME
88mins
7:00PM ANIMATION:
ILLUSION OF LIFE
90mins
9:10PM STRANGE BREW
94mins
3:00PM A VILLAGE CALLED VERSAILLES
68mins
5:30PM ARUSI: PERSIAN WEDDING
53mins
7:30PM BEST OF TIMES
118mins
3:00PM RITA
104mins
1:00PM WHATEVER IT TAKES
90mins
3:30PM DANCING ACROSS BORDERS
88mins
5:45PM BOY
80mins
7:45PM CLONE RETURNS HOME
110mins
10:00PM I AM THAT GIRL
97mins
2:15PM SPEAKING IN TONGUES
60mins
4:45PM AROUND THE WORLD
89mins
7:15PM THE HARIMAYA BRIDGE
120mins
9:55PM BOY
80mins
3:00PM THICKER THAN WATER
123mins
5:15PM ETIENNE!
87mins
7:40PM OLD PARTNER
78mins
9:25PM LOVE IN TRANSLATION
95mins
2:00PM YOU DON’T KNOW JACK:
THE JACK SOO STORY
60mins.
4:00PM 9500 LIBERTY
(FREE) 73mins
7:15PM RITA
104mins
9:45PM THE REAL SHAOLIN
89mins
4:30PM YANG YANG
112mins
7:15PM 100
116mins
SUNDAY OCT 25
MONDAY OCT 26
TUESDAY OCT 27
WEDNESDAY OCT 28
THURSDAY OCT 29
THEATER 7 - BARONA
THEATER 7 - BARONA
THEATER 7 - BARONA
THEATER 7 - BARONA
THEATER 7 - BARONA
THEATER 6 - SHARP
THEATER 6 - SHARP
THEATER 6 - SHARP
THEATER 6 - SHARP
THEATER 6 - SHARP
THEATER 2 - STELLA ARTOIS
THEATER 2 - STELLA ARTOIS
THEATER 2 - STELLA ARTOIS
THEATER 2 - STELLA ARTOIS
THEATER 2 - STELLA ARTOIS
7:00PM 9500 LIBERTY AT
JACOBS CENTER
(FREE) 73mins
OFFSITE
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For avid moviegoers, a film festival is a momentous event.
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The first San Diego Asian Film Festival is born at the University of San Diego. Organized by a passionate, motley
crew including Lee Ann Kim, Mark Arbitrario, Beth Accomando, Dr. Leeva Chung, James Cho, and Arnold
Marquez, the 3-day Festival opened with THE DEBUT and closed with Sundance audience winner, GIRLFIGHT.
3,500 attendees — not bad for our first year! Appearance by Margaret Cho and Tamlyn Tomita.
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9/11 changed everything. The Festival was set to begin at Hazard Center two weeks after the terrorist attacks. We
opened with AMERICAN CHAI, a South Asian American film set in New York, and closed with Tim Bui’s GREEN
DRAGON. Sam Chen launched our first all-animation shorts program. Festival served as catalyst for healing
during a time when Americans were especially fearful of foreigners.
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Our first year as our own 501 (c)(3). Justin Lin’s breakthrough film, BETTER LUCK TOMORROW, opened the
Festival after making history at Sundance. Emerging director Eric Byler premieres his first feature, CHARLOTTE
SOMETIMES. Festival programming expands to 115 films, including hit Korean and Japanese features, WATERBOYS,
THE PRINCESS BLADE, JSA, and closing night film MY SASSY GIRL. Appearances by Parry Shen, Karin Anna
Cheung, Roger Fan, Sung Kang, Keiko Agena, Eddie Shin, and MTV’s Suchin Pak.
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Qualcomm becomes title sponsor, taking Festival to a new level. We opened with U.S. premiere of Bong Joon-Ho’s
MEMORIES OF MURDER, and closed with Greg Pak’s ROBOT STORIES. Just a few weeks before “Sideways” hit
cinemas, actress Sandra Oh, joined us for a screening of her film, LONG LIFE, HAPPINESS AND PROSPERITY.
Sandra rocks! Festival hits attendance record of 6,800 in four days.
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A big year for Asian Americans. Dat Phan won Last Comic Standing, Lisa Ling moved from The View to National
Geographic, and Harlemm Lee won reality show, Fame. All three join the Festival along with beautiful Kelly Hu and
John Cho who premiered in “Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle”. Festival opened with surfer film THE RIDE, and
closed for first time with a documentary, THE MAGICAL LIFE OF LONG TACK SAM. Premiere of our first Iranian
film, SILENCE OF THE SEA with director Vahid Mousian in attendance.
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Festival doubles from 4 to 8 days. A strong year for Asian American features with the Sundance film THE MOTEL,
along with CAVITE by San Diegans Neill Dela Llana and Ian Gamazon, THE GRACE LEE PROJECT, and Alice Wu’s
SAVING FACE, starring the beautiful and talented Joan Chen, who attended with co-stars Lynn Chen and Michelle
Krusiec. Festival opened with heartwarming Korean film MARATHON, and closed with sold out performances of
ONLY THE BRAVE. We also launched our high school documentary training program, REEL VOICES, thanks to
Jessie Wilson. Festival broke attendance records again with 8,900 in four days.
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The Festival opened with Ham Tran’s epic JOURNEY FROM THE FALL, with entire cast in attendance including
Kieu Chinh, who received our lifetime achievement award. Festival closed with ALWAYS: SUNSENT ON THIRD
STREET, one of the most heartwarming films we’ve seen. A star studded year with appearances by James Kyson
Lee, Daniel Dae Kim, Grace Park, Roger Fan, and Dustin Nguyen. We also launch our first BLOWFISH: Intersection
of Sights and Sounds, our popular live hip hop showcase.
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MC Hammer makes a huge splash at opening night with Justin Lin’s FINISHING THE GAME. Despite repeated
attempts, he refused to battle Lee Ann Kim in the dance floor. Closing night was West Coast premiere of Michael
Kang’s WEST 32ND. We awarded George Takei with lifetime achievement – oh my! 200+ people register for
national bone marrow registry thanks to support from Survivor winner, Yul Kwon. Festival breaks Ultrastar’s box
office records in Mission Valley.
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We opened with Jessica Yu’s PING PONG PLAYA, and closed with ALWAYS 2: SUNSET ON THIRD STREET.
Festival launched Reel In the Vote campaign, and registered hundreds of new voters! Actor Soon-Tek Oh received
lifetime achievement, Thanks to title sponsor, Toyota, it was a tremendously successful year. But it was also our
saddest. Our Program Director, George Lin, passed away during the Festival. We end in mourning.
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Despite the loss of George and one of the worst recessions in U.S. history, the SDAFF launches its 10th season with
a bang. Doubling in length, the Festival expands to two weeks, with 200 films from 20 countries. Are we crazy?
YES! But do we love it? YES!
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Tribute to George Lin (1971-2008)
Not a day passes that we don’t think of our dear friend, George Lin, who passed
away during last year’s film festival on October 14, 2008. He fought a long battle
with a rare form of cancer called pheochromocytoma. That never kept him from
living life to its fullest. He co-founded the DC APA Film Festival in 2000, and
three years later, joined the San Diego Asian Film Foundation as our program
director and Associate Festival Director. His footprint is all over this Festival,
and always will be.
Anyone who knew George knows he had a charming, quirky personality and
could talk your ear off about life. He was sincere, kind, but blunt and curious
to no end (the scientist in him), and he always championed students and
independent artists. He loved his friends, his family, his SAAB, greasy food, boba,
San Diego… and watching bad movies.
In honor of George, several filmmakers created short videos – digital slams – on the theme,
“You know you’re watching a bad movie when…” Please join us for a free 30- minute tribute
screening at 6:00PM on Monday, October 19.
Immediately following, we are presenting a special screening of George’s last project, a local feature film he produced with Joshua
Tucker called BEFORE WE CLOSE (p. 46). All proceeds from this screening will benefit The George C. Lin Memorial Fund, which
provides grants to young filmmakers and for cancer research and awareness.
Finally, to keep George’s memory alive, we are launching the first-ever George C. Lin Emerging Filmmaker Award, with a cash prize
of $1,000, given to a young filmmaker whose work at our festival not only shows talent but also the independent voice that George
so embraced.
Charitable donations can be made to:
George C. Lin Memorial Fund
c/o The San Diego Foundation
2508 Historic Decatur Rd. Ste. 200
San Diego, CA 92106
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This world is not just a dream. Eleven million cancer survivors
will celebrate birthdays this year. That’s a sign of progress,
proof that a world with more birthdays is possible. See how
you can help at morebirthdays.com. Or call 1-800-227-2345.
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difference in the fight against cancer.
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the number one killer of Asian American women since 1980³.
This year, there will be an estimated 150,000 new cancer cases
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We have a selection of cancer-related films that include:
100 (p. 38)
BE SURE TO SHARE (p. 45)
IN LOVE WE TRUST (p. 62)
Also, all ticket sales to the film BEFORE WE CLOSE, will be
donated to the George C. Lin Memorial Fund, which benefits
cancer research.
FOLD A PRAYER
Join our live origami project by folding a paper crane in our
lobby. Our goal is to string together 1,000 cranes and donate
them to a local cancer patient. This project is inspired by the
true story of Sadako, a Japanese girl, who developed leukemia
from the radiation in Hiroshima. According to tradition,
making 1,000 paper cranes would allow her one wish, which
was to live.
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Go to our website: www.SDAFF.org for more information and
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Cancer Awareness Campaign
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Advocate
We believe our members deserve a trusted health care partner and advocate.
Family
We believe our members are important, and health care should be personal.
Neighbor
We believe it’s important to live, work and play in the same community as our members.
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Special Events
1,000 CRANES PROJECT October 18, 24–25 | UltraStar Cinemas Lobby
A public origami project to help raise spirits and awareness about cancer. Our goal is to string together 1,000 paper cranes and
donate them to a local cancer patient.
OPENING NIGHT PARTY THU October 15, 9PM | Doubletree Hotel
Join us as we kick off our 10th film festival, and meet director Tze Chun of CHILDREN OF INVENTION. Ticket or pass holders only.
BOOGIE AT BELO FRI October 16, 9pm – 2am | Belo (919 Fourth Ave., Gaslamp)
Come party with us downtown at Belo’s chic Red Room. Free admission and drink ticket 9pm – 11pm.
To get on guestlist, RSVP at belo@sdaff.org
GALA AWARDS DINNER SAT October 17, 7PM | Town & Country Hotel, Mission Valley
Dress to impress as we announce the top films of our festival. Great food, free-flowing Stella Artois, and live entertainment.
Presented by Viejas Enterprises and Netflix. $175/seat. To RSVP: gala@sdaff.org
YOU TUBE CAN BE A CELEBRITY (PANEL) SUN October 18, 12:30PM | UltraStar Cinemas
Hear from some of the highest rated Youtube celebs, including Kev Jumba, David Choi, Paul Dateh, and Projekt NewSpeak.
Free for members/ $5 online/$7 at door
FIGHT SCENES & FALL GUYS (PANEL) SUN October 18, 2:30PM | UltraStar Cinemas
Hear from professional fight choreographers and stuntmen about how technology has changed the art of fighting on film.
Free for members/ $5 online/$7 at door
GEORGE LIN TRIBUTE MON October 19, 6PM | UltraStar Cinemas
A free tribute and reception in memory of our dear friend, George Lin, with original short films, responding to the question,
“You know you’re watching a bad movie when….”
KOLLABORATION: LIVE COMEDY NIGHT THU October 22, 7PM | UltraStar Cinemas
Get your laugh on with three Koreans and an Indian at our first live comedy showcase! $6.50 for members/$8 for students,
military/$9.50 general
POOLSIDE AT JSIX FRI October 23, 9pm – 2am | JSix (616 J Street, Gaslamp)
A Film Fest Fiesta on the rooftop of JSix, by the pool. Simply show ticket stub or pass to get in.
SDAART NOW: Actors Workshop SAT October 24 2pm | Doubletree Hotel
An actor’s workshop for beginners by the SD Asian American Repertory Theater. Plus, meet and hear from comedian/actor
Randall Park. Free for members/ $5 online/$7 at door
BLOWFISH: INTERSECTION OF SIGHTS AND SOUNDS SAT October 24, 8PM – 2AM | Canes Bar & Grill
Live hip hop concert with Lyrics Born, Kero One and Zen, Dannu, and KeyKool of the Visionaires. Presented by ABS/CBN, MYX,
and Toyota. 21+ only. $15 if you RSVP at blowfish@sdaff.org or $18 at door
REEL VOICES SAT October 24, 4:30 PM | UltraStar Cinemas
Showcase of films from the SDAFF’s popular Teen Video Producers Program. Presented by Bank of America.
NORTH KOREA: IN FOCUS (PANEL) SUN October 25, 4PM | UltraStar Cinemas
A free panel discussion about the human rights and humanitarian crisis in North Korea.
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Centerpiece and Spotlights
CENTERPIECE: Red Cliff
Touted as the most expensive Asian film of all-time, the SDAFF
is proud to present the West Coast premiere of John Woo’s
epic, RED CLIFF, a combination of two films based on the
Battle of Red Cliffs with an all-star international cast.
North Korean Spotlight
In light of recent events in North Korea and the ongoing
humanitarian crisis there, we present a trio of films
(CROSSING, TIGER SPIRIT, KIMJONGILIA) along with a free
panel discussion on October 25 (North Korea: In Focus) to
shed some light on a country and a regime that remains one of
the most sheltered, secretive societies in the world.
Taiwanese Spotlight
Thanks to the work of critically acclaimed directors Ang Lee
and Hou Hsiao Hsien, a whole new generation of talented
filmmakers have emerged in Taiwan. With support from the
Government Information Office ROC, this spotlight includes
CAPE NO.7, HELP ME EROS, WINDS OF SEPTEMBER, and
YANG YANG.
Extreme Spotlight
This collection of four edgy films from Japan represent stories
you won’t see anywhere else. The titles speak for themselves -
AFRO SAMURAI: RESURRECTION, DETROIT METAL CITY,
NEKO RAHMEN TAISHO (aka Pussy Soup), and VAMPIRE
GIRL VS. FRANKENSTEIN GIRL.
Crossing
Cape No.7
Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl
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Co-presented by:
San Diego Chinese Women’s Association
Asian American Repertory Theatre
San Diego City College - World Cultures Program
UCSD ArtPower!
In this gripping examination of immigrant pursuit of
the American Dream, Cindy (Elaine Cheung) is a single
mother. To support her children, precocious Raymond
(Michael Chen) and sister Tina (Crystal Chiu), Elaine
bounces from one sales job to another to make ends
meet in a harsh, unforgiving economy. When her family
is finally evicted from their suburban Boston home and
forced to seek refuge in an unfinished apartment building,
Elaine’s desperation leads her to become involved in a
Ponzi scheme victimizing other immigrants. The scheme
eventually falls apart and Elaine becomes separated from
what she cares about most, her children. Left alone,
Raymond and Tina are forced to fend for themselves,
showing great resilience in their battle for survival.
Substantial and very compelling, this film emphatically
establishes first-time feature director Tze Chun on the
forefront of American independent film. Marvelously
shot, edited, and written, CHILDREN OF INVENTION
boasts wonderfully natural performances from its cast,
especially Chen and Chiu, who demonstrate subtlety
rarely seen from child actors. Attacking timely issues
such as the exploitation of immigrants, child neglect, the
current global economic meltdown, and get-rich-quick
Ponzi schemes, CHILDREN OF INVENTION boldly breaks
new ground in Asian American cinema. Exploration of
these issues is deftly balanced with the levity provided by
truly delicate moments of humor, yielding a remarkably
entertaining film with universal appeal to all audiences.
CHILDREN OF INVENTION made its world premiere
at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and won Grand
Jury Prizes for Best Narrative Feature at the Newport
International Film Festival and the Los Angeles Asian
Pacific Film Festival. — Gene Huh
Director Tze Chun will be in attendance.
THU OCT 15, 7:00PM
USA | English
86 minutes | Video | 2009
DIRECTOR: Tze Chun WRITER: Tze Chun
PRODUCERS: Mynette Louie, Trevor Sagan
CAST: Cindy Cheung, Michael Chen, Crystal Chiu
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THU OCT 29, 7:00PM
Hong Kong, China
Mandarin and Japanese with English subtitles
105 minutes | 35mm | 2009
DIRECTOR: Wilson Yip
WRITER: Edmond Wong, based on an
original screenplay by Chan Tai-lee.
PRODUCER: Raymond Wong
CAST: Donnie Yen, Simon Yam, Xiong Dazhi, Hiroyuki Ikeuchi,
Calvin Cheng, Fan Siu-wong, Lam Ka-tung, Yu Xing
This film contains violence
West Coast premiere
IP MAN is the first film based on real-life martial artist Ip Man, best
known as the teacher of martial arts legend Bruce Lee. In 1930’s
Foshan, martial arts academies thrive and compete. Dignified
Wing Chun expert Ip Man (Donnie Yen), while renowned as the top
martial artist, chooses to keep a low profile, training with friends and
engaging only in closed-door challenges. Independently wealthy, he
does not need an academy for financial purposes and his loving wife
(Lynn Hung) forces him to balance his training with family life.
Ip Man’s way of life is changed forever by the Japanese occupation of
1937. Stripped of his wealth, he must take a job working in a coal mine
to support his family, especially his now very-ill wife. When General
Miura (Hiroyuki Ikeuchi), demands that Ip Man teach Wing Chun to
the Japanese Army, Ip Man vehemently refuses and instead stands and
fights for both his life and the dignity of the Chinese people.
IP MAN is the fourth film collaboration between director Wilson Yip
and lead actor Yen, a team best known for the 2005 smash hit Sha Po
Lang (SPL). The film reunites the duo with SPL alumni co-star Simon
Yam (Election) and the legendary Sammo Hung, who choreographed
the fight scenes. Ip Chun , the real Ip Man’s eldest son, served as
technical consultant. IP MAN contains some of the most explosively
spectacular fight scenes of any recent action film, depending upon
choreography and real stunt work instead of camera and editing
tricks. Director Yip has truly crafted the finest Asian martial arts film in
years by blending a throwback storyline with top cinematography and
the aforementioned fight choreography. However, it is an unusually
understated and dignified performance by the charismatic Yen and
the film’s historical context that raise IP MAN to martial arts epic
status. IP MAN won the award for Best Picture at the 28th Annual
Hong Kong Film Awards. — Gene Huh
Co-presented by:
Immortal Fitnes Martial Arts
U.S. Karate Academy
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100
Philippines | Tagalog with English subtitles
116 min. | Video | 2008
DIRECTOR: Chris Martinez WRITER: Chris Martinez
PRODUCERS: Chris Martinez, Marlon Rivera
CAST: Mylene Dizon, Eugene Domingo, Tessie Tomas
SAT OCT 17, 2:15PM
THU OCT 29, 7:15PM
This film contains mature content
Co-presented by:
Miramar College Diversity/International Education Committee
Kamalayan Alliance - CSU San Marcos
UCSD Kaibigang Pilipino
USD Filipino Ugnayan Student Organization (FUSO)
Kuya Ate Mentorship Program
At thirty-something, Joyce De Leon, has done very well for herself as
a well-paid executive at a high tech firm in the Philippines. Despite
success at work, her personal life has taken a turn for the worse. Not
only is the man of her dreams married with a baby on the way, but a
visit to the doctor reveals shocking news – she has inoperable breast
cancer. With six months to live, Joyce (played by Mylene Dizon) keeps her
cancer a secret from everyone and quits her job to put her life in order.
With the end of her life looming, Joyce writes a list of things she wants
to do before she dies on one hundred Post-It notes displayed on her
bedroom wall. From buying a coffin, indulging in the most decadent
meals, traveling, and reconnecting with a former boyfriend, Joyce
begins taking down the Post-Its one-by-one. At first, her list of tasks —
mostly closures and practical undertakings — are easily accomplished.
However, as the Post-It notes are whittled down to a final few, Joyce
continues to procrastinate about sharing news of her terminal cancer
with her mother, who has already lost her husband to the disease.
Winner of the Audience Award at the 2008 Pusan International Film
Festival, 100 is the directorial debut of screenwriter Chris Martinez,
whose film examines the betrayal of the body, celebrates the senses and
contemplates the end of life and how to live it.
Director Chris Martinez scheduled to attend Oct 17 screening.
Screening Sponsors:
9500 Liberty
USA | English
73 min. | Video | 2008
DIRECTORS: Eric Byler, Annabel Park
PRODUCERS: Eric Byler, Annabel Park, Chris Rigapulos
TUE. OCT 27, 7:00PM (FREE)*
*JACOBS CENTER, 404 EUCLID AVE.
WED. OCT 28, 4:00PM (FREE)
Co-presented by:
Anti-Defamation League
UCSD Cross Cultural Center
USD Trans-Border Institute
Bayside Community Center
Border Angels
MAAC Project
West Coast premiere
From its confrontational opening scene of a man furious that he had
heard Spanish at the local hardware store, 9500 LIBERTY sets the stage
of a complex, politically charged drama unfolding in real life.
In the center of the storm is one of the richest and most diverse counties
in the nation — Prince William County, Virginia — which became ground
zero in America’s explosive battle over immigration policy in July of 2007.
This is when elected officials adopted a law empowering police officers
to question anyone they suspected to be an undocumented immigrant.
Opponents cried foul, saying the law legalizes racial profiling while
supporters hoped it would be the catalyst to send “illegals” back home.
Clashes consumed this community, and caught in the crossfire were
filmmakers Eric Byler and Annabel Park who captured hours of raw
debate. They turned this footage into a series of videos on Youtube as part
of an interactive documentary, which eventually gained the attention of
the The Washington Post, and the U.S. Civil Rights Commission.
9500 LIBERTY reveals the devastating social and economic impact of
the “Immigration Resolution,” felt in the lives of real people in homes
and in local businesses. But the ferocious fight to adopt and then reverse
this policy unfolds inside government chambers, on the streets, and
on the Internet. 9500 LIBERTY provides a front row seat to all three
battlegrounds.
Directors Eric Byler and Annabel Park are scheduled to attend.
Free screenings made possible by Target.
Debbi Spungen
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Afro Samurai:
Resurrection
USA/Japan | English
97 minutes | Video | 2009
DIRECTOR: Fuminori Kizaki
WRITERS: Takashi Okazaki, Eric S. Calderon, Leo Chu,
Eric Garcia, Yasuyuki Muto
PRODUCERS: Leo Chu, Eric Garcia, Eric S. Calderon,
Samuel L. Jackson, Arthur Smith
CAST: Samuel L. Jackson, Lucy Liu, Mark Hamill, Yuri
Lowenthal, The RZA
FRI OCT 16, 7:40PM
This film contains violence and mature content
Screening Sponsors:
Co-presented by:
Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana
SDAFF Extreme, “the other side of the San Diego Asian Film Festival,”
brings you four films on the edge of sanity, including the North American
premiere of the director’s cut of Takashi Okazaki’s masterpiece AFRO
SAMURAI: RESURRECTION.
Afro Samurai (Samuel L. Jackson) has finally found peace after avenging
his father’s death and becoming the number one Samurai in the world.
But his life of peace soon ends when a mysterious woman from his
past returns. While Sio (Lucy Liu) is prepared to destroy Afro just as
he destroyed so many to avenge his father’s death, Afro struggles to
understand why?
Featuring the voice talents of Jackson and Liu, Mark Hamill
(Star Wars), and The RZA, the story of Afro Samurai thrills with
blood, sex, and the baddest man in a headband ever! As SDAFF
Extreme’s opening night film AFRO SAMURAI: RESURRECTION
fits the bill as top-flight, action-packed entertainment which
fuses Asian and African-American cultures like no other.
With musical production by the RZA, crisp direction from Fuminori
Kizaki, the writing talents of creator Takashi Okazaki, and writer/
producers Leo Chu and Eric Garcia, AFRO SAMURAI ranks as the
ultimate in first class extreme cinema! — Phil Luque
Producers Leo Chu and Eric Garcia scheduled to attend.
EGG ROBOT MOMO
Director: Shinhee Kim | 7 min | Video | 2007
Momo — the offspring of a chicken robot and a human robot — goes on
a search to find the mother who abandoned him.
?ALDOW
Director: Winston Tao | 9 min | Video | 2009
There’s only one thing standing in the way between Lee and getting into
Berkley — Waldo!
DEADLINE
Director: Bang-yao Liu | 5 min | Video | 2009
Oh, the lengths students will go to procrastinate on homework!
THE WHEEL
Directors: Jonathan Miller, Patrick Shen | 12 min | Video | 2008
Set in the Old West: three criminals, two bounty hunters, one wheel.
NEW AGING
Director: Jason Wong | 6 min | Video | 2007
A New Age pamphlet peddler gets mugged by a homeless woman and
follows her through Chinatown to retrieve his wallet.
SPACE TIME DESTROYERS
Directors: Chito Arellano, Roman Cortez | 11 min | Video | 2001
Three b-boys try to get their groove on until an evil space overlord gets
infected by their universal beat.
MONSTER COINS
Director: Vince Vang| 9 min | 35mm | 2008
Two naughty kids discover a special coin at school that unleashes a
monster from the vending machine.
TUE OCT 20, 4:30PM (FREE)
A free collection of films for the young at heart.
Appropriate for anyone ages 8 and up.
TRT: 59 min
After School Special
Monster Coins
EXTREME SERIES
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Aki Ra's Boys
Cambodia | Khmer with English Subtitles
57 minutes | Video | 2007
DIRECTOR: Lynn Lee
PRODUCER: Lynn Lee
WED OCT 21, 5:00PM
THU OCT 22, 2:30PM
Boreak has dreams just like any other little boy. He wanted to be
a football star, a wrestler, or a rap artist - but at the age of six, he
was in a landmine accident. Even after three crude operations and
the loss of his right arm, Boreak still has a remarkable sense of
optimism and refreshingly lacking in self-pity. Like most children,
he is mischievous and inquisitive and rarely acts as if his disability is
a hindrance. This film looks at the world through Boreak’s eyes. It is
a world that was once bleak, but now brimming with possibilities.
Through Boreak, we also meet Aki Ra, a former child soldier, trained by
the Khmer Rouge army to lay landmines. Now in his 30s, he hopes to
undo what he’s done and tries to make amends by giving children like
Boreak a home. He has set up Siem Reap’s Landmines Museum and helps
remove millions of landmines still buried in his country, Cambodia. AKI
RA’S BOYS offers a unique point of view to the effects that a devastating
weapon has on its victims and survivors. — Cypress Villaflores
Filmmaker Mark Tran was a 19-year-old San Jose State University
student when he wrote the screenplay for his feature debut ALL ABOUT
DAD (Audience Award winner, Cinequest FF), based on his experiences
growing up in a large Vietnamese family in California. The main character
Ty, is based loosely upon himself – a biology major about to give up his
studies to pursue filmmaking (a.k.a. the worst thing a Vietnamese father
could ever hear from a son).
Newcomer Chi Pham steals the show as the patriarch of the Do family,
the head figure who only sees hard work, Catholicism, higher education,
and loyalty to family as the only means to achieve happiness and success
in life. But Mr. Do discovers the inner passions and dreams of his four
children, and his world seems to unravel. This often intense family
drama is at times also hilarious, touching, and heartbreaking as Mr. Do
comes to terms with disappointment, realizing he must learn to accept
his children as they truly are or risk losing them.
Despite the familiar story of tradition versus modernity, the film never
comes off as didactic or heavy-handed. Mr. Tran’s first feature is a fine
portrait of a Vietnamese American family just trying to keep up with the
times. — Mye Hoang
Director/writer Mark Tran and actors David Huynh and Chi Pham
scheduled to attend.
SAT OCT 17, 2:00PM
SAT OCT 24, 12:45PM
USA | English and Vietnamese with English subtitles
80 minutes | Video | 2008
DIRECTOR: Mark Tran WRITER: Mark Tran
PRODUCER: Barnaby Dallas
CAST: David Huynh, Chi Pham, Yen Ly, Minh Do, Yvonne
Truong, Nanrisa Lee, Hunter Vo
All About Dad
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FRI OCT 16, 4:00PM (FREE)
TUE OCT 27, 5:40PM
PARALLEL ADELE
Director: Adele Pham | 16 min | Video | 2008
Two half-Vietnamese filmmakers, both named Adele, discover their
parallel journeys with other “hapas” who share the growing mixed-race
experience.
BE AWARE
Director: Joe Kamimura | 4 min | Video | 2008
A man embarks upon a mysterious adventure that ends in self-reflection.
MOTHER DAUGHTER
Director: Ileana Chan | 15 min | Video | 2008
An unexpected inheritance leads a young Chinese American woman to
uncover her mother’s past, leading to questions about her own life and
relationships.
I WANT TO BE A DESI 2
Director: Allan Tong | 6 min | Video | 2009
Being Desi—a South Asian immigrant or descendant—requires a bit
more than bhangra and spicy curry.
YELLOW BROTHERHOOD
Director: Tadashi Nakamura | 18 min | Video | 2004
The inspiring story of the “Yellow Brotherhood,” an Asian American
community group formed around a basketball team in the 1960s, and
how the sons of YB are affected 30 years later.
WELCOME TO MY LIFE
Director: Elizabeth Ito | 5 min | Video | 2004
An animated story about a family of monsters struggling to be accepted
in America.
HALF KENNETH
Director: Ken Ochiai | 22 min | Video | 2008
1945: after the death of their father, Ken and Jo escape a Japanese
American internment camp to find their Caucasian mother, but discover
something neither of them could have anticipated.
Free screening made possible by Target.
Celebrate the diverse Asian experience, cultural identity,
and connections to the past.
TRT: 86 min
American Dreams
and Reflections
Parallel Adele
Caring for the people of San Diego
for more than 50 years
CORP364A ©2009
DIRECTOR: Yu-Heng Chiang
USA I 2 min. I Video I 2009
DIRECTOR: David Chai
USA I 6 min. I Video I 2008
DIRECTORS: Sukwon Shin
& In Pyo Hong
USA I 4 min. I Video I 2009
DIRECTOR: Bang-Yao Liu
USA I 2 min. I Video I 2009
DIRECTOR: Emily Tse
USA I 2 min. I Video I 2009
DIRECTOR: Joon Hyung Kim
USA I 3 min. I Video I 2009
DIRECTOR: Kun-I Chang
USA I 2 min. I Video I 2009
DIRECTOR: Jason Chen
USA I 4 min. I Video I 2008
DIRECTOR: Will Kim
USA I 3 min. I Video I 2009
A Chinese man tries desperately to light an uncooperative lantern
before daybreak.
medium: CGI 3D; software: Maya.
Irreconcilable enemies, a tree and a lumberjack, are stuck in a waiting
room together. Inevitably, conflict ensues. Will they end up burying the
hatchet, or will they end up burying the hatchet?
medium: Traditional 2D; software: Adobe Production Studio
An infamous team of superhero politicians takes preemptive action
against hundreds of approaching Evil Spaceships but their plan backfires.
medium: CGI 3D; software: Maya.
While rushing to meet a deadline, a student’s wall literally comes alive in
the form of thousands of Post-It notes.
medium: live-action stopmotion.
A monk attempts to defeat a monster that attacks his town through his
quick thinking.
medium: CGI 3D; software: Maya.
Shuttle T-42 crash lands on an unknown planet leaving young Jay and his
mother stranded and helpless.
medium: CGI 3D; software: Maya, Renderman
Emotions is an animation excerpt from the documentary “Masizakhe”
that explores the collective identity of South African activists through
their ideologies and diverse initiatives.
medium: live-action & motion graphics; software: AfterEffects
A newborn butterfly emerges from the darkest depths of sadness to
begin a new life.
medium: live-action stopmotion
‘Self Portrait’ is an animated film about an artist’s inspirations and
tools that allow him to create a self-portrait of himself. This film deals
with the filmmaker’s agony, inner struggles, and unity.
medium: mixed media 2D; software: Photoshop, AfterEffects
How do you coax life out of thin air? Find out in this program dedicated entirely to the Magical Art of Animation. TRT: 90 min.
Animation: The Illusion of Life
SAT OCT 17, 2:30PM WED OCT 21, 7:15PM TUE OCT 27, 7:00PM
DENG LONG
LIFE ON A LIMB
UNBELIEVABLE FOUR
DEADLINE
THE ENLIGHTENED
MONK
SHUTTLE T-42
EMOTIONS
SUBCONSCIOUS
SELF PORTRAIT
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DIRECTOR: Kuang Pei Ma
USA I 6 min. I Video I 2008
DIRECTORS: Dickson Chow
& Vinh Chung
USA I 6 min. I Video I 2009
DIRECTOR: Kun-I Chang
USA I 2 min. I Video I 2009
DIRECTOR: Makoto Yabuki
JAPAN I 3 min. I Video I 2007
DIRECTOR: Sun-woo Yang
USA I 8 min. I Video I 2008
DIRECTOR: Shih-Ting Hung
USA I 9 min. I Video I 2008
DIRECTOR: Taku Kimura
USA I 9 min. I Video I 2008
DIRECTOR: Vance Yang
TAIWAN I 9 min. I 35mm I
2008
DIRECTOR: Daniel Kanemoto
USA I 12 min. I 35mm I 2008
A modern fable about the complications of loneliness, fantasy and
illusions.
medium: 2D + 3D; software: Photoshop, AfterEffects
A film that employs various design and animation techniques to retell
the history of slavery and the problems of its present day counterpart
— human trafficking and the victimization of people around the world.
medium: CGI 3D; software: AfterEffects, 3ds Max
(see Emotions above)
A surreal mindtrip into the microscopic world of organic polygons.
medium: CGI 3D; software: Maya
Sunoki, a paranoiac has an adventure of a lifetime in the surreal world
of a Korean subway station.
medium: CGI 3D; software: Maya
On a stumble on slippery moss at the 4 o’clock bus stop, little giant
Viola steps outside of her own world to reach out for an adventure. She
is going to search for the true meaning of Loneliness.
medium: mixed-media & live-action; software: AfterEffects
An uncommunicative man is transformed into a cow-bodied monster
and learns a simple lesson about father & son love.
medium: CGI 3D; software: Maya
One night at school, two naughty kids discover a monster coin that
when inserted, makes a monster appear from within a magical vending
machine. He grants them a wish that they will never forget.
medium: CGI 3D; software: Maya, Renderman
A young American pilot fighting in 1944 writes what may be the final
letter of his life, bearing his soul to the man who inspired him to enlist…
his father, a stoic veteran of World War I.
medium: 2D+3D; software: AfterEffects
THE SOLILOQUIST
THE VEILED
COMMODITY
FEAR OF CHANGE
CONFINE(S)
KEEP RIGHT
VIOLA:
THE TRAVELING ROOMS
OF A LITTLE GIANT
KUDAN
MONSTER COINS
ARTICLES OF WAR
Co-presented by:
Platt College, The Art Institute of California - San Diego
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Antoine
Canada | French with English subtitles
82 minutes | Video | 2008
DIRECTOR: Laura Bari
PRODUCER: Laura Bari
CAST: Antoine Houang
SUN OCT 18, 4:15PM
MON OCT 19, 5:20PM
West Coast premiere
Chances are you have never met anyone like Antoine, a blind five-year-
old with extraordinary imagination and intelligence. In his imaginary
world, he refers to himself as Detective Dec, on a mission to find a
fictitious damsel in distress — Madame Rouski — who dissolved into
water while taking a shower. Constantly searching for clues, Antoine
drives a car, hosts radio shows, and engages in simultaneous telephone
conversations with his two best friends.
In this delightful docu-drama, we intimately experience the real and
imaginary life of Antoine Houang, who “sees” through his fingertips,
ears, nose, and mouth. He is fully integrated into the regular school
system in Montreal, plays with friends like any other child, learns how to
spell, and paints in color. Only in rare moments of misunderstanding or
struggle are we reminded that Antoine cannot see.
Director Laura Bari skillfully captures the uninhibited thoughts of a
brilliant child who fully embraces life. Antoine’s gift is to present us a
different view of the world — one of creativity, hope, and charm.
Director Laura Bari scheduled to attend Oct 18 screening.
Co-presented by:
Alliance Francaise de San Diego
SUN OCT 18, 7:30PM
MON OCT 26, 4:45PM
All aboard for an insightful excursion to discover
the far reaches of the Asian experience.
TRT: 89 min
PASSING FANCY
Director: Wei-Hsin Yang | 26 min | Video | 2009
A young couple and a man’s yard sale, and the ensuing emotional tug-
of-war between the three. Japan
TOPI
Director: Arjun Rihan | 6 min | Video | 2009
As India is wracked with inner turmoil, a young Hindu boy finds help
from an unlikely source. India/Pakistan
A GREEN MOUNTAIN IN THE DRAWER
Director: Hwa Jun Lee | 30 min | Video | 2009
An elderly woman journeys into memories of loved ones lost. S. Korea
CROCODILE
Director: Maura Milan | 5 min | Video | 2009
A young Australian boy faces life’s difficulties with the steely reserve of
a crocodile. Australia
ROUGH CUT
Director: Firouzeh Khosrovani | 22 min | Video| 2009
An exposé of Iranian policy calling for the dismemberment of female
mannequins. Iran
Around the World
A Green Mountain in the Drawer
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Arusi: Persian Wedding
USA/Iran | English and Farsi with English subtitles
53 minutes | Video | 2008
DIRECTOR: Marjan Tehrani
WRITERS: Azin Samari, Sheila Shirazi
PRODUCER: Marjan Tehrani
MON OCT 19, 7:30PM
WED OCT 28, 5:30PM
Co-presented by:
Persian Cultural Center
For filmmaker Marjan Tehrani and her brother Alex, growing up Iranian-
American always meant being caught between two worlds. With unique
perspective and intimate storytelling, Tehrani brings to life a compelling
examination of US-Iranian relations through the personal journey of her
brother Alex and his fiancée, Heather. They plan a trip to Iran to hold a
traditional Persian wedding — just as the filmmaker’s Iranian father and
American mother did at a time when Iran and the US were close allies.
As a tense dinner party between the couple’s families soon illustrates,
relations between the US and Iran have changed significantly over the
past 50 years. Tehrani sheds light on history largely unknown by her
generation with honesty, care, and a thoughtful collection of archival
segments featuring historical footage, and intelligence documents,
along with beautiful photographs taken by Alex himself. A universal
love story set against a fascinating history, this heartfelt film offers a
rare glimpse of Iran beyond politics, revealing its people and history in a
personal, hopeful, and human light.
West Coast premiere
Sion Sono is best known as a cinematic provocateur with films like Suicide
Club and Love Exposure. But what many do not know is that Sono is equally
well known in Japan as a poet and that softer side of his personality gets
exposed in BE SURE TO SHARE.
Featuring Japanese pop star Akira in one of his first motion picture
performances, you’d think this would be nothing more than a disposable
flick for his music fans. But Sono transforms this film into a quiet
meditation on death and the relationship between fathers and sons (the
film was reportedly made as a reaction to the recent death of Sono’s
own father). Director and actor Eiji Okuda plays a tough-as-nails father
who makes the Great Santini look like a wimp. Now, diagnosed with
cancer he’s trapped in the hospital and his wife and son (Akira) spend
their days visiting and trying to keep his spirits up. Just when it looks like
he’s about to recover, the son finds out that he has cancer too, and that
his father may out-live him. Determined not to worry anyone, he keeps it
to himself and vows that he’ll beat his disease.
Jumping backwards and forwards in time, BE SURE TO SHARE isn’t an
easy-to-swallow melodrama about fathers and sons. Sono opens the
film up and makes it an essay, colored with regret, about how we’re
constantly running after each other, and never catching up. It’s about
the small things we do every day without thinking about them and how
these tiny, insignificant moments ultimately make up our lives. — adapted
from Subway Cinema
Screening Sponsors:
THU OCT 15, 9:30PM
SUN OCT 18, 7:20PM
Japan | Japanese with English subtitles
109 minutes | 35mm | 2009
DIRECTOR: Sion Sono WRITER: Sion Sono
PRODUCER: Yasushi Umemura
CAST: Eiji Okuda, Akira, Ayumi Ito
Be Sure to Share
Co-presented by:
Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana
Debbi Spungen
THE 10TH ANNUAL SAN DIEGO ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL | 46
Beast Stalker
Hong Kong | Cantonese with English subtitles
109 minutes | 35mm | 2008
DIRECTOR: Dante Lam
WRITERS: Dante Lam, Jack Ng
PRODUCERS: Cathy Leung, Cheung Hong-tat, Albert Lee
CAST: Nicholas Tse, Jingchu Zhang, Nick Cheung,
Kai Chi Liu
MON OCT 19, 7:15PM
This film contains strong violence and language
Captain Tong (Nicholas Tse) is the intense leader of a strike force out to
nab a rarely-seen crime-lord. Ann Gao (Zhang Jingchu) is a prosecuting
attorney faced with a moral and ethical dilemma brought on by the
crime-lord’s activities, while she also deals with the grief of a recent,
deeply personal loss. Hung (Nick Cheung) handles kidnappings for the
crime-lord’s outfit, while caring for his bedridden wife and slowly going
blind due to a mysterious injury.
An explosive raid opens the film, quickly followed by a car chase where
Tong and his men almost catch up to the crime-lord’s gang. Their pursuit
ends in a gut-wrenching, multiple-car collision; this accident is revisited
twice, each time exposing more shocking impacts on those involved.
After the accident, Tong is conflicted by the agonizing regret and failure
he feels due to an incidental shooting; his nose bleeds when he becomes
stressed, and he fights to keep his emotions in check at all times. Ann’s
daughter Ling (the adorable Wong Suet-Yin, who handles the grueling
events of the film like a champ) is kidnapped to force the attorney to
destroy evidence, and Tong’s off-the-record investigation brings him
face to face with Hung. Their final confrontations rely more on dramatic
intensity than acutely-paced action.
Nominated for five Hong Kong Film Awards and winner of two (Best
Actor and Best Supporting Actor), THE BEAST STALKER is a highly
entertaining mix of action and melodrama bolstered by a strong cast
and production values. — Steve Norwood, Asian Film Festival of Dallas
Special Tribute Screening for George Lin
Three confused thespians have five days to write, rehearse and perform
a production that will alter the course of their young lives. Shot entirely
in San Diego, BEFORE WE CLOSE is a “theatrically musical” comedy
about a disheveled playwright, Ozwald ‘Oz’ Bryant. He is about to
graduate and the only difference between a fellowship in New York that
could make him a star and a life of desolate street-dwelling is his senior
showcase.
With an unfinished script and only one week to put everything together,
Oz casts his girlfriend, Penelope ‘Pen’ Moore as his leading lady and
an old friend, Kent Graham, as her opposite. Together they attempt
to shape history and impact the hearts of their generation with the
profoundly innovative and provocative tale of a couple in BEFORE WE
CLOSE
After an optimistic first rehearsal, Oz’s bubble bursts when he discovers
that chemistry between his cast members on-stage is residual from a
steamy relationship off-stage. With no time left and a cast he cannot
trust, Oz turns to the only person he can — his misanthropic mentor
E.B. Jacobs.
The San Diego Asian Film Festival presents this special screening of
BEFORE WE CLOSE in memory of the film’s executive producer George
Lin, who passed away of cancer one week after the end of production. All
proceeds from this screening benefit the George C. Lin Memorial Fund.
Director Joshua Tucker and cast scheduled to attend.
Preceded by:
GEORGE LIN DIGITAL SLAM
“You Know You’re Watching A Bad Movie When…”
A collection of short films in homage to George Lin and his quirky
tastes in film.
MON, Oct 19 at 6pm FREE
MON OCT 19, 7:00PM
USA | English
77 minutes | Video | 2008
DIRECTORS: Joshua Tucker, Kendal Tuttle
WRITERS: Joseph Frost, Joshua Tucker, Kendal Tutle
PRODUCERS: George Lin, Joshua Tucker
CAST: Lorin Stewart, Christopher Harrison,
Jenessy Elshire, Paul Peglar
Before We Close
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Best of Times
Thailand | Thai with English subtitles
118 minutes | Video | 2009
DIRECTOR: Yongyoot Thongkongtoon
WRITERS: Aummaraporn Phandintong, Nontra Koomwong
PRODUCERS: Jira Maligool, Yongyoot Thongkongtoon,
Chenchonnee Soonthornsaratul, Suvimon Techasupinun
CAST: Arak Amornsupasiri, Yarinda Bunnag,
Kris Sretthamrong, Sansanee Wattananukul
WED OCT 21, 7:30PM
WED OCT 28, 7:30PM
U.S. Premiere
BEST OF TIMES is a romantic, bittersweet comedy that can be summed
up in two storylines describing two different kinds of love:
1.The kind of love that one wants to forget, but will always remember.
Keng, a veterinarian with unrequited feelings left from his first crush from
high school falls in this category. When Keng was a student preparing
for college entrance exams, he made a CD for Fai, the girl he had a crush
on, not knowing that she was his buddy Ohm’s girlfriend. His love for her
is rekindled 8 years later when Fai finds a strag dog and serendipitously
takes the new pet into his clinic. Keng finds out that Fai and Ohm are
now divorced, but he can’t win her over when she hardly remembers him
at all and while he pretends to not have known her either.
2.The love that one always wants to remember, but will forget.
Mr. Jamrus and Mrs. Sompit are elderly singles who meet in a computer
club and fall deeply in love. But, when Mr. Jamrus is diagnosed with
Alzheimer’s disease and Mrs. Sompit’s family decides to move to the
U.S. for good, how can their true love endure?
BEST OF TIMES is a story of two couples who meet in a short window of
time, but their love will last in memories forever.
Between the Folds
USA | English
56 minutes | Video | 2008
DIRECTOR: Vanessa Gould
WRITER: Vanessa Gould
PRODUCER: Ariel Friedman
SUN OCT 18, 12:20PM
SAT OCT 24, 12:30PM
SUN OCT 25, 2:30PM
Co-presented by:
Mingei International Museum
Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana
UCSD Math Club
Buddhist Temple of San Diego
While creating a crude origami swan or crane is a common
childhood art experience, the hyper-detailed world of paper folding
can be jaw-dropping. The only rule: each work begins with just a
single square of paper. But from this simple start, artists create
brilliantly complex works inspired by all aspects of nature, as well as
abstract models worthy of regard as among the best of modern art.
BETWEEN THE FOLDS takes a look at the many international
practitioners of paper folding, and their varied and fascinating creations.
What seems like a deceptively simple art form is actually a tool highly
sought-after for a variety of fields, including education, mathematics,
engineering, technology, and science. Results in each of these areas are
both surprising and breath-taking. Filmmaker Vanessa Gould has taken
the intricacy and delicacy of origami and made a highly engaging and
inspiring documentary. — Steve Norwood, Asian Film Festival of Dallas
Director Vanessa Gould scheduled to attend Oct 24 and 25 screenings.
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A deadly but delicious mix of beats, rhymes, and videos, our popular
BLOWFISH music night is back with a vengeance featuring live
performances by some of the best Asian American hip hop groups in
the nation, music video premieres, and spins by the freshest West Coast
DJs. 21+only
Performances by:
Canes Bar & Grill
3105 Ocean Front Way , San Diego, CA 92109
(858) 488-1780
Tickets:
$18 at the door
$15 w/festival ticket stub or RSVP to Blowfish@sdaff.org by 10/23
Presented by
Supporting Sponsors:
Jack in the Box, Future Rock Stars of America, GoJane.com, Crab Hut,
Crunchy Sandwich
SAT OCT 24, 8:30PM-2AM
CANES BAR & GRILL
An Intersection of
Sights and Sounds
Lyrics Born
Zen, Dannu, and Keykool of
The Visionaries
Kero One
BOMBAY SUMMER explores the fleeting and delicate friendship between
three young people in the face of betrayal and personal loss. Set in
contemporary India, the film subtly mirrors the turmoil within tradition
bound Indian society as it copes with change and rapid modernization.
At the center of the story is Geeta, a young woman who leads a full life
and a busy career. She is also adept at balancing the conflicting needs
of family and life in modern India. But today, new experiences are open
to her and she grabs them with relish, such as dating a struggling writer
named Jaidev who is unsure about the choices he is making.
Their lives take a dramatic turn when they befriend a young migrant
named Madan, another struggling artist with a very different
background. BOMBAY SUMMER is an intimate and contemplative film
that follows the journey of these three friends’ self discovery over the
course of one summer.
Director Joseph Mathew scheduled to attend.
FRI OCT 23, 7:45PM
This film contains mature content
India | English and Hindi with English subtitles
102 minutes | 35mm | 2008
DIRECTOR: Joseph Mathew WRITER: Joseph Mathew
PRODUCERS: Joseph Mathew & Sanjay Bhattacharjee
CAST: Tannishtha Chatterjee, Samrat Chakrabarti,
Jatin Goswami
Bombay Summer
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Critically acclaimed but banned abroad, the latest film by talented
Filipino director Auraeus Solito (The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros , SDAFF
2006) is a provocative story of young lust intersecting with the heart’s
yearnings.
The film’s unnamed protagonist is a young poet living with a mother
who deliberately ignores his sexual leanings. When he visits a gay bar, he
becomes smitten with Aries, a performer introduced as “18 years old,
complete set of teeth,” and well-endowed.
Selling his prized collection of comic books and action figures, he returns
to the bar with enough cash to rent Aries. The boy takes him home for
New Year’s Eve and fireworks follow after dinner with Mom.
Known for his bold filmmaking, Solito embarks on another daring
exploration of young gay love. BOY, which was supposed to compete
at the Singapore International Film Festival, was banned by the city-
state’s censors for its “overtly” gay theme and love scene. Described as
a “fascinatingly, subtly tense slice of gay life” by LA Weekly, BOY explores
the seedy world of Manila’s strip clubs and a surprising connection
between two young men with vastly different backgrounds. A shared
evening leads to a life-changing moment, as a sensitive young man
begins a journey of sexual awareness. — Michael Chen
SUN OCT 25, 5:45PM
MON OCT 26, 9:55PM
This film contains strong language and sexual content
Philippines | Tagalog with English subtitles
83 minutes | Video | 2009
DIRECTOR: Auraeus Solito
WRITERS: Arturo Calo and Jimmy Flores
PRODUCERS: Endi Balbuena, Auraeus Solito, Jong de
Castro, F. Del Castillo
CAST: Aeious Asin, Noni Buencamino, Madeleine Nicolas,
Aries Pena
Boy
South Korea | Korean with English subtitles
130 minutes | Video | 2008
DIRECTOR: Ik-Joon Yang WRITER: Ik-Joon Yang
PRODUCER: Sun-Jin Jang
CAST: Ik-Joon Yang, Kot-bi Kim, Hwan Lee
SAT OCT 17, 9:30PM
MON OCT 19, 9:30PM
This film contains strong violence, language
In South Korean director Yang Ik-joon’s first feature film he also plays the
role of Sang-hoon, who has a lowly job that requires a tough fist and an
emotionless heart. Breaking into the homes and private lives of troubled
families, he suffers from lingering memories of his own dysfunctional
family and an abusive father whose existence he cannot bear. After living
an empty life of fistfights and profanity, Sang-hoon becomes hopeful
when he becomes closer with his seven year-old nephew and a high
school girl who seems to know more about life than a teenager should.
Regaining hope that things will improve, he is determined to mend the
wounded things in his life. But things may not be as easy as they seem for
a petty criminal like Sang-hoon.
This film’s original title in Korean literally translates into “Poo Fly”, a
common reference to a worthless, pestering scumbag. The English
title, BREATHLESS, describes the way Sang-hoon breathlessly tries to
run away from hardships in life. This independent production is rightly
praised for having overcome its low budget, and the fact that the
majority of the cast is first-time acting for the big-screen. Mostly set in
the gritty alleyways of the city, the audience is sure to feel annoyed by the
“petty fly“— yet eventually feel sympathy for the hopeless creature. This
is a breakthrough film no one should miss. — Jini Shim
Winner of Tiger Award at International Film Festival Rotterdam, Best First
Feature at New York Asian Film Festival
Breathless
Screening Sponsors:
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Cape No. 7
Taiwan | Mandarin, Taiwanese, Japanese, English
with English subtitles
129 minutes | 35mm | 2008
DIRECTOR: Te-Sheng Wei WRITER: Te-Sheng Wei
PRODUCER: Lewis Lu
CAST: Van Fan, Chie Tanaka, Min-Hsiung, Wei-min Ying
SAT OCT 17, 12:00PM
MON OCT 19, 3:40PM
Screening Sponsor:
Filmmaker Te-Sheng Wei’s feature debut as a director, CAPE NO. 7
(Audience Award, Golden Horse FF and Taipei FF) is currently the
highest-grossing film in Taiwan’s cinematic history. Inspired by a true
story of a postman successfully delivering a 60 year-old letter, Wei wrote
the script with financing from the Taiwanese government and from his
own refinanced home.
Aga (Fan Van, a singer and first time actor) is a native of Hengchun who
returns to the small seaport village after a failed attempt at becoming a
successful singer/musician in Taipei. Given a temporary position as town
postman, Aga begins to open and read a collection of undeliverable mail
addressed to Cape No. 7 of Hengchun County. Soon after, Aga and an
assorted group of Hengchun locals are scouted by representatives of
the town council to perform as the opening band for the Japanese pop
singer Kousuke Atari. As the newly-formed band prepares for its grand
debut, Aga must learn to work with fellow band members, and to open
up to his band’s manager, Tomoko.
CAPE NO. 7 is a refreshing entry into Taiwan’s cinematic landscape,
successfully incorporating the local sensibilities of a small Taiwanese
village, blended with the music of new and old Taiwan. With a film that
could mark a turning point in Taiwan’s cinematic history, Te-Sheng Wei
is definitely a filmmaker to keep an eye on in future. — Jimmy Lee
THU OCT 15, 8:00PM
SAT OCT 17, 9:55PM
This program contains strong language
Irreverence sure to tickle your funnybone—if not also
offend you.
TRT: 85 min
Chopshticks
UNBELIEVABLE FOUR
Director: In Pyo Hong | 4 min | Video | 2008
A team of superheroes takes preemptive action against hundreds of
“evil” spaceships with unexpected results.
THE HUMBERVILLE POETRY SLAM
Director: Emily Chang and Daniel De Lorenzo | 17 min | Video | 2008
A wannabe star poet organizes a small-town poetry contest to build a
team for the National Poetry Slam, but finds his own talent challenged
by homegrown local bards.
THE INDIAN AND THE SAMURAI
Director: Shilpi Roy | 15 min | Video | 2008
Working in his family’s Indian grocery store, an awkwardly shy teenager
dreams of becoming a Samurai warrior.
BRINGING HOME THE WHITE GIRL
Director: Travis Kurtz | 6 min | Video | 2009
What happens when the average guy (comedian Dat Phan) brings home
the hot white girl to meet the parents?
DOGGY DOGGY
Director: Raymond Yeung | 10 min | Video | 2008
In despair over a missing dog, a man sees women across Manhattan
walking their pooches, conjuring up images of a past lover.
1-900-DRINKING BUDDY
Director: Raymond Lai | 13 mins | Video | 2009
Help for the socially awkward is just one phone call away.
THE TIVO
Director: Adam Green | 10 min | Video | 2008
At first delighted by how his new Tivo has changed his life, a young man
(Parry Shen) watches in horror as the machine becomes obsessed with
him and begins to kill.
RE: YOUR BALLS
Director: Mike Park | 10 min | Video | 2009
A little email humor goes a little too far among office workers.
The Indian and the Samurai
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Co-presented by:
Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana
Japan Film Society
THE CLONE RETURNS HOME, which premiered at this year’s Sundance
Film Festival, is a compelling meditation on the paradox of life and
death, and the meaning of love and family. Set in an imaginary future,
this quiet film transposes complex emotional drama into the realm of
science fiction by exploring the influence of cloning on human memory
and experience.
In a career performance, Mitsuhiro Oikawa plays Kohei Takahara,
a Japanese astronaut who is killed in an accident in the line of duty.
But fortunately, scientists have been able to clone Kohei in a radical
experimental procedure to bring him back. But contrary to their
expectations, the clone awakens with his consciousness is trapped in a
period of his childhood when his twin brother dies in a tragic accident.
One day while walking in the forest, the clone finds his legacy human’s
body and carries it off in a journey, believing it to be the body of his
deceased twin.
Filled with stunning imagery and haunting stillness, THE CLONE
RETURNS HOME combines subtly nuanced sci-fi with a uniquely
Japanese perspective on themes of family, love, life and death.
Award-winning director Wim Wenders (Wings of Desire) served as
executive director on the film. And CLONE’s director Kanji Nakajima
received the prestigious Sundance/NHK International Filmmakers
Award for the original screenplay.
SUN OCT 25, 7:45PM
Japan | Japanese with English subtitles
110 minutes | 35mm | 2009
DIRECTOR: Kanji Nakajima WRITER: Kanji Nakajima
PRODUCERS: Kiyoshi Inoue, Tomohiko Seki, Yoshiaki Tago
CAST: Er Ishida, Hiromi Nagasaku, Kyusaku Shimada
The Clone
Returns Home
TEA AND REMEMBERANCE
Director: Ron Yuan | 8 min | Video | 2009
A man and woman are both haunted by dreams that may be memories
of a previous life.
ONE NIGHT IN LA
Director: Jon Maxwell | 4 min | Video | 2008
A stylish, dreamlike tale of a relationship gone wrong.
UNLOCKED
Director: Mio Adilman | 14 min | Video | 2009
A young man must deal with his anger when his bicycle is continually
double-locked by strangers.
THREE BULLETS
Director: Ron Yuan | 8 min | Video 2009
A hit man (Michael Jai White from Black Dynamite) takes on overwhelming
odds armed with just three bullets.
THE LEGEND OF CHANG APANA
Director: Michael Wurth | 6 min | Video | 2008
The real-life Hawaiian policeman, upon whose life the Charlie Chan
movies were based, breaks up a gambling ring.
EXCUSE MY GANGSTA WAYS
Director: Corinne Manabat | 15 min | Video | 2008
The inspiring tale of Chinese American Davina Wan, a former gang
member from New York City’s Lower East Side.
FA$T MONEY
Director: Jerry Chan | 14 min | Video | 2005
In this classic from SDAFF ‘06, Asian gang members pick on the wrong
Chinese gift store owner. SDAFF blast from the past.
SEASONS BEATINGS
Director: Fernando Huerto | 7 min | Video | 2008
Two friends get overly competitive over a board game.
INTERPRETATION
Director: Lin Oeding | 8 min | 35mm | 2008
A romantic couple encounters a trio of philosophical thugs.
SAT OCT 17, 5:00PM
FRI OCT 23, 9:30PM
This program contains strong violence, language
In the big city, infidelity, gang violence, and other hazards
lurk on mean streets.
TRT: 84 min
The Concrete Jungle
Interpretation
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Crossing
South Korea | Korean with English subtitles
106 minutes | 35mm | 2008
DIRECTOR: Kim Tae-kyun WRITER: Lee Yoo-jin
PRODUCERS: Patrick Cheh, Hong Jee-young, Kim Tae-kyun
CAST: Cha In-pyo, Shin Myung-cheol
FRI OCT 16, 3:00PM
TUE OCT 20, 9:15PM
This film contains mature content
Co-presented by:
Liberty in North Korea (LiNK)
Screening Sponsor:
Chong Lee
South Korea’s official submission to the Academy Awards, CROSSING,
has been described as the “Schindler’s List” of North Korea depicting a
tragedy that is rarely seen in narrative form.
Focused on the politically sensitive issue of North Korean defectors,
CROSSING tells the heartwrenching story of a young family struggling
with abject poverty.
Kim Yong-su is a miner in a bleak North Korean town who yearns to
provide life’s basic necessities to his family. Food is scarce, and Kim’s
pregnant wife spends her day searching for wild vegetables, while their
11-year-old son, Joon, plays with an imaginary soccer ball to pass time.
When Kim’s wife becomes critically ill, he feels the only way to save her
is to risk his own life by crossing into China to find a job and medicine.
After many days without his father, the family’s dire situation takes a
turn for the worse. There is no one to turn to, so Joon decides his only
hope is the nearly impossible - cross into China and find his father who
may or may not be alive. If caught, he knows his punishment will be
either hard labor in prison or immediate execution.
Based on interviews and experiences of nearly a hundred North Korean
defectors, CROSSING, dramatically exposes the plight, desperation, and
human rights injustices of a country hidden from the rest of the world. With
powerful performances, especially from the young Shin Myung-cheol as
Joon, the images and stories are will stay with you long after the credits roll.
Daddy Tran:
a Life in 3D
Canada | English and Vietnamese with English subtitles
47 minutes | Video | 2008
DIRECTOR: Siu Ta
PRODUCER: Siu Ta
TUE OCT 20, 4:00PM (FREE)
WED OCT 21, 5:30PM
DADDY TRAN: A LIFE IN 3-D is about a man’s lifelong obsession with
photography and the lengths he will go to leave a legacy of 3-D photos
At 65 years of age, Hai Tran is on a mission: to leave a mark on the
one thing that has given him the most joy all his life — photography.
He worked as a photographer in Vietnam to support his young family.
But with the impending war between China and Vietnam, he was forced
to flee his country on a small boat. Along with his family, he packed up
his valuables – one suitcase of his most cherished photographs and 3
cameras
During the voyage, one of the cameras was used to save his family.
Arriving in Calgary, Alberta, in February 1980, he worked for minimum
wage at a photo lab. And for the next 17 years, he saved every hard
earned dollar to open “Vintage Visuals”, the largest used camera store in
western Canada. Then seven years ago, he discovered 3-D photography.
It is through these “three-dimensional” photographs — of places that he
has been to, of his family and of his most prized possessions — for which
he wants to be remembered.
Through vivid accounts of his childhood, marriage, children, boat
refugee experience and early years in Canada, a portrait of a unique
man is revealed, one whose fears, insecurities and volatile personality
are balanced out by his tenacity, charisma, love of life and passion for
photography. — Vietnamese International Film Festival
Oct 20 Free screening made possible by Target.
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Dancing
Across Borders
USA/Cambodia | English
88 minutes | Video | 2009
DIRECTOR: Anne Bass
PRODUCERS: Catherine Tatge, Anne Bass
FRI OCT 23, 5:30PM
SUN OCT 25, 3:30PM
Co-presented by:
Eveoke
PGK Project
On a January 2000 trip to Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia,
filmmaker Anne Bass came across Sokyannara “Sy” Sar, a sixteen year-
old boy who moved her immensely with his amazing natural charm
and grace as a dancer. DANCING ACROSS BORDERS peeks behind
the scenes into the world of dance and chronicles the intimate and
triumphant story of a boy who was discovered - and then transformed —
from a Cambodian folk dancer to a polished and professional Western
ballet dancer.
The film is full of mesmerizing footage of Sy’s performances, including
one with legendary composer Phillip Glass at the Vail International
Dance Festival. Bass follows the young man’s ascension into the art
world as least-likely rising star — from the countryside of Southeast Asia
to the stage of the Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle. Sy’s charm and
determination to succeed are awe-inspiring and delightful to watch,
revealing the hardships he is willing to endure to realize his dream.
Director Anne Bass scheduled to attend Oct 23 and 25 screenings.
Detroit Metal City
Japan | Japanese with English subtitles
104 minutes | 35mm | 2008
DIRECTOR: Toshio Lee
WRITERS: Mika Omori, Kiminori Wakasugi (manga)
PRODUCER: Yûka Higuchi
CAST: Ken’ichi Matsuyama, Rosa Kato, Yasuko
Matsuyuki, Gene Simmons
SAT OCT 24, 10:00PM
This film contains mature content
Screening Sponsor:
Co-presented by:
Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana
Japan Film Society
West Coast premiere
SDAFF Extreme, “the other side of the San Diego Asian Film Festival,”
brings you four films on the edge of sanity, including DETROIT METAL
CITY in its San Diego theatrical premiere! Are you ready to rock? Hang up
Guitar Hero and check out this story about Soichi (Ken’ichi Matsuyama,
L: Change the World) a young man with dreams of singing pop songs about
cheese tarts and rainbows. His music seems to inspire his fellow music
students... but no one else. One day Soichi goes into a music audition
where he unexpectedly becomes the lead singer of a death metal group!
DETROIT METAL CITY becomes Soichi’s profession: he wears makeup,
a wig, and a cape to become the hell-spawn super singer Johannes
Krauser II, whose devoted fans relish the evil lyrics spewing from
Krauser’s demonic tongue. Records start to sell, but unfortunately for
Soichi this lurid, profane music goes against every one of his principles:
being fashionable, habitating happy places like mod cafes, and being
with Yuri (Rosa Kato), the girl he loves. Whenever Soichi tries to tell the
Boss (Matsuyuki) that the music he likes is not death metal, all he gets
is “tough love.”
As Soichi’s struggles continue, he is challenged by Jack Il Dark (Gene
Simmons) as part of Dark’s tour to destroy all bands. Now, Soichi must
decide: to follow the road toward cheese tarts and fluffy clouds, or to
battle for death metal supremacy. Join SDAFF Extreme as we present
this musical masterpiece in all of its decadent, head-banging glory!
— Phil Luque
EXTREME SERIES
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FRI OCT 16, 5:10PM
SUN OCT 25, 6:15PM
This film contains mature content
HOUSE OF WONG
Director: Nicholas Wong | 17 min | Video | 2008
A young man under the thumb of his traditional family spends the summer
working in his uncle’s Chinese restaurant, splitting his time between caring
for his younger brother and developing his passion for cooking.
FORTUNE COOKING
Director: Jason Karman | 9 min | Video | 2009
Can a great review save a restaurant on the brink?
WHEN SWALLOWS STOP SINGING
Director: Gilbert Kwong | 17 min | Video | 2009
Yan, a Chinese immigrant from Hong Kong, has made Canada his home for
ten years, leaving behind his parents and a promise.
NEW AGING
Director: Jason Wong | 6 min | Video | 2007
Mugged by a homeless woman, a New Age pamphlet peddler follows her
through Chinatown to retrieve his wallet.
THE PIANO
Director: Caicai Liu | 17 min | Video | 2008
“Love” is always a hard and complex topic between Chinese parents and kids.
BEIJING HAZE
Director: J.P. Chan | 9 min | Video | 2008
For a new Chinese immigrant, one dream ends as another begins.
YANGLING’S ORANGES
Director: Connie Yen | 19 min | Video | 2008
An immigrant Chinese woman finds herself at a crossroads, re-examining the
integrity of her American Dream.
STATE OF YO
Director: Jason Karman | 8 min | Video | 2007
Harvey Lowe overcame many obstacles to win the first world’s yo-yo
championship in 1932.
A taste of the Chinese American experience
both sweet and sour.
TRT: 105 min
Dim Sum
and Then Some The Drummer
Hong Kong and Taiwan
Mandarin and Cantonese with English subtitles
115 minutes | Video | 2007
DIRECTOR: Kenneth Bi WRITER: Kenneth Bi
PRODUCERS: Peggy Chiao, Thanassis Karathanos, Rosa Li
CAST: Jaycee Chan, Tony Leung Ka-Fai, Angelica Lee Sum-
Kit, Roy Cheung, Eugenia Yuan
SUN OCT 18, 2:00PM
THU OCT 22, 7:10PM
This film contains some violence and mature content
Co-presented by:
Intuit APIN
Co-presented by:
San Diego Chinese Women’s Association
In the East, the drum is the king of all musical instruments. Its intense
sound penetrates man’s body; its solemn beat opens men’s hearts; its
powerful vibration can awaken a man’s soul.
Sid, the rebellious son of Kwan, a controlling and savage triad boss in
Hong Kong, has to flee to Taiwan upon enraging his father’s adversary,
a powerful tycoon and underground business leader. Hiding out in the
mountains, Sid encounters a group of Zen drummers whose mesmerizing
art, rigorous physical training, and austere way of life pique this hostile
urban young man’s interest and he requests to join the group. Although
Sid despises his father, he is turning out to be a younger version of him:
wild and defiant. Immersion in the world of the Zen drummers eventually
converts him into a firm and focused young man. Sid’s independence
from his father and the triad life is profoundly challenged, however,
when a twist of fate forces him to choose between loyalty to his family
and his new found faith in himself.
Starring Jaycee Chan (son of Jackie Chan) as Sid and featuring Taiwanese
Zen drumming troupe, U Theater, THE DRUMMER is the first feature
film from Hong Kong and Taiwan selected for competition at Sundance,
where it won The Hollywood Reporter’s Critics’ Pick.
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ETIENNE! is a film about the little things in life.
It tells the story of Richard (played by untrained actor Richard Vallejos),
a simple guy who enjoys taking care of this best and only friend, a dwarf
hamster named Etienne. One day, the bad news arrives that Etienne
is diagnosed with terminal cancer, so Richard decides to take him on
bicycle road trip up the California coast to show him the world before
he must put him to sleep.
Of course traveling with a hamster is bound to get some attention, so
Richard meets a lot of new (sometimes odd) people along the way in this
contemplative film about the randomness of fate and happenstance.
The film’s morbid subject matter remains upbeat thanks to its whimsical
characters, Vallejos’ innocent, charming performance and evocative
soundtrack by music groups such as Great Northern, BeatBeat Whisper,
and Gregory and the Hawk.
Lovers of French New Wave cinema, B movies, student films, obscure
indie music, and Urban Outfitters stores should get a kick out of
ETIENNE! (by California native filmmaker Jeff Mizushima), which is
arguably the most original debut from an Asian American filmmaker this
year.
Director Jeff Mizushima and actor Richard Vallejos are scheduled to
attend.
Preceded by the short film,
“Wanda & Miles”
by Lesley Loksi Chan
Canada | Video | 13mins
When life gets difficult, we must always look
for new ways to hold onto things.
MON OCT 19, 8:55PM
TUE OCT 27, 5:15PM
USA | English
87 minutes | Video | 2008
DIRECTOR: Jeff Mizushima WRITER: Jeff Mizushima
PRODUCERS: Giacun Caduff, Albert Yeung
CAST: Richard Vallejos, Megan Harvey, Caveh Zahedi
Etienne!
While action films have become a billion dollar industry, the stunt and
fight coordinators, whose expertise has made films such as Kill Bill
and The Matrix possible, have toiled away in relative obscurity. Learn
more about the world of these men of action in a fun, informative
panel discussion. Topics will include the influence of Asian films on
Hollywood, the effects of technology, and the influence of mixed martial
arts promotions such as the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) on
audience expectations.
Moderator: Dr. Craig Reid
Dr. Reid became an actor/stuntman in Taiwan TV & film
in 1979. Besides learning fight choreography from Tsui
Hark and Jackie Chan, he was a fight coordinator on
ABC’s Spy Game and a fight directing apprentice on CBS’s
Martial Law. His book Ultimate Guide to the Martial Arts Film
Vol. One: 1970s comes out Dec. 09.
Scheduled Panelists:
Ron Yuan
Ron Yuan has a wide range of Hollywood experience in
front of the camera in The Fast and Furious, The Art of War,
and a recurring role on Fox TV’s Prison Break. As a stunt
and fight coordinator, he has worked on films such as
Blade, Rush Hour 2 and the recent film Black Dynamite.
Ilram Choi
An expert in Judo, Aikido, Kung Fu, Wushu, Tai Chi,
Ninjutsu, and Wing Chun, Ilram Choi has worked as an
actor, stuntman and stunt coordinator in Hollywood for
over a decade. His body of work includes films such as
Pirates of the Caribbean, Transformers, and Star Trek.
Lin Oeding
A former professional mixed martial arts competitor
and University of Texas film school graduate Lin Oeding
has worked as a stuntman on TV series such as Alias, 24,
and Heroes. As an actor, Mr. Oeding has worked on Pearl
Harbor and Spy Kids.
SAT OCT 18, 2:30PM
A panel on cutting Edge Martial Arts Fight and Stunt
Coordination in Hollywood
Fight Scenes and
Fall Guys
PANEL
Co-presented by:
Wee Companions
Merantau
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First Squad
Japan/Russia | Russian with English subtitles
73 minutes | 35mm | 2009
DIRECTOR: Yoshiharu Ashino
WRITERS: Aljosha Klimov, Misha Sprits
PRODUCER: Aljosha Klimov, Misha Sprits, Eiko Tanaka
MUSIC: DJ Krush
SAT OCT 17, 5:15PM
SUN OCT 18, 9:40PM
This film contains graphic war violence
Co-presented by:
Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana
West Coast Premiere
FIRST SQUAD recounts the Soviet Red Army circa 1942, at the height
of German-Russian conflict. Violent and effective Red Army resistance
revolves around 14-year old Nadya, who is able to forsee “moments of
truth,” critical moments in combat that can change the outcome of the
entire war. This intriguing film melds elements unusual in the film world:
documentary clips mixed with Japanese anime, all in Russian dialogue.
First-time Russian directors Misha Shprits and Aljosha Klimov, backed
by acclaimed Japanese studio 4°C, have made a uniquely paranormal
experience. With interviews of real Russian soldiers interspersed with
top-notch anime, “the real” and “the drawn” are sewn together by a
haunting score from world-renowned DJ Krush. World War II buffs and
anime fans: delight in a collaborative film style never seen before. — Nick
Cichon
Forever Enthralled
China | Mandarin with English subtitles
147 minutes | 35mm | 2009
DIRECTOR: Chen Kaige
PRODUCERS: Han Sanping, Du Jiayi
CAST: Leon Lai, Zhang Ziyi, Sun Honglei, Chen Hong
MON OCT 26, 7:00PM
Co-presented by:
House of China
San Diego Arthouse Meetup Group
Southern California premiere
Chinese filmmaker Chen Kaige returns to the subject that first brought
him critical acclaim — the Beijing Opera.
Like Farewell My Concubine (1993), FOREVER ENTHRALLED is an opulent
period drama about the true story of Mei Lanfang (Leon Lai, Fallen
Angels), a Peking opera legend whose fame spread worldwide; even
Charlie Chaplin and Sergei Eisenstein filmed him in the early 1900s.
As a man playing a woman onstage, critics often said that Mei was
more feminine than a real woman; his roles and pitch perfect voice
mesmerized audiences.
The film begins in his early adolescence as Mei must rival with a veteran
actor in a kind of “battle” of the musicals, and emerges the victor. His fame
spreads quickly but disaster sets in as the Japanese invade Manchuria
and Mei’s refusal to sing upon request of the Japanese threatens his
career and family. Zhang Ziyi (most notable for her breakout role in
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) plays an admiring fellow opera singer, a
woman posing as a man onstage, who begins a romantic affair with Mei.
She poses another threat to Mei’s career: a possible distraction from
his work and his demanding fans, managers, and especially his devoted
wife and family. The entire cast delivers solid performances, Lai and
Ziyi displaying the Peking opera training they undertook to master its
delicate, intricate body language.
FOREVER ENTHRALLED is a fascinating biopic about a man regarded
as a great national treasure, but whom yearned to be ordinary at times.
The film is also strongly traditional and elegant, delivering what most
audiences would expect from a Chinese period piece. At 147 minutes,
there is no shortage of dazzling authentic costumes, gorgeous sets, and
exquisite interior lighting evoking 1930s China. This latest work may lack
the complexities and emotional impact of Farewell, but it certainly seems
like Kaige is back to the filmmaking he does best. — Mye Hoang
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Fruit Fly
USA | English
94 minutes | Video | 2009
DIRECTOR: H.P. Mendoza WRITER: H.P. Mendoza
PRODUCERS: H.P. Mendoza, Stephen Gong
CAST: L.A. Renigen, Mike Curtis
SAT OCT 24, 6:00PM
This film contains strong language and mature content
H.P. Mendoza, the composer and co-star of festival hit Colma: The
Musical (SDAFF ‘06) returns with a solo directorial debut that aims his
poisoned pen and catchy Casio keyboards toward that never-dead city
San Francisco. Here we discover Bethesda (a radiant L.A. Renigen of
Colma fame), newly arrived from Maryland and Manila, eager to succeed
in the performance art world and hoping to find her birth mother, who
abandoned her as a child. (“Will that help with your show?,” someone
asks.) Her new flatmates, various artists united by their rootlessness (I
won’t be here long, is the whisper that lingers in these walls), soon whisk
our young Dorothy over the rainbow and into San Francisco’s alcoholic
nights and hungover days, all filled with (of course) song and dance.
Crawling through bars gay and straight, the still-disoriented Bethesda
finds herself saddled with quite a few new identities (fag hag, homo
honey, fruit fly, hack, slut, etc), but none that she actually wants; she’s
got plenty of places to go, but still nowhere to be for long.
FRUIT FLY represents a new generation of Asian American filmmaking;
its deceptively casual mash-up and embrace of ethnic and sexual
identity politics is nuanced enough to fuel a masters’ thesis, but one
doesn’t need a degree to understand what’s going on. It’s also textbook
guerrilla filmmaking, a loud-and-proud, indie-Asian/gay hijacking of The
Umbrellas of Cherbourg that turns the Mission, the Castro and more into
an all-singing, all-dancing whirl of performance artists, thwarted lovers,
sneering sideliners, punk lesbians, fag hags, leather bears and versatile
bottoms, all ready to join you, ever so tunefully, in whatever journey
you’re on. — adapted from SFIAAFF
Director HP Mendoza and lead actress L.A. Renigen scheduled
to attend
Going Home
USA/South Korea
English and Korean with English subtitles
73 minutes | Video | 2008
DIRECTOR: Jason Hoffman
PRODUCER: Mikyung Kim
FRI OCT 23, 7:30PM
TUE OCT 27, 5:00PM
Co-presented by:
Association of Korean Adoptees - Southern California
Korean American Adoptee Adoptive Family Network
Co-presented by:
Pride Action Committee (PAC) at SDSU
West Coast Premiere
Jason Hoffmann had always identified himself as being a true New
Yorker having grown up in liberal Greenwich Village with Jewish adoptive
parents. He was content with the American life provided him nearly
two decades earlier when he was adopted from South Korea. Jason
never expected to explore his complicated, concealed family history,
but growing into adulthood, he became increasingly curious about his
mysterious roots.
In GOING HOME, Jason finally summons up the courage to initiate
contact with his birth mother. Without confirmation that a face-to-
face meeting would even be possible, Jason takes a risk and sets out
on a life-changing journey halfway around the world with his Korean
girlfriend Mikyung by his side. Once in Korea, Jason excitedly learns that
his mother wishes to meet him, but when she suddenly falls ill on the day
of their planned meeting, Jason’s optimism takes a discouraging turn.
Filled with deeply human moments of joy and pain, GOING HOME
shares Jason’s intimate search and realization how his life could have
been had he not been adopted. Despite adversity and the appearance of
buried insecurities about his identity, Jason discovers a profound, new
meaning of family.
Director Jason Hoffman and producer Mikyung Kim scheduled to attend
Oct. 23 screening.
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Co-presented by:
Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana
SAT OCT 24, 7:30PM
MON OCT 26, 7:15PM
World premiere
Drawing from his experiences as a JET (Japanese English Teaching
program) in Kochi Prefecture in the 1990s, American filmmaker Aaron
Woolfolk wrote and directed THE HARIMAYA BRIDGE, also produced
by Danny Glover. This poignant melodrama tells the story of an African
American man from San Francisco who goes on a journey to Japan
seeking the truth about the life and death of his estranged son Mickey in
a rural Japanese town.
Daniel, played by Ben Guillory, had stopped speaking to Mickey for
many years after his son’s decision to move to Japan to teach and paint.
Daniel’s father died as a Japanese POW during WWII, leaving many
emotional wounds with Daniel and causing him to feel an extreme
prejudice towards the Japanese. Daniel makes it his mission to recover
all of Mickey’s paintings in Japan and return them to the US. Mickey’s
friends in Japan welcome Daniel with a great warmth and respect that
he cannot seem to return in the least. Daniel’s impatience, ingratitude
and prejudice only snowballs into problems for everyone involved,
until eventually, he discovers a life-altering secret that will force him to
reassess his feelings and actions.
For anyone who has lived as a foreigner in another country, THE
HARIMAYA BRIDGE and its cross cultural lessons cannot be missed. It
is a distinct portrayal of how people develop cultural understanding and
the undeniable universal need for love and peace. — Mye Hoang
Director Aaron Woolfolk and actor Ben Guillory are scheduled to attend Oct 24.
USA, Japan
English and Japanese with English subtitles
120 minutes | 35mm | 2007
DIRECTOR: Aaron Woolfolk WRITER: Aaron Woolfolk
PRODUCERS: Danny Glover, John Kim, Naoshi Yoda
CAST: Ben Guillory, Saki Takaoka, Misa Shimizu,
Danny Glover
The Harimaya Bridge
Set in modern Kaohsiung, Taiwan, HELP ME EROS opens with newly-
unemployed Ah Jie lying on a designer sofa in his almost bare apartment
where he tends to his treasured marijuana plants and chats with
counselor Chyi on a suicide hotline. He now survives on selling off his
designer furniture collection at the nearby pawn shop and eating instant
noodles.
Jie likes to imagine that his suicide hotline counselor Chyi is a beautiful
girl in a naughty outfit. But in reality, Chyi is a lonely and overweight
married woman with some problems of her own.
Adding to the mix of characters is Shin, a provocatively dressed ‘betel
nut beauty,’ selling cigarettes and betel nuts to passing customers below
Jie’s apartment. Also depressed and struggling to fit in, Shin strikes up
a friendship of sorts with Jie — and his marijuana plant which seems to
have a powerful sexual effect on them.
HELP ME EROS is ultimately an exploration of urban loneliness as
these three characters desperately try to find human connection in
the world. With slow pacing similar to a Hou Hsiao-Hsien film, it will
constantly keep you guessing at what’s to come next. The rich, luscious
cinematography offers up images to remember long after the film is over.
— Mye Hoang
FRI OCT 16, 10:00PM
TUE OCT 20, 9:45PM
THU OCT 22, 9:15PM
This film contains sexual content and drug use.
No one under 18 admitted.
Taiwan | Mandarin with English subtitles
103 minutes | 35mm | 2007
DIRECTOR: Kang-sheng Lee WRITER: Kang-sheng Lee
PRODUCERS: Ming-liang Tsai, Vincent Wang
CAST: Kang-sheng Lee, Jane Liao, Ivy Yi
Help Me Eros
Screening Sponsor:
Co-presented by:
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Maxine Lee is an Asian American, wannabe Paris Hilton. She lives the
American dream, funded by her credit cards without any thought to
future consequence. By day, she works as a disgruntled office worker for
ten dollars an hour; by night, she transforms into the ultimate party girl,
scouring Los Angeles for the next hot spot where they can empty their
wallets and drink Cosmos.
Of all places, Maxine meets a guy named “Noodle,” in a nightclub
bathroom. Noodle tells her about his love for the Sierras, where he plans
a week-long trip, and Maxine convinces him to take her along. On the
way, Maxine persuades him to cancel his cabin so that they can stay at a
four-star luxury hotel instead. But when her credit card is declined and
the cabin that Noodle has booked has since been given away, the two
find themselves camping in the woods without the luxuries of modern-
day life.
Without an operating credit card and little cash, Maxine is forced to
face nature and its simplicity. She awakens to what is important in life,
and begins to fall for Noodle. But an unexpected event occurs in the
wilderness, changing her life forever.
Covergirl Cosmetic Giveaway
Preceded by the short film
“26, Best Korean Girl”
by Paula Un Mi Kim
S. Korea | Video | 2009 | 8 mins
Young Korean woman deals with the pressure
from her mother to find a suitable mate.
SAT OCT 24, 5:00PM
SUN OCT 25, 10:00PM
This film contains adult language
USA | English
97 minutes | Video | 2008
DIRECTOR: B. Hayward Randall WRITER: Grace Rowe
PRODUCER: Grace Rowe
CAST: Grace Rowe, Michael Jaworski, Megan Molloy,
Gabriel Byer, Mandy Henderson, Nick Barnes, Liz Stewart,
Matt Ferrucci, and Pedro Pascal
I Am That Girl
Co-presented by:
Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana
Screening sponsor:
From the director of Ping Pong and Vexille comes this update of the
legendary Zatoichi narrative.
Ichi, a young blind woman who wanders the countryside as a Goze
(musician), runs afoul of the dreaded Banki Gang. Fortunately for her,
and for the villagers forced to deal with the gang’s criminal activities,
Ichi possesses skills far more deadly than her ability to sing and play
the shamisen (a traditional three-stringed Japanese guitar). Near-silent
and self-sufficient Ichi is accompanied in her travels by a tragic, would-
be samurai named Touma. When local villagers decide that Touma is
the one repeatedly slaying Banki thugs, they propose he accept the job
of bodyguard to the village master. While the pay looks promising, an
impending Banki attack is the last thing on Touma’s mind.
ICHI is a beautifully photographed tale of mistaken identities and
rediscovered courage, with enough swordplay to keep action-film
aficionados engaged while telling its dramatic story.
MON OCT 26, 10:15PM
TUE OCT 27, 7:30PM
THU OCT 29, 4:15PM
This film contains violence and mature content
Japan | Japanese with English subtitles
120 minutes | Video | 2008
DIRECTOR: Fumihiko Sori WRITER: Kan Shimosawa
PRODUCER: Toshiaki Nakazawa
CAST: Haruka Ayase, Shodo Nakamura, Yosuke Kubozuka
Ichi
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A divorced couple learns that the only way to save their little daughter
Hehe, who suffers from a form of leukemia, is to have another child. Now
both remarried, Mei Zhu and Xiao Lu are forced to test their love and
their commitment to one another by putting their current relationships
in danger. A story of parenthood, love, married life, betrayal, trust and
giving, IN LOVE WE TRUST touches upon changes in contemporary
society and family life, as well as the moral and ethical dilemmas brought
on by modernity and China’s one-child policy.
Told with the emotional restraint of European filmmaking, IN LOVE
WE TRUST is a provocative and harrowing film about a family battling
against cancer and how far these individuals are willing to go in the
name of love for their child.
TUE OCT 20, 6:30PM
WED OCT 21, 3:00PM
This film contains strong language, mature content
China | Mandarin with English subtitles
115 minutes | Video | 2007
DIRECTOR:Xiaoshuai Wang WRITER: Xiaoshuai Wang
PRODUCERS: Isabelle Glachant, Bin Huang
CAST: Weiwei Liu, Jia-yi Zhang, Nan Yu, Taisheng Chen
In Love We Trust
Screening Sponsors:
Debbi Spungen
THU OCT 22, 4:00PM (FREE)
MON OCT 26, 5:30PM
Hari Rai is a 17-year old boy who lives in a small village in the Himalayan
Mountains. For the last three years, Hari has worked as a porter to pay
his education and family’s living expenses. Porter work is common for
many children in this area, and can be physically exhausting. Most of
the time, Hari transports backpacks for tourists and delivers messages
for people unable to visit their loved ones in person. On this particular
journey, he is hired to carry a huge red Coca-Cola refrigerator to the
nearest town. He is welcomed with warm meals and a comfortable place
to rest virtually everywhere he goes.
During his four-day trek in JOURNEY OF A RED FRIDGE, we discover
Hari’s inner life, his relationships to his family and his village, while also
encountering the culture and daily routines of local inhabitants. As time
passes, it becomes apparent that this is a young man struggling between
two worlds; rejecting and questioning some aspects of his own culture
whiles simultaneously working within it.
Throughout this trek, we are given glimpses of western tourists as
seen through the eyes of porters and local residents of the Himalayan
Mountains. From vistas dominated by 8000 meter peaks, to lush
riverside hot springs; from sacred Buddhist temple complexes to
thatched hut villages, we see the contrast between this red brand-name
fridge and the breathtaking virginal landscapes of Nepal. The shifting
scenery of this journey takes us from the personal to the general: from
the empty arid mountains to the bustling crowds of urban life.
Oct 22 Free screening made possible by Target.
Serbia/Nepal | Nepali with English subtitles
52 minutes | Video | 2007
DIRECTORS & PRODUCERS:
Lucian Muntean & Natasa Stankovic
Journey of
a Red Fridge
Co-presented by:
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Co-presented by:
Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana
Southern California premiere
Fans of the 2004 pulp classic Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow will
immediately feel at home in Director Shimako Sato’s inspired K-20:
LEGEND OF THE MASK. Boasting a massive budget by Japanese
standards, (2 billion yen, or 20 million US dollars), Sato delivers a
compelling fantasy picture rife with action and energy.
Set in an alternate 1949 reality where World War II never occurred,
K-20 takes place in the fictional Japanese city of Teito. Teito’s skies
are dominated by ominous zeppelins as well as other hybrid flying
devices. The film is centered around the age old conflict of class divide,
and Sato does a good job in conveying this visually. The affluent elite
have embraced the tesla coil as a source of energy, and their brightly
illuminated skyscrapers boast this triumph. On the other hand, the
proletariat masses struggle with daily existence in their lantern lit hovels.
Proof of the large budget can be seen in the opening shot, as a sweeping
flyover shows the city constructed with CGI in incredible detail.
K-20 is centered around the character of Hikichi Endo, (played by
the popular Takeshi Kaneshiro who also stars in this year’s Red Cliff ),
a brilliant circus acrobat who performs nightly for the lower class
denizens. After one such show, Endo is approached by the mysteriously
masked K-20, who offers Endo cash in exchange for using his acrobatic
skills to infiltrate a private ceremony. It turns out to be a setup, which
forces Endo to hunt down K-20 and prove his innocence. — Asian Film
Festival of Dallas
TUE OCT 20, 7:00PM
Japan | Japanese with English subtitles
97 minutes | Video | 2008
DIRECTOR: Shimako Sato
WRITERS: Shimako Sato, So Kitamura (Novel)
PRODUCERS: Shuji Abe, Seiji Okuda
CAST: Takeshi Kaneshiro, Takako Matsu, Toru Nakamura
K-20
Co-presented by:
Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana
Buddhist Temple of San Diego
The 74th film from Yoji Yamada (Twilight Samurai) depicts the strong bond
between a mother and her family during WWII. Set in 1940 Tokyo, the
peaceful life of the Nogami Family suddenly changes when the father,
Shigeru, is arrested and accused of being a Communist because of his
unpopular political views. His wife Kayo (Sayuri Yoshinaga) suddenly
finds herself a single mother, working frantically from morning to night,
maintaining the household, and bringing up her two daughters with the
support of Shigeru’s sister Hisako and Shigeru’s ex-student Yamazaki
(played by cult favorite Tadanobu Asano).
The outbreak of WWII casts dark shadows on the entire country, but
Kayo tries to keep her cheerful determination and sustain the family
with her love. More than an emotional portrait of a mother, KABEI is
testament to the eternal request for peace.
FRI OCT 16, 6:00PM
TUE OCT 20, 5:45PM
Japan | Japanese with English subtitles
133 minutes | 35mm | 2008
DIRECTOR: Yoji Yamada
WRITERS: Yoji Yamada, Emiko Hiramatsu
PRODUCERS: Hiroshi Fukazawa, Takashi Yajima
CAST: Sayuri Yoshinaga, Tadanobu Asano, Takashi
Sasano, Rei Dan
Kabei: Our Mother
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Co-presented by:
UCSD South Asian American Awareness Week
What happens when a bunch of hapless Hindus from Hoboken get mixed
up with an underworld don with connections to an Indian call center?
And what happens when a good Jersey girl falls for a smooth operator
thousands of miles away? For one thing, the phone keeps ringing.
Meet the Raj family: deep in denial about its creeping credit card debt,
dodging collection notices and phone calls. When eldest daughter Sonal
finally picks up the phone, she meets a call center operator like no other:
Rob Roy an Indian man trying to pass as a “blue-blooded” American.
Little does she know that he’s oceans away in Mumbai.
Her brother Shyam, a college dropout, is too busy dreaming of
becoming the next Dr. Dre (peddling his hip-hop album Hapa Means Weed
in Japanese) to notice the bills piling up. But romance is in the air for him
too, in the form of Radha, a village girl from India, arriving in America to
marry a Dollar Store mogul.
Then there is Mausi, a chai-fueled Mary Poppins fresh from India, hell
bent on getting this meat-eating, energy-wasting, spendthrift family in
line. The Gods, however, have it all figured out for her.
Narrated by award-winning actor Tony Sirico (aka “Paulie Walnuts” of
The Sopranos), this quintessentially American tale about unlikely alliances,
outsourcing, and outwitting is, at its heart, the story of a family learning
to live together.
When karma calls, you can’t hang up.
Director Sarba Das is scheduled to attend.
SAT OCT 17, 7:40PM
USA | English
90 minutes | Video | 2009
DIRECTOR: Sarba Das
WRITERS: Sarba Das, Sarthak Das
PRODUCER: Sarba Das
CAST: Darshan Jariwala, Kavi Ladnier, Samrat Chakrabarti,
Barnali Das
Karma Calling
A heartbreaking and damning indictment of North Korea’s despotic
leader, KIMJONGILIA (The Flower of Kim Jong-il) provides the personal
accounts of a handful of the hundreds of thousands who have fled the
troubled nation over the past decade.
Imprisoned (and sometimes born) in forced labor camps, faced with
malnutrition, starvation, torture and execution, they describe the
hardships and unbearable losses they overcame to escape, usually to
China or South Korea. A pianist recalls undergoing strenuous torture and
his attempts to safeguard his hands. A former army colonel tells of how
under-nourished troops died of disease while others plundered supplies
or deserted. South Korean activists attempt to aid refugees, with varying
degrees of success. And a singer is told her voice is too similar to a South
Korean pop star’s, deeming it “capitalist” and unacceptable.
Told through very matter-of-fact interviews surrounded by stylistic
flourishes that include interpretive dance, child-like sketches of atrocities
and clips from propaganda films, KIMJONGILIA is an emotionally
powerful look at a nation in chaos. — Steve Norwood, Asian Film Festival
Dallas
Director N.C. Heikin is scheduled to attend and will also appear in the
free panel “North Korea in Focus” on Oct 25. See page 72.
SAT OCT 24, 2:10PM
SUN OCT 25, 2:00PM
USA/France/S. Korea | Korean with English subtitles
75 minutes | Video | 2009
DIRECTOR: N.C. Heikin WRITER: N.C. Heikin
PRODUCERS: James Egan, Mike Figgis
Kimjongilia
Co-presented by:
Liberty in North Korea (LiNK)
Screening Sponsor:
Chong Lee
NORTH KOREA SPOTLIGHT
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Presented by Kollaboration
We seriously want you to get your laugh on at our first-ever standup
comedy night. SDAFF welcomes Kollaboration Comedy for an
entertaining, 90 minute showcase of some of funniest, emerging Asian
American comedians. Featuring the talent of Monrok, Walter Hong,
PK, and Randall Park.
THU OCT 22 , 7:00PM
This program contains mature content, adult language
Comedy Night:
MONROK
KOREANAIRE
Monrok Walter Hong
PK Randall Park
THU OCT 15, 7:30PM
SUN OCT 18, 4:45PM
MON OCT 19, 9:15PM
This film contains violence
West Coast Premiere
Ly Tieu Long (Vietnamese for “Bruce Lee”) is a mentally challenged
martial artist. Inflicted by Agent Orange, baby Long is abandoned on
the doorstep of the village temple by his mother shortly after birth out
of shame, regret, and the inability to raise the sick child.
He is taken in by Ba Lan, a martial arts master who runs a small school
teaching local children the Binh Dinh style of Vietnamese martial arts.
Believing she could motivate Long towards good deeds, she tells him
that Bruce Lee is his father, a white lie that resonates with the easily
impressionable boy. Too slow to participate with the other children,
Long receives his training in solitude. She teaches him only to use his
martial arts skills to protect and help those in need. Though Long is
laughed at and picked on throughout his childhood, he vows to uphold
his adopted mother’s teachings. Her love and devotion is soon rewarded
when Long becomes proficient in Binh Dinh martial arts.
She dies, Long is left alone and confused. He decides to try and find a
way to bring his mother’s ashes to America to rest with his father, Bruce
Lee.
Along the way, Long meets a jaded runaway named Trinh, a sweet but
jaded young runaway. When Trinh finds out her internet boyfriend
is the big boss in a human trafficking ring, Trinh turns to Long for
help. Unfortunately for Trinh, Long has vowed to his mother never to
use his martial arts skills to fight. When trouble mounts and the bad
guys pile it on, however, Long finally snaps, ultimately breaking his
vow to his mother in order to rescue Trinh from the life of servitude.
Lead actor Dustin Nguyen scheduled to attend Oct 15 screening.
Vietnam | Vietnamese with English subtitles
97 minutes | 35mm | 2008
DIRECTOR: Luu Huynh
PRODUCER: Irene Trinh
CAST: Dustin Nguyen, Tran Thien Tu, Kim Xuan,
Tran Bao Son
Legend is Alive
Co-presented by:
Vietnamese International Film Festival (ViFF)
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An eight-year-old girl, Li Tong, loses her bus pass one day after school.
Penniless, she decides to walk home. On her way, she encounters a
warm-hearted old lady who tries to help her, a security guard in front of
a bar, a trendy young woman, a man wearing a panda costume, and even
a little thief attempting to steal a pet dog from an old man.
After getting a ride to the wrong address, Li Tong’s journey becomes more
complicated as she soon finds herself hopelessly lost. Only the son of a
migrant worker who begs in the city offers her a helping hand. The two of
them become unlikely companions, each learning a bit about the world of
the other as the little beggar helps Li Tong on her quest home. Combining
a touching childhood tale with slice-of-life scenes from one day in Beijing,
LI TONG tells the story of the eponymous girl’s journey home through
the realities of a city and country in transition. — Cypress Villaflores
Free screening made possible by Target.
TUE OCT 27, 4:00PM (FREE)
China | Mandarin with English subtitles
75 minutes | Video | 2009
DIRECTOR: Nian Liu WRITER: Nian Liu
PRODUCER: Grady Granros
CAST: Zhao Zhicun, Kang Yao
Li Tong
In this new documentary from pioneering Asian American filmmaker
and Academy Award nominee Christine Choy (Who Killed Vincent Chin?),
we learn the story of Larry and Trudie Long, a popular husband-and-
wife nightclub act from the 40’s and 50’s. Narrated and framed by
the experiences of their daughter, actress Jodi Long, the film depicts
the couple’s rise from performing in Chinatown nightclubs to an
appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. The film also documents the lack
of opportunities for Asian American entertainers of that time period
by detailing an incident that caused Larry to miss a chance to play a
major role in the premiere Broadway production of Flower Drum Song, the
first musical with an all-Asian cast. Although Larry’s career never fully
recovered from this blow, LONG STORY SHORT beautifully documents
how the story came full circle when daughter Jodi was cast in playwright
David Henry Hwang’s Broadway revival of Flower Drum Song.
By combining priceless vintage footage with scenes providing modern
context, Christine Choy and Jodi Long have created a remarkably moving
and important documentary film. Structurally, the film beautifully
weaves together everything from Trudie’s life-shaping experiences in a
Japanese American internment camp to the stereotypes that modern
Asian American actors face in Hollywood. LONG STORY SHORT
is not just a film about the historical experience of Asian American
entertainers; it is a film with relevance to all people with a strong interest
in the Asian American experience. — Gene Huh
Writer Jodi Long is scheduled to attend Oct 17 screening.
Oct. 19 free screenings made possible by Target.
Copresented by:
San Diego Chinese Women’s Association
SAT OCT 17, 12:45PM
MON OCT 19, 4:00PM (FREE)
USA | English
53 minutes | video | 2008
DIRECTOR: Christine Choy WRITER: Jodi Long
PRODUCERS: Christine Choy, Patricia Richardson,
Rose Hye-Jung Han
CAST: Jodi Long, Kim (Trudie) Long, Larry Long,
David Henry Hwang, Tzi Ma
Long Story Short
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CHU MAR
Director: Paula Un Mi Kim Lee | 9 min | Film | 2008
When you’re single, no longer young, and live in a big city teeming with
cute couples, your weekends may be depressing... or not.
AS IF
Director: Ji hoon Kim | 27 min | Film | 2008
Three people talk at a table, reminiscing about their complicated
relationships.
BEING REEL
Director: Patricio Ginelsa | 6 min | Video | 2008
A screenwriter believes the woman he’s seen at all his screenings is “the
one,” but his friend tells him otherwise.
THE OTHER WAY ROUND
Director: Geoffrey Quan | 14 min | Video | 2008
Tomorrow morning, Lucia Grace Buenaflor will be deported from the
only country she has ever known.
3 WHEELS
Director: Tony Wei | 17 min | Video |2008
A rickshaw driver and an American tourist in China form a peculiar
partnership that neither could ever imagine.
ANNIVERSARY
Director: Huy Vu | 17 min | Video | 2008
Past and present can come together in unexpected ways. Some memories
always stay, even when we would rather forget.
WHEN LARA MET CHARLIE
Director: Mark Arbitrario | 10 min | Video | 2009
Television actor, Charlie Lee, meets the girl of his dreams, but a smooth
folk musician tries to steal her away.
GIRLS LIKE YOU DON’T GO FOR GUYS LIKE ME
Director: Charles Yi | 5 min | Video | 2008
Does the cute girl ever go for the nerdy Asian guy?
THU OCT 15, 7:15PM
SAT OCT 17, 4:40PM
TUE OCT 27, 9:25PM
This film contains mature content
A collection of short films from the heart.
TRT: 105 min
Love in Translation
3 Wheels
Australian filmmaker and documentarian Shalom Almond first visited
the remote town of Sapa in the highlands of North Vietnam as a tourist
in 2003 and quickly became friends with four Hmong girls: Mang,
street-smart and 11 years-old, sells Hmong embroidery on the streets to
tourists; So, 16 years-old and searching for freedom, recently divorced
from her Hmong husband, and working as a successful tour guide;
Sho, 14 years-old, torn between life in Sapa and life in the village; and
initially-shy La, 9 years-old, who quickly becomes the town’s youngest
tour guide.
Over a series of return visits spanning several years, filmmaker Almond
maintains contact with these girls and women, piecing together their
personal stories of love, cultural identity, and freedom, and how they are
learning to cope in quickly-developing, 21st-century Asia. They represent
the last stand against a quickly-disappearing Hmong way of life, and
their stories capture a rare glimpse into lives in transition. — Jimmy Lee
Oct 21 Free screening made possible by Target.
TUE OCT 20, 5:30PM
WED OCT 21, 4:00PM (FREE)
Australia/Vietnam
Hmong, Vietnamese, English with English subtitles
52 minutes | 2009
DIRECTOR:Shalom Almond
WRITER: Shalom Almond
The Love Market
Co-presented by:
San Diego Arthouse Meetup Group
Lao Hmong Family Association of San Diego
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SAT OCT 17, 7:30PM
WED OCT 21, 9:30PM
This film contains adult situations, mild violence
West Coast premiere
Newlyweds Peter Kim (Rob Yang) and his Korean wife Sookhy (Korean
superstar Song Hye-Kyo) move into Peter’s mother’s home in suburban
New Jersey soon after meeting through a marriage broker. The very
Americanized Peter immediately finds it difficult to communicate with
the mysterious Sookhy, causing martial tensions. However, when Peter
and Sookhy befriend John and Julie, the Caucasian couple living next
door, Sookhy becomes much more acclimated to her new environment.
As she becomes friends with Julie, Sookhy becomes more and more
obsessed with the lives of her neighbors and when Peter suddenly meets
his untimely demise, Sookhy’s obsession turns dangerously unhealthy.
Writer/director Somyung Sohn makes quite an auspicious feature
filmmaking debut with this tense and atmospheric psychological thriller.
Cast against type in her Hollywood film debut, the lovely Song Hye-
Kyo is terrific as a woman facing not only the culture shock inherent in
emigrating to the US, but also her mystical shaman past. Not just a genre
film, MAKE YOURSELF AT HOME explores societal issues related to Asian
marriage and immigration . Sohn’s direction keeps things tight in this
very slickly shot and sexy film that is definitely a must-see film for fans of
Song Hye-Kyo and anyone interested in stylish thriller films. — Gene Huh
This film premiered at the 2008 Pusan International Film Festival.
Director Somyung Sohn is scheduled to attend Oct 17.
South Korea, USA | English, Korean with English subtitles
90 minutes | 35mm | 2008
DIRECTOR: Somyung Sohn
WRITERS: Somyung Sohn, Margaret Monaghan
PRODUCER: Eve Annenberg
CAST: Hye-Kyo Song, Arno Frisch, Athena Currey, Rob Yang
Make Yourself at Home
Screening Sponsor:
Indonesia | Indonesian with English subtitles
106 minutes | 35mm | 2009
DIRECTOR: Gareth Evans WRITER: Gareth Evans
PRODUCER: Rangga Maya Barack-Evans
CAST: Iko Uwais, Sisca Jessicam, Christine Hakim
West Coast premiere
Life is simple for a young man in rural Sumatra - Yuda’s days spent in the
fields tending the crops, his evenings training in the traditional martial
art of silat. But the time comes for Yuda – as it does for every young man
in this part of the world – when he must leave his comfortable life and
undergo ‘merantau’, a traditional rite of passage in which youth must
fend for themselves in the big city with no supports from home. And so
Yuda must pack his bag and head off to Jakarta.
And Jakarta could not be more different – or more difficult – than the life
he has left behind. The home Yuda was to stay in has been demolished,
forcing him to squat in a nearby construction site. There is no work to
be found. And when a young boy tries to steal Yuda’s wallet he is plunged
into a violent world of human trafficking where his martial arts skills are
tested in a rapidly escalating spiral of violence.
Once a proud exporter of martial arts films, Indonesia has been entirely
absent from the world action stage for more than fifteen years and
has not produced a significant action star since Barry Prima was in his
prime twenty five years ago. That streak comes to a spectacular end with
Merantau and star Iko Uwais. Uwais is a star in the making, a young
man trained in silat since childhood who was driving truck for a telecom
company when discovered by director Gareth Evans. He proves a natural
as an actor and a hugely charismatic fighter, performing all of his own
fights and all of his own stunts himself, often in jaw-dropping fashion.
To the best of our knowledge Merantau is the world’s first silat film, and
certainly will not be the last.
SUN OCT 25, 7:00PM
TUE OCT 27, 10:00PM
This film contains strong violence
Merantau
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Hae-Myung (Hae-Il Park, The Host), is a Korean government official
working for the Japanese in occupied Korea, 1937. Known as “Modern
Boy,” he’s wealthy, admired, and envied by many. But his service to the
Japanese and indifference towards Korean independence don’t sit well
with some. Meeting Laura (Hye-Su Kim, Tazza), a famous club singer, he
is heart-stricken and pursues her. But the more Hae-Myung learns about
her, the more dangerous the pursuit becomes...
Director Ji-Woo Jung creates a glossy image of Japanese colonial rule
in Korea, of city men in suits and top hats, to a playful jazz score.
MODERN BOY is a visually stunning, action-packed tale of unyielding
love amidst national turmoil. — Jini Shim
SUN OCT 18, 4:30PM
TUE OCT 20, 8:30PM
South Korea | Korean with English subtitles
121 minutes | 35mm | 2008
DIRECTOR: Ji-Woo Jung WRITER: Joo-Sung Kim
PRODUCER: Woo-seok Kang
CAST: Hae-il Park, Hye-su Kim, Nam-gil Kim
Modern Boy
Screening Sponsors:
Screening Sponsor:
Co-presented by:
Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana
Japan Film Society
Katsuhiro Otomo is best known for his animation projects, including
segments of the anthologies Memories, Neo-Tokyo, and Robot Carnival;
the feature narrative Steamboy; and the renowned classic Akira. With
MUSHI-SHI, he shifts gears with a lyrical, live-action adaptation of Yuki
Urushibara’s comic series of the same name.
A mushishi is a sort of travelling shaman who employs remedies against
different forms of mushi, spirit creatures that attack the human body,
causing all manner of illnesses and disabilities. When we first meet
Ginko, he stops at a lodge where several residents have mysteriously
lost their hearing in one ear. The lodge-keeper also requests Ginko’s
help with her granddaughter, who is beset by mushi so intensely she has
grown little horns.
The mushishi’s story alternates with that of Yoki, an orphaned boy who
learns of the mushi from a mystical woman with striking gray hair very
similar to Ginko’s.
Otomo takes his time with the story and utilizes beautiful camerawork
and simple but captivating effects. After creating several blackly comic
and action-based works that delve into scientific and technological
concepts, he has summoned up a reverent mixture of characters,
relationships and lore that make for a modest, quiet portrayal of pure
fantasy. — Steve Norwood, Asian Film Festival of Dallas
SUN OCT 25, 11:30AM
WED OCT 28, 10:00PM
Japan | Japanese with English subtitles
131 minutes | Video | 2007
DIRECTOR: Katsuhiro Otomo
WRITER: Sadayuki Murai
PRODUCER: Sunmin Park
CAST: Jô Odagiri, Nao Omori, Yu Aoi, Makiko Kuno
Mushi-shi
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West Coast Premiere
Family Friendly
MY BEIJING BIRTHDAY is a heart-felt and humorous look at the rapidly
changing lives of a group of children in Beijing through the eyes of an
American, Howie Snyder. In 1996, Synder, a former New Yorker and
skillful Mandarin-speaker, enrolled into a children’s school that teaches
traditional Chinese stand-up comedy.
At 40, Snyder was the oldest (and only non-Chinese) student in the class
of mostly 6-8 year olds. Synder documented his experience of breaking
through the language and cultural barriers, showing him as just “one
of the kids,” under the direction of the tough but passionate teacher,
Mrs. Ma.
Twelve years later, in the Spring of 2008, Synder revisited his old
classmates and teacher to see how they and China had changed over
the last 12 years. The children, now young adults, had undergone
the fastest economic and social transformation that the world
has ever seen. MY BEIJING BIRTHDAY offers a light-hearted and
realistic view of China in 1996 and 2008, and provides insight
into the changes in China and what she will look like in the future.
Director Howie Snyder scheduled to attend Oct 21 and 23 screenings.
Oct 23 Free screening made possible by Target.
WED OCT 21, 6:00PM
FRI OCT 23, 4:00PM (FREE)
China/USA | English and Mandarin with English subtitles
52 minutes | Video | 2008
DIRECTOR/PRODUCES: Howie Snyder
My Beijing Birthday
Co-presented by:
Barnard Elementary School
Chinese Magnet School
never fried (unhealthy). never baked (undelicious).
we take a little heat, add some pressure, and pop!
an all-natural chip so delicious and crispy, you
won’t even notice it’s (we hesitate to say) healthier.
hungry for more? pop over to popchips.com.
willpower not required.
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Screening Sponsor:
Co-presented by:
Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana
West Coast premiere
SDAFF EXTREME Sure, as a cat Taisho has nine lives, but living up to
his father’s legend as a Japanese “cat idol” only leads to failure, fatherly
rejection, and repeated suicide attempts (extra lives come in handy!)
until he is rescued by a ramen master who inspires him to follow a new
path of ramen Zen.
Life goes well for our hero, who has a fairly successful ramen house
of his own. Then an old foe returns to wreak havoc on the young cat’s
life. Taisho comes to a crossroads where he has to ask himself the hard
question; is he just a cute, cuddly feline or is he a ramen master?
This film is a ramen bowl of its own; filled with cute animals (including
the most famous cat in Japan), angst, heartbreak, betrayal, shrimp, fish,
two large Japanese “mountains” (you’ll see!), ramen “Iron Chef” action,
and the coolest puppet cat you’ll ever meet. NEKO RAHMEN TAISHO
is the zany recipe that will keep you feeling good (like a bowl of good
ramen!). — Phil Luque
SAT OCT 17, 10:05PM
WED OCT 21, 9:40PM
This film contains mature content
Japan | Japanese with English subtitles
97 minutes | Video | 2008
DIRECTOR: Minoru Kawasaki
WRITERS: Minoru Kawasaki, Masakazu Migita, Kenji
Sonishi
PRODUCER: Minory Kawasaki
CAST: Toru Furuya, Karin, Kurin, Tama, Kazuki Kato,
Toshio Kurosawa
Neko Rahmen Taisho
(aka Pussy Soup)
In this comparable send-up of “Mr. and Mrs. Smith,” relationship issues
come up in a funny, action-packed romp.
Disguised as a travel agent, Su-ji is a government spy with six years’
experience and can’t reveal her career to her boyfriend Jae-joon. After
she lies once again, her boyfriend breaks up with her a without notice,
leaving her saddened.
Three years later, while chasing an industrial spy in disguise as a cleaning
lady, she happens to run into Jae-joon, now an international certified
accountant. Seeing him throws Su-ji’s feelings into doubt.
Meanwhile what she doesn’t know is that Jae-joon has also become an
agent (disguised as an accountant) for the National Intelligence Service.
He’s a newbie who got a late start, but he’s highly motivated and takes
off on his first field mission, chasing a Russian crime organization, when
he runs into Su-ji. It’s shocking to see her now as a hotel cleaning lady,
but his affections for her are as strong as ever…
Lying is part of the job; secrecy is the name of the game in MY
GIRLFRIEND IS AN AGENT! — adapted from AsianMediaWiki.com
SAT OCT 17, 7:15PM
WED OCT 21, 7:00PM
FRI OCT 23, 9:45PM
South Korea | Korean with English subtitles
112 minutes | 35mm | 2009
DIRECTOR: Terra Shin
WRITER: Seong-Il Cheon
CAST: Yeong-Nam Jang, Ji-Hwan Kang, Shin-il Kang
My Girlfriend
is an Agent
Screening Sponsor:
EXTREME SERIES
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North Korea is one of the world’s most isolated nations. For almost 60
years, North Koreans have been governed by a totalitarian regime that
controls almost all information entering and leaving the country. The
world was recently reminded of this during the recent detention and
release of American journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee. However, the
human rights crisis in North Korea is often shrouded by the country’s
nuclear weapons programs. Amidst the region’s geo-politics are the
overlooked issues of refugees in China and Southeast Asia and the
separation of countless families in the north and south for over fifty
years. With so much secrecy and mystery surrounding North Korea,
hear from experts on these issues and survival stories of North Korean
defectors.
Panelists
Stephan Haggard is the Krause Professor of Korea-Pacific Studies at the
Graduate School of International Relations, UCSD. He is the author of
Famine in North Korea and has recently done research involving North
Korean refugees.
N.C. Heikin is the director of KIMJONGILIA, a documentary that
exposes stories of survivors of North Korea’s vast and largely hidden
prison camps
Hannah Song is the executive director Liberty in North Korea (LiNK), an
international NGO dedicated to human rights in North Korea and the
protection of North Korean refugees around the world.
SUN, OCT 25 4:00PM (FREE)
North Korea: In Focus
Co-presented by:
Liberty in North Korea (LiNK)
Screening Sponsor:
Chong Lee
PANEL
NORTH KOREA SPOTLIGHT
Join Kai-Lan and her friends on their exciting trip to China. In this
double-length feature episode, Kai-Lan and her friends travel to visit her
aunt and a baby panda in China, and are amazed by all the things they
see along the way.
FREE AND FOR THE FAMILY!
SAT OCT 17, 11:30AM
SAT OCT 24, 11:30AM
TRT: 50 min
Screening Sponsor:
Nick Jr.
Co-presented by:
Barnard Elementary School, Chinese Magnet School,
Chinese School of San Diego
Ni Hao Kai-Lan's
Trip to China
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In this magical documentary, we learn of the special bond that
developed between Choi Won-gyun, a 79-year-old old Korean farmer,
and his trusty 45-year-old ox. The ox, who lived more than twice as
long as the average life expectancy for its species, and Choi had spent
the previous four decades working hard in the fields, utterly devoid of
modern farming technologies. As they reach the twilight of their lives
together, the pair grows to resemble each other in many ways, from
their stubborn personalities all the way down to the limping gaits with
which they walk. Choi’s wisecracking wife provides comic relief as she
continually demonstrates her disdain for the pair, harping on about
how her husband and his ancient ox have ruined her life with their
slow, backwards ways. However, the true star of OLD PARTNER is the
dignified old ox, whose astonishing “humanity” will touch you.
After roughly three years, during which he patiently shot hundreds of
hours of footage, director Lee Chung-ryoul has succeeded in crafting an
absolute masterpiece that lovingly shows respect for tradition and old-
fashioned values in the face of both the modernization and globalization
that have taken over South Korea. In doing so, Lee has created a film
phenomenon that captured the imagination of the Korean public. Due
mainly to incredibly positive word-of-mouth, OLD PARTNER became
the surprise Korean box office hit of 2009, by not only becoming the first
documentary film to receive a wide release Korea, but by also grossing
over $14 million, making it one of the top grossing Korean films of the
year. The commercial success of OLD PARTNER was matched by critical
acclaim internationally, as the film received a Grand Jury nomination
at the prestigious 2009 Sundance Film Festival and a Cinematic Vision
Award at the 2009 AFI Silverdocs Film Festival. — Gene Huh
SAT OCT 17, 12:15PM
TUE OCT 27, 7:40PM
South Korea | Korean with English subtitles
75 minutes | Video | 2008
DIRECTOR: Lee Chung-ryoul
WRITER: Lee Chung-ryoul
PRODUCER: Goh Young-jae
Old Partner
Screening Sponsor:
Co-presented by:
Buddhist Temple of San Diego
Om is a up and coming actor in Bollywood, who has fallen in love with
actress Shantipriya, and hopes to marry her someday. His hopes come
to reality when he rescues her from a fire and they go on a date. Shortly
thereafter he finds out that she is married to a film producer, Mukesh
Mehra, and is expecting his child. He then watches in horror as Mukesh,
after luring her in an abandoned studio, sets it afire. Om attempts to
rescue her in vain, and he eventually is killed.
30 years later, Om is reborn as the only son of yesteryear Bollywood
actor, Rajesh Kapoor, and is himself an actor. His memories start to
return when he meets with his widowed mother, Bela, from his previous
birth. He also meets with Mukesh and together they decide to make
a movie ‘Om ShantiOm’, which brings along old history and compels
Om to begin looking deep into his past life. Om then gets a look-a-
like of Shantipriya to join the cast, and things get real interesting and
dangerous for Om.
This Bollywood classic brings together a stellar cast and many, many
cameos from stars such as legend Amitabh Bachchan, Bipasha Basu,
Priyanka Chopra, Sanjay Dutt, Salif Ali Khan, Akshay Kumar, Diya
Mirza, Shilpa Shetty, and Preity Zinta among over 30 well known
Bollywoodstars! This film is the current classic of Bollywood cinema and
is not to be missed on the big screen!
MON OCT 19, 6:30PM
THU OCT 22, 3:30PM
India | Hindi with English subtitles
162 minutes | 35mm | 2007
DIRECTOR: Farah Khan WRITER: Farah Khan
PRODUCERS: Sanjiv Chawla, Gauri Khan, Shahrukh Khan
CAST: Shahrukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, Arjun Rampal
Co-presented by:
Goldspirit Films
Om Shanti Om
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Filmmaker Tammy Nguyen Lee was only 3 months old when she fled
Vietnam as a Boat Person and found refuge in Hong Kong and eventually
the United States. Later in life, when Lee heard about the stories of the
adoptees of the Operation Babylift during the directing of a play at the
Vietnamese Community in Dallas, Lee was inspired to write and direct
this documentary, OPERATION BABYLIFT (Audience Choice Award –
VIFF 2009).
As The Vietnam War began to close its final chapters during the Spring
of 1975, President Gerald Ford signed into law ‘Operation Babylift,’ a
$2 million dollar initiative which granted the evacuation of over 2,500
Vietnamese orphans from the war-torn country into the United States.
With the impending threats from the Communist Regime in Vietnam,
the massive airlift efforts saved thousands of babies from the fallout of
the War.
Through the interviews of the adoptees of Operation Babylift thirty years
later and through images that tell the stories of their past, Lee weaves
a story cultural identity in question, search for their birth parents, and
eventual reconciliation. — Jimmy Lee
Director Tammy Nguyen Lee scheduled to attend.
USA/Vietnam | English
73 minutes | Video | 2009
DIRECTOR: Tammy Nguyen Lee
WRITER: Tammy Nguyen Lee
PRODUCER: George Lee
CAST: Adria Ballard, Betty Tisdale, Brent Kurkoski,
Canh Oxelson, Cherie Clark
SAT OCT 24, 2:00PM
Operation Babylift
Co-presented by:
Vietnamese International Film Festival (ViFF)
Under the leadership of Maestro Jung-Ho Pak, Orchestra Nova San
Diego (formerly San Diego Chamber Orchestra) has forged a new and
vigorous approach to the promotion of classical music. The Orchestra
employs diverse programming, innovative uses of technology, intimate
venues and a singular enthusiasm to foster an artist/community bond
that is unique among chamber music ensembles.
While focusing on preparations for 2008’s eclectic Asian Silk Road
concert, Celebrations examines the evolution of Maestro Pak’s vision
of a true “People’s Orchestra.” Incisive interviews and candid rehearsal
footage combine with dynamic concert excerpts to echo the lively
interplay that characterizes this organization’s relationship with its
audience. A portrait emerges of a group of talented individuals who are
dedicated to musical excellence, accessibility and education.
Orchestra Nova Artistic Director Jung-Ho Pak scheduled to attend.
SPECIAL FREE SCREENING
TUE OCT 20, 7:15PM
USA
48 minutes | Video | 2009
DIRECTOR/PRODUCER: John Menier
Orchestra Nova:
Celebrations
THE 10TH ANNUAL SAN DIEGO ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL | 75
Co-presented by:
San Diego Japanese American Citizens League
Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana
Japanese American Historical Society of San Diego
San Diego County Democratic Party
FRI OCT 16, 5:45PM
FRI OCT 23, 3:00PM
SUN OCT 25, 12:15PM
PATSY MINK: AHEAD OF THE MAJORITY explores the remarkable
political story of Patsy Matsu Takemoto Mink, an Asian American
woman who, battling racism and sexism, redefined American politics.
Small in stature but a giant in vision, she began her life on a Maui sugar
plantation and rose to become the first Asian American woman and
woman of color in the United States Congress. A firecracker and a fighter,
she continually pushed the limits of what was acceptable, speaking out
against the Vietnam War and entering the 1972 presidential primary,
making her one of the first women to seek the nation’s highest office.
She transformed America’s schools as the co-author of Title IX, the
landmark legislation that opened up higher education and athletics to
women.
The film goes beyond Mink’s accomplishments, however, to reveal a
woman whose political journey was lonely and tumultuous. Dispelling
stereotypes of the compliant Japanese female, she battled sexism within
her own party, whose leaders disliked her independent style and openly
maneuvered against her. Her liberal politics, particularly her vocal
opposition to the Vietnam War, engendered intense criticism.
A phenomenal and intriguing woman, PATSY MINK represents the true
spirit of America, leaving behind a legacyas an outcast, a pioneer, and
a patriot.
Director Kimberlee Bassford scheduled to attend Oct 16 screening.
USA | English
56 minutes | Video | 2008
DIRECTOR/PRODUCER: Kimberlee Bassford
Patsy Mink:
Ahead of the Majority
FRI OCT 23, 7:00PM
SUN OCT 25, 9:15PM
This film contains strong language, mature content
and brief nudity
World Premiere
In this sexy new romantic comedy from director Quentin Lee (Shopping
for Fangs), we follow the story of Angela Yang (Karin Anna Cheung), a
young woman who loves sex. She in fact loves it so much that she keeps
baseball card-like photos of her lovers to keep track of who she has
been with. Angela never thinks twice about her promiscuous lifestyle
until she finds out that she is pregnant. Her gay best friend Gabriel
(Wilson Cruz) advises her to “take care of it”, but her conservative older
sister Juliet (Lynn Chen) persuades Angela to marry the baby’s father
and lead a “normal” life just like her. After choosing to keep the baby,
Angela embarks on a quest to find the identity of the father. Armed with
only her conquest photos, Angela revisits the recent lovers most likely
to have impregnated her. To complicate matters, Angela falls in love
with Jefferson Lee (Archie Kao), a handsome and kind man who seems
almost too good to be true. Will Angela and Jefferson find true love and
live happily ever after, or will she find that the father is another man?
Karin Anna Cheung (Better Luck Tomorrow) is appealing in the lead role
as Angela, an independent but confused young woman. The talented
supporting cast, which also includes Asian American acting legend
James Shigeta (Flower Drum Song) as Angela’s liberal father and the always
hilarious Randall Park (“Dragon of Love”) as Nice-But-Boring Guy, adds
considerable charm to this sultry yet humorous story. Director Quentin
Lee mixes indie edginess with romantic comedy sweetness in a way that
will challenge while still entertaining. THE PEOPLE I’VE SLEPT WITH
will be making its co-World premiere at the 2009 San Diego Asian Film
Festival. — Gene Huh
Director Quentin Lee, writer Koji Steven Sakai and actors Karin Anna
Cheung, Lynn Chen, Archie Kao and Randall Park are scheduled to
attend.
USA | English
89 minutes | Video | 2009
DIRECTOR: Quentin Lee WRITER: Koji Steven Sakai
PRODUCER: Stanley Yung
CAST: Karin Anna Cheung, Archie Kao, Wilson Cruz,
Lynn Chen, Randall Park, James Shigeta
The People
I've Slept With
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Some people perform jobs that are considered inspirational. We call
these people teachers, doctors and community organizers. Other people
perform jobs that are disdained. We call them lawyers and car salesmen.
And there are people who do the kind of work that we would prefer not
to think about at all. We call them janitors. Director Patrick Shen calls
them THE PHILOSOPHER KINGS.
The culture of custodians may be one of invisibility, but that doesn’t
mean they are devoid of substance and wisdom. In a nod to Plato, Shen
shows us the difference between having an education and possessing
knowledge by spotlighting the artists, humanitarians and thinkers who
clean up — but do not study at — some of America’s finest institutions
of higher learning.
Five people from different backgrounds and different parts of the
country invite Shen into their lives and reveal insights gained from
both ordinary and occasionally extraordinary experiences of pain,
ambition and love. As we move back and forth between their stories, we
may come to envy how comfortable they are in their own skin — more
comfortable, perhaps, than many of us. So the improbable happens, and
a documentary about working people leaves us feeling optimistic and
even renewed. With an engaging style and an eye for balancing drama,
humor and despair, Shen transforms these personal mini-narratives into
a larger conversation about the job of being human. — Silverdocs
Director Patrick Shen is scheduled to attend.
FRI OCT 23, 5:00PM
SAT OCT 24, 4:05PM
USA | English and Spanish with English subtitles
70 minutes | Video | 2009
DIRECTOR: Patrick Shen
PRODUCERS: Patrick Shen, Greg Bennick
The Philosopher Kings
Co-presented by:
CSUSM Asian Pacific Islander Faculty Staff Association
In 1910, during the Japanese colonial occupation of Korea, Hong Jin-
Ho (Hwang Jeong-Min) is a former police officer working as a private
investigator who specializes in cases of marital infidelity. Jin-Ho takes
these cases on to save up enough money to eventually move to the United
States. Unfortunately for Jin-Ho, this plan is completely derailed when
a young physician-in-training Gwang-Soo (Ryu Deok-Hwan) discovers a
corpse in the woods and recklessly brings the body back to his home to
practice his surgical skills. When Gwang-Soo finds out that the corpse
is actually the dead son of one of a top government official, he panics,
fearing that he will be charged with murder. In desperation, Gwang-Soo
turns to a reluctant Jin-Ho, who finally agrees to help Gwang-Soo find
the murderer after being enticed by a big financial payoff.
Boasting numerous spectacular set pieces, including an explosive chase
through the heart of a lovingly rendered colonial Seoul and a tension-
filled knife-throwing scene, this visually dazzling Korean homage to
Sherlock Holmes is truly a feast for the eyes. Top notch production is
matched by terrific pacing and attention to historical details. Hwang
Jeong-Min (A Bittersweet Life), a rare acting talent who combines the
versatility of a top character actor with the superstar charisma of a
leading man, is commanding in the lead role and sidekick Ryu Deok-
Hwan establishes himself as a rising star. With its delightful blend of
artistry, action, humor and mystery, PRIVATE EYE is a true cinematic
treat. — Gene Huh
THU OCT 22, 7:30PM
SUN OCT 25, 9:00PM
Warnings: Violence and strong language
South Korea | Korean and Japanese with English subtitles
111 minutes | 35mm | 2009
DIRECTOR: Park Dae-Min
WRITERS: Lee Yeong-Joong, Park Dae-Min, Yoon Seon-Hee
PRODUCERS: Kim Ji-Woon, Choi Jae-Won
CAST: Hwang Jeong-Min, Oh Dal-Su, Ryu Deok-Hwan,
Uhm Ji-Won
Private Eye
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U.S. Karate Academy
Hong Wu Kung Fu & Tai Chi Academy
In the mountains of Central China, the Shaolin Temple is known as the
legendary birthplace of Kung Fu and Zen Buddhism. The Shaolin monks
are real-life superheroes who created a paradox by combining deadly
martial arts techniques with daily meditation to achieve enlightenment.
THE REAL SHAOLIN is a documentary about two Chinese and two
Westerners who journey to Shaolin inspired by the legends portrayed in
Kung Fu movies. They discover a temple shrouded in secrecy, a culture
isolated from the West, and the power of the human spirit.
Through their trials, all learn that despite their single minded focus, only
a select few attain the physical and spiritual perfection of the legendary
Shaolin monks. Each discovers that enlightenment is not embodied by
a single place but through a long journey that begins and ends in one’s
heart.
Documentary subject Orion Lee scheduled to attend Oct 24 screening.
SUN OCT 18, 9:15PM
SAT OCT 24, 2:50PM
WED OCT 28, 9:45PM
This film contains violence and language
USA/China
English, French and Mandarin with English subtitles
89 minutes | Video | 2008
DIRECTOR/PRODUCER: Alexander Lee
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Mimi Lin, Yuri Lee
The Real Shaolin
CENTERPIECE FILM CENTERPIECE FILM
Red Cliff
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SUN OCT 18, 7:00PM
Hong Kong | Mandarin with English subtitles
148 minutes | 35mm | 2008
DIRECTOR: John Woo
WRITERS: John Woo, Khan Chan, Cheng Kuo, Heyu Sheng
PRODUCERS: XIAOFENG HU, XIAOEI HAN, HONGSHI LU
CAST: Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Fengyi Zhang,
Chen Chang
West Coast premiere
Hong Kong action maestro John Woo directed classics such as The
Killer, Hard Boiled and A Better Tomorrow, setting the threshold for Hong
Kong cinema in the 1980s. Then in the 1990s, he directed Hollywood
blockbusters like Face/Off and Mission Impossible II for Western
audiences. For RED CLIFF, Woo returns to his roots to film the most
expensive film in Asia’s history. Over the past few years, Woo gave
birth to this epic in two full parts and found great box office success
in Asia. For the Western audience release coming to theatres in select
cities later this year, Woo has made a combined version of the two
parts (totaling 4 hrs) into a 2 hour and 28 minute edited version.
Most viewers will probably not miss the nearly 100 minutes on the cutting
room floor given how dazzling and visionary this epic film remains.
Woo based his latest masterpiece on the legendary Battle of Red Cliff,
in which a force of fifty thousand defeated an army of nearly one million.
The battle took place in 208 A.D., in the final days of the Han Dynasty
when shrewd Prime Minister Cao Cao convinced the fickle Emperor
Han the only way to unite all of China was to declare war on the
kingdoms of Xu in the west and East Wu in the south. Thus began a
military campaign of unprecedented scale, led by the Prime Minister,
himself. Left with no other hope for survival, the kingdoms of Xu and
East Wu formed an unlikely alliance. Numerous battles of strength and
wit ensued, both on land and on water, eventually culminating in the
battle of Red Cliff. During the legendary battle, two thousand ships
were burned, and the course of Chinese history was changed forever.
With an all-star Asian cast including Tony Leung (Infernal Affairs,
Hero), Takeshi Kaneshiro (this SDAFF’s K-20), Wei Zhao (So Close) and
Fengyi Zhang (in the upcoming sequel to Eat Drink Man Woman), RED
CLIFF is nothing less than old fashioned mythic entertainment from
Asian cinema’s greatest living legend.
Co-presented by:
San Diego Chinese Historical Museum
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Reel Voices
FLOW
Director: Jarrod Finley | 7 min | Video | 2009
For the exceptional few, rap is more than just music; it is a powerful means of self-expression. Two high school
students take their pastime of freestyle rapping and turn it into art.
NOT THAT DIFFERENT
Director: Junia Zhang | 7 min | Video | 2009
At a high school that is unofficially divided between a White Quad and an Asian Quad, two teenagers from
opposite ends challenge stereotyped views and the magnitude of cultural differences.
BILLY MARTINEZ
Director: Lora ChauDavis | 8 min | Video | 2009
An artist undertakes massive amounts of work to help support his family as a full time cartoonist, while preparing
for one of the largest comic conventions in the world.
MUJERES EN RESISTENCIA
Director: Lupe Sandoval | 8 min | Video | 2009
Mujeres en Resistencia is formed by five young Chicanas who dance Zapatiado Rebelde, a unique dance they
created to preserve and honor their culture.
LIVING ACROSS STATES
Director: Steven Garcia | 6min | Video | 2009
My father was deported because he is an illegal immigrant. Now as a family we travel back and forth across an
international border on a daily basis, for education and to avoid the violence in our neighborhood.
WAITING.
Director: Staci Gaines | 8 min | Video | 2009
After 17 years of minimal communication, a young woman tries telling her true feelings for her biological father.
Is she able to put down her wall of emotions and confront him once and for all?
LILLYGOL JOON
Director: Holly Cramer | 6:30 min | Video | 2009
An Iranian-American girl struggles with the social constrictions of her culture and pressures to succeed while her
heart and soul lie in break dancing.
Presented by Bank of America, REEL VOICES is a fresh, raw look at compelling stories of high school filmmakers.
Each film in this dynamic program represents an intensely personal journey for the students, who learned as
much about cinematography and editing as themselves.
Reception immediately following screening, sponsored by Popchips and Chipotle
SAT OCT 24 4:30PM (FREE)
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US Premiere
Rita is a woman who is forced to give up on her dreams at the age of 17,
and make a drastic compromise for the future of her family. She must
quit on her education and give up on her personal dreams. Without
pause she takes stock of her reality, and thrusts herself into the life of a
more mature woman. Unable to find any support from her parents, she
relies on the kindness of her boss Salvi who gives Rita her first chance
at an independent life. He takes her in, supports her further education,
while Rita becomes emotionally dependent on Salvi. She undergoes a
violent, nervous breakdown and is admitted into a psychiatric ward to
recuperate. While there, she decides to pour her heart out to her long
lost best friend Saraswati through a letter she had meant to write for
years.
Saraswati and Rita had shared a beautiful friendship as children but lost
touch due to their divergent paths in life. Saraswati, who herself has been
buried in an unrewarding marriage, finds a new purpose in reconnecting
with her old friend and helping her deal with her crisis. They reunite
after all these years, and in so doing, realize once again the positive
outlook they once shared in their younger days. — Cypress Villaflores
WED OCT 28, 7:15PM
THU OCT 29, 3:00PM
India | Marathi with English subtitles
104 minutes | 35mm | 2009
DIRECTOR: Renuka Shahane
WRITER: Renuka Shahane
based on the novel Rita Welinkar by Shanta Gokhale
PRODUCERS: Pooja Shetty Deora, Aarti Shetty
CAST: Renuka Shahane, Pallavi Joshi Whitworth
Rita
Work is tough in the Korean film industry (especially if your fight scenes
keep hurting the stunt men!) - just ask Jang Soo-Ta.
Jang Soo-Ta (Kang) is a big time actor, with a problem; he keeps injuring
stunt people during his action shoots when he takes the realism too far.
He decides that maybe it’s better to not have stunt people, but instead
a real tough guy. He finds Kang Mi-na(Hong), a local gangster and all
around tough guy. Kang decides to make the fights real and turn the
tables on Jang and thus begins a war that becomes a love triangle when
they fight over the lead actress.
With elements of films like Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Lethal Weapon, this
adrenaline-fueled, popcorn film will surely make you think about action
films in a whole new light. — Phil Luque
FRI OCT 16, 8:55PM
THU OCT 22, 9:30PM
WED OCT 28, 7:10PM
This film contains strong violence,
language and mature content
South Korea | Korean with English subtitles
112 minutes | 35mm | 2008
DIRECTOR: Hun Jang WRITER: Hun Jang
PRODUCER: Song-gyu Jo
CAST: Su-hyeon Hong, Ji-Hwan Kang, Ji-seob So
Rough Cut
Co-presented by:
Brotherhood Academics Prosperity Strength of CSU San Marcos
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SCANDAL MAKERS is a blockbuster Korean film (also known as Speed
Scandal) made for breaking box office records and pleasing the masses
in its ridiculous and conventional comedy. The biggest surprise is that
SCANDAL MAKERS is actually successful on both commercial and
critical levels. It works so well, in fact, it’s already slated for a Hollywood
remake (meaning, better catch it at a film festival fast!)
Tae-Hyun Cha (of My Sassy Girl fame) stars as Hyun-Su, a TV actor turned
radio personality, counseling people’s problems over the airwaves on
a popular call-in show. Hyun-Su suddenly discovers a few problems of
his own when a young woman shows up at his doorstep of his luxury
bachelor pad claiming to be his illegitimate long-lost daughter. Worse
yet, she has a 6-year old son of her own, making 36-year old Hyun-Su
into a grandfather!
A scandal such as this could never go well for Hyun-Su’s career, but in the
hands of first-time director Kang Hyung-chul, it couldn’t get more fun
for audiences. The self-obsessed radio personality is forced to reassess
what is truly important in life as he has to suddenly deal with caring
for a family. Tae-Hyun’s impeccable comic timing as the older-than-he-
looks radio celebrity whose life turns upside down, along with the most
adorable little boy ever played by newcomer Seok-Hyun Wang, make
this unbelievable setup irresistibly charming. SCANDAL MAKERS is pure
delight and a crowd-pleasing hit — just as it was intended.
SAT OCT 24, 7:00PM
MON OCT 26, 7:30PM
South Korea | Korean with English subtitles
108 minutes | 35mm | 2009
DIRECTOR: Hyung-chul Kang
WRITERS: Hyung-chul Kang, Byeong-heon Lee
PRODUCERS: Byeong-ki Ahn, Hye-Yeon Sin
CAST: Tae-hyun Cha, Bo-yong Park, Seok-hyeon Wang
Scandal Makers
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or if you have want to improve your craft, this interactive workshop
will help you get started. Presented by the San Diego Asian American
Repertory Theatre (SDAART), you will get practical advice from local
experts on the acting biz, agents, auditions, and headshots. Also, meet
and hear from special guest, comedian/actor Randall Park, who has
appeared in numerous television commercials and hit shows including
MadTV, Cold Case, Eli Stone, and ER. (He also stars in THE PEOPLE
I’VE SLEPT WITH, which premieres at this year’s SDAFF!)
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SAT OCT 24, 2PM – 4 PM
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American-born, half-Pakistani Ray Rehman comes home one night
to find his father on his doorstep after his mother threw him out.
It’s an awkward time for his father to move in as Ray just proposed
to his Caucasian girlfriend - who hasn’t given him an answer. While
trying to get his parents back together, Ray meets Sana, a South Asian
girl of mixed descent and must decide where his identity truly lies.
Zachary Levi, star of the TV show “Chuck”, is hilariously convincing as
the half-white, half-Pakistani protagonist Ray. Brian George, an actor
with a long history of appearances and roles in movies and TV shows is
even more brilliant as his hard-to-please father. The film’s casting is
solid with very natural performances all around, and most notably,
the beautiful Sarah Shahi from “The L Word” who plays Sana. Ray
and Sana’s onscreen chemistry in this romantic indie film is rare and
unforced magic.
Jaffar Mahmood’s debut feature SHADES OF RAY is a comedic, heartfelt
tale about the idiosyncrasies that make family and relationships so
unique, no matter how or where they originate. Full of laughs from
beginning to end, this film is sure to please anyone or any couple, while
also being a thoughtful commentary about mixed race identity.
Director Jaffar Mahmood and actor Brian George are scheduled to
attend Oct 25 screening.
SUN OCT 25, 4:15PM
WED OCT 28, 5:10PM
USA | English
87 minutes | Video | 2008
DIRECTOR: Jaffar Mahmood WRITER: Jaffar Mahmood
PRODUCER: Jake Kasdan
CAST: Zachary Levi, Brian George, Sarah Shahi
Shades of Ray
Co-presented by:
San Diego Arthouse Meetup Group
FRI OCT 16, 7:20PM
SAT OCT 24, 10:10PM
This film contains adult language
COTABATO CITY
Director: Karen Lin | 5 min | Video | 2009
A young boy’s imaginary journey to the music of the Electric Kulintang.
30 DAY PROMISE
Director: Shawn Lee | 9 min | Video | 2009
Vincent comes to terms with painful memories of heartbreak one
autumn evening.
THE OTHER WAY ROUND
Director: Geoffrey Quan | 14 min | Video | 2008
Tomorrow morning, Lucia Grace Buenaflor will be deported from the
only country she has ever known.
TATANG
Director: Jean Paolo “Nico” Hernandez | 17 min | Video | 2009
A homeless thief trains his granddaughter to steal in order to survive
their impoverished life.
SOUNDS OF A NEW HOPE
Director: Eric Tandoc | 40 min | Video |2008
Sharing life experiences, beats, and rhymes, Kiwi makes connections in
the Philippines, inspiring the next generation to continue the ongoing
struggle for freedom.
The Filipino struggle, and those who rise above.
TRT: 85 min
Sights and Sounds
of a New Hope
Cotabato City
Co-presented by:
Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) San Diego
Kamalayan Alliance - CSU San Marcos
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Sita is a Hindu goddess, the leading lady of India’s epic the Ramayana
and a dutiful wife who follows her husband Rama on a 14-year exile to
a forest, only to be kidnapped by an evil king from Sri Lanka. Despite
remaining faithful to her husband, Sita is put through many tests.
Nina (the filmmaker Nina Paley herself ) is an artist who finds parallels
in Sita’s life when her husband — in India on a work project — decides
to break up their marriage and dump her via email. Three comedic
Indonesian shadow puppets with Indian accents – linking the popularity
of the Ramayana from India all the way to the Far East — narrate both
the ancient tragedy and modern comedy in this beautifully animated
interpretation of the epic.
In her first feature length film, Paley juxtaposes multiple narrative and
visual styles to create a highly entertaining yet moving vision of the
Ramayana. Musical numbers choreographed to the 1920’s jazz vocals
of Annette Hanshaw feature a cast of hundreds: flying monkeys, evil
monsters, gods, goddesses, warriors, sages, and winged eyeballs. A tale
of truth, justice and a woman’s cry for equal treatment. SITA SINGS
THE BLUES is an eclectic and original retelling of the Ramayana, aka the
“greatest break up story ever told.”
Oct 26 Free screening made possible by Target.
FRI OCT 23, 3:10PM
MON OCT 26, 4:00PM (FREE)
USA | English
82 minutes | Video | 2008
DIRECTOR: Nina Paley WRITER: Nina Paley
PRODUCER: Nina Paley
Sita Sings the Blues
The heated debate over bilingual education usually takes place in
courtrooms, at academic conferences and in editorial missives. Often
neglected in this discourse is the firsthand experience of students, an
oversight that veteran documentarians Marcia Jarmel and Ken Schneider
beautifully rectify with their latest effort. Closely following four very
different local public-schoolers through an academic year, they draw on
subtle nuances of the kids’ stories to illustrate the complex shades and
permutations of bilingual schooling.
Two children are placed in immersion programs to retain their native
tongues while learning English, and the other two are in the reverse
situation. Jason, the “English language learner,” Kelly, the “heritage
language learner,” Julian, the “middle class Caucasian,” and Durrell,
the “low socioeconomic child,” prove to be more than nodes on a
demographic graph. As they chart a course through school life—oral
presentations, birthday parties, science fairs, sports, barbecues, and
graduations, we see the opportunity their emerging bilingualism offers—
and the challenges it presents.
The children’s parents list both familiar and surprising reasons for
enrolling their children, but each remains a strong proponent of the
programs despite criticism from extended family, friends and a loud
chorus of English-only activists. Even while dismissing common barbs,
the families must confront unique challenges both humorous and
serious. — Adapted from San Francisco International Film Festival
Producer/director Ken Schneider is scheduled to attend Oct 24
screening.
SAT OCT 24, 12:15PM
MON OCT 26, 2:15PM
USA | English, Spanish and Mandarin w/ English Subtitles
60 minutes | Video | 2008
DIRECTORS: Ken Schneider, Marcia Jarmel
PRODUCERS: Ken Schneider, Marcia Jarmel
Speaking in Tongues
Co-presented by:
Barnard Elementary School
Chinese Magnet School
Chinese School of San Diego
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FRI OCT 16, 9:30PM
TUE OCT 27, 9:10PM
This program contains mature content
NOT HERE
Directors: Carol Ho and Mei Ann Teo | 15 min | 35mm | 2008
In desperate pursuit of “an afternoon delight,” this couple just can’t
seem to find the right place.
MY FOUR INCH PRECIOUS
Director: Sou Sim | 11 min | Video | 2008
A lonely man finds companionship in someone “very special.”
THE PERFECT WOMAN
Director: Anthony Ma | 25 min | Video | 2008
To design the perfect female, young women in a remote part of China
just need a victim...
LOVE STORY
Director: Amit Gupta | 6 min | Video | 2008
How far will a man go for love, true love?
I DON’T SLEEP I DREAM
Director: JP Chan | 16 min | Video | 2008
Some people have strange dreams; this woman has deadly ones.
KANIZSA HILL
Director: Evelyn Lee | 8 min | Video | 2008
A dark animated film posing philosophical and moral questions.
OLD CROCODILE
Director: Koji Yamamura | 13 min | Video | 2006 (Blast From the Past)
When an old, lonely crocodile finally finds true love, will he remain true
to his nature?
Obsession, perfectionism, and other neuroses.
TRT: 94 min
Strange Brew
I Don’t Sleep I Dream
Co-presented by:
Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana
PAWS
West Coast premiere
Left by the roadside as a puppy, Mari, is taken in by a family which
recently has lost its mother to illness. A year later she herself has three
puppies, just in time for a major earthquake which strikes the mountain
village where she lives. Although Mari manages to save the life of the
family’s grandfather, the entire village must evacuate and there is no
choice but to leave Mari and the three puppies behind.
The film follows her adventures as well as those of the two children to
whom she belongs during two long and arduous weeks of separation.
A TALE OF MARI AND THREE PUPPIES is a 2007 Japanese film based
on a true story that happened during the 2004 earthquake in Niigata
Prefecture, Japan. It is ultimately a tear-jerking story of hope, love and
determination — with the cutest little girl and puppies ever seen.
SAT OCT 17, 4:20PM
Japan | Japanese with English subtitles
124 minutes | Video | 2007
DIRECTOR: Ryuichi Inomata
WRITERS: Koudai Yamada, Yuki Kiyomoto, Ako Takahashi
CAST: Mao Sasaki, Ryohei Hirota, Ei-ichiro Funakoshi,
Ken Utsui
A Tale of Mari
and Three Puppies
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Much like the clay oven from which the film derives its name, TANDOORI
LOVE heats things up with its everyman romantic tale and wildly amusing
dance sequences. If song lyrics such as “cheese and milk can be magical
too” and “chocolate makes all the women melt” put a smile on your face,
then prepare to feast on this Bollywood-by-way-of-Switzerland comedy.
The film is centered around the character of Sonja, who appears to be
gliding through life without much thought. Worse, her boyfriend has just
announced their engagement to friends and family without proposing
to her first. With the filming of a new Bollywood film in the scenic
mountainside comes personal celebrity chef Rajah, who can’t help but
break into song and dance after meeting Sonja. The film evolves into a
bizarre love triangle, with Sonja having to decide whether she wants a
life of security, or something infinitely more spicy.
Where TANDOORI LOVE really separates itself from traditional
Bollywood films is through the use of its Swiss backdrop. TANDOOR
LOVE makes the most of its stark contrasts, with the traditional Indian
saris appearing kaleidoscopic against the pristine mountain setting. The
juxtaposition works perfectly, and will stick with filmgoers long after the
credits rolls.
Writer/director Oliver Paulus found his inspiration for the film in India’s
history of filming in Switzerland (Indian film crews shoot more movies
there yearly than the Swiss). TANDOORI LOVE runs a breezy 92 minutes,
and like the best dishes, will leave you craving more. — Lee Carlton, Asian
Film Festival Dallas
SUN OCT 18, 2:20PM
THU OCT 22, 6:55PM
This film contains mature content
Switzerland/Germany/India
German, English and Hindi with English subtitles
92 minutes | 35mm | 2008
DIRECTOR: Oliver Paulus WRITER: Oliver Paulus
PRODUCER: Stephen Barth
CAST: Lavinia Wilson, Vijay Raaz
Co-presented by:
Intuit Indian Network
Tandoori Love
West Coast Premiere
After backpacking overseas for three years, Emmie (Alyssa Lobit)
returns to her hometown of Los Angeles after receiving a mysterious
letter from Ricky, a companion of her recently-deceased mother Sunny
(Alexis Rhee). Sunny and Emmie had become estranged primarily due to
Sunny’s drug addiction, but Emmie decides that she find Ricky in order
to retrieve whatever it is that Sunny had left for her. Armed only with
the knowledge that her mother’s last residence was a seedy motel in the
San Fernando Valley, Emmie must seek assistance from a varied cast
of characters that her mother had befriended, including the mysterious
Jeremiah (Johnny Whitworth). The search takes an unexpected turn
when Emmie runs into her sister, Eve (Catherine Kresge), who had
stayed at home to take care of their mother while Emmie was out
seeking adventure. The reunion forces sisters to revisit old wounds
as they must reconcile in order to recover the missing package.

THE THINGS WE CARRY marks the feature film debut of the writing and
acting team of sisters Athena Lobit and Alyssa Lobit, whose screenplay
for the film was inspired by real life experiences. The film is one of the
first independent features shot with the cutting edge RED ONE video
cameras, favored by filmmakers such as Steven Soderberg and Peter
Jackson, and veteran director Ian McCrudden, leverages this high
technology to maximum effect by infusing THE THINGS WE CARRY with
a beautiful sense of natural rhythm and visual flair. Boasting natural and
moving performances from a talented cast, THE THINGS WE CARRY is
a film for both fans of Asian American cinema and true American indie
film. — Gene Huh
Lead actors Alyssa and Athena Lobit scheduled to attend.
SUN OCT 18, 7:10PM
THU OCT 22, 9:45PM
This film contains mature content and violence
USA | English
77 minutes | Video | 2009
DIRECTOR: Ian McCrudden WRITER: Alyssa Lobit
PRODUCERS: Alyssa Lobit, Athena Lobit, Camille Mana
CAST: Alysssa Lobit, Catherine Kresge, Alexis Rhee,
Johnny Whitworth
The Things We Carry
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LUCKY LOTUS
Director: Ken Ochiai | 16 min | Video | 2009
Despite running a successful hostess bar in LosAngeles with her mother,
a daughter wants change.
RAIN
Director: Thomas Takemoto-Chock | 14 min | Video | 2009
A young girl comes to an understanding of death at her mother’s funeral.
THE FIRST HAWAIIAN SNOWBALL FIGHT
Director: Michael Wurth | 16 min | Video | 2009
As Hawaii becomes the 50th state, a father gifts his son snowballs from
Mt. Mauna Kea—and both discover that history is unforgiving.
THE KINDA SUTRA
Director: Jessica Yu | 8 min | Video | 2009
Literal misconceptions of youth over the eternal question: How are
babies made?
GRANDMA AND WRESTLING
Director: Charles Yi | 18 min | Video | 2009
Hyung-Sup and his grandma rediscover themselves through an unlikely
medium.
POINT OF ENTRY
Director: Zeus Quijano | 27 min | Video | 2009
The path of one young illegal immigrant pursuing his dream of helping
his family in both America and Mexico.
SAT OCT 17, 1:00PM
TUE OCT 27, 3:00PM
Family matters.
TRT: 99 min
Thicker Than Water
Grandma and Wrestling
THU OCT 15, 9:40PM
This film contains strong violence, language and nudity
Premiered at Cannes International Film Festival earlier this year and
awarded a Jury Prize, THIRST is loosely based on the novel Thérèse
Raquin by Émile Zola. Sang-hyun (Korea’s leading actor Kang-ho Song,
Secret Sunshine, The Host) is an altruistic priest who volunteers to undergo
a clinical experiment that may take his life. But things go awry during
a blood transfusion and turn him into a vampire. As he struggles with
insatiable instinct, he starts to lust for Tae-ju, a young wife who lives a
claustrophobic life with her sickly husband and an alcoholic mother-in-
law. Tae-ju returns Sang-hyun‘s desire as he becomes her only hope of
escape from her miserable life. They become mindless, ruthless lovers,
as dangerous to each other as to others as vampire instincts take over.
THIRST’s blood-spewing, skin-biting, and scares-in-the-darkness are
curiously accompanied by a beautiful string ensemble soundtrack and
stylistic extremes in mise-en-scene. Chan-wook Park has in THIRST
fashioned a creature that cannot be categorized into one neat genre,
and the film is bound to relive the fanatical popularity of Park’s previous
art-house piece, Old Boy. — Jini Shim
South Korea | Korean with English subtitles
133 minutes | Video | 2009
DIRECTOR: Chan-wook Park
WRITERS: Seo-Gyeong Jeong, Chan-wook Park
PRODUCERS: Chan-wook Park, Soo-hyun Ahn
CAST: Kang-ho Song, Ok-vin Kim, Ha-kyun Shin
Thirst
Screening Sponsors:
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Korea is a divided nation. Millions of families were split apart in the
1950s when war broke out between the Soviet-occupied North and the
American-controlled South. For more than a generation, families have
not been able to visit, speak to, or even write one another. Tragically,
the last survivors to remember a unified Korea are dying without ever
having seen their grandchildren–nobody knew their good-byes would be
forever.
Korean-Canadian director Min Sook Lee’s search for both the real and
symbolic “Tiger Spirit” of Korea leads her on an amazing journey along
the Koreas’ border where she encounters a wild-eyed tiger hunter, a
courageous woman who defected from the North years ago, a young bus
guide whose job it is to shuttle workers across the DMZ border everyday,
and many hopeful families dreaming of the day they can once again
see their lost loved ones. With unprecedented access and never before
seen footage of North Korea’s industrial zone and state-sanctioned
reunification centers, Lee brings us an emotion-charged journey into
Korea’s broken heart, exploring the rhetoric and realism of reunification
through the extraordinary stories of ordinary families.
Free panel “North Korea in Focus” on Oct 25. See page 72.
THU OCT 22, 5:15PM
MON OCT 26, 3:00PM
Canada | Korean and English with English subtitles
78 minutes | Video | 2008
DIRECTOR: Min Sook Lee
PRODUCER: Ed Barreveld, Anita Lee, Min Sook Lee
Tiger Spirit
Co-presented by:
Liberty in North Korea (LiNK)
Korean American Bar Association of San Diego
Screening Sponsor:
Chong Lee
NORTH KOREA SPOTLIGHT
Co-presented by:
San Diego Japanese American Citizens League
Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana
Japanese American Historical Society of San Diego
SUN OCT 18, 12:00PM
TUE OCT 20, 3:00PM
While most sports buffs may not know the name Wat Misaka, he was a
holds a special place in history as the first person of color to be drafted
into the NBA. TRANSCENDING: THE WAT MISAKA STORY tells the little
known story of Misaka who was born, raised and is still living in Salt Lake
City, Utah. He was the very first draft pick of the New York Knicks in 1947.
Overcoming the national political climate during World War II,
Misaka was a star player for the University of Utah’s 1944 and 1947
championship teams, taking two years off in between to serve in
the U.S. Army. His perseverance and loyalty to his teammates,
other Nissei friends (including those interned at Topaz) and his
family are a testament to the unflappable Japanese American spirit.
Incorporating video highlights from his college games more than fifty
years ago, rare footage from a visit to the Topaz Internment Camp, and
countless photos of his triumphant career, TRANSCENDING shares
the story of a man who represents resilience, dignity, and the American
dream.
USA
English, Spanish and Mandarin w/ English Subtitles
60 minutes | Video | 2008
DIRECTORS/PRODUCERS: Christine Toy Johnson,
Bruce Alan Johnson
Transcending:
The Wat Misaka Story
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Screening Sponsor:
Co-presented by:
Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana
Southern California premiere
SDAFF Extreme, “the other side of the San Diego Asian Film Festival,”
brings you four films on the edge of sanity, including VAMPIRE GIRL VS.
FRANKENSTEIN GIRL. Yoshihiro Nishimura, who brought to the world
the classic Tokyo Gore Police, returns with his first romantic film venture
packed with blood, gore, and screams!
The story begins when a pretty new girl, using “bloody tricks,” steals
the boyfriend of the most popular girl in school. Super-popular girl’s
father is the principal and science teacher, so when she calls on him
for help, funny things happen, and after some bloody experimentation,
Frankenstein Girl is born!
Get ready for a night of blood-lusting vampires; a crazed, jealous
Frankenstein Girl; dancing homicidal nurses; insane scientists; and to
see every possible way to dismember, disembowel, and destroy a human
being! It‘s the bloodiest, funniest, yet cutest (?) romance you’ll see this
year. — Phil Luque
FRI OCT 23, 10:30PM
This film contains graphic violence and gore
Japan | Japanese with English subtitles
98 minutes | Video | 2009
DIRECTORS: Yoshihiro Nishimura, Naoyuki Tomomatsu
WRITERS: Naoyuki Tomomatsu, Shungiku Uchida (manga)
PRODUCER: Yoshihiro Nishimura
CAST: Yukie Kawamura, Jiji Bû, Erina
Vampire Girl vs.
Frankenstein Girl
A Village
Called Versailles
USA | English subtitles
68 minutes | Video | 2008
DIRECTOR: Leo Chiang
PRODUCERS: Leo Chiang, Sally Jo Fifer
SUN OCT 18, 12:10PM
WED OCT 28, 3:00PM
Filmmaker Leo Chiang received his MFA in film production from the
University of Southern California before going on to write, direct,
and produce dozens of films. His latest work, AVILLAGE CALLED
VERSAILLES tells the stories of a Vietnamese community called Versailles
in the eastern New Orleans during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
The community draws its name “Versailles” from the “Versailles Arms
Apartment,” a New Orleans East public housing project where many
Vietnamese refugees first resettled during 1975 after their escape as
“boat people” during the Vietnam War.
For many of the residents of Versailles, the effects of Hurricane Katrina
have forced them to become refugees for the third time in their lifetime.
However, through their resilience and determination, the people
of Versailles are able to rise to the challenges which lie before them
by returning and rebuilding their community. But when the people
of Versailles find out that their local New Orleans government has
contracted to build a toxic landfill only two miles away, the village of
Versailles, both young and old, rise up together in protest.
A VILLAGE CALLED VERSAILLES recounts the empowering stories of
how a minority group of people, who have already suffered so much in
their lifetime, turns a devastating disaster into a catalyst for change and
a chance for a better future. — Jimmy Lee
Director Leo Chaing is scheduled to attend Oct 18 screening.
EXTREME SERIES
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Articles of War
Director: Daniel Kanemoto | 12 min | Video | 2008
A World War II American bomber pilot writes a heartfelt letter to the
man who inspired him to enlist.
Guam is Crying
Director: Alex Munoz | 2 min | Video | 2009
The spirit of a deceased Chamorro soldier roams the jungles of Guam.
Peaceful Measures
Director: Ash Anderson | 20 min | Video | 2009
Iraqi and American musicians and dancers join together in a moment
of cultural unity.
The Bridge
Director: Sheldon Schwartz | 9 min | Video | 2008
A Japanese American solider joins up with an all-Caucasian squad on a
dangerous mission in World War II Italy.
A Song for Ourselves
Director: Tadashi Nakamura | 34 min | Video |2008
A moving portrait of musician and Asian American activist Chris Iijima.
The Anniversary
Director: Ham Tran | 27 min | 35mm | 2003
A Vietnamese monk is haunted by his memories of war and betrayal on
the anniversary of his brother’s death. An award-winning classic from
SDAFF 2004.
SUN OCT 18, 5:00PM
This program contains war violence
An inspirational selection which poignantly demonstrates
how hope and the resilience of the human spirit can over-
come the horrors of war.
TRT: 104 min
War and Hope
A Song for Ourselves
Missy
Director: Clarissa De Los Reyes | 15 min | Video | 2008
A jilted lover finds himself in a twisted relationship with the object of
his affection.
Katong Fugue
Director: Boo Junfeng | 9 min | Video | 2007
An intimate conversation between mother and son invokes the
desperation of long-held secret.
Welcome to My Queer Bookstore
Director: Larry Tung | 19 min | Video | 2009
A trip to the iconic bookstore which turned the page on queer culture
in Taiwan.
I’m Jin-Young
Director: Lee Sung-eun | 19 min | Video | 2007
Confusion reigns after a young Korean girl meets her mother’s friend.
The Golden Pin
Director: Cuong Ngo | 15 min | Video | 2009
A young swimmer finds himself struggling between the expectations of
his family and the demands of his heart.
SAT OCT 17, 7:00PM
This program contains adult content
From civil rights and laundromat drama, to a sexy pair of
Speedos, it’s statement time!
TRT: 77 min
We're Here, We're Queer
Welcome to my Queer Bookstore
Co-presented by:
Family Health Centers of San Diego
FilmOut San Diego
First UU Church Rainbow Outreach
Greater San Diego Business Association
Guys Like Us
Long Yang Club of SD
National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association SD Chapter
P.F.L.A.G. SD Chapter
San Diego POZabilities
SDSU Pride Action Committee
UCSD LGBT Resource Center
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In a strong directorial debut from Christopher Wong, WHATEVER IT
TAKES tells the inspiring story of a South Bronx high school in its dynamic
first year. In a neighborhood where educational opportunities have
withered and where violence, drugs and gang activity thrive, the Bronx
Center for Science & Mathematics provides a ray of hope for change. The
central character is charismatic Principal Edward Tom, a young Chinese
American principal in a primarily black and Latino neighborhood, who
takes on this inaugural year with fierce determination. Commanding the
respect of students and teachers alike, he leads his faculty and students
with a combination of tenacity, uncompromised academic standards
and tough love.
The film also follows Sharifea, a promising student with aspirations
of attending college. Her acceptance to a Dartmouth College summer
program becomes jeopardized when she is forced to become the
primary caretaker for her younger siblings. Creatively working towards a
solution for Sharifea is just one example of the complex landscape that
Principal Tom and his faculty face as their ideals come up against the
harsh challenges of reality.
This emotional journey takes viewers through the frustrations of failing
students, the rigors of maintaining academic integrity in a compromised
environment, and the joys from earned student triumphs. With warmth
and artistic skill, director Christopher Wong presents a captivating film
that boldly teaches lessons of humility and resilience. — adapted from
SFIAAFF
Director Christopher Wong is scheduled to attend Oct 18 screening
USA | English
90 minutes | Video | 2008
DIRECTOR: Christopher Wong
PRODUCER: Christopher Wong
SUN OCT 18, 2:45PM
SUN OCT 25, 1:00PM
Whatever It Takes
Co-presented by:
Barnard Elementary School
Chinese Magnet School
San Diego Arthouse Meetup Group
FRI OCT 16, 7:00
TUE OCT 20, 8:55PM
At 40, Jimmy (Hiroshi Watanabe, Letters from Iwo Jima) is starting his
life all over again. Newly divorced, he moves from Japan to live with his
sister, Aiko, in America (much to the shagrin of her stoic husband, Tak).
Jimmy doesn’t seem to mind that his new beginnings include sharing a
bunk bed with his 10-year-old nephew. For most men, this state of affairs
would be ego-crushing, but Jimmy is strangely unperturbed. Despite an
utter lack of social finesse, he embarks on an enthusiastic mission to
replace his ex-wife with someone better.
Assisted by his suave friend Tim (James Kyson Lee, NBC’s “Heroes”), he
wrangles dates with all the women in his new office (without success)
and completely flubs a blind date arranged by his sister. Worst of all,
Jimmy’s carefree attitude provokes the ire of Tak, who is quickly losing
patience with Jimmy’s freeloading and cluelessness.
Things turn from bad to worse when Tak’s beautiful niece Ramona (Lynn
Chen, Saving Face) comes to visit. Jimmy begins to court her shamelessly.
In addition to reading her diary, he pays his nephew to draw her portrait
(passing it off as his own), and tries to give her a ride by breaking into
Tak’s car. Finally, when Jimmy shirks his responsibility to the family
in order to follow Ramona to a party, the resulting mayhem causes
everyone to take another look at how they relate to one another. —
adapted from SFIAAFF
Director David Boyle, and actor Lynn Chen scheduled to attend Oct 16
screening.
USA | English and Japanese with English subtitles
85 minutes | Video | 2009
DIRECTOR: David Boyle
WRITERS: David Boyle, Joel Clark
PRODUCERS: Duane Andersen, Domini Fratto,
Michael Lerman, Megan Boyle
CAST: Hiroshi Watanabe, Nae, Mio Takada, Lynn Chen,
James Kyson Lee, Justin Kwong
White on Rice
Co-presented by:
Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana
National Association of Asian American Professionals - San Diego
San Diego Arthouse Meetup Group
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Taiwan | Mandarin with English subtitles
107 minutes | 35mm | 2008
DIRECTOR: Tom Lin
PRODUCERS: Yeh Jufeng, Eric Tsang
CAST: Chang Chea, Jennifer Chu, Rhydian Vaughan
Set in the early 1990s of Taiwan, WINDS OF SEPTEMBER is a coming-of-
age film about nine high school-age children learning life lessons in love,
family, and friendship. The boys obsess over baseball and motorcycles,
and teasing one another about their crushes and fledgling love. Friends
who it seemed would remain friends forever face conflict as a love
triangle forms and misunderstandings arise, breaking their unity.
The film maintains slowness in pacing and Steadicam work throughout,
capturing the nostalgia of rebellious adolescence. The boys spend hours
rooting for their favorite baseball team, go skinny-dipping at night
when the pool is forbidden, and roam the streets joyriding on their
motorcycles. Taiwanese Director Tom Lin, in his first feature, creates
cherishable moments of unruly, restless teenagers, showing how they
learn life’s valuable lessons through rough times.
Another notable aspect is that the cast are first-time actors. Despite
their lack of experience, the ensemble is finely-matched and their
performance level is outstanding. Plus, the male actors’ pretty faces will
surely win attention from teenybopper audiences. — Jini Shim
THU OCT 22, 4:45PM
MON OCT 26, 1:20PM
Winds of September
Screening Sponsor:
Taiwan | Taiwanese with English subtitles
85 minutes | 35mm | 2009
DIRECTOR: Cheng Yu-Chieh WRITER: Cheng Yu-Chieh
PRODUCER: Khan Lee
CAST: Sandrine Pinna, Bryant Chang, Huang Chien-Wei,
He Si-Hui, Shelly Yu
West Coast Premiere
Actress Sandrine Pinna is a rising young talent in Taiwanese cinema and
the centerpiece of Cheng Yu-Chieh’s YANG YANG. The beautiful French-
Chinese star plays Yang Yang, a budding track star whose mother marries
her track coach who then becomes her stepfather. Yang Yang and her
new stepsister Xiao-Ru who is also on the track team seem close, but
their relationship possesses hidden jealousy. Xiao-Ru’s boyfriend Shawn
(played by Bryant Chang (also starring in Winds of September) secretly
tries to seduce Yang Yang who doesn’t seem to mind his affections but
winds up feeling ashamed of her betrayal to her new sister.
YANG YANG is the kind of film that tells its story in an observational
manner. Cheng uses handheld camera techniques and long takes, and
depends on the character interaction and sparse dialogue to carry the
film. Cheng allows the audience to discover who Yang Yang is over the
entire course of the film — and even then, it is still hard to say who she
really is. But what is certain is that YANG YANG is a coming of age story
about a Eurasian girl, her mistakes, flaws and growth as a person —
played beautifully by a gifted and compelling young actress we haven’t
seen the last of yet. — Mye Hoang
SAT OCT 24, 8:15PM
MON OCT 26, 9:45PM
THU OCT 29, 4:30PM
This film contains strong language and sexual content
Yang Yang
Screening Sponsor:
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YOU DON’T KNOW JACK tells the fascinating story of a pioneering
American entertainer Jack Soo, an Oakland native who became the first
Asian American to be cast in the lead role in a regular television series
Valentine’s Day (1963), and later starred in the popular comedy show
Barney Miller (1975-1978).
Featuring rare footage and interviews with Soo’s co-stars and friends,
including actors George Takei, Nancy Kwan and Max Gail, comedians
Steve Landesberg and Gary Austin, and producer Hal Kanter, the film
traces Jack’s early beginnings as a nightclub singer and comedian, to
his breakthrough role as Sammy Fong in Rogers and Hammerstein’s
Broadway play and film version of The Flower Drum Song. The film also
explores why Soo, a former internee who was actually born Goro Suzuki,
was forced to change his name in the post WWII era, in order to perform
in clubs in the mid-west. Because of his experiences, throughout
his career in films and television, Soo refused to play roles that were
demeaning to Asian Americans and often spoke out against negative
ethnic portrayals.
Directed by Jeff Adachi, whose award-winning film The Slanted Screen
premiered at SDAFF in 2006, YOU DON’T KNOW JACK reveals how Jack
Soo’s work laid the groundwork for a new generation of Asian American
actors and comedians.
Oct 15 Free screening made possible by Target.
THU OCT 15, 4:00PM (FREE)
MON OCT 19, 4:30PM
WED OCT 28, 2:00PM
USA | English
60 minutes | Video | Color and Black & White | 2009
DIRECTOR/WRITER/PRODUCER: Jeff Adachi
CO-PRODUCER/EDITOR: Alex Yeung
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Josiah Hooper & Ann Kaneko
SOUND: Jon Oh & Joshua Wilkinson
MUSIC: Michael Becker
TITLES/DESIGN: Sean Dana
You Don't Know Jack:
The Jack Soo Story
Co-presented by:
San Diego Japanese American Citizens League
Japanese American Historical Society of San Diego
Co-presented by:
The numbers speak for themselves. With an estimated billion people
watching videos on YouTube, 250 million active users on Facebook,
and six million Tweeters, social media continues to change the way we
communicate, entertain, and connect with the world.
Youtube in particular has become a truly democratized broadcasting
platform, allowing virtually unknown people with hidden talents to
find massive audiences. In this panel, we bring together some of the
highest rated YouTube celebrities for a dynamic and intimate discussion.
Speakers include Kev Jumba, David Choi, Paul Dateh, and Projekt
NewSpeak who share insight on how to build a following, and how viral
notoriety changed their lives.
Co-Moderated by Phil Yu (Angry Asian Man)
SUN OCT 18, 12:30PM
You Tube Can
Be a Celebrity
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Eddie Kim
Phil Yu (Angry Asian Man)
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“Every time I go to a movie,
it’s magic...”
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Thank you for sharing
the magic with us for the
past 10 years.
Congratulations from your friends at
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Thank You List 2009
AAJA San DIego
eeman agrama-minert UCSD
Brent Altomare, Groovy Like A Movie
Beth Accomando, Film School
Confidential
Natalie Acklin, SDFF
Cara Appel-Silbaugh, UCSD
Emlyn Aurelio, NICU
Arianne Ayers, Magnolia Picures
Corinne Bagnol
Theresa Battle, Price Charities
Ferris Bautista
Tom Bell, Wells Fargo
Rodrigo Bermudez, Doubletree Hotel
Jon Block, Walk the Walk
Abby Borbon-Roaquin, Ulan
Steven Bourdeau, Wells Fargo
Michelle Brega, Bank of America
Aaron Bruce, SDSU
Alan Bugg
Jessica Calixto
Steve Carlton, AFFD
John Castillo, A-B
Herb Cawthorne, Viejas
Cristina Chacon
Jennifer Chang, Intertrend
Jessica Chang, AAJA SD
Eric Chiang, TECO
Don Chareunsy
Lynnie Chen
Karin-Anna Cheung
Sheau-Ching Chiang-Nicholas
Pamela Chien, NBC Universal
Audrey Choi, CJ Entertainment
John Cho
Josh Choi, KCCLA
Michelle Cho
Yuni Cho
Leo Chu
Leeva Chung, USD
Roman Cortez
Sara Couron, KIT
Greg Cox, County Supervisor
Crab Hut
Matt D’Arrigo, ARTS
Ann Davies, The Parker Foundation
Ranjit Dhindsa
Vidya Dinamani, Intuit
Tiffany Doerr, Doubletree Hotel
Judith Dolan, UCSD
John Ellison, UltraStar
Marc Emmelmann, SDPAL
Epoch Times
Paul John Faeldo
Kevin Faulkoner, Councilmember
Nicole Fernandez, Doubletree
Abe Ferrer, VC
Cesar Figueroa
Fritz Friedman, Sony Pictures
Donna Frye, Councilmember
Sue George, MOPA
Michele Goodson, FUNimation
Roger Gordon CPA
Taro Goto
Rey S. Guerrero
Victoria Hamilton
Chuck Hansen, Viejas
Jennifer Hasche, Intuit
Paola Hernandez, KGTV
Kevin Hellman, City Beat
Erica Hiramatsu
Dan Hom, the KING
Loretta Hom
Tom Hom
Andy Hoang
Bob Hoffman Productions
Gayle Hom
Tom Hom
Peter Hong
Melanie Horn, Qualcomm
David Hou, Drama Fever
Serena Hourigan
Daniel Hwang, Yogurtland
Julie Hwang, AFFD
Moses Hwang, Zion Market
Aya Ibarra
Malik Ismale, UCSD
Daniel Jaimes
Deborah Java
Peter G. Kalivas
Michael Kang
Paul Kim, Kollaboration
Judy Leitner, SDMTS
Dustin Kaspar, SIFF
Rebecca Kelley, Office of Ron Roberts
Neil Kendricks, MCASD
Jessica Kenyon, Jacobs Center
Judy Ki, SDC Democrats
Darryl Kim
Jay Kim, Paramount Pictures
Jinah Kim
Julie Kim
Laura Kim
Myung Soon Kim
Steven Kim, Eunsung Printing
Dr. Susan Kim
Dr. Yong J. Kim
Monica Ko
Dr. Jeff Krebs
Kay Kwak, Indiestory
Toan Lam, GIG
Roland Lazarte
Anderson Le, HIFF
Paula Le
Adam Lee
Chong Lee, Qualcomm
Kenny Lee, Apple
Paul Lee
Graham Leggatt, SFIFF
Seth Lehrer, UCSD
George Lin (RIP)
Frank Lin
Phillip Lin
Tricia Lin
Nancy Liu
Eric Llana
Thomas Long, Intuit
Jennifer Love-Bruce, Bridgepoint
Tiffany Lynch, TWC
Dylan Marchetti, Variance Films
Arnold Marquez
Scott Marks
Janine Mason, Fieldstone Foundation
Judy McDonald
Amy McNeal, Intertrend
Marc Menkin
Rita Meno
Jennifer Meyers, Jack in the Box
Bryan Min, ESS
Joe Min, Intertrend
Enrique Morones, Border Angels
Adrian Munoz, Viejas
Hope Murray, TWC
Leonardo Nam
Brian Naas, Subway Cinema
Alex Nath, Town & Country
Dustin Nguyen
Jim Noor, SDAV
Len Novarro
Keesa Ocampo, ABS-CBN
Mark Oliver, All American Grill
Ileana Ovalle, Cox Communications
Bill Ostrem, The Eastlake Co.
Cynthia Jo Otteson, Intertrend
Jim Otto, Town & Country
Andrew Pai, Hyphen Magazine
Jason Pak, A-B
Jung-Ho Pak, Orchestra Nova
Mark Palaganas, Intertrend
Daniel Park Danny Park
Edward Park, Barnard Elementary
Tara Paul, The Rock
Judy Patacsil, Miramar College
Marciano Perez UCSD
Caroline Pho
Quan Phung
Crystal Posey, Pop Chips
Chris Principio
Elise Prosser
Joseph Ramirez, UCSD CCC
Ebonie Rayford, UCSD
Tina Rees, Town & Country
Reggie Regala
Rodney Regala
Craig Reid
Darlynne Reyes
Sharon Rhodes, SDCC
Jorge Riquelme, Bayside
Ron Roberts, County Supervisor
Angela Rockwood-Nguyen
Mario Rodriguez, Funimation
Victoria Rodriguez, Focuscom
Tatiana Roven
Carlene Rowe, Stella Artois
Damon Rubio, UltraStar
Kai Saari, Japan Film Society
Robert Sanchez, GTM
Shirley Sanz, AT&T
Dana Sass, Barona
Wally Schlotter
Sam the Cooking Guy
Carolyn Scholl, AKA So Cal
David Seid, Taste of Asia
Steve Seo, SD Saram
Sim Silverio, Asian Journal
Patricia Sinay
Pam Slater-Price, County Supervisor
Krislyn Smith, Focuscom
Carolyn Smyth, ARTS
Hyung J. Song
Kay Song
Louis Song
Samuel Song
Weston Song
Shauna Spenley, Netflix
Debbi Spungen
Grace Su
Tom Sudberry
Seema Sueko, Mo’olelo
Steve Suhrheinrich, SDNN
Anya Talis
Karen Tani, JACL
Joyce Teague, JAHS
Emily Ting
Goran Topalovic, Subway Cinema
Greg Toya, CSUSM
Ham Tran
Jimmy Tsai
Alan Tse, LG
Ron Tuatagaloa, KGTV
Felix Tuyay, SWC
Tracie Ugamoto
Mike Watson
Music Watson
Rebecca Webb, ArtPower UCSD
Melissa White, Sharp Health Plan
Scott White, Mintz Levin
Linda Wilkinson, Best Buy
Simon Wong
Nancy Worlie, KPBS
Anders Wright
Daniel Wurst, Yelp
Ditas Yamane
Chi-Hui Yang, CAAM
Julia Yang
Kelly Yang, SW Airlines
Kent Yang, TECO
Sarah Yang
Lily Yee, Goldilocks
Robert Yee, Goldilocks
Yong Ki Yoo, Eunsung Printing
Dr. Yorobe
Antonio You, Eunsung Printing
Tony Young, Councilmember
Phil Yu
Su-Mei Yu, Saffron
Ron Yuan
Timothy Yuen, Burkett & Wong
Rick Zeiler
A special thanks to the following people who helped make our 10th anniversary really special.
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A Big Round of Applause For
Pam Slater-Price Ron Roberts
for your continuous and invaluable support of arts, culture, and diversity in our region.
Our Patrons, Members And Filmmakers Thank You!
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