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If you believe in six degrees
of separation, then you may
agree technology has made the
world a much smaller place.
Countries, languages, and space
no longer separate us. The once
inaccessible is now accessible
through the internet and media,
and we learn we as humans are
ultimately connected through
common experiences of love,
hate, despair, and happiness.
That connection is what makes
our flm festival so precious
and critical. As our world
becomes smaller, the need to understand each other, to co-exist,
becomes more pressing. Through flm, we emotionally connect
with stories and people who open our minds to worlds we never
knew existed, who remind us of life’s worst tragedies and simplest
pleasures. Who make us laugh and think, giving us something to
talk about long after the credits end. Most of all, I believe flm
inspires and creates community.
Even after eight years of doing this, our festival’s programmers
are always surprised at the new crop of flms offering fresh
perspectives and unique storytelling. With more than 100 flms
in 57 unique programs, we hope you will take in as much of the
cinematic feast as you can. We are especially proud to have a
record number of Asian American features, from our opening
night flm FINISHING THE GAME directed by the amazing
Justin Lin, to our closing night flm, the West Coast premiere of
Michael Kang’s WEST 32ND, starring John Cho, Grace Park, and
newcomer Jane Kim. Both directors are SDAFF alumni. Also
returning to our festival with feature flms - Gene Rhee and his
hilarious romantic comedy THE TROUBLE WITH ROMANCE,
Korean adoptee Joy Dietrich in her feature debut TIE A YELLOW
RIBBON, and documentary flmmaker Ho Sup Lee with AND
THEREAFTER II, revealing the complex life of a prostitute-turned
military wife.
Other fascinating documentaries include THE GREAT
HAPPINESS SPACE about male host bars in Japan; the
emotionally riveting NA KAMALEI: MEN OF HULA showcasing
Hawaii’s oldest male hula troupe; rock the house with AIR
GUITAR NATION and the rise of Asian American “C-Diddy” ;
and SENTENCED HOME, which humanizes America’s fawed
immigration policy.
Our spotlight flm from Sundance, DARK MATTER, will certainly
spark discourse, based on the true story of the rise and fall of a
gifted physics student, Gang Lu. Plus, international flms including
Park Chan-Wook’s I’M A CYBORG BUT THAT’S OKAY and the
heartwarming HULA GIRLS from Japan are expected to draw
large crowds. If you’re looking for action, try the Asian American
gangster flm BABY or Truc Charlie Nguyen’s masterfully
choreographed THE REBEL.
For those with a short attention span, never fear - we have eight
fantastic short flm programs ranging from stories of love, family,
and purgatory to downright low-brow humor in our comedy
shorts program, “CRAZYSEXYFUNNY.” Also returning this year
is our showcase of San Diego flms in “Localmotion”, our fantastic
animated shorts program “Animation: The Illusion of Life,” and
our locally produced student documentaries, “Reel Voices.”
And if that’s not enough, we get to meet and chat with the
charming GEORGE TAKEI who is receiving our lifetime
achievement award for his contributions to Hollywood for 50
years (oh my!).
Whatever you choose to see, we hope that you will leave feeling
more connected to the world... and to yourself.
Lee Ann Kim
Executive Director
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ABOUT SDAFF
The San Diego Asian Film Foundation (SDAFF) is a nonproft
media arts organization dedicated to sharing the legacy of
Asian Pacifc Islanders through flm and videos.
Since 2000, we have premiered more than a thousand flms,
hosted hundreds of flmmakers, and touched the lives of tens
of thousands of people. We pride in presenting unique, enter-
taining, and culturally meaningful flm programs.
WHAT WE DO
• Annual flm festival
• Membership program with special discounts & offers
• Quarterly flm screenings
• Student scholarships, high school documentary training, &
flm review workshop
• Free Youth Day programming
• Community programs
HOW YOU CAN HELP
• Become a member
• Volunteer! We always need help in marketing, fundraising &
special event planning
• Make a tax-deductible donation
• Inquire about becoming a board of director
• Buy a ticket, support our flms!
• Tell your friends and family about us!
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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
“A wonderful awe-inspiring experience that I still have yet to forget a year
later.” – Festival Patron
“SDAFF is the most well-run & the most fun festival I’ve been to.”
– James Kyson Lee, actor (NBC’s “Heroes”)
“I saw more excellent flms in 3 days than most people will see in a year...
one of the classiest flm festivals I’ve ever been to.” – Eric Campos,
FilmThreat.com
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NON-MEMBER PRICES
Opening & Closing Night Films $15 (Finishing the Game & West 32nd)
General Admission $9
Festival 4-pack (while available) $30
Music Showcase $7 with ticket stub, $10 without
offsite event, refer to info below
MEMBER PRICES
Opening & Closing Night Films $9
General Admission $5
Festival 4-Pack (while available) $18
Blowfsh Music Showcase free w/ membership card
members must show membership card at time of purchase
members also receive discounts on festival t-shirts
REFUND POLICY
No refunds for unused tickets, 4-packs, or all-festival passes. Exchanges are only available when a program is oversold.
SPECIAL DISCOUNTS
We offer $2 discounts for the following groups with appropriate identifcation:
Students
Military
Seniors
Harrah’s Total Rewards Card Holders
Viejas V-Card Holders
Eastlake Card Holders
Discounts or coupons cannot be applied toward 4-packs or $7 shows.
Group discounts are only available if arranged with the Foundation prior to the festival.
SOLD-OUT SCREENINGS / RUSH LINES
When a program is sold-out, there’s a very good chance seats will be available through a “rush line” at the theatre. Rush
lines take place outside the theatre 30 minutes before the show. We will offer all open seats 15 minutes before show-
time on a frst-come basis to those waiting in the “rush line.”
FILM FESTIVAL VENUE BLOWFISH MUSIC SHOWCASE
UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas Aubergine Nightclub
7510 Hazard Center Drive 500 4th Ave.
San Diego, CA 92108 San Diego, CA 92101
TICKET INFORMATION
Tickets for all shows can be purchased at the Hazard Center UltraStar Cinema box offce.
To guarantee seating, patrons must show up at least 15 minutes before showtime.
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Opening Night Party
Thu Oct 11, 9PM
Airport Lounge, 2400 India St.
Join us with the cast and crew of FINISHING
THE GAME as we celebrate the beginning
of our 8th season. Free for members, pass
holders, and FTG attendees. Sponsored by
AZN Television. 21& up.
SPECIAL EVENTS & PANELS at a glance
Blowfish: Intersection of
Sights and Sounds
Fri Oct 12, 8PM
Aubergine , 500 Fourth Ave.
Our popular Friday night party, featuring live
hip-hop performances, music videos, and
local DJs. Plus, celebrity appearances and
drink specials. $7 w/ ticket stub/$10 at door.
21& up. See page 15 for more info.
The New Media: A Web2.0 Panel
Sat. Oct 13, 11:30AM FREE
UltraStar Cinemas, Mission Valley
UltraStar 6 - Time Warner
Industry experts and flmmakers share advice
in this free panel on how to best market
your flm on the web, and examine the latest
in technology. Moderated by Dean Lim (XDL
flms, “On the Lot”) who brings his expertise
on digital flmmaking and marketing to the
masses.
Dishing With the Stars: A
Celebrity Panel
Sat Oct 13, 2PM
UltraStar Cinemas, Mission Valley
Candid discussion with Hollywood’s Asian
American stars. See page 14 for more info.
Break Another Leg: Acting
Workshop
Sun Oct 14, 10:30AM
Doubletree Hotel – Sonoma Room
A multi-dimensional workshop exploring
theatre training, acting, agents, auditions and
headshots, by the Asian American Repertory
Theatre. For more info visist: www.sdaff.org
The Trek of George Takei: An
Intimate Discussion
Sun Oct 14, 1PM
UltraStar Cinemas, Mission Valley
A live discussion about the personal journey
of actor George Takei – from Star Trek to
the Howard Stern Show and NBC’s Heroes.
See page 16 for more info.
Blowfish: unplugged
Sat Oct 13, 12PM
Mission Valley Ultrastar Cinema Lobby
While enjoying some of the best movies and
short flms of SDAFF, take some time out
to experience the eclectic acoustic styles of
some of SoCal’s most talented musicians.
See page 15 for more info.
Youth Day
Tue Oct 16, 11AM
UltraStar Cinemas, Mission Valley
A free day of flms for local high school
students, showcasing short documentaries
produced through SDAFF, and a collection
of short flms from this year’s festival. Free
admission.
Bone Marrow Drive
Oct 12, 13 4-9PM
Outside UltraStar Cinemas, Hazard Center
Help save lives by registering yourself for the
national bone marrow registry! Just takes
a simple cotton swab of the mouth. Meet
Survivor winner, Yul Kwon, who shares
his personal story of losing his best friend to
leukemia.
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OCT. 11 THURSDAY
4:45pm Know Justice Know Peace
Theater 6 - Time Warner
7:00pm FINISHING THE GAME
Preceded by Building a
Journey
Theater 7 - Harrah’s

7:15pm 5 CENTIMETERS PER
SECOND
Preceded by Voices of
Distant Star
Theater 2 - Fujitsu

7:30pm A DIRTY CARNIVAL
Theater 6 - Time Warner

7:45pm BOLINAO 52
Theater 1 - Eastlake

9:15pm ISABELLA
Theater 2 - Fujitsu

9:45pm ANG PAMANA
Theater 7 - Harrah’s
OCT. 12 FRIDAY
5:15pm AND THEREAFTER II
Theater 1 - Eastlake
5:30pm NEW YEAR BABY
Theater 7 - Harrah’s
6:15pm Bridging the Gap
Theater 6 - Time Warner
6:45pm SHANGHAI KISS
Theater 2 - Fujitsu
7:00pm AIR GUITAR NATION
Theater 1 - Eastlake
7:15pm Queer Delight: Sweet
Buns & Sticky Rice
Theater 7 - Harrah’s
8:30pm TAZZA: THE HIGH
ROLLERS
Theater 6 - Time Warner
9:15pm THE TROUBLE WITH
ROMANCE
preceded by Girls Night Out
Theater 1 - Eastlake
9:30pm BABY
Theater 2 - Fujitsu
9:45pm THE VICTIM
Theater 7 - Harrah’s
OCT. 13 SATURDAY
10:30am Break Another Leg
Doubletree Sonoma Room
11:30am The New Media: Using
Web Video for Making Your
Voice Heard
Theater 6 - Time Warner
12:00pm WHAT THE SNOW
BRINGS
Theater 2 - Fujitsu
12:30pm Know Justice Know Peace
Theater 1 - Eastlake
1:00pm NANKING
Theater 7 - Harrah’s
2:00pm Dishing with the Stars
Theater 6 - Time Warner
2:30pm AMERICAN PASTIME
Theater 2 - Fujitsu
3:00pm Animation: The Illusion of
Life
Theater 1 - Eastlake
3:15pm THE REBEL
Theater 7 - Harrah’s
4:00pm NA KAMALEI: MEN OF
HULA
preceded by The King Boys
Theater 6 - Time Warner
5:10pm DARK MATTER
Theater 2 - Fujitsu
5:30pm CrazySexyFunny!
Theater 1 - Eastlake
6:00pm I’M A CYBORG BUT
THAT’S OK
Theater 7 - Harrah’s
6:15pm Love is a Battlefeld
Theater 6 - Time Warner
7:30pm TRE
Theater 2 - Fujitsu
Preceded by Shoot My Life
7:45 PM GREAT HAPPINESS SPACE
Theater 1 - Eastlake

8:30pm UNDOING
Theater 6 - Time Warner

8:45pm BLACKOUT
Theater 7 - Harrah’s

9:30 PM Heaven is Too Far Away
Theater 1 - Eastlake
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11:30am Reel Voices
Theater 7 - Harrah’s
12:15pm SENTENCED HOME
Theater 1 - Eastlake
12:30pm All Around the World
Theater 2 - Fujitsu
1:00pm The Trek of George Takei
Theater 6 - Time Warner
1:45pm OWL AND THE SPARROW
Theater 7 - Harrah’s
2:30pm Dim Sum and Then Some
Theater 1 - Eastlake
2:45pm TIE A YELLOW RIBBON
Theater 2 - Fujitsu
3:15pm CATS OF MIRIKITANI
Theater 6 - Time Warner
4:30pm HULA GIRLS
Theater 7 - Harrah’s
FESTIVAL SCHEDULE OCTOBER 11 - 14, 2007
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5:00pm VANAJA
Theater 1 - Eastlake
5:15pm NO REGRETS
Theater 2 - Fujitsu
5:30pm Local Motion
Theater 6 - Time Warner
7:00pm RAINBOW SONG
Theater 7 - Harrah’s
7:30pm ISABELLA
Theater 1 - Eastlake
7:45pm ANG PAMANA
Theater 2 - Fujitsu
8:00pm AFTER THIS OUR EXILE
Theater 6 - Time Warner
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6:15pm CATS OF MIRIKITANI
Theater 1 - Eastlake
6:30pm Dim Sum and Then Some
Theater 6 - Time Warner
6:45pm YEAR OF THE FISH
Theater 2 - Fujitsu
7:15pm TAZZA: THE HIGH
ROLLERS
Theater 7 - Harrah’s
8:00pm HULA GIRLS
Theater 1 - Eastlake
8:35pm AND THEREAFTER II
Theater 6 - Time Warner
8:50pm BABY
Theater 2 - Fujitsu
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4:15pm NA KAMALEI: MEN OF
HULA
preceded by The King Boys
Theater 1 - Eastlake

5:30pm ALL IN THIS TEA
Theater 6 - Time Warner
6:00pm THE REBEL
Theater 1 - Eastlake

6:15pm 5 CENTIMETERS PER
SECOND
Theater 2 - Fujitsu
Preceded by Voices of
Distant Star
7:00pm I’M A CYBORG BUT
THAT’S OK
Theater 7 - Harrah’s
7:15pm CrazySexyFunny!
Theater 6 - Time Warner
8:15pm AMERICAN PASTIME
Theater 2 - Fujitsu
8:30pm AIR GUITAR NATION
Theater 1 - Eastlake
8:45pm Love is a Battlefeld
Theater 6 - Time Warner
9:15 PM THE VICTIM
Theater 7 - Harrah’s
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4:45pm TIE A YELLOW RIBBON
Theater 2 - Fujitsu
5:00pm OWL AND THE SPARROW
Theater 7 - Harrah’s
5:15pm SENTENCED HOME
Theater 6 - Time Warner
5:30pm Heaven is Too Far Away
Theater 1 - Eastlake
6:45pm GREAT HAPPINESS SPACE
Theater 2 - Fujitsu
7:00pm SAMOAN WEDDING
Theater 6 - Time Warner
7:15pm SHANGHAI KISS
Theater 7 - Harrah’s
7:30pm Animation: The Illusion
of Life
Theater 1 - Eastlake
8:35pm WHAT THE SNOW
BRINGS
Theater 2 - Fujitsu
9:15pm A DIRTY CARNIVAL
Theater 6 - Time Warner
9:30pm BLACKOUT
Theater 7 - Harrah’s
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5:30pm NEW YEAR BABY
Theater 2 - Fujitsu
5:45pm Bridging the Gap
Theater 6 - Time Warner
6:30pm AFTER THIS OUR EXILE
Theater 1 - Eastlake
7:00pm WEST 32ND
Theater 7 - Harrah’s
7:15pm All Around the World
Theater 2 - Fujitsu
7:45pm RAINBOW SONG
Theater 6 - Time Warner
FESTIVAL SCHEDULE OCTOBER 14 - 18, 2007
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PRODUCERS ($1000)
Charlie Compuesto
Joon Han
Gene Kim
Chong Lee
Ed Lee
Jerrilyn Malana
Diana Mar Jip-Chuh
Steve Peace
Eddie Wang Rodriguez
PATRONS ($500)
Sheila Abrenica Kanoya
Michael Cheswick
Dan Hom
Ray Hom
Greg Park
Lee Ann Kim & Louis Song
Duke Tran
Charles and Linda Tu
Sarah Yang
SUPPORTERS ($250)
Mark Cumberland
Amber Kibble-Walker
Albert Lee
Benjamin Lee
Ildiko Lutar
Joseph Ongsiapco
Miyo and Mitchell Reff
William Saung
Kenneth Wade
DONORS ($100)
Elias Almazan
Miguel Avila
Keith Calistro
Henry Cheng
Lisa Chin
Sandra Chong
Erika Hiramatsu
Mija Kim
Eric Lallana
Joe Mendoza
Chris Paffendorf
Luis Ramos
Abraham Shragge
Mark Stabb
Yen Tu
Fusako Yokotobi
FRIENDS ($55)
Melissa Bernardino
Serge Besanger
Shirley Chow
K. Clavero
Roman Cortez
Jim Gottlieb
Punvipa Grice
Jackie Horner
Rebecca Johnson
Gerardo Leon
Edwin Lim
Aaron Ling
Matthew Long
Quynh Nguyen
Tai Nguyen
Shirley Omori
Chris Rule
Didi Tanadjaja
Dennis Tashima
Alan Tse
David Tytler
John Vo
Jim Wade
Kurtis Wong
Matthew Wong
MEMBERS OF SDAFF
Join a community of supporters of Asian American cinema and culture. As a member, you receive discounts on flm festival tickets and merchandise,
invitations to members-only events, and access to sneak preview screenings of flms prior to their theatrical release.
Becoming a member of the San Diego Asian Film Foundation means you are joining a community of supporters of Asian American cinema and
culture. As a member, you receive discounts on flm festival tickets and merchandise, invitations to members-only events, and access to sneak
preview screenings of flms prior to their theatrical release. Memberships are year-long, from January through January.
2007 MEMBERSHIP ROSTER
Friends $55
- First round invitation to sneak preview screenings
- Exclusive invitation to annual membership soiree
- Discounted tickets to the flm festival, special screenings, & merchandise
- Discounted tickets to our new quarterly flm screenings
- Recognition in program booklet and website
Donor $100
Friend of SDAFF benefts, plus:
- Complimentary SDAFF t-shirt
- Two complimentary tickets to one of our new quarterly flm screenings
- Two complimentary opening night tickets to the annual flm festival
Supporter $250
Friend of SDAFF benefts, plus:
- Complimentary SDAFF t-shirt
- Two complimentary tickets to two of our new quarterly flm screenings
- Two complimentary opening night and closing night tickets to the annual flm
festival
- Complimentary festival 4-pack ticket package
Patron $500
Friend of SDAFF benefts, plus:
- Complimentary SDAFF t-shirt
- Two complimentary tickets to three of our new quarterly flm screenings
- Two complimentary all-festival passes to our annual flm festival
- Two complimentary seats at our annual gala awards dinner
Producer $1,000
Friend of SDAFF benefts, plus:
- Two complimentary SDAFF t-shirt
- Two complimentary tickets to all four of our new quarterly flm screenings
- Two complimentary all-festival passes to our annual flm festival
- Four complimentary seats at our annual gala awards dinner
- Verbal recognition at our flm festival
Memberships are tax-deductible. SDAFF Federal Tax ID#33-1001523
If you would rather send us a check, please make them payable to “SDAFF” and
send them to:
San Diego Asian Film Foundation
c/o Memberships
7969 Engineer Road, Suite 206
San Diego, CA 92111
Thank you for supporting the SDAFF!
MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS
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JOY BISCO
Days of Our Lives
DISHING WITH THE STARS: a celebrity panel
ROGER FAN
Annapolis, Better Luck Tomorrow
JAMES KYSON LEE
NBC’s Heroes
Our favorite Asian American celebs give us a dose of reality when it comes to surviving in Hollywood. It’s not all glitz and glamour, so why do they
do it? From type-casting and scoring the dream role to indie projects and their MySpace pages, a no-holds bar discussion. Panel Length: 90 minutes
Sat. Oct 13, 2007 2:00pm UltraStar2 - Fujitsu
Moderated by Lee Ann Kim. Scheduled to speak:
LEONARDO NAM
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift,
The Perfect Score
JELYNN RODRIGUEZ
“The Drop” host
Ron Yuan
CSI, Baby
YUL KWON
Winner of Survivor: Cook Islands
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BLOWFISH: an intersection of sights and sounds
Come kick off SDAFF 2007 with our second annual music and video showcase. A dynamic convergence of Asian American talent, Blowfsh is an
exploration of the intersection of beats, rhymes and flm, through live performance and projected videos. Don’t miss this party, a deadly delicious
mix of Los Angeles party-rocking with San Diego favor.
Fri. Oct 12, 2007 10pm (Doors open at 8pm)
21+ Only
$10 at the door
$7 w/ Festival ticket stub
AUBERGINE Night Club
downtown San Diego
500 4th and Island
San Diego, CA 92101
619-232-8100
aubergineon4th.com
Co-Presented By:
Onami
FAR*EAST MOVEMENT
Representing the Fresh Coast with
their party rocking new school
sound.
fareastmovement.com
THE UPSTARTS
Breathing a refreshing sound back
into the minds and souls of Classic
Hip-Hop.
Myspace.com/TheUpStarts
TIMZ
American born rapper of
Chaldean/Iraqi descent, mixes
explosive, Middle Eastern beats.
Timzonline.com
DJ VU DO / DJ ASTHETIC
Spinning fresh beats throughout
the night.
FEATURED PERFORMERS:
Terry Matsuoka Big Phony Joanie Mendenhall
Dave’s Son Jason Turtle Lindsey Yung
FEATURED MUSIC
VIDEOS
Ain’t No Sunshine - Tatum Jones
Iraq - TIMZ
Back Home - Blue Scholars
Champion - Native Gun
???? - The Upstarts
Post 9/11 Blues - MC Riz
??? - Far East Movement
TRT: 300 minutes
BLOWFISH
UNPLUGGED
Sat Oct 13, 12PM FREE
Ultrastar Cinema Lobby
experience the eclectic acoustic
styles of some of SoCal’s most
talented musicians.
Co-Presented By:
Onami
Future Rockstars of America
Futurerockstarsofamerica.com
THE TREK OF GEORGE TAKEI: an intimate discussion
Takei as Mr. Sulu Speaking at Human Rights Campaign tour Takei with Masi Oka in Heroes Takei at Sirius Radio’s Howard Stern Show
Moderated by Lee Ann Kim
With millions of fans around the world, George Takei is
arguably Asian America’s most famous living icon. Best
known for his distinctive voice and portrayal of Mr. Sulu
(or Lt. Hikaru Sulu for you Trekkies) on the acclaimed
television and flm series Star Trek, George has more
than 30 feature flms and hundreds of television guest-
starring roles to his credit.
His acting career dates back to the 1950s when there
were virtually a handful of minorities in Hollywood.
His motion picture debut was in “Ice Palace” starring
Richard Burton in 1959. Seven years later, as a member
of the original Star Trek cast, George challenged
convention by becoming one of the frst Asian American
actors to speak without a foreign accent and without
the burden of stereotypes in his role as Sulu. Originally
helmsman of the starship USS Enterprise, Sulu was
promoted to captain of the USS Excelsior.
In addition to his role in Star Trek which spanned more
than 40 years, George has appeared in a wide variety of
shows including Will & Grace, Malcolm in the Middle,
Murder She Wrote, Twilight Zone, Miami Vice, Hawaii
Five-O, My Three Sons, and many others.
Even today, George continues his remarkable career
as a recurring character on the popular NBC show,
Heroes, playing Kaito Nakamura, the father of time-
traveler Hiro Nakamura (Masi Oka). You can also catch
him from time-to-time as a semi-regular on Howard
Stern’s Sirius Satellite Radio show, where he has
garnered praise from loyal Stern fans for his sense of
humor, honesty, and his booming laugh.
George’s notoriety has also given him the platform to
share his experiences of spending most of his childhood
in American internment camps during World War II.
He is an outspoken community activist and a member
of the Human Rights Campaign, having traveled the
country to speak on civil rights for gay, lesbian, and
transgender Americans.
For his fve decades in Hollywood and his invaluable
contributions to society, the San Diego Asian Film
Foundation is honoring George Takei with a lifetime
achievement award, and we will host an intimate
discussion with him on his career, his life, and legacy.
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Film & Program Guide
Opening Night Film
FINISHING THE GAME
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DIRECTOR: Justin Lin
WRITERS: Josh Diamond, Justin Lin
PRODUCERS: Julie Asato, Sal Gatdula, Justin Lin
CAST: Roger Fan, Sung Kang, Dustin Nguyen, McCaleb
Burnett, MC Hammer, Leonardo Nam, James Franco
*Mature content
*Director, cast & crew scheduled to attend
Preceded By
BUILDING A JOURNEY
Director: Anson Ho | 14 min. | Video | 2007
An exciting look behind the scenes with Justin Lin and the
crew of FINISHING THE GAME, its journey to Sundance,
and refections on Asian American cinema.
Thu. Oct 11, 2007 7:00pm
UltraStar 7 - Harrah’s Theatre
Sponsored by:
In 1973, Bruce Lee died suddenly at the age of 32,
leaving behind footage intended for his dream project
“The Game of Death.” Not one to miss an opportunity
for proft, Hollywood executives cast stand-ins
to double as Lee in a rewritten script which took
advantage of 12 minutes of Lee’s real footage, including
his now immortal fght with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in his
iconic yellow-and-black jumpsuit.
Following his groundbreaking indie hit “Better Luck
Tomorrow” (Opening Night, SDAFF ’02) as well as
studio ventures “Annapolis” and “The Fast and the
Furious: Tokyo Drift,” director Justin Lin returns to
his roots with FINISHING THE GAME, a rollicking
comedy spoof about the search for Bruce Lee’s stand-
in. Documentarians capture the absurd, hilarious and
sometimes disturbingly true-to-life (but decidedly
fctional) audition process as a motley assortment of
candidates vie for the role.
FINISHING THE GAME turns out to be less about
Bruce Lee than it is a lampoon of Hollywood in the
1970s, poking fun at the behind-the-scenes farces and
the racism—both blatant and subtle—ingrained in the
industry. Lin reunites many of his cast from “Better
Luck Tomorrow” (Sung Kang, Roger Fan) and populates
the flm with cameos by friends gained along the way,
such as Leonardo Nam and Brian Tee (from “The Fast
and the Furious: Tokyo Drift”), Dustin Nguyen (21 Jump
Street), James Franco and even MC Hammer.
—Taro Goto, (SFIAAFF)
Join the cast and crew of FINISHING THE
GAME at: Airport Lounge (2400 India St.)
Thu. Oct 11, 9pm - 1am
21 AND UP ONLY
OPENING NIGHT PARTY
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Bruce Lee passed out of the living world into legend 34 years ago,
but for Asian Americans living in the P.B.L. (Post-Bruce Lee), we
revere the man for his unique stature as one of the small pantheon of
folk heroes to our name. Yet there’s also a level of angst and resent-
ment at how his mythic status has defned how the world sees us,
especially those of us who are males. That ambivalence is a powerful
theme of Justin Lin’s FINISHING THE GAME, a dark mockumentary
purporting to tell what happened when Hollywood decided to try
to complete Lee’s fnal, unfnished work, “Game of Death,” using a
double to replace its deceased superstar. FINISHING THE GAME,
due out in October from IFC flms, is an homage—and a loving one.
But it’s also a critique—not so much of Lee the man, but of the Rube
Goldberg apparatus that his life and death set in motion.
In one of “Game of Death’s” most mind-boggling scenes, Bruce Lee’s
stand-in looks at his refection in the mirror, and—in a low-tech at-
tempt at preserving the illusion that he’s Lee—the flmmakers cut to
a cardboard cutout of his face pasted onto the mirror’s surface. From
a metaphorical standpoint, every time any Asian American guy looks
into a mirror, we see that cardboard cutout of Bruce Lee’s face, star-
ing back out at us. No one since Bruce has been Bruce, though many
people have tried. The gap he left in the pop continuum remains
empty; the hole he left in Asian American culture remains unflled. But
perhaps the reason for that absence is because the wrong goal is be-
ing targeted. We don’t need Bruce Lee, or, as some wags have dubbed
him, “Kung Fu Jesus,” to come again and rapture us out of Hollywood
purgatory. We need to address the same problems he faced, and to
face them as he might have, in our wishful dreams. As Lee himself
famously said in “Enter the Dragon,” “It is like a fnger pointing a way
to the moon: Don’t concentrate on the fnger or you will miss all
that heavenly glory.”
Bruce is the superstar, the myth, the martial-arts messiah whose
image is seared into everything we do—he’s the fnger. So what’s the
way to_the moon? Justin Lin and his crew, his ever-expanding “fam-
ily” of performers and creators, think they’ve found the way. They
speak of the journey they’re on, and the flms they’ve done together.
FINISHING THE GAME unites cast and crewmembers from each
of Lin’s previous flms, underscoring the idea that each work is just
a chapter in a larger story. They talk about carving out a new way of
making, distributing, marketing, and merchandising Asian American
flms._ For example, by mobilizing grassroots, “Better Luck Tomor-
row,” scored an average box offce per screen on its frst weekend of
$30,000—the highest per screen average for Paramount Classics and
MTV Films ever. “It was the frst time Hollywood had really hard data,
that Asian Americans exist and want to see Asian American prod-
uct—and that whites, blacks, and Latinos are willing to cross over to
see it,” says Lin. So for FINISHING THE GAME, the boys—and Julie
Asato, who produced both flms—are back on the road, meeting
people, connecting with real flmgoers, extending the family.
That sense of hope, of empowerment, of never giving in to over-
whelming odds—that’s the fghting spirit that Lee hoped he’d inspire
in his people. That’s the heavenly glory. Bruce is gone, but always with
us. Other fghters have stepped into the fray. And the game—the
game goes on.
Whither the Dragon
By Jeff Yang
Closing Night Film
WEST 32ND
West Coast Premiere
Director Michael Kang returns to the SDAFF
with his latest feature, WEST 32ND, a thriller set
in New York’s Koreatown, starring an impressive
cast of Korean American and international stars.
This feature marks the frst American production
of CJ Entertainment, Korea’s largest entertainment
company.
After hustling his way onto a pro-bono homicide
case, an ambitious young lawyer, John Kim (John
Cho), infltrates the gritty Korean underworld
of New York, searching for clues. The murder
suspect is a teenager charged with gunning down
the manager of a Korean “room salon” club. The
boy’s sister, Lila Lee (Grace Park) is sure of his
innocence and will sacrifce anything to save him.
Thu. Oct 18, 2007 7:00pm
UltraStar 7 - Harrah’s Theatre
John feels connected to Lila and is determined
to help. Though he is Korean American, John
barely knows how to speak Korean and fnds
himself a foreigner in K-town’s exciting nightlife.
He befriends Mike Juhn, a well-dressed, ruthless
gangster newly in charge of the Korean club
where the murder took place. Before he knows
it, John is neck-deep in the gang-related politics of
Koreatown, and his dangerous search for answers
often gets lost in translation. Having premiered
at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival to sold-out
audiences, Kang and his co-writer, Edmund Lee,
expose the darker side of Koreatown with twists
and turns that leave the audience wondering who
to trust.
DIRECTOR: Michael Kang
PRODUCERS: Teddy Zee, Ted Kim
WRITERS: Michael Kang,
Edmund Lee
CAST: John Cho, Chil Kong, Grace
Park, Jane Kim, Jun Kim
*Mature content
*Director and cast scheduled to attend
Grace Park of WEST 32ND
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ongrats on the incredible success of your second feature! It’s
such a departure from THE MOTEL (awarded Best Dramatic
Narrative Feature, SDAFF ‘05). What made you decide to focus
your next feature on New York’s Koreatown?

Having grown up in New England in a mostly non-Asian setting, moving
to New York was a huge change for me. At the heart of that, I was always
fascinated by my relationship to the Korean enclave of Flushing and the
strip of Korean businesses on 32nd Street. The story of West 32nd was a
way for me to explore the connections between 1.5 and 2nd generation
Korean Americans.

Is K-Town’s underworld as thrilling and scandalous as you make it out to
be?

There are lines blurred, but the heart of the flm is based in facts. My co-
writer Edmund Lee was a reporter at The Village Voice when I frst met
him, and he had been working for a year already on an expose on Korean
criminal culture. The case involved in the flm is also very common and
actually had been inspired by a real murder of a room salon manager a
friend who worked in the non-proft sector had told me about. Obvi-
ously, there is artistic license taken in the delivery of these events, but it
is the essence of truth.

How cool was it to work with such a talented cast (which included both
huge Korean and Korean American stars)? Any diva stories?

I have been blessed with the talent I have gotten to work with. I had
never worked with John Cho or Grace Park prior to this flm and there
was a fear that with either or both of them that I would run into bad
Hollywood behavior. But I think that as with all Asian American actors
out there that have been fortunate enough to get consistent work, they
are very grounded in the fact that the types of roles I write are not the
typical roles they get to play – namely, characters that are very close to
their own experiences.

You had sold-out screenings at Tribecca Film Fest, where WEST 32ND
premiered. What was that like to premiere in your home town where
the flm was shot?

It was gratifying to be able to show the flm to the city to which it was a
love letter. The support we got there was amazing. We had to turn away
hundreds of people at every screening. That was unheard of.

You can meet flmmaker Michael Kang, his cast, and crew at our closing
night screening of WEST 32ND, Thursday, October 18.
c
Former SDAFF winner, director Michael Kang, returns to San Diego for closing
night with his crossover thriller flm, WEST 32nd, exposing the dark side of
New York’s Koreatown.
By Lee Ann Kim
Screening Sponsors
John Cho in WEST 32ND
Director Michael Kang
Jane Kim in WEST 32ND
Spotlight Film
DARK MATTER
Sat. Oct 13, 2007 5:10pm UltraStar2 - Fujitsu

USA | 90 min. | 35mm | 2006
DIRECTOR: Shi-Zheng Chen
WRITER: Billy Shebar
PRODUCERS: Janet Yang, Andrea Miller, Jeff T. Miller
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Linda Sophie Chiu, Kirk D’Amico
CAST: Ye Liu, Meryl Streep, Aidan Quinn
*Mature content
*Producers scheduled to attend
New York-based Chinese opera director Chen
Shi-zheng makes his frst feature flm debut
with DARK MATTER, which follows a Chinese
science student pursuing a PhD. He is studying
the origins of the universe. The Mid-Western
Valley State University cosmology student,
Liu Xing, dreams of winning the Nobel Prize
by attempting to unravel the secrets of
dark matter, that mysterious substance that
governs the universe. Liu fnds a remarkable
amount of freedom in the United States and
initially fnds it exciting, but as time passes he
fnds himself struggling as an alien in a new
environment. He develops a connection with
a generous socialite played by Meryl Streep
who helps him in his transition into American
society. Liu becomes protégé to head of
the cosmology department Jacob Reiser,
played by Aidan Quinn, who threatens to
thwart Liu’s aspirations with campus politics
when it becomes clear that Liu’s developing
theories oppose Reiser’s models. Eventually
Liu gets pushed to the margins of academia
and society after he goes behind Reiser’s
back to publish his discoveries. Alone and
unsupported, Liu fnally explodes with vengeful
hostility in a fnal and chilling act of violence.
DARK MATTER is based on the true story
of a disgruntled physics student from China
who killed six people at the Iowa University
of Iowa in 1991. It is a remarkable surprise
that any flmmaker would even approach the
subject of a tragic campus shooting from
the gunman’s point of view, but even more
surprising that it is executed so well, with
a certain elegance and sense of honesty.
Add to that an outstanding performance by
newcomer Ye Liu, DARK MATTER proves to
be as mesmerizing a flm as the universe itself.
Co-presented by:
Cal State San Marcos Asian Pacifc Islander
Faculty Staff Association
irector Chen Shi-Zheng’s DARK MATTER plunges
the expansive and progressive world of academia into
darkened corners — the flm is loosely based on the true
story of Gang Lu, a brilliant young physicist from China whose
talents met a tragic end at an American university in 1991. The
flm, recipient of the Alfred P. Sloan Prize at the 2007 Sundance
Film Festival and Shi-Zheng’s frst feature-length piece, centers on
Liu Xing (Liu Ye), a budding scientist who arrives at Valley State
University as a part of a cosmology research team.
“We researched [Gang Lu], but after some time, the characters
in our flm took on lives of their own that departed from the
original characters and became more consuming,” producer Janet
Yang said. “There was also a great deal of research done about
Chinese students at universities across the country in general,
and science students in particular.”
The flm courts an undercurrent of gloomy themes, many of
which recently drew public ire. Xing faces a bevy of obstacles
throughout the flm, and fnds himself lost in a web of cultural
and campus politics. Xing cannot escape his glaring weakness:
he is a foreign student in a foreign land. As such, Xing fnds
himself embroiled in confusion that forces him from his coveted
standing within the academic arena. Soon, the violently obsessed
and unbalanced Xing dives back into the chance to reclaim his
reputation.
The similarities between the flm, the subject it is based on (in
which Lu shot and killed fve colleagues then committed suicide)
and this year’s shootings at Virginia Tech sparked protests to the
flm’s U.S. release. However, the events at Virginia Tech, in which
students were indiscriminately murdered, differ vastly from
DARK MATTER’s themes, an intensely dark tour of one star’s fall
into desperation and, eventually, murder.
“We had long wrapped production when VA Tech occurred,” Yang
said. “We had already screened the flm at Sundance in January,
and won the Alfred P. Sloan Award. Ironically, the only criticism
of note that we received about the flm was that the ending to
some seemed kind of implausible. After VA Tech, nobody made
that accusation.”

Because the flm’s producers “could not comfortably distribute
and promote our flm so close to [Virginia Tech’s] aftermath,”
Yang said, the flm is now slated for a spring 2008 release.
- By Charles Nguyen
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FEATURES
5 CENTIMETERS PER SECOND
Preceded By
VOICES OF A DISTANT STAR
Director: Makoto Shinkai, Steven Foster | 30 min. |
Video | 2003
When the alien Tarsians attack, Mikako volunteers
to be a pilot to protect mankind. Separated from his
girlfrend, the two remain in contact by sending text
messages, but each battle takes Mikako further from
Earth and messages take longer to arrive. Will their
love stand the test of time and distance?
Achingly beautiful, 5 CENTIMETERS PER
SECOND, breaks new ground in anime in
both artistry and storytelling. Named for the
speed at which cherry blossom petals fall,
5 CENTIMETERS PER SECOND consists
of three segments and follows a boy named
Takaki through his life, frst as a middle school
student, through high school, and as an adult
working as a computer programmer. Delicate,
powerful, and heartrending, each segment
explores the complex nature of human
beings, giving viewers a familiar and real world
perspective of the struggles we face against
time, space, people, and love. Masterfully
crafted with every second counting, this is a
flm that will certainly stay with you for days.
“Not a typical anime”
by Kent Ngo
CENTIMETERS PER SECOND is not
typical Anime. There are no talking
animals. There are no inanimate objects
with faces. There are no intense, overtly
violent scenes. There is only an animated love
story as real as can be. Written and directed
by Makoto Shinkai, 5 CENTIMETERS PER
SECOND spans three sequential, short-story
episodes, each a different time period in the
life of Takaki Tono.
The frst episode is situated when Takaki
is about to enter junior high. After his very
close friend Akari Shinohara moves away,
they try to remain in contact with each other
through letters and phone calls. But when
Takaki learns that his family is moving farther
away, he hitches on a train to see Akari one
last time. The story is told through Takaki’s
narration, with poetic details of his emotions
and thoughts.
Such is also true for Kanae Sumita, who is
introduced in the next segment as a friend in
Takaki’s older teen years. She is a classmate of
Takaki in his new school after moving from his
home in the last episode. Claiming it was “love
at frst sight” when she frst meets Takaki,
she narrates her story with the innocence of
youth. The withering pain of love that cannot
be is a bittersweet theme that purports these
growing stories of young adults.
The animation throughout the flm is stunning,
with every scene taking place in an actual
location in Japan. Makoto brings the audience
into this familiar realm of life, with the spark of
young love and the glisten of beautiful imagery;
it is only a shame that these short stories are
just that--too short.
Co-presented by:
Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana
·
Thu. Oct 11, 2007 7:15pm
UltraStar2 - Fujitsu
Tue. Oct 16, 2007 6:15pm
UltraStar2 - Fujitsu
Japanese w/ English subtitles| 60 min. | Video |
Color | 2007
DIRECTOR: Makoto Shinkai Japan
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One of the leading flmmakers of the Hong Kong new wave during the early ’80s, Patrick Tam returns after a
15-year absence with a flm that is visually (and emotionally) arresting. Set in 1990s Malaysia, Tam’s family drama
dissects the troubled relationship between a loser father (Hong Kong superstar Aaron Kwok) with a gambling
problem and his son who desperately looks up to him. Deserted by their wife and mother, the men drift across
the thin line that divides survival from collapse. Fleeing from loan sharks, the father encourages his son to rob
houses, a scheme with predictably disastrous results. In contrast, the mother is now remarried and living a
comfortable middle-class life. A few years later, the grown-up son returns to his home and, for better or worse,
comes to terms with his loss of innocence.
Hong Kong | Cantonese w/ English
Subtitles | 139 min. | 35mm | 2006
DIRECTOR: Patrick Tam
WRITERS: Patrick Tam, Kai-Leong Tian
PRODUCER: Chiu Li-kuang
CAST: Aaron Kwok, Charlie Yeung,
Gouw Ian Iskander
FEATURES
A battle of naked ambition played out on the national and, ultimately, world stage, AIR GUITAR NATION
chronicles the birth of the U.S. Air Guitar Championships. Legions of aspiring rock stars live out their dreams
on a quest to become the world champion in a strange world where musical ability plays second fddle to
virtual virtuosity (think “American Idol” meets a Star Trek convention). Two aspiring rock legends strum and
strut their way towards glory and the coveted national title. C. Diddy (David Jung), a Korean American samurai
warrior clad in a Hello Kitty breast plate and red kimono, emerges as an early favorite. But his arch nemesis,
Björn Türoque (Dan Crane), is not far behind. While C. Diddy threatens to unleash his self-professed “Asian
Fury’’ on his competitors, Björn vows to take Diddy down.
Full of triumph and hilarity, patriotic spirit and competition, AIR GUITAR NATION won the coveted Best
Audience Award at the SXSW Film Festival and is quickly spawning a cult following in both the flm and the
artform.
USA | 82 min. | 35mm | 2006
DIRECTOR: Alexandra Lipsitz
PRODUCERS: Dan Cutforth, Jane Lipsitz,
Anna Barber
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Cedric
Devitt, Kriston Rucker
Sun. Oct 14, 2007 8:00pm
UltraStar 6 - Time Warner

Thu. Oct 18, 2007 6:30pm
UltraStar1 - Eastlake
*Mature content

Fri. Oct 12, 2007 7:00pm
UltraStar1 - Eastlake

Tue. Oct 16, 2007 8:30pm
UltraStar1 - Eastlake
AFTER THIS OUR EXILE
AIR GUITAR NATION
*Mature Content
*C-Diddy scheduled to attend
Co-presented by:
SingMa Club, Chinese Consolidated
Benevolent Association
Co-presented by:
San Diego Dragon Boat Team,
SDSU Asian Pacifc Student Alliance
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Sun. Oct 14, 2007 12:30pm UltraStar2 - Fujitsu
Thu. Oct 18, 2007 7:15pm UltraStar2 - Fujitsu
Director: John Arlotto | 20 min.
| Video | 2007
After losing his family to
starvation, a North Korean
man risks his life to rebel
against the government by
vandalizing their propaganda
billboards.
From North Korea to Australia, this short flm program will take you around the world in 90 min-
utes. Fasten your seat belts! TRT: 91 min.
deface
SHORTS
the golden voice
the last chip
Director: Heng Tang | 22 min. |
Video | 2006
Madam Fang, a former cabaret
singer, Mrs. Nguyen, a struggling
yum-cha waitress and Sister Ah
Lan, a religious factory worker,
form a sisterhood. They seek
fnancial freedom at a casino to
lift them from their banal lives.
ALL AROUND THE WORLD
Director: Greg Cahill | 25 min. |
Video | 2006
Ros Sereysothea was Cambodia’s
most beloved female rock singer
until revolution turned the
country upside down.
*Mature Content
*Cast and crew scheduled to attend
chiyo
Director: Masanori Baba | 24
min. | Video | 2000
In the summer of 1945, little
Chiyo has been loooking
forward to this year’s O-Bon, a
Buddhist festival during which
the dead are supposed to visit
the living. Chiyo longs to see her
father, who died in the war the
year before.
Co-presented by:
Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana
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Tea importer David Lee Hoffman travels throughout China in search of handcrafted premium teas. Directors
Les Blank and Gina Leibrecht follow this adventurer as he discovers exquisite teas and attempts to overcome
bureaucratic obstacles to buying tea directly from farmers. Hoffman is most interested in teas that have been
handpicked and carefully dried and heated to create the fragrance, color, and taste unique to each tea-maker.
As he admires a cup of tea, he describes the care that went into picking each tea bud, then mourns the
tea-makers who may not be around much longer. China’s emphasis on factory-produced tea treated with
chemical fertilizers is endangering the small farmer who has produced organic tea for generations.
The documentary also reveals every step of the tea-making process, from the picking of the buds to their
slow heating over a wok. Tea experts discuss the history and tradition of tea drinking and its health benefts.
After seeing this flm, you’ll never drink a cup of tea the same way again.
—Chuleenan Svetvilas (SFIFF)
China & USA I 70 min. | Video | Color
| 2006
DIRECTOR: Gina Leibrecht
PRODUCERS: Les Blank, Gina Leibrecht
CAST: David Lee Hoffman, Gaetano
Kazuo Maida, James Norwood Pratt, Song
Diefeng, Winnie W. Yu
FEATURES
Set during World War II, the Nomuras are a Japanese American family from Los Angeles forced to relocate to
a remote internment camp in Utah soon after the Pearl Harbor attack. Lyle Nomura (Aaron Yoo, “Disturbia”)
is a promising young pitcher who loses his baseball scholarship as a result of the internment. Lyle soon butts
heads with Billy Burrell (Gary Cole, “Offce Space”), a career minor league catcher who also happens to be
one of the military guards in charge of policing the camp. Tensions mount when Lyle begins to date Burrell’s
daughter (Sarah Drew). Lyle and Burrell eventually have their confrontation when one day, Lyle’s father
proposes a game between the local town baseball team, captained by Burrell, and a team consisting of the
Japanese American internees.
Beautifully shot and acted, AMERICAN PASTIME gives an accurate depiction of life in the Topaz Internment
Camp. Director Desmond Nakano (“White Man’s Burden”) deftly blends sports elements with historical
accuracy. AMERICAN PASTIME is a triumphant achievement, providing proper focus to a dark chapter in
American history by telling the inspirational tale of how sports can sometimes be more than just a game.
USA | English & Japanese w/ English
Subtitles | 102 min. | Video | 2006
DIRECTOR: Desmond Nakano
WRITERS: Desmond Nakano,
Tony Kayden
PRODUCERS: Kerry Yo Nakagawa,
Barry Rosenbush, Tom Gorai
CAST: Aaron Yoo, Gary Cole,
Leonardo Nam, Sarah Drew,
Masatoshi Nakamura, Judy Ongg,
Kriston Rucker
Tue. Oct 16, 2007 5:30pm
UltraStar 6 - Time Warner
Sat. Oct 13, 2007 2:30pm
UltraStar2 - Fujitsu

Tue. Oct 16, 2007 8:15pm
UltraStar2 - Fujitsu

ALL IN THIS TEA
AMERICAN PASTIME
*Complimentary tea reception
by Infusions of Tea following
program.
*Cast & crew scheduled to attend
Co-presented by:
Infusions of Tea, Chinese Consolidated
Benevolent Association
Co-presented by:
Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana,
Japanese American Historical Society of
San Diego, Japanese American Citizens
League of San Diego
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Award-winning flmmaker Hosup Lee made his mark during SDAFF ’05, winning the Best Documentary
Award with “And Thereafter.” This year, he returns with the second in his trilogy of documentaries on Korean
military brides, AND THEREAFTER II. The flm follows Ajuma, one of thousands of Korean women who
married American servicemen and immigrated to the United States with hopes for a better life. Widowed, she
leads an isolated existence in southern New Jersey. A former prostitute, Ajuma is alienated from both Korean
and American society, and spends most of her free time on gambling trips to Atlantic City. At frst, Ajuma is
unwilling to recollect her past and the conficts between the director and subject begin to undermine the
project, but eventually she begins to open up to the flmmaker, almost to the other extreme. The fascinating
but foul-mouthed Ajuma unfinchingly recounts her past and speaks with scathing honesty on men and aging.
AND THEREAFTER II is riveting and thoughtful flmmaking, with a surprising twist at the end and even a
glimmer of hope you don’t see coming.
USA | Korean w/ English Subtitles | 56
min. | Video | Color | 2006
DIRECTOR: Hosup Lee
WRITER: Hosup Lee
PRODUCERS: Hosup Lee, Hyun-ock Im
FEATURES
Director Romeo Candido’s supernatural thriller ANG PAMANA: THE INHERITANCE is a spectacle of
atmospheric chills that takes its inspiration from age-old Filipino folklore. In his second feature, Candido has
crafted a marvelously fun picture that is sure to please fans of the horror genre.
Siblings Johnny and Anna travel back to the Philippines for their grandmother’s funeral. Their inheritance? Her
opulent country estate. With their sexy socialite cousin Vanessa leading the way, the three take a trip to their
new property and meet Tommy, the estate’s mentally challenged resident, and one who may have psychic
abilities. When Vanessa invites some local boys to the estate for some excitement, their day of adventure
turns into a waking nightmare when one of the boys suffers a mysterious death. Soon the cousins discover
that their grandmother’s tales of spirits and monsters hiding in the forest are more than just urban legend; in
order to save his family, Johnny must recall not only Grandmother’s stories, but their lessons as well.
—Christopher Au (SFIAAFF)
Canada & Phillippines | Tagalog w/ English
Subtitles | 87 min. | 35mm | 2006
DIRECTOR: Romeo Candido
WRITERS: Romeo Candido,
Carmen De Jesus
PRODUCER: Caroline Mangosing
CAST: Darrel Gamotin, Nadine Villasin,
Phoemela Baranda, Nicoo Lorenzo
Garcia
Fri. Oct 12, 2007 5:15pm
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Mon. Oct 15, 2007 8:35pm
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Thu. Oct 11, 2007 9:45pm
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Sun. Oct 14, 2007 7:45pm
UltraStar2 - Fujitsu
*Mature Content
AND THEREAFTER II
ANG PAMANA: THE INHERITANCE
*Mature content
Co-presented by:
Filipino American Chamber of
Commerce of San Diego, Philippine
American Business Improvement and
Development, Mabuhay Alliance,
SDSU Andres Bonifacio Samahan,
CSUSM Kamalayan Alliance
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ANIMATION SPOTLIGHT INTERVIEW:
UNDER THE HONEY CHESTNUT TREE
Hyun-min Lee is an animator from Seoul, South Korea. She came to the United States in 2000, and has earned a degree in painting
from Wesleyan University and a Masters degree in animation from the California Institute of the Arts. She enjoys working in all areas
of animation, but her work mainly focuses on traditional hand drawn techniques. She cites the early Disney flms as an infuence on
her work, and has spent time training with animators Eric Goldberg and Bert Klein. Hyun-min currently resides in the Greater Los
Angeles area and continues to work on various animation projects.
By Sam Chen
What inspired the story of UNDER THE HONEY CHESTNUT TREE?
The person who has been the biggest inspiration in my life is my mother, and since she passed away a few years ago I was
left with countless memories of the times I spent with her. I thought animation was the best medium to pay tribute to
those memories, for me and for my family, so as soon as I properly learned how to animate I had to make a flm about all
the things that I missed about her.
Your style is so reminiscent of classic Disney animation. What is your favorite Disney animated flm, and which one(s) have
you learned the most from?
One of my favorites is “Robin Hood” because I used to watch it as a kid. I also really like “Cinderella”, “The Three
Caballeros,” and “Aladdin” and a lot of the old Disney shorts that would run Sunday mornings. We’d record them and I’d
watch them over and over. I’ve learned a lot from those bits of classic animation that make you completely forget the fact
that they were hand-drawn by someone. I’d like to be able to create such memorable characters for people someday.
What would be your ultimate dream job in animation?
My dream would be to ultimately be a lead animator that a director could depend on to do a character right. The classic
Disney animators would be given a character and the director knew they could just do it—they had total confdence in
their work and ability. I would be very happy if I could reach a point where people would have that sort of confdence in
me, and I hope the work I produce can be a big part of making the flm an enjoyable experience for the audience.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
I like to watch a lot of flms, but I also enjoy watching people around me like my family and
friends and seeing their daily emotions and reactions. No person, life, or day is exactly the
same as the other and the fact that animation can capture everything from the most subtle
responses to the most outrageous pieces of imagination is what inspires me to continue
working.
Word has it that you are the frst Asian woman to work in Disney’s
hand-drawn department as a 2D apprentice animator. Tell us more
about this position and what it means to you.
I am starting as an animation apprentice in October, which is an
animator-in-training. I am very excited and honored to
be chosen for this position. I have been told that
I might be the frst female Asian hand drawn
traditional animator in the department
at Disney, but there have been Asian
female animators in the
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Director: James Jaculina | 2 min.
| Video | 2007
Bruce Lee is resurrected in this
“balls to the wall” tribute set in
a retro-psychedelic ‘70s-esque
world.
medium: Traditional
How do you coax life out of thin air? Find out in this program dedicated entirely to the
Magical Art of Animation. TRT: 89 min.
BADASS MOFOS
SHORTS
Director: David Chai | 8 min. |
Video | 2006
What happens if your wildest
dreams of acquring every woman
on Earth were to come true?
medium: Traditional & Digital
COLE NEEDS WOMEN
ANIMATION: THE ILLUSION OF LIFE
Director: Dave Quion | 3 min. |
Video | 2005
Mild mannered Johnny was
sitting in his boring cubicle when
his computer short-circuited,
gave him magical super powers
and transformed him into...the
Bastard.
medium: Traditional
THE BASTARD
Director: Sookyoung Choi | 3
min. | Video | 2007
A surreal and horrifc world
of attacking eyeballs and
extraterrestrial fast-food
workers.
medium:
Computer Animation
THE SPACE BURGER
Director: Gary Liew | 4 min. |
Video | 2007
Video game hero fghts a cyber
centurion in an action-packed
duel for their lives.
medium: Computer Animation;
Maya
CYCLONE ARMOR
GUARDIAN
Director: Kun-i Chang | 5 min. |
Video | 2006
A man who sees himself as a
graffti on the wall in this eye-
popping visual feast.
medium: Motion Graphics, Live
Action, Computer Animation;
Maya & After Effects
FISSION
Director: Mirai Mizue | 5 min. |
Video | 2007
In a jazzy musical microcosm, a
cell divides and becomes a part
of a larger growing world.
medium: Traditional & Motion
Graphics; Director
LOST UTOPIA
Director: Joe Takayama | 3 min. |
Video | 2006
Algorithmic animation based
on the “peristaltic” movement
of earthworms in this dazzling
display of shapes and forms.
medium: Computer Animation
ANNELIDA
*Mature content / *Cast and crew scheduled to attend
Co-presented by San Diego
Asian Professionals,
Platt College
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Director: Jian Lee | 4 min. |
Video | 2007
A lonely man and woman living
in glass bottles fnd each other
with a little help from a helping
hand.
medium: StopMotion; After
Effects
BOTTLED
Director: Andrew Huang | 3 min.
| Video | 2007
A tale of macabre absurdity, this
stopmotion meets live-action
piece plunges an unwitting offce
worker into a cycle of ghoulish
nightmares during his nightshift.
medium: StopMotion, Live Action,
Computer Animation; Maya &
After Effects
THE GLOAMING
Director: Dongkeun Lee |
4 min. | Video | 2007
Based on an old Korean folktale,
a faceless female ghost stalks and
steals the face of an unlucky soul.
medium: Claymation
EGG GHOST
Director: Zhang Gong | 5 min. |
Video | 2005
A macabre metaphoric tale of
the power struggles that have
defned and defled world history.
medium: Traditional
BLACK PIG WHITE PIG
Director: Will Kim | 5 min. |
Video | 2007
A watercolor journey into the
life, love, and death of a male
and female peacock.
medium: Traditional; After
Effects
NAKED BRANCHES
Director: Ma Fengqing | 12 min. |
Video | 2004
A claymation tour de force
about the perils of setting the
wrong examples, and a curious
son who’s ready to live them.
medium: Claymation
FATHER AND SON
Director: Qin Xiaosong | 6 min. |
Video | 2004
A drunken old man dreams
about a fantastical journey with
the Fairy Peach and cherry
blossoms.
medium: Computer Animation
A DRUNKEN OLD
MAN’S ADVENTURE
Director: PARK Jung-kyu | 8 min.
| Video | 2006
A hapless woman overcomes
her hardships and begins a new
and better life with the help of a
Guardian Angel.
medium: Traditional; Rotoscope
REUNION
Director: Hyun-min Lee | 3 min. |
35mm | 2007
An exquisitely hand-animated
story about a mother and
daughter creating memories
under a chestnut tree.
medium: Traditional
UNDER THE HONEY
CHESTNUT TREE
Director: Gaelle Denis | 6 min. |
35mm | 2004
When Tomoko arrives in London,
she has no idea that soon she
will discover a mysterious secret
hidden beneath the city.
medium: Live Action, Computer
Animation
CITY PARADISE
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USA | 100 min. | Video | Color | 2006
DIRECTOR: Juwan Chung
WRITER: Felix Chan & Juwan Chung
PRODUCER: Jason Serrato
CAST: Tzi Ma, Ron Yuan, David Hyunh,
Feodor Chin, Kenny Choi, Linn Ko,
Kenzo Lee, Peter Cho, Christina Stacey
Dubbed by some critics as the Asian American “Boyz n the Hood,” Juwan Chung’s second feature flm BABY
is undeniably a slice of urban ganglife type of flm. The title character, Baby, is a motherless 11-year-old boy
who is taken under the wing of the gangsters next door in East Los Angeles during the 1990s. One dark
evening ends with Baby shooting a rival gang member, landing him seven years in juvenile hall. The adult Baby,
played by newcomer David Huynh, re-enters society but has no real opportunities to change his life. The
only father fgure he really has is the gang ringleader Benny (Fedor Chin). The hardened and disillusioned
Baby attempts to pick up the pieces of the adolescence he never had in the underbelly of Monterey Park and
Alhambra. Can Baby walk the straight and narrow path, or will he join his gang family once again? Huynh’s
portrayal of Baby is one of the most memorable performances in the flm festival, one that conveys both
ferocity and yet loneliness and vulnerability. It is rare to see a flm about Asian American gang culture, even
rarer to see it executed with stylized direction and a supreme cast.
FEATURES
Ato Bautista’s savvy second feature flm reinvigorates the Filipino thriller. Gil (Robin Padilla) suffers frequent
blackouts due to his heavy drinking. His inability to control his alcoholism drives his wife away, leaving Gil to
take care of his son, Nino (John Michael Reyes). In despair, Gil promises to quit drinking and reunify the family.
But one night, Gil experiences another blackout. This time, he is left with a mysterious bloody rear bumper on
his tattered Mercedes. In the calamitous aftermath his life spirals into hysteria as he struggles to uncover the
real story hidden by his fragmented viewpoint, one where the lines between real and unreal are blurred.
Bautista plays with rapid imagery through deftly edited sequences to parallel Gil’s scattered mind. Delivering
a powerful, nuanced performance, Padilla captures one man’s desperate attempt to regain a normal, sober life
for his beloved family. Bautista’s keen ability to switch between reality and illusion establishes BLACKOUT as a
standout flm in the thriller genre.
—Viet-Ly Nguyen
Philippines | Tagalog w/ English Subtitles |
85 min. | 35mm | Color | 2006
DIRECTOR: Renato Bautista
WRITER: Shugo Praico
PRODUCER: Tony Gloria
CAST: Robin Padilla, Iza Calzado,
John Michael Reyes, Ella Guevarra
Fri. Oct 12, 2007 9:30pm
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Mon. Oct 15, 2007 8:50pm
UltraStar2 - Fujitsu
Sat. Oct 13, 2007 8:45pm
UltraStar 7 - Harrah’s

Wed. Oct 17, 2007 9:30pm
UltraStar 7 - Harrah’s
BABY
BLACKOUT
*Mature Content
*Director and crew scheduled to attend
Co-presented by:
UCR - Asian Pacifc Student Programs
Offce, UCSD Multi-Asian Student
Association
Co-presented by:
Filipino American Chamber of
Commerce of San Diego,
House of the Philippines, Filipino Press,
Mabuhay Alliance, USD Filipino Ugnayan
Student Organization
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Vietnam & USA | English, Tagalog &
Vietnamese w/ English Subtitles I 60 min.
| Video | 2007
DIRECTOR: Duc Nguyen
WRITER: Duc Nguyen
PRODUCER: Duc Nguyen
CAST: Tung Trinh, William E. Cloonan,
Lam Phan, Carlos Caagusan
FEATURES
Thu. Oct 11, 2007 7:45pm
UltraStar1 - Eastlake
BOLINAO 52
In 1988, 110 people boarded a boat to fee persecution in their homeland of Vietnam. Unfortunately, the boat
immediately ran into a storm and the engine failed a day into the journey, stranding the boat at sea. Nineteen
days later, a U.S. Navy warship, the U.S.S. Dubuque discovered the boat. However, instead of rescuing the
refugees, the U.S. warship continued on. Starving and lacking drinking water, the boat people eventually
resorted to cannibalism in order to survive. After drifting at sea for 37 days, the boat was saved by Filipino
fsherman from the village of Bolinao. Out of the 110 passengers, only 52 people survived and BOLINAO 52
is the gripping account of this ill-fated journey.
BOLINAO 52 documents the account of one survivor of this tragic incident, Tung Trinh, as she journeys back
to Philippines to confront her demons and gain a sense of closure. Along the way, she also meets face-to-
face with a man who was a sailor on the U.S.S. Dubuque and we learn more about how a U.S. Navy ship
could have possibly left starving refugees to die at sea. Vietnamese American director Duc Nguyen, himself
a surviving boat person, skillfully presents the tale of a woman coming to grips with an unspeakably horrifc
time in her life, while simultaneously preserving the story of an avoidable tragedy.
Co-presented by:
Vietnamese American Youth Alliance,
SDSU Vietnamese Student Association,
Filipino American Chamber of Commerce
of San Diego, Philippine American Youth
Organization, CSUSM Vietnamese
American Student Association
KYOCERA
Salutes
Asian
Cinema
Bring on
the popcorn
and enjoy
the show!
North American Headquarters
8611 Balboa Avenue
San Diego, CA 92123
Tel: (858) 576-2600
www.kyocera.com
KYOCERA is pleased to serve as a corporate sponsor of the 8th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival.
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Thu. Oct 18, 2007 5:45pm UltraStar 6 - Time Warner

Director: Louis R. Sweeney |
13 min. | Video | 2007
After eloping in Las Vegas, Sean
and his Filipino girlfriend try to
hide their marriage from her
parents.
The gap between generations can sometimes become as wide as a canyon. This beautiful collection
of short flms explores what happens when family members try to break down the barriers that
separate them. TRT: 85 min. *Mature content
POTLUCK
SHORTS
Director: Jennifer Tippins | 6 min.
| Video | 2007
A mother and her daughter
dream of spending the day
together when the reality of life
as a single, working parent keep
them apart.
medium: Traditional Animation
BAI RI MENG
Director: Jae-ho Chang | 10 min.
| Video | 2006
On this fnal journey, a mother
and son contemplate their last
remaining moments together.
Director: Shyam Balse | 21 min.
| Video | 2006
Govinda, a California doctor,
is forced to return to his
motherland in India when his
estranged father falls ill. When
Govinda tries to administer
treatment, his father has other
plans that send both of them
on a journey into their pasts.
MONSOON THE LAST VACATION
BRIDGING THE GAP
Director: PJ Raval |15 min. |
Video | 2006
When director Joseph Chu
puts out a casting call for a flm
based on his own family, he
never expects his own father to
audition for the lead role.
LEAD ROLE: FATHER
Director: Debbie Formoso | 20
min. | Video | 2006
Set against the turbulent
backdrop of a country on the
edge of rebellion, this flm is the
story of one woman’s struggle
to preserve her own sense of
self as her husband’s political
power escalates.
NAGPAPANGGAP
*Cast and crew scheduled to attend
Co-presented by:
Cal State San Marcos Cross-Cultural
Center,
UCSD Cross-Cultural Center
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USA | 74 min. | 35mm | 2006
DIRECTOR: Linda Hattendorf
PRODUCERS: Masa Yoshikawa,
Linda Hattendorf
FEATURES
Sun. Oct 14, 2007 3:15pm
UltraStar 6 - Time Warner

Mon. Oct 15, 2007 6:15pm
UltraStar1 - Eastlake

CATS OF MIRIKITANI
*Director scheduled to attend
Co-presented by:
Japan Society of San Diego and
Tijuana, Japanese American
Historical Society of San Diego,
Buddhist Temple of San Diego,
Japanese American Citizens League
of San Diego, City College World
Cultures Program
2539 Windward Way
Chula Vista, CA 91914
www.RegalaStudio.com
619.216.7220
New York flm editor Linda Hattendorf frst noticed Jimmy Mirikitani freezing cold in the streets of
Manhattan’s Soho, sleeping in front of a grocery store. Later, she returned to buy one of his drawings in
exchange for taking a photograph of him. Thus began a friendship between the Ohio-born New Yorker and
the 80-year-old, homeless Japanese American man. Hattendorf documents their strange relationship and
eventually his life in a very personal, shoe-string budget documentary. Both subject and director’s lives take a
turn following 9/11, when Hattendorf invites the homeless artist to sleep in her home since the Manhattan air
becomes unbreathable.
Stories of Mirikitani’s life begin to unravel as he essentially becomes Hattendorf’s roommate. Mirikitani was
held in the Tule Lake Japanese internment camp for three and a half years of his young life during WWII where
he was coerced to renounce his citizenship even though he was born in Sacramento, CA. Most of his family
had perished when the bomb fell on Hiroshima. These events leave Mirikitani with some bitterness and little
faith in his country.
2006 Audience Award Tribeca Film Festival
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Tue. Oct 16, 2007 7:15pm UltraStar 6 - Time Warner

Warning: You must be willing to laugh out loud to watch this group of comical shorts.
TRT: 78 min.
SHORTS
CRAZYSEXYFUNNY!
Director: Chris Tsou | 6 min. |
Video | 2006
E! True Zoo Story: The Rise and
Fall of Tai Shan the Panda
PANDAMANIA
Director: Craig Rosenthal | 9
min. | Video | 2006
A newbie robber holding up his
frst convenience store is met
with strange surprise.
THE TRAINEE
Director: Louis R. Sweeney |13
min. | Video | 2007
After eloping in Las Vegas, Sean
and his Filipino girlfriend try to
hide their marriage from her
parents.
POTLUCK
Director: Howard Duy Vu | 6
min. | Video | 2006
Political correctness fies out the
window as a group of diverse co-
workers have it out in the break
room.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY
Director: Dylan O’neil | 5 min. |
Video | 2007
Darth Vader’s light saber falls
out of the sky, plunking a young
man on the head, and wreaking
havoc in the modern world.
EPISODE VII
Director: Miqi Huang | 2 min. |
Video | 2006
The mundane life of a human
being is explored through the
eyes of a bear.
AN UNBEARABLE DAY
Director: Joshua Kameyer | 13
min. | Video | 2007
Randy is a whiz at math, but
when probability fails him, he has
to risk the odds if he wants a
shot at true love.
CHANCES ARE
Director: Roman Cortez | 14
min. | Video | 2007
The life and times of those crazy
sign spinners on the street.
SIGNERZ
Director: David Chai | 8 min. |
Video | 2006
What happens if your wildest
dreams of acquring every
woman on Earth were to come
true?
medium: Traditional & Digital
COLE NEEDS WOMEN
*Mature content / *Cast and crew scheduled to attend
Co-presented by:
Asian Accountants of San Diego
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Mon. Oct 15, 2007 6:30pm UltraStar 6 - Time Warner

Ai Ya! We’ve got all your Chinese favor, a few portions of humor, intrigue, and family drama. TRT: 90
minutes
SHORTS
DIM SUM AND THEN SOME
Director: Michelle Hung | 8
min. | 35mm | 2006
Two young sisters will do
anything to skip violin practice.
CHINESE DUMPLINGS
Director: Allen Ho | 5 min. |
Video | 2007
An Asian American student
attempts to shatter the silence
formed by language barriers with
his parents.
SILENCE
Director: Kathy Huang | 25 min. |
Video | 2006
Competing in one of America’s
oldest ethnic beauty pageants, a
high school student from Seattle
wrestles with issues of identity.
MISS CHINATOWN, U.S.A.
Director: Kevin Lau | 18 min. |
Video | 2007
On New Year’s Eve, a mysterious
stranger holds a restaurant
owner and his family hostage,
exacting a long-sought
vengeance.
YEAR OF THE DOG
Director: Chris Tsou | 6 min. |
Video | 2006
E! True Zoo Story: The Rise and
Fall of Tai Shan the Panda.
PANDAMANIA
Director: MiQi Huang | 10 min.
| Video | 2006
The pain of a teenage girl’s
secret abortion is seen through
the eyes of an inadvertant
observer – her eight-year-old
sister.
GUA ZI
Director: Franklin Peterson |
18 min. | Video | 2007
A decade after her German
mother passes away, Sandra’s
Chinese father decides to get a
mail order bride.
MY FATHER’S
CHINESE WIFE
Co-presented by:
Chinese School of San Diego,
San Diego Chinese Women’s
Association
S. Korea | Korean w/ English Subtitles|
141 min. | 35mm | 2006
DIRECTOR: Yu Ha
WRITER: Yu Ha
CAST: Jo In-seong, Cheon Ho-jin, Nam-
gung Min, Lee Bo-young, Yun Je-moon, Jin
Gu, Park Hyo-joon, Heo Yi-jae
FEATURES
At Osaka’s Cafe Rakkyo, a nightclub where young male hosts provide alcohol and companionship to their
wealthy female clientele, charismatic Issei is by far the top earner. The handsome well-dressed hosts, in an
unusual twist on the Japanese Geisha tradition, use their charm, humor and knowledge of the female psyche
to induce women to spend exorbitant sums of money on expensive alcohol.
Director Jake Clennell takes us on an entertaining but thoroughly unjudgmental journey into this fascinating
underworld, from the apparently smitten young women who love being put on a pedestal by the dashing
hosts to the hosts themselves, who rationalize that they are providing needed services. However, things
are not like they frst seem at Cafe Rakkyo, and the flm provides shocking twists and turns along the way,
culiminating with a mind-blowing revelation that may cause you to question everything you have seen. More
than a documentary about Japanese host clubs, THE GREAT HAPPINESS SPACE provides insights into the
love/hate relationship between the genders that has existed since dawn of time.
Japan | Japanese w/ English subtitles | 76
min. | Video | 2006
DIRECTOR & PRODUCER: Jake Clennell
Thu. Oct 11, 2007
7:30pm
UltraStar 6 - Time Warner

Wed. Oct 17, 2007
9:15pm
UltraStar 6 - Time Warner
*Mature content
Sat. Oct 13, 2007 7:45pm
UltraStar2 - Fujitsu

Wed. Oct 17, 2007 6:45pm
UltraStar2 - Fujitsu

A DIRTY CARNIVAL
THE GREAT HAPPINESS SPACE: TALE
OF AN OSAKA LOVE THIEF
Byung-doo (Jo In-seong) is a cocky, low-level gangster. While he’s respected among his peers, a series of
bad breaks has prevented him from rising in the criminal ranks. That changes when a wealthy industrialist
approaches Byung-doo’s mob family about killing a public prosecutor. Byung-doo seizes the opportunity and
does the deed, laying the bloody groundwork for his advancement.
Between criminal assignments, Byung-doo reconnects with two people from his past: Min-ho (Nam-gung Min),
an old friend and aspiring flmmaker; and Hyeon–ju, an old fame. When things sour with the girl, Byung-doo
pours out his heart, as well as the details of his hoodlum life, to Min-ho. Byung-doo gets the shock of his
criminal life when he sees his dark secrets revealed during the premiere of Min-ho’s movie. His bosses aren’t
amused either, as Byung-doo quickly learns his brutal advancement has come with a price.
Combining primal, impressive fght sequences and a ruthlessly enjoyable plotline, A DIRTY CARNIVAL is
part gangster classic and part relationship drama. Above all, it proves that criminals may rise and fall, but they
usually end up more than a little dirty.
*Mature Content
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Co-presented by:
Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana,
Cal State San Marcos Japanese Club
Screening Sponsors:
Co-presented by:
Korean American Association
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Wed. Oct 17, 2007 5:30pm UltraStar1 - Eastlake
*Mature Content
A collection of short flms that deal with what happens during the afterlife when you don’t end up in
heaven or hell. TRT: 86 min.
SHORTS
HEAVEN IS TOO FAR AWAY
Director: Dongkeun Lee | 4
min. | Video | 2007
Based on an old Korean
folktale, a faceless female ghost
stalks and steals the face of an
unlucky soul.
EGG GHOST
Director: Paul Yacono | 23 min. |
Video | 2007
A surreal mystery fable based on
an ancient Japanese story about
a traditional Japanese tattoo
artist, who discovers that he is
both dead and alive at the same
time.
MU
Director: Chihwen Lo | 3 min. |
Video | 2006
A group of people tries to fy
away to look for their satisfying
world where hopes and
spectacular rainbows exist.
TRUTH OR RAINBOWS
Director: Jennie Na | 22 min. |
Video | 2007
Sometimes the most meaningful
moments in life are hidden
within times we’d rather forget...
THIS SOLACE ETERNAL
Director: Nathan Adolfson | 16
min. | Video | 2007
Walter is a man lost in a sea
of confusion, headaches and
strange visions of fsh.
BETA
Director: Jang Cheol-soo | 17
min. | 35mm | 2006
A couple tries to share a nice
dinner together in the afterlife.
Unfortunately, their earthly
bickering continues.
ESCALATOR TO HEAVEN
(“CHUN-KOK-EUI ESCA-
LATOR”)
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Tue. Oct 16, 2007 12:45pm UltraStar 7 - Harrah’s
As part of our frst-ever Youth Day, we’re offering a free sampling of short flms for local
students. Join us as we whip up some animation, stir in a couple of documentaries, add a dash of
experimental flm and top this program with a pinch of music videos. TRT: 64 min.
SHORTS
HIGH SCHOOL MATINEE
Director: Michelle Hung | 8
min. | 35mm | 2006
Two young sisters will do
anything to skip violin practice.
CHINESE DUMPLINGS
Director: Mina T. Son | 5 min. |
Video | 2007
Vu has struggled with
compulsive binge eating and
gastric bypass surgery. Now that
he has shed the excess weight,
he still yearns to gain acceptance
from his ethnic community.
PAST THE FOOD
Director: Jerry Chan | 5 min. |
Video | 2007
An experimental short flm
that remixes the frenzied sights
and sounds of the Los Angeles
landscape to uncover the rhythm
and melody of the city.
DJ:LA
Director: Alex C. Munoz |
14 min. | Video | 2007
A short documentary about a
Cambodian youth who makes a
life-changing decision to quit a
Cambodian gang and is initiated
into the possibility of hope for a
better future.
LIL SKRAPPY BOY
Director: Kun-i Chang | 5 min. |
Video | 2006
A man who sees himself as a
graffti on the wall in this eye-
popping visual feast.

FISSION
Director: Tadashi Nakamura |
22 min. | Video | 2006
The inspiring story of
how an abandoned WWII
concentration camp for
Japanese Americans has been
transformed into a symbol of
retrospection and solidarity
for people of all ages, races and
nationalities in our post 9/11
world.
PILGRIMAGE
Director: Karen Lin | 5 min. |
Video | 2000
Combining the style of in-camera
performance and the spoken
word poetry of acclaimed artist
Kelly Tsai, this flm captures the
powerful words of her anti-war
poem against a backdrop of
charged NYC images.
BYSTANDING: THE
BEGINNING OF AN
AMERICAN LIFETIME
Screening Sponsors:
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Japan | Japanese w/ English Subtitles |
108 min. | 35mm | 2006
DIRECTOR: Lee Sang-il
WRITERS: Lee Sang-il, Daisuke Habara
PRODUCER: Hitomi Ishihara
CAST: Yasuko Matsuyuki,
Etsushi Toyokawa, Yu Aoi, Shizuyo
Yamazaki
FEATURES
Young-goon (Lim Su-jeong, “Tale of Two Sisters” SDAFF ‘04) is girl who thinks that she is a cyborg who must
avenge her grandmother. She his admitted to psychiatric ward, where she meets Il-soon (Korean pop star
Rain), a handsome young man who thinks that he can steal people’s souls. Young-goon refuses to eat food
because she believes that as a cyborg, she needs only electrical charges from a transistor radio to survive.
Young-goon and Il-soon become drawn into a romantic relationship. As Young-goon’s physical condition
continues to deteriorate, Il-soon enlists the help his fellow patients to save her life.
Not since “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” has a flm so engrossingly taken viewers deep into the minds
of the mentally ill, without an ounce of condescendence. Director Park Chan-wook (“Oldboy”) affrms his
place among the world’s greatest flmmakers by straying far from his typically violent flms to create a world
that is at the same time breathtaking in its visual brilliance and humorously quirky. Rain, Time Magazine’s most
infuential person of 2007, is spectacular in his feature flm debut and his co-star Lim Su-jeong demonstrates
why she is one of the top young actresses in Asia.
S. Korea | Korean w/ English Subtitles |
105 min. | 35mm | 2006
DIRECTOR: Park Chan-wook
WRITERS: Park Chan-wook,
Jeong Seo-gyeong
CAST: Lim Su-jeong, Rain (Bi)
Sun. Oct 14, 2007 4:30pm
UltraStar 7 - Harrah’s

Mon. Oct 15, 2007 8:00pm
UltraStar1 - Eastlake
Sat. Oct 13, 2007 6:00pm
UltraStar 7 - Harrah’s

Tue. Oct 16, 2007 7:00pm
UltraStar 7 - Harrah’s
*Mature content
HULA GIRLS
I’M A CYBORG BUT THAT’S OK
Iwaki is a remote mining town in northern Japan that would be right at home in America’s rust belt, and
with its coal mine closing, its future looks grim. In a desperate attempt to save the local economy the town
elders decide to cash in on the Polynesian craze that’s sweeping the world (the movie is set in 1965), so they
announce they’re building a Hawaiian theme park--complete with a hula dancing troupe. The only problem: no
one in Iwaki knows how to dance the hula. Also, no one in Iwaki has ever been to Hawaii. Actually, no one in
Iwaki has ever really left the city limits. Once they import an alcoholic hula teacher from Tokyo who’s on the
run from bad debts, things get worse as the respectable local women refuse to participate in “indecent” hula
dancing and the only people who sign up for the classes are a handful of misfts.
Korean-Japanese director Lee Sang-Il (“Scrap Heaven”) rewrites the conventions of the “team of underdog”
genre (see: “The Full Monty”). It’s not hard to see why this fick, based on a true story, rocked the Japanese
box offce and swept the Japanese Academy Awards. HULA GIRLS reminds its audience that there’s nothing
to be ashamed of if you come out of a movie feeling good and wanting to put on a lei and a tapa and swing
your hips to a hula mele.
Co-presented by:
Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana,
Japanese American Citizens League of San
Diego
Screening Sponsors:
Co-presented by:
www.kidsland.tv
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On the eve of Macau’s handover to China, police offcer Shing is having the worst time of his life. Suspended
for suspected corruption, he tries to fnd solace with an elfn creature by the name of Yan, whom he
just picks up. As he tries to smooth-talk her into bed, she suddenly snaps back with the biggest turn-off
imaginable: that she is the daughter he never knew existed! While Shing desperately tries to hold himself
together, his bachelor life inevitably falls apart as Yan insists on living under his roof. Together the two of them
start roaming through exotic Macau, tracking down Yan’s missing puppy and striving to acquaint with each
other. No sooner has Shing grown into his new role as a father than he fnds his hands full. When Yan is not
fghting with his girlfriend Kate, she is being bothered by her dorky classmate Fai.
China | Cantonese w/ English Subtitles |
91 min. | 35mm | 2005
DIRECTOR: Ho-Cheung Pang
WRITER: Ho-Cheung Pang
PRODUCER: John Chong
CAST: Chapman To Isabella Leong
FEATURES
Thu. Oct 11, 2007 9:15pm
UltraStar1 - Eastlake

Sun. Oct 14, 2007 7:30pm
UltraStar 6 - Time Warner

*Mature content
ISABELLA
Experience Hitachi
www.hitachi.us/digitalmedia
Proud Sponsor of the 2007 San Diego Asian Film Festival
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Thu. Oct 11, 2007 4:45pm UltraStar1 - Eastlake
Sat. Oct 13, 2007 12:30pm UltraStar1 - Eastlake
No matter what our differences, we all seek the same thing - the right to life.
TRT: 95 minutes *Mature content
SHORTS
KNOW JUSTICE, KNOW PEACE
ILLEGAL
Director: Ling Liu | 26 min. |
Video | 2006
“Offcer Tsukamoto” examines
the 1970 unsolved murder of
one of the frst Asian American
police offcers in the country--a
crime that captured the racial
and political complexity of a
turbulent American era.
OFFICER TSUKAMOTO
Director: Ron Najor | 3 min. |
Video | 2006
A true rallying cry during these
diffcult political times.
IRAQ - TIMZ
Director: Rain Breaw | 16 min. |
Video | 2007
A family of Cambodian Khmer
Rouge survivors fnds hope
when they reach out to a young
illegal immigrant.
UNDERPASS
Director: Tam Tran | 5 min. |
Video | 2007
Follow Stephanie, an
undocumented student at
UCLA, as she attempts to
regain what she’s lost.
LOST AND FOUND
Director: Tadashi Nakamura |
22 min. | Video | 2006
The inspiring story of how an
abandoned WWII concentration
camp for Japanese Americans has
been transformed into a symbol
of retrospection and solidarity
for people of all ages, races and
nationalities in our post 9/11
world.
PILGRIMAGE
Director: Andrew Oh | 22 min.
| Video | 2006
Daniel and Jessica are a happily
married couple on the verge of
realizing the American dream.
But when they hire Carlos, an
illegal immigrant from Mexico,
irreversible events are set in
motion that jeopardize all that
they have worked so hard to
achieve.
Co-presented by:
American Civil Liberties Union,
Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Asian Pacifc American Law Student
Association, City of San Diego
Public Library
*Mature content / *Cast & crew scheduled to attend
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Sun. Oct 14, 2007 5:30pm UltraStar2 - Fujitsu
From the sandy shores of San Diego, a collection of short flms made in or about America’s Finest City.
TRT: 82 minutes
SHORTS
LOCALMOTION
Director: Cheryl Kanekar | 21
min. | Video | 2007
Three perspectives on the war
on terror: a suicidal Afghani, an
American patriot, and a young
woman who notices something
strange at a carnival.
ALGORITHMS
Director: Rain Breaw | 16 min. |
Video | 2007
A family of Cambodian Khmer
Rouge survivors fnds hope
when they reach out to a young
illegal immigrant.
UNDERPASS
Directors: Karl Gindelberger,
Joseph Dicara | 15 min. | Video
| 2007
One night, one moment, three
friends make a choice that can
change their lives forever or
destroy them.
THE NIGHT BOYS
Director: Martin R. Johnson | 23
min. | Video | 2007
A young Vietnamese American
girl struggles to balance her two
cultures while a life changing
decision will inevitably leave her
torn.
JADED LOVE
Director: Brian D. Kim | 7 min. |
Video | 2007
A young Einstein dreams of a
visually surreal world in which
time fows in reverse.
EINSTEIN’S DREAM
Co-presented by:
San Diego Filmmakers
*Mature content / *Cast & crew scheduled to attend
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Sat. Oct 13, 2007 6:15pm UltraStar 6 - Time Warner
Tue. Oct 16, 2007 8:45pm UltraStar 6 - Time Warner
This entertaining short flm program examines the diffculties single people today face when seeking
love. We are young! TRT: 79 minutes.
SHORTS
LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD
Director: Rehana Mirza | 5 min.
| Video | 2006
Two young Indian Americans
meet to begin a beautiful
relationship, but all is not what
it seems.
MODERN DAY
ARRANGED MARRIAGE Director: Joe Doughrity | 15 min.
| Video | 2007
An Asian man infatuated with hip
hop meets a black woman with
a passion for cooking. Can they
put aside racial differences to
give love a chance?
AKIRA’S HIP HOP SHOP
Director: Thom Harp | 21 min. |
Video | 2007
When Arthur, a writer at
a fortune cookie factory,
accidentally sends a love letter to
his ex-girlfriend into the printing
press, every cookie at every
restaurant reveals a piece of his
broken heart.
FORTUNE HUNTERS
Director: Karen Lin | 3 min. |
Video | 2007
Won’t you be the best of me
or will you be just another
memory?
IRONY - SERIOUSLY
Director: Charles Yi | 22 min. |
Video | 2007
A young man tells his best
friend about an amazing girl
he met. In the course of his
story, we learn about both his
current and past relationships.
Each individual discovers their
own meaning of how past
boyfriends/girlfriends affect
future relationships.
TRAFFIC IN THE SKY
Director: Jung-a, Lee | 13 min. |
35mm | 2006
A love triangle between three
Korean high school students
leads to a surprise ending--at
least for one of them.
IT’S OVER
*Mature content / *Cast & crew scheduled to attend
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136 - MIDIVAL PUNDITZ
Director: Ajay Naidu | 6 min. | Video | 2007
MIDIval PunditZ has created a unique and expansive artistic vision that marries the soulful elegance
of South Asia’s extraordinarily rich traditional and classical music heritage with the exuberance and
limitless potential of modern Western electronic music.
MASH IT UP - KXL
Director: Steve Mallorca | 4 min. | Video | 2007
A new breed of soundclash, KXL brings you to the meeting place of dance hall ragga, electro beat
and rock. Pulsing beats, punchy guitars, lo-f sitars, dhol, tablas, and dub vibrations mash it up and
swirl in and out at you.
CHAMPION - NATIVE GUNS
Director: Patricio Ginelsa | 5 min. | Video | 2007
Los Angele’s Native Guns give us a tour of the poor conditions of their neighborhood while
empowering the youth through media.
FADEOUT - +/-
Director: Chris Deaner | 5 min. | Video | 2007
Take the time you will see, everybody knows what’s been going on.
FLY LIKE A FOX - EE
Director: Sharon Dang | 2 min. | Video | 2007
Layered illustrative graphics combined with resurfaced super 8 flm makes for interesting eye
candy...
IRONY - SERIOUSLY
Director: Karen Lin | 3 min. | Video | 2007
Won’t you be the best of me or will you be just another memory?
MUMTAZ - BOMBAY DUB ORCHESTRA
Director: Huw Jenkins | 4 min. | Video | 2006
Welcome to a world of cinematic lushness where the music will stroke your senses and enamour
the soul, with its uniquely brilliant crossover of orchestral arrangements, modern, lush beats and
synthesizers.
REACHING HIGH - COBRA CON & HINOMARU
Director: James Oda | | 3 min. | Video | 2006
Cobra Con and Hinomaru struttin’ their stuff.
AIN’T NO SUNSHINE - TATUM JONES
Director: Rocky Jo | 3 min. | Video | 2007
A brokenhearted B-Boy dances his sorrows away...
IN THE GOOD - VISIONARIES
Directors: Keykool, Ong, Sambajon | 4 min. | Video | 2007
Here are the roots of L.A.’s quintessential multicultural hip hop group, the Visionaries.
BIG PICTURE - FREQUENCY 5
Director: Brian Wee | 3 min. | Video | 2006
An organized, compulsive offce clerk learns to see the big picture.
THE AVON LADY - CARNIVORES BY NATURE
Director: The Lonely Island | 3 min. | Video | 2007
Two goofballs kidnap an Avon Lady who also happens to be a cloned dinosaur. Starring Kal Penn
Remember the days when MTV played music videos nonstop? We’re bringing
that back--Asian style. *FREE program in the theater lobby.
TRT: 102 min.
SHORTS
MVP: MUSIC VIDEO PROGRAM
TATUM JONES
COBRA CON & HINOMARU
SERIOUSLY
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KXL
MIDIVAL PUNDITZ
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THE PROCESS - MY AMERICAN HEART
Director: Shane Drake | 3 min. | Video | 2005
After a breakup, don’t get depressed, get angry!
POST 9/11 BLUES? - MC RIZ
Director: Between the Eyes UK | 3 min. | Video | 2007
MTV banned this video for being too “political” and “controversial.”
HANDS UP - ESTAIRY FEATURING EQUIPTO
Director: Evan Leong | 5 min. | Video | 2007
Bay Area hip hop at its fnest.
DRAGON TIGER PANACEA - NEW PANTS
Director: Liu Runlai | 4 min. | Video | 2007
New wave, Beijing style!
MARTYR NYEBERA - KAMIKAZE
Director: Avid Liongoren | 5 min. | Video | 2007
Do not scorn your lover or you will pay the price!
SMILE - FAR*EAST MOVEMENT FEAT. KEN OAK
Director: Todd Angkasuwan | 5 min. | Video | 2007
Man’s most shining moment cannot be measured without knowing his darkest hour.
IRAQ - TIMZ
Director: Ron Najor | 3 min. | Video | 2006
A true rallying cry during these diffcult political times.
FIXING THE RADIO - CIUDAD
Director: Quark Henares | 4 min. | Video | 2007
Happy nonsensical bubblegum.
HANA NO SUKA DANCE - ORESKA BAND
Director: Sony Music Japan I 2 min. | Video | 2007
Don’t worry be happy!
THURSDAY - ASOBI SEKSU
Directors: So Yung Kim, Bradley Rust Gray | 4 min. | Video | 2007
Psychedlic trance pop straight out of Brooklyn.
DUET - MIMI’S AMI
Director: Kaori Kasai | 2 min. | Video | 2004
Cutting edge indie pop from Vancouver, British Columbia.
BYSTANDING: THE BEGINNING OF AN AMERICAN LIFETIME
Director: Karen Lin | 5 min. | Video | 2007
Combining the style of in-camera performance and the spoken word poetry of acclaimed artist
Kelly Tsai, “Bystanding” captures the powerful words of her anti-war poem against a backdrop of
charged NYC images.
INSPIRATION - LOLA FAIR & BABY J
Director: Reign Shaw, Geoff Reisner, Wesley C. | 4 min. | Video | 2007
Tribute to fallen soldiers in Iraq.
FLOOR KIDS - KID KOALA
Director: Jonathan Ng | 1 min. | Video | 2007
What happens when a B-boy dance-off goes awry?
SHORTS
LOLA FAIR & BABY J
MIMI’S AMI
TIMZ
MY AMERICAN HEART
FREQUENCY 5
VISIONARIES
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FEATURES
NA KAMALEI: THE MEN OF HULA
USA | 57 min. | Video | 2006
DIRECTOR: Lisette Kaualena Flanary
WRITER: Lisette Kaualena Flanary
PRODUCER: Lisette Kaualena Flanary
CAST: Robert Uluwehi Cazimero,
Halau Na Kamalei
Sat. Oct 13, 2007 4pm
UltraStar6 - Time Warner
Tue. Oct 16, 2007 4:15pm
UltraStar1 - Eastlake
Mention hula, and most people think
of beautiful, long-haired women in
grass skirts and plumerias, swaying
their hips to the beat of drums and
ukuleles. While hula has evolved into
a form of entertainment, its roots
are much more sacred. Masters
of hula often treat it as a religion,
a way of life. NA KAMALEI: THE
MEN OF HULA unveils part of the
rich history of legendary master
hula teacher, Robert Cazimero,
and Hawaii’s oldest all-male hula
group as they prepare to compete
in the world’s largest hula festival.
Cazimero’s sincere passion and
fery personality push his team of
“hula brothers” to the point of
exhaustion, yet their loyalty to
the Halau is unwavering. Candid
interviews with several of the male
dancers, some who have been with
the group since it began in 1975,
reveal the men faced deeply rooted
cultural and gender stereotypes.
Shame and questions of masculinity,
however, are not allowed in the
Halau Na Kamalei, whose powerful
chants and rigorous performances
are nothing but manly. Extensive
footage of the Halau Na Kamalei’s
journey to the Merrie Monarch
Festival captures many touching
moments of laughter, brotherhood,
and Hawaiian pride. It also provides
fascinating insight into the historical
signifcance of one of Hawaii’s most
well-known, yet misunderstood
traditions.
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Co-presented by: Hui o
Hawaii of San Diego,
Ahahui Kiwila Hawaii o San
Diego, Tula Productions,
Jonathan Tarr Foundation
Q & A w/
Director Lisette
Kaualena Flanary
By Lee Ann Kim
signifcant part of the flm’s success was the access given
to you by the dancers and their hula teacher, Robert
Cazimero. He is one demanding teacher! Where you
taken aback by his style?

No, I wasn’t taken aback by Robert’s style. On the contrary,
I liked that he was such a strong personality and also
extremely honest and real. Hula can be demanding, and
I think that really comes across in the flm as we see the
men prepare for the competition. I do think that there
is a different style of teaching involved when it comes to
teaching men, and really, it made me thankful that I am a
girl! Kidding, but really, while Robert is a demanding teacher,
the students know that he loves them and cares for them
deeply and that he only wanted them to do better. All of
them wanted very much to make him happy and proud.
And they certainly did.

As a female flmmaker, did it take long for you to gain the trust
of these men? I’m sure it helped that you’re a professional hula
dancer, yourself, no?

Being a hula dancer myself defnitely infuences my work. At
frst, I wondered if it made a difference that I was a woman
making a flm about men who danced hula, but I cannot
express enough how wonderful all of these guys in this
school are. There is such a strong feeling of being ‘ohana,
or family, that permeates so much of hula and the Hawaiian
community in general so I felt very, very welcomed.

Anything surprising about the audience’s reaction about NA
KAMALEI: THE MEN OF HULA? Do men respond differently
than women?

I think that both men and women have both really
responded to seeing men express their emotions so freely
and openly. A lot of women have told me that they wished
their partners danced hula because it might help them be
more open with their feelings! I don’t think that men have
responded differently than women to this flm, but I have
had a lot of guys tell me that the hula was a lot tougher
than they thought it was.

I was completely engrossed in the Halau’s journey to the
competition. I’m such a sucker for men showing their emotions.
What was the most emotional part for you?

There were many emotional moments for me in making
this flm. Following the halau to the volcano when they
made their offerings of their lei to the goddess Pele I think
was the most exciting and emotional for me. Because it’s
a sacred ritual, Robert had initially told me that he did
not want me to flm that, and I understood why (as a hula
dancer) but was extremely disappointed (as a flmmaker).
After having spent such a long time following the men
leading up to competition, Robert really understood what I
was trying to do with the flm and that my intentions were
pono, or good. When he told me that he had decided to
let me flm, I was super excited. And truly, it’s some of the
most beautiful footage I’ve ever shot.
Preceded by THE KING BOYS
Director: Christopher Clark
15 min. | 35mm | 2006
A boy turns to wrestling to give his life
new purpose.
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USA I 91 min. | Video | Color | 2006
DIRECTOR: Bill Guttentag,
Dan Sturman
SCREENPLAY: Bill Guttentag,
Dan Sturman, & Elisabeth Bentley
PRODUCERS: Ted Leonsis, Bill Guttentag,
Michael Jacobs
CAST: Woody Harrelson, Mariel
Hemingway, Jürgen Prochnow, Hugo
Armstrong, Rosalind Chao, Stephen Dorff
FEATURES
Winner of numerous audience and jury awards, NEW YEAR BABY is a mesmerizing account of director
Socheata Poeuv’s journey to uncover her family’s long-hidden past in Cambodia. During the Christmas holiday,
a shocking secret is revealed during a familiy meeting: her older siblings are not her full siblings--her sisters
were taken in after her aunt’s death in the Killing Fields. Filled with questions, Socheata heads to Cambodia
with her parents. She must balance her journalistic background against a respect for her parents, as the family
struggles to open old, but still-raw wounds. This intimate documentary explores the painful separation and
death of family members under the Khmer Rouge.
Resistant to divulging too much, Socheata’s parents eventually share their story as they revisit places of their
past: from the labor camp where her parents met, to the unmarked grave of her aunt, and the trail her father
took four times to lead his family to safety in Thailand. Refusing to allow a nation’s tragedy to be erased, NEW
YEAR BABY gives a voice to one family’s pain and heroism, providing a challenge to the old Khmer Rouge
principle, “If you preserve secrecy, half the battle is won.”
Cambodia & USA | English & Khmer w/
English Subtitles I 74 min. | Video | 2006
DIRECTOR: Socheata Poeuv
WRITER: Charles Vogl
PRODUCER: Charles Vogl & Jason Bolling
Sat. Oct 13, 2007 1:00pm
UltraStar 7 - Harrah’s
Fri. Oct 12, 2007 5:30pm
UltraStar 7 - Harrah’s

Thu. Oct 18, 2007 5:30pm
UltraStar 2 - Fujitsu
Co-presented by:
City of San Diego Public Library
NANKING
NEW YEAR BABY
A powerful, emotional and relevant reminder of the heartbreaking toll war takes on the innocent, NANKING
tells the story of the Japanese invasion of Nanking, China, in the early days of World War II. As part of a
campaign to conquer all of China, the Japanese subjected Nanking – then China’s capital – to months of aerial
bombardment. When the city fell, the Japanese army unleashed murder and rape on a horrifying scale. In the
midst of the rampage, a small group of Westerners banded together to establish a Safety Zone where over
200,000 Chinese found refuge. Unarmed, these missionaries, university professors, doctors and businessmen
bore witness to the events, while risking their own lives to protect civilians from slaughter.
The story is told through deeply moving interviews with Chinese survivors, chilling archival footage and
photos of the events, and testimonies of former Japanese soldiers. At the heart of NANKING is a flmed
stage reading of the Westerners’ letters and diaries, featuring Woody Harrelson, Mariel Hemingway and Jurgen
Prochnow. Through its interweave of archival images, testimonies of survivors, and readings of frst hand
accounts, the flm puts the viewer on the streets of Nanking and brings the forgotten past to startling life.
Co-presented by:
Association for Preserving Historical
Accuracy of Foreign Invasions in China,
Chinese Service Center of San Diego,
San Diego Chinese Historical Museum,
San Diego-Yantai Friendship Society, US-
China Peoples Friendship Association
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Upon turning 18, handsome Su-min (Lee Young Hoon) leaves his countryside orphanage and moves to Seoul
with big dreams. But his hopes of becoming an artist quickly give way to a scramble for survival. After losing
his job at a factory, he ends up in the world of prostitution, turning tricks at an all-male brothel. Already
close to hitting rock bottom, Su Min’s life gets more chaotic with the appearance of Jae Min (Lee Han), a
man whose advances he’s already spurned once. Jae Min (Lee Han), a closeted wealthy executive, begins
a relentless pursuit of Su Min that’s met with an equally adamant refusal. The icy wall eventually melts, as
the two fall into a passionate relationship. But when the realities of family and society surface, will love be
enough?
NO REGRETS is the debut feature from Leesong Hee Il, Korea’s frst openly gay flmmaker. Leesong has
long been a familiar name in the festival circuit, having directed the acclaimed short flms “Sugar Hill,” “Good
Romance,” and “La Traviata.” Bold and haunting, NO REGRETS represents a breakthrough for both Korean
queer cinema and independent flmmaking. Opening in only a handful of Korean theaters, the flm managed
to attract critical reviews, along with 40,000 moviegoers, setting a new box offce record for an indie flm.
S. Korea | Korean w/ English subtitles |
104 min. | 35mm | 2006
DIRECTOR: Leesong Hee-il
WRITER: Leesong Hee-il
CAST: Lee Young-hun, Lee Han, Jo Hyun-
cheol, Kim Dong-wook, Jeong Seung-gil,
Lee Seung-won, Hwang Chun-ha,
Kim Jeong-hwa
FEATURES
Tired of her uncle’s constant verbal abuse, a young orphan girl named Thuy (Han Thi Pham) decides to
run away from her rural home to discover the streets of Saigon. On her own, the spunky and precocious
10-year-old girl joins other children laboring as street vendors selling postcards and fowers. One day Thuy
meets a complex woman she takes a liking to named Lan (Cat Ly), a fight attendant involved in an affair
with a married man. Soon after, Thuy also meets Hai (The Lu Le), a zoo employee who is mending a broken
heart after being jilted by his fancée. Anyone can see where this is going from a mile away, as Thuy strives
to forge a romance between the two lonely adults and form a makeshift family. But this is no ordinary
matchmaking love story. This delicate debut feature from director Stephane Gauger is wrought with charm
and sweetness.
Gauger excellently captures contemporary Saigon with a cutting edge look using handheld camera
techniques and quick editing. The result is a feeling of full immersion into Vietnamese streetlife, where
modern day Saigon is as fascinating as the main trio of characters.
Vietnam & USA | Vietnamese w/ English
subtitles | 97 min. | 35mm | 2006
DIRECTOR: Stephane Gauger
PRODUCERS: Nguyen Van Quan, Doan
Nhat Nam, Stephane Gauger
CAST: Han Thi Pham Cat Ly The Lu Le
Sun. Oct 14, 2007 5:15pm
UltraStar2 - Fujitsu
Sun. Oct 14, 2007 1:45pm
UltraStar 7 - Harrah’s
Wed. Oct 17, 2007 5:00pm
UltraStar 7 - Harrah’s
NO REGRETS
OWL AND THE SPARROW
Preceded By
THE KING BOYS
Director: Christopher Clark
15 min. | 35mm | 2006
Clinging to the memory of his
father who never returned from
war, a boy turns to wrestling to
give his life new purpose.
Co-presented by:
Guys Like Us, www.kidsland.tv
Co-presented by:
Giao Ly Viet Ngu at Good Shepherd
Parish, Vietnamese American Youth
Alliance
*Mature content
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Oct. 12-13 4-9pm
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Fri. Oct 12, 2007 7:15pm UltraStar 7 - Harrah’s

From girl drama and a mad boy crush to a transgender awakening, this menu of flms boasts
something for the entire Queer family. TRT: 89 min.
SHORTS
QUEER DELIGHT: SWEET BUNS AND STICKY RICE
Director: Hong Khaou | 9 min. |
35mm | 2006
Sixteen-year-old Leung longs
for a secret wish he’ll have to
fght for.
SUMMER
Director: Jung-a, Lee | 13 min. |
35mm | 2006
A love triangle between three
Korean high school students
leads to a surprise ending--at
least for one of them.
IT’S OVER
Directors: Carolyn Goossen,
Daffodil Altan | 14 min. | Video
| 2006
A revealing look at the life of a
24-year-old, transgender college
student going through hormone
treatment.
MOOKEY’S STORY
Director: Kevin Choi | 13 min. |
Video | 2007
A one-night stand burns with
intellectual and physical passion.
DISSOLUTION OF
BODIES
Director: Cathy Begien | 15
min. | Video| 2005
If you asked everyone in your
family to speak openly about
you for two minutes, what
would they say? Cathy found
out.
RELATIVE DISTANCE
Director: Jay Esguerra | 5 min. |
Video | 2007
A queer Asian youth comes
to terms with his sexual and
religious identity with the help
of a delicious dessert.
CAN YOU KEEP A
SECRET
Director: PJ Raval | 15 min. |
Video | 2006
When director Joseph Chu
puts out a casting call for a flm
based on his own family, he
never expects his own father
to audition for the lead role.
LEAD ROLE: FATHER
Director: Rehana Mirza | 5 min.
| Video | 2006
Two young Indian Americans
meet to begin a beautiful
relationship, but all is not what
it seems.
MODERN DAY
ARRANGED MARRIAGE
Co-presented by:
Asian American Journalists Association SD Chapter
Asian Pacifc Islander Community AIDS Project
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
Project STAR (Supporting Transgender Access to Resources)
SD LGBT Community Center - Women’s Resource Center
The LGBT Resource Center of SDSU
UCSD LGBT Resource Center
*Mature content / *Cast & crew scheduled to attend
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By Michael Chen
PJ, your flm seemed very intimate and personal. How much of it was based on the
relationship with your father?
I’d say it’s based more on the emotions surrounding our relationship rather
than actual events. Initially I knew I wanted to make a flm based on my
relationship with my father though I didn’t know what it was going to be
about—so I decided to make a flm about that in certain ways. Halfway
through writing my script I got a phone call form my father asking me to visit.
That visit heavily infuenced the making of the flm
Has your father and the rest of your family seen the flm? How did they react?
Yes, my family has seen it. They reacted well, though I honestly didn’t know
what to expect. In the past I’d always been more private with them when it
came to my work, so I think they were more moved by the fact that I was
trying to share something personal with them.
How’s your relationship with your father today?
Great. We defnitely see more eye to eye these days. I think part of it is we’ve
grown together and are more willing to break from our past parent-child
relationship and enter a father-son relationship on more of an equal footing.
It’s more about present and future and not about the hang-ups in the past.
Plus, he can’t ground me anymore.
The end of the flm was a stunner. Did it at all resemble your own coming out?
No! I don’t think I could ever fnd a way to actually push my father; it’s the
whole familial piety thing you know? It makes me uneasy just to think about it!
But these are the reasons why I chose that exact ending. I wanted something
really extreme and revealing just to play with those notions.
You’ve got major roots in San Diego. Do tell! And why the heck would you end up in
Texas???
I originally moved to San Diego to attend UCSD for my undergraduate
studies. Crazy as it sounds I was a double major in visual arts and biology.
At the time my work was much more focused on photography and media
installation. After graduating I hung around San Diego working odd jobs here
and there (read: climbing an 80-foot tower to videotape horse racing or
dressing up as an alien for an “X-fles” promo spot, etc.) while continuing to
explore photography. Eventually I decided to apply to graduate school and
thought flm would be an interesting medium to explore since I had made a
couple black and white experimental narratives and really liked the process.
Several friends suggested I apply to University of Texas Austin. There was
something about a strong liberal independent arts community thriving in the
center of the lone star state that really intrigued and inspired me. Still does.
SHORTS
QUEER DELIGHT: SPOTLIGHT INTERVIEW
with Director PJ RAVAL of LEAD ROLE: FATHER
Unraveling P.J. Raval
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Tomoya (Hayato Ichihara) learns that Aoi Sato (Juri Ueno), a close friend from his college days, has died in a
airplane accident just moments after he sends her a picture of an unusual rainbow from his cell phone. In the
aftermath of this tragedy, Tomoya recounts his friendship with Aoi from their frst meeting as members of a
collegiate flm club, up until the time they fnally parted ways.
RAINBOW SONG, which was produced by the acclaimed Shunji Iwai (“All About Lily Chou Chou”),
showcases some of Japan’s hottest young actors - Hayato Ichihara (“All About Lily Chou Chou”), Juri Ueno
(“Swing Girls”), and Yu Aoi (“HULA GIRLS,” Hana and Alice), who stands out as Aoi Sato’s sight-impaired
sister Kana. The subtle direction and writing provide the gifted actors with the opportunity to deliver sincere
and touching performances that both young and old will fnd heartwarming. Not your typical love story,
RAINBOW SONG will touch anyone who has ever held regrets over lost opportunities.
Japan | Japanese w/ English subtitles | 117
min. | 35mm | 2006
DIRECTOR: Naoto Kumazawa
PRODUCER: Shunji Iwai, Toshihiro Kitta
WRITER: Ami Sakurai, Miyuki Saito, San
Amino
CAST: Hayato Ichihara, Juri Ueno,Yu Aoi,
Kuranosuke Sasaki
FEATURES
Outlandishly fun, THE REBEL hits you in the gut with masterfully choreographed martial arts sequences that
are raw and powerful. Throw in a little bit of adventure, romance, and some black magic and you have an
exciting and entertaining story. Vietnam is under colonial French rule during the 1920s. Anti-French rebellions
emerge all over the country to disrupt the foreign occupiers. In response, the colonialists have infitrated the
countrysde with Vietnamese sleeper agents to track and destroy these rebels.
The flm follows the journey of Levan Cuong, a French cultured undercover elite. Although branded with
a perfect track record, Cuong’s inner conscience is troubled by the sea of Vietnamese blood he had spilled
to uphold a washed out French ideal. Following an assassination of a high ranking Frenchman, Cuong is
assigned to seek and kill the notorious leader of the resistance. Cuong encounters Vo Thanh Thuy, a relentless
revolutionary fghter and the daughter of the rebel leader. Cuong’s superior intends for him to use Thuy as
a means to get to her father, but Cuong soon develops feelings for her. Thuy’s patriotism ignites conficts
between Cuong’s consciousness and his cultured faith. Will Cuong discover his inner self and fnd love or will
he continue his mission?
Vietnam & USA | Vietnamese w/ English
subtitles | 103 min. | 35mm | 2007
DIRECTOR: Truc ‘Charlie’ Nguyen
WRITERS: Truc ‘Charlie’ Nguyen,
Johnny Nguyen
PRODUCER: Jimmy Pham
CAST: Dustin Nguyen, Johnny Nguyen,
Ngo Thanh Van, Nguyen Chanh Tin
*Cast & crew scheduled to attend
Sun. Oct 14, 2007 7:00pm
UltraStar 7 - Harrah’s

Thu. Oct 18, 2007 7:45pm
UltraStar 6 - Time Warner
Sat. Oct 13, 2007 3:15pm
UltraStar 7 - Harrah’s

Tue. Oct 16, 2007 6:00pm
UltraStar1 - Eastlake
RAINBOW SONG
THE REBEL
*Mature content
Co-presented by:
Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana,
SDSU Japanese Student Association
Co-presented by:
Vietnamese Student Association - SDSU,
Vietnamese American Youth Alliance
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Sun. Oct 14, 2007 11:30am UltraStar 7 - Harrah’s
Tues. Oct 16, 2007 11:00am UltraStar 7 - Harrah’s
Come experience the Reel Voices of eight, talented San Diego high school students with the world
premiere of their short documentaries produced through the San Diego Asian Film Foundation.
You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll be proud to say you saw these flms here frst. TRT: 56 min.
*This is a FREE program, free tickets are available from the box offce for Sunday’s show.
SHORTS
REEL VOICES
Director: Leon Cu | 5 min. |
Video | 2007
Georgio lives and breathes
video games, but he isn’t very
good at them. Is he simply
ignoring reality, or offering us all
a lesson in perseverance?
JUST A GAME
Director: Jessica Jones | 5 min. |
Video | 2007
Many children of mixed race
couples struggle with which
side to identify with. This
flmmaker explores the issue by
interviewing her own multiracial
family and fnds out that if you
know who you are, you may not
have to choose.
LOOK TO BOTH SIDES
Director: Juliane Sobejana | 6
min. | Video | 2007
Most parents have great
expectations for their children,
but what happens when their
hopes clash with their children’s
own aspirations?
A PRESSURED FUTURE
Director: Ali Tanaka | 6 min. |
Video | 2007
Speaking more than one language
might be great when you’re
traveling, but what happens when
it creates a communication
barrier in your everyday life?
MY WALL: WATASHI NO
KABE
Director: Matt Wong | 7 min. |
Video | 2007
A piano player himself, this
flmmaker explores why Asian
parents tend to pressure their
children to learn classical
instruments such as the piano
and violin.
ASIAN AMERICANS AND
CLASSICAL MUSIC
Director: Alice Wang | 6 min. |
Video | 2000
A daughter traces her mother’s
unexpected journey from rural
China into the American dream.
HER JOURNEY: MY
MOTHER’S STORY
Director: Roland Lazarte | 10
min. | Video | 2007
A young man witnesses the
power of love and family when
old age fnally catches up with
his 91-year-old grandmother.
NANAY
Director: Adam Lee | 10 min. |
Video | 2007
A church volunteer made
national headlines when he was
accused of child molestation and
ritual satanic abuse. In today’s
court system, could he have been
accused solely because of his
appearance?
A MODERN WITCH HUNT:
THE DALE AKIKI STORY
*Sunday reception sponsored
by L&L Barbeque
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SHORTS
GET OUT THERE. MAKE MOVIES.
By Mike Watson
My 12th grade English teacher, John Adsit, made me write essay after essay. Sixteen
weeks in the fall, and another sixteen in the spring, I wrote an essay a week.
I hate to write.
“You wanna learn to write?” he’d bark. “Then write!”
I loathed the evenings wasted, toiling on another essay—but looking back, I value not
only the writer I became, but also the life lesson it taught me. Want to learn to do
something? Do it. A lot.
Four months ago, I began work as an instructor for the Reel Voices Project. The
eight students whose work you’ll see in this program came together in a cramped
offce building. It was a little awkward, as frst meetings are known to be. But as the
weeks wore on, insecurities were shed, opinions were formed, and the foundation of
eight young flmmakers was slowly laid. Our preferences didn’t always mesh on the
documentaries we watched, as they learned the basics—storytelling, pacing, cinema-
tography. But discussions grew from disagreements, and piece by piece, these young
flmmakers set out to tell their own stories.
It was a rollercoaster of emotions once we handed out cameras and waited for
tapes to return. We know frsthand the feeling of watching something you shot turn
out exactly as you envisioned it, just as well as we know the devastation of return-
ing with dark video, blue video, and sometimes no video at all! And we shared those
emotions with the students in a way only a teacher can. In a way, it’s more intense—
because the emotions aren’t your own.
I became a teacher the day these students entered that room. I’ve not spoken in
front of a high school class since I fnished 12th grade. Without knowing it, these
students taught me as much as I taught them. It’s an honor to have someone ask you
a question about your own area of expertise. And it’s humbling—in a good way—to
learn something from a student who is just learning about your passion.
Like any flm you see this week, here you will also see the passion of the flmmakers
in the refection of the screen. But for this screening, I hope you’ll feel the excite-
ment, the fear, the tears, and the elation that brought these beginning storytellers to
this point.
And I hope that if they ask you for your opinion, you’ll give it. Their next movie may
be right around the corner. As it turns out, expertise is gained by experience.
This class wants to learn to make movies.
You want to make movies? Get out there. Make movies.
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Sione is getting married, but there’s just one problem. Actually, there are four problems: his brother and
his three best friends. They’re all nearly 30-something men who still act like they’re 16. The four live to
get drunk and chase all the wrong women. Additionally, they have a remarkable record of causing chaos at
every wedding they attend, so when Sione bans them from attending his wedding, they realize something’s
got to give. The town priest offers them an ultimatum: fnd a respectable girlfriend to take to their best
mate’s wedding, or be left out. Sounds easy enough. How hard can it be fnding a girl in the world’s biggest
Polynesian city when you’re young, gifted and brown?

Praised by Variety as a “shrewdly written, impeccably timed, and audaciously played romantic comedy,”
SAMOAN WEDDING is a rare opportunity to see an all-Polynesian cast on the big screen.
New Zealand | 97 min. | 35mm | 2006
DIRECTOR: Chris Graham
WRITERS: James Griffn, Oscar Kightley
CAST: Oscar Kightley, Shimpal Lelisi,
Robbie Magasiva, Iaheto Ah Hi
FEATURES
Wed. Oct 17, 2007 7:00pm
UltraStar 6 - Time Warner
SAMOAN WEDDING
Co-presented by:
Samoan Community Council of
San Diego, USD Aikane O Hawai’i
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SENTENCED HOME
USA | English & Khmer w/ English subtitles | 76 min. | Video | Color | 2005
DIRECTORS: David Grabias, Nicole Newnham
WRITERS: David Grabias, Nicole Newnham
PRODUCERS: David Grabias, Nicole Newnham
Sun. Oct 14, 2007 12:15pm
UltraStar1 - Eastlake
Wed. Oct 17, 2007 5:15pm
UltraStar 6 - Time Warner
*Director scheduled to attend Sunday screening
Three Cambodian Americans raised in inner city Seattle pay
an unbearable price for the mistakes they made as teenagers.
Caught between their tragic pasts and an uncertain future,
each young man confronts a legal system that offers no
second chances. SENTENCED HOME puts a human face on
controversial post 9/11 immigration policy that forces these
men to be deported out of the United States to a country
they barely know. Along with family man Loeun Lun, who fghts
to stay together with his wife and children from behind bars
and across oceans, former gang member Kim Ho Ma, struggles
to come to terms with his identity in a country he doesn’t
understand.
Also introduced is an introspective Many Uch, who looks to
redeem himself by taking advantage of what time he has left
in the United States to give today’s Cambodian American
youth something he never had—the ability to play little-league
baseball. Following the deportees from the United States to
Cambodia, directors David Grabias and Nicole Newnham
reveal heartbreaking stories of families torn apart at the cost
of an inhumane immigration policy.
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By Lee Ann Kim
What made you select this particular topic?
We frst heard that Cambodian
Americans were going to be deported
back to Cambodia in the summer of
2002. At that time, the Cambodian
American community had just become
aware of the United States’ newly signed
repatriation agreement with Cambodia,
which meant that almost 1,500
Cambodian Americans would be forcibly
returned. The deportees’ situation
raised questions about immigration law,
human rights and the cultural identity of
immigrants and refugees.
Were you familiar with the Patriot Act laws
prior to this documentary?
When we heard about the story, we realized
how uninformed we—and most Americans—
were about the 1996 immigration law, and the
devastating impact it was having on individuals
and families. We had no idea what the law
really meant when it was passed. It seems very
unfair to us that there is no appeal process,
and we hope that our flm encourages people
to reconsider the laws and lobby for change.
Was getting access to the subjects’ lives diffcult?
Our subjects were remarkably open with us.
We became close to them and their families,
especially in the case of Loeun Lun. The way
his deportation affected his family became
the focus of his story. One of the biggest
challenges was trying to get them to express
real emotion—one of the only scenes where
you can see how angry they are is when
Loeun kicks a fowerpot after saying goodbye
to his mother. The other big challenge of
the flm was getting access and permission
to flm with our subjects while they were
in the custody of the U.S. and Cambodian
government immigration departments.
What is the general reaction to the flm? Has any
of the reaction surprised you?
We have been surprised that there has been
very little negative reaction to the flm. It
is a controversial subject, but the power
of our flm’s human story and its portrayal
of the emotional lives of three families has
outweighed any political critiques for the most
part.
You can meet director David Grabias at the
screening of his flm, SENTENCED HOME, on
Sunday, Oct 14 at 12:15pm. Or check out his
website at: www.artifactstudios.tv
Co-presented by:
ACLU of SD and Imperial Counties
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Liam Liu is a struggling actor who passes time by picking up beautiful, vapid girls in hip Hollywood bars. The
closest thing to an emotional connection in Liam’s life is a firtatious friendship with 16-year old Adelaide
(Hayden Panettiere, NBC’s Heroes), a precocious high school girl who is actually more mature than Liam.
When Liam learns he has inherited his grandmother’s home in Shanghai, China, he travels to the exotic city
and discovers a profound connection to his family legacy. Liam meets a sophisticated Chinese woman there
named Micki (Kelly Hu, “The Scorpion King,” “X2”) and fnds himself falling into instant infatuation with her.
Liam decides to move to China, leaving behind Adelaide, who is quite possibly the only girl who has ever loved
him. He suddenly fnds himself at a crossroads - does he choose this new exotic world full of wonders or
does he go back to America and make an honest attempt to put his life in order?
Written and co-directed by David Ren, this Asian American romantic comedy features a winning performance
by Ken Leung (“X-Men,” Sopranos). Hayden Panettiere and Kelly Hu both shine as Liam’s romantic interests.
SHANGHAI KISS world premiered at the 2007 San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival to
rave reviews.
China & USA | 102 min. | Video | 2006
DIRECTOR: Kern Konwiser & David Ren
WRITER: David Ren
PRODUCER: Kip Konwiser
CAST: Ken Leung, Hayden Panettiere,
Kelly Hu, Joel David Moore, James Hong,
Byron Mann
FEATURES
Go-ni (Cho Seung Woo, “Marathon” SDAFF ‘05) is a compulsive gambler who loses his sister’s alimony money
and life savings when he gets swindled in a crooked card game. Devasted, Go-ni wanders around the country
searching for the “tazza” (Korean slang for high-rolling gambler) who destroyed his life. During his journey,
Go-ni runs into sage old veteran Pyoung (Baek Yoon-shik, “Save the Green Planet”), who eventually agrees to
become his mentor, and Madam Jeong (Kim Hye-soo) a sultry gambling pro who has a knack for separating
men from their money.
Director Choi Dong-hoon has succeeded in crafting a fashy, fast-paced thriller that evokes western flms,
but with a distinctively Korean favor. The charismatic young lead Cho Seung-woo shines, as does the
incomparable Baek Yoon-shik. However, Kim Hye-soo really steals the show as the classic femme fatale who
is sexy and seductive, while at the same time convincingly menacing. The top-grossing Korean drama of 2006,
TAZZA is truly a must-see cinematic experience.
S. Korea | Korean w/ English Subtitles |
139 min. | 35mm | 2006
DIRECTOR: Choi Dong-hoon
WRITER: Huh Young-man
PRODUCER: Sidus FNH
CAST: Cho Seung-woo, Kim Hye-soo,
Baek Yoon-shik, Yoo Hae-jin, Kim Yoon-
seok, Lee Su-gyeong, Kim Jeong-ran,
Kim Gyeong-ik
Fri. Oct 12, 2007 6:45pm
UltraStar 2 - Fujitsu

Wed. Oct 18, 2007 7:15pm
UltraStar 7 - Harrah’s
Fri. Oct 12, 2007 8:30pm
UltraStar 6 - Time Warner

Mon. Oct 15, 2007 7:15pm
UltraStar 7 - Harrah’s
*Mature content
SHANGHAI KISS
TAZZA: THE HIGH ROLLERS
*Mature content
*Director scheduled to attend
Co-presented by:
Chinese Consolidated Benevolent
Association, Asian Pacifc Historic
Collaborative
Screening Sponsors:
Co-presented by:
Korean American Senior Association
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We’re excited to showcase you in two
different features this year. It’s interesting
how you speak Korean in one flm and
English in the other. Is there a different
method to acting in another language?
Acting in English and Korean defnitely
has its differences in that there are
certain phrases and slangs that cannot
be duplicated into another language
and have the same impact. Acting in
Korean came easier than I thought
because I was raised in a very traditional
Korean household and was heavily disciplined
to be fuent. Although, I don’t have the same
opportunity to practice as I did growing up, it
came pretty naturally.
In some ways, your roles in WEST 32ND and
TIE A YELLOW RIBBON are similar, in that your
characters suffer a lot of pain. Can you talk about
that?
When choosing a project to work on,
I gravitate towards certain characters I
sympathize for or conversely towards
characters I just don’t understand, but want to
play for its challenge.
WEST 32ND premiered at Tribeca. What was that
festival’s experience like?
Tribeca was a lot of fun. Especially since the
flm was shot in NYC, for it to premiere in
NYC was very special. However, because of
the tremendous support (all fve screenings
were beyond sold out), a lot of family and
friends stood in line for over an hour and still
got turned down.
While there are a growing number of Asian
American women in television and flm, the
numbers are still relatively small. Are you
conscience of this, and do you feel a responsibility
to represent the Asian American community?
Yes, however, more than that, I just always
feel responsible for representing myself in a
respectable way, frst and foremost. The rest
is too much to think about. Just making sure I
make the right choices, treat others the right
way and behave professionally and humbly
keeps me quite busy.
Is there anything surprising you can share about
yourself?
I am a black belt Taekwondo Instructor. I love
working with children, especially special needs
kids. It’s been the most gratifying, challenging
and beautiful thing I’ve done in my life. I hope
to continue my work with kids and start
something to incorporate Taekwondo into
the physical training (but more so, mental
and emotional development) of special needs
*Cast & crew scheduled to attend
*Mature content
Korean American adoptee, Jenny Mason, steams up lattes at
a hip Manhattan espresso bar while dreaming of becoming a
photographer. She is alone in the big city, cutting off contact
with her Midwestern family at the age of 14. Having been
through so much chaos in her young life, Jenny resigns herself
to a state of indifference to survive. She keeps a safe emotional
distance from everyone around her and fnds temporary
comfort in one-night stands.
When her roommate asks her to move out, Jenny’s fears of
abandonment resurface. This turn of events leads her to meet
her frst real Asian American friend, Beatrice Shimizu (Jane Kim,
WEST 32nd). As she develops a tender friendship with Bea,
Jenny meets fellow artist, Simon, who helps her to explore
her love for photography and her ethnic identity for the frst
time. Things are looking good until her adoptive brother, Joe,
suddenly appears, stirring up long-suppressed feelings from her
past. Returning to SDAFF with her frst feature, writer-director
Joy Dietrich, also a Korean adoptee, reveals the complex
emotional world for young Asian American women through
Jenny’s inner turmoil and strong will.
USA| 87 min. | Video | Color | 2007
DIRECTOR: Joy Dietrich
WRITER: Joy Dietrich
PRODUCERS: Joy Dietrich, Thomas Yong
CAST: Kim Jiang, Jane Kim, Patrick Heusinger, Ian Wen
Sun. Oct 14, 2007 2:45pm
UltraStar 2 - Fujitsu
Wed. Oct 17, 2007 4:45pm
UltraStar 2 - Fujitsu
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One night, one hotel, four rooms, and there’s bound to be trouble. Director Gene Rhee (SDAFF ’02) taps into
the voyeur in all of us with his provocative, romantic comedy. THE TROUBLE WITH ROMANCE presents
a quartet of vignettes on a disparate group struggling with the challenges of love. Each story follows the
inhabitants of different rooms in one hotel on the same evening. In the bathroom, a young woman (Jennifer
Siebel) looking for closure has an emotional conversation with her hallucination of an ex-lover. Down the hall,
a husband (David Eigenberg, Sex in the City) plans for a steamy weekend with his wife until she brings on too
much spice. On another foor, a young man has his frst encounter with a high-end call girl (Sheethal Sheth).
The heart of the flm fnds SDAFF fave Roger Fan (FINISHING THE GAME) as a hilarious, bumbling boyfriend
who commits the ultimate faux-pas by inviting his stoner buddies to celebrate with him and his girlfriend
Stephanie (Emily Liu). With crisp pacing and solid performances by familiar faces, Rhee’s feature debut is
heartbreaking in its sincerity of emotion. Rhee and his co-writers smartly complicate their initial set-ups with
fresh twists and turns, each of which reveal more and more about the nature of love, and the ever-changing
desires of the heart. —Adapted by Christopher Au, SFIAAFF
USA | 88 min. | Video | Color | 2007
DIRECTOR: Gene Rhee
WRITERS: Gene Rhee, Sharri Hefner,
Mike Su
PRODUCERS: Emily Liu, Gene Rhee,
Jennifer Siebel
CAST: Kip Pardue, David Eigenberg,
Roger Fan, Sheetal Sheth, Emily Liu, Josie
Davis, Jordan Belf, Jennifer Siebel
FEATURES
Fri. Oct 12, 2007 9:15pm
UltraStar I - Eastlake
*Mature content
*Cast & crew scheduled to attend
THE TROUBLE WITH ROMANCE
Co-presented by:
SD Alliance for Asian Pacifc Islander
Americans
With “Charlotte Sometimes” SDAFF ‘02 and “Americanese,” award-winning flmmaker Eric Byler
demonstrated a penchant for decidedly adult anti-romances full of sex, loneliness and smoldering jealousies.
He continues his exploration of modern relationships with his third feature, fttingly titled TRE, focusing on
friendship and infdelity. The result is arguably his darkest, most provocative flm yet.
The boorish yet witty slacker Tre, recently dumped, crashes at the home of his close friends Gabe and Kakela,
who get engaged shortly after Tre arrives. It soon becomes evident that Tre and Kakela have an attraction that
can barely be concealed—or contained. A fourth character proves the catalyst who disrupts the stasis of the
love triangle, and sets off a chain of events that forces them all to confront some hard truths.
The antithesis of usual Hollywood romances, the flm pursues its hard-earned emotional truths by presenting
atypical romantic leads and refusing to concoct easy resolutions. Tre is a frequently enigmatic anti-hero, and
those looking for a bland love story will be rudely met with an unconventional portrait of relationships.
—Taro Goto (SFIAAFF)
USA | 90 min. | Video | Color | 2007
DIRECTOR: Eric Byler
PRODUCER: Philippe Diaz
SOUND: stereo
CAST: Daniel Cariaga, Rose Wolter, Erik
McDowell, Alix Koromzay
Sat. Oct 13, 2007 7:30pm
UltraStar2 - Fujitsu
TRE
Preceded By
SHOOT MY LIFE
Director: Kimberly-Rose Wolter |
12 min. | Video | 2007
When reality isn’t good enough
action must be taken.
*Mature content
*Cast & crew scheduled to attend
Co-presented by:
SD Alliance for Asian Pacifc Islander
Americans
Preceeded By:
GIRLS NIGHT OUT
Director: Mark Arbitrario| 6 min.|
Video | 2006
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badass on a quest for revenge
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By Lee Ann Kim
You have inspired many Asian Americans to
pursue flmmaking, and are considered a
pioneer. What has your journey been like
since “Yellow,” and how did that journey
evolve to the creation of UNDOING?
I traveled and directed English-language
television in Singapore, and worked on
documentaries and television back in
the states while assembling a team of
collaborators and getting UNDOING
off the ground. These experiences really
exposed me to different
sensibilities as far as theme and storytelling.
And living abroad made me obsess more
about perspective, environment, and identity.
I really like the quiet FEEL, the mood of this flm.
Why did you decide to go with the flm noir
genre?
I love noir flms. Actually noir has permeated
just about every kind of flm out there these
days. But I am compelled by it from the sense
that fundamentally noir is so much about
externalizing the internal human condition.
It’s a rich vocabulary accompanied by a set of
rules that either need to be adopted, broken,
or challenged. The unspoken exchange is
a key ingredient in my mind to our Asian
upbringing, and as a director I believe a
modern Asian American noir drama was
the perfect platform to explore this idea of
internal or non-verbal communication.
You gathered quite a cast - Russell Wong, Kelly
Hu, Sung Kang, Bobby Lee, Leonardo Nam... what
was it like working with them?
It was great to work with a core cast that
already had a lot of experience, and brought
unique perspectives to their roles. With that
experience comes confdence and the ability
to create choices, so that greatly benefted the
flm, not the mention the shooting schedule.
Your thoughts on today’s Asian American
flmmakers and the state of Asian American
cinema?
There is an ever growing number of voices
and that diversity is beingrefected in the flms.
It’s an exciting time.
Chris Chan Lee is scheduled to attend the
screening of UNDOING,
Co-presented by:
San Diego Asian Professionals
*Cast & crew scheduled to attend
*Mature content
Considered by some as a pioneer, Chris Chan Lee returns to
the big screen with a talented Asian American cast, in his frst
feature since 1997. UNDOING takes us to the underworld of
Los Angeles Koreatown, where Sam Kim (Sung Kang) returns
to avenge the death of his friend Joon (Leonardo Nam), who
was murdered during a botched drug deal. Sam reaches
out to Don, a retired gangster who is trying to clean up his
own act. Seeped in the dark, ominous overtones of neo-noir,
UNDOING marks a strikingly different direction for the actor
Kang, best known for playing brooding bad boys in flms such
as “Better Luck Tomorrow” (SDAFF ’03) and “The Fast and the
Furious: Tokyo Drift.” As Sam, Kang’s a harried man on the run,
exuding an air of desperation and uncertainty as he tries to
pull off a complicated blackmail scam designed to both resolve
his friend’s old murder and make amends with his estranged
lover (Kelly Hu). However, his return creates more chaos than
his departure as he attracts unwanted attention from crooked
cops, K-Town gangsters and a deranged hitman (played by
Russell Wong). Stylish and ambitious, UNDOING marks a
welcome return of Lee to the director’s chair.
—Oliver Wang, SF International Asian American Film Festival
USA | 90 min. | Video | 2006
DIRECTOR: Chris Chan Lee
WRITER: Chris Chan Lee
PRODUCERS: Karin Chien, Sung Kang
CAST: Sung Kang, Kelly Hu, Russell Wong, Leonardo Nam, Tom
Bower, Jose Zuniga, Ron Yuan
Sat. Oct 13, 2007 8:30pm
UltraStar 6 - Time Warner
FEATURES
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Set in rural South India, VANAJA explores the chasm that divides classes as a young girl struggles with her
coming of age. Vanaja (Marmatha Bhukya) is the 14-year-old daughter of a poor, low caste fsherman, struggling
with dwindling catches and mounting debt. When a sooth-sayer predicts that she will be a great dancer one
day, she goes to work in the house of the local landlady, Rama Devi, (Urmila Dammannagari), in hopes of
learning Kuchipudi dance while earning a keep.
Vanaja seems to be on an ascending path until Shekhar (Karan Singh), Rama Devi’s 23-year-old son, returns
from the United States to run for local political elections. Sexual chemistry is ignited between the handsome
Shekhar and the young Vanaja (still a minor at ffteen). The situation turns ugly when Vanaja’s superior intellect
pits her against Shekhar in a public incident which ultimately humiliates him in front of his mother. Matters
escalate, spiraling downwards and she is pitched into a tale of class and family from which there is only one
escape.
India | Telugu w/ English Subtitles | 101
min. | 35mm | 2006
DIRECTOR: Rajnesh Domalpalli
WRITER: Rajnesh Domalpalli
PRODUCER: Latha Rajendra Kumar
Domalpalli
CAST: Mamatha Bhukya Urmila
Dammannagari Ramachandriah Marikanti
Krishnamma Gundimalla
FEATURES
Pretty, vivacious young Ting harbours hopes of becoming a popular actress, and she’s certain she just needs
that lucky break. It comes along, alright, but her frst serious acting job is a downright eerie one. She’s been
hired by the police to stand in for murder victims in carefully staged reenactments of notorious crimes. Ting
knows that what she’s doing is intended to aid the investigative process, but nonetheless, she takes great pains
to offer prayers of apology to the victims she is impersonating. She’s certain they’re watching, fully aware that
their deaths have become theatre for the living. She’s right. The dead are there.
The highest-profle case of her budding career falls into Ting’s lap. She is to play Min, a former Miss Thailand
brutally butchered in a bathtub. It is a role she will gain a lot of attention for, and one she begins preparing for
with extensive research and rehearsal. Her efforts spark her curiosity about the notorious unsolved crime,
about who it was who took the life of the beauty queen. Ting is drawn deeply into Min’s life, who she was,
how she moved, how she thought –- as Min’s tortured spirit begins slowly, ominously seeping into Ting’s life.
But is she there to guide the girl, or are her motives malevolent?
Thailand | Thai w/ English Subtitles |
108 min. | 35mm | 2006
DIRECTOR: Monthon Arayangkoon
WRITER: Monthon Arayangkoon
PRODUCER: Jantima Lieawsirikum
CAST: Pitchanart Sakakorn Apasiri
Nitibhon Penpak Sirikul Chokchai
Charoensuk Kiradej Ketakinta
Sun. Oct 14, 2007 5:00pm
UltraStar1 - Eastlake
*Mature content
Fri. Oct 12, 2007 9:45pm
UltraStar 7 - Harrah’s

Tue. Oct 16, 2007 9:15pm
UltraStar 7 - Harrah’s
*Mature content
VANAJA
THE VICTIM
Co-presented by:
South Asian Bar Association
Co-presented by:
Asia Media Inc.
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After his big city dreams are crushed, Manabu (Yusuke Iseya) returns to Hokkaido, the countryside of his
childhood, with confusion, guilt, and secrets. After betting and losing the last of his money at a Banei horse
race, his older brother Takeo (Koichi Sato), reluctantly allows him to re-enter his life. Through the struggles of
the draft horses, the two brothers begin to understand and respect each other again.
Masterfully directed, Director Kichitaro Negishi captures the idyllic and relaxed setting of Hokkaido while
subtly building emotional momentum centering around hope, acceptance, forgiveness, and redemption.
WHAT THE SNOW BRINGS was the big winner at the 2005 Tokyo Festival, taking home the Grand Prix, as
well as the Director, Actor and Audience Awards.
Japan | Japanese w/ English Subtitles | 112
min. | 35mm | 2005
DIRECTOR: Kichitaro Negishi
SCREENPLAY: Masahito Kato
WRITER: Sho Narumi
PRODUCER: Masako Tanabe
CAST: Yusuke Iseya, Koichi Sato, Kyoko
Koizumi, Kazue Fukiishi
FEATURES
Enchantingly twisted, David Kaplan’s frst feature is a magical marvel: a rotoscope animated fairy tale set in
New York’s Chinatown. A Sundance Film Festival selection, YEAR OF THE FISH gathers an all-star cast for a
modern-day Cinderella story imbued with a vibrant, rotoscope sheen.
Ye Xian (An Nguyen) is a young Chinese woman who travels to New York to make money for her sick father.
Indebted to a massage parlor madam (Tsai Chin) for smuggling her into the country, Ye Xian winds up doing
all the cooking and cleaning at the seedy parlor. This Cinderella story has no wicked step-sisters, but Mrs.
Su, the cold-hearted madam, supplies plenty of venom – all of it directed at Ye Xian. Alone, and humiliated, Ye
Xian fnds solace in a tiny Koi carp, which is given to her by a mysterious hunchback (Randall Duk Kim). The
curious, ever-expanding fsh eventually leads her to a struggling musician (Ken Leung), who may be her Prince
Charming but remains out of reach. Hope remains, however, as magic begins to happen on the day of the new
year, at the Chinatown banquet that everybody is trying to get into.
USA | 96 min. | Video | 2007
DIRECTOR: David Kaplan
WRITER: David Kaplan
PRODUCER: Rocco Caruso
CAST: An Nguyen, Ken Leung, Randall
Duk, Kim Tsai Chan
Sat. Oct 13, 2007 12:00pm
UltraStar 2 - Fujitsu

Wed. Oct 17, 2007 8:35pm
UltraStar 2 - Fujitsu

Mon. Oct 15, 2007 6:45pm
UltraStar 2 - Fujitsu
*Mature content
WHAT THE SNOW BRINGS
YEAR OF THE FISH
Co-presented by:
Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana,
Japanese American Historical Society of
San Diego
Co-presented by:
Asian Pacifc Historic Collaborative,
San Diego Arthouse Independent Movie
Meetup Group
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Vision Film Workshop, LTD
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Kowloon, Hong Kong
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Ken Eisen
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Joseph H Shim
Daydreamer Pictures
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Les Blank
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Kerry Yo Nakagawa
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Makati, Philippines 1205
632.899.3321
tavelasco@unico.ph
Bolinao 52
Dir: Duc Nguyen
Duc Nguyen
3230 Beard Rd.
Napa, CA 94558
510.593.5395
duc@rhimp.com
Bottled
Dir: Jian Lee
Jian Lee
Cal Arts
24700 Mcbean Pkwy HH-09
Valencia, CA 91355
661.310.5841
mrsjackson27@hotmail.com
Building A Journey
Dir: Anson Ho
Anson Ho
6036 Springvale Drive
LA, CA 90042
310.351.6097
ansonlho@gmail.com
Bystanding: The Beginning of An
American Lifetime
Dir: Karen Lin
Karen Chien
2 East Broadway, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10038
karinc@gmail.com
Can You Keep a Secret
Dir: Jay Esguerra
Jay Esguerra
1959 S. Shenandoah St. Apt. 1
Los Angeles, CA 90034
jesguerra1979@yahoo.com
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Cats of Mirikitani
Dir: Linda Hattendorf
Linda Hattendorf or Haruko
Lucid Dreaming
PO Box 1392
New York, NY 10013
mobius4@ix.netcom.com
Champion - Native Guns
Dir: Patricio Ginelsa
AJ Calomay
Xylophone Films
11841 Tennessee Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90064
310.968.0372
aj@xylophoneflms.com
Chances Are
Dir: Joshua Kameyer
Joshua Kameyer
1111 17th Street #F
Santa Monica, CA 90403
joshuakameyer@hotmail.com
Chinese Dumplings
Dir: Michelle Hung
Michelle Hung
16000 W. Sunset Blvd. #102
Pacifc Palisades, CA 90272
michelle.hung@yahoo.com
Chiyo
Dir: Masanori Baba
Masanori Baba
Lotus God Productions
10401 Wyton Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90024
310.500.6345
masababa@gmail.com
City Paradise
Dir: Gaelle Denis
Kim Strobl
33-34 Rathbone Place
London, London W1T 1JN
kims@passion-pictures.com
Cole Needs Women
Dir: David Chai
David Chai
1260 Salvatore Drive
San Jose, CA 95120
davechai@earthlink.net
Cyclone Armor Guardian
Dir: Gary Liew
Gary Liew
20 Suffolk Road
Melbourne, Dandenong North VIC
3175
61.4.03.158.52
gary_liew84@hotmail.com
Dark Matter
Dir: Shi-Zheng Chen
American Sterling Productions
2525 Main Street #210
Santa Monica, CA 90405
jyang@manifestflms.com
Daughter of the Garden
Dir: Jeff (Giai) Wong
Vancouver Film School
200-198 West Hastings St.
Vancouver, BC
604.685.5822
theresat@vfs.com
Deface
Dir: John Arlotto
John Arlotto
Painting Pictures
1229 North Flores Street #3
West Hollywood, CA 90069
jarlotto@att.net
A Dirty Carnival
Dir: Yu Ha
Hai-young Yun
CJ Entertainment America
1801 Century Park East, Suite 520
Los Angeles, CA 90067
310.557.3050
haiyoung@cj.net
Dissolution of Bodies
Dir: Kevin Choi
Maura King
Frameline
145 9th St
reet, Suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94103
415.703.8650
maura@frameline.org
DJ:LA
Dir: Jerry Chan
Leslie Ito
Visual Communications
120 Judge John Aiso Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
213-687-4848
leslie@vconline.org
Dragon Tiger Panacea - New
Pants
Dir: Liu Runlai
B417 Sky & Sea Business Plaza
107 Dongsi Bei DaJie, Dongcheng
Beijing, China 100007
A Drunken Old Man’s
Adventure
Dir: Qin Xiaosong
Zhang Hao
China International Animation and
Digital Arts Festival (CICDAF)
Offce 1110
No. 10, Chao Yang Men Bei Da
JieAO YANG MEN BEI DA JIE
Beijing
China 100020
0086.10.59881872,0086.10.5988
1416
animated_cice@yahoo.com,
animated-cice@vip.sina.com
Duet - Mimi’s Ami
Dir: Sleepless Kaori
720 West 19th Avenue
Vancouver BC V5Z 1X2
Canada
604.876.8760
info@kaorikasi.com
Egg Ghost
Dir: Dongkeun Lee
Dongkeun Lee
41-43 39 Pl #1m
Sunnyside, NY 11104
917.502.9567
caenal@hotmail.com
Einstein’s Dream
Dir: Brian D. Kim
Brian D. Kim
620 State St. #321
San Diego, CA 92101
sayheybk@yahoo.com
Episode VII
Dir: Dylan O’Neil
John Fukuda
Munky Bidness
920 Silver Lake Blvd. #1
Los Angeles, CA 90026
213.620.8787
john_fukuda@hotmail.com
Equal Opportunity
Dir: Howard Duy Vu
Camille Mana
Escalator to Heaven
Dir: Jang Cheol-soo
Indiestory, Inc.
4 Fl. Baek-Ak Bldg. 135-4 Tong-in-
dong, Jongroh-gu
Seoul 110-043
indiestory@indiestory.com
Fadeout - +/-
Dir: Chris Deaner
Chris Deaner
116 Nevins Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Father and Son
Dir: Ma Fengqing
Zhang Hao
China International Animation and
Digital Arts Festival (CICDAF)
Offce 1110
No. 10, Chao Yang Men Bei Da Jie
Beijing
China 100020
0086.10.59881872,
0086.10.59881416
animated_cice@yahoo.com,
animated-cice@vip.sina.com
Finishing the Game
Dir: Justin Lin
Julie Asato
Trailing Johnson Productions
2658 Griffth Park Blvd. #214
Los Angeles, CA 90039
julie@trailingjohnson.com
Fission
Dir: Kun-i Chang
Kun-i Chang
111-38 76 Dr. #2B
Forest Hills, NY 11375
kunyichang@gmail.com
Fixing the Radio – Ciudad
Dir: Quark Henares
notradio@yahoo.com
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Floor Kids - Kid Koala
Dir: Jonathan Ng
Envision Management &
Production
PO Box 834
Montreal, Quebec H2X 4A6
ryhna@envisionmanagement.com
Fly Like a Fox – Ee
Dir: Sharon Dang
Sharon Dang
4948 Quincy Street
San Diego, CA 92109
sharondang@gmail.com
Fortune Hunters
Dir: Thom Harp
Mike Standish
6738 35th Pl S
Seattle, WA 98118
mikestandish@gmail.com
Girls Night Out
Dir: Mark Arbitrario
Mark Arbitrario
5403 W. 8th Street #201
Los Angeles, CA 90036
markarbitrario@yahoo.com
The Gloaming
Dir: Andrew Huang
Andrew Huang
29135 Indian Valley Rd
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
andrewhu84@gmail.com
The Golden Voice
Dir: Greg Cahill
Greg Cahill
Rising Falcon Cinema
3721 Midvale Ave #18
Los Angeles, CA 90034
323.580.2035
info@thegoldenvoicemovie.com
The Great Happiness Space:
Tale of An Osaka Love Thief
Dir: Jake Clennell
Jake Clennell
The Film Sales Company
151 Lafayette Street, Fifth Floor
New York, NY 10013
646.825.5212
contact@flmsalescorp.com
Gua Zi
Dir: Miqi Huang
Miqi Huang
1640 Barry Ave. #7
Los Angeles, CA 90025
310.777.8855
miiqiihuang@yahoo.com
Hana No Suka Dance - Oreska
Band
Sony Music Japan
ken.isayama@sonymusic.co.jp
Hands Up - Estairy featuring
Equipto
Dir: Evolution Jackson
Evan Leong
6036 Springvale Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90042
310.925.0990
jackson@arowanaflms.com
Her Journey: My Mother’s Story
Dir: Alice Wang
San Diego Asian Film Foundation
7969 Engineer Road, Suite 206
San Diego CA 92111
858.565.1264
info@sdaff.org
Hula Girls
Dir: Lee Sang-il
Viz Pictures
manami.Iboshi@viz-pictures.com
I’m a Cyborg But That’s OK
Dir: Park Chanwook
CJ Entertainment America
1801 Century Park East, Suite 520
Los Angeles, CA 90067
310.557.3050
haiyoung@cj.net
Illegal
Dir: Andrew Oh
Andrew Oh
13312 Red Plum St.
Cerritos, CA 90703
ady145@yahoo.com
In The Good – Visionaries
Dir: Keykool, Ong, Sambajon
Julius Sambajon Jr.
2036 Ridgeview Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90041
j.samba@gmail.com
Inspiration - Lola Fair & Baby J
Dir: Reign Shaw, Geoff Reisner,
Wesley C
Young-hu Kim
XPERIMENTAL Entertainment
youngkim@enterxp.com
Iraq – TIMZ
Dir: Ron Najor
Alvin Shamon
V.I.G. Productions & Artist
Management/The Buzz
619.454.1394
vigproductions@gmail.com
Irony – Seriously
Dir: Karen Lin
Gloria Lee
Chaos Theory Music
2912 Colorado Avenue
Suite 204
Santa Monica, CA 90403
310-496-2494
gloria@chaostheorymusic.net
Isabella
Dir: Ho-Cheung Pang
Tai Seng Entertainment
170 South Spruce Avenue, Suite
200
South San Francisco, CA 94080
650.871.8118
jonsoo@taiseng.com
It’s Over
Hyun-jin Park
The Korean National Univ. of Arts
School of Film, TV & Multimedia
L382-ho, San #1-5, Seokgwan-2-
dong, Seongbuk-gu
Seoul, Seoul 136-716
82.2.7469.549
jungasarasa@empal.com
Jaded Love
Dir: Martin R. Johnson
Martin R. Johnson
PO Box 87369
San Diego, CA 92138
johnson_mr_martin@yahoo.com
Just A Game
Dir: Leon Cu
San Diego Asian Film Foundation
7969 Engineer Rd., Suite 206
San Diego, CA 92111
858.565.1264
info@sdaff.org
The King Boys
Dir: Christopher Clark
Tory Whanau
The New Zealand Film
Commission
Level 3
119 Ghuznee Street
Wellington, Wellington 6011
64.4.384.9719
tory@nzflm.co.nz
The Last Chip
Dir: Heng Tang
Heng Tang
Plus Films
330 Clarke St
Northcote
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 3070
61.4.1980.8133
studio.heng@gmail.com
The Last Vacation
Dir: Jae-ho Chang
Jae-ho Chang
1628 2nd Ave #3b
New York, NY 10028
646 .425.7544
tokhee@gmail.com
Lead Role: Father
Dir: PJ Raval
PJ Raval
PO Box 684643
Austin, TX 78768
512.507.8158
pj@unraval.com
Lil Skrappy Boy
Dir: Alex C. Munoz
Alex C. Munoz
Neo Ethno Films
8320 Lincoln Blvd. #202
Los Angeles, CA 90045
310.980.0134
alexcmunoz@gmail.com
Look To Both Sides
Dir: Jessica Jones
San Diego Asian Film Foundation
7969 Engineer Rd., Suite 206
San Diego, CA 92111
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Lost and Found
Dir: Tam Tran
Leslie Ito
Visual Communications
120 Judge John Aiso Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
213.687.4848
leslie@vconline.org
Lost Utopia
Dir: Mirai Mizue
Mirai Mizue
9-4-402, somechi-2
Chofu-shi, Tokyo 182-0023
0424.40.0430
mirai0714mizue@yahoo.co.jp
Martyr Nyebera – Kamikaze
Dir: Avid Liongoren
avidliongoren@yahoo.com
63.917.831.4319
Mash it Up – KXL
Dir: Steve Mallorca
Steve Mallorca
esto@wooart.com
Miss Chinatown, U.S.A.
Dir: Kathy Huang
Kathy Huang
1571 Waldran Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90041
650.814.1017
huang.katherine@gmail.com
Modern Day Arranged Marriage
Dir: Rehana Mirza
Rohi Mirza Pandya
Desipina & Company
520 8th Ave
Suite 318
New York, NY 10018
212.564.8666
rohi@desipina.org
A Modern Witch Hunt: The
Dale Akiki Story
Dir: Adam Lee
San Diego Asian Film Foundation
7969 Engineer Rd., Suite 206
San Diego, CA 92111
858.565.1264
info@sdaff.org
Monsoon
Dir: Shyam Balse
Shyam Balse
Tempered Entertainment
835 N. Fuller Ave., Apt 13
Los Angeles, CA 90046
323.655.5820
shyambalse@gmail.com
Mookey’s Story
Dir: Carolyn Goossen
Carolyn Goossen
275 Ninth Street, #3
San Francisco, California 94103
415-370-5621
cgoossen@newamericamedia.org
Mu
Dir: Paul Yacono
Leslie Brockett
1330 N. Crescent Hts #10
Los Angeles, CA 90046
bunnyhopflms@sbcglobal.net
www.mutheflm.com
Mumtaz - Bombay Dub
Orchestra
Dir: Huw Jenkins
Eric Friedenburg
Six Degrees Records
eric@ericfreidenberg.com
My Father’s Chinese Wife
Dir: Franklin Peterson
Franklin Peterson
1229 Princeton St., Apt. 5
Los Angeles, CA 90404
petersonfranklin@yahoo.com
My Wall: Watashi No Kabe
Dir: Ali Tanaka
San Diego Asian Film Foundation
7969 Engineer Rd., Suite 206
San Diego, CA 92111
858.565.1264
info@sdaff.org
Na Kamalei: The Men of Hula
Dir: Lisette Kaualena Flanary
Lisette Flanary
Lehua Films
490 13th Street
Top Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11215
212.475.7696
lisette@lehuaflms.com
Nagpapanggap
Dir: Debbie Formoso
Debbie Formoso
8066 St. Clair Ave.
North Hollywood, CA 91605
debbierobot@gmail.com
Naked Branches
Dir: Will Kim
Will Kim
1827 Ramona Ave.
South Pasadena, CA 91030
213 509.9249
will1005@hotmail.com
Nanay
Dir: Roland Lazarte
San Diego Asian Film Foundation
7969 Engineer Rd., Suite 206
San Diego, CA 92111
858.565.1264
info@sdaff.org
Nanking
Dir: Bill Guttentag
THINKFilm
bgutten@stanford.edu
New Year Baby
Dir: Socheata Poeuv
Sara Newens
47-42 Vernon Blvd. #3l
Long Island City, NY 11101
908.672.1366
sara.newens@gmail.com
The Night Boys
Dir: Karl Gindelberger And Joseph
Dicara
Karl Gindelberger
6652 Plaza Ridge Rd
San Diego, CA 92114
805.709.2770
kgindelberger@gmail.com
No Regrets
Dir: Leesong Hee-il
Lindsay Marsak
Here! Networks
310.806.6386
lindsaym@heretv.com
Offcer Tsukamoto
Dir: Ling Liu
Ling Liu
666 Kingswood Way
Los Altos, CA 94022
852.6089.3565
lliu605@yahoo.com
Oh Mommy (Me Oi!)
Dir: Jenni Trang Le
Leslie Ito
Visual Communications
120 Judge John Aiso Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
213.687.4848
leslie@vconline.org
Owl and the Sparrow
Dir: Stephane Gauger
Stephane Gauger
Annam Pictures
143 S. Occidental Blvd. #D
Los Angeles, Ca 90057
323.868.4041
info@owlandthesparrow.com
Pandamania
Dir: Chris Tsou
Chris Tsou
2005 Columbia Pike
Apt. 2235
Arlington, VA 22204
chris.tsou@gmail.com
Past the Food
Dir: Mina T. Son
Leslie Ito
Visual Communications
120 Judge John Aiso Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
213-687-4848
leslie@vconline.org
Pilgrimage
Dir: Tadashi Nakamura
Tadashi Nakamura
Center for EthnoCommunications
11051 Westwood Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90230
tadillac@onebox.com
Post 9/11 Blues - MC Riz
Dir: Between the Eyes UK
http://www.myspace.com/rizmc
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Potluck
Dir: Louis R. Sweeney
Louis Sweeney
13044 Pacifc Promenade #419
Playa Vista, CA 90094
510.331.2972
louis.sweeney@gmail.com
A Pressured Future
Dir: Juliane Sobejana
San Diego Asian Film Foundation
7969 Engineer Rd., Suite 206
San Diego, CA 92111
858.565.1264
info@sdaff.org
The Process - My American
Heart
Dir: Shane Drake
Jesse Barrera
jessebarrera@gmail.com
Rainbow Song
Dir: Naoto Kumazawa
Fortissimo Films
Veemarkt 77-79
1019 Da Amsterdam
The Netherlands
31.20.627.3215
marit@fortissimo.nl
Reaching High - Cobra Con &
Hinomaru
Dir: James Oda
James Oda
16706 Ermanita Ave
Torrance, CA 90504
odabeats@yahoo.com
The Rebel
Dir: Truc ‘Charlie’ Nguyen
Jimmy Pham
Chanh Phuong Films & Cinema
Pictures
15402 Notre Dame St
Westminster, CA 92683
714.903.6303
nghiemdp@yahoo.com
Relative Distance
Dir: Cathy Begien
Cathy Begien
50 Laguna Street #605
San Francisco, CA 94102
c@cbegien.com
Reunion
Dir: PARK Jung-kyu
Gina Kang
Indiestory Inc.
4 Fl., Baek-ak Bldg.
135-4 Tong-in dong, Jong-roh gu
Seoul, Korea 110-043
82.2.722.6055
indiestory@indiestory.com
Samoan Wedding (Sionne’s
Wedding)
Dir: Chris Graham
Magnolia Pictures
nblock@magpictures.com
Sentenced Home
Dir: David Grabias, Nicole
Newnham
David Grabias
Sentenced Home Productions
4302 1/2 Melrose Avenue, Suite B
Los Angeles, CA 90029
323.661.4700
sentencedhome@sbcglobal.net
Shanghai Kiss
Dir: Kern Konwiser & David Ren
Kern Konwiser
Arclight Films
9229 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90069
818.992.7602
kern@konwiserbros.com
Shoot My Life
Dir: Kimberly-Rose Wolter
Kimberly-Rose Wolter
Hapa/Hindu Productions
10767 Valley Spring Lane
N. Hollywood, CA 91602
lauhalalana@gmail.com
Signerz
Dir: Roman Cortez
Roman Cortez
Romanflms & Daydreamer
Pictures
1530 Manhattan Beach Blvd. #B
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
roman@romanflms.com
Silence
Dir: Allen Ho
Allen Ho
306 Barber Ct
Milpitas, CA 95035
alleneho@gmail.com
Smile - Far*East Movement feat.
Ken Oak
Dir: Todd Angkasuwan
TNT Digital Media
14551 West Marcus Drive
Surprise AZ 85374
623.451.5416
todd.angkasuwan@gmail.com
The Space Burger
Dir: Sookyoung Choi
Sookyoung Choi
66-22, Fleet St,
Apt 5J
Forest Hills, NY 11375
917.428.0345
choisookyoung@hotmail.com
Summer
Dir: Hong Khaou
Hong Khaou
Unit 11 Panther House
38 Mount Pleasant
London, LONDON WC1X 0AN
hong@peccadillopictures.com
Tazza: The High Rollers
Dir: Choi Dong-hoon
Hai-young Yun
CJ Entertainment America
1801 Century Park East, Suite 520
Los Angeles, CA 90067
310.557.3050
haiyoung@cj.net
This Solace Eternal
Dir: Jennie Na
Jennie Na
1820 12th Street #5
Santa Monica, CA 90404
flminfo@thissolaceeternal.com
Thursday - Asobi Seksu
Dir: So Yung Kim, Bradley Rust
Gray
231 Mt. Rest Road
New Paltz NY 12561
845.255.2445
soanbrad@yahoo.com
Tie A Yellow Ribbon
Dir: Joy Dietrich
Joy Dietrich
Jed Films
59 Newel Street
Brooklyn, NY 11122
718.383.0484
flmproject2004@yahoo.com
Traffc in the Sky
Dir: Charles Yi
Charles Yi
Across The Street Films
3111 S. Canfeld Ave #3
Los Angeles, California 90034
310.970.2400
yicharles@yahoo.com
The Trainee
Dir: Craig Rosenthal
Craig Rosenthal
88 Waving Cats
Blk 44 Monks Hill Road
#06-48
Singapore 228575
65.6532.6773
hellocraigrosenthal@gmail.com
Tre
Dir: Eric Byler
Kimberly-Rose Wolter
Cinema Libre Studio
8328 De Soto Ave.
Canoga Park, CA 91304
310.210.0469
lauhalalana@gmail.com
The Trouble With Romance
Dir: Gene Rhee
Gene Rhee
5801 Kiyot Way, #2
Playa Vista, CA 90094
310 9894363
genebrhee@yahoo.com
Truth or Rainbows
Dir: Chihwen Lo
Chihwen Lo
24700 McBean Pkwy Id-03
Valencia, CA 91355
bubatw@yahoo.com.tw
Under the Honey Chestnut
Tree
Dir: Hyun-min Lee
Jennifer C. Klein
Picnic Pictures
1635 Irving Ave.
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818.929.1944
jencklein@gmail.com
Underpass
Dir: Rain Breaw
Rain Breaw
University of Southern California
School of Cinematic Arts Student
Film
318 S. Kingsley Dr. #310
Los Angeles, CA 90020
323.244.8831
rainbreaw@gmail.com
Undoing
Dir: Chris Chan Lee
Karin Chien
2 East Broadway, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10038
(212) 979-8930
karinc@gmail.com
Vanaja
Dir: Rajnesh Domalpalli
Emerging Pictures
245 W 55th St, 4th foor
New York, NY 10019
212.202.4984
josh@emergingpictures.com
The Victim
Dir: Monthon Arayangkoon
Golden Network Asia Ltd.
Unit 2003
Futura Plaza
111-113 How Ming St.,
Kwun Tong, Hong Kong
852.2751.1886
info@goldnetasia.com
Voices of a Distant Star
Dir: Makoto Shinkai, Steven Foster
ADV Films
5750 Bintliff Dr. Suite 210
Houston, TX 77036
theatrical@advflms.com
West 32nd
Dir: Michael Kang
Hai-young Yun
CJ Entertainment America
1801 Century Park East, Suite 520
Los Angeles, CA 90067
310.557.3050
haiyoung@cj.net
What the Snow Brings
Dir: Kichitaro Negishi
Eleven Arts
2932 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90403
contact@elevenarts.net
Year of the Dog
Dir: Kevin Lau
Kevin Lau
Phalum Films
2722 Ceilhunt Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 309-0853
kevin@phalumflms.com
Year of the Fish
Dir: David Kaplan
Jason Orans
59 Franklin St #210
New York, NY 10013
info@giganticpictures.com
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