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A WEEK-LONG PRESENTaTION OF ASIaN CINEMa + LIVE COMEDY!

SPRING sHOWCAsE
April 17-24, 2014

4TH ANNUaL

LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON

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ABOUT US
Welcome to the 4th Annual Spring Showcase, a week-long presentation of dynamic lms from around the world. Presented by Pacic Arts Movement (Pac-Arts), the Spring Showcase is one of several year-round programs of Pac-Arts including the popular San Diego Asian Film Festival, which celebrates its 15th season this year. Save the date to join us on November 6-15, 2014. We believe lm has the power to enlighten, bridge communities, and change lives. If you love world cinema and rich, independent storytelling, JOIN THE MOVEMENT by becoming a member of Pac-Arts. Go to Pac-Arts.org or contact James@Pac-Arts.org for more information.

OPENING NIGHT PRESENTATION


GeORGe Takei SCHedULed TO aPPeaR!

TO BE TAKEI
Thurs, April 17 | 6:30pm Director Jennifer Kroot USA | 90 mins

George Takei doesnt shy away from digging into his remarkable career and personal life in Jennifer Kroots delightful and incisive lm TO BE TAKEI. As a child forced into JapaneseAmerican internment camps, the actor-turned-activist reveals the ways that racism affected him well into his early acting career, where he played stereotypical Asian stock characters in lm and television shows. Even after landing the iconic role of Hikaru Sulu on Star Trek, Takeis sharp eye, coupled with his wicked sense of humor, continued to challenge the status quo well into the twenty-rst century.

Now at 76, nine years after formally coming out of the closet, Takei and his husband, Brad, have become the poster couple for marriage equality, highlighting television homophobia interviews and through hilarious

skits, many of which have gone viral and garnered widespread attention. Whether dishing on William Shatner or parodying the now-infamous comments made by Tim Hardaway, Takei proves time and again why his presence in popular culture remains as fresh and necessary as ever. Festival Presented by Sundance Film

Presented in partnership with

SPECIAL PERFORMANCES
18 MIGHTY MOUNTAIN WARRIORS
Fri, April 18 | 11:00am Fri, April 18 | 8:00pm Sun, April 20 | 2:00pm

USA | 90 mins

Pac-Arts is proud to partner with Mo`olelo to present the San Diego premiere of the latest sketch comedy show by 18 Mighty Mountain Warriors. What is 18 Mighty Mountain Warriors, you ask? It is like Comedy Centrals Key and Peele if they were Asian Americans. Its like Saturday Night Live would be if they ever hired Asian Americans. Its comedy with an Asian American air. And trust us, theres lots to laugh about when it comes to Asians. The Warriors comic duo of Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle and Greg Watanabe (and special guest stars Jully Lee and Albert Park) probe and sniff along the Pacic Rim for the funniest topics.

Together since 1994, the 18 Mighty Mountain Warriors have performed from New York to Los Angeles, from Hong Kong to Vancouver. They were named by the San Francisco Bay Guardian as the Bay Areas best comedy troupe in 2005 and were Sketch Comedy Champions in 2006 and 2010. Inspired by groups such as Monty Pythons Flying Circus, Culture Clash, SNL, and Kids in the Hall, their irreverent style of sketch comedy ranges from slapstick to political and takes no prisoners.

27C LOAF ROCKS


Sun, April 20 | 3:40pm Wed, April 23 | 6:30pm Director Lin Cheng-sheng Taiwan | 100 mins Pastry Reception Sponsored by Pangea From deep in the pineapple plantations of southern Taiwan came a young man who would go on to become a national hero and a household name. For Wu Pao-chun, the endpoint was never in question: he was going to become the greatest baker in the world. As mythologized in 27C LOAF ROCKS, Wu would do it by mastering the perfect red bean bun, a reminder of his childhood crush, the one who got away because her family was rich. And so he hops from city to city, ascending from apprentice to master, in search of bread thats alive, bread that moves. The temperature of the title is not just the optimal setting for pastry perfection. It is energy cultivated from conviction, heat transformed into art that would take him to Paris and back.

AKA DAN
Sat, April 19 | 3:35pm Director Jon Maxwell DAN MATTHEWS SCHedULed TO aPPeaR! USA, South Korea 85 mins

Is anybody out there? So wonders rapper Dan Matthews on his latest album, though it could be the question of his life thus far. Born in Korea and adopted by a white family in L.A., Dan sought an answer last year and found his biological parents. The search yielded not just anybody, but a twin brother he never knew existed and a community of fellow adoptees from around the world.

AKA DAN is the diary of a young man re-examining what it means to be a son, seeing the person he could have been in the face of his twin, and discovering the power of his music. In the process, Dan encounters the anybody out there in himself, ready to face a future with two families and a condent new sense of who he can still be.

FILMS

HOW TO FIGHT IN SIX INCH HEELS


Sun, April 19 | 6:00pm Director Ham Tran Vietnam, USA | 90 minutes

Everything is adding up for Anne. She assists one of the top fashion designers in New York and shes engaged to the loving Kiet, who is coming up in the telecom world. But when hes transferred to Saigon, Annes plans get derailed and she starts to wonder if her anc is doing more than just cavorting with supermodels in Vietnam. And so she packs her bags and plots

to rein in her man. Annes romp to Vietnam, and the catwalk hijinks that ensue, show the Viet Wave at its most versatile and energetic. With the help of producer-actress Kathy Uyen, Tran fashions a high-energy transnational rom-com that struts the prowess of global Vietnamese talent and further expands the universe of Asian American storytelling.

LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON


Thurs, April 24 | 6:30pm Director Hirokazu Kore-eda Japan | 120 mins Sponsored by

CLOSING NIGHT FILM


uncommon sensitivity to the subtleties of parenthood, master director Hirokazu Kore-eda deconstructs the social categories weve inherited and the inexplicable cruelty of blood. Standing in the middle are a set of kids whose adorable frowns and honest eyes transcend genetics and remind us that any decisions of family must begin with the preciousness of life itself.

The Nonomiya and Saiki families had raised their sons for six years when they found out that the hospital switched the boys at birth. Theyre told that 100% of parents in this situation will undergo some form of exchange. And so begins the deliberation, the negotiation, the transition, and With ultimately, light the self-reection. comedy,

piercing questions about class, and an

FILMS

MISS GRANNY
Sat, April 19 | 1:00pm Wed, April 22 | 6:20pm Director Hwang Dong-Hyuk South Korea | 124 mins

74-year-old Oh Mal-soon knows her hot-tempered ways are driving her daughter-in-law and grandkids nutty. One night, she chances upon an oldtimey photo studio and decides to get a self-portrait. But this aint no ordinary photo studio. After the shoot, Granny looks in the mirror and nds that shes been magically transformed into the twenty-year-old version of herself. Not

that it stops her from continuing to wreak havoc with her accented barbs and bad-grandma tendencies. The result is 17 Again meets Roman Holiday for the k-drama universe: love is taken to the extremes, men are cut down mercilessly, and anyone with a karaoke mic is a pop star at heart.

THE PROTECTOR 2
Sat, April 19 | 8:30pm Wed, April 23 | 8:40pm Director Prachya Pinkaew Thailand | 104 mins

The hiatus is officially over. After retreating to the monastery, Tony Jaa is back to doing what he does best. Breaking sinks and skulls. Kneeing fools in the gut. As in Jaas greatest lm The Protector, this sequel follows country boy Kham, who gets very, very angry when his elephant is stolen, leading to an international scuffle that can only be solved by scaling buildings, defeating

giant men, and playing on the third rail of the subway. Tony Jaa is joined by newcomer Marrese Crump and 54 dynamo Jeeja Yanin (Chocolate), back from a hiatus of her own. The resulting combinations are as exhilarating as they are rare. Jeeja vs. Tony. Tony vs. the RZA. Man vs. motorcycle. Fire vs. esh. Elephant vs. all that is ignorant about the world. Welcome back!

FILMS

SHIFT
Fri, April 18 | 6:00pm Mon, April 21 | 4:40pm Director Siege Ledesma Philippines | 81 minutes

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disinterested in the world as gay guys are in her. At her side at the moment is Trevor, who Estela inevitably falls in love with despite the fact that he has a boyfriend. Over SMS and IMs, lunch and drinks, Estela cozies up to him nevertheless, putting out her most vulnerable self. SHIFT belongs squarely to actress Yeng Constantino in her big-

SIDDHARTH
Sun, April 20 | 5:55pm Director Richie Mehta India, Canada | 96 mins

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12-year-olds like Siddharth from the workforce, but for struggling zipperrepairman Mahendra, it makes perfect sense to send his son off to work. The questions start around Diwali, when Siddharth uncharacteristically doesnt return home. Some tell Mahendra his son probably ran away. But others whisper the more likely possibility:

other Indian children each year, was abducted. With the precision of a thriller but the aching heart of a family drama, Asian Canadian director Richie Mehta captures a fathers desperation through the sheer pragmatics of investigation and survival, yet manages to deliver social realism, drama, and even hope.

FILMS

WHY DONT YOU PLAY IN HELL?


Fri, April 18 | 8:30pm Sun, April 20 | 8:20pm Director Sion Sono Japan | 126 mins

Playing in hell is what Hirata was put on earth to do. He and his over-eager band of wannabe lmmakers will not let talent, technology, underworld rivalries, or the mortal esh stop them from making their masterpiece. They just need to learn to collaborate with some yakuza, a former child star, and a hapless nerd. A glorious, bloodsplattered tribute to cinema, this is

Sonos most entertaining lm to date and justiably so: its about falling in love with all of lms most rambunctious and horrid ingredients. For Sono, hell is all of those tired genres the yakuza lm, the samurai epic, the odes to teen love ame-broiled and served with the devils booze. By the end, were drunk off cinephilia and watching the uninching Sono drive us home.

PacIFIc ARTS MOvEMENT AND MUSEUM OF PHOTOGRapHIc ARTS PRESENT

The rst-ever San Diego retrospective of the greatest of all martial arts directors. Featuring newly-restored prints of the classics DRAGON INN and TOUCH OF ZEN June 5-7, 2014, Museum of Photographic Arts

King Hu in Taiwan

SPONSORS
THE SpRING SHOwcaSE waS MadE pOSSIBLE By THE GENEROUS SUppORT OF THE FOLLOwING SpONSORS:

Pantone 137

Pantone 446

McGregor & Associates, Inc. Logomark 2-color: Orange PMS 137 and Grey PMS 446 Contact: Chris Josh 619-398-2828

SpEcIaL THaNKS: Tim Bui, Leeva Chung, Fritz Friedman, Richard Go, Traci Hong, Robert Ito, Jeff Iwami, Dr, Jeff Krebs, Rodney & Lois Lanthorne, Lidia Martinez, George McGregor, Timothy Moon, Leo Morales, Dana Sass, Jorge Silva, Brad Takei, George Takei, Ping Wang, Nancy Worlie

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SCHEDULE & INFO


THURSday, ApRIL 17 6:30pm TO BE TAKEI (USA) FRIday, ApRIL 18 11:00am 18 MIGHTY MOUNTAIN WARRIORS 6:00pm SHIFT (Philippines) 8:00pm 18 MIGHTY MOUNTAIN WARRIORS 8:30pm WHY DONT YOU PLAY IN HELL? (Japan) SaTURday, ApRIL 19 1:00pm MISS GRANNY (S. Korea) 3:35pm AKA DAN (USA) 6:00pm HOW TO FIGHT IN SIX INCH HEELS (Vietnam) 8:30pm THE PROTECTOR 2 (Thailand) SUNDAY, ApRIL 20 2:00pm 18 MIGHTY MOUNTAIN WARRIORS 3:40pm 27C LOAF ROCKS (Taiwan) 5:55pm SIDDHARTH (India) 8:20pm WHY DONT YOU PLAY IN HELL? (Japan) MONDAY, ApRIL 21 4:40pm SHIFT (Philippines) 6:35pm TBA 8:45pm Mystery Kung Fu Theater TUESday, ApRIL 22 6:20pm MISS GRANNY (S. Korea) 8:55pm TBA WEDNESDAY, ApRIL 23 4:20pm TBA 6:30pm 27C LOAF ROCKS (Taiwan) 8:40pm THE PROTECTOR 2 (Thailand) THURSDAY, April 25 6:30pm LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON (Japan) 8:50pm TBA VENUE UltraStar Mission Valley, Hazard Center 7510 Hazard Center Drive, San Diego, CA 92108 aLL-aCCeSS PaSS Save money and get front-of-line entry to every program, including 18 Mighty Mountain Warriors and To Be Takei. Limited quantities. To purchase, contact james@pac-arts.org or call 619-400-5910. TICKETS Tickets to all shows are available online now and at the UltraStar Mission Valley box office starting April 16 at 1pm. FILM PRICES: $11.50 General $8.00 Member $9.00 Student/Senior/Military (at the door only) Contact cynthia@pac-arts.org for group pricing for 10+ tickets TO BE TAKEI PRICES: $15.00 General $11.50 Member 18 MIGHTY MOUNTAIN WARRIOR PRICES: $20.00 General $16.50 Member $18.00/ticket Group of 10 or more $16.00/ticket Non-Prot Group of 10 or more CONTaCT Questions about the Spring Showcase? Contact us: info@pac-arts.org or 619-400-5911 C/SDAsianFilm M@PacArtsMovement WWW.PAC-ARTS.ORG