130+ films

,
15+ countries,
6 venues,
1 festival.

FESTIVAL
MINI-GUIDE

THE SAN DIEGO ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL

HOW TO FEST
• Tickets for all shows are available at festival.sdaff.org
• Walk-up tickets for shows at UltraStar go on sale at the UltraStar Box Office starting Oct. 30th
• Walk-up tickets for shows at non-UltraStar locations are available at that venue’s box office
one hour before showtime.

BLAST THE MUSIC AND HANG UP THE SIGNS!

MAJOR GRANTS

This year, the San Diego Asian Film Festival turns

NON-MEMBER PRICES

PAC-ARTS MEMBER PRICES

GENERAL ADMISSION
$12

GENERAL ADMISSION
$9

OPENING/CENTERPIECE/CLOSING FILMS
$15

OPENING/CENTERPIECE/CLOSING FILMS
$12

OPENING NIGHT FILM + AFTER PARTY
(NOV. 5)
$25

OPENING NIGHT FILM + AFTER PARTY
(NOV. 5)
$20

FESTIVAL 6-PACK
$60

ALL FESTIVAL PASS
$150

ALL FESTIVAL PASS
$250

16 and it’s gonna be sweet. The ten-day party is a
celebration of Asian and Asian American cinema’s

MINIMUM OF 10
$9 (general), $13 (opening/centerpiece/closing)

vitality and continued emergence. The host is
Pacific Arts Movement, the venues are throughout

GROUP TICKETS

MAJOR SPONSORS

San Diego County, and the partygoers are you:

FREE SCREENINGS

the audiences, the members, the filmmakers.
Check out over 130 films from Asia and beyond.
Join us in paying tribute to legends like Tyrus Wong

SUSTAINING SPONSOR

GALA PRESENTERS

and Kiju Yoshida, and new trailblazers like Ken

SHORTS FOR SHORTIES!
A collection of international short films, free for kids 12 and under (Nov. 7, pg 19)

Jeong and the artists at BuzzFeed. Come for the
premieres and stay for the Q&As with filmmakers
and actors. Take the conversation from the

MAJOR MEDIA SPONSORS

auditorium to the internet and elevate the national

REEL VOICES
World premiere of our high school documentary program (Nov. 8, pg 13)
ALL SCREENINGS AT UCSD ATKINSON HALL AUDITORIUM
Free for UCSD students, faculty, and staff

conversation about Asian and Asian American
stories, politics, and representation. Our festival is
just the beginning of a celebration and movement

FREE FILMS AT 4
All films at 4pm on weekdays of the festival are free

CLOSING NIGHT

that is itching to get off the ground.

MEMBER SCREENING
North American premiere of Filipino drama SWAP; free for Pac-Arts members (Nov. 9, pg 27)

SPECIAL EVENTS

Periodical Statement
San Diego Asian Film Festival, Nov. 5-14, 2015, Issue No. 1
Published annually
Address: Pacific Arts Movement,
2508 Historic Decautur Road #140, San Diego, CA 92106.
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#SDAFF2015

GALA AWARDS DINNER
Mission Valley Marriott, November 7
$200 for Pac-Arts members / $250 for non-members. RSVP to gala@pacarts.org
MOVEFEST
An 80s dance party and the official after-party of the Gala Awards Dinner
10PM - Midnight; free for passholders

HOW TO FEST

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SCHEDULE
Times and films are subject to change. Visit festival.sdaff.org for the latest info.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5
7:00p

MISS INDIA AMERICA (93')

MCASD

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6
4:00p

5:00p DIGITAL PIONEER PANEL:
BUZZFEED (60')

UCSD

5:35p

CEMETERY OF SPLENDOUR (122') ULTRA

5:50p

WONDERFUL NIGHTMARE (123') ULTRA

6:30p LORNA (124') ULTRA

4:15p

THE ASSASSIN (104') UCSD

THE KIDS (90') UCSD

4:30p

THE CASE OF HANA & ALICE (100') ULTRA

3:10p

GETTING INTIMATE WITH
DR. KEN (60')

6:00p

SEOUL SEARCHING (105') ULTRA

6:40p

THE MASTER (80') ULTRA

7:00p

OBON BROTHERS (107') ULTRA

8:20p

COIN LOCKER GIRL (110') ULTRA

8:35p

THE DARK HORSE (124') ULTRA

ULTRA

3:55p

SOMEONE ELSE (72') ULTRA

4:50p

THE BEAUTY INSIDE (127') ULTRA

5:10p

THANATOS, DRUNK (106') UCSD

5:15p

THE WHISPERING STAR (100') ULTRA

5:55p

CEMETERY OF SPLENDOUR (122') ULTRA

OBON BROTHERS (107') ULTRA

7:25p

FEMALE PERVERT (62') ULTRA

5:30p

MOUNTAINS MAY DEPART (131') ULTRA

SNOW PATHS (100') ULTRA

7:35p

SHORTS:
MOMMY QUEEREST (104')

6:00p

LOVE & PEACE (117') ULTRA

8:55p

MOUNTAINS MAY DEPART (131') ULTRA

8:25p

THE LAST REEL (105') ULTRA

9:05p

CRUSH THE SKULL (83') ULTRA

8:50p

LA LA LA AT ROCK BOTTOM (103') ULTRA

9:20p

COIN LOCKER GIRL (110') ULTRA

9:40p

DEADMAN INFERNO (108') ULTRA

7:10p

THE WHISPERING STAR (100') ULTRA

8:35p

ULTRA

CENTERPIECE

SEOUL SEARCHING

CLOSING NIGHT

6:20p SWAP (96') ULTRA

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 8

11:00a SHORTS FOR SHORTIES! (45') ULTRA

12:00p REEL VOICES (120') ULTRA

12:45p IT'S ALREADY TOMORROW

IN HONG KONG (79')

ULTRA

1:00p

LITTLE BIG MASTER (112') ULTRA

1:00p

CHANGING SEASON: ON THE
MASUMOTO FAMILY FARM (57')

ULTRA

1:00p

NO NO SLEEP (35') UCSD

1:20p

SHORTS: DRUNK IN LOVE (98') ULTRA

1:00p

WE ARE FAMILY (107') UCSD

1:20p

FULL STRIKE (108') ULTRA

2:00p

SHORTS: ANIMATION:
THE ILLUSION OF LIFE (78')

1:35p

OPERATION POPCORN (81') ULTRA

2:10p

FLOWERS OF TAIPEI (109') UCSD

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MISS INDIA AMERICA

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 9
4:00p

THE WONDERFUL WEDDING (104') UCSD

OPENING NIGHT

8:50p OFFICE (117') ULTRA

6:05p LORNA (124') ULTRA

7:00p

2:55p REUNIFICATION (85') ULTRA

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SHORTS: ALL-STARS ONLY (72') ULTRA

3:05p

3:40p TYRUS (72') ULTRA

SHORTS: FREE SAMPLES (87') ULTRA

3:55p

ULTRA

2:40p

WONDERFUL NIGHTMARE (123') ULTRA

3:25p

OUT OF MY HAND (88') ULTRA

6:40p

SHORTS: TALKING BACK (99') ULTRA

7:00p REUNIFICATION (85') UCSD
8:15p

THE ROYAL TAILOR (127') ULTRA

8:30p

THANATOS, DRUNK (106') ULTRA

8:50p

LA LA LA AT ROCK BOTTOM (103') ULTRA

9:15p

MYSTERY KUNG FU THEATER

ULTRA

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10

MADE IN JAPAN

VENUE LEGEND
MCASD

Museum of Contemporary Art,

Sherwood Auditorium

1:00p

HAPPY HOUR (317') ULTRA

ULTRA

UltraStar Mission Valley

2:00p

GO AWAY MR. TUMOR (128') ULTRA

UCSD

UCSD Calit2 Atkinson Hall

4:00p

I HAVE SEEN MY LAST BORN (79') ULTRA

5:20p

BEING GOOD (121') ULTRA

Auditorium
MOPA

Museum of Photographic Arts

PALOMA

La Paloma Theatre

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SCHEDULE

VENUES

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12

5:45p OFFICE (117') ULTRA

4:00p

6:15p AN (113') ULTRA

5:30p AN (113') ULTRA

6:40p

MISSING PEOPLE (81') ULTRA

5:55p TBA

7:55p

FULL STRIKE (108') ULTRA

6:10p

THE WINNING GIRL (68') ULTRA

8:15p TWENTY (115') ULTRA

6:30p

COUP D'ETAT (110')

8:40p

THE GRIEF OF OTHERS (103') ULTRA

8:55p

ATOMIC HEART (93') ULTRA

OPENING & CLOSING NIGHTS

MAIN VENUE

TAIWAN SHOWCASE

6:45p TAXI (82') ULTRA

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7:55p

GALA AWARDS DINNER & MOVEFEST

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THE MASTER (80') ULTRA

HAPPY HOUR (317') ULTRA

3:20p

THE WONDERFUL WEDDING (104') ULTRA

3:40p

ZINNIA FLOWER (96') ULTRA

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13

4:00p

RADHE RADHE

7:00p

5:20p

GO AWAY MR. TUMOR (128') ULTRA

5:35p

THE BEAUTY INSIDE (72') ULTRA

5:50p

LOVE & PEACE (117') ULTRA

6:30p

EROS + MASSACRE (202')

6:40p SHORTS:

DEARLY DEPARTING (90')

MOPA
ULTRA

8:00p

BEING GOOD (121') ULTRA

8:20p

THERE IS A NEW WORLD
SOMEWHERE (103')

8:35p

THE ASSASSIN (104') ULTRA

8:55p TBA

ULTRA

8:30p TWENTY (115') ULTRA

1:00p

ULTRA

MOPA

ZINNIA FLOWER (96') ULTRA

8:15p TBA
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 11

ULTRA

8:45p SNAKESKIN (105') ULTRA

MADE IN JAPAN (90')

MCASD

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14
1:00p

LITTLE BIG MASTER (112')

PALOMA

3:20p

OFF THE MENU:
ASIAN AMERICA (56')

PALOMA

5:15p

THE LAST REEL (105')

PALOMA

7:30p

DEADMAN INFERNO (108')

PALOMA

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SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS
The feature presentations of this year’s San Diego Asian Film Festival include
celebrations of youth, tributes to living legends, and an appreciation of an Asian
American filmmaker who passed too soon.

MISS INDIA AMERICA
RAVI KAPOOR / USA / 2015 / 93’

OPENING NIGHT

THURS 11/05
7:00p MCASD

Lily is a college-bound valedictorian with a gilded
future, so beauty pageants are way below her. But
when a case of sass strikes, she finds out what she’s
not above: some good ol’ fashioned competition.
Thanks to a wily script and Tiya Sircar’s knockout
comedic performance, nobody is safe from Lily’s
schemes.
SEOUL SEARCHING
BENSON LEE / USA / 2015 / 105’

GETTING INTIMATE WITH DR. KEN

60’

Join us for a probing, awkwardly intimate conversation with everyone’s favorite doctor-turned-comedian
Ken Jeong, star of Community, the Hangover films,
and the new ABC sitcom Dr. Ken.
PANEL DISCUSSION

SUN 11/08
6:00p ULTRA

DIGITAL PIONEER: BUZZFEED

60’

Don’t you forget about 1986, when the Latin Lover
collided with the punk and the pastor’s daughter on
a Seoul summer camp for overseas Korean youth
to discover their roots. And by roots, we mean soju,
laughs, and that weird science of young love.
CENTERPIECE

PANEL DISCUSSION
MADE IN JAPAN
JOSH BISHOP / USA, JAPAN / 2015 / 90’

CLOSING NIGHT

PAMELA TOM / USA / 2015 / 72’

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT
AWARD HONOREE

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FRI 11/13
7:00p MCASD

Howdy neighbors! So says Tomi Fujiyama to her
friends in the U.S. who are about to discover just
what kind of neighbor she is. With cowboy hat and
guitar, she’s determined to re-take the Grand Ole
Opry stage, where in 1964, she became the country
music institution’s first Japanese star.
TYRUS
You may not have heard of Tyrus Wong, but you’ve
seen his work in classic films like Bambi and Rebel
Without a Cause. This enchanting documentary
follows the Chinese American pioneer from his art
school beginnings during the Depression to his
years as a production illustrator leaving indelible
brushstrokes on Hollywood history.

SAT 11/07
3:10p ULTRA

The website BuzzFeed has become not only one of
the most formidable presences on the internet, but
also one of the most significant platforms for Asian
American artists. We welcome BuzzFeed producer
and performer Eugene Lee Yang to talk about BuzzFeed Motion Pictures, changing demographics, and
new opportunities for filmmakers.
THE SEASON OF SEX + POLITICS

FOCUS ON
KIJU YOSHIDA

In the annals of the Japanese New Wave, Kiju Yoshida
is one of the most towering, but also one of the lesser
known. Join us for a special tribute to the radical
director and his equally-legendary actress Mariko
Okada, who will both be present for screenings of
two rare classics on 35mm: EROS + MASSACRE
(1969) and COUP D’ETAT (1973).

RADHE RADHE: RITES OF HOLI

SAT 11/07
3:40p ULTRA

PRASHANT BHARGAVA / USA, INDIA / 2013 / 35’

TRIBUTE TO
PRASHANT BHARGAVA

FRI 11/06
5:00p UCSD

EROS +
MASSACRE

WED 11/11
6:30p MOPA
COUP D'ETAT

THURS 11/12
6:30p MOPA
WED 11/11
4:00p ULTRA

The peerless Prashant Bhargava was only 42 when
he passed away this May. We pay tribute to him
with one of his final works, a short celebration of
vitality in spirituality, chaos, color, and dance, and
a celebration of spring in collaboration with jazz
luminary Vijay Iyer.

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

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ASIAN AMERICAN PANORAMA
The best of Asian American cinema in all of its colors – from short film programs and

I HAVE SEEN MY LAST BORN

animation, to documentaries about the famous and infamous, to feature-length tales

SAMUEL GRAY ANDERSON, LEE ISAAC CHUNG / USA,
RWANDA / 2015 / 79’

of woe and humor.

CHANGING SEASON: ON THE
MASUMOTO FAMILY FARM

SAT 11/07
1:00p ULTRA

JIM CHOI / USA / 2015 / 57’

Nothing is forever, and certainly not on the Masumoto family farm. Despite the peach farm’s renown,
age and a depleting water table threaten its longevity. Enter Nikko: daughter, hapa, queer, and personification of the farm’s changing season as well as its
enduring spirit.
CRUSH THE SKULL
VIET NGUYEN / USA / 2015 / 83’

JIYOUNG LEE / USA / 2015 / 62’

PATRICK WANG / USA / 2015 / 103’

A death in the family paralyzes but also reveals
connections and their consequences, especially upon
the unexpected arrival of a visitor. With an exquisite
condolence wrapped in loving humor and an active
style that envelops and hugs, director Patrick Wang
unites characters and audiences in a fertile grief
that belongs to all.

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SAT 11/07
12:45p ULTRA

EMILY TING / USA, HONG KONG / 2015 / 79’

FRI 11/06
9:05p ULTRA

Real-life couple Jamie Chung and Bryan Greenberg play Americans finding their ways in the
streets of Hong Kong – only to find themselves in
a precarious web of flirtation. Emily Ting’s debut
breezily captures expats’ now-whats and what-ifs
in a sparkling Hong Kong.
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SAT 11/07
7:25p ULTRA

Jiyoung Lee is back and the sleaze is as bemused
and awkward as ever! This time we follow Phoebe,
designer of video games of unappreciated genius
and the lone champion of casual, mundane perversion, as she surveys the manscape while throwing
shade at its petty intellectualism. Hilarious, screwy,
enchanting.
THE GRIEF OF OTHERS

This affecting documentary follows Rwandan filmmaker Jean Kwezi and his commitment to building a
relationship with a teenage daughter he abandoned
years ago. With a spirit of openness and responsibility, Jean and the filmmakers emanate hope, regret,
and love for family.
IT’S ALREADY TOMORROW IN
HONG KONG

Chris Dinh and Katie Savoy are in love, but they
need fast cash. Luckily, they’re professional thieves.
Unluckily, they break into a house with no exit and
no cell phone reception and no explanation for the
torture pit they discover there. Luckily for us, their
hapless misadventures are sheer comic gold.
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TUES 11/10
4:00p ULTRA

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MISSING PEOPLE
DAVID SHAPIRO / USA / 2015 / 81’

TUES 11/10
6:40p ULTRA

Decades after her brother’s unsolved murder, Filipino American art gallery director Martina Batan
becomes strangely obsessed with the violent work
of a black New Orleans artist. A trip to the artist’s
hometown sparks questions of cultural appropriation and the dual demons that have brought these
worlds together.
OFF THE MENU: ASIAN AMERICA
GRACE LEE / USA / 2015 / 56’

DAVID GRABIAS / USA / 2015 / 81’

SAT 11/14
3:20p PALOMA

SAT 11/07
1:35p ULTRA

TAKESHI FUKUNAGA / USA, LIBERIA / 2015 / 88’

When Cisco and his fellow rubber workers go on
strike, it feels both inevitable and insufficient. When
he turns instead to driving a cab in New York City, he’s
still haunted by the same forces of captivity. Takeshi
Fukunaga’s stirring tale of tenacity is an essential
portrait of a transnational Liberia.

REUNIFICATION
ALVIN TSANG / USA, HONG KONG / 2015 / 85’

SAT 11/07
2:55p ULTRA

In the early 1980s, Alvin’s family decided to move
from Hong Kong to the United States. His mom and
sister went first. But when he and his dad arrived a
few years later, Alvin discovered that his family could
never be the same again.

MON 11/09
7:00p UCSD

SHORTS: ALL-STARS ONLY

SUN 11/08
3:55p ULTRA

72'

It’s shirts vs. skins in this feisty set of shorts about the
unexpected superstars of music and sports.

After fleeing Laos as refugees, a squadron of military-minded Hmong men in California plot to stage
a coup in their embittered homeland with the help
of the US government and its AK-47s. Filled with
wily characters and pixelated evidence, this is both
a documentary about secret wars and an edge-ofyour-seat mystery.
OUT OF MY HAND

USA / 2015 / 120’

Twelve high school students from San Diego
create documentaries based on subjects in their
own lives.

Asians. Taking Pictures. Of food. Add documentarian
Grace Lee to that list and you get more than delectable soft-focus close-ups, but also fascinating portraits
of Asian Americans and their relationships with the
meals they cook, serve, eat, and sell, from Hawaii to
Texas to Oak Creek, Wisconsin.
OPERATION POPCORN

SUN 11/08
12:00p ULTRA

REEL VOICES

SUN 11/08
3:25p ULTRA

SUN 11/08
2:00p ULTRA

SHORTS: ANIMATION:
THE ILLUSION OF LIFE
78'

The magic of animation comes alive in this collection
of short films.

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SHORTS: DEARLY DEPARTING
90'

WED 11/11
6:40p ULTRA

98’

SUN 11/08
1:20p ULTRA

87’

FRI 11/06
4:00p ULTRA

Everyone likes free samples. Whet your appetite
on this assortment of flavors, emotions, and the
best things in life.

SHORTS: MOMMY QUEEREST
104’

From mama drama and a possessed phone to an
off-the-rails dinner party, the queer life sometimes
veers over the top.

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MON 11/09
6:40p ULTRA

SAT 11/07
3:55p ULTRA

SOMEONE ELSE
NELSON KIM / USA / 2015 / 72’

A law internship brings the studious Jamie to New
York City, but it’s the seduction of women and nightlife that really commands his attention. Or is it?
Nelson Kim’s sinuous drama of doubles and family
rivalries tackles expectations of good and bad Korean
American men with twisty glee.

In these shorts, getting home while under the
influence of love is going to take some unusual
maneuvering.

SHORTS: FREE SAMPLES

99’

Filmmakers turn their cameras on their parents
and grandparents, inciting conversation, chasing tough memories, and refusing the paralysis
of silence.

Road trips and journeys home bring family together
and pave the paths for self-discovery.

SHORTS: DRUNK IN L0VE

SHORTS: TALKING BACK

THERE IS A NEW WORLD
SOMEWHERE

WED 11/11
8:20p ULTRA

LI LU / USA / 2015 / 103’

Stuck in a dead-end arts job, Sylvia escapes with a
handsome stranger who invites her on a road trip
through the Deep South. An adventure of romance,
risk, and validation, Li Lu’s debut feature tantalizes
with the deeply-felt charge of a woman taking bold
strides to define her own future.

SAT 11/07
7:35p ULTRA

THE WINNING GIRL
KIMBERLEE BASSFORD / USA / 2014 / 68’

THURS 11/12
6:10p ULTRA

16-year-old Teshya is a 125-pound judo and wrestling
champion who dreams to be world champion. But her
journey, followed across four years in this sensitive
documentary, shows the physical and economic
costs for a tenacious teen and her supportive family
in Hawaii.

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ASIA POP!
Films to make you laugh, cry, and cheer, featuring Korean hotties, badminton

FULL STRIKE

buddies, imperial intrigue, cute kindergartners, and women you do not want to

DEREK KWOK, HENRI WONG / HONG KONG / 2015
/ 108’

mess with.

THE BEAUTY INSIDE
BAEK JONG-YEOL / S. KOREA / 2015 / 127’

SAT 11/07
4:50p ULTRA

Imagine waking up every morning with a different
face. Now imagine falling in love with somebody,
only to know that their first impression will be the
last. In the grand tradition of Korean romantic
fantasy, THE BEAUTY INSIDE turns this premise into a
lush exploration of amorous and cinematic surfaces.

WED 11/11
5:35p ULTRA

COIN LOCKER GIRL

FRI 11/06
9:20p ULTRA

HAN JUN-HEE / S. KOREA / 2015 / 110’

SUN 11/08
8:20p ULTRA

THE DARK HORSE

SUN 11/08
8:35p ULTRA

TUES 11/10
7:55p ULTRA

TUES 11/10
2:00p ULTRA

GO AWAY MR. TUMOR
HAN YAN / CHINA / 2015 / 128’

Dickens meets Godfather when Il-Young, abandoned
in a coin locker as a baby, grows up as a fierce daughter in a family of loan sharks. But teenage rebellion
turns deadly when she starts to battle her adopted
mother, the intimidating, coiffed-for-murder matron
of the Chinatown underworld.

JAMES NAPIER ROBERTSON / NEW ZEALAND / 2014
/ 124’

A down-and-out ex-badminton champ shakes off her
shuttlecock to reclaim her family honor from a trio
of conniving thieves. Only in Hong Kong can this
sports redemption tale play out with the lunacy of a
thriller and the hysterical charms of a goofy comedy.

SAT 11/07
1:20p ULTRA

A plucky 30-year-old artist is hospitalized, but while
friends fret about her health, she finds herself pleasantly distracted by her gorgeous doctor played by
Daniel Wu. Gracefully personifying the manic spirit
and emotion of the original web comic, actress Bai
Baihe proves why she’s China’s new box office queen.

WED 11/11
5:20p ULTRA

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Whale Rider’s Cliff Curtis stars as Maori chess legend
Genesis Potini, an outsider in life who nonetheless
stands up for underprivileged youth by creating
opportunities for them through chess. Based on
a true story, this raw and inspiring drama stokes
passion that transcends class and disease.
DEADMAN INFERNO
HIROSHI SHINAGAWA / JAPAN / 2015 / 108’

A crew of washed-up yakuza are about to hang up
their coats until ZOMBIES ATTACK!! With the help of a
high-kicking daughter, a reggae-loving fisherman, a
questionable cop, and absolutely zero help from the
authorities, they rediscover their calling in Japan’s
most pitch-perfect horror-comedy in years.

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SAT 11/07
9:40p ULTRA
SAT 11/14
7:30p PALOMA

ASIA POP!

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ASIA POP!

SAT 11/07
8:25p ULTRA

THE ROYAL TAILOR

The rebellious Sophoun is milling about a crumbling
movie theater when something catches her eye: a
picture of her mother from decades ago. Digging
into her mom’s history unearths an entire catalogue
of glamour from the golden years of Cambodian
cinema, inspiring Sophoun to bring the past back
to life.

SAT 11/14
5:15p PALOMA

Court politics get tangled in this farce about an
emperor, his personal tailor, and a cocksure young
designer who has wild ideas about fashion, spinning
the city asunder. From one of Korea’s best comedy
directors comes sexy period intrigue with a distinctly
modern twist.

LITTLE BIG MASTER

SUN 11/08
1:00p ULTRA

SHORTS FOR SHORTIES!

Miriam Yeung plays a star school principal who can
get any job she wants, but opts instead to save a
struggling kindergarten from closing on its five
students. With uncommon sincerity and a mountain of cuteness, this family-friendly Hong Kong hit
fights class inequality with the fervor of principle.

SAT 11/14
1:00p PALOMA

Kid-friendly animated and live-action short films
about resilience, childhood, acceptance, and
friendship.

LORNA

FRI 11/06
6:30p ULTRA

TWENTY

SAT 11/07
6:05p ULTRA

Three buds may be entering their twenties, but they
are by no means men, at least as evidenced by their
skirt-chasing and general shirking of responsibility.
But the circling women force them into adulthood,
a ride fuelled by soju, awkward laughter, and above
all, a bond to survive any decade.

THURS 11/12
8:30p ULTRA

SUN 11/08
7:00p ULTRA

WE ARE FAMILY

SAT 11/07
1:00p UCSD

MON 11/09
4:00p ULTRA

Three slacker roommates who can barely take care
of themselves are put to the test when an old friend
arrives with a baby, a wad of cash, and a plea for help.
Now, the trio must get creative to keep the crying
baby happy and secret from prying eyes.

THE LAST REEL
SOTHO KULIKAR / CAMBODIA / 2014 / 105’

ADRIAN KWAN / HONG KONG / 2015 / 112’

SIGRID ANDREA BERNARDO / PHILIPPINES / 2014
/ 124’

Lorna, 60, has men in her midst: the ex-husband, the
smooth-talker, the overseas boyfriend, the rock star
with a stoned smile. Love should come easy, but as
Lorna quickly learns, it doesn’t get easier with age.
Shamaine Buencamino and Lav Diaz steal the show
in this retro, dashing comedy..
OBON BROTHERS
AKIRA OSAKI / JAPAN / 2015 / 107’

A struggling director moves in with his sick brother
after his wife’s divorce threats send him packing. On
top of that: a forced double-date that’s no good for
anybody. But in honor of the follies of fate, OBON
BROTHERS spins calamity into gentle observation
and wry, cool comedy.

MON 11/09
8:15p ULTRA

LEE WON-SUK / S. KOREA / 2014 / 127’

USA, TAIWAN, INDIA, JAPAN, SOUTH KOREA / 45’

LEE BYEONG-HEON / S.KOREA / 2015 / 115’

JIM WANG / TAIWAN / 2015 / 107'

SAT 11/07
11:00a ULTRA

TUES 11/10
8:15p ULTRA

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WONDERFUL NIGHTMARE
KANG HYO-JIN / S. KOREA / 2015 / 123’

FRI 11/06
5:50p ULTRA

In this touching comedic fantasy, the city’s top attorney dies in an accident, but is given a second chance
at life if she can trade places with an ordinary mother
for one month. Leave it to actress Uhm Jung-hwa to
take no prisoners – even when locked-up in her own
suburban cell.

SUN 11/08
2:40p ULTRA

THE WONDERFUL WEDDING

FRI 11/06
7:00p UCSD

HUANG CHAO-LIANG / TAIWAN / 2015 / 104’

A cranky Taiwanese dad gets the dreaded news that
his precious daughter is marrying a mainlander,
setting off a cross-cultural comedy of reluctant in-laws
and pre-marital hijinks. Fuelled by love and a sense of
fun, this box-office hit impressively balances genuine
anxiety with straight-up silliness, a fitting allegory
for cross-straits relations.

WED 11/11
3:20p ULTRA

ZINNIA FLOWER

WED 11/11
3:40p ULTRA

TOM SHU-YU LIN / TAIWAN / 2015 / 96’

They say it takes 100 days to mourn a death. Director
Tom Lin, who made the gripping ZINNIA FLOWER to
cope with his wife’s own passing, gifts us the story of
two strangers who lose their loved ones in a car crash
and discover that mourning takes more than time,
but an unexpected, liberating journey of solitude.

THURS 11/12
7:55p ULTRA

ASIA POP!
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MASTERS
Fresh from Cannes, Berlin, and other prestigious international film festivals, these are
premieres and rediscoveries of works by the world’s best directors.

FLOWERS OF TAIPEI: TAIWAN
NEW CINEMA

SUN 11/08
2:10p UCSD

HSIEH CHINLIN / TAIWAN / 2014 / 109’

AN
NAOMI KAWASE / JAPAN / 2015 / 113’’

TUES 11/10
6:15p ULTRA

A pastry chef gets an unusual applicant to be his
assistant: a 76-year-old woman with a special mastery
of the red-bean filling for his pancake confections.
But with the secret recipe comes secrets about the
woman’s background, and the chef is brought to
rethink his inspiration.

THURS 11/12
5:30p ULTRA

THE ASSASSIN

SUN 11/08
4:15p UCSD

HOU HSIAO-HSIEN / TAIWAN / 2015 / 104’

WED 11/11
8:35p ULTRA

THE CASE OF HANA & ALICE

SUN 11/08
4:30p ULTRA

In this animated prequel to Shunji Iwai’s 2004 hit,
we find out that the titular high schoolers first met
when they whimsically started looking into the famed
murder surrounding a classmate. Their amateur
sleuthing becomes a teenage dance of friendship,
illuminated by the gentle hues of youth.
CEMETERY OF SPLENDOUR
APICHATPONG WEERASETHAKUL / THAILAND / 2015
/ 122’

Apichatpong Weerasethakul casts another spell on
his characters and audience, this time watching
over a hospital full of soldiers with a mysterious
sleeping sickness. Past worlds – a school, ancient
ruins – animate strange states of longing and dreams
held in suspension..

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LA LA LA AT ROCK BOTTOM
YAMASHITA NOBUHIRO / JAPAN / 2015 / 103’

The great Hou Hsiao-hsien’s long-awaited martial
arts adaptation is a masterpiece of the wuxia spirit.
An assassin is ordered to kill her cousin but then
scales away from a life of violence. Intricately ordered
and immaculately detailed, but always profoundly
naturalistic, Hou stuns with a treatise on beauty and
justice that is beyond words.

SHUNJI IWAI / JAPAN / 2015 / 100’

Some of the world’s most famous directors and
curators debate, reminisce, and celebrate “Taiwan
New Cinema,” the film movement that reshaped
cultural dialogue in 1980s Taiwan and introduced
groundbreaking new talents like Hou Hsiao-hsien
and Edward Yang.

An amnesiac awakens knowing nothing about
himself except that he can sing! His process of
self-discovery, enabled by an ambitious teen at a
recording studio, brings him face-to-face with buried
demons and a talent that can lift him to redemption.
From the director of Linda Linda Linda.

SAT 11/07
8:50p ULTRA
MON 11/09
8:50p ULTRA

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FRI 11/06
5:35p ULTRA
SAT 11/07
5:55p ULTRA

MASTERS

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MASTERS

MON 11/09
6:00p ULTRA

TAXI

From the warped mind of Sion Sono comes one of
his most entertaining films to date. An office nerd
has glam-rock dreams but only his pet turtle gives
him any encouragement. Things blow up (literally)
when a magic spell turns the sewers and the city
into a musical fantasy-world.

WED 11/11
5:50p ULTRA

Jafar Panahi’s third film while banned from filmmaking is a shocker of unwavering mastery. With an
almost cheeky love of the camera, Panahi mounts
several camcorders in a taxi he drives around town,
interacting with passengers and brazenly putting to
the test the ethics of cinema in urban Iran.

MOUNTAINS MAY DEPART

FRI 11/06
8:55p ULTRA

THANATOS, DRUNK

A poignant epic spanning decades and continents,
Jia Zhang-ke’s latest masterpiece follows a love
triangle from its dance-infused beginnings to its
jet-set millennial melancholy. Jia explores China’s
past, present, and future as only he can: with a cantopop heart and a bleeding love for ordinary people
strewn apart.

MON 11/09
5:30p ULTRA

The aptly-named Rat crawls through a subcultural,
emotionally subterranean world left to him by an
alcoholic mother and shared with a brother who has
just returned from the United States. Chang Tso-chi’s
despairing, shockingly-felt drama plays like a woozy
dream interrupted by bouts of emotional acuity.

MON 11/09
8:30p ULTRA

NO NO SLEEP

SUN 11/08
1:00p UCSD

THE WHISPERING STAR

FRI 11/06
7:10p ULTRA

LOVE & PEACE
SION SONO / JAPAN / 2015 / 117’

JIA ZHANG-KE / CHINA / 2015 / 131’

TSAI MING-LIANG / TAIWAN, JAPAN, CHINA, HONG
KONG / 2015 / 35’

JOHNNIE TO / CHINA, HONG KONG / 2015 / 117’

Megastars Chow Yun-fat and Sylvia Chang engage
in power-plays, sideline deals, and other dubious
games of high finance. In any other hands, this
would be a routine takedown of corruption. In Johnnie To’s, it’s a high-flying musical with pop stars
and living legends spinning corporate intrigue to
dizzying heights.

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CHANG TSO-CHI / TAIWAN / 2015 / 106’

SION SONO / JAPAN / 2015 / 100’

A delivery-robot travels from planet to planet dropping off packages for human clients. Perched behind
her intergalactic console, she starts to wonder about
the worlds of humans, so far apart in space, so far
away in each other’s memories.

Tsai Ming-liang’s walker drifts from the Tokyo streets
into the lush quiet of a bath house. No one truly
sleeps alone under Tsai’s somnambulistic spells.
Preceded by Midi Z’s immigrant dream dance THE
PALACE ON THE SEA.

OFFICE

JAFAR PANAHI / IRAN / 2015 / 82’

THURS 11/12
6:45p ULTRA

SAT 11/07
5:10p UCSD

SAT 11/07
5:15p ULTRA

SUN 11/08
8:50p ULTRA
TUES 11/10
5:45p ULTRA

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DISCOVERIES
From Asia’s most innovative and thought-provoking filmmakers come new stories
and new ways of telling them.

ATOMIC HEART
ALI AHMADZADEH / IRAN / 2015 / 93’

TUES 11/10
8:55p ULTRA

Decked out in dyed hair and rhapsodizing on life
in their twenties, a pair of partiers cruise the Tehran
streets and along the way encounter a chic old friend
and a charmer with a devilish side. Without a doubt
the most surreal new Iranian film is also the coolest.

Thai filmmakers and critics reminisce on the
neatly-kept corner stall of a bustling market,
where in the 1990s, a shadowy entrepreneur sold
lovingly-smuggled works of world cinema on VHS,
and inadvertently transformed the face of Thai
cinema forever.
SNAKESKIN

A teacher has about had it with his rowdy students. A
mother realizes she hasn’t a clue on how to discipline
her young daughter. Director Mipo O captures the
anxiousness of childcare with paralyzing effect, but
also a realist’s take on adults’ desires – even inclinations – for doing the right thing.

WED 11/11
8:00p ULTRA

In 2066, the remaining member of a cult looks
back on its history when he discovers film footage
of its pre-founding in 2014. Altogether strange
and death-defying, this is an alternative history of
Singapore told from the future, showing racial and
cultural fault lines manifesting as a nation’s ghostsin-the-making.

HAPPY HOUR

TUES 11/10
1:00p ULTRA

SNOW PATHS

The precious balance holding together four best
friends is tested when one announces that she will
be divorcing her husband. With a grandeur and detail
afforded by its running time, HAPPY HOUR explores
that balance through a feat of fortitude and the poise
of simply “being there” between friends.

WED 11/11
1:00p ULTRA

An alcoholic checks into a forest convent for rehabilitation, but has an icy relationship with the nuns – that
is, until he meets one with an other-worldly obligation to him. Their connection is just one of many
enigmas in a film blurring religious and secular,
burning passion and the cold of winter.

THE KIDS

SAT 11/07
3:05p UCSD

SWAP

MIPO O / JAPAN / 2015 / 121’

RYUSUKE HAMAGUCHI / JAPAN / 2015 / 317’

WEI-SHAN YU / TAIWAN / 2015 / 90’

Bao-Li and Jia-Jia meet in middle school and
become forever connected in this remarkable
debut by Sunny Yu, who structures her document
of youth as a mystery with overlapping revelations.
As money problems, the pressure of family, and the
seduction of redemption mount, so does the film’s
willful sympathy.

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NAWAPOL THAMRONGRATTANARIT / THAILAND /
2014 / 80’

TUES 11/10
5:20p ULTRA

BEING GOOD

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THE MASTER

DANIEL HUI / SINGAPORE, PORTUGAL / 2014 / 105’

KIM HEE-JUNG / S. KOREA / 2015 / 100’

REMTON ZUASOLA / PHILIPPINES / 2015 / 96’

SUN 11/08
6:40p ULTRA
THURS 11/12
4:00p ULTRA

THURS 11/12
8:45p ULTRA

FRI 11/06
8:35p ULTRA

MON 11/09
6:20p ULTRA

Staged in a magnificent single take while zipping
in time and shifting breathlessly across locations,
SWAP follows a young couple as they confront the
unimaginable: the kidnapping of their son. The film’s
theatrics foreground a thrilling game of cat-andmouse, while the ghosts of social upheaval loom
behind the curtains.

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