The 11th Annual

October 21–28, 2010
Be Wise. Love Film.
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WELCOME LETTER
As we enter a new decade of service, we can say that our “baby” – the San
Diego Asian Film Festival - is growing up. Many of you have been with us
for years to see how the Festival and our Foundation has evolved into a
community of its own. But if you are joining us for the first time, we welcome
you with open arms to our 11th film festival season!
Our mission is to connect audiences with the human experience through the
Pan Asian media arts. Not only do we aspire to connect audiences but also
transform them.
BE WISE. LOVE FILM
Through this Festival, we hope you leave feeling wiser about the world and
fall more in love with the art of motion pictures. This year, we are presenting
more than 140 short and feature length films in 8 days from 20 countries,
including our first films from Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, and a Filipino film
from Ireland.
Starting with our Opening Night Film, LEGEND OF THE FIST you will be the
first in the U.S. to see this much anticipated martial arts epic directed by
Wai-Keung Lau, starring the prolific Donnie Yen (who stars in three SDAFF
films this year!) Bookending the Festival as our Closing Night Film is a quirky
romantic comedy, AU REVOIR TAPEI, by the young and talented Taiwanese
filmmaker Arvin Chen.
Within the enormous selection are more than a dozen short films programs
presented for the first time in High Definition. If you have never experienced
a “shorts program” (a collection of short films packaged thematically), this
is a great time to start. From hilarious, comedy films (Ninja, Say What??),
to films about love (Wake Up, I Love You), the Japanese experience (Cinema
Bento) and even revenge (Eye for an Eye), each program is a journey through
the lens of emerging filmmakers.
We also have an exciting lineup of first-time feature filmmakers who have
proven that good stories don’t need multi-million dollar budgets. Many
directors will be here to speak about their films, so be sure to check out
Christina Yao’s epic EMPIRE OF SILVER, Jeff Chiba Stern’s delightful ONE
BIG HAPA FAMILY, Lena Pendhakar’s family comedy RASPBERRY MAGIC,
Gerry Balasta’s poignant MOUNTAIN THIEF, and Helie Lee’s hilarious
mockumentary, MACHO LIKE ME.
In addition, we have a special spotlight on trans-racial Adoption this year,
with a presentation of four features including IN THE MATTER OF CHA
JUNG HEE directed by award-winning filmmaker and Korean American
adoptee, Deann Borshay and the West Coast premiere of RESILIENCE by
Tammy Chu. There are dozens more films I wish I could point out, but hope
you will take the time to read in this booklet.
Finally, I want to personally thank my husband, Louis Song; our chairman
Stephen Chin and our board of directors; our hardworking staff, members,
volunteers; and our generous sponsors, without whom this movement would
not be possible. To Joseph Balan, may you rest in peace, and say hello to
George for all of us!
Carpe Diem,
Lee Ann Kim
Founder and Executive Director
Message from Mayor 6
About SDAFF 7
Foundation & Fest Staff 8
Board of Directors 9
Chairman’s Welcome 10
Sponsors 13
Ticket Information 16
SDAFF membership 17
Text to Phone Updates 18
Hazard Center
Redevelopment Update 20
How to Festival 20
Special Events 21
Festival Schedule 24
Film & Program Guide 28
Adoption Spotlight 31
State of Animation 37
Reel Voices: Then & Now 65
Special Thanks 97
Print Source 98
Program booklet designed by Marilyn Jones
with support from Jennifer Wang and John Im.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
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MISSION
Our mission is to connect audiences with the human experience through the Pan Asian media arts.
We fulfill our mission by:
• Presenting unique, culturally-enriching programs that would otherwise be inaccessible;
• Engaging the public in meaningful discourse and positive social change;
• Promoting artistic excellence, innovation and the independent voice;
• Strengthening San Diego as an arts destination.
PROGRAMS
While we are best-known for our annual Film Festival, we offer year-round programs that include:
FREE FILMS ON DEMAND
We offer a free selection of SDAFF films throughout the year on TIME WARNER CABLE. If you are a digital subscriber,
go to Channel 144 and search for the SD ASIAN FILM tab. Click on the tab, and choose the film you’d like to see.
The San Diego Asian Film Foundation is a 501 (c)(3). Tax ID # 33-1001523
7290 Engineer Road, Suite A San Diego, CA 92111
858.565.1264 | www.SDAFF.org | info@sdaff.org
We are a group of passionate, hard-working advocates of advancing quality Asian American and independent cinema. We believe our work
builds hope and understanding through the shared experiences of artists and audiences. Not to mention, we love to have fun!
ABOUT THE SAN DIEGO ASIAN FILM FOUNDATION
COMMUNITY & OUTDOOR
SCREENINGS
REEL VOICES,
a youth documentary boot camp
MEMBERSHIP EVENTS
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FOUNDATION AND FESTIVAL STAFF
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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Lee Ann Kim
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR
Mye Hoang
OPERATIONS DIRECTOR
Phillip Lorenzo
MARKETING DIRECTOR
Daniel Matthews
ARTISTIC PROGRAMMERS
Michael Chen
Sam Chen
Gene Huh
Anderson Le
PROGRAMMING
ASSISTANTS
Brandon Coyle
Eric Lallana
Jimmy Lee
Jason Low
ENTRY COORDINATOR
Jennifer Lo
GRAPHIC DESIGN
John Im
Marilyn Jones
Christopher Lee
Mark Reyes
Jennifer Wang
COMMUNITY OUTREACH
Jimmy Lee
ONLINE CONTENT
Ryan Wong
WEB SITE
Ken Benavente
VOLUNTEER
COORDINATORS
Mark Gadia
Julie Zhan
STREET TEAM
COORDINATOR
Jessica Ross
MARKETING ASSOCIATES
Frank Dinh
Christine Hoang
Glaiza de Gracia
Grace Kim
Mea Lath
Jane Lee
Monica Lim
Keige Tom
Jackie Vo
Justin Wong
SPECIAL EVENTS
Dennis-Michael Broussard
Sheila Kanoya
Grace Lee
Kent Lee
Terry Matsuoka
Joanna Seetoo-Schiele
Cynthia Yee
PRODUCTION
COORDINATOR
Chris Paffendorf
FACILITIES
Kristin Hashimoto
Ruriko Sato
Edward Shaffer
THEATER OPERATIONS
Mark Gadia
Mario Guerrero
Thanh Hoang
Ivan Li
Andy Lo
Christian Manzanan
Shelly Yo
GUEST SERVICES
Bryce Griffin
Jennifer Lo
Christine Yeh
BOX OFFICE
Eunjae Kim
Elaine Lallana
Monica Lim
Carissa Serie
CUSTOMER SERVICE
Samantha Love
PROJECTIONISTS
Trevor Behan
Brook Falkenstein
Staci Gaines
Mye Hoang
Arnold Marquez
Jon Miller
Chris Paffendorf
Sonya Park
Jake Zamzow
VOLUNTEER LEADS
Richard Banh
JR Bungay
Aleena Heng
Rolo Herrera
Pamela Huynh
Billy Khang
Andrew Lanez
Thu Nguyen
Amara Tang
Amaris Tang
Brian Thai
INTERNS
Sherilyn Bumatay
Mari Jacobson
Eunjae Kim
Mindy Kim
Grace Lee
REEL VOICES
INSTRUCTORS
Mike Watson, Coordinator
Cheryl Kanekar
REEL VOICES INTERNS
Phillip Bernadino
Brian Brennan
Angel Gatus
Christian Guzman
Calvin Ha
Kanyon Iwami
Lauren Lynch
Daniel Magana
Kevin Tran
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Stephen Chin, Chairman
Lani Lutar, Vice Chair
Jaejung Kim, Secretary
Steven Hong, Treasurer
Ranjit Dhindsa
Amethyst Griffith
Dan Hom
Sheila Kanoya
Dr. Jeff Krebs
Albert Lee
Benjamin Lee
Joe Mendoza
Steve Peace
Arturo Rivera
Louis Song
Benjamin Tu
Sarah Yang
Cynthia Yee
ADVISORY BOARD
Brian Blake
Dr. Leeva Chung
Jonathan Fohrman
Robert Ito
Ed Nesfield
Dominic Tong
Eddie Wang-Rodriguez
FESTIVAL JURY
Dylan Marchetti
Hebe Tabachnik
Chris Tashima
K. Wayne Yang
PUBLIC RELATIONS
Andy Hoang
Nikki Jiminez, Focuscom
PHOTOGRAPHERS
Archie Acosta
Jose Bucud
Michael Domingo
Brian Figueroa
Rodney Regala
Reggie Regala
Allan Regala
Alex Tran
ACCOUNTING
Lee Forrester
LEGAL REPRESENTATION
Mintz Levin
TRAILER ANIMATION
Steve Guitierrez
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2010 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
(Front to Back, L to R) Sheila Kanoya, Jeff Krebs, Cynthia Yee, Amethyst Griffith, Sarah Yang, Joe Mendoza, Steve Peace,
Ranjit Dhindsa, Louis Song, Lani Lutar, Dan Hom, Stephen Chin, Arturo Rivera
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The San Diego Asian Film Foundation is overseen by a passionate group of business and community leaders who volunteer their
time and expertise to help grow a dynamic organization. Board members are in charge of governance, ensure adequate resources
and help guide the Foundation’s strategic direction. Not to mention, they’re a pretty cool group of people to hang out with!
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Stephen Chin, SDAFF Chair – Marketing Director, Sharp Health Plan
Lani Lutar, Vice Chair – Executive Director, San Diego County Taxpayers Association
Jaejung Kim, Secretary - Associate, Brown Law Group
Steven Hong, Treasurer – EVP, Automated TeleMedicine, Inc.
Dan Hom, Chairman Emeritus – President, Focuscom, Inc
MEMBERS AT LARGE
Ranjit Dhindsa - Divx
Amethyst Griffith - Matador Enterprises
Sheila Kanoya – Port of San Diego
Jeff Krebs – Kaiser Permanente
Albert Lee – Harrah’s Rincon Casino
Benjamin Lee - Bank of America Home Loans
Joe Mendoza – Katcam Real Estate
Steve Peace – JMI Realty
Art Rivera - Fusion Marketing
Benjamin Tu – Barona Valley Ranch and Casino
Louis Song – PROVEN Inc.
Sarah Yang – Wells Fargo
Cynthia Yee – GS Levine Insurance Services
Board members serve a minimum two year term, must be a paid member, and meet about 8 times a year. A detailed packet of
board requirements are available online at www.sdaff.org
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LETTER FROM THE CHAIRMAN
Welcome to the 11th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival!
The festival is a special time when we come together to celebrate the magic of film, applaud the
talents of artists and filmmakers, and rejoice in the diversity of our community.
One of our generation’s most successful filmmakers says, “Every time I go to a movie, it’s magic, no
matter what the movie’s about.” Film has the power to move us — it transcends our experiences,
transports us to new places and reveals our world anew. It’s “magic,” as Steven Spielberg reminds
us, and I believe film can also bring us together in wondrous ways.
Thank you to our members, donors, sponsors and community leaders, who support the SDAFF
and its ongoing community collaborations. With your generosity, the SDAFF continues to bring
people together through the magic of film.
In addition, I am grateful to our former Board Chairman, Dan Hom, as well as the dynamic and
committed Board of Directors, staff and volunteers. Their combined dedication and passion for the
SDAFF ensures we will continue to develop in even more relevant ways to improve our community.
And finally, I wish to thank Lee Ann. One would be hard pressed to separate her identity from that
of the SDAFF — her generous heart, bright spirit and tireless efforts embody the essence of the
SDAFF.
I feel truly blessed to be working with so many of you to make a positive and meaningful difference in the lives of those around us.
Thank you for supporting our community — and the magic of film!
Stephen R. Chin
SDAFF Board Chairman
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A Big Round of Applause For
Pam Slater-Price Ron Roberts
for your continuous and invaluable support of arts, culture, and diversity in our region.
Our Patrons, Members And Filmmakers Thank You!
Greg Cox
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N0N-MEMBER PRICES
Opening & Closing Night Films $18 (LEGEND OF THE FIST & AU REVOIR TAIPEI)
General Admission $10.50
Student/Senior/Military/ Child $8 (Must present ID, only good for General Admission)
Panels $5
Festival 4-pack (while available) $34
Festival 10-pack (while available) $86
SDAFF MEMBER PRICES
Opening & Closing Night Films $12 (LEGEND OF THE FIST & AU REVOIR TAIPEI)
General Admission $7
Panels Free (must get ticket at box office)
Festival 4-pack (while available) $25
Festival 10-pack (while available) $62
All Festival Pass $175 (while supply lasts)
Become a member for as low as $55/year. Sign up for membership inside Hazard Center UltraStar lobby during Festival or
online at SDAFF.org for ticket and merchandise discounts, plus freebies!
*All online sales are subject to $1 fee per ticket plus 3% surcharge on order. Group sales are also subject to these charges.
FREE PROGRAMS:
Free Films at 4:00PM, presented by John S. Yi of
• Ni Hao Kai-Lan and Kid’s Corner (Oct 23)
• Blowfish Music Party (Oct 23)
• Interpretations Panel (Oct 24)
• Reel Voices (Oct 24)
REFUND POLICY
No refunds for unused tickets, 4-packs, 10-packs, or all-festival passes.
SOLD-OUT SCREENINGS / RUSH LINES
When a program is sold out, there is a good chance seats will be available through a “RUSH LINE” at the theatre.
Rush lines start outside the theater 30 minutes before the show. We offer all open seats 10 minutes before showtime
on a first-come, first serve basis to those waiting in the Rush Line.
FESTIVAL VENUES
OCT 21–28, 2010
UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas
7510 Hazard Center Drive
San Diego, CA 92108
BLOWFISH MUSIC SHOWCASE (OCT 23)
Mission Valley Marriott, Outdoor Pavilion
8757 Rio San Diego Drive
San Diego, CA 92108
To guarantee seating, patrons must show up at least 15 minutes before showtime.
2010 TICKET PRICES
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SDAFF MEMBERSHIP
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WE THANK OUR 2010 MEMBERS FOR THEIR GENEROUS SUPPORT!
LIFETIME MEMBERS
($10,000 +)
Allan Camaisa
Johnny Chou
PRODUCER
($1,000+)
Theresa Battle
Joon Han
Diana Mar Jip-Chuh
Tom and Loretta Hom
Chong Lee
Ed Lee
James Lee
The Lew Foundation
George Lin (in memoriam)
Eddie Wang Rodriguez
Dominic Tong and
Katherine Bowdish
Jim Wade
Sarah Yang
PATRONS ($500+)
Sheila Abrenica Kanoya
Mike Avila
Ken Benavente
Thomas Dring
Grace DuVall
Amethyst and Robert
Griffith
Dan Hom
Dale Inahara
Jaejung Kim
Sam Kim
Marcia Kingzio
Mathew Long
Johnny Mah
Joseph Ongsiapco and
Fawn Yang
Sudarma Pokta and
Tomomi Ushii
Willie and Lois Fong Sakai
Robert Sanchez
Michael Sasaki
Louis Song and
Lee Ann Kim
Charles and Linda Tu
SUPPORTERS ($250+)
Keith Calistro
Stephen Chin
Russell Ginns
Amethyst and
Robert Griffith
Shan Huang
Albert Lee
Rich Lee and Soang Lee
Thomas Lee
Kyong Macek
Lynne and Paul Matthews
Laurel Nishida
Chris Paffendorf
Robert Pelia
Jeremy Pizzola
Denson Pokta
Elise Prosser
Miyo and Mitchell Reff
Art Rivera
Cuong Trang
Kenneth Wade
Mike and Music Watson
Susie Willemsz-Geeroms
Ryan Wong
DONORS ($100+)
Elias Almazan
Richard Banh
Gale Barlow
Paul Bergman
Brian Blake
Jeanne Burch
Kyle Chan
Dawn Chang
Lee Chang
Yegin Chen
Betty Chin
Sandra Chong
Anita Dawson
Jeet Dhindsa
James Faupel
Sal Flor
Jonathan Fohrman
Allen Fuqua
Kikue Graeber
Steven Hadley
Sylvie Hinh
Erika Hiramatsu and
Michael Cheswick
A Hobbs
Steven Hong
Takeo Hoshi
Shan Huang and Paul
Brown
Linda Jamieson
David Kawamoto
Jinah Kim-Perek
Susan Kim
Jeff Krebs
Benson Lam
Jeffrey Lee
Kate Leonard and
Richard Forsyth
Karen Lim
Tommy and Bonnie Lim
Cindy Lin and Chris Reyes
Phil Lorenzo
May McLean
Joe Mendoza
Nicole Miller-Coleman
Minh Nguyen
Tanya Nguyen
Elizabeth Nolan
Erica-Anne Okamura
Shirley Omori and Efton
Woodford
Joy Pakingan
Sue Ann Park
Raymond Park
Bennett Peji
Greg Penetrante
Pete Peters and Todd Futa
Lloyd La Plant Jr.
David Quon
Luis Ramos
Reggie Regala
KR Ridge
Jessica Ann Ross
Randal Schober
Wendy Urushima-Conn
John Skrentny
Mark Stabb
William Saung
Grace Seid
Joyce and Bill Teague
Elizabeth Tran
Benjamin Tu
Felix Tuyay
Rainer Wagester
Sean Wang
Michael Wells and
Sung Ae Yoon
James KW Yee
FRIENDS ($55+)
Elly Aguilar
Jason Arcand
Andrew Arvai
Maria Ballesteros
Steve Barlow
Roel Bautista
Karen Beeson
Vivian Biely
Jeffrey Brosbe
Ellen Brown and
Zoe Merewether
Greg Brown
Jose Bucud
Arthur Carbonell
Sam Chan
Chaur-Yang Cheng
Joseph Cheung
Michelle Cheung
Siatnee Chong
Jane Chung
Judy Chung and
Benjamin Lee
Kathleen Clavero
Jessie Crozier
John Dacapias
Gary Davis
Michael Dodge
Christopher Ekren
Toshiye Estes
RB Francisco
Carolyn Gerhart
Jasmine Gipson
Jim Gottlieb
Wendy Grice
Sharon Griswold
Amy Harris
Kaori Hashimoto and
Tom Jacobson
Kathi Heiser
Trang Ho
Mye Hoang
James Hsu
Pamela Huynh
Kenji Ima
Leslie Ima
Edna Ito
Gary Jensen
Hajime and Clare Kanoya
Chikako Keith
Chris Keith
Elizabeth Kim
John Kim
Sunny J Kim
Mike Klass
Elaine and Eric Lallana
Jason Lam
Grant Lewis
Jennifer Lo
Henry Louria
Yam Lee
Gerardo Leon
Nancy Liu
Jerry Lu
Mark Matsui
Bridget McDonald
Dan McLeod
Brian Mehl
Sarah Meland
Keith Momon
Joff Morales
Nathalie Morales
Stephanie Moy
Lyman Ng
Stefan Nguyen
Thanh Nguyen
Jacqueline Pablo
Lina Park and Dae Lee
Pat Pepper
Ty Phimmasone
Guy Poirier
Trent Reid
Daniel Roose
Anne Louise Ross
Bruce Rowe
Chris Rule
Peggy Russell
Tae Sawada
Wayne Sherman
Grace Shih
David Shina
Shawn Skinner and
Huong Duong
Ryan Suda
Merle Thrasher
Annamarie Till
Ronnie Tuatagaloa
Greg Toya
Thomas Truong
Jan Vangrov
Karen Wang
Niki Wells
Jon Wesick
Matthew Wong
Cynthia Yee
Heidi Yuen
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HAZARD CENTER REDEVELOPMENT UPDATE
When are we moving and other FAQs
In May, the San Diego City council approved the $200 million redevelopment of the Hazard Center which includes
the elimination of the current Ultrastar Cinemas space. The San Diego Asian Film Festival, along with other local
film festivals, have called this theater venue “home” for many years because of its central location, affordability, free
parking and state-of-the-art digital projection. The SDAFF will eventually relocate the Festival as a result.
Why and When will the Hazard Center theater be demolished?
Developer Oliver McMillan is adding 470 housing units to the Hazard Center in addition to new retail and park space.
The theater venue will be demolished to make room for a parking lot.
Construction should begin no sooner than 2012. That means we can host the Asian Film Festival at the Hazard Center
until at least through 2011.
Will the San Diego Asian Film Festival continue?
Of course! We consider the impending loss of the Hazard Center theater as an opportunity for growth. We are already
working on a transition plan and have received enormous support from the Mayor’s office, City Council, the County
Board of Supervisors as well as community and business leaders to make sure our move does not adversely affect
our organization and those we serve. Our Board of Directors and staff are also 100% committed to maintain quality
programming to achieve our mission.
Why don’t you just move to another movie-plex or theater?
There are many factors that go into choosing a Festival venue - the type of film projection available, the number of
rentable auditoriums and number of seats, storage space for films, the cost of renting the theater, vendor space,
parking, and location. Moving a week-long Festival will take a lot of strategy, marketing, and additional funding.
What is the SDAFF doing to prepare for this transition?
We are assembling a Transition Team to help research potential exhibition venues, develop marketing strategy, and
ensure adequate resources for the move. The Hazard Center developer has promised to keep us in the loop on any
construction dates, and we are closely following plans for future construction of several movie theaters in San Diego
that will be “Festival Friendly.” OliverMcMillan and the Principal Financial Group have also donated $25,000 to the
Asian and Latino Film Festivals for transition planning. The CEO of Oliver McMillan, Dene Oliver, has committed his
personal support in helping to develop a strategic plan for our transition.
I am a SDAFF member. Will this transition affect my SDAFF membership?
The transition will not affect membership. We are looking to increase benefits for members through the transition and
turn to you for feedback on potential locations.
How can I find out more about this transition? And How can I help?
The best way to help simply to continue supporting us through membership and attendance of our programs. No
matter where we go, we need you to move with us. Also, if you want to stay informed, please sign up to receive email
update on our website at: www.SDAFF.org. You can also volunteer to participate in our Transition Team.
Feel free to send us your questions, comments, concerns, and ideas to info@sdaff.org.
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Attending a film festival can be overwhelming, so we’ve compiled some tips on how to maximize your Festival
experience.
1. CLEAR YOUR SCHEDULE
The Festival only comes once a year, so treat it like a mini vacation. You’ll get the most out of it by simply planning
ahead and keeping your schedule open October 21 – 28.
2. TRY SOMETHING NEW
Be bold and adventurous with your film picks. Try a documentary or a few of our short film programs, which are being
projected for the first time in High Def!
3. JOIN US FOR SPECIAL EVENTS
Whether it’s the opening or closing night reception, art show, live music, film discussion, the gala awards dinner, or live
film project, these special events are what make the festival a Festival!
4. GET CELL PHONE UPDATES : TEXT “SDAFF” to 53137
Be the first to learn about newly added or cancelled screenings, surprise announcements, discounts, coupons, and
freebies ON YOUR CELL PHONE. Text “SDAFF” to 53137 to become a FESTIVAL INSIDER.
5. CONNECT WITH SDAFF ONLINE
Follow : @SDAFF | Engage in conversation: #SDAFF11
Become a fan: Facebook.com/SDAsianFilm
Subscribe : Youtube.com/SanDiegoAsianFilm
6. BECOME A MEMBER
Memberships start at $55 and pay-back easily through discounted tickets, exclusive member screenings. Only
members can purchase All-Festival Passes. Sign up by Oct 31 and be entered to win a 7-day cruise for two on Holland
America Line.
7. FESTIVAL ON A BUDGET
Save money by purchasing the 4 or 10-pack of tickets.
FREE FILMS AT FOUR every weekday presented by John S. Yi,
Save your TICKET STUB for specials at the following businesses:
• Applebee’s 20% off • Joe’s Crab Shack Free Appetizer Party 4+
• Maria Maria Restaurant 10% off (except happy hour) • Quiznos $1 off regular sub/$2 off large sub
• Randy Jones All American Grill 20% off food • Sansai Japanese Grill 25% off meals from 3:30-6PM
• Smashburger Free Smash Fry w/purchase • ULAN MED SPA 10% off services Call 619-294-8526
• Yogurtland 10% off
Hazard Center locations only.
8. TELL US WHAT YOU THINK
We love compliments, and if you have a complaint, we want to know too (but please, don’t yell at us, it hurts our
feelings). We have a COMMENT BOX in our lobby, and please fill out a survey.
9. TALK FILM
Participate in Q&As and film discussions. Broaden your film appreciation!
10. MORE RANDOM TIPS
Bring a sweater: sometimes the theaters get cold.
Arrive 15–30 minutes before each show.
Clean up after yourself after each show. This helps us turn around theaters faster.
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SOLES FOR ORPHANS PROJECT OCT 21-28 | UltraStar Cinemas Lobby
As part of our spotlight on adoption, attendees are invited to donate new shoes, socks, and shoelaces to be donated
to Buckner International, which distributes shoes for children in 68 countries. Along with shoes, we invite you to also
write a letter to go with your donation.
OPENING NIGHT PARTY THU OCT 21, 9PM–Midnight | Maria Maria Restaurant
Join us at the Hazard Center’s newest restaurant, Maria Maria, as we kick off our 11th film festival with
complimentary appetizers and Stella Artois. Ticket or pass holders only. Sponsored by Union Bank.
FRIDAY NIGHT PARTY AT THIN BAR FRI OCT 22, 9pm–2am | Thin Bar (Gaslamp)
Come party and dance with us downtown at Thin Bar (919 Fourth Ave.). Drinks specials all night. Free with Festival
badge or to get on guest list, email RSVP@sdaff.org. Sponsored by MYX and Victory Entertainment.
GALA AWARDS DINNER SAT OCT 23, 7PM | Mission Valley Marriott
Dress to impress as we announce the top films of our Festival. Great food, hosted beer and wine, and live
entertainment. Presented by Wells Fargo & Viejas Enterprises. $200/seat. RSVP at gala@sdaff.org
BLOWFISH LIVE MUSIC SHOWCASE SAT OCT 23, 10PM–1:00AM | Mission Valley Marriott
Our popular annual live music showcase, join us for BLOWFISH: INTERSECTION OF SIGHTS AND SOUNDS. Special
guests DJ Icy Ice and Toquon of Soul Elevation. Sponsored by Toyota and Verizon Wireless. Located at Mission
Valley’s outdoor pavilion. Free.
REEL VOICES SUN OCT 24, 12:20PM | UltraStar Cinemas
Free showcase of films from the SDAFF’s popular Teen Video Producers Program. Presented by Bank of America and
Union Bank.
ASIAN AMERICANS SUN OCT 24, 12:15PM | UltraStar Cinemas
IN HOLLYWOOD (PANEL)
A panel of hot, young talent who are making their mark in Hollywood including Harry Shum, Jr. (Glee, League of
Extraordinary Dancers), Jon M. Chu (director of Step Up 2), Ellen Wong (Scott Pilgrim), Aaron Yoo (Disturbia, Friday
the 13th), and CS Lee (Dexter). Free for members/passholders or $5/door
INTERPRETATIONS (FREE PANEL) SUN OCT 24, 2:15PM | UltraStar Cinemas
From the folks at YouOffendMeYouOffendMyFamily, see the top submissions of their INTERPRETATIONS filmmaking
contest where the public was provided “One Script, Endless Possibilities.” Scheduled to speak – director Justin Lin,
actors Danny Pudi and Roger Fan. Free!
CLOSING NIGHT PARTY THU OCT 28, 9PM | All American Grill
Join us as we wrap our 11th film festival at All American Grill (located at Hazard Center between Kinko’s and
Doubletree hotel) with complimentary food, silent auction, and raffles. Ticket or passholders only. Sponsored by
TECO.
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SCHEDULE OF PROGRAMS
7:00PM LEGEND OF THE FIST
(OPENING NIGHT FILM)
113mins
7:10PM STANDING QUEER
92mins
9:30PM CLASH
90mins
11:00AM TAHAAN
105mins
1:00PM INTERNATIONAL
DEPARTURES
109mins
3:30PM A BRAND NEW LIFE
92mins
5:30PM TIME TRAVELLER
122mins
8:00PM BODYGUARDS
& ASSASSINS
139mins
12:20PM REEL VOICES
(FREE) 90mins
2:00PM CITY OF LIFE
AND DEATH
132mins
4:35PM ECHOES OF
THE RAINBOW
117mins
7:00PM IP MAN 2
108mins
8:00PM 71: INTO THE FIRE
120mins
5:10PM YOUNG & RESTLESS
84mins
7:20PM EMPIRE OF SILVER
113mins
12:45PM ONE VOICE
84mins
2:45PM STATE OF ALOHA
78mins
4:45PM WAKE UP, I LOVE YOU
82mins
6:40PM EYE FOR AN EYE
86mins
9:40PM MANILA SKIES
98mins
12:15PM ASIAN AMERICANS
IN HOLLYWOOD PANEL
90mins
2:10PM INTERPRETATIONS
PANEL
(FREE) 90mins
4:10PM CAST ME IF YOU CAN
97mins
6:30PM THE MOUNTAIN THIEF
78mins
8:35PM THE PHOTOGRAPH
98mins
4:00PM INTERNATIONAL
DEPARTURES
(FREE) 109mins
7:15PM CINEMA BENTO
87mins
9:30PM KAMUI
120mins
4:00PM GOOD MORNING
PRESIDENT
(FREE) 132mins
6:35PM BEYOND HUMAN
74mins
8:20PM NINJA, ARE YOU CRAZY??
90mins
10:30PM ROBOGEISHA
102mins
10:30AM NI HAO KAI-LAN’S
BIG PLAY & KIDS’ CORNER
(FREE) 67mins
12:15PM WO AI NI MOMMY
176mins
2:00PM MACHO LIKE ME
73mins
3:55PM EMPIRE STATE OF MIND
90mins
6:10PM GOEMON
128mins
8:50PM AIR DOLL
125mins
12:30PM NINJA, ARE YOU CRAZY??
90mins
2:25PM ANIMATION:
THE ILLUSION OF LIFE
84mins
4:45PM HE(ART) OF THE MATTER
83mins
6:40PM FOOL FOR LOVE
99mins
8:55PM KAMUI
120mins
7:30PM BANDHOBI
107mins
5:30PM IF I KNEW WHAT YOU SAID
88mins
7:30PM IN THE MATTER OF
CHA JUNG HEE
64mins
9:15PM COLIN HEARTS KAY
90mins
12:20PM SONGS FROM
THE SOUTHERN SEAS
88mins
2:10PM ONE BIG HAPA FAMILY
84mins
4:10PM THE HOUSE OF SUH
95mins
6:30PM RASPBERRY MAGIC
88mins
8:25PM THE ACTRESSES
104mins
10:30PM ALIEN VS. NINJA
181mins
12:40PM RAMCHAND PAKISTANI
105mins
2:50PM FINDING FACE
68mins
5:00PM LITTLEROCK
84mins
7:10PM 71: INTO THE FIRE
120mins
9:30PM YOGA
98mins
THURSDAY OCT 21
ALL film programs take place at the Mission Valley UltraStar Cinemas at Hazard Center
Times & films are subject to change. Additional screenings may be added. For the latest, go to our Web site, www.sdaff.org or
text SDAFF to 53137 for cell phone updates.
FRIDAY OCT 22
SATURDAY OCT 23
SUNDAY OCT 24
THEATER 7 - BARONA
THEATER 7 - BARONA
THEATER 7 - BARONA
THEATER 7 - BARONA
THEATER 6 - VERIZON
THEATER 6 - VERIZON
THEATER 6 - VERIZON
THEATER 6 - VERIZON
THEATER 1 - STELLA ARTOIS
THEATER 1 - STELLA ARTOIS
THEATER 1 - STELLA ARTOIS
THEATER 1 - STELLA ARTOIS
THEATER 2 - SHARP HEALTH
THEATER 2 - SHARP HEALTH
THEATER 2 - SHARP HEALTH
THEATER 2 - SHARP HEALTH
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4:00PM TAHAAN
(FREE) 105mins
7:00PM ABOUT HER BROTHER
126mins
7:00PM IP MAN 2
108mins
7:00PM AU REVOIR TAIPEI
(CLOSING NIGHT FILM)
85mins
5:25PM CAST ME IF YOU CAN
97mins
7:30PM NINOY AQUINO
56mins
8:55PM EMPIRE OF SILVER
113mins
5:15PM WAKE UP, I LOVE YOU
82mins
7:30PM ANIMATION:
THE ILLUSION OF LIFE
84mins
9:20PM BODYGUARDS &
ASSASSINS
139mins
5:20PM VOICES IN
THE CLOUDS
77mins
5:15PM TIBET IN SONG
86mins
7:40PM THE TAQWACORES
92mins
9:30PM MACHO LIKE ME
73mins
4:00PM CINEMA BENTO
(FREE) 87mins
6:30PM ECHOES OF THE RAINBOW
117mins
8:45PM AIR DOLL
125mins
5:10PM CAFÉ SEOUL
120mins
7:45PM THE RED CHAPEL
88mins
5:40PM VOICES IN THE CLOUDS
77mins
7:15PM THE HOUSE OF SUH
95mins
9:20PM UNCLE BOONMEE
114mins
5:20PM HIROSHIMA NAGASAKI
DOWNLOAD
72mins
7:15PM CAFÉ SEOUL
120mins
9:35PM THE MOUNTAIN THIEF
78mins
4:00PM RESILIENCE
(FREE) 75mins
5:30PM EMPIRE STATE OF MIND
90mins
7:20PM LITTLEROCK
85mins
TUESDAY OCT 26
WEDNESDAY OCT 27
THURSDAY OCT 28
THEATER 7 - BARONA
THEATER 7 - BARONA
THEATER 7 - BARONA
Additional showings TBA on www.sdaff.org
THEATER 6 - VERIZON
THEATER 6 - VERIZON
THEATER 6 - VERIZON
THEATER 1 - STELLA ARTOIS
THEATER 1 - STELLA ARTOIS
THEATER 1 - STELLA ARTOIS
THEATER 2 - SHARP HEALTH
THEATER 2 - SHARP HEALTH
THEATER 2 - SHARP HEALTH
THEATER 7 - BARONA THEATER 6 - VERIZON THEATER 1 - STELLA ARTOIS THEATER 2 - SHARP HEALTH
5:10PM 48 HR FILM PROJECT
(FREE) 90mins
7:00PM TIME TRAVELLER
122mins
9:30PM CLASH
90mins
5:40PM MIXED PLATE SPECIAL
75mins
7:40PM IF I KNEW
WHAT YOU SAID
88mins
9:40PM COLIN HEARTS KAY
90mins
5:30PM PROMISE AND UNREST
94mins
7:25PM SONGS FROM THE
SOUTHERN SEAS
88mins
9:20PM GOEMON
128mins
4:00PM RASPBERRY MAGIC
(FREE) 88mins
6:00PM RESILIENCE
75mins
8:00PM THE RED CHAPEL
88mins
9:55PM YOGA
98mins
MONDAY OCT 25
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Impacting today’s generations through positive messages about
contemporary icons. Risen asks people about their successes,
failures, challenges and spirituality. We tell stories by digging
beneath the surface because life is raw, it’s real, and so is Risen.
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2010
FILM AND
PROGRAM GUIDE
Be Wise. Love Film.
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2010 Toronto International Film Festival
2010 Venice International Film Festival
West Coast Premiere
Set seven years after the conclusion of the landmark 1995 television series, Fist of
Fury, Donnie Yen (Ip Man, SDAFF ’09) reprises his role as the famed Chen Zhen in
this new film. Chen Zhen, presumed dead after avenging his mentor Huo Yuanjia,
returns to a Japanese-occupied Shanghai incognito in order to infiltrate the local
crime organization. Upon his arrival, Chen Zhen soon befriends a nightclub owner
(Anthony Wong) and becomes involved with a sexy nightclub performer (Shu Qi).
While undercover, he discovers that the mob has been secretly colluding with
the Japanese and when the Japanese military disseminate a “death list” of local
targeted for assassination, the heroic Chen Zhen dons his mask and fights for
the Chinese resistance.
Directed and lensed by the famed Andrew Lau (Infernal Affairs), the film artfully combines
cutting edge visual style, dynamic martial arts action and the talents of a star-studded cast. With his
charismatic performance, Donnie Yen rightfully takes his place amongst the greats of martial arts cinema in playing an iconic
character first immortalized by the legendary Bruce Lee in the original 1972 film Fist of Fury. Described by The Hollywood Reporter as a
“popcorn movie of epic proportions”, LEGEND OF THE FIST: THE RETURN OF CHEN ZHEN is a film not to be missed.
THU OCT 21, 7:00PM
Contains language and strong violence
OPENING NIGHT FILM
Hong Kong | Cantonese w/English subtitles
113 minutes | 35mm | 2010
DIRECTOR: Andrew Lau
PRODUCERS: Andrew Lau, Gordon Chan
CAST: Donnie Yen, Shu Qi, Anthony Wong
LEGENDOFTHEFIST
THE RETURN OF CHEN ZHEN
Screening Sponsors:
Dr. Robert and Mao Shillman
Lew Family Foundation
of
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r-studded cast. With his
of martial arts cinema in playing an iconic
Opening Night Party
sponsored by Union Bank
Maria Maria Restaurant
9pm to close
Ticket holders and pass holders are invited to enjoy
hosted drinks and appetizers following the film.
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THU OCT 28, 7:00PM
Contains language and strong violence
CLOSING NIGHT FILM
Taiwan / USA | Min Nan and Mandarin w/English subtitles
85 minutes | 35mm | 2010
DIRECTOR/WRITER: Arvin Chen
PRODUCERS: In-Ah Lee, Wei-Jan Liu, Oi Leng Lui, Wim Wenders
CAST: Jack Yao, Amber Kuo, Hsiao-chuan Chang and Ko Yu-Luen
AUREVOIRTAIPEI
(YIYE TAIBEI)
2010 Berlin International Film Festival (NETPAC Prize)
2010 Barcelona Asian Film Festival (Best Film) 2010 San Francisco Asian American Film Festival (Audience Award)
2010 Los Angeles Asian American Film Festival 2010 Hawaii International Film Festival
2010 Seattle International Film Festival 2010 Asian Film Festival of Dallas (Best Narrative Feature)
There have been many recent youthful romantic comedies that play out over the course of one night (Dazed and Confused, In Search of a
Midnight Kiss, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist) and you can now add the name AU REVOIR TAIPEI near the top of the list.
Kai (Jack Yao) is crushed when his girlfriend leaves for Paris and doesn’t appear eager to return his phone calls. He spends his night
working in his parents’ noodle shop and languishing in the foreign language aisle of a local book store brushing up on his French and
daydreaming of a time when he will once again be united with his love.
Bathed in a softly lit, dazzlingly iridescent neon glow reminiscent of the works of producer Wim Wenders and backed by a lovely Django
Reinhardt inspired score, Arvin Chen’s debut feature continually keeps us guessing with its elegant structure and delightfully peculiar
collection of characters. Add an aging mobster eager to recruit Kai as a bag man, a quartet of tenderfoot hoodlums dressed in day-glo
orange suits (they look like an Asian Four Tops cover band), and an engaging stock girl who does a not-so mean Lindy Hop and you have
the makings of a date film extraordinaire! — Scott Marks
Filmmaker Arvin Chen scheduled to attend.
Sponsored by:
Co-presented by:
House of China
Taiwanese American Community Center
University of San Diego Center for Inclusion and Diversity
Closing Night Party
Randy Jones All American Grill | 9pm following the film Q&A
Ticket holders and pass holders are invited to come enjoy hosted drinks and appetizers!
Say “Au Revoir” to filmmaker Arvin Chen and the whole SDAFF crew!
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by Lee Ann Kim
Never before has the issue of transracial adoption been so widely discussed (and publicized) in American culture especially with the growing
number of celebrities adopting children outside their own race such as Angelina Jolie, Sandra Bullock, Madonna, and Katherine Heigl. The
discourse is also being fueled by a growing number of stories in the media, along with adoptees themselves who have become outspoken
advocates, writers, and filmmakers.
While transracial adoption may appear to be widely accepted, it continues to carry a stigma within Asian cultures and communities, which is
directly related to the low rates of Asians adopting Asian children. The issue is delicately complicated and multi-layered about identity, lineage,
shame, and fear.
As a proud mother of a Korean adoptee, I am fascinated by the many perspectives on adoption that are presented each year on the film festival
circuit, especially this year. We hope our Adoption Spotlight provides a platform of learning and discovery through our presentation of the
following four films:
A BRAND NEW LIFE (p. 33)
Directed by Ounie Lecomte
Based on the director’s own experience
of abandonment, prior to her adoption
into a French family.
Oct 23
RESILIENCE (p. 68)
Directed by Tammy Chu
A Korean adoptee reunites with his
birth mother through a game show,
unleashing her story of life-long regret.
Oct 24, 28
IN THE MATTER OF
CHA JUNG HEE (p. 54)
Directed by Deann Borshay Liem
The director’s personal journey seeking
the very person she was “switched” for in
an orphanage.
Oct 22
WO AI NI MOMMY (p. 74)
Directed by Stephanie Wang Breal
A young Chinese adoptee transforms into
an American before our very eyes.
Oct 23
SPOTLIGHTONADOPTION
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MON OCT 25, 5:10PM (FREE)
EMPTY CHAIR
Director: Wilder Herms | 7 min | Video | 2010
A journey through the schizophrenic episodes of a man coping with the
loss of his best friend.
PROBE
Director: Roman S. Koenig | 6 min | Video | 2010
Memory enhancement on doctor’s orders.
WELCOME HOME KURT
Director: Jose Troconis | 8 min | Video | 2010
Kurt adjusts to life back home after returning from the Vietnam War.
THE COHIBA
Director: George Yé | 5 min | Video | 2010
On his way to interview Fidel Castro in 1963, an AP journalist is recruited
by the CIA.
SEA OF TREES
Director: Grayson Wolfe | 7 min | Video | 2009
A man awakens in a mysterious forest with no recollection of how he
got there.
KUNG PAO MASTER
Director: Sean Dejecacion | 7 min | Video | 2009
The ‘Citizen Kane’ of Kung Fu/Stoner films.
DOLLARS TO DONUTS
Director: Derek Snyder | 7 min | Video | 2009
The untold story of the worst botched robbery in the history of botched
robberies.
NEVER ANYMORE IN EATING FISH
Director: Wang Di | 7 min | Video | 2009
An experimental film about a woman and the fish she lost.
EYE OF THE BEHOLDER
Directors: Samantha Goldstein, Calvin Michaels | 8 min | Video | 2010
A portrait photographer is inspired to try something surprising in his
quest to understand women.
A MINOR DETAIL
Director: Mark Gadia | 8 min | Video | 2010
Rival thieves unknowingly attempt the same heist, sparking a battle to
determine who is the best.
A collection of highlights from the 48 Hour Film Project,
a competition in which filmmakers from over 87 cities
world-wide battle to produce the best film in 48 hours
or less.
TRT: 90 min including filmmaker Q & A afterwards
48 HOUR
FILM PROJECT
A Minor Detail
Screening Sponsors:
Co-presented by:
KoreAm Journal
Audrey Magazine
THU OCT 21, 8:00PM
Contains strong violence and war
71: INTO THE FIRE
South Korea | Korean w/English subtitles
120 minutes | 35mm | 2010
DIRECTOR: John H. Lee
PRODUCER: Jeong Tae-won
CAST: Cha Seung Won, Kim Seung Woo,
Choi Seung Hyun, Kwon Sang Woo
This Korean war drama depicts the real life story of 71 untrained
student soldiers forced to defend a base against the invading
North Korean forces until the Allies arrive. Their youth and
inexperience proves to be more dangerous than the impending
attack from enemy troops, and they struggle to unite under their
very young commander, Oh Jang-beom. 71: INTO THE FIRE is
the classic story of boys becoming men, but does it all with the
backdrop of a violent conflict.
The film brings all the heartache, violence, and horror of war to
the screen, but does so through a teenage perspective. It stars
Choi Seung Hyun, better known as the Korean pop star T.O.P.,
in his first feature film role after two successful television series
runs. The film is shot in a very gritty style, mimicking the reality
of the emotional toll inflicted upon its characters. Explosions,
battle scenes, and eye-popping stunt work abound in what is
sure to be a major hit with the young crowd, action fans, and
history buffs alike. — Brandon Coyle
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Screening sponsors:
It is never revealed exactly why young Jinhee’s father deposits her
at the Catholic orphanage. Like her dad’s face, writer/director
Ounie Lecomte purposely conceals Jinhee’s past concentrating
more on the dire situation at hand. The child’s first few weeks are
spent in deep denial; surely her father is going to come back and
claim her. Gradually she learns how to adjust to her new life by
letting down her guard, making friends and reluctantly learning
some painful life lessons.
As prospective parents come to weed through the crop of
orphans, Jinhee’s friends quickly become little more than fleeting
acquaintances. The young girl goes from coming to terms with
separation to spending her days praying for it, longing for the
time when the other children will sing a farewell chorus of “Auld
Lang Syne” as a shiny black car with loving parents in the front
seat whisks her away to a brand new life.
Inspired by her childhood, Lecomte offers an insider’s view that’s
simultaneously warm, poignant and unflinching. She found a
perfect on-screen counterpart in Kim Sae Ron. Her naturalistic
performance gives the film an added layer of realism as both the
first time filmmaker and her young star never once fall prey to
manipulation or sentimentality. — Scott Marks
SAT OCT 23, 3:30PM
Contains some language and adult situations
France, South Korea | Korean w/English subtitles
92 minutes | 35mm | 2009
DIRECTOR/WRITER: Ounie Lecomte
PRODUCERS: Laurent Lavolé, Chang-dong Lee and
Jun-dong Lee
CAST: Kim Sae Ron, Park Do Yeon, Ko Ah-sung, Park
Myeong-shin, Oh Man-seok
A BRAND NEW LIFE
ADOPTION SPOTLIGHT
Co-presented by:
Buddhist Temple of San Diego
Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana
Co-presented by:
Association of Korean Adoptees - Southern California
2010 Berlin International Film Festival
A Japanese family living through many historic moments in
Japanese history has one major problem: a crazy uncle. He
remains immature, obnoxious, and a heavy drinker with no
foreseeable future. His forte is finding awkward moments and
brining chaos to family occasions. His sister, despite all of the
shame he brings her, shows an understanding and love for her
brother that no one can share — especially the rest of his family
who seemingly carry the shame of being related to him.
With Kabei: Our Mother (SDAFF ’09), director Yoji Yamada
displayed a sensitive cinematic eye capturing the life of a family
that not many Japanese directors can replicate. With ABOUT
HER BROTHER, Yamada presents a woman that will stand by her
family no matter what, and who understands the true meaning
of family and love. — Phil Lorenzo
TUE OCT 26, 7:00PM
Contains adult situations
Japan | Japanese w/English subtitles
126 minutes | 35mm | 2010
DIRECTOR: Yôji Yamada
WRITERS: Emiko Hiramatsu . Yôji Yamada
PRODUCERS: Hiroshi Fukazawa, Kenicihi Tamura,
Ichirô Yamamoto
CAST: Ryo Kase, Yû Aoi, Yuriko Ishida
ABOUT
HER BROTHER
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THE ACTRESSES
South Korea | Korean w/English subtitles
104 minutes | Video | 2009
DIRECTOR: E J-Yong
CAST: Ko Hyeon-Jeong, Kim Ok-bin, Choi Ji-Woo, Kim
Min-Hee, Lee Mi-Sook, Yeo-Jeong
In this mockumentary, which obliterates the line separating
fiction from reality, six of Korea’s top actresses are brought
together for a landmark Vogue Magazine photo shoot on
Christmas Eve. Spanning three generations, the actresses are
the new “it girl” of Korean cinema Kim Ok-Bin (Thirst, SDAFF
’09), model-turned-actress Kim Min-Hee (Hellcats, SDAFF
’08), top K-drama star Choi Ji-Woo, the back-from-retirement
Ko Hyeon-Jeong, the elegant Lee Mi-Sook and the “queen” of
Korean actresses Yoon Yeo-Jeong. As could be expected when
six spotlight-grabbing superstars are trapped in the same room
together, vanity, insecurity, jealousy and yes, drama immediately
move to the forefront.
Co-written by the actresses themselves, this incredibly inventive
film features these beautiful and talented actresses playing
characters based upon caricatures of their public personas.
Although the in-jokes will reward fans of Korean dramas and
movies and leave them wondering how much truth lies behind
each line, viewers without firsthand knowledge of these actresses
will catch on quickly thanks to the sharp dialogue and convincing
characterizations. Once the film moves beyond the entertaining
cattiness and conflicts, the film explores issues facing Korean
women such as the Puritanical public perception of divorcees and
the also the immense pressures facing talent in the increasingly
globalized Korean entertainment industry. Tightly scripted and
shot in an ingeniously faux cinema verite style, director E J-Yong
(Dasepo Naughty Girls) has crafted a truly original work of art that
should not be missed. – Gene Huh
SAT OCT 23, 8:50PM
WED OCT 27, 8:45PM
Contains nudity and sexual situations
AIR DOLL
Japan | Japanese w/English subtitles
125 minutes | Video | 2009
DIRECTOR: Hirokazu Koreeda
WRITERS: Hirokazu Koreeda, Yoshiie Goda
PRODUCERS: Hirokazu Koreeda, Toshiro Uritani
CAST: Doona Bae, Arata, Itsuji Itao
2009 Cannes Film Festival
2009 Toronto International Film Festival
2009 Pusan International Film Festival
For director Hirokazu Koreeda (After Life, Nobody Knows), AIR
DOLL signifies a return to the magical realism he does best.
Originally a manga series, the film’s premise can be simplified to
a doll that comes to life. But in the case of Japanese cinema, even
that simple of a premise can become a complex philosophical
journey in the search for a soul in inanimate objects (as
demonstrated in Japanese films like Ghost in the Shell).
In AIR DOLL, Nozomi is a sex doll who wakes up one day with
a heart. One day (and dressed in a maid costume) she leaves
her master to explore the human world and winds up spending
time in a local video store. She meets one of the store employees
and begins to experience love for the first time. With a child-like
wonder, Nozomi is enjoying her human life and everything seems
to be going perfectly until the unexpected happens. With its
exceptional acting and directing, Koreeda’s latest masterpiece,
illustrating the parallels between the emptiness of the doll and
the human world, will likely leave viewers in a trance. — Mye
Hoang
Screening sponsors:
Co-presented by: KoreAm Journal Audrey Magazine
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Co-presented by:
Tabe BBQ
Anime Conji
SAT OCT 23, 10:30PM
Contains strong violence and adult situations
Seiji Chiba takes us back to the sixteenth century where Ninja
clans kill at will. Ninja Yamata and his Iga clan warriors return to
their village from battle when they see a fireball blaze across the
sky, but instead of what would have appeared to be a meteorite
is actually a slimy, bloodthirsty creature from beyond the earth!
The savage, deadly alien kills and feasts on the Iga Ninjas, leaving
few survivors including Yamata and a super female ninja that
swear to avenge the deaths of their brethren. They find that their
weapons don’t work against this creature, but these are ninjas!
They will have tricks up their sleeves for the aliens, now, will the
aliens have some surprises in store for the ninja warriors?
Seiji Chiba’s gory, bloody, and sexy battle vision comes to full life
in this rowdy and unapologetic movie that will keep you laughing
and wondering why isn’t everyone watching this? Get ready for
the most fun time you’ll ever see featuring aliens, ninjas, zombies,
and a leather clad woman who is in one of the most memorable
battle scenes in recent memory. Recommended with Robogeisha.
— Phil Lorenzo
Japan | Japanese w/English subtitles
81 minutes | Video | 2010
DIRECTOR/WRITER: Seiji Chiba
PRODUCERS: Seiji Chiba, Yoshinori Chiba, Akifumi
Sugihara
CAST: Mika Hijii, Ben Hiura, Shuuji Kashiwabara,
Masanori Mimoto
ALIEN VS NINJA
www.sandiegoitalianfilmfestival.com
OCTOBER 22 -
NOVEMBER 5
EXTREME SERIES
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Q&A WITH “THE WONDER HOSPITAL”
DIRECTOR/ANIMATOR BEOMSIK SHIMBE SHIM
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Fresh from winning the coveted
Best Student Prize Award from
SIGGRAPH2010, and Best Animation
at the prestigious Los Angeles Film
Festival and Seattle Int’l Film Festival,
Beomsik Shimbe Shim pulls back the
curtain to share a little on the making
of his amazingly imaginative and
surreal film, “The Wonder Hospital.”
Interview by Sam Chen (SDAFF
Animation Curator)
Q: “The Wonder Hospital” is deliciously strange and imaginative. Where
did you get the initial idea for this film?
Exposing the oddities and ironies hidden in our mundane lives,
have been the main interest in my works. People see many strange
looks and situations in my films, but most of them were from the
details around my daily life. I collect them like I’m writing a diary
on my sketchbook,
and used them to generate unexpected meanings and feelings. The
main concept of using the mirror reflection in the climax of my film
was from my own life when I was sitting in New York subway one
day, looking at my own distorted reflection on the metal wall of a
train.
Q: Your film features some amazingly fluid animation. Were they hand
animated, or using some sort of physics simulation?
I used cloth and water simulation. I always felt 3D CG visually
looked too solid and stiff, and too artificially perfect. I think using
physics simulations can often help to soften out this stiffness.
Q: The atmosphere and vibe of all your films tend to be surreal yet
familiar. Tell us who are your main influences and heroes in animation &
filmmaking?
I’ve made animation, but I’m not a big fan of cartoons or video
games. I get much more inspirations from documentary films
and realism movies. The strong realities inspire me to make my
surreal works. But this time, I am especially into Andrey Tarkovsk’s
films. In animation, Yuri Norstein and Chris Landreth were good
inspirations for me too.
Q: One of the memorable things about your film is its atonal and dissonant
music soundtrack. Tell us a little about the music and sound design?
Music and sound are a big part of the production process. Even in
the pre-production stage and when I designed scenes, I selected
music first that are fitting in themes or rhythm, and worked based
on this. Also at the end, I let my composer and sound designer listen
to the music I chose which inspired them too. Personally I don’t like
using music to dramatize and manipulate audience’s feeling. For
that reason, I used music in background like elevator music. I was
much more concerned about sound over music this time.
Q: Where are you working now, and how has making this film helped you
at your job?
I’m working on Matt Groening’s “Futurama” animation for a year.
It’s animation of course, but extremely different from what I have
done in terms of looks, themes and the system of production. I
help the show mostly using my technical skills at this time, but it’s
a very good experience because it give me a chance to think about
the balance between what people like and what I like in terms of
making art.
Q: What can you tell us about your next film?
“The Wonder Hospital” was my MFA thesis film at CalArts last
year, and I’ve been working on my next film since I graduated. I
can’t reveal details about the film at this point, but it would be very
different in terms of its theme and look, which combines many live
action shoots with real people instead of rendering only polygons
this time.
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THE STATE OF THE ANIMATION UNION
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by Sam Chen (SDAFF Animation Curator)
In a year full of 3D stereoscopic and IMAX releases, 2010 has been another gangbuster one for feature animation both
critically and in the box office. A quick visit to BoxOfficeMojo.com showed the top-grossing films of 2010 are dominated
by animation with Pixar’s “Toy Story 3” in first place at an astounding $405M (domestic), followed by DreamWork’s
“Shrek Forever After” and “How To Train Your Dragon” and Universal’s surprise hit “Despicable Me” all at over $200M. If
you counted films with ample visual effects requiring creature and effects animation, then it’s almost entirely the top-10
list which includes “Iron Man 2,” “Eclipse,” and “Alice In Wonderland.” Animation was everywhere in 2010, and don’t even
get me started on 2009’s 800-ton gorilla, otherwise known as “Avatar.”
While box office numbers are important to the health of the industry, the more meaningful and encouraging statistic is how
well these animated films rated critically. A visit to RottenTomatoes.com revealed “Toy Story 3” scoring an unprecedented
99% positive reviews with “How To Train Your Dragon” just behind at 98%. These scores are from a sampling of over 200
national critics, magazines, and newspapers. It might be safe to say that the best mainstream films being made today are
animated!
So who are the talented artists behind these Hollywood juggernauts? While most would agree that Asian Americans are
relatively still a rarity in front of the Hollywood lens, they are actually thriving behind the camera -- especially in bringing
the illusion of life to animated and fantastical characters in Hollywood blockbusters. Don’t believe me? Next time you’re
at your local cineplex watching a feature animation or a visual effects-heavy film, instead of rushing out the theater after
the last frame fades to black, stay awhile and scan the credits. You’d be shocked at just how many Asian last names you’ll
see. It’s all good isn’t it?
Many of these talented Asian American artists and filmmakers working in the professional world of feature animation
today got their start by making relatively humble but no less imaginative animated shorts. Having been the animation
curator for SDAFF for the last 10 years, I’m happy and extremely proud to be presenting this year’s animation showcase
program which we called, “The Illusion Of LIfe.” The lineup this year is chock full of artistry, imagination, creative vision,
and sheer magic. We hope you can plan your festival schedule around this very special program. You’ll surely be catching
a glimpse of the future animation stars of Hollywood.
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DIRECTOR: Han Ung Lee
Canada | 2 min. | Video
2009
DIRECTOR: Sijia Luo
USA | 4 min. | Video
2009
DIRECTOR: David Chai
USA | 4 min. | Video
2009
DIRECTORS: Keiko Lino,
Yves Dalbiez
Japan | 3 min. | Video
2010
DIRECTOR: Taelin Oh
USA | 3 min. | Video
2010
DIRECTOR: Qi Chao Mao
China | 4 min. | Video
2010
A snow monkey struggles to stay warm after he
accidentally drains all the water from his pond.
medium: 3d CGI
A little chicken is late to school, so she thinks up the
perfect excuse to get herself off da hook.
medium: 2d digital
Nobu the Ninja breathes a sai of relief after being
consoled by his pal Pierre, over a cup of coffee and
some penetrating advice.
medium: 2d digital
A lonely little boy is comforted by his toy bunny during
his time of sadness.
medium: 3d CGI
A cautionary tale about the dangers of parents
reading fairy tale stories based on originals that have
very different and often sadistic endings.
medium: 2d digital
A story about a girl who tries to assassinate the King,
animated in the meticulous style of ancient Chinese
paintings.
medium: 3d CGI
How do you coax life out of thin air? Find out in this program dedicated entirely to the Magical Art of Animation. TRT: 83 min.
* Some mature content / * Cast & crew scheduled to attend
ANIMATION: THE ILLUSION OF LIFE
SUN OCT 24, 2:25PM WED OCT 27, 7:30PM
TANG
KIDNAP
NINJA VS. GUILT
RIVER IN HEAVEN
TOO MUCH OF A STORY
THE BEAUTY (佳人)
Co-presented by:
Platt College, The Art Institute of California - San Diego
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DIRECTORS: Francois
Leroy, Stephanie Lansaque
France | 15 min. | Video
2009
DIRECTOR: Beomsik
Shimbe Shim
USA | 12 min. | Video
2010
DIRECTOR: Sam Chen
USA | 5 min. | Video |
2010
DIRECTOR: Shion Takeuchi
USA | 6 min. | Video |
2010
DIRECTOR: Bruno Collet
Switzerland, France
8 min. | Video |
2009
DIRECTOR: Wooksang Chang
Korea | 12 min. | Video
2010
DIRECTOR: Jeff Chiba Stearns
Canada | 5 min. | Video
2010
Mei Ling lives alone in her flat. One day, she finds a
little octopus in the kitchen sink and decides to adopt
it to avoid boredom. The octopus grows up...
medium: 3d CGI
In a mysterious hospital, a girl’s desire for superficial
beauty leads her to something unimaginable and
irreversible.
medium: 3d CGI + puppetry
Finding a meal in the Amazon Rainforest is a major
pain in the butt!
medium: 3d CGI
Miles is just a nice Jewish pear in a confusing world.
The night before his Bar Mitzvah, he must confront
the truth about himself and his family.
medium: 2d stopmotion + Flash
Trapped in a box for 35 years, the Dragon Spirit is
reincarnated in a doll’s body and sets out to discover
the oversize world outside.
medium: 2d stopmotion + 3d CGI
A story about a mom who deeply missed her own
mother.
medium: 2d sets + 3d CGI
On a cluttered office desk plastered with Post-it
®

Note to do lists, one little Post-it Note escapes on an
incredible journey of self-discovery to find his father.
medium: 2d stopmotion + live action
MEI LING
THE WONDER HOSPITAL
AMAZONIA
WHEN THE TIME IS RIPE
THE LITTLE DRAGON
MOM
ODE TO A POST-IT NOTE
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ASIAN AMERICANS
IN HOLLYWOOD
TRT: 90 minutes
An increasing number of Asian Americans are edging their way
into popular shows and film, from the hit television musical
series, Glee, to highly anticipated films like Scott Pilgrim vs. The
World and even horror remakes. We get the scoop from celebrities
and industry insiders who share their perspectives about the
changing landscape of Hollywood.
Scheduled to speak:
SUN OCT 24, 12:15PM
PANEL
THU OCT 21 7:30PM
Contains sexual situations
BANDHOBI
South Korea | Korean w/ English subtitles
107 minutes | Video | 2009
DIRECTOR: Dong-il Shin
CAST: Mahbub Alam, Jin-hee Baek, Dong-gyoo Jeong,
Il-hwa Lee
Min-suh is a rebellious Korean teenager who lives with her mother
and her mother’s unemployed boyfriend. As an excuse to get out
of the house, she works various banal and illicit jobs. Karim is a
migrant worker from Bangladesh, one of thousands of foreign
workers living in South Korea and trying to support a family back
home. With his visa about to expire, his family life on the rocks,
and his employers refusing to pay him for the last year of work,
Karim finds himself alone and powerless. Then one day he meets
Min-suh as she pockets his misplaced wallet. In exchange for not
reporting her to the police, Min-suh agrees to help Karim track
down his employers and demand the wages he deserves. What
develops is a tender friendship, but time is not on their side.
From director Dong-il Shin, the “Korean Woody Allen”, comes
this unique coming of age story about friendship and social
injustice. While taking a stand on controversial human rights
issues, Shin gives his characters a life of their own, straying away
from didactic rhetoric and immersing the viewer in postmodern
Korean society. Within the loosely knit plot, the camera switches
between the intimate and ironic, capturing heartwarming and
hilarious performances by up and coming teen star Jin-hee
Baek and social activist/actor, Mahbub Alam. A subversively
mainstream indie-flick, BANDHOBI (meaning female friend in
Bengali) is as entertaining as it is provocative. — Jason Low
C.S. Lee
(Dexter)
Jon M. Chu
(director of Step Up 2)
Harry Shum, Jr.
(Glee, League of Extraordinary Dancers)
Aaron Yoo
(Disturbia, Friday the 13th)
Ellen Wong
(Scott Pilgrim vs. The World)
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A celebration of fresh, indie music, videos, and the art of DJing,
BLOWFISH: INTERSECTION OF SIGHTS AND SOUNDS has
become an annual tradition at the San Diego Asian Film Festival.
Come join the party where you can groove and mingle to the
beats of DJ Icy Ice and emcee Toquon of Soul Elevation.
DJ Icy Ice is an original member of
the World Famous Beat Junkies and
has been collaborating with Toquon
since 2001. Together, Soul Elevation
brings a style influenced by the
days of when hip hop was pure and
uncut, embracing the spirit of Run DMC, Big Daddy Kane, and
KRS 1 all the way to the likes of Gangstarr, De La Soul and the
Goodie Mob.
FRI OCT 22, 6:35PM
Contains some violence
Pia
Director: Tanuj Chopra | 15 min | Video | 2009
In 2063, an android programmed for manual labor arrives at a
woman’s home displaying traces of human memories.
Evil Powers
Director: Fernando Huerto | 4 min | Video | 2010
A super-powered bully rampages until he finally meets his match.
Mister Green
Director: Greg Pak | 16 min | Video | 2009
In a world where global warming has become reality, a
government official becomes embroiled in a radical conspiracy
to save the planet.
On Time
Director: Ted Chung | 5 min | Video | 2008
A traveling salesman peddles a glimpse into the future.
Junko’s Shamisen
Director: Sol Friedman | 10 min | Video | 2009
A young peasant girl seeks to avenge her grandfather’s death.
Heal
Director: Mian Adnan Ahmad | 24 min | Video | 2009
Amidst the conflict in Afghanistan and Pakistan, a child discovers
he has a magical gift that can help people.
Filmmakers scheduled to attend
This collection of shorts films explores how the
development of superhuman powers and advanced
technologies may challenge our definition of what
constitutes humanity in the future.
TRT: 74 min
BEYOND HUMAN
Pia
Blowfish Sponsored by:
SAT OCT 23 10:00PM–1:00AM
MISSION VALLEY MARRIOTT
Outdoor Pavilion
8757 Rio San Diego Drive, San Diego, CA 92108
AN INTERSECTION OF
SIGHTS AND SOUNDS
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Proud Sponsor of the 11th Annual

San Diego

Asian Film Festival
© 2010 Verizon Wireless.
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Screening Sponsors:
Dr. Robert and Mao Shillman
Lew Family Foundation
SAT OCT 23, 8:00PM
WED OCT 27, 9:20PM
Contains strong violence and language
BODYGUARDS AND
ASSASSINS
(SHI YUE WEI CHENG)
China / Hong Kong
Mandarin and Cantonese w/English subtitles
139 minutes | 35mm | 2009
DIRECTOR: Teddy Chan
WRITERS: Chun Tin Nam, Guo Junli, Wu Bing, James Yuen
PRODUCERS: Peter Chan, Huang Jianxin
CAST: Donnie Yen, Leon Lai, Xueqi Wang, Tony Leung Ka
Fai, Nicholas Tse, Jun Hu Eric Tsang and Simon Yam
With a cast that includes action heavyweights Donnie Yen, Tony
Leung Ka Fai, and Leon Lai it’s unlikely that action junkies will go
home hungry. Nor will those who enjoy a solid political thriller.
Director Teddy Chan initially reigns in the thunder by wisely
spending the opening hour of his 139-minute fictionalized epic
establishing character and meticulously placing the action in
historical context before letting loose with a crazed third act real
time chase scene that doesn’t want to let up.
It’s been five years since the 1901 political assassination of Yang
Qu-yun, the first in Hong Kong’s history. Dr. Sun Yat-sen (Hanyu
Zhang), the man destined to become The Father of Modern
China, leaves Tokyo on a hazardous journey to meet with United
League delegates from Hong Kong’s thirteen provinces. We
count down the days before Dr. Sun’s arrival starts the wheels of
progress moving in order to unite the various camps in the name
of revolution.
Each of the film’s stars are given their moment in the spotlight
as businessman Li Yue-tang (Xueqi Wang in the film’s best
performance) enlists his own ragtag band of “Dirty Dozen”
revolutionaries to aid the cause. As great as the action is, the
detailed production design, particularly the attention paid to
period recreation, is as dazzling as any kick, explosion or spray
of bullets the film has to offer. — Scott Marks
Co-presented by:
KoreAm Journal
Audrey Magazine
WED OCT 27, 7:15PM
THU OCT 28, 5:10PM
Jun (Takumi Saito) is a Japanese freelance reporter who takes a
long-term trip to South Korea so that he can write an in-depth
newspaper article about Korean dessert shops. By chance,
he discovers Morandang, a delightful traditional bakery in
downtown Seoul specializing in Korean rice cakes (dduk).
Morandang immediately catches Jun’s fancy because it stirs up
childhood memories of his own upbringing in Japan. He soon
makes Morandang the subject of his article and befriends the
store operator Sang-Woo (Choi Sung-Min), the oldest of three
sons and the only one still working for the family business.
Unfortunately, things are thrown into chaos when neighborhood
gangsters disable Sang-Woo’s hands in an attempt to take over
Morandang through illicit means. However, Jun resolves to save
the shop by brining Sang-Woo’s younger brother Sang-Hyuk, a
former rock star, back to the family business.
Director Masaharu Take has crafted a sweet and heartwarming
tale without crossing over into melodramatic territory, garnering
nuanced performances from the talented cast of actors, especially
Japanese newcomer Takumi Saito and Korean pop star Kim
Dong-Wook. Not just a “food” movie, this highly entertaining
joint Japanese-Korean production explores the challenges of
holding on to tradition and family in a rapidly-changing Korea. A
film made with a ton of care, CAFÉ SEOUL is sure to be a mouth-
watering delicacy for all audiences. — Gene Huh
Japan, South Korea
Korean and Japanese w/English subtitles
94 minutes | Video | 2009
DIRECTOR: Masaharu Take
CAST: Saito Takumi, Kim Jeong-Hoon, Choi Sung-min,
Kim Dong-Wook
CAFÉ SEOUL
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Co-presented by:
San Diego Japanese American Citizens League
Co-presented by:
San Diego Japanese American Citizens League
University of San Diego Center for Inclusion and Diversity
SUN OCT 24, 4:10 PM
TUE OCT 26, 5:25PM
West Coast Premiere
Stuck on the B-list, Hiroshi (Toru Masuoka) is an actor in Japan,
who always plays supporting roles, and lives in the shadow of his
famous playwright father (Masahiko Tsugawa). Often mistaken
for someone else — a sales clerk, a gas station attendant, a
policeman and even a kidnapper, Hiroshi is a good actor that
few remember.
When the plum acting role of Hiroshi’s dreams finally seems
within reach, the offer is threatened after he is again mistaken
for someone else. This time, it’s another man having an affair
with the wife of an MP.
But one day, his luck changes. He meets his muse, aspiring
actress Aya (Hiromi Nagasaku). Jaded, Hiroshi questions her
motivations, while falling for her at the same time, but as usual,
he turns into his own worst enemy. A well-paced romantic
comedy, CAST ME IF YOU CAN is the feature film debut for
director Atsushi Ogata, who also wrote the screenplay. In this
charming take on an actor’s bumpy life, Hiromi decides to chase
the leading role and his budding love interest, and ultimately
learns to play the leading role in his own life. — Michael Chen
Japan | Japanese w/English subtitles
97 minutes | Video | 2010
DIRECTOR: Atsushi Ogata
WRITERS: Atsushi Ogata, Akane Shiratori
PRODUCERS: Atsushi Ogata, Eric Nyari, Eriko Miyagawa
CAST: Toru Masuoka, Masahiko Tsugawa, Hiromi
Nagasaku
CAST ME IF YOU CAN
FRI OCT 21, 7:15PM
WED OCT 27, 4:00PM (FREE)
FROG IN THE WELL
Director: Ken Ochiai | 15 min | Video | 2010
A reclusive young tailor reluctantly departs on a solitary trip
across Japan.
DE JUGUETES (MEXICAN TOY STORY)
Director: Alba Mora-Roca | 9 min | Video | 2010
Japanese architect displays his vast collection of toys residing in
Mexico City.
WITNESS TO HIROSHIMA
Director: Kathy Sloane | 16 min | Video | 2008
Atomic bomb survivor recounts his ordeal through water color
paintings.
A NEW HAPPINESS
Director: Sumiko Urquhart | 8 min | Video | 2010
Cancer patient learns to cope with disease through diet and
spirituality.
OUT OF INFAMY
Director: Nancy Kapitanoff and Sharon Yamato
18 min | Video | 2010
Famous fashion designer becomes important activist in her later
years.
JITENSHA (BICYCLE)
Director: Dean Yamada | 21 min | Video | 2009
A despondent young man’s unique quest to recover his
dismantled bicycle.
Filmmakers attending Oct 21 screening.
A collection of films from the land of the rising sun.
TRT: 87 min
CINEMA BENTO
Frog in the Well
Free screening made possible by:
JOHN S. YI
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Screening sponsors:
Association for Preserving Historical Accuracy of Foreign
Invasions in China
American Chinese Culture and
Education Foundation
San Diego Chinese American Association
Co-presented by: San Diego Chinese Historical Museum
SUN OCT 24, 2:00PM
Contains strong war violence, sexual situations and nudity
CITY OF
LIFE AND DEATH
China | Mandarin w/English subtitles
132 minutes | 35mm | 2009
DIRECTOR/WRITER: Chuan Lu
PRODUCERS: Qin Hong, Han Sanping, Zou Li,
John Chon, Andy Zhang
CAST: Ye Liu, Yuanyuan Gao, Hideo Nakaizumi
In December 1937, the Japanese Army occupied the former Chinese
capital and commenced the horribly violent period known as the
Rape of Nanking. Acclaimed director Chuan Lu (Kekexili: Mountain
Patrol) has successfully brought to the big screen China’s first big
budget film addressing this seminal event in Chinese history. CITY
OF LIFE AND DEATH is unflinching and at times extremely difficult
to endure. Beginning where Nanking has fallen to the Japanese, the
first 30 minutes of the film is comprised of battle scenes and very
little dialogue. Lu simply throws viewers into the middle of the fray,
showing buildings already destroyed and corpses littering the city.
In scenes that are brutal and emotionally draining, he depicts the
six-week period of Japanese occupation where soldiers murdered
and raped with impunity.
Stunningly documenting humanity at its worst, Lu also shows
the hope that is born in such hell from the sacrifices of the few
who saved the lives of so many. Visceral and harrowing, the film
surprisingly never caricatures the Japanese or the Germans. One
Nazi German businessman, in fact, creates a Safety Zone for the
Chinese refugees. And much of the narrative is told from the quiet
and romantic perspective of a Japanese soldier.
Gorgeously shot in stark black and white film, CITY OF LIFE AND
DEATH is painfully essential viewing that cannot be overlooked —
simultaneously for its horror and its exquisite beauty. — Mye Hoang
In this fast-paced martial arts crime thriller, Trinh is a seductive
and dangerous thief who must pull off one final heist in order
to earn back her kidnapped daughter from crime lord Hac Long
(Hoang Phuc). But not only does she have to deal with the
obstacles of attacking gangsters, explosions, and car chases, she
is also forced to work with a brand new crew and as they say,
there is no honor amongst thieves.
CLASH is a sexy and stylish action film that features an ensemble
cast anchored by martial arts superstar Johnny Nguyen, who also
penned the screenplay. The sequences flow quickly with a pace
that mimics the multiple fight scenes. What sets CLASH apart
from its counterparts in the martial arts genre is the unique
mixture of vovinam, tae kwon do, and lien feng kwon along with
its fast-motion action sequences. The film has the look and feel
of a major Hollywood action flick, but with individual flair of the
South Pacific. — Brandon Coyle
FRI OCT 22, 9:30PM
MON OCT 25, 9:30PM
Contains violence and sexual situations
Vietnam | Vietnamese w/English subtitles
90 minutes | 35mm | 2009
DIRECTOR: Le Thanh Son
WRITER: Johnny Nguyen
PRODUCER: Jimmy Pham
CAST: Hieu Hien, Ngo Thanh Van, Johnny Nguyen,
Lam Minh Thang
CLASH
(BAY RONG)
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MON OCT 25, 9:40PM
Contains some adult language and situations
USA | English
90 minutes | Video | 2010
DIRECTOR/WRITER: Sebastian Ho Conley
PRODUCERS: Benjamin Cheng Conley, Sebastian Ho
Conley, Nitin Madan
CAST: Noah Starr, Emily Chang, Mellini Kantayya,
Abraham De Funes
West Coast Premiere
2010 Brooklyn International Film Festival
Emmy-winning director Sebastian Ho Conley makes his feature
debut with this story about a Brooklyn (specifically Park Slope)
cartoonist Colin Jensen who has just broken up with his girlfriend
Kay, a successful host of the food blog “Kay’s Kitchen.” Colin
illustrates (quite literally) a journey to recall what went awry in
their 3-year relationship. Colin’s drawings are whimsical and
light and turn into animated backgrounds while mixing with the
live action characters.
Anyone who has been in a long-term relationship will relate to
Colin and Kay’s trials and tribulations. While Colin is full of
imaginative energy and fantasies of their future together, Kay
seeks stability and a partner she can bring home to mom and
dad. Their relationship is one all too often seen and depicted,
but Conley has added cultural issues to the story as Kay has been
raised in a traditional Chinese family where love equals duty and
sacrifice.
Shot entirely in Brooklyn (by Sebastian’s brother Benjamin) and
with a soundtrack that includes up and coming Brooklyn bands,
COLIN HEARTS KAY is as much a love letter to New York’s
hippest borough as a love story that reflects today’s times. Shot
on a shoestring budget, the Conley Brothers’ collaboration is full
of laughs as well as heart. — Mye Hoang
Cast and crew scheduled to attend Oct 22 screening.
COLIN HEARTS KAY
Screening Sponsors:
Dr. Robert and Mao Shillman
Lew Family Foundation
Co-presented by:
The L. Robert Payne School of Hospitality & Tourism
Management at SDSU
San Diego Chinese Women’s Association
Co-presented by:
SUN OCT 24, 4:35PM
WED OCT 27, 6:30PM
ECHOES OF THE
RAINBOW (SUI YUET SAN TAU)
China | Cantonese, Mandarin, Shanghainese and French
w/English subtitles
120 minutes | 35mm | 2010
DIRECTOR/WRITER: Alex Law
PRODUCER: Mabel Cheung
CAST: Sandra Ng Kwan Yue, Simon Yam,
Lawrence Ah Mon, Evelyn Choi and Buzz Chung
2010 Best Actor (Simon Yam) Hong Kong Film Awards
With The Fabulous Echoes’ “Dancing on the Moon” backing
him up, our seven-year-old narrator Big Ears (the adorable Buzz
Chung) sticks a turtle in his pocket and a fishbowl on head, flees
the pet store and proceeds to “fly” through the streets of Hong
Kong’s Western District.
As these radiant opening images indicate, there’s more to Alex
Law’s autobiographical ECHOES OF THE RAINBOW than just
your standard wistful paean to childhood. The rascally Big Ears
lives with his parents (Sandra Ng Kwan Yue and Simon Yam) and
star student brother above the struggling family cobbler shop.
Beautifully designed with a painstaking eye for detail, Law and his
crew skillfully reconstruct the director’s upbringing. What makes
this different is Law’s ability to balance emotion and nostalgia
without encroaching on sentimentality or maudlinness.
Winner of the Crystal Bear for Best Film by the Generation Kplus
Children’s Jury of the Generations competition at the Berlin
Film Festival, ECHOES OF THE RAINBOW is destined to be a
frontrunner for this year’s audience favorite. — Scott Marks
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Screening Sponsors:
Dr. Robert and Mao Shillman
Lew Family Foundation
Co-presented by:
San Diego House of China
San Diego Chinese Historical Museum
FRI OCT 22, 7:20PM
TUE OCT 26, 8:55PM
Contains some violence and sexual situations
EMPIRE OF SILVER
China, Taiwan | Mandarin w/English subtitles
113 minutes | 35mm | 2009
DIRECTOR: Christina Yao
WRITERS: Christina Yao, Cheng Yi
PRODUCERS: Peggy Chiao, Congxi Li, Jeremy Thomas,
Christina Yao
CAST: Aaron Kwok, Tielin Zhang, Hao Lei, Jennifer Tilly
2009 Berlin International Film Festival
2010 San Francisco International Film Festival
In the China of 1899, war had depleted the Qing Dynasty and the
rampant use of Opium had robbed the people of its health and
pride. Among all of this turmoil was the existence of the “Wall
Street of China”; the northern province of Shanxi and home to
a guild of bankers. These bankers controlled all of the funds in
China and other nations such as Mongolia, Japan, and Russia.
Despite this large amount of control over finances, there was
little control over other matters.
In this lush and beautiful epic film, Boxer Rebels and family
disputes lead to the erosion of the Kang banking empire, where a
disinterested and hedonistic son must lead the family bank into
the future. Love triangles, conflicts over heredity of the banking
empire, and the personal journey of a man in need of an identity
fill EMPIRE OF SILVER with sexy, unique, and captivating images
that should not be missed. — Phil Lorenzo
Filmmaker Christine Yao scheduled to attend Oct 22 screening.
SAT OCT 23, 3:55PM
THU OCT 28, 5:30PM
Contains some language and violence
EMPIRE CORNER
Director: J.P. Chan | 12 min | Video | 2009
A woman travels across New York City — and between two worlds — in
search for the man she never got a chance to know.
THE BRIDGE
Director: Phillipp Wolter | 15 min | Video | 2010
What if the only way home on the Brooklyn Bridge...is to choose a
different path.
WORKS OF ART
Director: Andrew Pang | 19 min | Video | 2010
A struggling actor in New York, Art Hahn, is offered an unusual role to
replace his friend on a blind date.
HIROSAKI PLAYERS
Director: Jeff Sousa | 19 min | Video | 2009
On a tense, sold-out opening night in New York City, a playwright
struggles with his father, a legendary Japanese actor, over control of the
play and their relationship.
THE GREY COAT
Director: Bob Giraldi | 12 min | Video | 2009
A hard-working immigrant Korean family is extorted by corrupt New
York detectives.
WU IS DEAD
Director: Richard Wong | 13 min | Video | 2010
As a woman in mid-town Manhattan searches for the man she never got
a chance to know, another concerned woman, the man’s employer, seeks
answers the only way she knows how.
Filmmakers and crew scheduled to attend Oct 23 screening.
Life in the Big Apple comes alive through these stories
that take place in and around New York
TRT: 90 min
EMPIRE STATE
OF MIND
Hirosaki Players
Co-presented by:
Drinking Liberally in Carlsbad
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THE DEBT
Director: Andrew Oh | 17 min | Video | USA
Two old friends, a cop and ex-con, meet up for drinks and discuss
how their lives ended up so differently.
CUT SHORT
Director: Jason Tobin | 7 min | Video | Hong Kong
A sleazy reporter has the tables turned on him when an irate
celebrity decides to cut short their interview.
CLAP, CLAP
Director: Tanuj Chopra | 10 min | Video | USA
A beautiful young woman takes a chance to escape from a life
of gun running.
ACTUALLY, I AM A SUPERMAN
Director: Song Kwong-ho | 25 min | Video | South Korea
Two teenage outcasts start an unlikely friendship based on
similar abnormal powers.
BLACK COFFEE
Director: Bao Tran | 9 min | Video | USA
Neo-noir thriller about an elected representative in a love
triangle.
SUNDAY PUNCH
Director: Dennis Hauck | 18 min | 35mm | USA
A sexy ring girl cons her way into a better life.
Filmmakers, cast and crew scheduled to attend.
SAT OCT 23, 6:40PM
Contains strong language, violence and sexual situations
Revenge is sweet in this collection of short films.
TRT: 86 min
EYE FOR AN EYE
Sunday Punch
There is a gender-based crime that happens all over the world that
no one really knows about. Acid-attacks have become a growing
crime in most third world countries and even here in the United
States. Along with rape, dirty wars, and genital mutilation, acid
attacks have become yet another way that women’s human
rights are violated. FINDING FACE tells the story of one victim of
this abominable crime.
The film details the controversial case of Tat Marina, who was
attacked with acid in Cambodia in 1999. At 16, Marina was a
rising star in Phnom Penh’s karaoke music scene. She was coerced
into an abusive relationship with Cambodia’s Undersecretary
of State, and subsequently doused with a liter of nitric acid—
allegedly by his wife—that disfigured her face. A decade later,
despite the fact that there were multiple witnesses to the crime,
no charges have ever been filed in the case.
Director Skye Fitzgerald and writer Patti Duncan bring to the
screen what World Pulse Magazine calls a “startling portrait
forever altered by an inhuman crime. While difficult to witness,
this film’s harrowing story is deeply important to acknowledge.”
This powerful film that just begins the discussion of gender
violence for most, the staying power of this film may well inspire
those who see it to get involved and become more aware of this
truly horrifying crime. — Phil Lorenzo
Filmmaker Skye Fitzgerald scheduled to attend.
SUN OCT 24, 2:50PM
Contains adult situations
Cambodia/USA
English and Cambodian w/English subtitles
68 minutes | Video | 2009
DIRECTOR: Skye Fitzgerald
WRITER: Patti Duncan
PRODUCERS: Patti Duncan, Skye Fitzgerald
FINDING FACE
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Vietnam | Vietnamese w/ English subtitles
99 minutes | 35mm | 2010
DIRECTOR: Charlie Nguyen
WRITERS: Charlie Nguyen, Vincent Ngo
PRODUCERS: Dustin Tri Nguyen, Irene Trinh
CAST: Dustin Tri Nguyen, Kathy Uyen, Thai Hoa
FOOL FOR LOVE follows the travails of an earnest and friendly
bathroom clerk, Dung (Dustin Nguyen), who works at a five-star
hotel. One day he meets a beautiful lounge singer, Mai (Kathy
Uyen) whose wealthy boyfriend just left her. Dung falls instantly
in love. Dung is convinced that Mai is in love with him and quits
his job to pursue her, only to find out she is already being chased
by a wealthy real estate tycoon whose willingness to employ her
depends on her willingness to date him.
With very little money to his name, Dung knows he must do
something to help finance his pursuit of love. That is how he
meets a very rich (and very gay) businessman named Hoi (Thai
Hoa), willing to pay for male companionship.
Through it all, Dung and Mai are both tested as they face the
same predicament of choosing between true love and financial
security.
Directed by Charlie Nguyen, best known for his explosive action
films including The Rebel (SDAFF 08), FOOL FOR LOVE was his
first foray into the romantic comedy genre and proved to be a
commercial success as Vietnam’s highest grossing film of the
year. FOOL FOR LOVE gets its charm from is strong, natural
cast, breathtaking scenery and its deft score composed by
Nguyen himself.
FOOL FOR LOVE
(DE MAI TINH)
SAT OCT 23, 6:40PM
MON OCT 25, 9:20PM
Contains violence and adult situations
GOEMON
Japan | Japanese w/English subtitles
128 minutes | 35mm | 2009
DIRECTOR: Kazuaki Kiriya
PRODUCERS: Kazuaki Kiriya, Takashige Ichise
CAST: Yosuke Eguchi, Takao Osawa, Ryoko Hirosue,
Eiji Okuda, Jun Kaname, Gori, Masato Ibu
In 1582 Japan, expert thief Goemon (Yosuke Eguchi) makes a
name for himself by stealing from the rich and distributing his
take to the less fortunate. However, one day Gomeon steals
a seemingly insignificant little box that draws the attention of
warlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi (Eiji Okuda), who has risen to
power by assassinating his former master Oda Nobunaga.
Desperate to recover the stolen box, Hideyoshi sends a variety
of henchmen after Goemon, including Ishida (Kaname Jun),
the famous Hattori Hanzo (Terajima Susumu) and Goemon’s
former childhood friend and fellow ninja Saizo (Osawa Takao).
As Goemon dispatches his foes with breathtaking efficiency, it
soon becomes apparent that Goemon is not just an ordinary
bandit and that the box contains a secret devastating enough to
determine the fate of a nation.
With a story based upon legendary accounts of Goemon
Ishikawa’s exploits during the late 1500’s, GOEMON is more
than just a Robin Hood story set within a Japanese historical and
political context. It is a dazzling technical masterpiece directed
by visionary filmmaker Kazuaki Kiriya (Casshern) and produced
by the legendary Takashige Ichise (The Ring). Deftly mixing live
action with stunning computer effects, GOEMON is a visual feast
that will dazzle with its artistic beauty and technical mastery.
Featuring many spectacular set pieces and incredible actions
sequences that mix ancient stylings with a slightly futuristic feel,
the film delivers the goods on many different levels. It is definitely
a film that fans of movies such 300 and Sin City will not want to
miss. — Gene Huh
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FRI OCT 22, 4:00PM (FREE)
GOOD MORNING
PRESIDENT
South Korea | Korean w/English subtitles
131 minutes | Video | 2009
DIRECTOR/WRITER: Jin Jang
CAST: Soon-jae Lee, Dong-gun Jang, Doo Shim Goh,
Ha-ryong Lim
2009 Pusan International Film Festival
This South Korean dramedy is a story of three Korean presidents
told in three different sections. In the humorous first act, aging
incumbent Kim Jung-ho wins the lottery mere months before
his term is up, and must decide if and how he can claim his
jackpot without arousing suspicion. The second vignette profiles
young Cha Ji-wook, who is dubbed “the Korean JFK” and takes
a radical approach to international politics as he tries to defuse
a potential conflict with the United States, Japan, and North
Korea. In the final section of the film, female president Han
Kyuong-ja must maintain her administrative composure in the
midst of a collapsing marriage.
GOOD MORNING PRESIDENT is not just a story of Korean
politics and government, but one that takes a deep look at the
human issues affecting its diplomatic leaders. Its subtle humor
balances perfectly with the serious tones in the forefront, and
the film uses a unique narrative structure to tell three completely
different stories which occasionally weave together to form a
larger picture of Korean life, love, and politics. It premiered as
the Opening Night Film at the Pusan International Film Festival
in 2009 and quickly became the #1 film at the Korean box office
shortly thereafter. — Brandon Coyle
SUN OCT 24, 4:45PM
Contains some adult language
BOMBAY TO BROOKLYN
Director: Carole Ryavec | 21 min | Video | 2010
Artist Preet Srivastava displays her extraordinary talents with
improvisational painting.
LYRICAL EMPIRE: HIP HOP IN METRO MANILA
Director: Mark Villegas | 20 min | Video | 2010
Filipino Hip Hop artists persevere with their passion in spite of an
unbelieving public.
UNRESERVED: THE WORK OF LOUIE GONG
Director: Tracy Rector | 14 min | Video | 2010
Pacific Northwest artist imprints his ethnic identity on popular Vanns
skate shoes.
YB BOX
Director: Feng Liu | 28 min | Video | 2008
A tight knit group of beatbox artists come from a remote border town
in China.
DE JUGUETES (MEXICAN TOY STORY)
Director: Alba Mora-Roca | 9 min | Video | 2010
Japanese architect displays his vast collection of toys residing in
Mexico City.
Filmmakers expected to attend.
Love for the Arts comes with a variety of expressions.
TRT: 93 min
HE(ART)
OF THE MATTER
Unreserved
Free screening made possible by:
JOHN S. YI
Co-presented by:
SDSU College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts
Art San Diego
Co-presented by: KoreAm Journal Audrey Magazine
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Co-presented by:
San Diego Latino Film Festival
Co-presented by:
Korean American Bar Association of San Diego
WED OCT 27, 5:20PM
HIROSHIMA NAGASAKI
DOWNLOAD
Mexico | English and Japanese w/English subtitles
72 minutes | Video | 2009
DIRECTOR: Shinpei Takeda
PRODUCERS: Shinpei Takeda, Eiji Wakamatsu
West Coast Premiere
Upon the end of World War II, people that survived the atomic
bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki immigrated to the US. Co-
existing with the physical trauma of radiation and psychological
scar of the destruction, the survivors have lived quietly in a
country that was once considered their “state’s enemy.”
64 years later, 2 former high school friends began their journey
to seek ‘Hiroshima’ and ‘Nagasaki’ deeply ingrained in the
collective psyche of modern Japan.
How does this memory stay alive for the coming generation
and how are they truly understood? As the two drove down the
American west coast visiting 18 survivors as well as a holocaust
survivor, they would hear the most intimate moments of their lives
and come to realize the cruel nature of psychological trauma.
With the vast landscape of American west in their background,
the two explores the scars left by the atomic bombs and reflect
on their Japanese identities.
HIROSHIMA NAGASAKI DOWNLOAD marks the first feature
film by Shinpei Takeda, a director based in Mexico who has
followed the atomic bomb survivors in both North and South
Americas for the last 5 years.
Filmmaker Shinpei Takeda scheduled to attend.
SAT OCT 23, 4:10PM
TUE OCT 26, 7:15PM
Contains strong language and violence
THE HOUSE OF SUH
USA | English and Korean w/English subtitles
95 minutes | Video | 2010
DIRECTOR: Iris K. Shim
PRODUCERS: Iris Shim, Gerry Kim
West Coast Premiere
On September 25, 1993, Catherine Suh’s fiancee Robert
O’Dubaine is shot twice and murdered in his garage by her
brother Andrew Suh. The identity of the murderer comes as
a shock to everyone who knew of Andrew: loyal, respectful,
studious, the “good son.” In this documentary detailing the Suh
household’s tragic collapse, obligation and loyalty are the values
called into question. Eloquently narrated by Andrew himself,
THE HOUSE OF SUH examines the complex dynamics of the Suh
family and the values embraced and rejected by Andrew and his
sister Catherine, which culminated in the planning and execution
of a crime that shocked the Korean American community.
Based on her first documentary short, Of Kin and Kind (2007),
director Iris Shim successfully weaves multiple mediums
including photographs, newspaper clippings, and home videos
to reconstruct the story of a family torn apart and sheds new light
on the circumstances surrounding the murder. Shim’s subject
and narrator, Andrew Suh, can be unexpectedly charismatic and
even irreproachable at times, asking the question: Am I wrong?
Completely unjustified?
In this captivating and gripping documentary, Shim leaves
Andrew’s final question unanswered and ultimately challenges
us to wonder, “what would I do?” — Jimmy Lee
Filmmakers Iris Shim and Gerry Kim scheduled to attend
Oct 23 screening.
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Co-presented by:
Miramar College Diversity/International Education Committee
BlogTV Family
Culture Shock Dance Studio
FRI OCT 22, 5:30PM
MON OCT 25, 7:40PM
IF I KNEW
WHAT YOU SAID
(DINIG SANA KITA)
Philippines
Tagalog and sign language w/ English subtitles
99 minutes | Video | 2009
DIRECTOR/WRITER/PRODUCER: Mike Sandejas
CAST: Zoe Sandejas, Romality Mallari, Robert Sena,
Lorenzo Mara, Mica Torre
Nina (Zoe Sandejas) is a rebellious teen who sings in a rock
band. Moody, aloof and prone to fights, she constantly gets
into trouble, which only serves to anger her commandeering
father even more. As a way for her to learn how to get along with
others, she is sent off to a camp for the deaf.
At camp, she meets the affable Kiko (Romalito Mallari), a
vivacious young man who loves to dance despite being hearing
impaired. Though awkward at first, the two slowly strike up
a friendship through the unlikely medium of music. Their
relationship grows deeper even as Nina secretly destroys part of
herself and Kiko, an orphan, desperately tries to find his birth
mother.
Ultimately, IF I KNEW WHAT YOU SAID is about the universal
need to be loved and understood. With genuine performances
by deaf actors and deaf dancers (including lead Romalito Mallari
who won Best Actor by the Philippine Movie Press Club), IF I
KNEW WHAT YOU SAID also tackles some of the issues that
plague the hearing-impaired community and sheds some light on
society’s misconceptions about them. — Lee Ann Kim
Screening dedicated in memory of Joseph Balan.
FRI OCT 22, 7:30PM
USA | English and Korean w/ English subtitles
57 minutes | Video | 2010
DIRECTOR/WRITER: Deann Borshay Liem
PRODUCERS: Deann Borshay Liem, Charlotte Lagarde
Her passport said she was Cha Jung Hee. She knew she was not.
So began a 40-year deception for a Korean adoptee who came to
the U.S. in 1966. Told to keep her true identity a secret from her
new American family, this eight-year-old girl quickly forgot she
was ever anyone else. But why had her identity been switched?
And who was the real Cha Jung Hee?
IN THE MATTER OF CHA JUNG HEE is the search to find the
answers. It follows acclaimed filmmaker Deann Borshay Liem
as she returns to her native Korea to find her “double,” the
mysterious girl whose place she took in America. Traversing
the landscapes of memory, amnesia and identity, while also
uncovering layers of deception in her adoption, this moving and
provocative film probes the ethics of international adoptions
and reveals the cost of living a lie. Part mystery, part personal
odyssey, it raises fundamental questions about who we are…and
who we could be but for the hands of fate.
Filmmaker Deann Borshay Liem scheduled to attend.
IN THE MATTER OF
CHA JUNG HEE
ADOPTION SPOTLIGHT
Screening sponsor:
Co-presented by:
Association of Korean Adoptees - Southern California
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SAT OCT 23, 1:00PM
Contains violence and sexual situations
WAHID’S MOBILE BOOKSTORE
Director: Anjoo Khosla | 10 min | Video | USA
Documentary look at the life of a young boy who sells counterfeit
books in the streets of Mumbai.
DAUGHTERS
Director: Chloé Zhao | 10 min | Video | USA
Forced into an arranged marriage, a 14-year-old girl attempts to
free herself.
BORN SWEET
Director: Cynthia Wade | 28 min | Video | Cambodia
Documentary about a 15 year old who wants to be a karaoke
star, but is set back by arsenic poisoning.
SHADOW MAN
Director: Nadine Truong | 25 min | Video | USA
A Vietnamese man leaves his wife and unborn child to fight for
freedom.
THE EARRINGS
Director: Nargiza Mamatkulova | 15 min | Video | Kyrgyzstan
A simple story of a woman who wants a young village girl to
marry her son.
CELESTIAL AVENUE
Director: Cameron Cairns, Colin Cairns
21 min | Video | Australia
A young Australian girl falls in love with a Chinese country boy
who works in a restaurant, with a slight twist.
Filmmakers scheduled to attend.
A cornucopia of life perspectives from around the world.
TRT: 109 min
INTERNATIONAL
DEPARTURES
Daughters
Free screening made possible by:
JOHN S. YI
SUN OCT 24, 2:10PM (FREE)
TRT: 90 min
What happens when filmmakers around the world are given one
script with just four lines? The result is a potpourri of uniquely
different stories through INTERPRETATIONS, a short film
initiative to encourage aspiring filmmakers to develop their own
original and unique voice.
Presented by director Justin Lin (Better Luck Tomorrow, Fast & Furious)
and the dynamic folks of YouOffendMeYouOffendMyFamily.com,
the San Diego Asian Film Festival is honored to host a panel
and screening of the winners and short film finalists from the
INTERPRETATIONS Film Initiative.
Join the YOMYOMF gang and star-studded crew as they celebrate
our community of filmmakers and discuss the state of Asian
American cinema.
Scheduled to attend:
INTERPRETATIONS:
SO YOU REALLY WANT
TO MAKE FILMS?
Danny Pudi
(NBC’s Community)
Director Justin Lin
Roger Fan
(Better Luck Tomorrow,
Ping Pong Playa)
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WED OCT 27, 7:00PM
Contains strong violence
IP MAN 2
Hong Kong | Cantonese w/English subtitles
109 minutes | 35mm | 2010
DIRECTOR: Wilson Yip
PRODUCER: Raymond Wong
CAST: Donnie Yen, Sammo Hung, Simon Yam, Lynn Hung,
Huang Xiaoming, Fan Siu-Wong
Based on the life of Ip Man, a grandmaster in the Wing Chun
martial art, IP MAN 2 follows Master Ip (Donnie Yen) as he settles
into life in Hong Kong under British colonial rule. Master Ip and
his family have moved to Hong Kong after escaping poverty and
oppression in a Japanese-occupied China. To earn a living in his
new city and propagate the art of Wing Chun, Ip Man decides to
open up his own martial arts academy. He soon attracts a small
group of students as word gets out about Master Ip’s martial arts
prowess. Unfortunately, Master Ip’s big-heartedness and lack of
business sense soon threaten the viability of his academy and
he is confronted with additional obstacles when his notoriety
attracts the attention of the area’s top martial arts academy,
headed by Master Hung Chun-nam (Sammo Hung). Upon
proving his worthiness to Master Hung, Ip Man and Hung are
soon faced with a common adversary and the responsibility of
defending the honor of the Chinese way of life against a bullying
English boxer backed by corrupt British bureaucrats.
The sequel to the smash hit film Ip Man (SDAFF ’09), IP MAN
2 combines cutting-edge fight choreography and historical
drama with the star power of arguably the world’s top martial
arts action star Donnie Yen (Ip Man) and the legendary Sammo
Hung, who also served masterfully as fight coordinator on the
film. Director Wilson Yip has successfully created a powerful
film that provides not only first-rate action visuals, but also a
potent message regarding the preservation of Chinese culture
and traditions in the face of Western globalization. — Gene Huh
THE RISE OF
DONNIE YEN
Thanks to the success of recent
films such as the blockbuster Ip Man (SDAFF
’09) and SPL: Sha Po Lang (2005), Donnie Yen has succeeded
luminaries Jet Li and Jackie Chan, catapulting into superstardom
as one of the top martial arts action stars in the world.
Born in Guangdong, China, Yen spent his teenage years
studying martial arts and hanging out on the streets of Boston,
Massachusetts. To keep him out of trouble, his parents sent him
to Beijing to train for two years with the Beijing Wushu Team. On
his return trip home, Yen stopped over in Hong Kong and met
famed fight choreographer Yuen Woo-ping (The Matrix), who later
gave Yen his start in the world of film as a stuntman. As an actor,
Yen’s big break came opposite Jet Li in 1992 on the film Once Upon
a Time in China II and in the lead role on Yuen’s Iron Monkey. Yen
would again team up with Li in 2002 on Zhang Yimou’s Academy
Award nominated film Hero. He later established himself as a
filmmaker, directing films such as Legend of the Wolf and working
as a fight choreographer (and actor) in Hollywood films such as
Blade II.
In a showcase befitting his newly achieved status as an icon, this
year the San Diego Asian Film Festival will present three films
starring Donnie Yen. In addition to our opening night film, Legend
of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen, directed by Andrew Lau (Infernal
Affairs), we will also be screening the historical action drama
Bodyguards and Assassins and Ip Man 2, the eagerly anticipated
sequel to last year’s closing night film. — Gene Huh
Thanks to the success of recent
Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen
Bodyguards and Assassins
Screening Sponsors:
Dr. Robert and Mao Shillman
Lew Family Foundation
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Japanese American Historical Society of San Diego
University of San Diego Center for Inclusion and Diversity
THU OCT 21, 9:30PM
SUN OCT 24, 8:55PM
Contains strong violence
Japan | Japanese w/ English subtitles
120 minutes | Video | 2009
DIRECTOR: Yoichi Sai
WRITERS: Sampei Shirato, Kankuro Kudo
PRODUCERS: Nozomu Enoki, Naoyo Kinoshita
CAST: Ken’ichi Matsuyama, Hideaki Ito
Cast out from society as a young boy, Kamui becomes a fugitive
ninja, hunted by...well, all the other ninjas. He leads a life of mistrust
and loneliness. Then one day he meets the roguish fisherman
Hanbei, and is given the chance to live a peaceful existence. But
can Kamui ever know true peace, his past returning to haunt him
at every turn...?
That said, there are only three things you need to know about
KAMUI: ninjas, pirates and sharks. That pretty much sums up
the highlights, as we see live action versions of ninja battles
heretofore only seen in anime, as well as some outlandish CGI
effects that surround the quieter scenes of idyllic village life.
Director Yoichi Sai (Blood and Bones) does a nice job of blending
the adrenaline-charged moments with the more contemplative
parts of the film. And it helps to have a cast of characters filled
with rogues and men-with-secrets; as Kamui, star Ken’ichi
Matsuyama has the appropriate sullen countenance the role
requires.
KAMUI is for fans of mange, swords and grievous personal hells.
Good times will most assuredly be had by all. — Steve Norwood,
Asian Film Festival of Dallas
KAMUI
USA | English and Japanese w/English subtitles
83 minutes | Video | 2010
DIRECTOR: Mike Ott
WRITERS: Mike Ott, Atsuko Okatsuka, Carl McLaughlin
CAST: Atsuko Okatsuka, Cory Zacharia, Rintaro
Sawamoto, Roberto Sanchez
SUN OCT 24, 5:00PM
THU OCT 28, 7:20PM
Contains some language and sexual situations
2010 San Francisco International Film Festival
2010 Vienna International Film Festival
2010 Vancouver International Film Festival
A brother and sister from Japan – Atsuko and Rintaro – find
themselves in Little Rock on their pilgrimage to Manzanar, CA
(the Japanese internment camp where over 100,000 Japanese
Americans were imprisoned during World War II). With very
little English, they quickly party with the locals and befriend one
in particular named Cory who instantly displays a keen interest
in Atsuko (who speaks almost no English). Behind his friendly
and charismatic persona, Cory has some deep troubles brewing
including some debts to some drug-dealing friends. When the
time comes for the siblings to continue their journey, Atsuko
decides she wants to stay behind and spend more time with Cory
and a few other boys who become fond of her.
LITTLEROCK is a deceptively simple plot, but contains many
layers and rich character development. The film also depicts
language barriers, where no one can understand each other, yet
everything about the film is perfectly clear. Director Mike Ott
allows the characters to reveal themselves and the story without
much over explanation. Newcomer Atsuko Okatsuka is alluring
as the nearly dialogue-less protagonist. Produced on a very
modest indie budget, LITTLEROCK is elegant filmmaking all the
way to the very last scene, which despite the characters’ difficulty
in connecting to each other, is pitch perfect. — Mye Hoang
Cast and crew scheduled to attend Oct 24.
LITTLEROCK
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MACHO LIKE ME
USA | English
81 minutes | Video | 2009
DIRECTOR/WRITER: Helie Lee
PRODUCERS: Helie Lee, Ken Mok
CAST: Helie Lee
In this true account of a woman’s six-month journey living life as
a man, Helie Lee cuts off her hair, wears men’s clothes and moves
out of her home to begin life as Harry. Helie’s motivation for this
drastic move was inspired by many relationships with men gone
awry. With friends Anna and Katie to document the change and
her experience as a man, Helie puts on screen all of the things she
needs to do to make the change.
Helie sets out to prove a point: that men have it better than
women, however, she soon discovers that may not be the case
and she finds herself with a new view that surprises her. As she
works on being a man, she starts off by passing as a gay man,
then tries bonding through sports, and then she runs into an
awkward and near disastrous encounter with a few macho
Latinos. Through a moment of epiphany at the Playboy Mansion,
she begins to see that men have it harder than she ever imagined.
Views on men, privilege, and relationships are tested as this
dynamic documentary shows a whole new side to the battle of
the sexes. — Phil Lorenzo
Filmmaker Helie Lee scheduled to attend Oct 23.
Co-presented by:
CSU San Marcos Women’s Center
KoreAm Journal
Audrey Magazine
SAT OCT 23, 8:40PM
Contains language and violence
MANILA SKIES
Philippines | Tagalog w/English subtitles
99 minutes | Video | 2009
DIRECTOR/WRITER: Raymond Red
PRODUCERS: Raymond Red, Dave Hukom
CAST: Raul Arellano, John Arcilla, Ronnie Lazaro,
Soliman Cruz
Ten years later after winning a Golden Palm Award at the Cannes
Film Festival for his short film “Anino”, filmmaker Raymond Red
brings us MANILA SKIES, a simple parable about a desperate
man who desires to improve his life earnestly but finds himself
backed into a corner with very few options at his disposal.
The central figure of the film, Raul (Raul Arellano), represents the
predicament for the majority of Filipinos. Mr. Arellano perfectly
immerses himself as the enigmatic Raul, whose life slowly
declines before our eyes. MANILA SKIES outlines Raul’s various
struggles that include applying for a government supported job
training program and using a less than reputable job agency for
jobs outside of the Philippines. These events contribute to Raul’s
state of mind, which eventually leads to a fateful life decision.
Inspired by a true event, MANILA SKIES is Red’s first feature film
since garnering top honors at Cannes in 2000, and continues to
prove his storytelling skills. — Eric Lallana
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LYCHEE THIEVES
Director: Kathleen Kwai Ching Man| 29 min | Video | 2010
A bountiful lychee tree causes quite a commotion among locals fighting
for the sweet fruit, revealing humorous and contentious interactions
among the culturally diverse people of Hawai’i.
CLAP CLAP
Director: Tanuj Chopra | 13 min | Video | 2010
In this noir tale, an illegal gun dealer faces the difficult decision of staying
with her faithful lover Roy (Sung Kang) or betraying him to make a deal
involving a mysterious buyer.
DURAI AND SARO
Director: Prema Menon | 26 min | Video | 2010
An Indian construction worker and Filipino maid live lonely lives as
foreign workers in Singapore, but find companionship in a strange land.
TALL ENOUGH
Director: Barry Jenkins | 7 min | Video | 2010
A sweet story about love found at Bloomingdale’s… in China.
Serving up a variety of short stories with interracial
relationships as the main course.
TRT: 75 min
MIXED PLATE
SPECIAL
Clap Clap
Philippines | Tagalog w/English subtitles
78 minutes | Video | 2008
DIRECTOR/WRITER: Gerry Balasta
PRODUCERS: Gerry Balasta, Nina Balasta
CAST: Manuel Gonzaga, Pogi Casas, Randy Catonjay,
Emily Magtangob
SUN OCT 24, 6:30PM
WED OCT 27, 9:35PM
Imagine a world where the only means of living is rummaging
through a giant mountain of garbage to find useful items in a
sea of refuse. Throw in a father trying to provide his starving
young son with enough food to survive, territorial rivalries, and
an accusation of murder to complicate a story in which one man
is simply trying to find importance and love in a cruel world.
Setting the stage in Promised Land, Patayas, writer/director
Gerry Balasta uses real life garbage scavengers to tell a fictional
story that mimics the actual lives they live, detailing the harsh
realities they face everyday with unparalleled conviction. Balasta
returned to the Philippines to bring light to a heart breaking
reality, and set up an acting workshop in order to teach the
inhabitants of Promised Land how to best communicate their
own story for the big screen. The struggles of Julio and his son
as they deal with the menacing Ato is not simply fiction, but a
reflection of the difficulties facing these real life trash scavengers
on a daily basis.
In addition to retelling the story of Promised Land in the
Philippines, Balasta has also created the Mount Hope Project,
an organization dedicated to improving the lives of the people
whose lives he has exposed to the world on screen in hopes of
giving them a better chance for the future. — Brandon Coyle
Filmmaker Gerry Balasta scheduled to attend Oct 24.
THE MOUNTAIN
THIEF
Co-presented by:
Miramar College Filipino American Student Association
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ORANGE CITY
Director: Qingyuan Wang | 6 min | Video | USA
This animated metaphor explains the importance of sharing and
working together.
THREE TIMES ME
Director: Wendy J.N. Lee | 4 min | Video | USA
Hiding under the table at a dinner party, a young girl imagines her adult
life based on the guests’ shoes.
DUCKS, DUCKS
Director: Chia-Jui Wei | 10 min | Video | Taiwan
An amusing documentary about grade school students who raise ducks
to protect their rice paddies.
FIRST IMPRESSIONS
Director: Dongjin Seo | 2 min | Video | USA
A shy young boy collects lightning bugs and finds a surprise fairy.
SLURP
Director: Kane Diep | 6 min | Video | USA
Two friends learn what it means to be polite at dinner at each other’s
homes.
SUNGUY
Director: Michelle Xin | 4 min | Video | USA
An animated short that uses the sun and the seasons to show the
importance of good friends.
First, we present Nick Jr.’s popular NI HAO KAI-LAN, as she stars in her
first BIG PLAY, but Hoho gets angry when he does not get the part of the
Monkey King. TRT: 25 min
A free double-feature of films for children.
Short films for the young at heart. (Good for ages 5 and up)
TRT: 32 min.
NI HAO KAI LAN’S
BIG PLAY
KID’S CORNER
Daughters
Co-presented by:
Barnard Elementary School
Nick, Jr.
Co-presented by:
Asian Cultural Festival of San Diego
San Diego State University Asian Alumni Association
FRI OCT 22, 8:20PM
SUN OCT 24, 12:30PM
Contains adult language & violence
THUG LIFE
Director: Emil Lin | 6 min | Video | 2009
Only one thing can stop Wallace Williams’ rise to the top of the gangsta
rap world — his secret love of 80’s pop music.
CRUSH THE SKULL
Director: Viet Nguyen | 10 min | Video | 2010
A stranger shows up to help a stranded couple...could he be a serial
killer?
AJUMMA, ARE YOU CRAZY??
Director: Brent Anbe | 25 min | Video | 2009
Three Korean drama fans in Hawaii stop at nothing to meet their favorite
Korean star, in town to shoot a music video.
MY BEST FRIEND BIG FOOT (Ep. 1)
Director: Roman Cortez | 5 min | Video | 2010
Scott shares some wacky adventures with his best friend, Bigfoot.
THE GODMOTHER
Director: Lior Chefetz | 15 min | Video | 2009
A gangster’s wife tries to call-off a “ hit” on her husband. Her biggest
obstacle — her own mother!
NINJA, SAY WHAT?
Director: Viet Nguyen | 5 min | Video | 2010
A new n-word is spreading through the Asian American community.
MY BEST FRIEND BIG FOOT (Ep. 2)
Director: Roman Cortez | 3 min | Video | 2010
Who knew Bigfoot was a perv?
THE CALL CENTER
Director: Rumana Huq | 13 min | Video | 2009
‘The Office’ is outsourced to Mumbai in this mockumentary about a
novice call center agent in India.
TORTURE
Director: Lushun Quon | 6 min | Video | 2010
A political satire about the torture of a seemingly innocent man.
Filmmakers, cast, and crew scheduled to attend
Outrageous, funny, and sometimes shocking — these
comedy films are guaranteed to hit your funny bone.
TRT: 80 min
NINJA,
ARE YOU CRAZY??
My Best Friend Big Foot
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USA, Philippines | English
56 minutes | Video | 2009
DIRECTOR/WRITER/PRODUCER: Tom Coffman
Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino represented the indomitable spirit
of opposition to Ferdinand Marcos’ martial rule over the
Philippines. A descendant of politicians who fought for Filipino
independence, he was imprisoned for speaking out against
Marcos’ policies and for his efforts to re-establish a democratic
government. Despite his incarceration, and aware of the plan
to assassinate him, Ninoy toiled relentlessly for the freedom of
his people. His example of nonviolent resistance inspired the
underground movements that would eventually overthrow the
Marcos regime.
NINOY AQUINO AND THE RISE OF PEOPLE POWER weaves
an intimate, cinematic portrait of Aquino’s passionate struggle.
Using archival footage and interviews with Ninoy’s family and
friends, Director Tom Coffman immerses the viewer in the tense
political climate of a Philippines not so long ago. Inextricable
from that history is the story of one man’s love for his country
and the people he considered worth dying for. A powerful film
for those who remember his work, it is also inspiring for the
generations that never knew Ninoy Aquino. — Jason Low
Co-presented by:
Filipino American National Historical Society – San Diego
The Filipino Press
NINOY AQUINO AND THE
RISE OF PEOPLE POWER
SAT OCT 23, 2:10PM
ONE BIG
HAPA FAMILY
Canada | English
85 minutes | Video | 2010
DIRECTOR/WRITER: Jeff Chiba Stearns
PRODUCER: Ruth Vincent
CAST: Jeff Chiba Stearns
After attending the annual family reunion, half Japanese-
Canadian filmmaker, Jeff Chiba Stearns, decides to document his
personal journey to seek out answers for why all the generations
of family members even beyond his grandparents were involved
in interracial relationships.
ONE BIG HAPA FAMILY became a natural follow-up to Jeff
Chiba Stearns 2005 documentary short about cultural discovery
titled “What Are You Anyways?” Director Stearns learns with the
help of interviews with family members and local historians that
almost nearly all Japanese Canadians are marrying interracially-
the highest compared to all other ethnic races in Canada. The
insight provided by his family challenges Jeff and the audience
about our perceptions on the purity of culture and race.
Stearns successfully integrates live action with animation resulting
in a fascinating view of the discoveries in this documentary. —
Eric Lallana
Filmmaker Jeff Chiba Stearns scheduled to attend.
Co-presented by:
Buddhist Temple of San Diego
Japanese American Historical Society of San Diego
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ONE VOICE
USA | English and Hawaiian w/English subtitles
84 minutes | Video | 2009
DIRECTOR: Lisette Marie Flanary
PRODUCERS: Heather H. Guigni and Ruth Bolan
Screening sponsor:
Hom Family Foundation
At Kamehameha High School on the island of Oahu, Hawaii,
the hallways buzz with excitement and anticipation for Song
Contest, the annual inter-class choral competition in Hawaiian
song. Far from being a local version of ABC’s American Idol, Song
Contest is a prestigious performance in the state for participation
by Kamehameha students, and a proud demonstration of the
revitalization of Hawaiian culture in the 21st century United States
since its prohibition in the 1860’s during American colonization.
Told through the eyes of the students, Song Contest is one of
many programs at Kamehameha School that introduce Native
Hawaiian youth to their history and heritage. As each student
arrives to school from incredibly diverse backgrounds, they unite
in one voice in celebration of their common culture.
Director Lisette Marie Flanary (Na Kamalei: The Men of Hula, Best
Documentary Feature SDAFF ’07) is an accomplished filmmaker
and active hula dancer recognized for her heartwarming
documentaries around Hawaiian culture and the dance of hula.
ONE VOICE shares the personal stories of these contemporary
Hawaiian youth as they explore their own Hawaiian heritage inside
and outside the classroom. With breathtaking performances
interwoven with personal testimonies of the students and their
families, the film is a universal story about identifying with one’s
own culture. — Nicole Matteson
Co-presented by:
Indonesian Art Center
SUN OCT 24, 8:35PM
Contains strong language and adult situations
THE PHOTOGRAPH
Indonesia | Indonesian w/English subtitles
94 minutes | 35mm | 2007
DIRECTOR/WRITER: Nan Achnas
PRODUCERS: Nan Achnas, Shanty Harmayn,
Paquita Widjaja-Afief
CAST: Kay Tong Lim, Shanty, Lukman Sardi, Indi Barends
Any film with a title as self-reflexive as this one had best
overcompensate by rewarding its viewers with a feast of exquisite
imagery. In that sense (and many others) THE PHOTOGRAPH is
a picture you won’t soon forget.
Sita (Shanty) sends most of what she earns working as a
prostitute in an Indonesian karaoke bar back home so her ailing
mother can look after her 15-year-old daughter. She needs to
make as much money as possible in order to afford her child a
better way of life (and keep her pimp happy). Tossed from her
apartment, Sita manages to talk her way into the attic above the
studio of Mr. Johan (Kay Tong Lim) a contemplative, terminally
ill portrait photographer in the market for a successor.
Initially Sita sees no need for Johan to take more than a couple
of photographs of his subjects, but as time passes she acquires
the patience (and poise) needed to do the job. She also finds
tenderness and meaning while watching Johan prepare for his
death.
THE PHOTOGRAPH is an engrossing, exceedingly well-acted
exploration of the power images have to both inspire and
restrain. — Scott Marks
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AF3IRM
Co-presented by:
The South Asian Bar Association of San Diego
MON OCT 25, 5:30PM
PROMISE
AND UNREST
Philippines, Ireland, United Kingdom
English, Tagalog and Waray w/English subtitles
94 minutes | Video | 2010
DIRECTORS/ PRODUCERS:
Alan Grossman, Aine O’Brien
Separated from her daughter Gracelle at 7 months, Noemi
Barredo left the Philippines for work in Ireland to support her
family. PROMISE AND UNREST is a portrayal of maternal
sacrifice by a migrant woman in her role as sole provider for her
family in the Philippines.
Dublin may be a long way from Noemi’s hometown of Babatngon,
yet she retains a sharp eye on the welfare of her family, paying
for the education of her daughter and son, medication for her
terminally ill father and her sister’s nursing degree. Through the
addition of home video footage and mother-daughter voice-over
narration, the film captures the transnational reach of Noemi
and Gracelle’s relationship, and the hardships, hatred, and
many difficulties that are presented to the transnational migrant
worker
Filmed over a five-year period PROMISE AND UNREST is an
intimate portrayal of a migrant woman performing care-giving
and long-distance motherhood, and the universal struggle of the
migrant experience that reminds us that borders can be created
through land or across the seas. — Phil Lorenzo
SUN OCT 24, 12:40PM
Contains adult situations
RAMCHAND
PAKISTANI
Pakistan | Urdu w/English subtitles
105 minutes | Video | 2008
DIRECTOR: Mehreen Jabbar
CAST: Nandita Das, Navaid Jabbar, Rashid Farooqui,
Syed Fazal Hussain
Young Ramchand and his family live in a poor Hindu community
on the border of India, in Pakistan. A mischievous child,
Ramchand spends his days ditching school and wandering
the surrounding countryside until one day he strays too far,
crossing the border into India. He and his father, who runs after
Ramchand, are detained by the Indian Military and imprisoned,
accused of being spies. Together they struggle to adapt to their
new living conditions, not knowing whether they will ever be
released.
Alone and grief-stricken, Ramchand’s mother, played by Nandita
Das, struggles to pay off the family’s debt by working in the fields.
She makes daily visits to the police station despite their lack of
information or assistance. And though initially confident in her
family’s return, as years pass she too begins to doubt whether
they will ever be reunited.
Based on actual events, RAMCHAND PAKISTANI explores the
social prejudices and political tensions that exist between India
and Pakistan. Yet rather than focus on ideological conflicts,
director Mahreen Jabbar balances the serious political setting
with Ramchand’s unique coming of age story. Featuring a
charming performance by newcomer Syed Fazal Hussain,
RAMCHAND PAKISTANI is a moving drama about the tests of
the human spirit. — Jason Low
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USA | English
88 minutes | Video | 2010
DIRECTOR: Leena Pendharkar
PRODUCER: Megha Kadakia
CAST: Lily Javaherpour, Ravi Kapoor, Meera Simhan, Keya
Shah, Bella Thorne
RASPBERRY MAGIC
Filmmaker Leena Pendharkar wrote this story about a young
girl’s connection to nature. In RASPBERRY MAGIC, 11-year
old Monica Shah tries to win at the local science fair with her
experiment on speeding up the growth process of raspberries
with touch therapy. The burden of her project grows heavier on
her mind because Monica believes winning will draw her parents
back together.
Lily Javaherpour delivers a beautifully understated performance
as the quietly driven and self motivated Monica. These personal
traits have been instilled and nurtured over the years by her father
Manoj. Ravi Kapoor (Crossing Jordan) delivers an outstanding
performance as Monica’s strict but very supportive father. Even
as the head of a traditional Indian family, Manoj finally realizes
the values he firmly passes down to his daughters also must
apply to himself - especially in his desperate search to find a new
job after being let go from his old job weeks earlier.
This film delivers a clear view about the peaks and valleys of
family life. Ms. Pendharkar’s feature debut reflects her previous
successes with documentary and short film formats. — Eric
Lallana
Actress Lily Javaherpour scheduled to attend Oct 23.
SAT OCT 23, 6:30PM
MON OCT 25, 4:00PM (FREE)
Free screening made possible by:
JOHN S. YI
MON OCT 25, 8PM
THU OCT 28, 7:45PM
Contains some adult language
THE RED CHAPEL
North Korea/Denmark
English, Danish and Korean w/English subtitles
88 minutes | Video | 2010
DIRECTOR: Mads Brugger
2010 Sundance Film Festival
2010 Los Angeles Film Festival
2010 SXSW Film Festival
THE RED CHAPEL can be easily described as the most
difficult film to explain. And yet, it is a towering achievement
in filmmaking as insane as it sounds. Danish filmmaker Mads
Brugger travels to North Korea – the most isolated country in the
world – with a pair of North Korean-born Danish comedians by
his side. Together, the three embark on this experimental journey
to bring “Danish comedy” to North Korea as a cultural exchange
under the pretext of being a small theatre troupe called “The
Red Chapel.” But what the North Koreans don’t know is that it’s
all a hoax – a la Michael Moore or Sasha Baron Cohen. The film
plays off as a Borat in North Korea of sorts. Shocking and insane
enough? Then mix into that the fact that one of the comedians is
a self-proclaimed spastic.
From the moment the trio touch down, they are treated with
warm hospitality and over-politeness – so much so that it is
unnerving as it is simply a mask to hide the pain and suffering
of the people. One must wonder, who is really pulling the hoax
here – Brugger or the Korean regime? As the hoax plays out and
they rehearse under the careful watch of their Korean hosts,
the two comedians begin to emotionally unravel and Brugger
becomes anxious about the risks they are taking that could end
up dangerous for them. It is hard to believe that Brugger pulls
off a film that is so darkly hilarious and yet deeply emotional – a
film experience that makes audiences laugh in sheer shock and
then punches them in the stomach. Part activist filmmaking and
outrageous black comedy, THE RED CHAPEL is a rare experience
and it is hard to imagine anything like it. Miss at your own risk.
— Mye Hoang
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REEL VOICES
“I didn’t go into Reel Voices thinking that I wanted to be a filmmaker. Quite the
opposite, actually.. But somehow, by the time I finished my documentary, “Dick,
Dick and Jane”, this all changed.
During the making of my film, I learned how to check white balance and
compose a shot. I learned that every person has a fascinating story waiting to
be told. Most importantly, I learned more about myself than I ever thought
I would. The Reel Voices experience helped me discover my determination,
sensitivity, and desire to share human experiences with others. Somewhere
along the way I realized that filmmaking was my passion.
When I proudly say that I want to become a cinematographer or even a
film director, it is directly the result of Reel Voices. The program gave me
the opportunity of a lifetime with great instructors, equipment, and the
chance to see my work on the silver screen. My life hasn’t been the same
since. My work has screened at film festivals across the nation, and
now I am determined to go all the way. Sundance, anyone? It’s a tough
journey, no doubt, but Reel Voices taught me that I can make it.”
—Mari Jacobson, Reel Voices Class of 2008
“The most important aspect of film-making I learned
from Reel Voices is the persistance needed by any
aspiring director to achieve his “vision”, to be able
to adapt to changing situations and circumstances
while shooting, before shooting and after shooting.
Thanks to this opportunity to learn with others
like myself, I felt to safe to explore my own style
and get support a long the way. “
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CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? | Brian Brennan | 6 minutes
Starting at a young age, Colleen Novakovich has become increasingly deaf. She explains how she has
learned to cope with this in a funny, honest, and inspiring way.
MUSICAL WARRIOR | Angel Gatus | 8 minutes
A young boy inspires and compels others to care through music and friendship while fighting his battle
with cancer.
MEJOHN | Phillip Bernardino-Gomez | 5 minutes
An eccentric man goes through life collecting strange items such as pantyhose, his own brand of
miniature cars, and anything else he believes that has a special value to it.
TECHNOMANIA CIRCUS | Christian Guzman | 9 minutes
A tour through a circus held in an eclectic venue in the backyard of a house in the barrio.
HIDING THE PAST | Kanyon Iwami | 4 minutes
The tattoo removing process and how people’s lives are affected negatively and positively through
their decisions to get a tattoo.
BREAKING EXPECTATIONS | Kevin Tran | 8 minutes
A young B-Boy struggles with the disapproval of his lifestyle by his parents, who see the only way to a
successful life is through good academics.
TO MEAT OR NOT TO MEAT | Lauren Lynch | 8 minutes
A vegetarian does whatever necessary in order to stick to her principles while living in a meat lover’s
paradise, while also debating whether or not her vegetarianism is even worth all the trouble.
THE SEED | Calvin Ha | 13 minutes
This story follows a young musician, Devin McGuire, and his desire to bring together the first ever
Music Festival in his suburban hometown of Mira Mesa.
World Premiere
Presented by Bank of America and Union Bank, REEL VOICES is a fresh, raw look at compelling stories of high school
filmmakers. Each film in this dynamic program represents an intensely personal journey for the students, who learned as
much about cinematography and editing as themselves.
Reception immediately following screening
SUN OCT 24 12:00PM (FREE)
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THU OCT 28, 4:00PM (FREE)
RESILIENCE
USA, South Korea | English, Korean w/ English subtitles
75 minutes | Video | 2009
DIRECTOR: Tammy Chu
PRODUCERS: Tammy Chu, Anthony Gilmore,
Jessica Windt
West Coast Premiere
For most of his life, Korean adoptee Brent Beesley always had
one question lingering in the back of his mind while growing up in
South Dakota– why did his birth parents give him up? Meantime
in South Korea, a single mother, Myungja Noh, continues to live
her life with regret without her son. More than thirty years ago,
her family secretly put her son up for adoption while Noh was
away trying to find a job. She was only 18 years old. From that
moment, Noh says, “I lost everything when I lost my son.”
In RESILIENCE, we see the emotional reunion of a mother and
child made possible through a Korean reality television show.
The meeting transformed their lives and over the next four years;
Beesley and his birth mother attempt to build a relationship
amidst family betrayal and the legacy of adoption. But with so
many obstacles - language, culture, distance, and unspoken loss
- can two strangers find a way to become mother and son?
As part of a growing number of films on international adoption,
director Tammy Chu’s RESILIENCE stands out for its rare and
very personal perspective of a single mother in Korea where
strong social stigmas still exist. RESILIENCE is a reminder that
for every adoptive family’s gain, there is also an unspeakable
loss. — Lee Ann Kim
Co-presented by:
Association of Korean Adoptees - Southern California
Free screening made possible by:
JOHN S. YI
ADOPTION SPOTLIGHT
FRI OCT 22, 10:30PM
Contains extreme violence, nudity and sexual situations
ROBOGEISHA
Japan | Japanese w/English subtitles
102 minutes | Video | 2009
DIRECTOR/WRITER: Noboru Iguchi
PRODUCERS: Naobumi Ashi, Akira Fujita,
Kazunari Okuma, Yui Shibata
CAST: Yoshihiro Nishimura, Naoto Takenaka, Asami,
Takumi Saitô
Noboru Iguchi presents a story of espionage, political intrigue,
and Robotic Geishas. Yoshie and Kikue Kasuga are two geishas
who live normal “geisha” lives until they are tricked into being
recruited to serve steel tycoon Hikaru Kageno, who has devious
intentions for the girls — to turn them into murderous cyborg
assassins and help Kageno Steel take over the world!
As the plot thickens Yoshie discovers that what she has become
is not what she wants to be. Meanwhile, her sister Kikue falls
under the company line, to destroy and recreate Japan in their
image. Yoshie has to slice and dice her way through many women
that were taken away from their families to become demonic
cyborg killers and ultimately a final clash with her sister (all while
looking hot in her kimono).
Iguchi’s style of filmmaking (like his 2007 hit Machine Girl)
continues to have plenty of gore, babes, and laughs. SDAFF
EXTREME continues its goal of bringing extreme film fans the
best of the best of the goriest and outright funniest fringe films
from the rising sun! Recommended with Alien vs Ninja. — Phil
Lorenzo
Co-presented by:
Tabe BBQ
EXTREME SERIES
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SAT OCT 23, 12:20PM
MON OCT 25, 7:25PM
SONGS FROM THE
SOUTHERN SEAS
Kazakhstan | Kazakh and Russian w/English subtitles
80 minutes | Video | 2009
DIRECTOR: Marat Sarulu
PRODUCERS: Sain Gabdullin, Karsten Stöter,
Benny Dreschsel, Yuri Obukhov, Guillaume De Seille
CAST: Vladimir Yavorsky, Dzhaidarbek Kunguzhinov,
Irina Agejkina, Ajzhan Ajtenova
Director Marat Suralu draws from his own cultural and
ethnic experiences as a base for his third feature film. SONG
FROM THE SOUTHERN SEAS opens in Kazakhstan with two
neighboring couples, one Russian and one Kazakh, living side by
side in relative harmony. Then one day the wife of the Russian
couple gives birth to a boy of darker skin setting off a chain of
events spanning over fifteen years of acrimony between them. An
attempt to restore a peaceful existence depends on both couples
willingness to reflect on their lineage from the past and present
day.
Suralu delivers a very credible film that allows each cast member
to shine by not over emphasizing one character over another.
This technique allows them to develop their own identity and
contribute their importance to the story. The scenes delving into
the past of Ivan (Vladimir Yavorsky), opens our eyes to the fact
that sometimes the passing along of family history can be altered
over generations of time.
Marat succeeds by integrating his personal knowledge of his
own ethnic history to create an insightful tale about our own
interpretations of culture and race. — Eric Lallana
FRI OCT 22, 7:10PM
Contains adult language and sexual content
GEORGE AND BRAD IN BED
Director: Jessica Sanders | 5 min | Video | 2009 | USA
Jump into bed for an intimate chat with George Takei and his longtime
partner.
ORGANISM
Director: Nina Reyes Rosenberg | 14 min | Video | 2009 | USA
When teens Jen and Carmen lock eyes, sparks fly and confusion reigns.
PICTURES OF ZAIN
Director: Faryal | 18 min | Video | 2010 | UK
A Pakistani woman is forced to wrestle with her prejudices after the
death of her gay son.
TORTURE
Director: Lushun Quon | 6 min | Video | 2010 | USA
A twisted look at the joys of torture — with a queer flair.
DIANA
Director: Aleem Khan | 11 min | Video | 2008 | UK
The Death of an icon grips a nation, sending Mohit, a pre-op transsexual,
on a wrenching journey.
NO ASIANS...IT’S JUST NOT MY THING
Director: Scott Eriksson | 16 min | Video | 2010 | USA
A young man’s steamy encounter leads to a maddening mind trip.
THE BEST IS YET TO COME
Director: Eunice Wu | 15 min | Video | 2009 | USA
When the Prop 8 election results pour in, a young lesbian couple must
confront their fears and family.
LOVE IS WORTH IT
Director: Sung-Min Yi | 7 min | Video | 2009 | USA
A day in the life of a gay National Guardsman battling Don’t Ask
Don’t Tell.
Co-presented by: Family Health Centers of San Diego,
FilmOut San Diego, First UU Church Rainbow Outreach,
Greater San Diego Business Association, Guys Like Us,
Long Yang Club of SD, P.F.L.A.G. SD Chapter,
San Diego Alliance for Marriage Equality,
San Diego POZabilities, SDSU LGBT Community,
Servicemembers Legal Defense Network,
UCSD LGBT Resource Center
From Prop 8 punishment to military closet-busting, it’s
time to take a stand.
TRT: 92 min
STANDING QUEER
George and Brad in Bed
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Screening sponsor: Hom Family Foundation
Co-presented by:
Drinking Liberally in Carlsbad
Japanese American Historical Society of San Diego
SAT OCT 23, 2:45PM
Largely anchored by personal narrative, STATE OF ALOHA is a
unique look at Hawaii—beyond the visions of surfers shredding
swells, sun-soaked beaches, and crystalline waters.
On August 21, 1959, Hawaii became the 50th and last state to
join the United States. While movies, television shows, and glossy
brochures have idealized the state, the real story behind Hawaii’s
statehood is a complex one. Narrated by Jason Scott Lee (Dragon:
The Bruce Lee Story), himself one quarter Hawaiian, this revealing
documentary examines the motivating factors that propelled
the islands toward statehood, from American imperialism and
a queen’s downfall to Asian immigration and the bombing of
Pearl Harbor. Though Hawaiian residents voted overwhelmingly
for statehood, the film looks at the hidden price cost paid by
native Hawaiians. Natives have the highest levels of drug and
alcohol abuse, poverty, and incarceration of any group on the
islands. While statehood paved the way for political equality, a
booming tourism industry, and skyrocketing land prices, there
is a growing clamor over native Hawaiians squeezed out of land
rights, as well as environmental issues like water sustainability.
Using interviews from community activists, businessmen,
politicians and ordinary citizens, the film explores not only the
motivating paths toward statehood but the legacy left behind,
and its impact on the state’s next 50 years in the union. —
Michael Chen
Filmmaker Anne Misawa scheduled to attend.
USA | English
77 minutes | Video | 2010
DIRECTOR: Anne Misawa
PRODUCERS: Tom Brislin, Chris Lee
CAST: Ah Quon McElrath, Alice Guild, Jason Scott Lee,
Bozo Pualoa
STATE OF ALOHA
SAT OCT 23, 11:00AM
TUE OCT 26, 4:00PM (FREE)
TAHAAN
India | Hindi w/English subtitles
105 minutes | 35mm | 2008
DIRECTOR: Santosh Sivan
WRITERS: Santosh Sivan, Ritesh Menon, Paul Hardart
PRODUCERS: Shripal Morakhia, Mubina Rattonsey
CAST: Purav Bhandare, Victor Banerjee, Ankush Dubey,
Sarika
Tahaan is an 8-year-old boy living in the war torn region of
Kashmir whose only concern in life is the well-being of his
beloved donkey. When the donkey is sold to pay a family debt,
Tahaan embarks on a quest through the mountains to reclaim
his pet and is naively drawn into the realities of war and violence
that have always plagued his life in the background.
TAHAAN (2009 nominee for Best Children’s Feature at the Asia
Pacific Screen Awards) and has played at multiple film festivals
around the world, including London, Rome, and Seattle.
Writer/director Santosh Sivan has crafted a fable-like story that
juxtaposes the innocence of childhood with the perils of violence,
and anchored them perfectly upon the young shoulders of Purav
Bhandare. It is a beautiful story of pure and simple love that
promotes peace through the eyes of a child. — Brandon Coyle
Free screening made possible by:
JOHN S. YI
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Contains strong language, violence and sexual situations
THE TAQWACORES
USA | English
92 minutes | Video | 2010
DIRECTOR: Eyad Zahra
WRITERS/PRODUCERS: Michael Muhammad Knight,
Eyad Zahra
CAST: Bobby Naderi, Dominic Rains, Nav Mann,
Volkan Eryaman
2010 Sundance Film Festival
Yusef, a Muslim college student in New York, moves in to a house
off campus populated entirely with devout young Muslims,
much to his parents’ delight. Yusef soon finds out, however, that
his new roommates are a far cry from the conservative Islam
environment that Yusef is so accustomed to. They always rise for
morning prayer and visit the mosque on weekends - but they also
drink, smoke, do drugs, have sex, and most importantly, love
punk rock music. As Yusef begins to adapt to his new friends’
way of life, he also starts to understand that the philosophies of
the punk movement may not be so different from those of Islam.
TAQWACORES premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival
with a healthy dose of buzz from the media and members of
the real life Taqwacore movement, a subculture whose name
is a blend of the word taqwa, symbolizing love of Allah, and
hardcore. The speed, grit, and DIY style of the film’s cinematic
techniques mimic those of punk culture, lending the storytelling
an authenticity that comes with a grassroots movement. But
most importantly the film’s message is not solely one of young
Muslims in rebellion, but one that examines the deep passion and
philosophy of religion through a completely different perspective
with a conclusion that leaves viewers with something to think
about. — Brandon Coyle
TUE OCT 26, 5:15PM
TIBET IN SONG
USA | Tibetan w/English subtitles
86 minutes | Video | 2009
DIRECTOR: Ngawang Choephel
PRODUCERS: Tara Steele, Don Thompson,
Yodon Thonden
2009 Sundance Film Festival
TIBET IN SONG celebrates traditional Tibetan folk music and
shows us the heartbreaking journey into the past fifty years of
cultural repression inside Chinese controlled Tibet. Director and
former Tibetan political prisoner, Ngawang Choephel, composes
a story of pain and resilience. He gives us a view of Tibet rarely
seen before until now.
Traditional Tibetan folk music is showcased throughout the
documentary with a variety of scenes with Tibetans playing and
singing about family, work and the beauty of the land. These
rarely seen performances are set against the ironic backdrop of
archival news footage of the early days of the Chinese invasion
and the Dalai Lama’s flight into exile in 1959. Choephel’s own
eventual imprisonment for recording the very songs at the center
of the film reflects the continuous discord between China and
Tibet.
TIBET IN SONG emotionally connects audiences with the
struggles of Tibetans to maintain their unique cultural heritage
in the face of Chinese brutality. — Eric Lallana
Co-presented by:
City College World Culture Program
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Anime Conji
Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana
SAT OCT 23, 5:30PM
MON OCT 25, 7:00PM
TIME TRAVELLER: THE GIRL
WHO LEAPT THROUGH TIME
Japan | Japanese w/English subtitles
122 minutes | 35mm | 2010
DIRECTOR: Mamoru Hosada
PRODUCERS: Jirô Abe, Masatoshi Fujimoto, Masaki Kai,
Shusaku Matsuoka
CAST: Kim Ok-bin
2010 Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival
West Coast Premiere
Neither remake nor sequel, TIME TRAVELLER is the live action
expansion of Mamoru Hosada’s The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
(2006). The original novel by Yasutaka Tsutsui has been made
into a number of films and drama series that follow the novel’s
protagonist Kasuko Yoshiyama.
In TIME TRAVELLER, the protagonist this time is Kasuko’s
daughter Akari, a quirky high school student, who gets sent on
a mission back in time by her mother to deliver an important
message to a certain Kazuo Fukamachi in the year 1972. When
Akari gets the year mixed up and stumbles in 1974, she recruits
the help of a filmmaker she had literally fallen onto. Her new
aspiring filmmaker friend Ryoto helps her try to find this Kazuo
in various plans including throwing all their cash together to take
out a personals ad. In return, Akari helps Ryoto finish a film he is
making which is set...in the future, of course!
Fun for youth as well as adults, TIME TRAVELLER has the familiar
back to the future storyline, but with plenty of clever twists and
turns by the end. This new addition to the ever-popular Girl
Who Leapt Through Time series is also a charming story of true
friendships and promises that must be kept. — Mye Hoang
TUE OCT 26, 9:20PM
Contains nudity and sexual situations
UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN
RECALL HIS PAST LIVES
Thailand | Thai w/ English subtitles
114 minutes | Video | 2010
DIRECTOR: Apichatpong Weerasethakul
CAST: Thanapat Saisaymar, Jenjira Pongpas, Sakda
Kaewbuadee, Natthakarn Aphaiwong
2010 Cannes Film Festival
Suffering from acute kidney failure, Boonme spends his last days
with his sister-in-law and nephew on his remote country farm.
While having dinner one evening, they are joined by the ghost of
Boonmee’s dead wife and a mysterious incarnation of his lost
son, who each recount how they came to exist in their present
forms. Though comforted by the presence of his wife and son,
Boonmee comes to believe that his illness is the result of bad
karma. Feeling his last hours approaching, he trudges into the
forest with his loved ones by his side to meditate on his lives:
past, present and future.
With a deliberate, pensive pace and loose narrative structure,
UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES brings
the viewer into the mystic folk culture of Thailand’s northern
countryside. Utilizing only the most primitive special effects
and lighting setups, the film maintains a surreal atmosphere
that is refreshing and truly unique in today’s world of digital
post-production. A mixture of deadpan humor and serious
introspection, this is an enlightening cinematic experience
from Thailand’s most acclaimed filmmaker Apichatpong
Weerasethakul, winner of the Palm d’Or Prize at this year’s
Cannes Film Festival. — Jason Low
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THU OCT 28, 5:20PM
VOICES
IN THE CLOUDS
Taiwan | English and Mandarin w/English subtitles
82 minutes | Video | 2010
DIRECTOR: Aaron Hose
PRODUCERS: Chris Bremer, John Schaub
CAST: Tony Coolidge, Shu-min Hsu Coolidge,
Steven Coolidge
North American premiere
Deep in her heart Tony Coolidge’s mother always had a desire
to bring her family back to Taiwan to meet their relatives. Born
to a Taiwanese mother and American soldier he’s never met, the
gentle, soft spoken Tony was always bothered by the fact that his
mother “made a concerted effort to shield (her children) from
her culture and from her language.”
Not long after graduating college Tony’s mother was handed a
death sentence. After losing her battle with cancer, her oldest
son begins to delve deeper into his cultural heritage. After
successfully organizing an international cultural and heritage
celebration in the United States, a festival member invites him
back to Taiwan.
Tony embarks on a personal journey to his homeland where he
soon discovers that his family are descendants of an indigenous
tribal culture called the Atayal. After settling on the island of
Taiwan over three thousand years ago, indigenous people now
comprise less than 2% of the island’s population. Tony is so
moved by the plight of his ancestors and a culture living on the
brink of extinction that he gradually becomes a staunch advocate
for his people.
We follow Tony as he traverses his native soil embracing each
person he meets and every cultural breakthrough he encounters
as a springboard to enlightenment. — Scott Marks
Filmmakers in attendance
Screening sponsor:
Co-presented by:
Taiwanese American Community
Center
Co-Presented by:
University of San Diego Center for Inclusion and Diversity
SAT OCT 23, 4:45PM
WED OCT 27, 5:15PM
Contains some language and adult situations
OH! HAPPY DAY
Director: Ji-eun Park | 8 min | HDCam | 2010
Girl from unit #1406 finally decides to confess to the boy from unit
#1405. But will he love her back?
THE VISITORS
Director: Samina Akbari | 6 min | Video | 2010
Nisa keeps her boyfriend a secret from her family. As mice invade their
apartment, she is forced to face what she’s really hiding from.
FLIPPING
Director: Samuel Kiehoon Lee | 29 min | Video | 2009
S. Korea Breaking up is not so cut and dry in this romantic dramedy of
four ex’s.
LOVE IS WORTH IT
Director: Sung-Min Yi | 10 min | Video | 2009
A day in the hectic life of 1st Lt. Dan Choi, the new face in the movement
against the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy.
A THOUSAND WORDS
Director: Ted Chung | 5 min | Video | 2010
A portrait of big-city loneliness and instant connections that go ‘ping’
and are gone seconds later
YOURS TRULY
Director: Kevin Chan | 7 min | Video | 2010
Singapore, Australia A bubbly florist realizes she has lost more than she
gained when she receives a cornea transplant.
WAKE UP
Director: Viet Nguyen | 12 min | Video | 2010
An unwelcome house guest comes to shake up young couple’s stale
marriage
TALL ENOUGH
Director: Barry Jenkins | 7 min | Video | 2010
A young interracial couple explores their relationship on a quiet Saturday
in Brooklyn.
A hearty collection of films about the universal language
of love and affection.
TRT: 84 min
WAKE UP,
I LOVE YOU
Tall Enough
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Co-presented by:
Association of Korean Adoptees - Southern California
Barnard Elementary School
Families with Children from China – San Diego
San Diego Jewish Film Festival
Co-presented by:
Tabe BBQ
KoreAm Journal
Audrey Magazine
SAT OCT 23, 12:15PM
WO AI NI MOMMY
USA | English, Cantonese w/ English subtitles
76 minutes | Video | 2009
DIRECTOR/WRITER: Stephanie Wang-Breal
PRODUCERS: Judish Helfand, Jean Tsien,
Stephanie Wang-Breal
2010 Silverdocs Film Festival Grand Jury Winner
With more than 70,000 children adopted from China into the
U.S. since 1992, WO AI NI MOMMY takes on the enormous task
of explaining the history of transracial, international adoption in
a way we have never seen before — through the eyes of an older
adoptee.
Sui Yong, an eight-year-old orphan from Guangzhou, China
is chosen to be the newest member of a loving Jewish family
from Long Island. Following her move from China to the U.S.,
we watch in fascination (and sadness) as everything that Sui
Yong once knew and loved is slowly stripped from her. Even the
language changes, from timidly spoken Cantonese to a more
forceful English. When she utters, “You are a white person and
I am Chinese,” we know that an identity struggle is under way.
While many adoption documentaries are either created after the
fact (now-adult adoptees recalling their adoptions, for instance)
or are only shown through the adoptive parents’ point of view,
WO AI NI MOMMY gives us a rare glimpse into the psyche of
an older Chinese girl as she metamorphosizes into an American
right before our eyes. — Adapted from SFIAAFF
SUN OCT 24, 9:30PM
MON OCT 25, 9:55PM
Contains violence and sexual situations
YOGA
South Korea | Korean w/English subtitles
108 minutes | Video | 2009
DIRECTOR/WRITER: Yun Jae-Yeon
PRODUCERS: Lee Tae-Hun, Shim Bo-Kyoung, Lee Eugene
CAST: Yoo Jin, Cha Su-yeon, Lee Young-Jin, Jo Eun-Ji
After being replaced by a young pageant queen as host of a
popular shopping network, Hyo Jeong (Yoo Jin) decides to enroll
in a very strict and isolated yoga academy. She and the rest of her
classmates hope to obtain a spiritual level of Kundalini, a state of
coiling your body at will. Hyo’s fateful decision leads to horrific
results in Jae-Yeon Yun’s supernatural thriller YOGA.
Hyo, who’s at the door of reaching 30, has always relied on her
physical beauty to satisfy her needs. The protagonist does a
remarkable job displaying the emotional distress when younger
more beautiful women are ready to step in her shoes and take
her place.
Director Jae-Yeon Yun creates highly authentic looking scenes of
yoga classes. In fact, two months prior to filming, Yun had all
seven lead actresses participate in three hours of yoga training
day and night. Yoga succeeds with giving us a view of a woman’s
constant need for emotional fulfillment when she feels her
beauty is fading away with aging. — Eric Lallana
Screening Sponsors:
Well Go USA
Screening Sponsors:
Dr. Robert and Mao Shillman
Lew Family Foundation
ADOPTION SPOTLIGHT
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Contains language, adult themes and sexual situations
EGGBABY
Director: Nadine Truong | 23 min | Video | 2009
Allison’s class assignment results in unexpected revelations.
FINE THREADS
Director: Adele Pham | 13 min | Video | 2010
Three teenagers discuss their views on various topics affecting their lives.
WHEN THE TIME IS RIPE
Director: Shion Takeuchi | 6 min | Video | 2010
A son ponders why he looks different in comparison to family.
THE PRODIGY
Director: Adam Lee | 6 min | Video | 2010
A young pianist’s debut reveals her difficult road to success.
JUST CURIOUS
Director: Joanne Park | 11 min | Video | 2010
College student wonders aloud his ongoing crush for a teacher.
STRUGGLE
Director: Alex Munoz | 13 min | Video | 2010
Young islander man deals with a desperate and hopeless environment.
TOP SPIN
Director: Sara Newens and Mina T. Son | 12 min | Video | 2010
Teenager becomes top table tennis player due to hard work and sacrifice.
Growing up fast never comes easy in life.
TRT: 84 min
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RESTLESS
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ABOUT HER BROTHER
Shochiku
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THE ACTRESSES
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85-4, Tianfu Software Park, Hi-Tech
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206-227-7960
crazyblur@gmail.com
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2010 N 153
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Shoreline, WA 98133
206-910-6219
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New York, New York 10128
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12 North Rd.
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322 Ausley Road, Apt. H
Tallahassee, FL 32304
724-766-2968
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Brooklyn, NY 11237
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626-683-9454
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J.P. Chan
40 West 116 St, #B606
New York, New York 10026
917-216-4662
jpchan@gmail.com
EMIPIRE OF SILVER
Christina Yao
christinahyao@gmail.com
EVIL POWERS
Fernando Huerto
10058 Challenger Cir.
Spring Valley, CA 91978
619-471-6517
cloogie64@hotmail.com
FINDING FACE
SpinFilm
Skye Fitzgerald
5008 NE Halsey
Portland, OR 97213
503-522-6313
spinfilm@gmail.com
FINE THREADS
Adele Pham
82 Downing St, Apt. C1
Brooklyn, NY 11238
718-666-2705
adelepham@gmail.com
FIRST IMPRESSION
Dongjin Seo
1130 Greensboro Lane #292
Sarasota, FL 34234
203-508-4338
seodongjin@gmail.com
FLIPPING
Samuel Lee
45 Eagle Street East
Newmarket, ON L3Y 1J2 CANADA
905-898-3939
5x90thewake@gmail.com
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FOOL FOR LOVE
Wave Releasing
Stephane Gauger
4202 W. Jefferson Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90016
424-239-9283
sgauger@wavereleasing.com
FROG IN THE WELL
Photosynth Entertainment
Ken Ochiai
632 N. Bunker Hill Ave. Suite E
Los Angeles, CA 90012
310-902-4029
assistant@kenochiai.com
GEORGE AND BRAD IN BED
Jessica Sanders
js@jessicasandersfilm.com
THE GODMOTHER
Chefetz
Lior Chefetz
1806 N. Berendo St, Apt. #208
Los Angeles, CA 90027
323-770-3070
liorchefetz@yahoo.com
GRANDFATHER
UCLA
Hanjin Park
2332 Bentely, Apt #1A
Los Angeles, CA 90064
310-738-6429
hanjinfilm@gmail.com
THE GREY COAT
Wil LaFayette
310-274-6102
flora@giraldi.com
HEAL
M.A.A.K. Pictures
Mian Adnan Ahmad
House 3, Heaven Valley Road,
Banigala
Islamabad, Federal Capital 44000
PAKISTAN
011-92-51-2612755
kma_3000@hotmail.com
HIDING THE PAST
info@sdaff.org
HIROSAKI PLAYERS
Jeff Sousa
jeffreysousa@gmail.com
HIROSHIMA NAGASAKI
DOWNLOAD
Shinpei Takeda
5253 El Cajon Blvd, Suite A
San Diego, CA 92115
619-405-2742
staked@ajaproject.org
THE HOUSE OF SUH
Grayscale Films, LLC
Iris Shim
36 Mulberry Ct.
Glenview, IL 60025
847-873-3580
contactus@thehouseofsuh.com
IF I KNEW WHAT YOU SAID
Cinemalaya Foundation
CCP Complex, Roxas Blvd.
Pasay City, Manila
Phillippines
+63-2832-1125
IN THE MATTER OF CHA JUNG
HEE
Deann Borshay Liem
borshay@mindspring.com
IP MAN 2
Well Go USA
Doris Pfardrescher
doris@wellgousa.com
KAMUI
FUNimation
1200 Lakeside Parkway, Bldg 1
Flower Mound, TX 75028
Jackie.Smith@funimation.com
JITENSHA
Dean Yamada
P.O. Box 1526
Monterey Park, CA 91754
213-631-3326
yamada@alumni.usc.edu
JUNKO’S SHAMISEN
Sol Friedman
sol@junko-film.com
JUST CURIOUS
Joanne Park
joannemony@gmail.com
KIDNAP
UCLA
Sijia Luo
3780 Keystone Ave, Apt. 202
Los Angeles, CA 90034
310-739-6949
rosejoyrose@gmail.com
LEGEND OF THE FIST
See IP MAN 2
LITTLEROCK
Mike Ott
soundvirus@aol.com
THE LITTLE DRAGON
Sidonie Traverse
11 rue Denis Papin 35000
Rennes FRANCE
Vivement-lundi@wanadoo.fr
LOST HARMONY
Takayuki Yamato
1720 Vienna Woods Dr. Apt 202
Raleigh, NC 27606
919-941-0901
vecstor2@yahoo.co.jp
LOVE IS WORTH IT
Yi & Sons Productions
Sung-Min Yi
163 Ocean Ave, #4A
Brooklyn, NY 11225
415-902-7511
eungen.s.yi@gmail.com
LYRICAL EMPIRE: HIP HOP IN
METRO MANILA
Mark Villegas
5622 Verano Pl
Irvine, CA 92617
904-716-6416
mrk904@gmail.com
MACHO LIKE ME
Helie Lee
helielee@yahoo.com
MANILA SKIES
Raymond Red
Raymond@raymondred.com
MEI LING
Sarah Abbas
35 rue du faubourg poissonière
Paris, France 75009
00-33-1-42-46-35-35
jsbc.sarah@hotmail.fr
MEJOHN
info@sdaff.org
MISTER GREEN
Pak Man Productions
G Pak
285 5
th
Ave. #423
Brooklyn, NY 11215
646-205-3273
pmp@pakbuzz.com
MOM
Wooksang Chang
Wooksang_chang@hotmail.com
THE MOUNTAIN THIEF
InspireChange Films
Gerry Balasta
11 Jackson Ave, Unit 11
Scarsdale, NY 10583
646-251-8596
inspirechanges@yahoo.com
MUSICAL WARRIOR
info@sdaff.org
MY BEST FRIEND BIGFOOT EP.
1 & 2
RomanFilms
Roman Cortez
1530 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Apt. B
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
714-613-2395
roman705@yahoo.com
NINJA, SAY WHAT?!
Chris Nguyen
chris@cherryskyfilms.com
NINJAS VS. GUILT
House of Chai
David Chai
1260 Salvatore Drive
San Jose, CA 95120
408-813-8919
davechai@earthlink.net
NINOY AQUINO & THE RISE OF
PEOPLE POWER
Tom Coffman Multimedia
Deron Kamisato
323 Kupaua Pl.
Honolulu, HI 96821
dkamisat@yahoo.com
NO ASIANS… IT’S JUST NOT MY
THING
Erik Sun Productions
Scott Eriksson
P.O. Box 691887
West Hollywood, CA 90069
310-612-5117
rubbercanoe@sbcglobal.net
A NORMAL LIFE, PLEASE
Entertainment Research &
Consulting, LLC
Yosh Kambe
5100 Via Dolce #304
Maria Del Rey, CA 90292
310-907-6902
kambeyosh@yahoo.co.jp
ODE TO A POST-IT NOTE
See ONE BIG HAPA FAMILY
OH! HAPPY DAY
Indiestory Inc.
Ji Eun Park
4FL, Baekak B/D, Tongin-dong,
JongRoh-gu
Seoul, South Korea 110-043
+82-17-212-3963
parkjieun211@gmail.com
ON TIME
Ted Chung
tedchung@gmail.com
ONE BIG HAPA FAMILY
Meditating Bunny Studio
Jeff Chiba Stearns
Kelowna, AB CANADA V1P 1E1
250-215-4733
jeff@meditatingbunny.com
ONE VOICE
Ruth Bolan
rbolan@piccom.org
ORANGE CITY
Qingyuan Wang
1700 W Hickory Grove RD, Apt.
5-207
Dunlap, IL 61525
217-417-8977
wqingyuan@gmail.com
ORGANISM
AMO Collective
Nina Reyes Rosenberg
ninareyesrosenber@gmail.com
OUT OF INFAMY: MICHI
NISHIURA WEGLYN
Nancy Kapitanoff
125 S Croft Ave. 2
Los Angeles, CA 90048
323-658-6948
nancykap@sbcglobal.net
THE PHOTOGRAPH
Jeremy Quist
The Global Film Initiative
145 Ninth Street, Ste 105
San Francisco, CA 94103
Jeremy@globalfilm.com
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PIA
Tanuj Chopra
tanuijchopra@gmail.com
PICTURES OF ZAIN
Faryal
19 Burrow Road
East Dulwich
London SE22 8DU, UNITED
KINGDOM
077938-79643
fazv55@yahoo.co.uk
THE PRODIGY
Adam Lee
1 LMU Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90045
619- 590-1275
adam.lee@cox.net
PROMISE AND UNREST
FOMACS
Alan Grossman
alanivor@hotmail.com
RAMCHAND PAKISTANI
Namak Films
Mehreen Jabbar
379 Washington Avenue Suite 7F
Brooklyn, NY 11238
646-436-9187
mehreenjabbar@gmail.com
RASPBERRY MAGIC
Raspbetty Magic, LLC
Megha Kadakia
917-318-0680
meghakadakia@gmail.com
THE RED CHAPEL
Kate Brokaw
Kino International / Lorber Films
Kino Lorber, Inc.
333 West 39th Street, Suite 503
New York, NY 10018
Tel: (212) 629-6880 ext. 14
RESILIENCE
Jessica Windt
181 Hawthorne Street, Apt 2K
Brooklyn, NY 11225
201-478-9325
resilience06@gmail.com
RIVER IN HEAVEN
Yuki Yoshida
Yoshida.y-oa@nhk.or.jp
ROBOGEISHA
See KAMUI
THE SEED
info@sdaff.org
SHADOW MAN
Anna Hauger
1848 N Mariposa Ave, Apt. 201
Los Angeles, CA 90027
323-356-1327
ahauger@mac.com
THE SILK ROAD
CPCollaborations
Cynthia Pepper
P.O. Box 151602
San Rafael, CA 94915
415-407-9269
thesilkroadfilm@gmail.com
SLURP
Kane Diep
Kaned89@yahoo.com
SONGS FROM THE SOUTHERN
SEAS
See THE PHOTOGRAPH
STATE OF ALOHA
Academy for Creative Media,
University of Hawaii
Anne Misawa
725 Kapiolani Blvd, #703
Honolulu, HI 96813
808-956-6662
amisawa@hawaii.edu
STORY OF A BUSINESSWOMAN
Mikiko Sasaki
135 ½ S Orlando Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90048
323-397-4386
sasaki.mikiko@mac.com
STRUGGLE
Alex Munoz
Alexcmunoz@gmail.com
SUNDAY PUNCH
Dennis Hauck
2347 Panorama Terrace
Los Angeles, CA 90039
323-522-3230
foekillerfilms@mac.com
TAHAAN
Dave Jesteadt
GKIDS/New York International
Children’s Film Festival
225 Broadway, Ste 2610
New York, NY 10007
(212) 528-0500
TANG
Mr. X
Hanung Lee
1608, 40 Gerrard St. E
Toronto, AB 200000000 CANADA
647-832-5768
oneoung@gmail.com
THE TAQWACORES
Brandon Peters
Strand Releasing
6140 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 836.7500
TECHNOMANIA CIRCUS
info@sdaff.org
A THOUSAND WORDS
see ON TIME
TIBET IN SONG
Ngawang Choephel
nchoephel@gmail.com
(646) 406.3075
TIME TRAVELER
Yuko Shiomaki
Pcituresdept.com
Yuko.shiomaki@picturesdept.com
THREE TIMES ME
Wendy J.N. Lee
1201 California Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90403
310-403-5743
wendyjnlee@gmail.com
THUG LIFE
Emil Lin
1645 Winona Boulevard #208
Los Angeles, CA 90027
818-640-6609
emillin3@yahoo.com
TO MEAT OR NOT TO MEAT
info@sdaff.org
TOO MUCH OF A STORY
Tae Lin Oh
mikartd@gmail.com
TOP SPIN
Mina T. Son
63 Abrams Court, #303
Stanford, CA 94305
714-705-9210
sonminat@yahoo.com
TORTURE
Lushun Quon
5066 Collis Ave.
So. Pasadena, CA 91030
213-595-4426
lushun@sbcglobal.net
UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN
RECALL HIS PAST LIVES
See THE TAQWACORES
UNRESERVED: THE WORK OF
LOUIE GONG
Longhouse Media
Tracy Rector
117 E. Louisa St. #131
Seattle, WA 98102
206-387-2468
nativelens@mac.com
THE VISITORS
Samina Akbari
Saminaakbari@gmail.com
VOICES IN THE CLOUDS
Voices in the Clouds, LLC
Chris Bremer
108 S. Gramercy Pl. #310
Los Angeles, CA 90004
407-421-1472
chris@e113.com
WAHID’S MOBILE BOOKSTORE
ImagineOn Film
Anjoo Khosla
1738 Lombard Street, Apt. 5
San Francisco, CA 94123
415-651-4041
anjookhosla@yahoo.com
WAKE UP
See NINJA SAY WHAT??
WAKIYAKU MONOGATARI
Globetrot Productions
Atsushi Ogata
ogata.atsushi@gmail.com
WHEN THE TIME IS RIPE
Shion Takeuchi
Shion.takeuchi@gmail.com
WITNESS TO HIROSHIMA
Kathy Sloane
1229 13
th
Ave.
Oakland, CA 94606
510-823-7233
kathysloanephotographer@yahoo.com
WO AI NI MOMMY
Eyewang Pictures
Stephanie Wang-Breal
27 Strong Place #2
Brooklyn, NY 11231
347-227-7210
swangbreal@gmail.com
THE WONDER HOSPITAL
Beomsik Shimbe Shim
4772 Franklin Ave. #6
Los Angeles, CA 90027
661-600-2171
siiim_siiim@yahoo.com
WORKS OF ART
Suffolk Street Films
Andrew Pang
218 East 5
th
Street, Apt 5W
New York, NY 10003
917-304-3026
panger66@gmail.com
WU IS DEAD
Rich Wong
colmafilm@gmail.com
YB BOX
Weiden + Kennedy Shanghai
Flora Yang
Level 5, No. 1035 Changle Road
Shanghai, China 200031
+86-21-51583988
flora.yang@wk.com
YOGA
See KAMUI
YOURS TRULY
Kevin Chan
Agfa_film@yahoo.com
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