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Welcome Letter
Welcome to the 10th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival, where great
film comes to life! We are presenting our most ambitious program:
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some 200 films from 20 countries. Crazy, I know. We struggled with
the fact that our 10th anniversary would fall during one of the worst About SDAFF 6
recessions in recent U.S. history. The natural response would be to cut-
back. Instead, we took a risk and doubled the length of our Festival Foundation & Fest Staff 7
to two weeks. Despite the economy, we have more loyal members and
attendees than ever before, assuring us that we are indeed fulfilling
our mission: to connect audiences with the human experience through
Message from Mayor 8
the Pan Asian media arts. Chairman’s Welcome 9
We believe film is a powerful universal language that connects us on a
deep, meaningful level. In times like this, film offers an escape; stories How to Watch Film 9
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of hope and inspiration; and a way to gain new perspectives.
Board of Directors
That is why we chose to open our Festival with CHILDREN OF
INVENTION (p. 36), which could not be more relevant to our
economic times. A critically-acclaimed Sundance film directed by
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emerging filmmaker Tze Chun, CHILDREN OF INVENTION tells the
story of a single mother chasing the American dream while in dire
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financial straits. When she disappears, her two young children turn to
ingenuity to survive. Bookending the Festival as our Closing Night Film Text to Phone Updates 15
is the premiere of IP MAN (p. 37), an epic martial arts tale inspired by
the true story of Bruce Lee’s master, starring Donny Yen. How to Festival 16
In between is an enormous selection of films, panels, parties, live
music performances, a comedy night, a gala awards dinner, an art
Star Campaign 17
show, and our first-ever Audience Award!
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Sorely missing this year, however, is our beloved friend, George Lin,
who died of cancer during last year’s Festival. He founded the DC Sponsors
APA Film Festival in 2000, the same year our festival began. In 2003,
he joined the SDAFF as our Program Director and Associate Festival
Director. He championed indie filmmakers, mentored students, and
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lived life to the fullest. His handiwork is all over this festival. Tribute to George Lin 29
In George’s memory, we are heavily promoting Cancer Awareness
through public service announcements, an origami Crane Project, Cancer Awareness 30
and closely-themed films (see 100, BE SURE TO SHARE, IN LOVE
WE TRUST). We want everyone to know the importance of getting Special Events 32
screened for cancer, and that a diagnosis of cancer is neither shameful
nor hopeless. Like film, cancer affects all of us in one way or another. Film & Program Guide 33
Finally, I want to personally thank my husband, Louis Song; our
chairman Dan Hom and board of directors; our hardworking staff,
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members, volunteers; and our generous sponsors, without any of
whom this festival would not be possible. Print Source 121
Life is short, and SDAFF 2009 will whiz by. Let’s make the most of it!

Carpe Diem,

Lee Ann Kim


Founder and Executive Director Financial support for the 2009 San Diego Asian Film
Festival is provided in part by the City of San Diego
Commission for Arts and Culture.

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About the San Diego Asian Film Foundation
We believe film is a powerful means to shape the way we view the world and
builds a cultured and compassionate society.

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 the Asian Film Festival is our largest event of the year, we offer year-round programs that include:

REEL VOICES COMMUNITY SCREENINGS MEMBERSHIP EVENTS

FREE FILMS ON DEMAND


Check out a free selection of SDAFF films year-round on TIME WARNER CABLE. If you are a digital subscriber, go to
Channel 144, and search for the SD ASIAN FILM tab. Click on the tab, and choose the film you would like to watch, and
keep coming back for more!

www.SDAFF.org

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Foundation and Festival Staff
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR REEL VOICES COORDINATOR INTERNS
Lee Ann Kim Mike Watson Jon Camaisa
Esther Chung
ASSOCIATE FOUNDATION DIRECTOR REEL VOICES ASSISTANT Letty Giang
Mye Hoang Sam Akira Chan Nikki Jimenez
Courtney Jong
OPERATIONS DIRECTOR REEL VOICES INTERNS Kazuki Nakagawa
Phillip Luque Holly Cramer Paola Rodelas
Laura ChauDavis Jini Shim
MARKETING DIRECTOR Staci Gaines Nathan Tran
Daniel Matthews Steve Garcia Elianna Yanger
Jarrod Finley
ARTISTIC PROGRAMMERS Guadalupe Sandoval PROGRAM BOOKLET EDITOR
Michael Chen Joseph Severs Arnold Marquez
Sam Chen Junia Zhang
Gene Huh PROGRAM BOOKLET DESIGN
Anderson Le SPECIAL EVENTS Marilyn Jones
Dennis-Michael Broussard
PROGRAMMING ASSISTANTS May Chu PHOTOGRAPHERS
Jimmy Lee Aya Ibarra Jose Bucud
Jennifer Lo Sheila Kanoya Daniel K. Lew
Jini Shim Megan Lam Michael Domingo
Cypress Villaflores Marsha Lapid Rodney Regala
Kelly Lim Reggie Regala
ENTRY & TRAFFIC COORDINATOR
Terry Matsuoka Allan Regala
Jennifer Lo
Cynthia Yee Alex Tran
COMMUNITY OUTREACH
COORDINATOR PRODUCTION COORDINATOR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Jimmy Lee Chris Paffendorf Dan Hom, Chairman
Stephen Chin, Co-Vice Chair
GRAPHIC DESIGN FACILITIES Lani Lutar, Co-Vice Chair
Marilyn Jones Anthony Noceda Jaejung Kim, Secretary
Christopher Lee Emil Ayoubkhan Yanqun Zhou, Treasurer
Gabrielle Tabios Roger Chan
Mark Reyes THEATER OPERATIONS Amethyst Griffith
Phil Luque Albert Lee
ONLINE CONTENT COORDINATOR Mark Atkinson Benjamin Lee
Ryan Wong Ed Lee
PROJECTIONISTS Nita Mehta
WEB SITE Trevor Behan Joe Mendoza
Ken Benavente Akira Chan Steve Peace
Michael Sasaki Nicholas Constant Arturo Rivera
Brook Falkenstein Fauzia Saeed
VOLUNTEER COORDINATORS Staci Gaines Louis Song
Mark Gadia Mye Hoang Benjamin Tu
Julie Zhan Arnold Marquez Eddie Wang-Rodriguez
Jon Miller Sarah Yang
MARKETING ASSOCIATES Chris Paffendorf
Kane Diep Sonya Park FESTIVAL JURY
Kathryn Hammelman Tracy Teel Quan Phung
Jake Zamzow Eric Pierson
STREET TEAM
Joseph Balan, Coordinator Win-sie Tow
GUEST SERVICES
Linda Le Catherine C. Jaravata
Pamela Huynh PUBLIC RELATIONS
Ashley C. Jaravata
Ben Ting Andy Hoang
Julie Kim
Jessica Ross Francis De Jesus
Rachel Andrada ACCOUNTING
Bryce Griffin
Ryan Medel Lee Forrester
Desphina Vorgeas
Vietca Do Roger Gordon, CPA
Nick Cichon
Daniel Lew
Alexis Zukowski LEGAL REPRESENTATION
Mintz Levin

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Letter from the Chairman
Welcome to the 10th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival! As chairman, I am proud to help
the SDAFF celebrate ten wonderful years of films, programs and social awareness. Through the
years, SDAFF has shown hundreds of films to moviegoers across San Diego and has truly fulfilled
its purpose of engaging and connecting audiences to the human experience through cinema.

My passion for movies sparked my initial interest in SDAFF in 2002. Since then, I have come to
the festival every year to enjoy films, festivities, and meet great people. I’m inspired by the many
attendees who share our passion, as well as the amount of hard work and dedication the staff
puts into each and every event. It wasn’t long before I knew that I wanted to do something more
for this organization. Initially, I became involved as a board member and was nominated and
elected chairman in 2007.

It is truly an honor to be working with such a great group of talented individuals, and I hope
that in the next ten years our Foundation’s work will continue to touch audiences as it has me.

A special thanks to the 2009 Board of Directors for their continued support, volunteerism and leadership. I personally wish
incoming chairman Stephen Chin a successful 2010, and I also want to recognize my dear friend and executive director Lee Ann
Kim, who has grown this festival since its inception. We all embrace the SDAFF for providing our community with a true cultural
treasure.

Enjoy the show!

Dan Hom
Chairman
San Diego Asian Film Foundation

How to Critically Watch Film


Our friends at the San Diego Film Critics Society believe anyone can watch films with a critical eye. This allows you to
exercise analytical parts of the brain that often go unused, and acquire skills that can carry over into other parts of your life.

Here are some tips:

• If you liked or didn’t like a movie, figure out why. It’s crucial to understand your own aesthetic and to be able to
express why some films or filmmakers appeal to you and others leave you cold.
• Pay close attention to what goes into making the story. Does the dialogue seem honest and believable, and do the
actors carry it off? Is the plot solid, or does it have as many holes as a piece of Swiss cheese?
• Do you think the director had a cohesive vision for the entire movie, and if so, can you express what you think it was?
• Do you feel like the movie is photographed well? Does the cinematography enhance or distract from the story itself?
What about the costumes or the sets?
• Try a movie you think you might not like. Catch a horror film, sample a romantic comedy, don’t be afraid of subtitles,
and watch something that has no movie stars in it. A good critic has to be open to everything.

The San Diego Film Critics Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing diverse critical opinion about movies,
advancing film education and awareness, and recognizing excellence in cinema. www.sdfcs.org.

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Board of Directors
The San Diego Asian Film Foundation is overseen by a passionate group of business and community leaders who volunteer their
time and expertise. Board members are in charge of governance, ensure adequate resources and help with the Foundation’s strategic
direction. We think they’re pretty cool!

WHY SERVE?
• Great networking opportunity
• Enrich your life with culturally enriching programs
• Help shape the future of a dynamic, successful organization
• Make a difference in the community

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Dan Hom, SDAFF Chair – President, Focuscom Inc.
Lani Lutar, Co-Vice Chair – Executive Director, San Diego County Taxpayers Association
Stephen Chin, Co-Vice Chair - Marketing Director, Sharp Health Plan
Jaejung Kim, Secretary - Associate, Brown Law Group
Yanqun Zhou, Treasurer – Senior Accountant, Wawanesa Insurance Group

MEMBERS AT LARGE
Roger Chan - Lucky Star Seafood Restaurant Amethyst Griffith - Matador Enterprises
Albert Lee – Harrah’s Rincon Casino Benjamin Lee - Bank of America Home Loans
Ed Lee - ELT Insurance Nita Mehta – Court of Appeals
Joe Mendoza – Katcam Financial Group Steve Peace – JMI Realty
Art Rivera - Fusion Marketing Fauzia Saeed – Teradata
Benjamin Tu – Barona Valley Ranch and Casino Eddie Wang Rodriguez – Mintz Levin LLC
Louis Song - Proven Staffing & Consulting Sarah Yang – Wells Fargo

Interested in serving on the Board? Contact us at info@sdaff.org or 858.565.1264

2009 Board of Directors

(Front L to R) Lani Lutar, Nita Mehta, Dan Hom, Fauzia Saeed, Amthyst Griffith (Back, L to R) Yanqun Zhou, Stephen Chin, Roger Chan, Albert Lee,
Benjamin Lee, Steve Peace, Lee Ann Kim, Eddie Rodriguez, Joe Mendoza, Art Rivera, Ed Lee, Sarah Yang, Louis Song (not pictured: Ben Tu, Jaejung Kim)

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2009 Ticket Prices
To guarantee seating, patrons must show up at least 15 minutes before showtime.

N0N-MEMBER PRICES
Opening & Closing Night Films $14 online*/$15 at door (CHILDREN OF INVENTION & IP MAN)
General Admission $7.50 online*/$9.50 at door
Senior/Child/Military $8.00 (except for CHILDREN OF INVENTION & IP MAN)
Blowfish Music Showcase $15 by RSVP at blowfish@sdaff.org/$18 at door
Panels $5 online*/$7 at door
Festival 4-pack (while available) $32 online*
Festival 10-pack (while available) $77 online*

SDAFF MEMBER PRICES


Opening & Closing Night Films $10 online*/at door (CHILDREN OF INVENTION & IP MAN)
General Admission $6.50 online*/at door
Blowfish Music Showcase Free (must RSVP at blowfish@sdaff.org)
Panels Free (must get ticket at box office)
Festival 4-pack (while available) $24 online*
Festival 10-pack (while available) $60 online*
All Festival Pass $175

Some members receive free tickets or passes depending on their level. Membership prices are for listed member ONLY.
Sign up for membership inside Hazard Center UltraStar lobby, and take advantage of discounts immediately.

SPECIAL DISCOUNTS
Groups (of 10 or more) $7.00 ($12.00 Opening and Closing Night Films) Online only*

*All online sales are subject to $1 fee per ticket plus 3% surcharge on order.
Online and Group sales end at 9:00PM on OCT 11, 2009.

FREE PROGRAMS:
• Free Films at 4:00PM, presented by Target
• Ni Hao, Kia Lan (OCT 17, OCT 24)
• After School Special (OCT 20)
• Reel Voices (OCT 24)
• North Korea: In Focus Panel (OCT 25)
• 9500 Liberty (OCT 27 at Jacobs Center, Oct 28 UltraStar Mission Valley)

REFUND POLICY
No refunds for unused tickets, 4-packs, 10-packs, or all-festival passes.

SOLD-OUT SCREENINGS / RUSH LINES


When a program is sold out, there is a very good chance seats will be available through a “rush line” at the theater. Rush
lines take place outside the theater 30 minutes before the show. We will offer all open seats 15 minutes before showtime
on a first-come basis to those waiting in the “rush line.”

FESTIVAL VENUES
OCT 15–29, 2009 BLOWFISH MUSIC SHOWCASE (OCT 24) 9500 LIBERTY (OCT 27)
UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas Canes Bar & Grill Jacobs Center
7510 Hazard Center Drive 3105 Ocean Front Walk 404 Euclid Ave.
San Diego, CA 92108 San Diego, CA 92109 (Mission Beach) San Diego, CA 92114

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SDAFF Membership
Join a community of supporters of Asian American cinema and culture. As a MEMBER, you receive discounts on film festival
tickets and merchandise, invitations to member-only events, and access to sneak preview screenings of films prior to their
theatrical release. Membership lasts one year from sign-up. Start today by joining online at www.sdaff.org or send your check
made payable to SDAFF to:

San Diego Asian Film Foundation


c/o Memberships
7290 Engineer Road Ste A
San Diego, CA 92111

We thank our 2009 Mem bers for their generous support!


FRIENDS ($55-99) Nancy Liu Jinah Kim Roberta Pelia
Travis Anderson Jonathan Louie Susan Kim Jeremy Pizzola
Jason Arcand Keith Momon Elaine Lallana Denson Pokta
Andrew Arvai Nathalie Morales Eric Lallana Miyo and Mitchell Reff
Maria Ballesteros Stephanie Moy Karen Lim Art Rivera
Steve Barlow Miyoko Nakajima Kelly Lim Ryan Wong
Roel Bautista Diana Newhouse Phil Luque
Jeffrey Brosbe Nancy Nguy Lani Lutar PATRONS ($500 – 999)
Greg Brown Thanh Nguyen May McLean Sheila Abrenica Kanoya
Jose Bucud Jacqueline Pablo Lyman Ng Mark Arbitrario
Arthur Carbonell Pat Pepper Shirley Omori Mike Avila
Akira Chan Ty Phimmasone Joy Pakingan Michael Cheswick
Johne Chandler Trent Reid Greg Penetrante Thomas Dring
Jessica Chang Mark Reyes Lisa Peters Grace DuVall
Karin Anna Cheung Severino Reyes Luis Ramos Richard Feinberg
Michelle Cheung Daniel Roose Jessica Ann Ross Jaejung Kim
Jd Lynn Chiong Bruce Rowe Fauzia Saeed Sam Kim
Kathleen Clavero Chris Rule Shirley Sanz Yong & Myung Kim
Jason Collins Peggy Russell Randal Schober Marcia Kingzio
Chad Cooper Vikraman Selvarajan Wendy Urushima Simmons Dan Lawton
Roman Cortez Grace Shih John Skrentny Matthew Long
John Dacapias Jini Shim Mark Stabb Marichu Magana
Gary Davis David Shina William Saung Johnny Mah
Sophia Dehof Shawn Skinner Joyce and Bill Teague Evan McGinnis
Toshiye Estes Ryan Suda Greg Toya Michelle Mentz
RB Francisco Jackie Szitta Susanna Thompson Willie and Lois Fong Sakai
Carolyn Gerhart Ronnie Tuatagaloa Elizabeth Tran Robert Sanchez
Russell Ginns Annamarie Till Benjamin Tu Hyung & Kay Song
Jim Gottlieb Joshua & Marlo Tucker Yen Tu Louis Song & Lee Ann Kim
Wendy Grice Felix Tuyay Rainer Wagester Kenneth Wade
Kaori Hashimoto Jan Vangrov Janet Weber Mike and Music Watson
Mye Hoang Judy Wong Michael Wells Charles & Linda Tu
Valerie Hong Cynthia Yee Niki Wells The Yang-Ongsiapco Family
John Hunter Kuniko Yoshitoshi Thomas Yellich
Pamela Huynh DONORS ($100 – 249) Yanqun Zhou
Kenji Ima Elly Aguilar PRODUCERS ($1000+)
Jasmine Restaurant Elias Almazan SUPPORTERS ($250 – 499) Jesse Charfauros
Hajime and Clare Kanoya Lorriz Anne Alvarado Paul Bergman Joon Han
Chikako Keith Brian Blake Keith Calistro Dan Hom
Chris Keith Corinne Brown Stephen Chin Chong Lee
Elizabeth Kim Catibog Jaravata Family Jerry Fu Ed Lee
Julie Kim Roger Chan Amethyst Griffith The Lew Foundation
Mike Klass Kristine Chang Shan Huang Diana Marjip-Chuh
Marsha Lapid Michael Chen Albert Lee Steve Peace
Linda Vista Multicultural Fair Henry Cheng Rich Lee Eddie Wang Rodriguez
Jennifer Lo Sandra Chong Thomas Lee Ryun Song
Virginia Loh Christopher Ekren Kyong Macek Dominic Tong and Katherine
Jimmy Lee James Faupel Joe Mendoza Bowdish
Yam Lee Stephen Freitas Laurel Nishida Jim Wade
Gerardo Leon Erika Hiramatsu Chris Paffendorf Sarah Yang

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Ten Tips on How to Festival
Attending a film festival can be overwhelming, so we’ve compiled 10 tips on how to maximize your experience.

1. CLEAR YOUR SCHEDULE


Think of the 15-day Festival as a mini vacation. You’ll get the most out of it by simply planning ahead.

2. TAKE NOTE OF SPECIAL EVENTS


Whether it’s a reception, art show, live music, food tasting, film discussion, gala awards dinner, group art project, or
karaoke, these special events are what make the Festival a Festival.

3. GET CELL PHONE UPDATES : TEXT “SDAFF” to 53137


Become a FESTIVAL INSIDER and receive the latest festival news on your cell phone. You will receive texts on newly
added screenings, special discounts, coupons, and freebies.

4. BECOME A MEMBER
Memberships start at $55 and pay-back easily through discounted tickets, exclusive member screenings, and events
during the festival and throughout the year. Membershisp last one year from sign-up.

5. FESTIVAL ON A BUDGET
Save money on tickets by buying online, or by purchasing the Festival 4- or 10-pack.
Don’t miss Free Films at 4:00PM, presented by Target.
Enjoy discounts from our Festival Partners:
• Applebee’s 20% off meals with festival ticket
• Quiznos 25% off for passholders
• All American Grill 15% meals with festival ticket, nightly Happy Hour at 10:00PM
• Sansai Japanese Grill 25% off meals during daily Happy Hour, 3:30–6:00PM
• Yogurtland 10% off
• Doubletree Windows Lounge $4 drinks & appetizers everyday from 4:00–6:00pm
• ULAN MED SPA Buy one, get one free Hydrafacial. Call 619-294-8526
Hazard Center locations only.

6. GET LUCKY
We’re giving away great stuff including 7-day cruise for two to the Caribbean or Mexico ($10 Star Campaign); $100
Visa Gift cards (Texting Campaign); roundtrip Southwest Airlines tickets (Gala Awards/Texting Campaign); a luxury
weekend for two at Harrah’s Rincon Casino & Resort (Audience Award Ballot); free food coupons from Jack in the Box;
Yogurtland Giftcards, and much more!

7. READ & WATCH


Take time to read this program booklet. We also have trailers available for many films on our Web site at www.sdaff.org

8. TALK FILM
Participate in Q&As and film discussions. This helps broaden film appreciation.

9. MORE RANDOM TIPS


Bring a sweater. Sometimes the theaters get cold!
Show up 15-30 minutes before each show.
Clean up after yourself after each show. This helps us turn around theaters faster.

10. Be BOLD! Choose a film program that you wouldn’t normally see, you’ll be glad you did.

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Schedule of Programs
ALL film programs (except for 10/27 9500 Liberty screening) take place at the Mission Valley UltraStar Cinemas at Hazard Center
Times & films are subject to change. Additional screenings may be added. For the latest, go to our Web site, www.sdaff.org or text
SDAFF to 53137 for cell phone updates.

THURSDAY OCT 15
THEATER 7 - BARONA THEATER 6 - SHARP THEATER 2 - STELLA ARTOIS THEATER 1 - WELLS FARGO
4:00PM YOU DON’T KNOW JACK: 8:00PM CHOPSHTICKS 7:15PM LOVE IN TRANSLATION 7:30PM LEGEND IS ALIVE
THE JACK SOO STORY 85mins 95mins 95mins
(FREE) 60mins
9:40PM THIRST 9:30PM BE SURE TO SHARE
7:00PM CHILDREN OF INVENTION 133mins 109mins
(OPENING NIGHT FILM)
86mins

FRIDAY OCT 16
THEATER 7 - BARONA THEATER 6 - SHARP THEATER 2 - STELLA ARTOIS THEATER 1 - WELLS FARGO
4:00PM AMERICAN DREAMS 5:45PM PATSY MINK : AHEAD 5:10PM DIM SUM AND THEN SOME 3:00PM CROSSING
AND REFLECTIONS OF THE MAJORITY 105mins 112mins
(FREE) 80mins 56mins
7:40PM AFRO SAMURAI : 6:00PM KABEI: OUR MOTHER
7:00PM WHITE ON RICE 7:20PM SIGHTS AND SOUNDS RESURRECTION 133mins
85mins OF A NEW HOPE 97mins
8:55PM ROUGH CUT
85mins
9:30PM STRANGE BREW 113mins
94mins 10:00PM HELP ME EROS
103mins

SATURDAY OCT 17
THEATER 7 - BARONA THEATER 6 - SHARP THEATER 2 - STELLA ARTOIS THEATER 1 - WELLS FARGO
12:15PM OLD PARTNER 11:30AM NI HAO KAI LAN 12:45PM LONG STORY SHORT 12:00PM CAPE NO. 7
78mins GOES TO CHINA 53mins 129mins
(FREE) 40mins
2:00PM ALL ABOUT DAD 2:15PM 100 2:30PM ANIMATION :
90mins 1:00PM THICKER THAN WATER 116mins ILLUSION OF LIFE
99mins 90mins
4:20PM TALE OF MARI 5:00PM CONCRETE JUNGLE
& THREE PUPPIES 4:40PM LOVE IN TRANSLATION 84mins 5:15PM FIRST SQUAD
125mins 95mins 73mins
7:40PM KARMA CALLING
7:00PM WE’RE HERE, 7:30PM MAKE YOURSELF 90mins 7:15PM MY GIRLFRIEND IS
WE’RE QUEER AT HOME AN AGENT
9:55PM CHOPSHTICKS
77mins 90mins 112mins
85mins
9:30PM BREATHLESS 10:05PM NEKO RAMEN TAISHO
130mins 80mins

SUNDAY OCT 18
THEATER 7 - BARONA THEATER 6 - SHARP THEATER 2 - STELLA ARTOIS THEATER 1 - WELLS FARGO
12:20PM BETWEEN THE FOLDS 12:10PM A VILLAGE CALLED 12:00PM TRANSCENDING : 12:30PM YOU TUBE CAN BE A
56mins VERSAILLES THE WAT MISAKA STORY CELEBRITY PANEL
69mins 86mins 90mins
2:00PM THE DRUMMER
115mins 2:45PM WHATEVER IT TAKES 2:20PM TANDOORI LOVE 2:30PM FIGHT SCENES AND
90mins 92mins FALL GUYS PANEL
4:30PM MODERN BOY
90mins
121mins 5:00PM WAR AND HOPE 4:15PM ANTOINE
104mins 82mins 4:45PM LEGEND IS ALIVE
7:00PM RED CLIFF
95mins
(CENTERPIECE) 7:30PM AROUND THE WORLD 7:10PM THE THINGS WE CARRY
148mins 89mins 77mins 7:20PM BE SURE TO SHARE
109mins
9:15PM REAL SHAOLIN
89mins 9:40PM FIRST SQUAD
73mins

MONDAY OCT 19
THEATER 7 - BARONA THEATER 6 - SHARP THEATER 2 - STELLA ARTOIS THEATER 1 - WELLS FARGO
4:30PM YOU DON’T KNOW JACK: 5:20PM ANTOINE 4:00PM LONG STORY SHORT 3:40PM CAPE NO. 7
THE JACK SOO STORY 82mins (FREE) 53mins 129mins
60mins
7:30PM ARUSI: PERSIAN WEDDING 6:00PM GEORGE LIN TRIBUTE 6:30PM OM SHANTI OM
7:15PM BEAST STALKER 53mins (FREE) 30mins 162mins
109mins
8:55PM ETIENNE! 7:00PM BEFORE WE CLOSE
9:30PM BREATHLESS 87mins 77mins
130mins
9:15PM LEGEND IS ALIVE
95mins,

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TUESDAY OCT 20
THEATER 7 - BARONA THEATER 6 - SHARP THEATER 2 - STELLA ARTOIS THEATER 1 - WELLS FARGO
4:00PM DADDY TRAN: 3:00PM TRANSCENDING: 4:30PM AFTER SCHOOL SPECIAL 5:45PM KABEI: OUR MOTHER
LIFE IN 3-D THE WAT MISAKA (FREE) 59mins 133mins
(FREE) 47mins STORY
6:30PM IN LOVE WE TRUST 8:30PM MODERN BOY
86mins
7:00PM K-20 155mins 121mins
137mins 5:30PM THE LOVE MARKET
9:15PM CROSSING
52mins
9:45PM HELP ME EROS 112mins
103mins 7:15PM ORCHESTRA NOVA
(FREE) 50mins
8:55PM WHITE ON RICE
85mins

WEDNESDAY OCT 21
THEATER 7 - BARONA THEATER 6 - SHARP THEATER 2 - STELLA ARTOIS THEATER 1 - WELLS FARGO
4:00PM THE LOVE MARKET 3:00PM IN LOVE WE TRUST 6:00PM MY BEIJING BIRTHDAY 4:45PM CROSSING
(FREE) 52mins 115mins 52mins 112mins
5:30PM DADDY TRAN: 5:00PM AKI RA’S BOYS 7:45PM MEMBERS ONLY 7:15PM ANIMATION:
LIFE IN 3-D 57mins SCREENING ILLUSION OF LIFE
47mins 90mins
7:30PM BEST OF TIMES
7:00PM MY GIRLFRIEND 118mins 9:30PM MAKE YOURSELF
IS AN AGENT AT HOME
112mins 90mins
9:40PM NEKO RAHMEN TAISHO
80mins

THURSDAY OCT 22
THEATER 7 - BARONA THEATER 6 - SHARP THEATER 2 - STELLA ARTOIS THEATER 1 - WELLS FARGO
4:00PM JOURNEY OF A 4:45PM WINDS OF 2:30PM AKI RA’S BOYS 3:30PM OM SHANTI OM
RED FRIDGE SEPTEMBER 57mins 162mins
(FREE) 52mins 107mins
5:15PM TIGER SPIRIT 6:55PM TANDOORI LOVE
7:00PM KOLLABORATION 7:30PM PRIVATE EYE 73mins 92mins
(LIVE) COMEDY 111mins
7:10PM THE DRUMMER 9:15PM HELP ME EROS
90mins
9:45PM THE THINGS 115mins 103mins
WE CARRY
9:30PM ROUGH CUT
77mins
113mins

FRIDAY OCT 23
THEATER 7 - BARONA THEATER 6 - SHARP THEATER 2 - STELLA ARTOIS
4:00PM MY BEIJING BIRTHDAY 3:00PM PATSY MINK: AHEAD 3:10PM SITA SINGS THE BLUES
(FREE) 52mins OF THE MAJORITY 82mins
56mins
7:00PM THE PEOPLE I’VE SLEPT WITH 5:00PM THE PHILOSOPHER KINGS
89mins 5:30PM DANCING ACROSS 70mins
BORDERS
9:45PM MY GIRLFRIEND IS 7:30PM GOING HOME
88mins
AN AGENT 73mins
89mins 7:45PM BOMBAY SUMMER
9:30PM CONCRETE JUNGLE
102mins
84mins
10:30PM VAMPIRE GIRL VS.
FRANKENSTEIN GIRL
85mins

SATURDAY OCT 24
THEATER 7 - BARONA THEATER 6 - SHARP THEATER 2 - STELLA ARTOIS OFFSITE
12:30PM BETWEEN THE FOLDS 11:30AM NI HAO KAI-LAN 12:45PM ALL ABOUT DAD 2:00PM SDAART NOW:
52mins GOES TO CHINA 90mins ACTORS WORKSHOP AT
(FREE) 40mins DOUBLETREE HOTEL
2:10PM KIMJONGILIA 2:50PM THE REAL SHAOLIN 120mins
75mins 12:15PM SPEAKING IN TONGUES 89mins
60mins 8:30PM BLOWFISH
4:30PM REEL VOICES 5:00PM I AM THAT GIRL AT CANES BAR & GRILL
(FREE) 60mins 2:00PM OPERATION BABYLIFT 97mins
73mins
7:00PM SCANDAL MAKERS 7:30PM THE HARIMAYA BRIDGE
108mins 4:05PM THE PHILOSOPHER 120mins
KINGS
10:00PM DETROIT METAL CITY 10:10PM SIGHTS AND SOUNDS
70mins
103mins OF A NEW HOPE
6:00PM FRUIT FLY 85mins
94mins
8:15PM YANG YANG
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SUNDAY OCT 25
THEATER 7 - BARONA THEATER 6 - SHARP THEATER 2 - STELLA ARTOIS
11:30AM MUSHI-SHI 12:15PM PATSY MINK: 1:00PM WHATEVER IT TAKES
131mins AHEAD OF THE MAJORITY 90mins
56mins
2:30PM BETWEEN THE FOLDS 3:30PM DANCING ACROSS BORDERS
56mins 2:00PM KIMJONGILIA 88mins
75mins
4:15PM SHADES OF RAY 5:45PM BOY
87mins 4:00PM NORTH KOREA: IN FOCUS PANEL 80mins
(FREE) 90min
7:00PM MERANTAU 7:45PM CLONE RETURNS HOME
106mins 6:15PM DIM SUM AND THEN SOME 110mins
105mins
9:15PM THE PEOPLE I’VE SLEPT WITH 10:00PM I AM THAT GIRL
89mins 9:00PM PRIVATE EYE 97mins
111mins

MONDAY OCT 26
THEATER 7 - BARONA THEATER 6 - SHARP THEATER 2 - STELLA ARTOIS
1:20PM WINDS OF SEPTEMBER 3:00PM TIGER SPIRIT 2:15PM SPEAKING IN TONGUES
107mins 73mins 60mins
4:00PM SITA SINGS THE BLUES 5:30PM JOURNEY OF A RED FRIDGE 4:45PM AROUND THE WORLD
(FREE) 82mins. 52mins 89mins
7:00PM FOREVER ENTHRALLED 7:30PM SCANDAL MAKERS 7:15PM THE HARIMAYA BRIDGE
147mins 108mins 120mins
10:15PM ICHI 9:45PM YANG YANG 9:55PM BOY
120mins 112mins 80mins

TUESDAY OCT 27
THEATER 7 - BARONA THEATER 6 - SHARP THEATER 2 - STELLA ARTOIS OFFSITE
4:00PM LI TONG 5:00PM GOING HOME 3:00PM THICKER THAN WATER 7:00PM 9500 LIBERTY AT
(FREE) 75mins 88mins 123mins JACOBS CENTER
(FREE) 73mins
5:40PM AMERICAN DREAMS 7:00PM ANIMATION: 5:15PM ETIENNE!
AND REFLECTIONS ILLUSION OF LIFE 87mins
80mins 90mins
7:40PM OLD PARTNER
7:30PM ICHI 9:10PM STRANGE BREW 78mins
120mins 94mins
9:25PM LOVE IN TRANSLATION
10:00PM MERANTAU 95mins
106mins

WEDNESDAY OCT 28
THEATER 7 - BARONA THEATER 6 - SHARP THEATER 2 - STELLA ARTOIS
5:10PM SHADES OF RAY 3:00PM A VILLAGE CALLED VERSAILLES 2:00PM YOU DON’T KNOW JACK:
87mins 68mins THE JACK SOO STORY
60mins.
7:10PM ROUGH CUT 5:30PM ARUSI: PERSIAN WEDDING
113mins 53mins 4:00PM 9500 LIBERTY
(FREE) 73mins
10:00PM MUSHI-SHI 7:30PM BEST OF TIMES
131mins 118mins 7:15PM RITA
104mins
9:45PM THE REAL SHAOLIN
89mins

THURSDAY OCT 29
THEATER 7 - BARONA THEATER 6 - SHARP THEATER 2 - STELLA ARTOIS
4:15PM ICHI 3:00PM RITA 4:30PM YANG YANG
120mins 104mins 112mins
7:00PM IP MAN 7:15PM 100
(CLOSING NIGHT FILM) 116mins
106mins
9:45 PM IP MAN
(ENCORE SCREENING)

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20 0 0
The first San Diego Asian Film Festival is born at the University of San Diego. Organized by a passionate, motley
crew including Lee Ann Kim, Mark Arbitrario, Beth Accomando, Dr. Leeva Chung, James Cho, and Arnold
Marquez, the 3-day Festival opened with THE DEBUT and closed with Sundance audience winner, GIRLFIGHT.
3,500 attendees — not bad for our first year! Appearance by Margaret Cho and Tamlyn Tomita.

2 0 01
9/11 changed everything. The Festival was set to begin at Hazard Center two weeks after the terrorist attacks. We
opened with AMERICAN CHAI, a South Asian American film set in New York, and closed with Tim Bui’s GREEN
DRAGON. Sam Chen launched our first all-animation shorts program. Festival served as catalyst for healing
during a time when Americans were especially fearful of foreigners.

200 2
Our first year as our own 501 (c)(3). Justin Lin’s breakthrough film, BETTER LUCK TOMORROW, opened the
Festival after making history at Sundance. Emerging director Eric Byler premieres his first feature, CHARLOTTE
SOMETIMES. Festival programming expands to 115 films, including hit Korean and Japanese features, WATERBOYS,
THE PRINCESS BLADE, JSA, and closing night film MY SASSY GIRL. Appearances by Parry Shen, Karin Anna
Cheung, Roger Fan, Sung Kang, Keiko Agena, Eddie Shin, and MTV’s Suchin Pak.

2 00 3
Qualcomm becomes title sponsor, taking Festival to a new level. We opened with U.S. premiere of Bong Joon-Ho’s
MEMORIES OF MURDER, and closed with Greg Pak’s ROBOT STORIES. Just a few weeks before “Sideways” hit
cinemas, actress Sandra Oh, joined us for a screening of her film, LONG LIFE, HAPPINESS AND PROSPERITY.
Sandra rocks! Festival hits attendance record of 6,800 in four days.

2 004
A big year for Asian Americans. Dat Phan won Last Comic Standing, Lisa Ling moved from The View to National
Geographic, and Harlemm Lee won reality show, Fame. All three join the Festival along with beautiful Kelly Hu and
John Cho who premiered in “Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle”. Festival opened with surfer film THE RIDE, and
closed for first time with a documentary, THE MAGICAL LIFE OF LONG TACK SAM. Premiere of our first Iranian
film, SILENCE OF THE SEA with director Vahid Mousian in attendance.

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2 005
Festival doubles from 4 to 8 days. A strong year for Asian American features with the Sundance film THE MOTEL,
along with CAVITE by San Diegans Neill Dela Llana and Ian Gamazon, THE GRACE LEE PROJECT, and Alice Wu’s
SAVING FACE, starring the beautiful and talented Joan Chen, who attended with co-stars Lynn Chen and Michelle
Krusiec. Festival opened with heartwarming Korean film MARATHON, and closed with sold out performances of
ONLY THE BRAVE. We also launched our high school documentary training program, REEL VOICES, thanks to
Jessie Wilson. Festival broke attendance records again with 8,900 in four days.

2 006
The Festival opened with Ham Tran’s epic JOURNEY FROM THE FALL, with entire cast in attendance including
Kieu Chinh, who received our lifetime achievement award. Festival closed with ALWAYS: SUNSENT ON THIRD
STREET, one of the most heartwarming films we’ve seen. A star studded year with appearances by James Kyson
Lee, Daniel Dae Kim, Grace Park, Roger Fan, and Dustin Nguyen. We also launch our first BLOWFISH: Intersection
of Sights and Sounds, our popular live hip hop showcase.

2 00 7
MC Hammer makes a huge splash at opening night with Justin Lin’s FINISHING THE GAME. Despite repeated
attempts, he refused to battle Lee Ann Kim in the dance floor. Closing night was West Coast premiere of Michael
Kang’s WEST 32ND. We awarded George Takei with lifetime achievement – oh my! 200+ people register for
national bone marrow registry thanks to support from Survivor winner, Yul Kwon. Festival breaks Ultrastar’s box
office records in Mission Valley.

2 008
We opened with Jessica Yu’s PING PONG PLAYA, and closed with ALWAYS 2: SUNSET ON THIRD STREET.
Festival launched Reel In the Vote campaign, and registered hundreds of new voters! Actor Soon-Tek Oh received
lifetime achievement, Thanks to title sponsor, Toyota, it was a tremendously successful year. But it was also our
saddest. Our Program Director, George Lin, passed away during the Festival. We end in mourning.

2 0 09
Despite the loss of George and one of the worst recessions in U.S. history, the SDAFF launches its 10th season with
a bang. Doubling in length, the Festival expands to two weeks, with 200 films from 20 countries. Are we crazy?
YES! But do we love it? YES!

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Tribute to George Lin (1971-2008)
Not a day passes that we don’t think of our dear friend, George Lin, who passed
away during last year’s film festival on October 14, 2008. He fought a long battle
with a rare form of cancer called pheochromocytoma. That never kept him from
living life to its fullest. He co-founded the DC APA Film Festival in 2000, and
three years later, joined the San Diego Asian Film Foundation as our program
director and Associate Festival Director. His footprint is all over this Festival,
and always will be.

Anyone who knew George knows he had a charming, quirky personality and
could talk your ear off about life. He was sincere, kind, but blunt and curious
to no end (the scientist in him), and he always championed students and
independent artists. He loved his friends, his family, his SAAB, greasy food, boba,
San Diego… and watching bad movies.

In honor of George, several filmmakers created short videos – digital slams – on the theme,
“You know you’re watching a bad movie when…” Please join us for a free 30- minute tribute
screening at 6:00PM on Monday, October 19.

Immediately following, we are presenting a special screening of George’s last project, a local feature film he produced with Joshua
Tucker called BEFORE WE CLOSE (p. 46). All proceeds from this screening will benefit The George C. Lin Memorial Fund, which
provides grants to young filmmakers and for cancer research and awareness.

Finally, to keep George’s memory alive, we are launching the first-ever George C. Lin Emerging Filmmaker Award, with a cash prize
of $1,000, given to a young filmmaker whose work at our festival not only shows talent but also the independent voice that George
so embraced.

Charitable donations can be made to:

George C. Lin Memorial Fund


c/o The San Diego Foundation
2508 Historic Decatur Rd. Ste. 200
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Cancer Awareness Campaign
The San Diego Asian Film Foundation is partnering with
Sharp Health Plan and the American Cancer Society to make a
difference in the fight against cancer.

Everyone’s life has been touched by cancer. In the U.S., cancer


accounts for nearly 1 of every 4 deaths², and cancer has been
the number one killer of Asian American women since 1980³.
This year, there will be an estimated 150,000 new cancer cases FOLD A PRAYER
in California alone. How can you join in the fight? Join our live origami project by folding a paper crane in our
lobby. Our goal is to string together 1,000 cranes and donate
WATCH them to a local cancer patient. This project is inspired by the
We have a selection of cancer-related films that include: true story of Sadako, a Japanese girl, who developed leukemia
from the radiation in Hiroshima. According to tradition,
100 (p. 38) making 1,000 paper cranes would allow her one wish, which
was to live.
BE SURE TO SHARE (p. 45)

IN LOVE WE TRUST (p. 62) LEARN


Go to our website: www.SDAFF.org for more information and
Also, all ticket sales to the film BEFORE WE CLOSE, will be to take our survey
donated to the George C. Lin Memorial Fund, which benefits 1. Cancer Research UK
cancer research. 2. American Cancer Society
3. National Center for Health Statistics. Health, United States, 1998 with socioeconomic status and
health chart book. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics; 1998.

© 2009 American Cancer Society, Inc.

This world is not just a dream. Eleven million cancer survivors


will celebrate birthdays this year. That’s a sign of progress,
proof that a world with more birthdays is possible. See how
you can help at morebirthdays.com. Or call 1-800-227-2345.
Together we’ll stay well, get well, find cures and fight back.

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Special Events
1,000 CRANES PROJECT October 18, 24–25 | UltraStar Cinemas Lobby
A public origami project to help raise spirits and awareness about cancer. Our goal is to string together 1,000 paper cranes and
donate them to a local cancer patient.

OPENING NIGHT PARTY THU October 15, 9PM | Doubletree Hotel


Join us as we kick off our 10th film festival, and meet director Tze Chun of CHILDREN OF INVENTION. Ticket or pass holders only.

BOOGIE AT BELO FRI October 16, 9pm – 2am | Belo (919 Fourth Ave., Gaslamp)
Come party with us downtown at Belo’s chic Red Room. Free admission and drink ticket 9pm – 11pm.
To get on guestlist, RSVP at belo@sdaff.org

GALA AWARDS DINNER SAT October 17, 7PM | Town & Country Hotel, Mission Valley
Dress to impress as we announce the top films of our festival. Great food, free-flowing Stella Artois, and live entertainment.
Presented by Viejas Enterprises and Netflix. $175/seat. To RSVP: gala@sdaff.org

YOU TUBE CAN BE A CELEBRITY (PANEL) SUN October 18, 12:30PM | UltraStar Cinemas
Hear from some of the highest rated Youtube celebs, including Kev Jumba, David Choi, Paul Dateh, and Projekt NewSpeak.
Free for members/ $5 online/$7 at door

FIGHT SCENES & FALL GUYS (PANEL) SUN October 18, 2:30PM | UltraStar Cinemas
Hear from professional fight choreographers and stuntmen about how technology has changed the art of fighting on film.
Free for members/ $5 online/$7 at door

GEORGE LIN TRIBUTE MON October 19, 6PM | UltraStar Cinemas


A free tribute and reception in memory of our dear friend, George Lin, with original short films, responding to the question,
“You know you’re watching a bad movie when….”

KOLLABORATION: LIVE COMEDY NIGHT THU October 22, 7PM | UltraStar Cinemas
Get your laugh on with three Koreans and an Indian at our first live comedy showcase! $6.50 for members/$8 for students,
military/$9.50 general

POOLSIDE AT JSIX FRI October 23, 9pm – 2am | JSix (616 J Street, Gaslamp)
A Film Fest Fiesta on the rooftop of JSix, by the pool. Simply show ticket stub or pass to get in.

SDAART NOW: Actors Workshop SAT October 24 2pm | Doubletree Hotel


An actor’s workshop for beginners by the SD Asian American Repertory Theater. Plus, meet and hear from comedian/actor
Randall Park. Free for members/ $5 online/$7 at door

BLOWFISH: INTERSECTION OF SIGHTS AND SOUNDS SAT October 24, 8PM – 2AM | Canes Bar & Grill
Live hip hop concert with Lyrics Born, Kero One and Zen, Dannu, and KeyKool of the Visionaires. Presented by ABS/CBN, MYX,
and Toyota. 21+ only. $15 if you RSVP at blowfish@sdaff.org or $18 at door
REEL VOICES SAT October 24, 4:30 PM | UltraStar Cinemas
Showcase of films from the SDAFF’s popular Teen Video Producers Program. Presented by Bank of America.
NORTH KOREA: IN FOCUS (PANEL) SUN October 25, 4PM | UltraStar Cinemas
A free panel discussion about the human rights and humanitarian crisis in North Korea.

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Centerpiece and Spotlights
CENTERPIECE: Red Cliff
Touted as the most expensive Asian film of all-time, the SDAFF
is proud to present the West Coast premiere of John Woo’s
epic, RED CLIFF, a combination of two films based on the
Battle of Red Cliffs with an all-star international cast.

North Korean Spotlight


In light of recent events in North Korea and the ongoing
humanitarian crisis there, we present a trio of films
(CROSSING, TIGER SPIRIT, KIMJONGILIA) along with a free
panel discussion on October 25 (North Korea: In Focus) to
shed some light on a country and a regime that remains one of
the most sheltered, secretive societies in the world.

Crossing

Taiwanese Spotlight
Thanks to the work of critically acclaimed directors Ang Lee
and Hou Hsiao Hsien, a whole new generation of talented
filmmakers have emerged in Taiwan. With support from the
Government Information Office ROC, this spotlight includes
CAPE NO.7, HELP ME EROS, WINDS OF SEPTEMBER, and
YANG YANG.
Cape No.7

Extreme Spotlight
This collection of four edgy films from Japan represent stories
you won’t see anywhere else. The titles speak for themselves -
AFRO SAMURAI: RESURRECTION, DETROIT METAL CITY,
NEKO RAHMEN TAISHO (aka Pussy Soup), and VAMPIRE
GIRL VS. FRANKENSTEIN GIRL.

Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl

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THU OCT 15, 7:00PM

USA | English
86 minutes | Video | 2009
DIRECTOR: Tze Chun WRITER: Tze Chun
PRODUCERS: Mynette Louie, Trevor Sagan
CAST: Cindy Cheung, Michael Chen, Crystal Chiu

In this gripping examination of immigrant pursuit of


the American Dream, Cindy (Elaine Cheung) is a single
mother. To support her children, precocious Raymond
(Michael Chen) and sister Tina (Crystal Chiu), Elaine
bounces from one sales job to another to make ends
meet in a harsh, unforgiving economy. When her family
is finally evicted from their suburban Boston home and
forced to seek refuge in an unfinished apartment building,
Elaine’s desperation leads her to become involved in a
Ponzi scheme victimizing other immigrants. The scheme
eventually falls apart and Elaine becomes separated from
what she cares about most, her children. Left alone,
Raymond and Tina are forced to fend for themselves,
showing great resilience in their battle for survival.
Substantial and very compelling, this film emphatically
establishes first-time feature director Tze Chun on the
forefront of American independent film. Marvelously
shot, edited, and written, CHILDREN OF INVENTION
boasts wonderfully natural performances from its cast,
especially Chen and Chiu, who demonstrate subtlety
rarely seen from child actors. Attacking timely issues
such as the exploitation of immigrants, child neglect, the
current global economic meltdown, and get-rich-quick
Ponzi schemes, CHILDREN OF INVENTION boldly breaks
new ground in Asian American cinema. Exploration of
these issues is deftly balanced with the levity provided by
truly delicate moments of humor, yielding a remarkably
entertaining film with universal appeal to all audiences.
CHILDREN OF INVENTION made its world premiere
at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and won Grand
Jury Prizes for Best Narrative Feature at the Newport
International Film Festival and the Los Angeles Asian
Pacific Film Festival. — Gene Huh

Director Tze Chun will be in attendance.

Co-presented by:
San Diego Chinese Women’s Association
Asian American Repertory Theatre
San Diego City College - World Cultures Program
UCSD ArtPower!

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THU OCT 29, 7:00PM

Hong Kong, China to support his family, especially his now very-ill wife. When General
Mandarin and Japanese with English subtitles Miura (Hiroyuki Ikeuchi), demands that Ip Man teach Wing Chun to
105 minutes | 35mm | 2009 the Japanese Army, Ip Man vehemently refuses and instead stands and
DIRECTOR: Wilson Yip fights for both his life and the dignity of the Chinese people.
WRITER: Edmond Wong, based on an IP MAN is the fourth film collaboration between director Wilson Yip
original screenplay by Chan Tai-lee. and lead actor Yen, a team best known for the 2005 smash hit Sha Po
PRODUCER: Raymond Wong Lang (SPL). The film reunites the duo with SPL alumni co-star Simon
CAST: Donnie Yen, Simon Yam, Xiong Dazhi, Hiroyuki Ikeuchi, Yam (Election) and the legendary Sammo Hung, who choreographed
Calvin Cheng, Fan Siu-wong, Lam Ka-tung, Yu Xing the fight scenes. Ip Chun , the real Ip Man’s eldest son, served as
technical consultant. IP MAN contains some of the most explosively
This film contains violence spectacular fight scenes of any recent action film, depending upon
choreography and real stunt work instead of camera and editing
West Coast premiere tricks. Director Yip has truly crafted the finest Asian martial arts film in
IP MAN is the first film based on real-life martial artist Ip Man, best years by blending a throwback storyline with top cinematography and
known as the teacher of martial arts legend Bruce Lee. In 1930’s the aforementioned fight choreography. However, it is an unusually
Foshan, martial arts academies thrive and compete. Dignified understated and dignified performance by the charismatic Yen and
Wing Chun expert Ip Man (Donnie Yen), while renowned as the top the film’s historical context that raise IP MAN to martial arts epic
martial artist, chooses to keep a low profile, training with friends and status. IP MAN won the award for Best Picture at the 28th Annual
engaging only in closed-door challenges. Independently wealthy, he Hong Kong Film Awards. — Gene Huh
does not need an academy for financial purposes and his loving wife Co-presented by:
(Lynn Hung) forces him to balance his training with family life. Immortal Fitnes Martial Arts
Ip Man’s way of life is changed forever by the Japanese occupation of U.S. Karate Academy
1937. Stripped of his wealth, he must take a job working in a coal mine
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Philippines | Tagalog with English subtitles USA | English


116 min. | Video | 2008 73 min. | Video | 2008
DIRECTOR: Chris Martinez WRITER: Chris Martinez DIRECTORS: Eric Byler, Annabel Park
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CAST: Mylene Dizon, Eugene Domingo, Tessie Tomas
TUE. OCT 27, 7:00PM (FREE)*
SAT OCT 17, 2:15PM *JACOBS CENTER, 404 EUCLID AVE.
THU OCT 29, 7:15PM WED. OCT 28, 4:00PM (FREE)
This film contains mature content
West Coast premiere
At thirty-something, Joyce De Leon, has done very well for herself as From its confrontational opening scene of a man furious that he had
a well-paid executive at a high tech firm in the Philippines. Despite heard Spanish at the local hardware store, 9500 LIBERTY sets the stage
success at work, her personal life has taken a turn for the worse. Not of a complex, politically charged drama unfolding in real life.
only is the man of her dreams married with a baby on the way, but a
visit to the doctor reveals shocking news – she has inoperable breast In the center of the storm is one of the richest and most diverse counties
cancer. With six months to live, Joyce (played by Mylene Dizon) keeps her in the nation — Prince William County, Virginia — which became ground
cancer a secret from everyone and quits her job to put her life in order. zero in America’s explosive battle over immigration policy in July of 2007.
This is when elected officials adopted a law empowering police officers
With the end of her life looming, Joyce writes a list of things she wants to question anyone they suspected to be an undocumented immigrant.
to do before she dies on one hundred Post-It notes displayed on her Opponents cried foul, saying the law legalizes racial profiling while
bedroom wall. From buying a coffin, indulging in the most decadent supporters hoped it would be the catalyst to send “illegals” back home.
meals, traveling, and reconnecting with a former boyfriend, Joyce Clashes consumed this community, and caught in the crossfire were
begins taking down the Post-Its one-by-one. At first, her list of tasks — filmmakers Eric Byler and Annabel Park who captured hours of raw
mostly closures and practical undertakings — are easily accomplished. debate. They turned this footage into a series of videos on Youtube as part
However, as the Post-It notes are whittled down to a final few, Joyce of an interactive documentary, which eventually gained the attention of
continues to procrastinate about sharing news of her terminal cancer the The Washington Post, and the U.S. Civil Rights Commission.
with her mother, who has already lost her husband to the disease.
9500 LIBERTY reveals the devastating social and economic impact of
the “Immigration Resolution,” felt in the lives of real people in homes
Winner of the Audience Award at the 2008 Pusan International Film
and in local businesses. But the ferocious fight to adopt and then reverse
Festival, 100 is the directorial debut of screenwriter Chris Martinez,
this policy unfolds inside government chambers, on the streets, and
whose film examines the betrayal of the body, celebrates the senses and
on the Internet. 9500 LIBERTY provides a front row seat to all three
contemplates the end of life and how to live it.
battlegrounds.
Director Chris Martinez scheduled to attend Oct 17 screening.

Directors Eric Byler and Annabel Park are scheduled to attend.


Screening Sponsors:

Debbi Spungen Free screenings made possible by Target.

Co-presented by:
Co-presented by:
Anti-Defamation League
Miramar College Diversity/International Education Committee
UCSD Cross Cultural Center
Kamalayan Alliance - CSU San Marcos
USD Trans-Border Institute
UCSD Kaibigang Pilipino
Bayside Community Center
USD Filipino Ugnayan Student Organization (FUSO)
Border Angels
Kuya Ate Mentorship Program
MAAC Project
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EXTREME SERIES

Afro Sam urai:


Resurrection After School Special

Monster Coins

USA/Japan | English A free collection of films for the young at heart.


97 minutes | Video | 2009 Appropriate for anyone ages 8 and up.
DIRECTOR: Fuminori Kizaki TRT: 59 min
WRITERS: Takashi Okazaki, Eric S. Calderon, Leo Chu,
Eric Garcia, Yasuyuki Muto
PRODUCERS: Leo Chu, Eric Garcia, Eric S. Calderon, TUE OCT 20, 4:30PM (FREE)
Samuel L. Jackson, Arthur Smith
CAST: Samuel L. Jackson, Lucy Liu, Mark Hamill, Yuri
EGG ROBOT MOMO
Lowenthal, The RZA Director: Shinhee Kim | 7 min | Video | 2007
Momo — the offspring of a chicken robot and a human robot — goes on
a search to find the mother who abandoned him.
FRI OCT 16, 7:40PM
This film contains violence and mature content ?ALDOW
Director: Winston Tao | 9 min | Video | 2009
SDAFF Extreme, “the other side of the San Diego Asian Film Festival,” There’s only one thing standing in the way between Lee and getting into
brings you four films on the edge of sanity, including the North American Berkley — Waldo!
premiere of the director’s cut of Takashi Okazaki’s masterpiece AFRO DEADLINE
SAMURAI: RESURRECTION. Director: Bang-yao Liu | 5 min | Video | 2009
Afro Samurai (Samuel L. Jackson) has finally found peace after avenging Oh, the lengths students will go to procrastinate on homework!
his father’s death and becoming the number one Samurai in the world. THE WHEEL
But his life of peace soon ends when a mysterious woman from his Directors: Jonathan Miller, Patrick Shen | 12 min | Video | 2008
past returns. While Sio (Lucy Liu) is prepared to destroy Afro just as Set in the Old West: three criminals, two bounty hunters, one wheel.
he destroyed so many to avenge his father’s death, Afro struggles to
NEW AGING
understand why?
Director: Jason Wong | 6 min | Video | 2007
Featuring the voice talents of Jackson and Liu, Mark Hamill A New Age pamphlet peddler gets mugged by a homeless woman and
(Star Wars), and The RZA, the story of Afro Samurai thrills with follows her through Chinatown to retrieve his wallet.
blood, sex, and the baddest man in a headband ever! As SDAFF
SPACE TIME DESTROYERS
Extreme’s opening night film AFRO SAMURAI: RESURRECTION
Directors: Chito Arellano, Roman Cortez | 11 min | Video | 2001
fits the bill as top-flight, action-packed entertainment which
Three b-boys try to get their groove on until an evil space overlord gets
fuses Asian and African-American cultures like no other.
infected by their universal beat.

With musical production by the RZA, crisp direction from Fuminori MONSTER COINS
Kizaki, the writing talents of creator Takashi Okazaki, and writer/ Director: Vince Vang| 9 min | 35mm | 2008
producers Leo Chu and Eric Garcia, AFRO SAMURAI ranks as the Two naughty kids discover a special coin at school that unleashes a
ultimate in first class extreme cinema! — Phil Luque monster from the vending machine.

Producers Leo Chu and Eric Garcia scheduled to attend.

Screening Sponsors:

Co-presented by:
Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana
THE 10TH ANNUAL SAN DIEGO ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL | 39
Aki Ra's Boys All About Dad

Cambodia | Khmer with English Subtitles USA | English and Vietnamese with English subtitles
57 minutes | Video | 2007 80 minutes | Video | 2008
DIRECTOR: Lynn Lee DIRECTOR: Mark Tran WRITER: Mark Tran
PRODUCER: Lynn Lee PRODUCER: Barnaby Dallas
CAST: David Huynh, Chi Pham, Yen Ly, Minh Do, Yvonne
Truong, Nanrisa Lee, Hunter Vo
WED OCT 21, 5:00PM
THU OCT 22, 2:30PM SAT OCT 17, 2:00PM
SAT OCT 24, 12:45PM
Boreak has dreams just like any other little boy. He wanted to be
a football star, a wrestler, or a rap artist - but at the age of six, he Filmmaker Mark Tran was a 19-year-old San Jose State University
was in a landmine accident. Even after three crude operations and student when he wrote the screenplay for his feature debut ALL ABOUT
the loss of his right arm, Boreak still has a remarkable sense of DAD (Audience Award winner, Cinequest FF), based on his experiences
optimism and refreshingly lacking in self-pity. Like most children, growing up in a large Vietnamese family in California. The main character
he is mischievous and inquisitive and rarely acts as if his disability is Ty, is based loosely upon himself – a biology major about to give up his
a hindrance. This film looks at the world through Boreak’s eyes. It is studies to pursue filmmaking (a.k.a. the worst thing a Vietnamese father
a world that was once bleak, but now brimming with possibilities. could ever hear from a son).
Newcomer Chi Pham steals the show as the patriarch of the Do family,
Through Boreak, we also meet Aki Ra, a former child soldier, trained by
the head figure who only sees hard work, Catholicism, higher education,
the Khmer Rouge army to lay landmines. Now in his 30s, he hopes to
and loyalty to family as the only means to achieve happiness and success
undo what he’s done and tries to make amends by giving children like
in life. But Mr. Do discovers the inner passions and dreams of his four
Boreak a home. He has set up Siem Reap’s Landmines Museum and helps
children, and his world seems to unravel. This often intense family
remove millions of landmines still buried in his country, Cambodia. AKI
drama is at times also hilarious, touching, and heartbreaking as Mr. Do
RA’S BOYS offers a unique point of view to the effects that a devastating
comes to terms with disappointment, realizing he must learn to accept
weapon has on its victims and survivors. — Cypress Villaflores
his children as they truly are or risk losing them.
Despite the familiar story of tradition versus modernity, the film never
comes off as didactic or heavy-handed. Mr. Tran’s first feature is a fine
portrait of a Vietnamese American family just trying to keep up with the
times. — Mye Hoang

Director/writer Mark Tran and actors David Huynh and Chi Pham
scheduled to attend.

THE 10TH ANNUAL SAN DIEGO ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL | 40


American Dreams
and Reflections

Parallel Adele

Celebrate the diverse Asian experience, cultural identity,


and connections to the past.
TRT: 86 min Caring for the people of San Diego
for more than 50 years
FRI OCT 16, 4:00PM (FREE)
TUE OCT 27, 5:40PM

PARALLEL ADELE
Director: Adele Pham | 16 min | Video | 2008
Two half-Vietnamese filmmakers, both named Adele, discover their
parallel journeys with other “hapas” who share the growing mixed-race CORP364A ©2009

experience.
BE AWARE
Director: Joe Kamimura | 4 min | Video | 2008
A man embarks upon a mysterious adventure that ends in self-reflection.
MOTHER DAUGHTER
Director: Ileana Chan | 15 min | Video | 2008
An unexpected inheritance leads a young Chinese American woman to
uncover her mother’s past, leading to questions about her own life and
relationships.
I WANT TO BE A DESI 2
Director: Allan Tong | 6 min | Video | 2009
Being Desi—a South Asian immigrant or descendant—requires a bit
more than bhangra and spicy curry.
YELLOW BROTHERHOOD
Director: Tadashi Nakamura | 18 min | Video | 2004
The inspiring story of the “Yellow Brotherhood,” an Asian American
community group formed around a basketball team in the 1960s, and
how the sons of YB are affected 30 years later.
WELCOME TO MY LIFE
Director: Elizabeth Ito | 5 min | Video | 2004
An animated story about a family of monsters struggling to be accepted
in America.
HALF KENNETH
Director: Ken Ochiai | 22 min | Video | 2008
1945: after the death of their father, Ken and Jo escape a Japanese
American internment camp to find their Caucasian mother, but discover
something neither of them could have anticipated.

Free screening made possible by Target.

THE 10TH ANNUAL SAN DIEGO ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL | 41


Animation: The Illusion of Life
How do you coax life out of thin air? Find out in this program dedicated entirely to the Magical Art of Animation. TRT: 90 min.
SAT OCT 17, 2:30PM WED OCT 21, 7:15PM TUE OCT 27, 7:00PM

DENG LONG A Chinese man tries desperately to light an uncooperative lantern


before daybreak.
DIRECTOR: Yu-Heng Chiang
USA I 2 min. I Video I 2009 medium: CGI 3D; software: Maya.

LIFE ON A LIMB Irreconcilable enemies, a tree and a lumberjack, are stuck in a waiting
room together. Inevitably, conflict ensues. Will they end up burying the
DIRECTOR: David Chai hatchet, or will they end up burying the hatchet?
USA I 6 min. I Video I 2008
medium: Traditional 2D; software: Adobe Production Studio

UNBELIEVABLE FOUR An infamous team of superhero politicians takes preemptive action


against hundreds of approaching Evil Spaceships but their plan backfires.
DIRECTORS: Sukwon Shin
& In Pyo Hong medium: CGI 3D; software: Maya.
USA I 4 min. I Video I 2009

DEADLINE While rushing to meet a deadline, a student’s wall literally comes alive in
the form of thousands of Post-It notes.
DIRECTOR: Bang-Yao Liu
USA I 2 min. I Video I 2009 medium: live-action stopmotion.

THE ENLIGHTENED A monk attempts to defeat a monster that attacks his town through his
MONK quick thinking.
DIRECTOR: Emily Tse
medium: CGI 3D; software: Maya.
USA I 2 min. I Video I 2009

SHUTTLE T-42 Shuttle T-42 crash lands on an unknown planet leaving young Jay and his
mother stranded and helpless.
DIRECTOR: Joon Hyung Kim
USA I 3 min. I Video I 2009 medium: CGI 3D; software: Maya, Renderman

EMOTIONS Emotions is an animation excerpt from the documentary “Masizakhe”


that explores the collective identity of South African activists through
DIRECTOR: Kun-I Chang their ideologies and diverse initiatives.
USA I 2 min. I Video I 2009 medium: live-action & motion graphics; software: AfterEffects

SUBCONSCIOUS A newborn butterfly emerges from the darkest depths of sadness to


begin a new life.
DIRECTOR: Jason Chen
USA I 4 min. I Video I 2008 medium: live-action stopmotion

SELF PORTRAIT ‘Self Portrait’ is an animated film about an artist’s inspirations and
tools that allow him to create a self-portrait of himself. This film deals
DIRECTOR: Will Kim with the filmmaker’s agony, inner struggles, and unity.
USA I 3 min. I Video I 2009 medium: mixed media 2D; software: Photoshop, AfterEffects
THE SOLILOQUIST A modern fable about the complications of loneliness, fantasy and
DIRECTOR: Kuang Pei Ma illusions.
USA I 6 min. I Video I 2008 medium: 2D + 3D; software: Photoshop, AfterEffects

THE VEILED A film that employs various design and animation techniques to retell
COMMODITY the history of slavery and the problems of its present day counterpart
DIRECTORS: Dickson Chow — human trafficking and the victimization of people around the world.
& Vinh Chung
medium: CGI 3D; software: AfterEffects, 3ds Max
USA I 6 min. I Video I 2009

FEAR OF CHANGE (see Emotions above)

DIRECTOR: Kun-I Chang


USA I 2 min. I Video I 2009

CONFINE(S)
A surreal mindtrip into the microscopic world of organic polygons.
DIRECTOR: Makoto Yabuki
medium: CGI 3D; software: Maya
JAPAN I 3 min. I Video I 2007

KEEP RIGHT Sunoki, a paranoiac has an adventure of a lifetime in the surreal world
of a Korean subway station.
DIRECTOR: Sun-woo Yang
medium: CGI 3D; software: Maya
USA I 8 min. I Video I 2008

VIOLA:
On a stumble on slippery moss at the 4 o’clock bus stop, little giant
THE TRAVELING ROOMS
Viola steps outside of her own world to reach out for an adventure. She
OF A LITTLE GIANT
is going to search for the true meaning of Loneliness.
DIRECTOR: Shih-Ting Hung
medium: mixed-media & live-action; software: AfterEffects
USA I 9 min. I Video I 2008

KUDAN An uncommunicative man is transformed into a cow-bodied monster


DIRECTOR: Taku Kimura and learns a simple lesson about father & son love.
USA I 9 min. I Video I 2008 medium: CGI 3D; software: Maya

MONSTER COINS One night at school, two naughty kids discover a monster coin that
when inserted, makes a monster appear from within a magical vending
DIRECTOR: Vance Yang machine. He grants them a wish that they will never forget.
TAIWAN I 9 min. I 35mm I
medium: CGI 3D; software: Maya, Renderman
2008

ARTICLES OF WAR A young American pilot fighting in 1944 writes what may be the final
letter of his life, bearing his soul to the man who inspired him to enlist…
DIRECTOR: Daniel Kanemoto his father, a stoic veteran of World War I.
USA I 12 min. I 35mm I 2008
medium: 2D+3D; software: AfterEffects

Co-presented by:
Platt College, The Art Institute of California - San Diego
THE 10TH ANNUAL SAN DIEGO ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL | 43
Antoine Around the World

A Green Mountain in the Drawer

Canada | French with English subtitles All aboard for an insightful excursion to discover
82 minutes | Video | 2008 the far reaches of the Asian experience.
DIRECTOR: Laura Bari TRT: 89 min
PRODUCER: Laura Bari
CAST: Antoine Houang
SUN OCT 18, 7:30PM
MON OCT 26, 4:45PM
SUN OCT 18, 4:15PM
MON OCT 19, 5:20PM PASSING FANCY
Director: Wei-Hsin Yang | 26 min | Video | 2009
A young couple and a man’s yard sale, and the ensuing emotional tug-
West Coast premiere of-war between the three. Japan
Chances are you have never met anyone like Antoine, a blind five-year- TOPI
old with extraordinary imagination and intelligence. In his imaginary Director: Arjun Rihan | 6 min | Video | 2009
world, he refers to himself as Detective Dec, on a mission to find a As India is wracked with inner turmoil, a young Hindu boy finds help
fictitious damsel in distress — Madame Rouski — who dissolved into from an unlikely source. India/Pakistan
water while taking a shower. Constantly searching for clues, Antoine
drives a car, hosts radio shows, and engages in simultaneous telephone A GREEN MOUNTAIN IN THE DRAWER
conversations with his two best friends. Director: Hwa Jun Lee | 30 min | Video | 2009
An elderly woman journeys into memories of loved ones lost. S. Korea
In this delightful docu-drama, we intimately experience the real and
imaginary life of Antoine Houang, who “sees” through his fingertips, CROCODILE
ears, nose, and mouth. He is fully integrated into the regular school Director: Maura Milan | 5 min | Video | 2009
system in Montreal, plays with friends like any other child, learns how to A young Australian boy faces life’s difficulties with the steely reserve of
spell, and paints in color. Only in rare moments of misunderstanding or a crocodile. Australia
struggle are we reminded that Antoine cannot see. ROUGH CUT
Director Laura Bari skillfully captures the uninhibited thoughts of a Director: Firouzeh Khosrovani | 22 min | Video| 2009
brilliant child who fully embraces life. Antoine’s gift is to present us a An exposé of Iranian policy calling for the dismemberment of female
different view of the world — one of creativity, hope, and charm. mannequins. Iran

Director Laura Bari scheduled to attend Oct 18 screening.

Co-presented by:
Alliance Francaise de San Diego

THE 10TH ANNUAL SAN DIEGO ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL | 44


Arusi: Persian Wedding Be Sure to Share

USA/Iran | English and Farsi with English subtitles Japan | Japanese with English subtitles
53 minutes | Video | 2008 109 minutes | 35mm | 2009
DIRECTOR: Marjan Tehrani DIRECTOR: Sion Sono WRITER: Sion Sono
WRITERS: Azin Samari, Sheila Shirazi PRODUCER: Yasushi Umemura
PRODUCER: Marjan Tehrani CAST: Eiji Okuda, Akira, Ayumi Ito

THU OCT 15, 9:30PM


MON OCT 19, 7:30PM
SUN OCT 18, 7:20PM
WED OCT 28, 5:30PM
West Coast premiere
For filmmaker Marjan Tehrani and her brother Alex, growing up Iranian-
Sion Sono is best known as a cinematic provocateur with films like Suicide
American always meant being caught between two worlds. With unique
Club and Love Exposure. But what many do not know is that Sono is equally
perspective and intimate storytelling, Tehrani brings to life a compelling
well known in Japan as a poet and that softer side of his personality gets
examination of US-Iranian relations through the personal journey of her
exposed in BE SURE TO SHARE.
brother Alex and his fiancée, Heather. They plan a trip to Iran to hold a
traditional Persian wedding — just as the filmmaker’s Iranian father and Featuring Japanese pop star Akira in one of his first motion picture
American mother did at a time when Iran and the US were close allies. performances, you’d think this would be nothing more than a disposable
flick for his music fans. But Sono transforms this film into a quiet
As a tense dinner party between the couple’s families soon illustrates,
meditation on death and the relationship between fathers and sons (the
relations between the US and Iran have changed significantly over the
film was reportedly made as a reaction to the recent death of Sono’s
past 50 years. Tehrani sheds light on history largely unknown by her
own father). Director and actor Eiji Okuda plays a tough-as-nails father
generation with honesty, care, and a thoughtful collection of archival
who makes the Great Santini look like a wimp. Now, diagnosed with
segments featuring historical footage, and intelligence documents,
cancer he’s trapped in the hospital and his wife and son (Akira) spend
along with beautiful photographs taken by Alex himself. A universal
their days visiting and trying to keep his spirits up. Just when it looks like
love story set against a fascinating history, this heartfelt film offers a
he’s about to recover, the son finds out that he has cancer too, and that
rare glimpse of Iran beyond politics, revealing its people and history in a
his father may out-live him. Determined not to worry anyone, he keeps it
personal, hopeful, and human light.
to himself and vows that he’ll beat his disease.
Jumping backwards and forwards in time, BE SURE TO SHARE isn’t an
easy-to-swallow melodrama about fathers and sons. Sono opens the
film up and makes it an essay, colored with regret, about how we’re
constantly running after each other, and never catching up. It’s about
the small things we do every day without thinking about them and how
these tiny, insignificant moments ultimately make up our lives. — adapted
from Subway Cinema

Screening Sponsors:

Debbi Spungen

Co-presented by:
Co-presented by:
Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana
Persian Cultural Center

THE 10TH ANNUAL SAN DIEGO ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL | 45


Beast Stalker Before We Close

Hong Kong | Cantonese with English subtitles USA | English


109 minutes | 35mm | 2008 77 minutes | Video | 2008
DIRECTOR: Dante Lam DIRECTORS: Joshua Tucker, Kendal Tuttle
WRITERS: Dante Lam, Jack Ng WRITERS: Joseph Frost, Joshua Tucker, Kendal Tutle
PRODUCERS: Cathy Leung, Cheung Hong-tat, Albert Lee PRODUCERS: George Lin, Joshua Tucker
CAST: Nicholas Tse, Jingchu Zhang, Nick Cheung, CAST: Lorin Stewart, Christopher Harrison,
Kai Chi Liu Jenessy Elshire, Paul Peglar

MON OCT 19, 7:00PM


MON OCT 19, 7:15PM
This film contains strong violence and language Special Tribute Screening for George Lin
Three confused thespians have five days to write, rehearse and perform
Captain Tong (Nicholas Tse) is the intense leader of a strike force out to a production that will alter the course of their young lives. Shot entirely
nab a rarely-seen crime-lord. Ann Gao (Zhang Jingchu) is a prosecuting in San Diego, BEFORE WE CLOSE is a “theatrically musical” comedy
attorney faced with a moral and ethical dilemma brought on by the about a disheveled playwright, Ozwald ‘Oz’ Bryant. He is about to
crime-lord’s activities, while she also deals with the grief of a recent, graduate and the only difference between a fellowship in New York that
deeply personal loss. Hung (Nick Cheung) handles kidnappings for the could make him a star and a life of desolate street-dwelling is his senior
crime-lord’s outfit, while caring for his bedridden wife and slowly going showcase.
blind due to a mysterious injury.
With an unfinished script and only one week to put everything together,
An explosive raid opens the film, quickly followed by a car chase where Oz casts his girlfriend, Penelope ‘Pen’ Moore as his leading lady and
Tong and his men almost catch up to the crime-lord’s gang. Their pursuit an old friend, Kent Graham, as her opposite. Together they attempt
ends in a gut-wrenching, multiple-car collision; this accident is revisited to shape history and impact the hearts of their generation with the
twice, each time exposing more shocking impacts on those involved. profoundly innovative and provocative tale of a couple in BEFORE WE
CLOSE
After the accident, Tong is conflicted by the agonizing regret and failure
he feels due to an incidental shooting; his nose bleeds when he becomes After an optimistic first rehearsal, Oz’s bubble bursts when he discovers
stressed, and he fights to keep his emotions in check at all times. Ann’s that chemistry between his cast members on-stage is residual from a
daughter Ling (the adorable Wong Suet-Yin, who handles the grueling steamy relationship off-stage. With no time left and a cast he cannot
events of the film like a champ) is kidnapped to force the attorney to trust, Oz turns to the only person he can — his misanthropic mentor
destroy evidence, and Tong’s off-the-record investigation brings him E.B. Jacobs.
face to face with Hung. Their final confrontations rely more on dramatic
The San Diego Asian Film Festival presents this special screening of
intensity than acutely-paced action.
BEFORE WE CLOSE in memory of the film’s executive producer George
Nominated for five Hong Kong Film Awards and winner of two (Best Lin, who passed away of cancer one week after the end of production. All
Actor and Best Supporting Actor), THE BEAST STALKER is a highly proceeds from this screening benefit the George C. Lin Memorial Fund.
entertaining mix of action and melodrama bolstered by a strong cast
and production values. — Steve Norwood, Asian Film Festival of Dallas
Director Joshua Tucker and cast scheduled to attend.

Preceded by:
GEORGE LIN DIGITAL SLAM
“You Know You’re Watching A Bad Movie When…”
A collection of short films in homage to George Lin and his quirky
tastes in film.
MON, Oct 19 at 6pm FREE

THE 10TH ANNUAL SAN DIEGO ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL | 46


Best of Times Between the Folds

Thailand | Thai with English subtitles USA | English


118 minutes | Video | 2009 56 minutes | Video | 2008
DIRECTOR: Yongyoot Thongkongtoon DIRECTOR: Vanessa Gould
WRITERS: Aummaraporn Phandintong, Nontra Koomwong WRITER: Vanessa Gould
PRODUCERS: Jira Maligool, Yongyoot Thongkongtoon, PRODUCER: Ariel Friedman
Chenchonnee Soonthornsaratul, Suvimon Techasupinun
CAST: Arak Amornsupasiri, Yarinda Bunnag,
Kris Sretthamrong, Sansanee Wattananukul SUN OCT 18, 12:20PM
SAT OCT 24, 12:30PM
WED OCT 21, 7:30PM SUN OCT 25, 2:30PM
WED OCT 28, 7:30PM
While creating a crude origami swan or crane is a common
U.S. Premiere childhood art experience, the hyper-detailed world of paper folding
can be jaw-dropping. The only rule: each work begins with just a
BEST OF TIMES is a romantic, bittersweet comedy that can be summed
single square of paper. But from this simple start, artists create
up in two storylines describing two different kinds of love:
brilliantly complex works inspired by all aspects of nature, as well as
1.The kind of love that one wants to forget, but will always remember. abstract models worthy of regard as among the best of modern art.
Keng, a veterinarian with unrequited feelings left from his first crush from
BETWEEN THE FOLDS takes a look at the many international
high school falls in this category. When Keng was a student preparing
practitioners of paper folding, and their varied and fascinating creations.
for college entrance exams, he made a CD for Fai, the girl he had a crush
What seems like a deceptively simple art form is actually a tool highly
on, not knowing that she was his buddy Ohm’s girlfriend. His love for her
sought-after for a variety of fields, including education, mathematics,
is rekindled 8 years later when Fai finds a strag dog and serendipitously
engineering, technology, and science. Results in each of these areas are
takes the new pet into his clinic. Keng finds out that Fai and Ohm are
both surprising and breath-taking. Filmmaker Vanessa Gould has taken
now divorced, but he can’t win her over when she hardly remembers him
the intricacy and delicacy of origami and made a highly engaging and
at all and while he pretends to not have known her either.
inspiring documentary. — Steve Norwood, Asian Film Festival of Dallas
2.The love that one always wants to remember, but will forget.
Mr. Jamrus and Mrs. Sompit are elderly singles who meet in a computer
Director Vanessa Gould scheduled to attend Oct 24 and 25 screenings.
club and fall deeply in love. But, when Mr. Jamrus is diagnosed with
Alzheimer’s disease and Mrs. Sompit’s family decides to move to the
U.S. for good, how can their true love endure?
BEST OF TIMES is a story of two couples who meet in a short window of
time, but their love will last in memories forever.

Co-presented by:
Mingei International Museum
Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana
UCSD Math Club
Buddhist Temple of San Diego

THE 10TH ANNUAL SAN DIEGO ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL | 47


Bom bay Summer
An Intersection of
Sights and Sounds
SAT OCT 24, 8:30PM-2AM
CANES BAR & GRILL
A deadly but delicious mix of beats, rhymes, and videos, our popular
BLOWFISH music night is back with a vengeance featuring live
performances by some of the best Asian American hip hop groups in
the nation, music video premieres, and spins by the freshest West Coast India | English and Hindi with English subtitles
DJs. 21+only 102 minutes | 35mm | 2008
Performances by:
DIRECTOR: Joseph Mathew WRITER: Joseph Mathew
PRODUCERS: Joseph Mathew & Sanjay Bhattacharjee
CAST: Tannishtha Chatterjee, Samrat Chakrabarti,
Jatin Goswami

FRI OCT 23, 7:45PM


This film contains mature content

BOMBAY SUMMER explores the fleeting and delicate friendship between


three young people in the face of betrayal and personal loss. Set in
contemporary India, the film subtly mirrors the turmoil within tradition
Lyrics Born bound Indian society as it copes with change and rapid modernization.
At the center of the story is Geeta, a young woman who leads a full life
and a busy career. She is also adept at balancing the conflicting needs
of family and life in modern India. But today, new experiences are open
to her and she grabs them with relish, such as dating a struggling writer
named Jaidev who is unsure about the choices he is making.
Their lives take a dramatic turn when they befriend a young migrant
named Madan, another struggling artist with a very different
background. BOMBAY SUMMER is an intimate and contemplative film
that follows the journey of these three friends’ self discovery over the
Kero One Zen, Dannu, and Keykool of course of one summer.
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Boy Breathless

Philippines | Tagalog with English subtitles South Korea | Korean with English subtitles
83 minutes | Video | 2009 130 minutes | Video | 2008
DIRECTOR: Auraeus Solito DIRECTOR: Ik-Joon Yang WRITER: Ik-Joon Yang
WRITERS: Arturo Calo and Jimmy Flores PRODUCER: Sun-Jin Jang
PRODUCERS: Endi Balbuena, Auraeus Solito, Jong de CAST: Ik-Joon Yang, Kot-bi Kim, Hwan Lee
Castro, F. Del Castillo
CAST: Aeious Asin, Noni Buencamino, Madeleine Nicolas,
SAT OCT 17, 9:30PM
Aries Pena
MON OCT 19, 9:30PM
This film contains strong violence, language
SUN OCT 25, 5:45PM
MON OCT 26, 9:55PM In South Korean director Yang Ik-joon’s first feature film he also plays the
This film contains strong language and sexual content role of Sang-hoon, who has a lowly job that requires a tough fist and an
emotionless heart. Breaking into the homes and private lives of troubled
families, he suffers from lingering memories of his own dysfunctional
Critically acclaimed but banned abroad, the latest film by talented family and an abusive father whose existence he cannot bear. After living
Filipino director Auraeus Solito (The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros , SDAFF an empty life of fistfights and profanity, Sang-hoon becomes hopeful
2006) is a provocative story of young lust intersecting with the heart’s when he becomes closer with his seven year-old nephew and a high
yearnings. school girl who seems to know more about life than a teenager should.
The film’s unnamed protagonist is a young poet living with a mother Regaining hope that things will improve, he is determined to mend the
who deliberately ignores his sexual leanings. When he visits a gay bar, he wounded things in his life. But things may not be as easy as they seem for
becomes smitten with Aries, a performer introduced as “18 years old, a petty criminal like Sang-hoon.
complete set of teeth,” and well-endowed. This film’s original title in Korean literally translates into “Poo Fly”, a
Selling his prized collection of comic books and action figures, he returns common reference to a worthless, pestering scumbag. The English
to the bar with enough cash to rent Aries. The boy takes him home for title, BREATHLESS, describes the way Sang-hoon breathlessly tries to
New Year’s Eve and fireworks follow after dinner with Mom. run away from hardships in life. This independent production is rightly
praised for having overcome its low budget, and the fact that the
Known for his bold filmmaking, Solito embarks on another daring
majority of the cast is first-time acting for the big-screen. Mostly set in
exploration of young gay love. BOY, which was supposed to compete
the gritty alleyways of the city, the audience is sure to feel annoyed by the
at the Singapore International Film Festival, was banned by the city-
“petty fly“— yet eventually feel sympathy for the hopeless creature. This
state’s censors for its “overtly” gay theme and love scene. Described as
is a breakthrough film no one should miss. — Jini Shim
a “fascinatingly, subtly tense slice of gay life” by LA Weekly, BOY explores
the seedy world of Manila’s strip clubs and a surprising connection
between two young men with vastly different backgrounds. A shared Winner of Tiger Award at International Film Festival Rotterdam, Best First
evening leads to a life-changing moment, as a sensitive young man Feature at New York Asian Film Festival
begins a journey of sexual awareness. — Michael Chen

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Cape No. 7 Chopshticks

The Indian and the Samurai

Taiwan | Mandarin, Taiwanese, Japanese, English Irreverence sure to tickle your funnybone—if not also
with English subtitles offend you.
129 minutes | 35mm | 2008 TRT: 85 min
DIRECTOR: Te-Sheng Wei WRITER: Te-Sheng Wei
PRODUCER: Lewis Lu THU OCT 15, 8:00PM
CAST: Van Fan, Chie Tanaka, Min-Hsiung, Wei-min Ying
SAT OCT 17, 9:55PM
This program contains strong language
SAT OCT 17, 12:00PM
MON OCT 19, 3:40PM UNBELIEVABLE FOUR
Director: In Pyo Hong | 4 min | Video | 2008
Filmmaker Te-Sheng Wei’s feature debut as a director, CAPE NO. 7 A team of superheroes takes preemptive action against hundreds of
(Audience Award, Golden Horse FF and Taipei FF) is currently the “evil” spaceships with unexpected results.
highest-grossing film in Taiwan’s cinematic history. Inspired by a true
THE HUMBERVILLE POETRY SLAM
story of a postman successfully delivering a 60 year-old letter, Wei wrote
Director: Emily Chang and Daniel De Lorenzo | 17 min | Video | 2008
the script with financing from the Taiwanese government and from his
A wannabe star poet organizes a small-town poetry contest to build a
own refinanced home.
team for the National Poetry Slam, but finds his own talent challenged
Aga (Fan Van, a singer and first time actor) is a native of Hengchun who by homegrown local bards.
returns to the small seaport village after a failed attempt at becoming a
THE INDIAN AND THE SAMURAI
successful singer/musician in Taipei. Given a temporary position as town
Director: Shilpi Roy | 15 min | Video | 2008
postman, Aga begins to open and read a collection of undeliverable mail
Working in his family’s Indian grocery store, an awkwardly shy teenager
addressed to Cape No. 7 of Hengchun County. Soon after, Aga and an
dreams of becoming a Samurai warrior.
assorted group of Hengchun locals are scouted by representatives of
the town council to perform as the opening band for the Japanese pop BRINGING HOME THE WHITE GIRL
singer Kousuke Atari. As the newly-formed band prepares for its grand Director: Travis Kurtz | 6 min | Video | 2009
debut, Aga must learn to work with fellow band members, and to open What happens when the average guy (comedian Dat Phan) brings home
up to his band’s manager, Tomoko. the hot white girl to meet the parents?

CAPE NO. 7 is a refreshing entry into Taiwan’s cinematic landscape, DOGGY DOGGY
successfully incorporating the local sensibilities of a small Taiwanese Director: Raymond Yeung | 10 min | Video | 2008
village, blended with the music of new and old Taiwan. With a film that In despair over a missing dog, a man sees women across Manhattan
could mark a turning point in Taiwan’s cinematic history, Te-Sheng Wei walking their pooches, conjuring up images of a past lover.
is definitely a filmmaker to keep an eye on in future. — Jimmy Lee 1-900-DRINKING BUDDY
Director: Raymond Lai | 13 mins | Video | 2009
Help for the socially awkward is just one phone call away.
THE TIVO
Director: Adam Green | 10 min | Video | 2008
At first delighted by how his new Tivo has changed his life, a young man
(Parry Shen) watches in horror as the machine becomes obsessed with
Screening Sponsor: him and begins to kill.
RE: YOUR BALLS
Director: Mike Park | 10 min | Video | 2009
A little email humor goes a little too far among office workers.

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The Clone
Returns Home The Concrete Jungle

Interpretation

Japan | Japanese with English subtitles In the big city, infidelity, gang violence, and other hazards
110 minutes | 35mm | 2009 lurk on mean streets.
DIRECTOR: Kanji Nakajima WRITER: Kanji Nakajima TRT: 84 min
PRODUCERS: Kiyoshi Inoue, Tomohiko Seki, Yoshiaki Tago
CAST: Er Ishida, Hiromi Nagasaku, Kyusaku Shimada
SAT OCT 17, 5:00PM
FRI OCT 23, 9:30PM
SUN OCT 25, 7:45PM
This program contains strong violence, language

THE CLONE RETURNS HOME, which premiered at this year’s Sundance TEA AND REMEMBERANCE
Film Festival, is a compelling meditation on the paradox of life and Director: Ron Yuan | 8 min | Video | 2009
death, and the meaning of love and family. Set in an imaginary future, A man and woman are both haunted by dreams that may be memories
this quiet film transposes complex emotional drama into the realm of of a previous life.
science fiction by exploring the influence of cloning on human memory
and experience.
ONE NIGHT IN LA
Director: Jon Maxwell | 4 min | Video | 2008
In a career performance, Mitsuhiro Oikawa plays Kohei Takahara, A stylish, dreamlike tale of a relationship gone wrong.
a Japanese astronaut who is killed in an accident in the line of duty.
But fortunately, scientists have been able to clone Kohei in a radical
UNLOCKED
Director: Mio Adilman | 14 min | Video | 2009
experimental procedure to bring him back. But contrary to their
A young man must deal with his anger when his bicycle is continually
expectations, the clone awakens with his consciousness is trapped in a
double-locked by strangers.
period of his childhood when his twin brother dies in a tragic accident.
One day while walking in the forest, the clone finds his legacy human’s THREE BULLETS
body and carries it off in a journey, believing it to be the body of his Director: Ron Yuan | 8 min | Video 2009
deceased twin. A hit man (Michael Jai White from Black Dynamite) takes on overwhelming
odds armed with just three bullets.
Filled with stunning imagery and haunting stillness, THE CLONE
RETURNS HOME combines subtly nuanced sci-fi with a uniquely THE LEGEND OF CHANG APANA
Japanese perspective on themes of family, love, life and death. Director: Michael Wurth | 6 min | Video | 2008
The real-life Hawaiian policeman, upon whose life the Charlie Chan
Award-winning director Wim Wenders (Wings of Desire) served as
movies were based, breaks up a gambling ring.
executive director on the film. And CLONE’s director Kanji Nakajima
received the prestigious Sundance/NHK International Filmmakers EXCUSE MY GANGSTA WAYS
Award for the original screenplay. Director: Corinne Manabat | 15 min | Video | 2008
The inspiring tale of Chinese American Davina Wan, a former gang
member from New York City’s Lower East Side.
FA$T MONEY
Director: Jerry Chan | 14 min | Video | 2005
In this classic from SDAFF ‘06, Asian gang members pick on the wrong
Chinese gift store owner. SDAFF blast from the past.

Co-presented by: SEASONS BEATINGS


Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana Director: Fernando Huerto | 7 min | Video | 2008
Japan Film Society Two friends get overly competitive over a board game.
INTERPRETATION
Director: Lin Oeding | 8 min | 35mm | 2008
A romantic couple encounters a trio of philosophical thugs.

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NORTH KOREA SPOTLIGHT

Daddy Tran:
Crossing a Life in 3D

South Korea | Korean with English subtitles Canada | English and Vietnamese with English subtitles
106 minutes | 35mm | 2008 47 minutes | Video | 2008
DIRECTOR: Kim Tae-kyun WRITER: Lee Yoo-jin DIRECTOR: Siu Ta
PRODUCERS: Patrick Cheh, Hong Jee-young, Kim Tae-kyun PRODUCER: Siu Ta
CAST: Cha In-pyo, Shin Myung-cheol

TUE OCT 20, 4:00PM (FREE)


FRI OCT 16, 3:00PM WED OCT 21, 5:30PM
TUE OCT 20, 9:15PM
DADDY TRAN: A LIFE IN 3-D is about a man’s lifelong obsession with
This film contains mature content photography and the lengths he will go to leave a legacy of 3-D photos
At 65 years of age, Hai Tran is on a mission: to leave a mark on the
South Korea’s official submission to the Academy Awards, CROSSING,
one thing that has given him the most joy all his life — photography.
has been described as the “Schindler’s List” of North Korea depicting a
He worked as a photographer in Vietnam to support his young family.
tragedy that is rarely seen in narrative form.
But with the impending war between China and Vietnam, he was forced
Focused on the politically sensitive issue of North Korean defectors, to flee his country on a small boat. Along with his family, he packed up
CROSSING tells the heartwrenching story of a young family struggling his valuables – one suitcase of his most cherished photographs and 3
with abject poverty. cameras
Kim Yong-su is a miner in a bleak North Korean town who yearns to During the voyage, one of the cameras was used to save his family.
provide life’s basic necessities to his family. Food is scarce, and Kim’s Arriving in Calgary, Alberta, in February 1980, he worked for minimum
pregnant wife spends her day searching for wild vegetables, while their wage at a photo lab. And for the next 17 years, he saved every hard
11-year-old son, Joon, plays with an imaginary soccer ball to pass time. earned dollar to open “Vintage Visuals”, the largest used camera store in
When Kim’s wife becomes critically ill, he feels the only way to save her western Canada. Then seven years ago, he discovered 3-D photography.
is to risk his own life by crossing into China to find a job and medicine. It is through these “three-dimensional” photographs — of places that he
has been to, of his family and of his most prized possessions — for which
After many days without his father, the family’s dire situation takes a
he wants to be remembered.
turn for the worse. There is no one to turn to, so Joon decides his only
hope is the nearly impossible - cross into China and find his father who Through vivid accounts of his childhood, marriage, children, boat
may or may not be alive. If caught, he knows his punishment will be refugee experience and early years in Canada, a portrait of a unique
either hard labor in prison or immediate execution. man is revealed, one whose fears, insecurities and volatile personality
are balanced out by his tenacity, charisma, love of life and passion for
Based on interviews and experiences of nearly a hundred North Korean
photography. — Vietnamese International Film Festival
defectors, CROSSING, dramatically exposes the plight, desperation, and
human rights injustices of a country hidden from the rest of the world. With
powerful performances, especially from the young Shin Myung-cheol as
Oct 20 Free screening made possible by Target.
Joon, the images and stories are will stay with you long after the credits roll.

Screening Sponsor:

Chong Lee

Co-presented by:
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EXTREME SERIES

Dancing
Across Borders Detroit Metal City

USA/Cambodia | English Japan | Japanese with English subtitles


88 minutes | Video | 2009 104 minutes | 35mm | 2008
DIRECTOR: Anne Bass DIRECTOR: Toshio Lee
PRODUCERS: Catherine Tatge, Anne Bass WRITERS: Mika Omori, Kiminori Wakasugi (manga)
PRODUCER: Yûka Higuchi
CAST: Ken’ichi Matsuyama, Rosa Kato, Yasuko
FRI OCT 23, 5:30PM Matsuyuki, Gene Simmons
SUN OCT 25, 3:30PM
SAT OCT 24, 10:00PM
On a January 2000 trip to Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia,
This film contains mature content
filmmaker Anne Bass came across Sokyannara “Sy” Sar, a sixteen year-
old boy who moved her immensely with his amazing natural charm West Coast premiere
and grace as a dancer. DANCING ACROSS BORDERS peeks behind
the scenes into the world of dance and chronicles the intimate and SDAFF Extreme, “the other side of the San Diego Asian Film Festival,”
triumphant story of a boy who was discovered - and then transformed — brings you four films on the edge of sanity, including DETROIT METAL
from a Cambodian folk dancer to a polished and professional Western CITY in its San Diego theatrical premiere! Are you ready to rock? Hang up
ballet dancer. Guitar Hero and check out this story about Soichi (Ken’ichi Matsuyama,
L: Change the World) a young man with dreams of singing pop songs about
The film is full of mesmerizing footage of Sy’s performances, including cheese tarts and rainbows. His music seems to inspire his fellow music
one with legendary composer Phillip Glass at the Vail International students... but no one else. One day Soichi goes into a music audition
Dance Festival. Bass follows the young man’s ascension into the art where he unexpectedly becomes the lead singer of a death metal group!
world as least-likely rising star — from the countryside of Southeast Asia
to the stage of the Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle. Sy’s charm and DETROIT METAL CITY becomes Soichi’s profession: he wears makeup,
determination to succeed are awe-inspiring and delightful to watch, a wig, and a cape to become the hell-spawn super singer Johannes
revealing the hardships he is willing to endure to realize his dream. Krauser II, whose devoted fans relish the evil lyrics spewing from
Krauser’s demonic tongue. Records start to sell, but unfortunately for
Soichi this lurid, profane music goes against every one of his principles:
Director Anne Bass scheduled to attend Oct 23 and 25 screenings. being fashionable, habitating happy places like mod cafes, and being
with Yuri (Rosa Kato), the girl he loves. Whenever Soichi tries to tell the
Boss (Matsuyuki) that the music he likes is not death metal, all he gets
is “tough love.”
As Soichi’s struggles continue, he is challenged by Jack Il Dark (Gene
Simmons) as part of Dark’s tour to destroy all bands. Now, Soichi must
decide: to follow the road toward cheese tarts and fluffy clouds, or to
battle for death metal supremacy. Join SDAFF Extreme as we present
this musical masterpiece in all of its decadent, head-banging glory!
— Phil Luque

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Co-presented by: Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana
Eveoke Japan Film Society
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Dim Sum
and Then Some The Drummer

House of Wong

A taste of the Chinese American experience Hong Kong and Taiwan


both sweet and sour. Mandarin and Cantonese with English subtitles
TRT: 105 min 115 minutes | Video | 2007
DIRECTOR: Kenneth Bi WRITER: Kenneth Bi
PRODUCERS: Peggy Chiao, Thanassis Karathanos, Rosa Li
FRI OCT 16, 5:10PM CAST: Jaycee Chan, Tony Leung Ka-Fai, Angelica Lee Sum-
SUN OCT 25, 6:15PM Kit, Roy Cheung, Eugenia Yuan
This film contains mature content

HOUSE OF WONG SUN OCT 18, 2:00PM


Director: Nicholas Wong | 17 min | Video | 2008
A young man under the thumb of his traditional family spends the summer
THU OCT 22, 7:10PM
working in his uncle’s Chinese restaurant, splitting his time between caring This film contains some violence and mature content
for his younger brother and developing his passion for cooking.
FORTUNE COOKING In the East, the drum is the king of all musical instruments. Its intense
Director: Jason Karman | 9 min | Video | 2009 sound penetrates man’s body; its solemn beat opens men’s hearts; its
Can a great review save a restaurant on the brink? powerful vibration can awaken a man’s soul.
WHEN SWALLOWS STOP SINGING Sid, the rebellious son of Kwan, a controlling and savage triad boss in
Director: Gilbert Kwong | 17 min | Video | 2009 Hong Kong, has to flee to Taiwan upon enraging his father’s adversary,
Yan, a Chinese immigrant from Hong Kong, has made Canada his home for a powerful tycoon and underground business leader. Hiding out in the
ten years, leaving behind his parents and a promise. mountains, Sid encounters a group of Zen drummers whose mesmerizing
NEW AGING art, rigorous physical training, and austere way of life pique this hostile
Director: Jason Wong | 6 min | Video | 2007 urban young man’s interest and he requests to join the group. Although
Mugged by a homeless woman, a New Age pamphlet peddler follows her Sid despises his father, he is turning out to be a younger version of him:
through Chinatown to retrieve his wallet. wild and defiant. Immersion in the world of the Zen drummers eventually
converts him into a firm and focused young man. Sid’s independence
THE PIANO
from his father and the triad life is profoundly challenged, however,
Director: Caicai Liu | 17 min | Video | 2008
when a twist of fate forces him to choose between loyalty to his family
“Love” is always a hard and complex topic between Chinese parents and kids.
and his new found faith in himself.
BEIJING HAZE
Starring Jaycee Chan (son of Jackie Chan) as Sid and featuring Taiwanese
Director: J.P. Chan | 9 min | Video | 2008
Zen drumming troupe, U Theater, THE DRUMMER is the first feature
For a new Chinese immigrant, one dream ends as another begins.
film from Hong Kong and Taiwan selected for competition at Sundance,
YANGLING’S ORANGES where it won The Hollywood Reporter’s Critics’ Pick.
Director: Connie Yen | 19 min | Video | 2008
An immigrant Chinese woman finds herself at a crossroads, re-examining the
integrity of her American Dream.
STATE OF YO
Director: Jason Karman | 8 min | Video | 2007
Harvey Lowe overcame many obstacles to win the first world’s yo-yo
championship in 1932.

Co-presented by: Co-presented by:


San Diego Chinese Women’s Association Intuit APIN

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PANEL

Fight Scenes and


Etienne! Fall G uys

Merantau

USA | English A panel on cutting Edge Martial Arts Fight and Stunt
87 minutes | Video | 2008 Coordination in Hollywood
DIRECTOR: Jeff Mizushima WRITER: Jeff Mizushima
PRODUCERS: Giacun Caduff, Albert Yeung
CAST: Richard Vallejos, Megan Harvey, Caveh Zahedi SAT OCT 18, 2:30PM

While action films have become a billion dollar industry, the stunt and
MON OCT 19, 8:55PM fight coordinators, whose expertise has made films such as Kill Bill
TUE OCT 27, 5:15PM and The Matrix possible, have toiled away in relative obscurity. Learn
more about the world of these men of action in a fun, informative
ETIENNE! is a film about the little things in life. panel discussion. Topics will include the influence of Asian films on
Hollywood, the effects of technology, and the influence of mixed martial
It tells the story of Richard (played by untrained actor Richard Vallejos),
arts promotions such as the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) on
a simple guy who enjoys taking care of this best and only friend, a dwarf
audience expectations.
hamster named Etienne. One day, the bad news arrives that Etienne
is diagnosed with terminal cancer, so Richard decides to take him on
bicycle road trip up the California coast to show him the world before Moderator: Dr. Craig Reid
he must put him to sleep.
Dr. Reid became an actor/stuntman in Taiwan TV & film
Of course traveling with a hamster is bound to get some attention, so in 1979. Besides learning fight choreography from Tsui
Richard meets a lot of new (sometimes odd) people along the way in this Hark and Jackie Chan, he was a fight coordinator on
contemplative film about the randomness of fate and happenstance. ABC’s Spy Game and a fight directing apprentice on CBS’s
The film’s morbid subject matter remains upbeat thanks to its whimsical Martial Law. His book Ultimate Guide to the Martial Arts Film
characters, Vallejos’ innocent, charming performance and evocative Vol. One: 1970s comes out Dec. 09.
soundtrack by music groups such as Great Northern, BeatBeat Whisper,
and Gregory and the Hawk.
Lovers of French New Wave cinema, B movies, student films, obscure
Scheduled Panelists:
indie music, and Urban Outfitters stores should get a kick out of Ron Yuan
ETIENNE! (by California native filmmaker Jeff Mizushima), which is
Ron Yuan has a wide range of Hollywood experience in
arguably the most original debut from an Asian American filmmaker this
front of the camera in The Fast and Furious, The Art of War,
year.
and a recurring role on Fox TV’s Prison Break. As a stunt
and fight coordinator, he has worked on films such as
Blade, Rush Hour 2 and the recent film Black Dynamite.
Director Jeff Mizushima and actor Richard Vallejos are scheduled to
attend. Ilram Choi
An expert in Judo, Aikido, Kung Fu, Wushu, Tai Chi,
Ninjutsu, and Wing Chun, Ilram Choi has worked as an
Preceded by the short film,
actor, stuntman and stunt coordinator in Hollywood for
“Wanda & Miles” over a decade. His body of work includes films such as
by Lesley Loksi Chan Pirates of the Caribbean, Transformers, and Star Trek.
Canada | Video | 13mins
Lin Oeding
When life gets difficult, we must always look
A former professional mixed martial arts competitor
for new ways to hold onto things.
and University of Texas film school graduate Lin Oeding
has worked as a stuntman on TV series such as Alias, 24,
and Heroes. As an actor, Mr. Oeding has worked on Pearl
Co-presented by:
Harbor and Spy Kids.
Wee Companions
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First Squad Forever Enthralled

Japan/Russia | Russian with English subtitles China | Mandarin with English subtitles
73 minutes | 35mm | 2009 147 minutes | 35mm | 2009
DIRECTOR: Yoshiharu Ashino DIRECTOR: Chen Kaige
WRITERS: Aljosha Klimov, Misha Sprits PRODUCERS: Han Sanping, Du Jiayi
PRODUCER: Aljosha Klimov, Misha Sprits, Eiko Tanaka CAST: Leon Lai, Zhang Ziyi, Sun Honglei, Chen Hong
MUSIC: DJ Krush

SAT OCT 17, 5:15PM MON OCT 26, 7:00PM


SUN OCT 18, 9:40PM
Southern California premiere
This film contains graphic war violence
Chinese filmmaker Chen Kaige returns to the subject that first brought
West Coast Premiere him critical acclaim — the Beijing Opera.
FIRST SQUAD recounts the Soviet Red Army circa 1942, at the height Like Farewell My Concubine (1993), FOREVER ENTHRALLED is an opulent
of German-Russian conflict. Violent and effective Red Army resistance period drama about the true story of Mei Lanfang (Leon Lai, Fallen
revolves around 14-year old Nadya, who is able to forsee “moments of Angels), a Peking opera legend whose fame spread worldwide; even
truth,” critical moments in combat that can change the outcome of the Charlie Chaplin and Sergei Eisenstein filmed him in the early 1900s.
entire war. This intriguing film melds elements unusual in the film world: As a man playing a woman onstage, critics often said that Mei was
documentary clips mixed with Japanese anime, all in Russian dialogue. more feminine than a real woman; his roles and pitch perfect voice
mesmerized audiences.
First-time Russian directors Misha Shprits and Aljosha Klimov, backed
by acclaimed Japanese studio 4°C, have made a uniquely paranormal The film begins in his early adolescence as Mei must rival with a veteran
experience. With interviews of real Russian soldiers interspersed with actor in a kind of “battle” of the musicals, and emerges the victor. His fame
top-notch anime, “the real” and “the drawn” are sewn together by a spreads quickly but disaster sets in as the Japanese invade Manchuria
haunting score from world-renowned DJ Krush. World War II buffs and and Mei’s refusal to sing upon request of the Japanese threatens his
anime fans: delight in a collaborative film style never seen before. — Nick career and family. Zhang Ziyi (most notable for her breakout role in
Cichon Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) plays an admiring fellow opera singer, a
woman posing as a man onstage, who begins a romantic affair with Mei.
She poses another threat to Mei’s career: a possible distraction from
his work and his demanding fans, managers, and especially his devoted
wife and family. The entire cast delivers solid performances, Lai and
Ziyi displaying the Peking opera training they undertook to master its
delicate, intricate body language.
FOREVER ENTHRALLED is a fascinating biopic about a man regarded
as a great national treasure, but whom yearned to be ordinary at times.
The film is also strongly traditional and elegant, delivering what most
audiences would expect from a Chinese period piece. At 147 minutes,
there is no shortage of dazzling authentic costumes, gorgeous sets, and
exquisite interior lighting evoking 1930s China. This latest work may lack
the complexities and emotional impact of Farewell, but it certainly seems
like Kaige is back to the filmmaking he does best. — Mye Hoang

Co-presented by: Co-presented by:


Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana House of China
San Diego Arthouse Meetup Group

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Fruit Fly Going Home

USA | English USA/South Korea


94 minutes | Video | 2009 English and Korean with English subtitles
DIRECTOR: H.P. Mendoza WRITER: H.P. Mendoza 73 minutes | Video | 2008
PRODUCERS: H.P. Mendoza, Stephen Gong DIRECTOR: Jason Hoffman
CAST: L.A. Renigen, Mike Curtis PRODUCER: Mikyung Kim

SAT OCT 24, 6:00PM FRI OCT 23, 7:30PM


This film contains strong language and mature content
TUE OCT 27, 5:00PM

H.P. Mendoza, the composer and co-star of festival hit Colma: The West Coast Premiere
Musical (SDAFF ‘06) returns with a solo directorial debut that aims his
poisoned pen and catchy Casio keyboards toward that never-dead city Jason Hoffmann had always identified himself as being a true New
San Francisco. Here we discover Bethesda (a radiant L.A. Renigen of Yorker having grown up in liberal Greenwich Village with Jewish adoptive
Colma fame), newly arrived from Maryland and Manila, eager to succeed parents. He was content with the American life provided him nearly
in the performance art world and hoping to find her birth mother, who two decades earlier when he was adopted from South Korea. Jason
abandoned her as a child. (“Will that help with your show?,” someone never expected to explore his complicated, concealed family history,
asks.) Her new flatmates, various artists united by their rootlessness (I but growing into adulthood, he became increasingly curious about his
won’t be here long, is the whisper that lingers in these walls), soon whisk mysterious roots.
our young Dorothy over the rainbow and into San Francisco’s alcoholic In GOING HOME, Jason finally summons up the courage to initiate
nights and hungover days, all filled with (of course) song and dance. contact with his birth mother. Without confirmation that a face-to-
Crawling through bars gay and straight, the still-disoriented Bethesda face meeting would even be possible, Jason takes a risk and sets out
finds herself saddled with quite a few new identities (fag hag, homo on a life-changing journey halfway around the world with his Korean
honey, fruit fly, hack, slut, etc), but none that she actually wants; she’s girlfriend Mikyung by his side. Once in Korea, Jason excitedly learns that
got plenty of places to go, but still nowhere to be for long. his mother wishes to meet him, but when she suddenly falls ill on the day
FRUIT FLY represents a new generation of Asian American filmmaking; of their planned meeting, Jason’s optimism takes a discouraging turn.
its deceptively casual mash-up and embrace of ethnic and sexual Filled with deeply human moments of joy and pain, GOING HOME
identity politics is nuanced enough to fuel a masters’ thesis, but one shares Jason’s intimate search and realization how his life could have
doesn’t need a degree to understand what’s going on. It’s also textbook been had he not been adopted. Despite adversity and the appearance of
guerrilla filmmaking, a loud-and-proud, indie-Asian/gay hijacking of The buried insecurities about his identity, Jason discovers a profound, new
Umbrellas of Cherbourg that turns the Mission, the Castro and more into meaning of family.
an all-singing, all-dancing whirl of performance artists, thwarted lovers,
sneering sideliners, punk lesbians, fag hags, leather bears and versatile
bottoms, all ready to join you, ever so tunefully, in whatever journey Director Jason Hoffman and producer Mikyung Kim scheduled to attend
you’re on. — adapted from SFIAAFF Oct. 23 screening.

Director HP Mendoza and lead actress L.A. Renigen scheduled


to attend

Co-presented by: Co-presented by:


Pride Action Committee (PAC) at SDSU Association of Korean Adoptees - Southern California
Korean American Adoptee Adoptive Family Network

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The Harimaya Bridge Help Me Eros

USA, Japan Taiwan | Mandarin with English subtitles


English and Japanese with English subtitles 103 minutes | 35mm | 2007
120 minutes | 35mm | 2007 DIRECTOR: Kang-sheng Lee WRITER: Kang-sheng Lee
DIRECTOR: Aaron Woolfolk WRITER: Aaron Woolfolk PRODUCERS: Ming-liang Tsai, Vincent Wang
PRODUCERS: Danny Glover, John Kim, Naoshi Yoda CAST: Kang-sheng Lee, Jane Liao, Ivy Yi
CAST: Ben Guillory, Saki Takaoka, Misa Shimizu,
Danny Glover
FRI OCT 16, 10:00PM
TUE OCT 20, 9:45PM
SAT OCT 24, 7:30PM
THU OCT 22, 9:15PM
MON OCT 26, 7:15PM
This film contains sexual content and drug use.
World premiere
No one under 18 admitted.
Drawing from his experiences as a JET (Japanese English Teaching
program) in Kochi Prefecture in the 1990s, American filmmaker Aaron Set in modern Kaohsiung, Taiwan, HELP ME EROS opens with newly-
Woolfolk wrote and directed THE HARIMAYA BRIDGE, also produced unemployed Ah Jie lying on a designer sofa in his almost bare apartment
by Danny Glover. This poignant melodrama tells the story of an African where he tends to his treasured marijuana plants and chats with
American man from San Francisco who goes on a journey to Japan counselor Chyi on a suicide hotline. He now survives on selling off his
seeking the truth about the life and death of his estranged son Mickey in designer furniture collection at the nearby pawn shop and eating instant
a rural Japanese town. noodles.
Daniel, played by Ben Guillory, had stopped speaking to Mickey for Jie likes to imagine that his suicide hotline counselor Chyi is a beautiful
many years after his son’s decision to move to Japan to teach and paint. girl in a naughty outfit. But in reality, Chyi is a lonely and overweight
Daniel’s father died as a Japanese POW during WWII, leaving many married woman with some problems of her own.
emotional wounds with Daniel and causing him to feel an extreme
prejudice towards the Japanese. Daniel makes it his mission to recover Adding to the mix of characters is Shin, a provocatively dressed ‘betel
all of Mickey’s paintings in Japan and return them to the US. Mickey’s nut beauty,’ selling cigarettes and betel nuts to passing customers below
friends in Japan welcome Daniel with a great warmth and respect that Jie’s apartment. Also depressed and struggling to fit in, Shin strikes up
he cannot seem to return in the least. Daniel’s impatience, ingratitude a friendship of sorts with Jie — and his marijuana plant which seems to
and prejudice only snowballs into problems for everyone involved, have a powerful sexual effect on them.
until eventually, he discovers a life-altering secret that will force him to HELP ME EROS is ultimately an exploration of urban loneliness as
reassess his feelings and actions. these three characters desperately try to find human connection in
For anyone who has lived as a foreigner in another country, THE the world. With slow pacing similar to a Hou Hsiao-Hsien film, it will
HARIMAYA BRIDGE and its cross cultural lessons cannot be missed. It constantly keep you guessing at what’s to come next. The rich, luscious
is a distinct portrayal of how people develop cultural understanding and cinematography offers up images to remember long after the film is over.
the undeniable universal need for love and peace. — Mye Hoang — Mye Hoang

Screening Sponsor:
Director Aaron Woolfolk and actor Ben Guillory are scheduled to attend Oct 24.

Co-presented by:
Co-presented by:
Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana

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I Am That Girl Ichi

USA | English Japan | Japanese with English subtitles


97 minutes | Video | 2008 120 minutes | Video | 2008
DIRECTOR: B. Hayward Randall WRITER: Grace Rowe DIRECTOR: Fumihiko Sori WRITER: Kan Shimosawa
PRODUCER: Grace Rowe PRODUCER: Toshiaki Nakazawa
CAST: Grace Rowe, Michael Jaworski, Megan Molloy, CAST: Haruka Ayase, Shodo Nakamura, Yosuke Kubozuka
Gabriel Byer, Mandy Henderson, Nick Barnes, Liz Stewart,
Matt Ferrucci, and Pedro Pascal
MON OCT 26, 10:15PM
SAT OCT 24, 5:00PM
TUE OCT 27, 7:30PM
SUN OCT 25, 10:00PM
THU OCT 29, 4:15PM
This film contains adult language
This film contains violence and mature content
Maxine Lee is an Asian American, wannabe Paris Hilton. She lives the
From the director of Ping Pong and Vexille comes this update of the
American dream, funded by her credit cards without any thought to
legendary Zatoichi narrative.
future consequence. By day, she works as a disgruntled office worker for
ten dollars an hour; by night, she transforms into the ultimate party girl, Ichi, a young blind woman who wanders the countryside as a Goze
scouring Los Angeles for the next hot spot where they can empty their (musician), runs afoul of the dreaded Banki Gang. Fortunately for her,
wallets and drink Cosmos. and for the villagers forced to deal with the gang’s criminal activities,
Ichi possesses skills far more deadly than her ability to sing and play
Of all places, Maxine meets a guy named “Noodle,” in a nightclub
the shamisen (a traditional three-stringed Japanese guitar). Near-silent
bathroom. Noodle tells her about his love for the Sierras, where he plans
and self-sufficient Ichi is accompanied in her travels by a tragic, would-
a week-long trip, and Maxine convinces him to take her along. On the
be samurai named Touma. When local villagers decide that Touma is
way, Maxine persuades him to cancel his cabin so that they can stay at a
the one repeatedly slaying Banki thugs, they propose he accept the job
four-star luxury hotel instead. But when her credit card is declined and
of bodyguard to the village master. While the pay looks promising, an
the cabin that Noodle has booked has since been given away, the two
impending Banki attack is the last thing on Touma’s mind.
find themselves camping in the woods without the luxuries of modern-
day life. ICHI is a beautifully photographed tale of mistaken identities and
rediscovered courage, with enough swordplay to keep action-film
Without an operating credit card and little cash, Maxine is forced to
aficionados engaged while telling its dramatic story.
face nature and its simplicity. She awakens to what is important in life,
and begins to fall for Noodle. But an unexpected event occurs in the
wilderness, changing her life forever.

Covergirl Cosmetic Giveaway

Preceded by the short film


“26, Best Korean Girl” Screening sponsor:

by Paula Un Mi Kim
S. Korea | Video | 2009 | 8 mins
Young Korean woman deals with the pressure
from her mother to find a suitable mate. Co-presented by:
Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana

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Journey of
In Love We Trust a Red Fridge

China | Mandarin with English subtitles Serbia/Nepal | Nepali with English subtitles
115 minutes | Video | 2007 52 minutes | Video | 2007
DIRECTOR:Xiaoshuai Wang WRITER: Xiaoshuai Wang DIRECTORS & PRODUCERS:
PRODUCERS: Isabelle Glachant, Bin Huang Lucian Muntean & Natasa Stankovic
CAST: Weiwei Liu, Jia-yi Zhang, Nan Yu, Taisheng Chen

THU OCT 22, 4:00PM (FREE)


TUE OCT 20, 6:30PM MON OCT 26, 5:30PM
WED OCT 21, 3:00PM
This film contains strong language, mature content Hari Rai is a 17-year old boy who lives in a small village in the Himalayan
Mountains. For the last three years, Hari has worked as a porter to pay
his education and family’s living expenses. Porter work is common for
A divorced couple learns that the only way to save their little daughter
many children in this area, and can be physically exhausting. Most of
Hehe, who suffers from a form of leukemia, is to have another child. Now
the time, Hari transports backpacks for tourists and delivers messages
both remarried, Mei Zhu and Xiao Lu are forced to test their love and
for people unable to visit their loved ones in person. On this particular
their commitment to one another by putting their current relationships
journey, he is hired to carry a huge red Coca-Cola refrigerator to the
in danger. A story of parenthood, love, married life, betrayal, trust and
nearest town. He is welcomed with warm meals and a comfortable place
giving, IN LOVE WE TRUST touches upon changes in contemporary
to rest virtually everywhere he goes.
society and family life, as well as the moral and ethical dilemmas brought
on by modernity and China’s one-child policy. During his four-day trek in JOURNEY OF A RED FRIDGE, we discover
Hari’s inner life, his relationships to his family and his village, while also
Told with the emotional restraint of European filmmaking, IN LOVE
encountering the culture and daily routines of local inhabitants. As time
WE TRUST is a provocative and harrowing film about a family battling
passes, it becomes apparent that this is a young man struggling between
against cancer and how far these individuals are willing to go in the
two worlds; rejecting and questioning some aspects of his own culture
name of love for their child.
whiles simultaneously working within it.
Throughout this trek, we are given glimpses of western tourists as
seen through the eyes of porters and local residents of the Himalayan
Mountains. From vistas dominated by 8000 meter peaks, to lush
riverside hot springs; from sacred Buddhist temple complexes to
thatched hut villages, we see the contrast between this red brand-name
fridge and the breathtaking virginal landscapes of Nepal. The shifting
scenery of this journey takes us from the personal to the general: from
the empty arid mountains to the bustling crowds of urban life.

Oct 22 Free screening made possible by Target.

Screening Sponsors:

Debbi Spungen

Co-presented by:

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K-20 Kabei: Our Mother

Japan | Japanese with English subtitles Japan | Japanese with English subtitles
97 minutes | Video | 2008 133 minutes | 35mm | 2008
DIRECTOR: Shimako Sato DIRECTOR: Yoji Yamada
WRITERS: Shimako Sato, So Kitamura (Novel) WRITERS: Yoji Yamada, Emiko Hiramatsu
PRODUCERS: Shuji Abe, Seiji Okuda PRODUCERS: Hiroshi Fukazawa, Takashi Yajima
CAST: Takeshi Kaneshiro, Takako Matsu, Toru Nakamura CAST: Sayuri Yoshinaga, Tadanobu Asano, Takashi
Sasano, Rei Dan

TUE OCT 20, 7:00PM


FRI OCT 16, 6:00PM
Southern California premiere TUE OCT 20, 5:45PM
Fans of the 2004 pulp classic Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow will
immediately feel at home in Director Shimako Sato’s inspired K-20: The 74th film from Yoji Yamada (Twilight Samurai) depicts the strong bond
LEGEND OF THE MASK. Boasting a massive budget by Japanese between a mother and her family during WWII. Set in 1940 Tokyo, the
standards, (2 billion yen, or 20 million US dollars), Sato delivers a peaceful life of the Nogami Family suddenly changes when the father,
compelling fantasy picture rife with action and energy. Shigeru, is arrested and accused of being a Communist because of his
Set in an alternate 1949 reality where World War II never occurred, unpopular political views. His wife Kayo (Sayuri Yoshinaga) suddenly
K-20 takes place in the fictional Japanese city of Teito. Teito’s skies finds herself a single mother, working frantically from morning to night,
are dominated by ominous zeppelins as well as other hybrid flying maintaining the household, and bringing up her two daughters with the
devices. The film is centered around the age old conflict of class divide, support of Shigeru’s sister Hisako and Shigeru’s ex-student Yamazaki
and Sato does a good job in conveying this visually. The affluent elite (played by cult favorite Tadanobu Asano).
have embraced the tesla coil as a source of energy, and their brightly The outbreak of WWII casts dark shadows on the entire country, but
illuminated skyscrapers boast this triumph. On the other hand, the Kayo tries to keep her cheerful determination and sustain the family
proletariat masses struggle with daily existence in their lantern lit hovels. with her love. More than an emotional portrait of a mother, KABEI is
Proof of the large budget can be seen in the opening shot, as a sweeping testament to the eternal request for peace.
flyover shows the city constructed with CGI in incredible detail.
K-20 is centered around the character of Hikichi Endo, (played by
the popular Takeshi Kaneshiro who also stars in this year’s Red Cliff ),
a brilliant circus acrobat who performs nightly for the lower class
denizens. After one such show, Endo is approached by the mysteriously
masked K-20, who offers Endo cash in exchange for using his acrobatic
skills to infiltrate a private ceremony. It turns out to be a setup, which
forces Endo to hunt down K-20 and prove his innocence. — Asian Film
Festival of Dallas

Co-presented by: Co-presented by:


Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana
Buddhist Temple of San Diego

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NORTH KOREA SPOTLIGHT

Karma Calling Kimjongilia

USA | English USA/France/S. Korea | Korean with English subtitles


90 minutes | Video | 2009 75 minutes | Video | 2009
DIRECTOR: Sarba Das DIRECTOR: N.C. Heikin WRITER: N.C. Heikin
WRITERS: Sarba Das, Sarthak Das PRODUCERS: James Egan, Mike Figgis
PRODUCER: Sarba Das
CAST: Darshan Jariwala, Kavi Ladnier, Samrat Chakrabarti,
Barnali Das SAT OCT 24, 2:10PM
SUN OCT 25, 2:00PM

SAT OCT 17, 7:40PM A heartbreaking and damning indictment of North Korea’s despotic
leader, KIMJONGILIA (The Flower of Kim Jong-il) provides the personal
accounts of a handful of the hundreds of thousands who have fled the
What happens when a bunch of hapless Hindus from Hoboken get mixed
troubled nation over the past decade.
up with an underworld don with connections to an Indian call center?
And what happens when a good Jersey girl falls for a smooth operator Imprisoned (and sometimes born) in forced labor camps, faced with
thousands of miles away? For one thing, the phone keeps ringing. malnutrition, starvation, torture and execution, they describe the
hardships and unbearable losses they overcame to escape, usually to
Meet the Raj family: deep in denial about its creeping credit card debt,
China or South Korea. A pianist recalls undergoing strenuous torture and
dodging collection notices and phone calls. When eldest daughter Sonal
his attempts to safeguard his hands. A former army colonel tells of how
finally picks up the phone, she meets a call center operator like no other:
under-nourished troops died of disease while others plundered supplies
Rob Roy an Indian man trying to pass as a “blue-blooded” American.
or deserted. South Korean activists attempt to aid refugees, with varying
Little does she know that he’s oceans away in Mumbai.
degrees of success. And a singer is told her voice is too similar to a South
Her brother Shyam, a college dropout, is too busy dreaming of Korean pop star’s, deeming it “capitalist” and unacceptable.
becoming the next Dr. Dre (peddling his hip-hop album Hapa Means Weed
Told through very matter-of-fact interviews surrounded by stylistic
in Japanese) to notice the bills piling up. But romance is in the air for him
flourishes that include interpretive dance, child-like sketches of atrocities
too, in the form of Radha, a village girl from India, arriving in America to
and clips from propaganda films, KIMJONGILIA is an emotionally
marry a Dollar Store mogul.
powerful look at a nation in chaos. — Steve Norwood, Asian Film Festival
Then there is Mausi, a chai-fueled Mary Poppins fresh from India, hell Dallas
bent on getting this meat-eating, energy-wasting, spendthrift family in
line. The Gods, however, have it all figured out for her.
Narrated by award-winning actor Tony Sirico (aka “Paulie Walnuts” of
Director N.C. Heikin is scheduled to attend and will also appear in the
The Sopranos), this quintessentially American tale about unlikely alliances,
free panel “North Korea in Focus” on Oct 25. See page 72.
outsourcing, and outwitting is, at its heart, the story of a family learning
to live together.
When karma calls, you can’t hang up.

Director Sarba Das is scheduled to attend. Screening Sponsor:

Chong Lee

Co-presented by:
Co-presented by:
Liberty in North Korea (LiNK)
UCSD South Asian American Awareness Week

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Legend is Alive
Comedy Night:
MONROK
KOREANAIRE
THU OCT 22 , 7:00PM
This program contains mature content, adult language
Vietnam | Vietnamese with English subtitles
Presented by Kollaboration 97 minutes | 35mm | 2008
We seriously want you to get your laugh on at our first-ever standup DIRECTOR: Luu Huynh
comedy night. SDAFF welcomes Kollaboration Comedy for an PRODUCER: Irene Trinh
entertaining, 90 minute showcase of some of funniest, emerging Asian CAST: Dustin Nguyen, Tran Thien Tu, Kim Xuan,
American comedians. Featuring the talent of Monrok, Walter Hong,
Tran Bao Son
PK, and Randall Park.

THU OCT 15, 7:30PM


SUN OCT 18, 4:45PM
MON OCT 19, 9:15PM
This film contains violence
West Coast Premiere
Ly Tieu Long (Vietnamese for “Bruce Lee”) is a mentally challenged
martial artist. Inflicted by Agent Orange, baby Long is abandoned on
the doorstep of the village temple by his mother shortly after birth out
of shame, regret, and the inability to raise the sick child.

Monrok Walter Hong He is taken in by Ba Lan, a martial arts master who runs a small school
teaching local children the Binh Dinh style of Vietnamese martial arts.
Believing she could motivate Long towards good deeds, she tells him
that Bruce Lee is his father, a white lie that resonates with the easily
impressionable boy. Too slow to participate with the other children,
Long receives his training in solitude. She teaches him only to use his
martial arts skills to protect and help those in need. Though Long is
laughed at and picked on throughout his childhood, he vows to uphold
his adopted mother’s teachings. Her love and devotion is soon rewarded
when Long becomes proficient in Binh Dinh martial arts.
She dies, Long is left alone and confused. He decides to try and find a
way to bring his mother’s ashes to America to rest with his father, Bruce
Lee.
PK Randall Park
Along the way, Long meets a jaded runaway named Trinh, a sweet but
jaded young runaway. When Trinh finds out her internet boyfriend
is the big boss in a human trafficking ring, Trinh turns to Long for
help. Unfortunately for Trinh, Long has vowed to his mother never to
use his martial arts skills to fight. When trouble mounts and the bad
guys pile it on, however, Long finally snaps, ultimately breaking his
vow to his mother in order to rescue Trinh from the life of servitude.

Lead actor Dustin Nguyen scheduled to attend Oct 15 screening.

Co-presented by:
Vietnamese International Film Festival (ViFF)

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Li Tong Long Story Short

China | Mandarin with English subtitles USA | English


75 minutes | Video | 2009 53 minutes | video | 2008
DIRECTOR: Nian Liu WRITER: Nian Liu DIRECTOR: Christine Choy WRITER: Jodi Long
PRODUCER: Grady Granros PRODUCERS: Christine Choy, Patricia Richardson,
CAST: Zhao Zhicun, Kang Yao Rose Hye-Jung Han
CAST: Jodi Long, Kim (Trudie) Long, Larry Long,
David Henry Hwang, Tzi Ma

TUE OCT 27, 4:00PM (FREE)


SAT OCT 17, 12:45PM
An eight-year-old girl, Li Tong, loses her bus pass one day after school.
MON OCT 19, 4:00PM (FREE)
Penniless, she decides to walk home. On her way, she encounters a
warm-hearted old lady who tries to help her, a security guard in front of In this new documentary from pioneering Asian American filmmaker
a bar, a trendy young woman, a man wearing a panda costume, and even and Academy Award nominee Christine Choy (Who Killed Vincent Chin?),
a little thief attempting to steal a pet dog from an old man. we learn the story of Larry and Trudie Long, a popular husband-and-
After getting a ride to the wrong address, Li Tong’s journey becomes more wife nightclub act from the 40’s and 50’s. Narrated and framed by
complicated as she soon finds herself hopelessly lost. Only the son of a the experiences of their daughter, actress Jodi Long, the film depicts
migrant worker who begs in the city offers her a helping hand. The two of the couple’s rise from performing in Chinatown nightclubs to an
them become unlikely companions, each learning a bit about the world of appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. The film also documents the lack
the other as the little beggar helps Li Tong on her quest home. Combining of opportunities for Asian American entertainers of that time period
a touching childhood tale with slice-of-life scenes from one day in Beijing, by detailing an incident that caused Larry to miss a chance to play a
LI TONG tells the story of the eponymous girl’s journey home through major role in the premiere Broadway production of Flower Drum Song, the
the realities of a city and country in transition. — Cypress Villaflores first musical with an all-Asian cast. Although Larry’s career never fully
recovered from this blow, LONG STORY SHORT beautifully documents
how the story came full circle when daughter Jodi was cast in playwright
David Henry Hwang’s Broadway revival of Flower Drum Song.
Free screening made possible by Target.
By combining priceless vintage footage with scenes providing modern
context, Christine Choy and Jodi Long have created a remarkably moving
and important documentary film. Structurally, the film beautifully
weaves together everything from Trudie’s life-shaping experiences in a
Japanese American internment camp to the stereotypes that modern
Asian American actors face in Hollywood. LONG STORY SHORT
is not just a film about the historical experience of Asian American
entertainers; it is a film with relevance to all people with a strong interest
in the Asian American experience. — Gene Huh

Writer Jodi Long is scheduled to attend Oct 17 screening.

Oct. 19 free screenings made possible by Target.

Copresented by:
San Diego Chinese Women’s Association

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Love in Translation The Love Market

3 Wheels

A collection of short films from the heart. Australia/Vietnam


TRT: 105 min Hmong, Vietnamese, English with English subtitles
52 minutes | 2009
DIRECTOR:Shalom Almond
THU OCT 15, 7:15PM
WRITER: Shalom Almond
SAT OCT 17, 4:40PM
TUE OCT 27, 9:25PM
This film contains mature content TUE OCT 20, 5:30PM

CHU MAR WED OCT 21, 4:00PM (FREE)


Director: Paula Un Mi Kim Lee | 9 min | Film | 2008
When you’re single, no longer young, and live in a big city teeming with Australian filmmaker and documentarian Shalom Almond first visited
cute couples, your weekends may be depressing... or not. the remote town of Sapa in the highlands of North Vietnam as a tourist
in 2003 and quickly became friends with four Hmong girls: Mang,
AS IF
street-smart and 11 years-old, sells Hmong embroidery on the streets to
Director: Ji hoon Kim | 27 min | Film | 2008
tourists; So, 16 years-old and searching for freedom, recently divorced
Three people talk at a table, reminiscing about their complicated
from her Hmong husband, and working as a successful tour guide;
relationships.
Sho, 14 years-old, torn between life in Sapa and life in the village; and
BEING REEL initially-shy La, 9 years-old, who quickly becomes the town’s youngest
Director: Patricio Ginelsa | 6 min | Video | 2008 tour guide.
A screenwriter believes the woman he’s seen at all his screenings is “the
Over a series of return visits spanning several years, filmmaker Almond
one,” but his friend tells him otherwise.
maintains contact with these girls and women, piecing together their
THE OTHER WAY ROUND personal stories of love, cultural identity, and freedom, and how they are
Director: Geoffrey Quan | 14 min | Video | 2008 learning to cope in quickly-developing, 21st-century Asia. They represent
Tomorrow morning, Lucia Grace Buenaflor will be deported from the the last stand against a quickly-disappearing Hmong way of life, and
only country she has ever known. their stories capture a rare glimpse into lives in transition. — Jimmy Lee
3 WHEELS
Director: Tony Wei | 17 min | Video |2008
Oct 21 Free screening made possible by Target.
A rickshaw driver and an American tourist in China form a peculiar
partnership that neither could ever imagine.
ANNIVERSARY
Director: Huy Vu | 17 min | Video | 2008
Past and present can come together in unexpected ways. Some memories
always stay, even when we would rather forget.
WHEN LARA MET CHARLIE
Director: Mark Arbitrario | 10 min | Video | 2009
Television actor, Charlie Lee, meets the girl of his dreams, but a smooth
folk musician tries to steal her away.
GIRLS LIKE YOU DON’T GO FOR GUYS LIKE ME
Director: Charles Yi | 5 min | Video | 2008 Co-presented by:
Does the cute girl ever go for the nerdy Asian guy? San Diego Arthouse Meetup Group
Lao Hmong Family Association of San Diego

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Make Yourself at Home Merantau

South Korea, USA | English, Korean with English subtitles Indonesia | Indonesian with English subtitles
90 minutes | 35mm | 2008 106 minutes | 35mm | 2009
DIRECTOR: Somyung Sohn DIRECTOR: Gareth Evans WRITER: Gareth Evans
WRITERS: Somyung Sohn, Margaret Monaghan PRODUCER: Rangga Maya Barack-Evans
PRODUCER: Eve Annenberg CAST: Iko Uwais, Sisca Jessicam, Christine Hakim
CAST: Hye-Kyo Song, Arno Frisch, Athena Currey, Rob Yang
SUN OCT 25, 7:00PM
SAT OCT 17, 7:30PM TUE OCT 27, 10:00PM
WED OCT 21, 9:30PM This film contains strong violence
This film contains adult situations, mild violence
West Coast premiere
West Coast premiere Life is simple for a young man in rural Sumatra - Yuda’s days spent in the
Newlyweds Peter Kim (Rob Yang) and his Korean wife Sookhy (Korean fields tending the crops, his evenings training in the traditional martial
superstar Song Hye-Kyo) move into Peter’s mother’s home in suburban art of silat. But the time comes for Yuda – as it does for every young man
New Jersey soon after meeting through a marriage broker. The very in this part of the world – when he must leave his comfortable life and
Americanized Peter immediately finds it difficult to communicate with undergo ‘merantau’, a traditional rite of passage in which youth must
the mysterious Sookhy, causing martial tensions. However, when Peter fend for themselves in the big city with no supports from home. And so
and Sookhy befriend John and Julie, the Caucasian couple living next Yuda must pack his bag and head off to Jakarta.
door, Sookhy becomes much more acclimated to her new environment. And Jakarta could not be more different – or more difficult – than the life
As she becomes friends with Julie, Sookhy becomes more and more he has left behind. The home Yuda was to stay in has been demolished,
obsessed with the lives of her neighbors and when Peter suddenly meets forcing him to squat in a nearby construction site. There is no work to
his untimely demise, Sookhy’s obsession turns dangerously unhealthy. be found. And when a young boy tries to steal Yuda’s wallet he is plunged
Writer/director Somyung Sohn makes quite an auspicious feature into a violent world of human trafficking where his martial arts skills are
filmmaking debut with this tense and atmospheric psychological thriller. tested in a rapidly escalating spiral of violence.
Cast against type in her Hollywood film debut, the lovely Song Hye- Once a proud exporter of martial arts films, Indonesia has been entirely
Kyo is terrific as a woman facing not only the culture shock inherent in absent from the world action stage for more than fifteen years and
emigrating to the US, but also her mystical shaman past. Not just a genre has not produced a significant action star since Barry Prima was in his
film, MAKE YOURSELF AT HOME explores societal issues related to Asian prime twenty five years ago. That streak comes to a spectacular end with
marriage and immigration . Sohn’s direction keeps things tight in this Merantau and star Iko Uwais. Uwais is a star in the making, a young
very slickly shot and sexy film that is definitely a must-see film for fans of man trained in silat since childhood who was driving truck for a telecom
Song Hye-Kyo and anyone interested in stylish thriller films. — Gene Huh company when discovered by director Gareth Evans. He proves a natural
as an actor and a hugely charismatic fighter, performing all of his own
This film premiered at the 2008 Pusan International Film Festival. fights and all of his own stunts himself, often in jaw-dropping fashion.
To the best of our knowledge Merantau is the world’s first silat film, and
Director Somyung Sohn is scheduled to attend Oct 17. certainly will not be the last.

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Modern Boy Mushi-shi

South Korea | Korean with English subtitles Japan | Japanese with English subtitles
121 minutes | 35mm | 2008 131 minutes | Video | 2007
DIRECTOR: Ji-Woo Jung WRITER: Joo-Sung Kim DIRECTOR: Katsuhiro Otomo
PRODUCER: Woo-seok Kang WRITER: Sadayuki Murai
CAST: Hae-il Park, Hye-su Kim, Nam-gil Kim PRODUCER: Sunmin Park
CAST: Jô Odagiri, Nao Omori, Yu Aoi, Makiko Kuno

SUN OCT 18, 4:30PM


SUN OCT 25, 11:30AM
TUE OCT 20, 8:30PM
WED OCT 28, 10:00PM
Hae-Myung (Hae-Il Park, The Host), is a Korean government official
working for the Japanese in occupied Korea, 1937. Known as “Modern Katsuhiro Otomo is best known for his animation projects, including
Boy,” he’s wealthy, admired, and envied by many. But his service to the segments of the anthologies Memories, Neo-Tokyo, and Robot Carnival;
Japanese and indifference towards Korean independence don’t sit well the feature narrative Steamboy; and the renowned classic Akira. With
with some. Meeting Laura (Hye-Su Kim, Tazza), a famous club singer, he MUSHI-SHI, he shifts gears with a lyrical, live-action adaptation of Yuki
is heart-stricken and pursues her. But the more Hae-Myung learns about Urushibara’s comic series of the same name.
her, the more dangerous the pursuit becomes...
A mushishi is a sort of travelling shaman who employs remedies against
Director Ji-Woo Jung creates a glossy image of Japanese colonial rule different forms of mushi, spirit creatures that attack the human body,
in Korea, of city men in suits and top hats, to a playful jazz score. causing all manner of illnesses and disabilities. When we first meet
MODERN BOY is a visually stunning, action-packed tale of unyielding Ginko, he stops at a lodge where several residents have mysteriously
love amidst national turmoil. — Jini Shim lost their hearing in one ear. The lodge-keeper also requests Ginko’s
help with her granddaughter, who is beset by mushi so intensely she has
grown little horns.
The mushishi’s story alternates with that of Yoki, an orphaned boy who
learns of the mushi from a mystical woman with striking gray hair very
similar to Ginko’s.
Otomo takes his time with the story and utilizes beautiful camerawork
and simple but captivating effects. After creating several blackly comic
and action-based works that delve into scientific and technological
concepts, he has summoned up a reverent mixture of characters,
relationships and lore that make for a modest, quiet portrayal of pure
fantasy. — Steve Norwood, Asian Film Festival of Dallas

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Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana
Japan Film Society

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My Beijing Birthday

China/USA | English and Mandarin with English subtitles


52 minutes | Video | 2008
DIRECTOR/PRODUCES: Howie Snyder

WED OCT 21, 6:00PM


FRI OCT 23, 4:00PM (FREE)

West Coast Premiere


Family Friendly
MY BEIJING BIRTHDAY is a heart-felt and humorous look at the rapidly
changing lives of a group of children in Beijing through the eyes of an
American, Howie Snyder. In 1996, Synder, a former New Yorker and
skillful Mandarin-speaker, enrolled into a children’s school that teaches
traditional Chinese stand-up comedy.

willpower not required. At 40, Snyder was the oldest (and only non-Chinese) student in the class
of mostly 6-8 year olds. Synder documented his experience of breaking
through the language and cultural barriers, showing him as just “one
of the kids,” under the direction of the tough but passionate teacher,
Mrs. Ma.
Twelve years later, in the Spring of 2008, Synder revisited his old
classmates and teacher to see how they and China had changed over
the last 12 years. The children, now young adults, had undergone
the fastest economic and social transformation that the world
has ever seen. MY BEIJING BIRTHDAY offers a light-hearted and
realistic view of China in 1996 and 2008, and provides insight
into the changes in China and what she will look like in the future.

Director Howie Snyder scheduled to attend Oct 21 and 23 screenings.

Oct 23 Free screening made possible by Target.

never fried (unhealthy). never baked (undelicious).


we take a little heat, add some pressure, and pop!
an all-natural chip so delicious and crispy, you
won’t even notice it’s (we hesitate to say) healthier. Co-presented by:
hungry for more? pop over to popchips.com. Barnard Elementary School
Chinese Magnet School

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EXTREME SERIES

My Girlfriend Neko Rahmen Taisho


is an Agent (aka Pussy Soup)

South Korea | Korean with English subtitles Japan | Japanese with English subtitles
112 minutes | 35mm | 2009 97 minutes | Video | 2008
DIRECTOR: Terra Shin DIRECTOR: Minoru Kawasaki
WRITER: Seong-Il Cheon WRITERS: Minoru Kawasaki, Masakazu Migita, Kenji
CAST: Yeong-Nam Jang, Ji-Hwan Kang, Shin-il Kang Sonishi
PRODUCER: Minory Kawasaki
CAST: Toru Furuya, Karin, Kurin, Tama, Kazuki Kato,
SAT OCT 17, 7:15PM
Toshio Kurosawa
WED OCT 21, 7:00PM
FRI OCT 23, 9:45PM
SAT OCT 17, 10:05PM
In this comparable send-up of “Mr. and Mrs. Smith,” relationship issues WED OCT 21, 9:40PM
come up in a funny, action-packed romp.
This film contains mature content
Disguised as a travel agent, Su-ji is a government spy with six years’
experience and can’t reveal her career to her boyfriend Jae-joon. After
West Coast premiere
she lies once again, her boyfriend breaks up with her a without notice,
leaving her saddened. SDAFF EXTREME Sure, as a cat Taisho has nine lives, but living up to
his father’s legend as a Japanese “cat idol” only leads to failure, fatherly
Three years later, while chasing an industrial spy in disguise as a cleaning
rejection, and repeated suicide attempts (extra lives come in handy!)
lady, she happens to run into Jae-joon, now an international certified
until he is rescued by a ramen master who inspires him to follow a new
accountant. Seeing him throws Su-ji’s feelings into doubt.
path of ramen Zen.
Meanwhile what she doesn’t know is that Jae-joon has also become an
Life goes well for our hero, who has a fairly successful ramen house
agent (disguised as an accountant) for the National Intelligence Service.
of his own. Then an old foe returns to wreak havoc on the young cat’s
He’s a newbie who got a late start, but he’s highly motivated and takes
life. Taisho comes to a crossroads where he has to ask himself the hard
off on his first field mission, chasing a Russian crime organization, when
question; is he just a cute, cuddly feline or is he a ramen master?
he runs into Su-ji. It’s shocking to see her now as a hotel cleaning lady,
but his affections for her are as strong as ever… This film is a ramen bowl of its own; filled with cute animals (including
the most famous cat in Japan), angst, heartbreak, betrayal, shrimp, fish,
Lying is part of the job; secrecy is the name of the game in MY
two large Japanese “mountains” (you’ll see!), ramen “Iron Chef” action,
GIRLFRIEND IS AN AGENT! — adapted from AsianMediaWiki.com
and the coolest puppet cat you’ll ever meet. NEKO RAHMEN TAISHO
is the zany recipe that will keep you feeling good (like a bowl of good
ramen!). — Phil Luque

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Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana

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NORTH KOREA SPOTLIGHT

Ni Hao Kai-Lan's PANEL

Trip to China North Korea: In Focus

TRT: 50 min

SUN, OCT 25 4:00PM (FREE)


SAT OCT 17, 11:30AM
SAT OCT 24, 11:30AM North Korea is one of the world’s most isolated nations. For almost 60
years, North Koreans have been governed by a totalitarian regime that
controls almost all information entering and leaving the country. The
FREE AND FOR THE FAMILY! world was recently reminded of this during the recent detention and
release of American journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee. However, the
human rights crisis in North Korea is often shrouded by the country’s
Join Kai-Lan and her friends on their exciting trip to China. In this
nuclear weapons programs. Amidst the region’s geo-politics are the
double-length feature episode, Kai-Lan and her friends travel to visit her
overlooked issues of refugees in China and Southeast Asia and the
aunt and a baby panda in China, and are amazed by all the things they
separation of countless families in the north and south for over fifty
see along the way.
years. With so much secrecy and mystery surrounding North Korea,
hear from experts on these issues and survival stories of North Korean
defectors.

Panelists
Stephan Haggard is the Krause Professor of Korea-Pacific Studies at the
Graduate School of International Relations, UCSD. He is the author of
Famine in North Korea and has recently done research involving North
Korean refugees.
N.C. Heikin is the director of KIMJONGILIA, a documentary that
exposes stories of survivors of North Korea’s vast and largely hidden
prison camps
Hannah Song is the executive director Liberty in North Korea (LiNK), an
international NGO dedicated to human rights in North Korea and the
protection of North Korean refugees around the world.

Screening Sponsor:

Chong Lee
Screening Sponsor:
Nick Jr.

Co-presented by: Co-presented by:


Barnard Elementary School, Chinese Magnet School, Liberty in North Korea (LiNK)
Chinese School of San Diego

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Old Partner Om Shanti Om

South Korea | Korean with English subtitles India | Hindi with English subtitles
75 minutes | Video | 2008 162 minutes | 35mm | 2007
DIRECTOR: Lee Chung-ryoul DIRECTOR: Farah Khan WRITER: Farah Khan
WRITER: Lee Chung-ryoul PRODUCERS: Sanjiv Chawla, Gauri Khan, Shahrukh Khan
PRODUCER: Goh Young-jae CAST: Shahrukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, Arjun Rampal

SAT OCT 17, 12:15PM


MON OCT 19, 6:30PM
TUE OCT 27, 7:40PM
THU OCT 22, 3:30PM
In this magical documentary, we learn of the special bond that
developed between Choi Won-gyun, a 79-year-old old Korean farmer, Om is a up and coming actor in Bollywood, who has fallen in love with
and his trusty 45-year-old ox. The ox, who lived more than twice as actress Shantipriya, and hopes to marry her someday. His hopes come
long as the average life expectancy for its species, and Choi had spent to reality when he rescues her from a fire and they go on a date. Shortly
the previous four decades working hard in the fields, utterly devoid of thereafter he finds out that she is married to a film producer, Mukesh
modern farming technologies. As they reach the twilight of their lives Mehra, and is expecting his child. He then watches in horror as Mukesh,
together, the pair grows to resemble each other in many ways, from after luring her in an abandoned studio, sets it afire. Om attempts to
their stubborn personalities all the way down to the limping gaits with rescue her in vain, and he eventually is killed.
which they walk. Choi’s wisecracking wife provides comic relief as she 30 years later, Om is reborn as the only son of yesteryear Bollywood
continually demonstrates her disdain for the pair, harping on about actor, Rajesh Kapoor, and is himself an actor. His memories start to
how her husband and his ancient ox have ruined her life with their return when he meets with his widowed mother, Bela, from his previous
slow, backwards ways. However, the true star of OLD PARTNER is the birth. He also meets with Mukesh and together they decide to make
dignified old ox, whose astonishing “humanity” will touch you. a movie ‘Om ShantiOm’, which brings along old history and compels
After roughly three years, during which he patiently shot hundreds of Om to begin looking deep into his past life. Om then gets a look-a-
hours of footage, director Lee Chung-ryoul has succeeded in crafting an like of Shantipriya to join the cast, and things get real interesting and
absolute masterpiece that lovingly shows respect for tradition and old- dangerous for Om.
fashioned values in the face of both the modernization and globalization This Bollywood classic brings together a stellar cast and many, many
that have taken over South Korea. In doing so, Lee has created a film cameos from stars such as legend Amitabh Bachchan, Bipasha Basu,
phenomenon that captured the imagination of the Korean public. Due Priyanka Chopra, Sanjay Dutt, Salif Ali Khan, Akshay Kumar, Diya
mainly to incredibly positive word-of-mouth, OLD PARTNER became Mirza, Shilpa Shetty, and Preity Zinta among over 30 well known
the surprise Korean box office hit of 2009, by not only becoming the first Bollywoodstars! This film is the current classic of Bollywood cinema and
documentary film to receive a wide release Korea, but by also grossing is not to be missed on the big screen!
over $14 million, making it one of the top grossing Korean films of the
year. The commercial success of OLD PARTNER was matched by critical
acclaim internationally, as the film received a Grand Jury nomination
at the prestigious 2009 Sundance Film Festival and a Cinematic Vision
Award at the 2009 AFI Silverdocs Film Festival. — Gene Huh

Screening Sponsor:

Co-presented by:
Co-presented by: Goldspirit Films
Buddhist Temple of San Diego
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Orchestra Nova:
Operation Babylift Celebrations

USA/Vietnam | English USA


73 minutes | Video | 2009 48 minutes | Video | 2009
DIRECTOR: Tammy Nguyen Lee DIRECTOR/PRODUCER: John Menier
WRITER: Tammy Nguyen Lee
PRODUCER: George Lee
CAST: Adria Ballard, Betty Tisdale, Brent Kurkoski, SPECIAL FREE SCREENING
Canh Oxelson, Cherie Clark TUE OCT 20, 7:15PM

Under the leadership of Maestro Jung-Ho Pak, Orchestra Nova San


SAT OCT 24, 2:00PM Diego (formerly San Diego Chamber Orchestra) has forged a new and
vigorous approach to the promotion of classical music. The Orchestra
employs diverse programming, innovative uses of technology, intimate
Filmmaker Tammy Nguyen Lee was only 3 months old when she fled
venues and a singular enthusiasm to foster an artist/community bond
Vietnam as a Boat Person and found refuge in Hong Kong and eventually
that is unique among chamber music ensembles.
the United States. Later in life, when Lee heard about the stories of the
adoptees of the Operation Babylift during the directing of a play at the While focusing on preparations for 2008’s eclectic Asian Silk Road
Vietnamese Community in Dallas, Lee was inspired to write and direct concert, Celebrations examines the evolution of Maestro Pak’s vision
this documentary, OPERATION BABYLIFT (Audience Choice Award – of a true “People’s Orchestra.” Incisive interviews and candid rehearsal
VIFF 2009). footage combine with dynamic concert excerpts to echo the lively
interplay that characterizes this organization’s relationship with its
As The Vietnam War began to close its final chapters during the Spring
audience. A portrait emerges of a group of talented individuals who are
of 1975, President Gerald Ford signed into law ‘Operation Babylift,’ a
dedicated to musical excellence, accessibility and education.
$2 million dollar initiative which granted the evacuation of over 2,500
Vietnamese orphans from the war-torn country into the United States.
With the impending threats from the Communist Regime in Vietnam, Orchestra Nova Artistic Director Jung-Ho Pak scheduled to attend.
the massive airlift efforts saved thousands of babies from the fallout of
the War.
Through the interviews of the adoptees of Operation Babylift thirty years
later and through images that tell the stories of their past, Lee weaves
a story cultural identity in question, search for their birth parents, and
eventual reconciliation. — Jimmy Lee

Director Tammy Nguyen Lee scheduled to attend.

Co-presented by:
Vietnamese International Film Festival (ViFF)

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Patsy Mink: The People
Ahead of the Majority I've Slept With

USA | English USA | English


56 minutes | Video | 2008 89 minutes | Video | 2009
DIRECTOR/PRODUCER: Kimberlee Bassford DIRECTOR: Quentin Lee WRITER: Koji Steven Sakai
PRODUCER: Stanley Yung
CAST: Karin Anna Cheung, Archie Kao, Wilson Cruz,
FRI OCT 16, 5:45PM Lynn Chen, Randall Park, James Shigeta
FRI OCT 23, 3:00PM
SUN OCT 25, 12:15PM
FRI OCT 23, 7:00PM
PATSY MINK: AHEAD OF THE MAJORITY explores the remarkable SUN OCT 25, 9:15PM
political story of Patsy Matsu Takemoto Mink, an Asian American This film contains strong language, mature content
woman who, battling racism and sexism, redefined American politics. and brief nudity
Small in stature but a giant in vision, she began her life on a Maui sugar
plantation and rose to become the first Asian American woman and World Premiere
woman of color in the United States Congress. A firecracker and a fighter, In this sexy new romantic comedy from director Quentin Lee (Shopping
she continually pushed the limits of what was acceptable, speaking out for Fangs), we follow the story of Angela Yang (Karin Anna Cheung), a
against the Vietnam War and entering the 1972 presidential primary, young woman who loves sex. She in fact loves it so much that she keeps
making her one of the first women to seek the nation’s highest office. baseball card-like photos of her lovers to keep track of who she has
She transformed America’s schools as the co-author of Title IX, the been with. Angela never thinks twice about her promiscuous lifestyle
landmark legislation that opened up higher education and athletics to until she finds out that she is pregnant. Her gay best friend Gabriel
women. (Wilson Cruz) advises her to “take care of it”, but her conservative older
The film goes beyond Mink’s accomplishments, however, to reveal a sister Juliet (Lynn Chen) persuades Angela to marry the baby’s father
woman whose political journey was lonely and tumultuous. Dispelling and lead a “normal” life just like her. After choosing to keep the baby,
stereotypes of the compliant Japanese female, she battled sexism within Angela embarks on a quest to find the identity of the father. Armed with
her own party, whose leaders disliked her independent style and openly only her conquest photos, Angela revisits the recent lovers most likely
maneuvered against her. Her liberal politics, particularly her vocal to have impregnated her. To complicate matters, Angela falls in love
opposition to the Vietnam War, engendered intense criticism. with Jefferson Lee (Archie Kao), a handsome and kind man who seems
almost too good to be true. Will Angela and Jefferson find true love and
A phenomenal and intriguing woman, PATSY MINK represents the true live happily ever after, or will she find that the father is another man?
spirit of America, leaving behind a legacyas an outcast, a pioneer, and
a patriot. Karin Anna Cheung (Better Luck Tomorrow) is appealing in the lead role
as Angela, an independent but confused young woman. The talented
supporting cast, which also includes Asian American acting legend
Director Kimberlee Bassford scheduled to attend Oct 16 screening. James Shigeta (Flower Drum Song) as Angela’s liberal father and the always
hilarious Randall Park (“Dragon of Love”) as Nice-But-Boring Guy, adds
considerable charm to this sultry yet humorous story. Director Quentin
Lee mixes indie edginess with romantic comedy sweetness in a way that
will challenge while still entertaining. THE PEOPLE I’VE SLEPT WITH
will be making its co-World premiere at the 2009 San Diego Asian Film
Festival. — Gene Huh
Co-presented by:
San Diego Japanese American Citizens League Director Quentin Lee, writer Koji Steven Sakai and actors Karin Anna
Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana Cheung, Lynn Chen, Archie Kao and Randall Park are scheduled to
Japanese American Historical Society of San Diego attend.
San Diego County Democratic Party

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The Philosopher Kings Private Eye

USA | English and Spanish with English subtitles South Korea | Korean and Japanese with English subtitles
70 minutes | Video | 2009 111 minutes | 35mm | 2009
DIRECTOR: Patrick Shen DIRECTOR: Park Dae-Min
PRODUCERS: Patrick Shen, Greg Bennick WRITERS: Lee Yeong-Joong, Park Dae-Min, Yoon Seon-Hee
PRODUCERS: Kim Ji-Woon, Choi Jae-Won
CAST: Hwang Jeong-Min, Oh Dal-Su, Ryu Deok-Hwan,
FRI OCT 23, 5:00PM Uhm Ji-Won
SAT OCT 24, 4:05PM

Some people perform jobs that are considered inspirational. We call THU OCT 22, 7:30PM
these people teachers, doctors and community organizers. Other people SUN OCT 25, 9:00PM
perform jobs that are disdained. We call them lawyers and car salesmen.
Warnings: Violence and strong language
And there are people who do the kind of work that we would prefer not
to think about at all. We call them janitors. Director Patrick Shen calls
them THE PHILOSOPHER KINGS. In 1910, during the Japanese colonial occupation of Korea, Hong Jin-
Ho (Hwang Jeong-Min) is a former police officer working as a private
The culture of custodians may be one of invisibility, but that doesn’t
investigator who specializes in cases of marital infidelity. Jin-Ho takes
mean they are devoid of substance and wisdom. In a nod to Plato, Shen
these cases on to save up enough money to eventually move to the United
shows us the difference between having an education and possessing
States. Unfortunately for Jin-Ho, this plan is completely derailed when
knowledge by spotlighting the artists, humanitarians and thinkers who
a young physician-in-training Gwang-Soo (Ryu Deok-Hwan) discovers a
clean up — but do not study at — some of America’s finest institutions
corpse in the woods and recklessly brings the body back to his home to
of higher learning.
practice his surgical skills. When Gwang-Soo finds out that the corpse
Five people from different backgrounds and different parts of the is actually the dead son of one of a top government official, he panics,
country invite Shen into their lives and reveal insights gained from fearing that he will be charged with murder. In desperation, Gwang-Soo
both ordinary and occasionally extraordinary experiences of pain, turns to a reluctant Jin-Ho, who finally agrees to help Gwang-Soo find
ambition and love. As we move back and forth between their stories, we the murderer after being enticed by a big financial payoff.
may come to envy how comfortable they are in their own skin — more
Boasting numerous spectacular set pieces, including an explosive chase
comfortable, perhaps, than many of us. So the improbable happens, and
through the heart of a lovingly rendered colonial Seoul and a tension-
a documentary about working people leaves us feeling optimistic and
filled knife-throwing scene, this visually dazzling Korean homage to
even renewed. With an engaging style and an eye for balancing drama,
Sherlock Holmes is truly a feast for the eyes. Top notch production is
humor and despair, Shen transforms these personal mini-narratives into
matched by terrific pacing and attention to historical details. Hwang
a larger conversation about the job of being human. — Silverdocs
Jeong-Min (A Bittersweet Life), a rare acting talent who combines the
versatility of a top character actor with the superstar charisma of a
Director Patrick Shen is scheduled to attend. leading man, is commanding in the lead role and sidekick Ryu Deok-
Hwan establishes himself as a rising star. With its delightful blend of
artistry, action, humor and mystery, PRIVATE EYE is a true cinematic
treat. — Gene Huh

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CSUSM Asian Pacific Islander Faculty Staff Association

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The Real Shaolin

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EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Mimi Lin, Yuri Lee

SUN OCT 18, 9:15PM


SAT OCT 24, 2:50PM
WED OCT 28, 9:45PM
This film contains violence and language

In the mountains of Central China, the Shaolin Temple is known as the


legendary birthplace of Kung Fu and Zen Buddhism. The Shaolin monks
are real-life superheroes who created a paradox by combining deadly
martial arts techniques with daily meditation to achieve enlightenment.
THE REAL SHAOLIN is a documentary about two Chinese and two
Westerners who journey to Shaolin inspired by the legends portrayed in
Kung Fu movies. They discover a temple shrouded in secrecy, a culture
isolated from the West, and the power of the human spirit.
Through their trials, all learn that despite their single minded focus, only
a select few attain the physical and spiritual perfection of the legendary
Shaolin monks. Each discovers that enlightenment is not embodied by
a single place but through a long journey that begins and ends in one’s
heart.

Documentary subject Orion Lee scheduled to attend Oct 24 screening.

Co-presented by:
U.S. Karate Academy
Hong Wu Kung Fu & Tai Chi Academy

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CENTERPIECE FILM

Red Cliff
SUN OCT 18, 7:00PM

Hong Kong | Mandarin with English subtitles


148 minutes | 35mm | 2008 Woo based his latest masterpiece on the legendary Battle of Red Cliff,
DIRECTOR: John Woo in which a force of fifty thousand defeated an army of nearly one million.
WRITERS: John Woo, Khan Chan, Cheng Kuo, Heyu Sheng
PRODUCERS: XIAOFENG HU, XIAOEI HAN, HONGSHI LU The battle took place in 208 A.D., in the final days of the Han Dynasty
CAST: Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Fengyi Zhang, when shrewd Prime Minister Cao Cao convinced the fickle Emperor
Chen Chang Han the only way to unite all of China was to declare war on the
kingdoms of Xu in the west and East Wu in the south. Thus began a
military campaign of unprecedented scale, led by the Prime Minister,
West Coast premiere
himself. Left with no other hope for survival, the kingdoms of Xu and
Hong Kong action maestro John Woo directed classics such as The East Wu formed an unlikely alliance. Numerous battles of strength and
Killer, Hard Boiled and A Better Tomorrow, setting the threshold for Hong wit ensued, both on land and on water, eventually culminating in the
Kong cinema in the 1980s. Then in the 1990s, he directed Hollywood battle of Red Cliff. During the legendary battle, two thousand ships
blockbusters like Face/Off and Mission Impossible II for Western were burned, and the course of Chinese history was changed forever.
audiences. For RED CLIFF, Woo returns to his roots to film the most
expensive film in Asia’s history. Over the past few years, Woo gave With an all-star Asian cast including Tony Leung (Infernal Affairs,
birth to this epic in two full parts and found great box office success Hero), Takeshi Kaneshiro (this SDAFF’s K-20), Wei Zhao (So Close) and
in Asia. For the Western audience release coming to theatres in select Fengyi Zhang (in the upcoming sequel to Eat Drink Man Woman), RED
cities later this year, Woo has made a combined version of the two CLIFF is nothing less than old fashioned mythic entertainment from
parts (totaling 4 hrs) into a 2 hour and 28 minute edited version. Asian cinema’s greatest living legend.

Most viewers will probably not miss the nearly 100 minutes on the cutting
Co-presented by:
room floor given how dazzling and visionary this epic film remains.
San Diego Chinese Historical Museum
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Reel Voices R
Presented by Bank of America, REEL VOICES is a fresh, raw look at compelling stories of high school filmmakers.
Each film in this dynamic program represents an intensely personal journey for the students, who learned as
much about cinematography and editing as themselves.
V
Reception immediately following screening, sponsored by Popchips and Chipotle

SAT OCT 24 4:30PM (FREE)

FLOW
Director: Jarrod Finley | 7 min | Video | 2009
For the exceptional few, rap is more than just music; it is a powerful means of self-expression. Two high school
students take their pastime of freestyle rapping and turn it into art.

NOT THAT DIFFERENT


Director: Junia Zhang | 7 min | Video | 2009
At a high school that is unofficially divided between a White Quad and an Asian Quad, two teenagers from
opposite ends challenge stereotyped views and the magnitude of cultural differences.

BILLY MARTINEZ
Director: Lora ChauDavis | 8 min | Video | 2009
An artist undertakes massive amounts of work to help support his family as a full time cartoonist, while preparing
for one of the largest comic conventions in the world.

MUJERES EN RESISTENCIA
Director: Lupe Sandoval | 8 min | Video | 2009
Mujeres en Resistencia is formed by five young Chicanas who dance Zapatiado Rebelde, a unique dance they
created to preserve and honor their culture.

LIVING ACROSS STATES


Director: Steven Garcia | 6min | Video | 2009
My father was deported because he is an illegal immigrant. Now as a family we travel back and forth across an
international border on a daily basis, for education and to avoid the violence in our neighborhood.

WAITING.
Director: Staci Gaines | 8 min | Video | 2009
After 17 years of minimal communication, a young woman tries telling her true feelings for her biological father.
Is she able to put down her wall of emotions and confront him once and for all?

LILLYGOL JOON
Director: Holly Cramer | 6:30 min | Video | 2009
An Iranian-American girl struggles with the social constrictions of her culture and pressures to succeed while her
heart and soul lie in break dancing.

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Others bring it to life.
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Rita Rough Cut

India | Marathi with English subtitles South Korea | Korean with English subtitles
104 minutes | 35mm | 2009 112 minutes | 35mm | 2008
DIRECTOR: Renuka Shahane DIRECTOR: Hun Jang WRITER: Hun Jang
WRITER: Renuka Shahane PRODUCER: Song-gyu Jo
based on the novel Rita Welinkar by Shanta Gokhale CAST: Su-hyeon Hong, Ji-Hwan Kang, Ji-seob So
PRODUCERS: Pooja Shetty Deora, Aarti Shetty
CAST: Renuka Shahane, Pallavi Joshi Whitworth
FRI OCT 16, 8:55PM
THU OCT 22, 9:30PM
WED OCT 28, 7:15PM
WED OCT 28, 7:10PM
THU OCT 29, 3:00PM
This film contains strong violence,
US Premiere language and mature content

Rita is a woman who is forced to give up on her dreams at the age of 17,
Work is tough in the Korean film industry (especially if your fight scenes
and make a drastic compromise for the future of her family. She must
keep hurting the stunt men!) - just ask Jang Soo-Ta.
quit on her education and give up on her personal dreams. Without
pause she takes stock of her reality, and thrusts herself into the life of a Jang Soo-Ta (Kang) is a big time actor, with a problem; he keeps injuring
more mature woman. Unable to find any support from her parents, she stunt people during his action shoots when he takes the realism too far.
relies on the kindness of her boss Salvi who gives Rita her first chance He decides that maybe it’s better to not have stunt people, but instead
at an independent life. He takes her in, supports her further education, a real tough guy. He finds Kang Mi-na(Hong), a local gangster and all
while Rita becomes emotionally dependent on Salvi. She undergoes a around tough guy. Kang decides to make the fights real and turn the
violent, nervous breakdown and is admitted into a psychiatric ward to tables on Jang and thus begins a war that becomes a love triangle when
recuperate. While there, she decides to pour her heart out to her long they fight over the lead actress.
lost best friend Saraswati through a letter she had meant to write for
With elements of films like Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Lethal Weapon, this
years.
adrenaline-fueled, popcorn film will surely make you think about action
Saraswati and Rita had shared a beautiful friendship as children but lost films in a whole new light. — Phil Luque
touch due to their divergent paths in life. Saraswati, who herself has been
buried in an unrewarding marriage, finds a new purpose in reconnecting
with her old friend and helping her deal with her crisis. They reunite
after all these years, and in so doing, realize once again the positive
outlook they once shared in their younger days. — Cypress Villaflores

Screening Sponsor:

Co-presented by:
Brotherhood Academics Prosperity Strength of CSU San Marcos

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PANEL

Scandal Makers SDAART NOW!


ActingWorkshop
SAT OCT 24, 2PM – 4 PM
MISSION VALLEY DOUBLETREE HOTEL

To be or not to be... an actor. If you have asked yourself that question


or if you have want to improve your craft, this interactive workshop
will help you get started. Presented by the San Diego Asian American
Repertory Theatre (SDAART), you will get practical advice from local
experts on the acting biz, agents, auditions, and headshots. Also, meet
South Korea | Korean with English subtitles andRandall Park
hear from special guest, comedian/actor Randall Park, who has
108 minutes | 35mm | 2009 appeared in numerous television commercials and hit shows including
DIRECTOR: Hyung-chul Kang MadTV, Cold Case, Eli Stone, and ER. (He also stars in THE PEOPLE
I’VE SLEPT WITH, which premieres at this year’s SDAFF!)
WRITERS: Hyung-chul Kang, Byeong-heon Lee
PRODUCERS: Byeong-ki Ahn, Hye-Yeon Sin
CAST: Tae-hyun Cha, Bo-yong Park, Seok-hyeon Wang Moderators/Speakers
Peter Cirino, SDSU Professor and Theatre director
SAT OCT 24, 7:00PM Elise Kim Prosser, Ph.D., SDAART President and actor
MON OCT 26, 7:30PM
Guest Speaker
SCANDAL MAKERS is a blockbuster Korean film (also known as Speed
Scandal) made for breaking box office records and pleasing the masses Randall Park, actor, comedian and writer
in its ridiculous and conventional comedy. The biggest surprise is that
SCANDAL MAKERS is actually successful on both commercial and
critical levels. It works so well, in fact, it’s already slated for a Hollywood
remake (meaning, better catch it at a film festival fast!)
Tae-Hyun Cha (of My Sassy Girl fame) stars as Hyun-Su, a TV actor turned
radio personality, counseling people’s problems over the airwaves on
a popular call-in show. Hyun-Su suddenly discovers a few problems of
his own when a young woman shows up at his doorstep of his luxury
bachelor pad claiming to be his illegitimate long-lost daughter. Worse
yet, she has a 6-year old son of her own, making 36-year old Hyun-Su
into a grandfather!
A scandal such as this could never go well for Hyun-Su’s career, but in the Randall Park Elise Kim Prosser
hands of first-time director Kang Hyung-chul, it couldn’t get more fun
for audiences. The self-obsessed radio personality is forced to reassess
ABOUT SDAART
what is truly important in life as he has to suddenly deal with caring
for a family. Tae-Hyun’s impeccable comic timing as the older-than-he- San Diego Asian American Repertory Theatre is a professional, non-
looks radio celebrity whose life turns upside down, along with the most profit performing arts organization. SDAART’s mission is to create
adorable little boy ever played by newcomer Seok-Hyun Wang, make theatrical productions that celebrate the Pacific Asian American
this unbelievable setup irresistibly charming. SCANDAL MAKERS is pure experience, present fresh perspectives on traditional works, and further
delight and a crowd-pleasing hit — just as it was intended. educate adult and youth theatre artists in their craft. Over almost 15
years, SDAART has produced 33 plays including 4 world premieres.
SDAART recently won the prestigious Pon Award presented by the
National Association of Ethnic Studies for its “wonderful history and
collection of theater works that present Asian American culture with
bounty and beauty.”
For more info, www.asianamericanrep.org

Screening Sponsor:

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Sights and Sounds
Shades of Ray of a New Hope

Cotabato City

USA | English The Filipino struggle, and those who rise above.
87 minutes | Video | 2008 TRT: 85 min
DIRECTOR: Jaffar Mahmood WRITER: Jaffar Mahmood
PRODUCER: Jake Kasdan
CAST: Zachary Levi, Brian George, Sarah Shahi FRI OCT 16, 7:20PM
SAT OCT 24, 10:10PM
SUN OCT 25, 4:15PM This film contains adult language

WED OCT 28, 5:10PM


COTABATO CITY
American-born, half-Pakistani Ray Rehman comes home one night Director: Karen Lin | 5 min | Video | 2009
to find his father on his doorstep after his mother threw him out. A young boy’s imaginary journey to the music of the Electric Kulintang.
It’s an awkward time for his father to move in as Ray just proposed
30 DAY PROMISE
to his Caucasian girlfriend - who hasn’t given him an answer. While
Director: Shawn Lee | 9 min | Video | 2009
trying to get his parents back together, Ray meets Sana, a South Asian
Vincent comes to terms with painful memories of heartbreak one
girl of mixed descent and must decide where his identity truly lies.
autumn evening.
Zachary Levi, star of the TV show “Chuck”, is hilariously convincing as
the half-white, half-Pakistani protagonist Ray. Brian George, an actor THE OTHER WAY ROUND
with a long history of appearances and roles in movies and TV shows is Director: Geoffrey Quan | 14 min | Video | 2008
even more brilliant as his hard-to-please father. The film’s casting is Tomorrow morning, Lucia Grace Buenaflor will be deported from the
solid with very natural performances all around, and most notably, only country she has ever known.
the beautiful Sarah Shahi from “The L Word” who plays Sana. Ray TATANG
and Sana’s onscreen chemistry in this romantic indie film is rare and Director: Jean Paolo “Nico” Hernandez | 17 min | Video | 2009
unforced magic. A homeless thief trains his granddaughter to steal in order to survive
Jaffar Mahmood’s debut feature SHADES OF RAY is a comedic, heartfelt their impoverished life.
tale about the idiosyncrasies that make family and relationships so SOUNDS OF A NEW HOPE
unique, no matter how or where they originate. Full of laughs from Director: Eric Tandoc | 40 min | Video |2008
beginning to end, this film is sure to please anyone or any couple, while Sharing life experiences, beats, and rhymes, Kiwi makes connections in
also being a thoughtful commentary about mixed race identity. the Philippines, inspiring the next generation to continue the ongoing
struggle for freedom.

Director Jaffar Mahmood and actor Brian George are scheduled to


attend Oct 25 screening.

Co-presented by: Co-presented by:


San Diego Arthouse Meetup Group Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) San Diego
Kamalayan Alliance - CSU San Marcos

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Sita Sings the Blues Speaking in Tongues

USA | English USA | English, Spanish and Mandarin w/ English Subtitles


82 minutes | Video | 2008 60 minutes | Video | 2008
DIRECTOR: Nina Paley WRITER: Nina Paley DIRECTORS: Ken Schneider, Marcia Jarmel
PRODUCER: Nina Paley PRODUCERS: Ken Schneider, Marcia Jarmel

FRI OCT 23, 3:10PM SAT OCT 24, 12:15PM


MON OCT 26, 4:00PM (FREE) MON OCT 26, 2:15PM

Sita is a Hindu goddess, the leading lady of India’s epic the Ramayana The heated debate over bilingual education usually takes place in
and a dutiful wife who follows her husband Rama on a 14-year exile to courtrooms, at academic conferences and in editorial missives. Often
a forest, only to be kidnapped by an evil king from Sri Lanka. Despite neglected in this discourse is the firsthand experience of students, an
remaining faithful to her husband, Sita is put through many tests. oversight that veteran documentarians Marcia Jarmel and Ken Schneider
Nina (the filmmaker Nina Paley herself) is an artist who finds parallels beautifully rectify with their latest effort. Closely following four very
in Sita’s life when her husband — in India on a work project — decides different local public-schoolers through an academic year, they draw on
to break up their marriage and dump her via email. Three comedic subtle nuances of the kids’ stories to illustrate the complex shades and
Indonesian shadow puppets with Indian accents – linking the popularity permutations of bilingual schooling.
of the Ramayana from India all the way to the Far East — narrate both
Two children are placed in immersion programs to retain their native
the ancient tragedy and modern comedy in this beautifully animated
tongues while learning English, and the other two are in the reverse
interpretation of the epic.
situation. Jason, the “English language learner,” Kelly, the “heritage
In her first feature length film, Paley juxtaposes multiple narrative and language learner,” Julian, the “middle class Caucasian,” and Durrell,
visual styles to create a highly entertaining yet moving vision of the the “low socioeconomic child,” prove to be more than nodes on a
Ramayana. Musical numbers choreographed to the 1920’s jazz vocals demographic graph. As they chart a course through school life—oral
of Annette Hanshaw feature a cast of hundreds: flying monkeys, evil presentations, birthday parties, science fairs, sports, barbecues, and
monsters, gods, goddesses, warriors, sages, and winged eyeballs. A tale graduations, we see the opportunity their emerging bilingualism offers—
of truth, justice and a woman’s cry for equal treatment. SITA SINGS and the challenges it presents.
THE BLUES is an eclectic and original retelling of the Ramayana, aka the
The children’s parents list both familiar and surprising reasons for
“greatest break up story ever told.”
enrolling their children, but each remains a strong proponent of the
programs despite criticism from extended family, friends and a loud
Oct 26 Free screening made possible by Target. chorus of English-only activists. Even while dismissing common barbs,
the families must confront unique challenges both humorous and
serious. — Adapted from San Francisco International Film Festival

Producer/director Ken Schneider is scheduled to attend Oct 24


screening.

Co-presented by:
Barnard Elementary School
Chinese Magnet School
Chinese School of San Diego

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A Tale of Mari
Strange Brew and Three Puppies
I Don’t Sleep I Dream

Obsession, perfectionism, and other neuroses. Japan | Japanese with English subtitles
TRT: 94 min 124 minutes | Video | 2007
DIRECTOR: Ryuichi Inomata
WRITERS: Koudai Yamada, Yuki Kiyomoto, Ako Takahashi
FRI OCT 16, 9:30PM CAST: Mao Sasaki, Ryohei Hirota, Ei-ichiro Funakoshi,
TUE OCT 27, 9:10PM Ken Utsui
This program contains mature content

SAT OCT 17, 4:20PM


NOT HERE
Directors: Carol Ho and Mei Ann Teo | 15 min | 35mm | 2008
West Coast premiere
In desperate pursuit of “an afternoon delight,” this couple just can’t
seem to find the right place. Left by the roadside as a puppy, Mari, is taken in by a family which
recently has lost its mother to illness. A year later she herself has three
MY FOUR INCH PRECIOUS
puppies, just in time for a major earthquake which strikes the mountain
Director: Sou Sim | 11 min | Video | 2008
village where she lives. Although Mari manages to save the life of the
A lonely man finds companionship in someone “very special.”
family’s grandfather, the entire village must evacuate and there is no
THE PERFECT WOMAN choice but to leave Mari and the three puppies behind.
Director: Anthony Ma | 25 min | Video | 2008
The film follows her adventures as well as those of the two children to
To design the perfect female, young women in a remote part of China
whom she belongs during two long and arduous weeks of separation.
just need a victim...
A TALE OF MARI AND THREE PUPPIES is a 2007 Japanese film based
LOVE STORY
on a true story that happened during the 2004 earthquake in Niigata
Director: Amit Gupta | 6 min | Video | 2008
Prefecture, Japan. It is ultimately a tear-jerking story of hope, love and
How far will a man go for love, true love?
determination — with the cutest little girl and puppies ever seen.
I DON’T SLEEP I DREAM
Director: JP Chan | 16 min | Video | 2008
Some people have strange dreams; this woman has deadly ones.
KANIZSA HILL
Director: Evelyn Lee | 8 min | Video | 2008
A dark animated film posing philosophical and moral questions.
OLD CROCODILE
Director: Koji Yamamura | 13 min | Video | 2006 (Blast From the Past)
When an old, lonely crocodile finally finds true love, will he remain true
to his nature?

Co-presented by:
Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana
PAWS

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Tandoori Love The Things We Carry

Switzerland/Germany/India USA | English


German, English and Hindi with English subtitles 77 minutes | Video | 2009
92 minutes | 35mm | 2008 DIRECTOR: Ian McCrudden WRITER: Alyssa Lobit
DIRECTOR: Oliver Paulus WRITER: Oliver Paulus PRODUCERS: Alyssa Lobit, Athena Lobit, Camille Mana
PRODUCER: Stephen Barth CAST: Alysssa Lobit, Catherine Kresge, Alexis Rhee,
CAST: Lavinia Wilson, Vijay Raaz Johnny Whitworth

SUN OCT 18, 2:20PM SUN OCT 18, 7:10PM


THU OCT 22, 6:55PM THU OCT 22, 9:45PM
This film contains mature content This film contains mature content and violence

Much like the clay oven from which the film derives its name, TANDOORI
West Coast Premiere
LOVE heats things up with its everyman romantic tale and wildly amusing
dance sequences. If song lyrics such as “cheese and milk can be magical After backpacking overseas for three years, Emmie (Alyssa Lobit)
too” and “chocolate makes all the women melt” put a smile on your face, returns to her hometown of Los Angeles after receiving a mysterious
then prepare to feast on this Bollywood-by-way-of-Switzerland comedy. letter from Ricky, a companion of her recently-deceased mother Sunny
(Alexis Rhee). Sunny and Emmie had become estranged primarily due to
The film is centered around the character of Sonja, who appears to be
Sunny’s drug addiction, but Emmie decides that she find Ricky in order
gliding through life without much thought. Worse, her boyfriend has just
to retrieve whatever it is that Sunny had left for her. Armed only with
announced their engagement to friends and family without proposing
the knowledge that her mother’s last residence was a seedy motel in the
to her first. With the filming of a new Bollywood film in the scenic
San Fernando Valley, Emmie must seek assistance from a varied cast
mountainside comes personal celebrity chef Rajah, who can’t help but
of characters that her mother had befriended, including the mysterious
break into song and dance after meeting Sonja. The film evolves into a
Jeremiah (Johnny Whitworth). The search takes an unexpected turn
bizarre love triangle, with Sonja having to decide whether she wants a
when Emmie runs into her sister, Eve (Catherine Kresge), who had
life of security, or something infinitely more spicy.
stayed at home to take care of their mother while Emmie was out
Where TANDOORI LOVE really separates itself from traditional seeking adventure. The reunion forces sisters to revisit old wounds
Bollywood films is through the use of its Swiss backdrop. TANDOOR as they must reconcile in order to recover the missing package.
LOVE makes the most of its stark contrasts, with the traditional Indian
saris appearing kaleidoscopic against the pristine mountain setting. The THE THINGS WE CARRY marks the feature film debut of the writing and
juxtaposition works perfectly, and will stick with filmgoers long after the acting team of sisters Athena Lobit and Alyssa Lobit, whose screenplay
credits rolls. for the film was inspired by real life experiences. The film is one of the
first independent features shot with the cutting edge RED ONE video
Writer/director Oliver Paulus found his inspiration for the film in India’s
cameras, favored by filmmakers such as Steven Soderberg and Peter
history of filming in Switzerland (Indian film crews shoot more movies
Jackson, and veteran director Ian McCrudden, leverages this high
there yearly than the Swiss). TANDOORI LOVE runs a breezy 92 minutes,
technology to maximum effect by infusing THE THINGS WE CARRY with
and like the best dishes, will leave you craving more. — Lee Carlton, Asian
a beautiful sense of natural rhythm and visual flair. Boasting natural and
Film Festival Dallas
moving performances from a talented cast, THE THINGS WE CARRY is
a film for both fans of Asian American cinema and true American indie
film. — Gene Huh

Lead actors Alyssa and Athena Lobit scheduled to attend.


Co-presented by:
Intuit Indian Network

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Thicker Than Water Thirst

Grandma and Wrestling

Family matters. South Korea | Korean with English subtitles


TRT: 99 min 133 minutes | Video | 2009
DIRECTOR: Chan-wook Park
WRITERS: Seo-Gyeong Jeong, Chan-wook Park
SAT OCT 17, 1:00PM PRODUCERS: Chan-wook Park, Soo-hyun Ahn
TUE OCT 27, 3:00PM CAST: Kang-ho Song, Ok-vin Kim, Ha-kyun Shin

LUCKY LOTUS
Director: Ken Ochiai | 16 min | Video | 2009 THU OCT 15, 9:40PM
Despite running a successful hostess bar in LosAngeles with her mother, This film contains strong violence, language and nudity
a daughter wants change.
RAIN Premiered at Cannes International Film Festival earlier this year and
Director: Thomas Takemoto-Chock | 14 min | Video | 2009 awarded a Jury Prize, THIRST is loosely based on the novel Thérèse
A young girl comes to an understanding of death at her mother’s funeral. Raquin by Émile Zola. Sang-hyun (Korea’s leading actor Kang-ho Song,
THE FIRST HAWAIIAN SNOWBALL FIGHT Secret Sunshine, The Host) is an altruistic priest who volunteers to undergo
Director: Michael Wurth | 16 min | Video | 2009 a clinical experiment that may take his life. But things go awry during
As Hawaii becomes the 50th state, a father gifts his son snowballs from a blood transfusion and turn him into a vampire. As he struggles with
Mt. Mauna Kea—and both discover that history is unforgiving. insatiable instinct, he starts to lust for Tae-ju, a young wife who lives a
claustrophobic life with her sickly husband and an alcoholic mother-in-
THE KINDA SUTRA law. Tae-ju returns Sang-hyun‘s desire as he becomes her only hope of
Director: Jessica Yu | 8 min | Video | 2009 escape from her miserable life. They become mindless, ruthless lovers,
Literal misconceptions of youth over the eternal question: How are as dangerous to each other as to others as vampire instincts take over.
babies made?
THIRST’s blood-spewing, skin-biting, and scares-in-the-darkness are
GRANDMA AND WRESTLING curiously accompanied by a beautiful string ensemble soundtrack and
Director: Charles Yi | 18 min | Video | 2009 stylistic extremes in mise-en-scene. Chan-wook Park has in THIRST
Hyung-Sup and his grandma rediscover themselves through an unlikely fashioned a creature that cannot be categorized into one neat genre,
medium. and the film is bound to relive the fanatical popularity of Park’s previous
POINT OF ENTRY art-house piece, Old Boy. — Jini Shim
Director: Zeus Quijano | 27 min | Video | 2009
The path of one young illegal immigrant pursuing his dream of helping
his family in both America and Mexico.

Screening Sponsors:

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NORTH KOREA SPOTLIGHT

Transcending:
Tiger Spirit The Wat Misaka Story

Canada | Korean and English with English subtitles USA


78 minutes | Video | 2008 English, Spanish and Mandarin w/ English Subtitles
DIRECTOR: Min Sook Lee 60 minutes | Video | 2008
PRODUCER: Ed Barreveld, Anita Lee, Min Sook Lee DIRECTORS/PRODUCERS: Christine Toy Johnson,
Bruce Alan Johnson

THU OCT 22, 5:15PM


SUN OCT 18, 12:00PM
MON OCT 26, 3:00PM
TUE OCT 20, 3:00PM
Korea is a divided nation. Millions of families were split apart in the
1950s when war broke out between the Soviet-occupied North and the While most sports buffs may not know the name Wat Misaka, he was a
American-controlled South. For more than a generation, families have holds a special place in history as the first person of color to be drafted
not been able to visit, speak to, or even write one another. Tragically, into the NBA. TRANSCENDING: THE WAT MISAKA STORY tells the little
the last survivors to remember a unified Korea are dying without ever known story of Misaka who was born, raised and is still living in Salt Lake
having seen their grandchildren–nobody knew their good-byes would be City, Utah. He was the very first draft pick of the New York Knicks in 1947.
forever.
Overcoming the national political climate during World War II,
Korean-Canadian director Min Sook Lee’s search for both the real and
Misaka was a star player for the University of Utah’s 1944 and 1947
symbolic “Tiger Spirit” of Korea leads her on an amazing journey along
championship teams, taking two years off in between to serve in
the Koreas’ border where she encounters a wild-eyed tiger hunter, a
the U.S. Army. His perseverance and loyalty to his teammates,
courageous woman who defected from the North years ago, a young bus
other Nissei friends (including those interned at Topaz) and his
guide whose job it is to shuttle workers across the DMZ border everyday,
family are a testament to the unflappable Japanese American spirit.
and many hopeful families dreaming of the day they can once again
see their lost loved ones. With unprecedented access and never before
Incorporating video highlights from his college games more than fifty
seen footage of North Korea’s industrial zone and state-sanctioned
years ago, rare footage from a visit to the Topaz Internment Camp, and
reunification centers, Lee brings us an emotion-charged journey into
countless photos of his triumphant career, TRANSCENDING shares
Korea’s broken heart, exploring the rhetoric and realism of reunification
the story of a man who represents resilience, dignity, and the American
through the extraordinary stories of ordinary families.
dream.

Free panel “North Korea in Focus” on Oct 25. See page 72.

Screening Sponsor:

Chong Lee

Co-presented by:
Co-presented by: San Diego Japanese American Citizens League
Liberty in North Korea (LiNK) Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana
Korean American Bar Association of San Diego Japanese American Historical Society of San Diego

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EXTREME SERIES

Vampire Girl vs. A Village


Frankenstein Girl Called Versailles

Japan | Japanese with English subtitles USA | English subtitles


98 minutes | Video | 2009 68 minutes | Video | 2008
DIRECTORS: Yoshihiro Nishimura, Naoyuki Tomomatsu DIRECTOR: Leo Chiang
WRITERS: Naoyuki Tomomatsu, Shungiku Uchida (manga) PRODUCERS: Leo Chiang, Sally Jo Fifer
PRODUCER: Yoshihiro Nishimura
CAST: Yukie Kawamura, Jiji Bû, Erina
SUN OCT 18, 12:10PM
WED OCT 28, 3:00PM
FRI OCT 23, 10:30PM
This film contains graphic violence and gore Filmmaker Leo Chiang received his MFA in film production from the
University of Southern California before going on to write, direct,
Southern California premiere and produce dozens of films. His latest work, AVILLAGE CALLED
VERSAILLES tells the stories of a Vietnamese community called Versailles
SDAFF Extreme, “the other side of the San Diego Asian Film Festival,”
in the eastern New Orleans during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
brings you four films on the edge of sanity, including VAMPIRE GIRL VS.
The community draws its name “Versailles” from the “Versailles Arms
FRANKENSTEIN GIRL. Yoshihiro Nishimura, who brought to the world
Apartment,” a New Orleans East public housing project where many
the classic Tokyo Gore Police, returns with his first romantic film venture
Vietnamese refugees first resettled during 1975 after their escape as
packed with blood, gore, and screams!
“boat people” during the Vietnam War.
The story begins when a pretty new girl, using “bloody tricks,” steals
For many of the residents of Versailles, the effects of Hurricane Katrina
the boyfriend of the most popular girl in school. Super-popular girl’s
have forced them to become refugees for the third time in their lifetime.
father is the principal and science teacher, so when she calls on him
However, through their resilience and determination, the people
for help, funny things happen, and after some bloody experimentation,
of Versailles are able to rise to the challenges which lie before them
Frankenstein Girl is born!
by returning and rebuilding their community. But when the people
Get ready for a night of blood-lusting vampires; a crazed, jealous of Versailles find out that their local New Orleans government has
Frankenstein Girl; dancing homicidal nurses; insane scientists; and to contracted to build a toxic landfill only two miles away, the village of
see every possible way to dismember, disembowel, and destroy a human Versailles, both young and old, rise up together in protest.
being! It‘s the bloodiest, funniest, yet cutest (?) romance you’ll see this
A VILLAGE CALLED VERSAILLES recounts the empowering stories of
year. — Phil Luque
how a minority group of people, who have already suffered so much in
their lifetime, turns a devastating disaster into a catalyst for change and
a chance for a better future. — Jimmy Lee

Director Leo Chaing is scheduled to attend Oct 18 screening.

Screening Sponsor:

Co-presented by:
Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana

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War and Hope We're Here, We're Queer
A Song for Ourselves

Welcome to my Queer Bookstore

An inspirational selection which poignantly demonstrates From civil rights and laundromat drama, to a sexy pair of
how hope and the resilience of the human spirit can over- Speedos, it’s statement time!
come the horrors of war. TRT: 77 min
TRT: 104 min

SAT OCT 17, 7:00PM


This program contains adult content
SUN OCT 18, 5:00PM
This program contains war violence
Missy
Director: Clarissa De Los Reyes | 15 min | Video | 2008
Articles of War A jilted lover finds himself in a twisted relationship with the object of
Director: Daniel Kanemoto | 12 min | Video | 2008 his affection.
A World War II American bomber pilot writes a heartfelt letter to the
man who inspired him to enlist. Katong Fugue
Director: Boo Junfeng | 9 min | Video | 2007
Guam is Crying An intimate conversation between mother and son invokes the
Director: Alex Munoz | 2 min | Video | 2009 desperation of long-held secret.
The spirit of a deceased Chamorro soldier roams the jungles of Guam.
Welcome to My Queer Bookstore
Peaceful Measures Director: Larry Tung | 19 min | Video | 2009
Director: Ash Anderson | 20 min | Video | 2009 A trip to the iconic bookstore which turned the page on queer culture
Iraqi and American musicians and dancers join together in a moment in Taiwan.
of cultural unity.
I’m Jin-Young
The Bridge Director: Lee Sung-eun | 19 min | Video | 2007
Director: Sheldon Schwartz | 9 min | Video | 2008 Confusion reigns after a young Korean girl meets her mother’s friend.
A Japanese American solider joins up with an all-Caucasian squad on a
dangerous mission in World War II Italy. The Golden Pin
Director: Cuong Ngo | 15 min | Video | 2009
A Song for Ourselves A young swimmer finds himself struggling between the expectations of
Director: Tadashi Nakamura | 34 min | Video |2008 his family and the demands of his heart.
A moving portrait of musician and Asian American activist Chris Iijima.
The Anniversary
Director: Ham Tran | 27 min | 35mm | 2003
A Vietnamese monk is haunted by his memories of war and betrayal on
the anniversary of his brother’s death. An award-winning classic from Co-presented by:
SDAFF 2004. Family Health Centers of San Diego
FilmOut San Diego
First UU Church Rainbow Outreach
Greater San Diego Business Association
Guys Like Us
Long Yang Club of SD
National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association SD Chapter
P.F.L.A.G. SD Chapter
San Diego POZabilities
SDSU Pride Action Committee
UCSD LGBT Resource Center

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Whatever It Takes White on Rice

USA | English USA | English and Japanese with English subtitles


90 minutes | Video | 2008 85 minutes | Video | 2009
DIRECTOR: Christopher Wong DIRECTOR: David Boyle
PRODUCER: Christopher Wong WRITERS: David Boyle, Joel Clark
PRODUCERS: Duane Andersen, Domini Fratto,
Michael Lerman, Megan Boyle
SUN OCT 18, 2:45PM CAST: Hiroshi Watanabe, Nae, Mio Takada, Lynn Chen,
SUN OCT 25, 1:00PM James Kyson Lee, Justin Kwong

In a strong directorial debut from Christopher Wong, WHATEVER IT


TAKES tells the inspiring story of a South Bronx high school in its dynamic FRI OCT 16, 7:00
first year. In a neighborhood where educational opportunities have TUE OCT 20, 8:55PM
withered and where violence, drugs and gang activity thrive, the Bronx
Center for Science & Mathematics provides a ray of hope for change. The At 40, Jimmy (Hiroshi Watanabe, Letters from Iwo Jima) is starting his
central character is charismatic Principal Edward Tom, a young Chinese life all over again. Newly divorced, he moves from Japan to live with his
American principal in a primarily black and Latino neighborhood, who sister, Aiko, in America (much to the shagrin of her stoic husband, Tak).
takes on this inaugural year with fierce determination. Commanding the Jimmy doesn’t seem to mind that his new beginnings include sharing a
respect of students and teachers alike, he leads his faculty and students bunk bed with his 10-year-old nephew. For most men, this state of affairs
with a combination of tenacity, uncompromised academic standards would be ego-crushing, but Jimmy is strangely unperturbed. Despite an
and tough love. utter lack of social finesse, he embarks on an enthusiastic mission to
The film also follows Sharifea, a promising student with aspirations replace his ex-wife with someone better.
of attending college. Her acceptance to a Dartmouth College summer Assisted by his suave friend Tim (James Kyson Lee, NBC’s “Heroes”), he
program becomes jeopardized when she is forced to become the wrangles dates with all the women in his new office (without success)
primary caretaker for her younger siblings. Creatively working towards a and completely flubs a blind date arranged by his sister. Worst of all,
solution for Sharifea is just one example of the complex landscape that Jimmy’s carefree attitude provokes the ire of Tak, who is quickly losing
Principal Tom and his faculty face as their ideals come up against the patience with Jimmy’s freeloading and cluelessness.
harsh challenges of reality.
Things turn from bad to worse when Tak’s beautiful niece Ramona (Lynn
This emotional journey takes viewers through the frustrations of failing Chen, Saving Face) comes to visit. Jimmy begins to court her shamelessly.
students, the rigors of maintaining academic integrity in a compromised In addition to reading her diary, he pays his nephew to draw her portrait
environment, and the joys from earned student triumphs. With warmth (passing it off as his own), and tries to give her a ride by breaking into
and artistic skill, director Christopher Wong presents a captivating film Tak’s car. Finally, when Jimmy shirks his responsibility to the family
that boldly teaches lessons of humility and resilience. — adapted from in order to follow Ramona to a party, the resulting mayhem causes
SFIAAFF everyone to take another look at how they relate to one another. —
adapted from SFIAAFF

Director Christopher Wong is scheduled to attend Oct 18 screening


Director David Boyle, and actor Lynn Chen scheduled to attend Oct 16
screening.

Co-presented by: Co-presented by:


Barnard Elementary School Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana
Chinese Magnet School National Association of Asian American Professionals - San Diego
San Diego Arthouse Meetup Group San Diego Arthouse Meetup Group

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Winds of September Yang Yang

Taiwan | Mandarin with English subtitles Taiwan | Taiwanese with English subtitles
107 minutes | 35mm | 2008 85 minutes | 35mm | 2009
DIRECTOR: Tom Lin DIRECTOR: Cheng Yu-Chieh WRITER: Cheng Yu-Chieh
PRODUCERS: Yeh Jufeng, Eric Tsang PRODUCER: Khan Lee
CAST: Chang Chea, Jennifer Chu, Rhydian Vaughan CAST: Sandrine Pinna, Bryant Chang, Huang Chien-Wei,
He Si-Hui, Shelly Yu

THU OCT 22, 4:45PM


MON OCT 26, 1:20PM SAT OCT 24, 8:15PM
MON OCT 26, 9:45PM
Set in the early 1990s of Taiwan, WINDS OF SEPTEMBER is a coming-of-
THU OCT 29, 4:30PM
age film about nine high school-age children learning life lessons in love,
family, and friendship. The boys obsess over baseball and motorcycles, This film contains strong language and sexual content
and teasing one another about their crushes and fledgling love. Friends
who it seemed would remain friends forever face conflict as a love
West Coast Premiere
triangle forms and misunderstandings arise, breaking their unity.
Actress Sandrine Pinna is a rising young talent in Taiwanese cinema and
The film maintains slowness in pacing and Steadicam work throughout,
the centerpiece of Cheng Yu-Chieh’s YANG YANG. The beautiful French-
capturing the nostalgia of rebellious adolescence. The boys spend hours
Chinese star plays Yang Yang, a budding track star whose mother marries
rooting for their favorite baseball team, go skinny-dipping at night
her track coach who then becomes her stepfather. Yang Yang and her
when the pool is forbidden, and roam the streets joyriding on their
new stepsister Xiao-Ru who is also on the track team seem close, but
motorcycles. Taiwanese Director Tom Lin, in his first feature, creates
their relationship possesses hidden jealousy. Xiao-Ru’s boyfriend Shawn
cherishable moments of unruly, restless teenagers, showing how they
(played by Bryant Chang (also starring in Winds of September) secretly
learn life’s valuable lessons through rough times.
tries to seduce Yang Yang who doesn’t seem to mind his affections but
Another notable aspect is that the cast are first-time actors. Despite winds up feeling ashamed of her betrayal to her new sister.
their lack of experience, the ensemble is finely-matched and their
YANG YANG is the kind of film that tells its story in an observational
performance level is outstanding. Plus, the male actors’ pretty faces will
manner. Cheng uses handheld camera techniques and long takes, and
surely win attention from teenybopper audiences. — Jini Shim
depends on the character interaction and sparse dialogue to carry the
film. Cheng allows the audience to discover who Yang Yang is over the
entire course of the film — and even then, it is still hard to say who she
really is. But what is certain is that YANG YANG is a coming of age story
about a Eurasian girl, her mistakes, flaws and growth as a person —
played beautifully by a gifted and compelling young actress we haven’t
seen the last of yet. — Mye Hoang

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You Don't Know Jack:


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SUN OCT 18, 12:30PM

The numbers speak for themselves. With an estimated billion people


watching videos on YouTube, 250 million active users on Facebook,
and six million Tweeters, social media continues to change the way we
communicate, entertain, and connect with the world.
Youtube in particular has become a truly democratized broadcasting
platform, allowing virtually unknown people with hidden talents to
find massive audiences. In this panel, we bring together some of the
highest rated YouTube celebrities for a dynamic and intimate discussion.
USA | English
Speakers include Kev Jumba, David Choi, Paul Dateh, and Projekt
60 minutes | Video | Color and Black & White | 2009 NewSpeak who share insight on how to build a following, and how viral
DIRECTOR/WRITER/PRODUCER: Jeff Adachi notoriety changed their lives.
CO-PRODUCER/EDITOR: Alex Yeung
Co-Moderated by Phil Yu (Angry Asian Man)
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Josiah Hooper & Ann Kaneko
SOUND: Jon Oh & Joshua Wilkinson
MUSIC: Michael Becker
TITLES/DESIGN: Sean Dana

THU OCT 15, 4:00PM (FREE)


MON OCT 19, 4:30PM
WED OCT 28, 2:00PM
Phil Yu (Angry Asian Man)
YOU DON’T KNOW JACK tells the fascinating story of a pioneering
American entertainer Jack Soo, an Oakland native who became the first
Asian American to be cast in the lead role in a regular television series
Valentine’s Day (1963), and later starred in the popular comedy show
Barney Miller (1975-1978).
Featuring rare footage and interviews with Soo’s co-stars and friends,
including actors George Takei, Nancy Kwan and Max Gail, comedians
Steve Landesberg and Gary Austin, and producer Hal Kanter, the film
traces Jack’s early beginnings as a nightclub singer and comedian, to
his breakthrough role as Sammy Fong in Rogers and Hammerstein’s
David Choi Paul Dateh
Broadway play and film version of The Flower Drum Song. The film also
explores why Soo, a former internee who was actually born Goro Suzuki,
was forced to change his name in the post WWII era, in order to perform
in clubs in the mid-west. Because of his experiences, throughout
his career in films and television, Soo refused to play roles that were
demeaning to Asian Americans and often spoke out against negative
ethnic portrayals.
Directed by Jeff Adachi, whose award-winning film The Slanted Screen
premiered at SDAFF in 2006, YOU DON’T KNOW JACK reveals how Jack
Soo’s work laid the groundwork for a new generation of Asian American
Eddie Kim Kev Jumba
actors and comedians.
Co-presented by:

Oct 15 Free screening made possible by Target.

Co-presented by:
San Diego Japanese American Citizens League
Japanese American Historical Society of San Diego
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Thank You List 2009
A special thanks to the following people who helped make our 10th anniversary really special.

AAJA San DIego Taro Goto Thomas Long, Intuit Wally Schlotter
eeman agrama-minert UCSD Rey S. Guerrero Jennifer Love-Bruce, Bridgepoint Sam the Cooking Guy
Brent Altomare, Groovy Like A Movie Victoria Hamilton Tiffany Lynch, TWC Carolyn Scholl, AKA So Cal
Beth Accomando, Film School Chuck Hansen, Viejas Dylan Marchetti, Variance Films David Seid, Taste of Asia
Confidential Jennifer Hasche, Intuit Arnold Marquez Steve Seo, SD Saram
Natalie Acklin, SDFF Paola Hernandez, KGTV Scott Marks Sim Silverio, Asian Journal
Cara Appel-Silbaugh, UCSD Kevin Hellman, City Beat Janine Mason, Fieldstone Foundation Patricia Sinay
Emlyn Aurelio, NICU Erica Hiramatsu Judy McDonald Pam Slater-Price, County Supervisor
Arianne Ayers, Magnolia Picures Dan Hom, the KING Amy McNeal, Intertrend Krislyn Smith, Focuscom
Corinne Bagnol Loretta Hom Marc Menkin Carolyn Smyth, ARTS
Theresa Battle, Price Charities Tom Hom Rita Meno Hyung J. Song
Ferris Bautista Andy Hoang Jennifer Meyers, Jack in the Box Kay Song
Tom Bell, Wells Fargo Bob Hoffman Productions Bryan Min, ESS Louis Song
Rodrigo Bermudez, Doubletree Hotel Gayle Hom Joe Min, Intertrend Samuel Song
Jon Block, Walk the Walk Tom Hom Enrique Morones, Border Angels Weston Song
Abby Borbon-Roaquin, Ulan Peter Hong Adrian Munoz, Viejas Shauna Spenley, Netflix
Steven Bourdeau, Wells Fargo Melanie Horn, Qualcomm Hope Murray, TWC Debbi Spungen
Michelle Brega, Bank of America David Hou, Drama Fever Leonardo Nam Grace Su
Aaron Bruce, SDSU Serena Hourigan Brian Naas, Subway Cinema Tom Sudberry
Alan Bugg Daniel Hwang, Yogurtland Alex Nath, Town & Country Seema Sueko, Mo’olelo
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Steve Carlton, AFFD Moses Hwang, Zion Market Jim Noor, SDAV Anya Talis
John Castillo, A-B Aya Ibarra Len Novarro Karen Tani, JACL
Herb Cawthorne, Viejas Malik Ismale, UCSD Keesa Ocampo, ABS-CBN Joyce Teague, JAHS
Cristina Chacon Daniel Jaimes Mark Oliver, All American Grill Emily Ting
Jennifer Chang, Intertrend Deborah Java Ileana Ovalle, Cox Communications Goran Topalovic, Subway Cinema
Jessica Chang, AAJA SD Peter G. Kalivas Bill Ostrem, The Eastlake Co. Greg Toya, CSUSM
Eric Chiang, TECO Michael Kang Cynthia Jo Otteson, Intertrend Ham Tran
Don Chareunsy Paul Kim, Kollaboration Jim Otto, Town & Country Jimmy Tsai
Lynnie Chen Judy Leitner, SDMTS Andrew Pai, Hyphen Magazine Alan Tse, LG
Karin-Anna Cheung Dustin Kaspar, SIFF Jason Pak, A-B Ron Tuatagaloa, KGTV
Sheau-Ching Chiang-Nicholas Rebecca Kelley, Office of Ron Roberts Jung-Ho Pak, Orchestra Nova Felix Tuyay, SWC
Pamela Chien, NBC Universal Neil Kendricks, MCASD Mark Palaganas, Intertrend Tracie Ugamoto
Audrey Choi, CJ Entertainment Jessica Kenyon, Jacobs Center Daniel Park Danny Park Mike Watson
John Cho Judy Ki, SDC Democrats Edward Park, Barnard Elementary Music Watson
Josh Choi, KCCLA Darryl Kim Tara Paul, The Rock Rebecca Webb, ArtPower UCSD
Michelle Cho Jay Kim, Paramount Pictures Judy Patacsil, Miramar College Melissa White, Sharp Health Plan
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Leo Chu Julie Kim Caroline Pho Linda Wilkinson, Best Buy
Leeva Chung, USD Laura Kim Quan Phung Simon Wong
Roman Cortez Myung Soon Kim Crystal Posey, Pop Chips Nancy Worlie, KPBS
Sara Couron, KIT Steven Kim, Eunsung Printing Chris Principio Anders Wright
Greg Cox, County Supervisor Dr. Susan Kim Elise Prosser Daniel Wurst, Yelp
Crab Hut Dr. Yong J. Kim Joseph Ramirez, UCSD CCC Ditas Yamane
Matt D’Arrigo, ARTS Monica Ko Ebonie Rayford, UCSD Chi-Hui Yang, CAAM
Ann Davies, The Parker Foundation Dr. Jeff Krebs Tina Rees, Town & Country Julia Yang
Ranjit Dhindsa Kay Kwak, Indiestory Reggie Regala Kelly Yang, SW Airlines
Vidya Dinamani, Intuit Toan Lam, GIG Rodney Regala Kent Yang, TECO
Tiffany Doerr, Doubletree Hotel Roland Lazarte Craig Reid Sarah Yang
Judith Dolan, UCSD Anderson Le, HIFF Darlynne Reyes Lily Yee, Goldilocks
John Ellison, UltraStar Paula Le Sharon Rhodes, SDCC Robert Yee, Goldilocks
Marc Emmelmann, SDPAL Adam Lee Jorge Riquelme, Bayside Yong Ki Yoo, Eunsung Printing
Epoch Times Chong Lee, Qualcomm Ron Roberts, County Supervisor Dr. Yorobe
Paul John Faeldo Kenny Lee, Apple Angela Rockwood-Nguyen Antonio You, Eunsung Printing
Kevin Faulkoner, Councilmember Paul Lee Mario Rodriguez, Funimation Tony Young, Councilmember
Nicole Fernandez, Doubletree Graham Leggatt, SFIFF Victoria Rodriguez, Focuscom Phil Yu
Abe Ferrer, VC Seth Lehrer, UCSD Tatiana Roven Su-Mei Yu, Saffron
Cesar Figueroa George Lin (RIP) Carlene Rowe, Stella Artois Ron Yuan
Fritz Friedman, Sony Pictures Frank Lin Damon Rubio, UltraStar Timothy Yuen, Burkett & Wong
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Sue George, MOPA Tricia Lin Robert Sanchez, GTM
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for your continuous and invaluable support of arts, culture, and diversity in our region.

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