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2016 San Diego Asian Film Festival

All Films & Events

  1. AFTER SPRING, THE TAMAKI FAMILY…

    Huang Yin-Yu / Discoveries / Japan, Taiwan / 2016 / Documentary / 96 mins
    Grandma Tamoyo grew up in Taiwan but moved to Japan after WWII. In 2015, she took her family, who she raised as Japanese, to a hometown her descendants only know through family trees. Narrated by Tamoyo’s grandson, this tender documentary embraces forgotten histories and notions of family with the generosity of a favorite grandparent.
    AFTER SPRING, THE TAMAKI FAMILY…

    UCSD Calit2 Atkinson Hall Auditorium
    Sunday, November 6, 2016 2:40 pm


  2. AFTER THE STORM

    Hirokazu Kore-eda / Masters / Japan / 2016 / Comedy, Drama / 117 mins
    A novelist temps as an infidelity detective, partly for research, but mostly to pay alimony so he can see the young son who no longer lives with him. With a typhoon incoming, his hope for reconciliation blows harder than ever. Kore-eda directs a bruised heart with a light and utterly charming touch.
    AFTER THE STORM

    UltraStar Mission Valley
    Friday, November 4, 2016 6:30 pm

    AFTER THE STORM

    UltraStar Mission Valley
    Saturday, November 5, 2016 6:05 pm

    AFTER THE STORM

    UltraStar Mission Valley
    Wednesday, November 9, 2016 8:45 pm


  3. Afternoon Still 5, photo by Chen Chien-Chung small

    AFTERNOON

    Tsai Ming-liang / Masters / Taiwan / 2015 / Documentary, Experimental / 137 mins
    Every film by director Tsai Ming-liang has starred the laconic, enigmatic Lee Kang-sheng. In this touching documentary, Tsai sits down with his muse in the abandoned Taiwan house they bought together, and they share an afternoon of reminiscence, unprecedented reflection, and a creative bond that is nothing short of love.
    AFTERNOON

    Digital Gym Cinema
    Tuesday, November 8, 2016 8:10 pm


  4. AKA SEOUL

    Jon Maxwell / Special Presentations / USA / 2016 / Documentary, LGBT / 70 mins
    Five Korean adoptees raised all around the world arrive in Seoul, where their complex identities – professional, sexual, cultural – emerge out of their interactions with the culture and terrain of the city. AKA SEOUL rewrites the adoption narrative beyond the tearful reunions and towards bold new ones of self-determination and self-expression.
    Centerpiece Film: AKA SEOUL

    UltraStar Mission Valley
    Sunday, November 6, 2016 5:30 pm


  5. ANTI PORNO

    ANTI-PORNO

    Sion Sono / Masters / Japan / 2016 / Experimental, Pink Film / 76 mins
    Sion Sono takes on the roman porno genre with the glee of a sadist and the turns of a post-modern fantasist. Reality and fiction bleed and power and submission do back-flips in this Lynchian snapshot of an actress whose life is a nightmare film set with no exit in sight.
    ANTI-PORNO

    UltraStar Mission Valley
    Saturday, November 5, 2016 10:40 pm

    ANTI-PORNO

    UltraStar Mission Valley
    Thursday, November 10, 2016 8:55 pm


  6. THE BACCHUS LADY

    E J-Yong / Asia Pop! / South Korea / 2016 / Drama / 110 mins
    "Don't call me granny. My vagina is still young!" Revered actress Youn Yuh-jung plays an elderly prostitute who wanders the parks of Seoul looking for lonely seniors in the racy, funny, and poignant BACCHUS LADY, an incisive look at communities that struggle and survive below the glossy K-pop radar.
    THE BACCHUS LADY

    UltraStar Mission Valley
    Tuesday, November 8, 2016 6:20 pm


  7. BAD RAP

    Salima Koroma / Asian American Panorama / USA / 2016 / Documentary, Music / 81 mins
    Four Asian American rappers seek to carve their place on the music map, only to find that self-doubt and a reluctant record industry often get in the way of their passion for spitting fiery lyrics, weaving catchy beats, and flaunting a bold new face for hip-hop.
    BAD RAP

    UltraStar Mission Valley
    Saturday, November 5, 2016 2:45 pm


  8. BEAUTIFUL 2016

    Jia Zhang-ke, Nakata Hideo, Alec Su, Stanley Kwan / Masters / China, Hong Kong, Japan / 2016 / Drama / 95 mins
    The Hong Kong International Film Festival’s annual collection of commissioned shorts includes a story of an 80-year-old in search of her first love, a documentary about middle-aged women in Beijing, a musical comedy about a diva in a recording studio, and a satire about unemployed coal miners trying on new roles.
    BEAUTIFUL 2016

    UltraStar Mission Valley
    Thursday, November 10, 2016 6:20 pm

    BEAUTIFUL 2016

    Museum of Contemporary Art, Sherwood Auditorium
    Friday, November 11, 2016 4:15 pm


  9. BITCOIN HEIST

    Ham Tran / Asia Pop! / Vietnam / 2016 / Action, Comedy / 115 mins
    It’s hacker versus thieves in Ham Tran’s high-energy action-comedy about a team of ace tricksters assembled by the authorities to take down a shadowy crypto-criminal. With effects, stunts, and stars, BITCOIN HEIST rewrites the caper for the internet age and a new era of commercial Vietnamese cinema.
    BITCOIN HEIST

    UltraStar Mission Valley
    Sunday, November 6, 2016 6:00 pm


  10. BREATHIN’: THE EDDY ZHENG STORY

    Ben Wang / Asian American Panorama / USA / 2016 / Documentary / 61 mins
    At 16, Eddie Zheng went to prison. After serving 20 years, he's emerged as a speaker and figurehead of Asian American activism in the Bay Area. Ben Wang’s documentary, ten years in the making, follows Zheng as he mentors inmates and young immigrants, while facing new legal challenges of his own.

    Preceded by: LAPS

    BREATHIN’: THE EDDY ZHENG STORY

    UltraStar Mission Valley
    Saturday, November 5, 2016 8:35 pm


  11. A BRIDE FOR RIP VAN WINKLE

    Shunji Iwai / Masters / Japan / 2016 / Drama, Mystery, Romance / 179 mins
    A junior high school teacher finds love or something like it through an online service and soon finds herself married and as alone as ever. Quickly, layers of deception unfold with a gothic touch and a dizzying dose of soft-focus romanticism as only a Shunji Iwai epic could deliver.
    A BRIDE FOR RIP VAN WINKLE

    UltraStar Mission Valley
    Thursday, November 10, 2016 7:05 pm


  12. CALL OF HEROES

    Benny Chan / Asia Pop! / Hong Kong / 2016 / Martial Arts / 119 mins
    In warlord-era China, a small town is terrorized by officials who think they live above the law, killing at will and leaving the town’s sheriff and local militia without options other than defeat. That is, unless they can transcend their fear and fight back. Action choreographed by the legendary Sammo Hung.
    CALL OF HEROES

    UltraStar Mission Valley
    Friday, November 4, 2016 8:30 pm

    CALL OF HEROES

    La Paloma Theatre
    Saturday, November 12, 2016 8:10 pm


  13. CHEE AND T

    Tanuj Chopra / Asian American Panorama / USA / 2016 / Comedy, Drama / 80 mins
    Two Silicon Valley debt collectors get a gig below their pay grade, but end up way over their heads. When their boss asks them to shuttle his nephew around, Chee and T end up on a hilarious chase involving haircuts, drugs, and an engagement party that will test their loyalties.

    Preceded by: HAND FART

    CHEE AND T

    UltraStar Mission Valley
    Saturday, November 5, 2016 3:55 pm


  14. Cheerful Wind

    CHEERFUL WIND

    Hou Hsiao-hsien / Masters / Taiwan / 1981 / Comedy, Music, Romance / 91 mins
    Pop stars Feng Fei-fei and Kenny Bee meet-cute on the Penghu set of a detergent commercial: she a photographer hanging out with her uncool fiancé, he the bumbling local enlisted to swill for soap. Sparks and songs fly, all composed with the gentle, inchoate rigor of a young director named Hou Hsiao-hsien.
    CHEERFUL WIND

    UCSD Calit2 Atkinson Hall Auditorium
    Saturday, November 5, 2016 1:00 pm


  15. CREEPY

    Kiyoshi Kurosawa / Masters / Japan / 2016 / Thriller / 130 mins
    A disgraced Japanese detective tries to forget his traumatic past by changing professions, but an unsolved cold case that may involve his suspicious next-door neighbor pulls him back into the cop game. Kiyoshi Kurosawa's gripping, macabre serial killer yarn lives up to its title and then some.
    CREEPY

    UltraStar Mission Valley
    Sunday, November 6, 2016 8:25 pm

    CREEPY

    UltraStar Mission Valley
    Wednesday, November 9, 2016 7:55 pm


  16. DAZE OF JUSTICE

    Michael Siv / Asian American Panorama / Cambodia, USA / 2016 / Documentary, History / 69 mins
    With cameras, a group of seniors, and a tooth-and-nail-fighting law professor, documentarian Michael Siv returns to his native Cambodia to wring an honest apology out the calloused hands of the worst offenders of Pol Pot’s genocidal regime, in the names of justice and healing alike.
    DAZE OF JUSTICE

    UltraStar Mission Valley
    Sunday, November 6, 2016 1:20 pm


  17. EAT A BOWL OF TEA

    Wayne Wang / Special Presentations / USA / 1989 / Comedy, History, Romance / 86 mins
    Wayne Wang’s adaptation of Louis Chu’s classic novel is a charming, spirited comedy about a Chinese American man (Russell Wong), whose father finds him a wife from China, leading to a crisis in the young husband’s manhood. Shown in a new director’s cut.
    EAT A BOWL OF TEA

    UltraStar Mission Valley
    Saturday, November 5, 2016 1:25 pm Buy Tickets


  18. THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN

    Kelly Fremon Craig / Asian American Panorama / USA / 2016 / Comedy, Romance / 102 mins
    Ever the outcast, teenager Nadine feels especially alone after her best and only friend Krista develops the hots for Nadine’s ew-gross younger brother. Laugh-out-loud funny, tender, and with a rare Asian American male romantic hero, THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN is the high school comedy done right.
    THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN

    UltraStar Mission Valley
    Thursday, November 10, 2016 8:25 pm


  19. Fallen Star

    FALLEN STAR: FINDING HOME

    Vera Brunner-Sung, Valerie Stadler / Asian American Panorama / USA / 2016 / Documentary / 50 mins
    Do Ho Suh’s beloved structure Fallen Star has been perched off a building at UCSD since 2012, when the architectural marvel sparked conversations about art, diaspora, belonging, balance, and home. This wondrous documentary shows how Suh’s enigma of engineering and artistry came to be, and the logistical feat that made it happen.
    FALLEN STAR: FINDING HOME

    UltraStar Mission Valley
    Friday, November 4, 2016 5:30 pm


  20. FAMILYHOOD

    Kim Tae-gon / Asia Pop! / South Korea / 2016 / Comedy / 119 mins
    A middle-aged, cradle-robbing movie star has a new plan to remake her public image: fill her cradle with an actual baby, so as to flaunt her tender, maternal side. Neither her cheating young boyfriend nor the threat of scandal – hell, not even menopause itself – will keep her from the glamour of familyhood.
    FAMILYHOOD

    UltraStar Mission Valley
    Tuesday, November 8, 2016 5:55 pm

    FAMILYHOOD

    UltraStar Mission Valley
    Thursday, November 10, 2016 6:05 pm