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  1. SDAFF 2016: CLOSING NIGHT – Mifune: The Last Samurai

    Posted November 11th, 2016 by Dr. Craig D. Reid in Uncategorized

    Eek, yikes, and OMG…SDAFF 2016’s 10-day film festival has gone by faster than a squirrel on a rocket ship. Closing night over, America has a new President, who in high school never visited the principle’s office, and half the country feels like doing the samurai warrior, i.e., committing hara kiri. Bad idea. Yet those that […]


  2. SDAFF 2016: Going Home to Korea – Last Princess, First Parents

    Posted November 10th, 2016 by Dr. Craig D. Reid in Uncategorized

    Often times without realizing it, some stories write themselves. I have been moved by two Korean films during the festival: Sunday’s (Nov. 6) centerpiece film Aka Seoul and last night’s (Nov. 9) The Last Princess. Both films are about Koreans who had no choice in leaving Korea and how they struggled to find their way […]


  3. SDAFF 2016: To-Two Three – Not the Right Time But Balletic Time

    Posted November 8th, 2016 by Dr. Craig D. Reid in Uncategorized

    Just like the English titles of Chinese films, where the meaning of the Chinese title gets lost in the translation to where Western filmmakers may not get it, such is the coinage of an English wordsmith, as the title of this blog makes sense if you look beyond the words, yet the meaning may get […]


  4. SDAFF 2016: Mike Siv’s Documentary “Daze of Justice”: A Lesson for the World

    Posted November 7th, 2016 by Dr. Craig D. Reid in Uncategorized

    A short while ago, I wrote a TEDx Talk for a friend of mine entitled Give the World a Peace of Your Global Mind who recently presented it in Japan. The core of the speech centered around the development of a global mindset and how that could become an impetus toward creating world peace. As […]


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    2016 SDAFF Awards Winners

    Posted November 7th, 2016 by Brian in Uncategorized

    This year’s festival awards were announced at the Gala Awards Dinner on Saturday, Nov. 5. Join us in congratulating the winners! Grand Jury Award THE LOCKPICKER dir: Randall Okita Best Narrative Feature CHEE AND T dir: Tanuj Chopra Best Documentary Feature BAD RAP dir: Salima Koroma Best Narrative Short DEATH IN A DAY dir: Lin […]


  6. SDAFF 2016: The Travesty of “The Mermaid,” Biggest Film You’ve Never Heard Of.

    Posted November 6th, 2016 by Dr. Craig D. Reid in Uncategorized

    It’s a hot November 5, Saturday afternoon in San Diego and I’m waiting in line to watch this most far out film. I strike up a conversation about Stephen Chow’s The Mermaid with a group of all-festival pass folks, who are usually across the board more into Asian films as a whole compared to filmgoers […]


  7. SDAFF 2016: OPENING NIGHT, TAKE TWO – “Call of Heroes”

    Posted November 5th, 2016 by Dr. Craig D. Reid in Uncategorized

    To me, and I’m biased, the true opening night of the 17th annual SDAFF is the first screening of a martial arts film. Briefly, in 1973, when I was 16 and days away from dying from the incurable, progressive and deadly disease cystic fibrosis (CF), my brothers forced me to go to the local Drive-in. […]


  8. SDAFF 2016: Luna Khan’s “Tiger Hunter” Gives Opening Night Lunar Light

    Posted November 4th, 2016 by Dr. Craig D. Reid in Uncategorized

      The Pacific Arts Movement is about forwarding the cause of Asian arts and artists regardless of country, gender, sexual proclivity, race, color and this year more deliberately…religion. Look no further than at the 17th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival Guide, it’s cover art a chic representation of a Muslim woman wearing a multi-colored […]


  9. TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE THE 2016 SDAFF

    Posted November 2nd, 2016 by Dr. Craig D. Reid in Uncategorized

    It’s the 17th SDAFF, an event more solid than a red bean ice bar at the North pole, which is ultra cool. In preparation for the cinematic festival season, tradition is an integral part of many people’s lives. Thus keeping with tradition, I open this holiday bloggiday with a version of The Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Reid…I mean Moore. It’s slightly […]


  10. Blowfish Unplugged Terry Matsuoka

    Blowfish Unplugged Lineup

    Posted October 26th, 2016 by Brian in Uncategorized

    Every year, the San Diego Asian Film Festival provides a platform for not only films from around the world, but also local Asian American musicians as part of our Blowfish Unplugged series. All performances take place in the UltraStar Mission Valley lobby and are free for all festivalgoers. Friday, Nov. 4 8pm: Alex Famous Saturday, Nov. 5 1pm: Jeremy […]


  11. Longest Journey

    Community Film Series

    Posted October 24th, 2016 by Brian in Uncategorized

    Pac Arts hosts San Diego films selected by our local partners. THE LONGEST JOURNEY 74 minutes A blue collar family’s goal is to cycle 3,000 consecutive miles, 24 hours a day from Coast to Coast in the Race Across America to raise awareness for Huntington’s Disease, a terminal illness the family’s mother is battling. Sun, Nov. […]


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    Coming in Hot! The San Diego Asian Film Festival is back for its 17th edition.

    Posted September 27th, 2016 by Brian in Uncategorized

    You’ll need sunglasses too, because this year’s lineup is coming in hot. Hot like the freshest new films coming out of Asia. Hot like the sweltering emotions of KAPOOR & SONS and SPA NIGHT or the documentary intensity of TA’ANG. Hot like the fiery tracks spit by the title hero of SONITA, and hot like the Asian American […]