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2016 San Diego Asian Film Festival

Taiwan Film Showcase @ UCSD

For the fifth year in a row, the San Diego Asian Film Festival presents the Taiwan Film Showcase, the biggest annual presentation of Taiwanese cinema outside of Asia. Every year, the Showcase highlights the diversity of perspectives, languages, stories, and genres by feature-length and short filmmakers in Taiwan today.

We are delighted to welcome director Laha Mebow to the screening of her award-winning film HANG IN THERE, KIDS!, which will be preceded by a free reception for ticket holders.

The Taiwan Film showcase is sponsored by the UCSD Chuan Lyu Foundation for Taiwan Studies, the UCSD Taiwan Studies Lecture Series, the Taiwan Academy Los Angeles, and the Taiwan Ministry of Culture.

All films are presented at the UCSD Calit2 Atkinson Hall Auditorium and are free for UCSD students, faculty, and staff.

Friday, November 4, 2016


Three playful country boys pass the time causing trouble, hawking vegetables in town, navigating family drama, and sometimes going to school with the few other kids in their tribe. A chance field trip to the city gives them an opportunity for adventure and for growing up.

Saturday, November 5, 2016


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.


A rookie cop has the nerve to flaunt his integrity, tipping the equilibrium of his squadron and threatening its connections with an underworld that is also its lifeline. As it crawls through the rancorous corruption of the police force, MAVERICK spares no one in its portrayal of souring righteousness.


A determined journalist investigates the death of a woman found bleeding in a wig store, whose owner has conveniently disappeared with an old flame. But the search for truth leads only to lies, as well as to a decade-old unsolved murder.

Sunday, November 6, 2016


In these four shorts from Taiwan, economic, cultural, and moral anchors become untethered, stranding its characters on islands unto themselves.


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.


A collage of photography, poetry, film, and painting, this bold and unusual work brings to life the cadence and ruminations of a generation of artists in 1930s Taiwan as they drew from surrealism to make sense of their peculiar positions as literati under Japanese colonization.