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2017 San Diego Asian Film Festival

Asia Pop!

Films to make you laugh, cry, and cheer, featuring mothers with big hearts, assassins with big guns, students with big ambitions, and lovers with big smiles.


  1. BAD GENIUS

    Nattawut Poonpiriya / Asia Pop! / Thailand / 2017 / Comedy, Thriller / 130 mins
    No exam is safe from a math prodigy gone bad and the rich kids who have assembled the ultimate ring of cheaters around her. With the playful insanity of a heist film and the raucous energy of a teen comedy, BAD GENIUS is a primer on how to tell a whip-smart story of youth – and how to creatively beat the system.
    BAD GENIUS

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    Friday, Nov 10, 2017 2:15PM Buy Tickets Buy Tickets

    BAD GENIUS

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    Saturday, Nov 11, 2017 3:45PM Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  2. A BEAUTIFUL STAR

    Daihachi Yoshida / Asia Pop! / Japan / 2017 / Comedy, Science Fiction / 127 mins
    Dad is a weatherman, but one day an interplanetary bright light reveals to him that he is also a Martian. Before long, his entire family is searching for their extraterrestrial roots while he uses his newscast to warn the world of Earth’s demise. A black comedy with a white-hot core, A BEAUTIFUL STAR kicks complacency and good sense in the pants.
    A BEAUTIFUL STAR

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    Saturday, Nov 11, 2017 7:05PM Buy Tickets Buy Tickets

    A BEAUTIFUL STAR

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    Thursday, Nov 16, 2017 8:35PM Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  3. CLOSE-KNIT

    Naoko Ogigami / Asia Pop! / Japan / 2017 / Drama, Family, LGBT / 127 mins
    With her mother gone, 11-year-old Tomo lives with uncle Mako and his partner Rinko. In this big-hearted and empathetic family dramedy, Tomo and Rinko develop a bond which they hope will lead to the warmth and maternal love for which both have been longing.
    CLOSE-KNIT

    UltraStar Mission Valley
    Sunday, Nov 12, 2017 2:30PM Buy Tickets Buy Tickets

    CLOSE-KNIT

    Museum of Photographic Arts
    Saturday, Nov 18, 2017 3:05PM Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  4. COCOLORS

    Toshihisa Yokoshima / Asia Pop! / Japan / 2017 / Animation, Science Fiction / 46 mins
    In a post-apocalyptic world of toxic ash, humans have retreated underground. Young Aki and friends, including the mute Fuyu, dream of the outside world through courageous conviction and Fuyu’s increasingly colorful paintings. At once dark and emotionally uplifting, COCOLORS blends traditional printmaking and 3D aesthetics to capture youth in search of light and color.

    Preceded by: EVOLUTION

    COCOLORS

    UltraStar Mission Valley
    Wednesday, Nov 15, 2017 6:45PM Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  5. A DAY

    Cho Sun-ho / Asia Pop! / South Korea / 2017 / Thriller / 90 mins
    A world-famous doctor finds himself trapped in a revolving nightmare: every morning he wakes up to the same tragic day. A flight, a press conference, a fatal car accident. As he frantically tries every morning to rewrite fate, he discovers that he’s not the only one stuck re-living the same day.
    A DAY

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    Wednesday, Nov 15, 2017 8:45PM Buy Tickets Buy Tickets

    A DAY

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    Thursday, Nov 16, 2017 6:00PM Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  6. THE GIRL FROM YESTERDAY

    Phan Gia Nhat Linh / Asia Pop! / Vietnam / 2017 / Comedy, Romance / 124 mins
    The class troublemaker falls in love with a transfer student, revealing his squishy soft side and unlocking memories of his first crush. Director Phan Gia Nhat Linh (Sweet 20) brings bright smiles and pop music savvy to this adaptation of a story by famed YA novelist Nguyen Nhat Anh.
    THE GIRL FROM YESTERDAY

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    Friday, Nov 10, 2017 5:15PM Buy Tickets Buy Tickets

    THE GIRL FROM YESTERDAY

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    Wednesday, Nov 15, 2017 6:10PM Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  7. KITA KITA (I SEE YOU)

    Sigrid Andrea Bernardo / Asia Pop! / Philippines / 2017 / Romance / 95 mins
    Two Filipinos cross paths in Japan. She, a tourguide who recently discovered her boyfriend’s infidelity. He, a quirky neighbor who knows that the road to an OFW’s heart is the smell of adobo. Told in three parts that turn the meet-cute on its head, the deeply affecting KITA KITA is unlike any Filipino rom-com in recent memory.
    KITA KITA (I SEE YOU)

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    Friday, Nov 10, 2017 7:20PM Buy Tickets Buy Tickets

    KITA KITA (I SEE YOU)

    Museum of Photographic Arts
    Saturday, Nov 18, 2017 1:00PM Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  8. THE LAST VERSE

    Tseng Ying-Ting / Asia Pop! / Taiwan / 2017 / Drama, Historical / 101 mins
    Ren-jie and Xiao-ping were young and in love in the year 2000, when Taiwan was abuzz with political idealism and cultural reawakening. But the decade that followed saw society, family, and bum luck shatter their romantic dreams, leaving only memories of innocence and the poem that first united them.
    THE LAST VERSE

    UCSD Price Center Theater
    Monday, Nov 13, 2017 7:50PM Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  9. LOVE AND GOODBYE AND HAWAII

    Shingo Matsumura / Asia Pop! / Japan / 2017 / Comedy, Romance / 94 mins
    Rinko and Isamu support each other, live together, and have developed a genuine and nurturing bond. Thing is, they’ve been broken up for six months. Their transition into independence has been slow, and unfortunately for Rinko, hers has been slower than Isamu’s. Their comedic romance is lovely to pieces and all-too-real in its delicate portrayal of reluctant goodbye.
    LOVE AND GOODBYE AND HAWAII

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    Friday, Nov 10, 2017 5:00PM Buy Tickets Buy Tickets

    LOVE AND GOODBYE AND HAWAII

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    Saturday, Nov 11, 2017 6:35PM Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  10. MYSTERY KUNG FU THEATER

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    We could tell you what it is, but then we'd have to make sure they are the last words you ever hear again.
    MYSTERY KUNG FU THEATER

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    Monday, Nov 13, 2017 9:40PM Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  11. NEWTON

    Amit V Masurkar / Asia Pop! / India / 2017 / Comedy, Drama, Thriller / 104 mins
    A newbie elections official will stop at nothing to make sure every villager gets a chance to vote. That is, until his idealism is challenged by the guerilla forces that rule the jungle town he’s assigned to oversee. Absurd in its humor and grim in its view on local politics, NEWTON is a charming and defiant social comedy.
    NEWTON

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    Friday, Nov 10, 2017 3:00PM Buy Tickets Buy Tickets

    NEWTON

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    Monday, Nov 13, 2017 8:50PM Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  12. ONE DAY

    Lee Yoon-ki / Asia Pop! / South Korea / 2017 / Drama, Fantasy / 114 mins
    After the death of his wife, an insurance agent is assigned the case of a blind woman in a coma. But upon visiting her at the hospital, he encounters someone who appears to be her spirit. As the two spend days wandering the hospital grounds, sensitive states of recovery and transcendence emerge, as if waking from a dream.
    ONE DAY

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    Sunday, Nov 12, 2017 5:10PM Buy Tickets Buy Tickets

    ONE DAY

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    Monday, Nov 13, 2017 5:50PM Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  13. PARADOX

    Wilson Yip / Asia Pop! / Hong Kong / 2017 / Martial Arts, Thriller / 101 mins
    After his daughter goes missing, a Hong Kong cop finds himself in Thailand, where he shows down with local police, some low-life heavies, and none other than Tony Jaa. High kicks and high drama ensue. Bone crunching brought to you with pleasure by action choreographer Sammo Hung.
    PARADOX

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    Tuesday, Nov 14, 2017 8:55PM Buy Tickets Buy Tickets

    PARADOX

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    Thursday, Nov 16, 2017 8:50PM Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  14. SHINJUKU SWAN II

    Sion Sono / Asia Pop! / Japan / 2017 / Thriller / 133 mins
    Pimpery slays when rival escort recruitment agencies escalate their turf war into a battle of businessmen with scruples only imaginable by the incorrigible Sion Sono. Impossible to take seriously, impossible to look away, this is Japanese pop cinema infused with brash energy and the tawdriest manga mise-en-scene.
    SHINJUKU SWAN II

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    Saturday, Nov 11, 2017 8:55PM Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  15. SHORTS FOR SHORTIES!

    Asia Pop! / 45 mins
    Kid-friendly short films about family, friendship, acceptance, and resilience.

    In This Program: THE ADVENTURE OF THE AFTERNOON, IRON HANDS, EAT, PRAY, BIRD, RICEBALLS, MOSQUITO: THE BITE OF PASSAGE, TO & KYO

    SHORTS FOR SHORTIES!

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    Saturday, Nov 11, 2017 11:00AM Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  16. SHUBH MANGAL SAAVDHAN

    R.S. Prasanna / Asia Pop! / India / 2017 / Comedy, Romance / 119 mins
    Mudit and Sugandha meet cute and soon engage cute, to the delight of their respective parents. But one premarital rendezvous reveals his gentlemanly dysfunction, and soon everyone in the wedding party knows. The parents, to say the least, are not delighted. As the film spins into a sex comedy with a light, wholesome touch, the delight is all ours.
    SHUBH MANGAL SAAVDHAN

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    Sunday, Nov 12, 2017 7:55PM Buy Tickets Buy Tickets

    SHUBH MANGAL SAAVDHAN

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    Tuesday, Nov 14, 2017 8:20PM Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  17. THE SILENT TEACHER

    Maso Chen / Asia Pop! / Taiwan / 2017 / Documentary, Drama / 73 mins
    Because of cultural mores pertaining to the afterlife, medical schools in Taiwan don’t receive many cadaver donations. So when wife, mother, and now “silent teacher” Hsu Yu-e leaves her body to science, her death sets off two years of waiting, grief, but above all gratitude between her family and a medical school.

    Preceded by: 100TH BIRTHDAY WISH

    THE SILENT TEACHER

    UCSD Price Center Theater
    Tuesday, Nov 14, 2017 7:20PM Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  18. A TAXI DRIVER

    Jang Hoon / Asia Pop! / South Korea / 2017 / Comedy, Drama, Thriller / 137 mins
    With casualties mounting during the 1980 Gwangju Uprising, a decidedly apolitical taxi driver unknowingly smuggles a foreign journalist onto the front lines between student demonstrators and the police state. Alternating between laughs and flying bullets, this touching true story captures an unlikely friendship and a turn of events that would forever alter Korean history.
    A TAXI DRIVER

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    Saturday, Nov 11, 2017 12:50PM Buy Tickets Buy Tickets

    A TAXI DRIVER

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    Sunday, Nov 12, 2017 7:40PM Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  19. THE VILLAINESS

    Jung Byung-gil / Asia Pop! / South Korea / 2017 / Martial Arts, Thriller / 124 mins
    A vengeful assassin explodes through armies of gangland thugs, but before long, she’s also busted through every safe convention of the action genre, laying waste to good taste and leaving the audience with nested dolls of narrative twists. Blood will shed, jaws will drop, and the history of Korean action will be rewritten.
    THE VILLAINESS

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    Saturday, Nov 11, 2017 8:40PM Buy Tickets Buy Tickets

    THE VILLAINESS

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    Wednesday, Nov 15, 2017 8:55PM Buy Tickets Buy Tickets