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Special Presentations

The feature presentations of this year’s San Diego Asian Film Festival include two delectable films about families bound by food, a selection of imaginative virtual reality from Taiwan, classic films that will have you singing in your seats, and a rousing documentary about the kids who will save the world.

Special Presentations

OPENING NIGHT FILM: LITTLE FOREST

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OPENING NIGHT FILM: LITTLE FOREST

Directed by Yim Soon-rye
When Hye-won flees Seoul’s empty calories and daily humiliations, she returns to her rural town with a voracious…
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CENTERPIECE FILM: INVENTING TOMORROW

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CENTERPIECE FILM: INVENTING TOMORROW

Directed by Laura Nix
Science mixes with young adult passion in this exhilarating dose of hope and Inspector Gadget genius. Teens from…
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CLOSING NIGHT FILM: RAMEN SHOP

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CLOSING NIGHT FILM: RAMEN SHOP

Directed by Eric Khoo
A cinematic turducken of food movie wrapped in a love story marinated by Singapore’s multi-ethnic history. Two iconic…
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THE LEGEND OF THE STARDUST BROTHERS

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THE LEGEND OF THE STARDUST BROTHERS

Directed by Macoto Tezuka
CELLULOID JUKEBOX Choreographed stage antics! Cocaine in kiddie pools! This is the star-studded MTV glam rock opera you’ve…
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MOON FASCINATING, BIRD SWEET

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MOON FASCINATING, BIRD SWEET

Directed by Richard Chen Yao-Chi
CELLULOID JUKEBOX This program features two of director Richard Chen’s landmark films of youth in Taiwan. A newly-restored…
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WAIKIKI BROTHERS

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WAIKIKI BROTHERS

Directed by Yim Soon-rye
CELLULOID JUKEBOX A landmark classic from the Korean New Wave, Yim Soon-rye’s deadpan portrait of masculinity follows a…
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THE TRAIN HAMASEN

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THE TRAIN HAMASEN

Directed by Lai Kuan-Yuan
VIRTUAL REALITY Overlapping various eras and bringing together different corners of ethnic life, this innovative VR piece is…
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YOUR SPIRITUAL TEMPLE SUCKS

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YOUR SPIRITUAL TEMPLE SUCKS

Directed by John Hsu
VIRTUAL REALITY Traditional beliefs and new technologies clash in this hilarious short about a man who's told by…