For the 7th year in a row, the San Diego Asian Film Festival presents the Taiwan Film Showcase, the largest 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. And for the first time, we are adding virtual reality films to the program. The Taiwan Film showcase is sponsored by the UCSD Chuan Lyu Foundation for Taiwan Studies, the UCSD Taiwan Studies Lecture Series, the Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles, and the Taiwan Ministry of Culture. All films are presented at the UCSD Price Center Theater and are free for UCSD students, faculty, and staff.

Taiwan Film Showcase

Asia Pop!

DEAR EX

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DEAR EX

Directed by Chih-Yen Hsu, Mag Hsu
Sanlian is left bewildered after her husband asks for a divorce and his sudden death reveals the beneficiary…
Masters

A FAMILY TOUR

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A FAMILY TOUR

Directed by Ying Liang
A dissident Chinese filmmaker exiled in Hong Kong finds a way for her young son to meet the…
Discoveries

FATHER TO SON

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FATHER TO SON

Directed by Hsiao Ya-Chuan
Taiwan’s emerald alleyways and small town merchants are the backdrop for this meditative drama intertwining several families with…
Asian American Panorama

LATE LIFE: THE CHIEN-MING WANG STORY

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LATE LIFE: THE CHIEN-MING WANG STORY

Directed by Frank W Chen
Former New York Yankees pitcher and “Pride of Taiwan,” Chien-Ming Wang, finds himself without a job in Major…
Special Presentations

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…
Discoveries

TEN YEARS TAIWAN

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TEN YEARS TAIWAN

Directed by Hsieh Pei-Ju, Kek Huat Lau, Lekal Sumi Cilangasan, Lu Po-Shun, Rina B. Tsou
Cloaked in poetic sci-fi, mockumentary and high style, five up-and-coming filmmakers depict in futuristic terms the fallout from…
Asia Pop!

XIAO MEI

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XIAO MEI

Directed by Maren Hwang
Nine points of view filmed as nine different genres make up this ambitious portrait of a young elusive…

THE MOUNTAIN

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THE MOUNTAIN

Directed by Richard Chen Yao-Chi
As Richard Chen Yao-chi was finishing his film degree at UCLA, he returned to Taiwan to direct this…
Special Presentations

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…
Special Presentations

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…