The feature presentations of this year’s San Diego Asian Film Festival examine the deep reserves of humanity, ingenuity, and resilience called for during this singular year.
The best of Asian American cinema in all of its colors—from stories of musical ambition and kung-fu revisited to tales of hustle and humor.
Director Lynn Chen rounds out the nine-year cinematic journey of singer-songwriter Goh Nakamura and his friends, lovers, and everyone in between. Playing that line between fact and fiction like an old guitar, these three instant-classic comedies show Asian Americans at their bumbling bests: creating, romancing, glowing under the California sun.
Films to make you laugh, cry, and cheer, featuring accidental assassins, beauty queen hideouts, and giant robot dreams.
Fresh from Venice, Busan, and other prestigious international film festivals, these are premiere works by the world’s best directors.
With the new SWIMMING OUT TILL THE SEA TURNS BLUE, director Jia Zhang-ke completes a trilogy of documentaries about artists in China. The films encompass fashion, painting, and literature, but also the tectonic turns of a modern China and the would-be freedoms of artists and their essential ties to Chinese society.
From Asia’s most innovative and thought-provoking filmmakers come new stories and new ways of telling them.
The decay of celluloid is especially harsh in Asia and the Pacific Islands, where humidity runs high and the aftermarkets for old treasures are dim. And so SDAFF pays tribute to the archivists, the preservationists, and digital and analog surgeons who bring cultural artifacts -- and breathtaking sights and sounds -- back to life.
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Some say she’s crazy. Maybe she’s possessed. There’s no simple explanation for Kim Ji-Young, a college grad turned stay-at-home mom. Acclaimed adaptation of Cho Nam-Joo’s best-selling novel and an ode to the unspoken yearnings of mothers and daughters.Buy tickets
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Oct 28 12:00 am - Oct 31 11:59 pm
Wu Yu's life is overturned after her elderly mother is killed in a hit-and-run. Previously a young, secular school-teacher, she now dives into her mother's Buddhism, and sets off on a solitary mission to bring the killer to justice.Buy tickets
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Oct 30 12:00 am - Oct 31 11:59 pm
CLOSING FILM - Riz Ahmed plays Zed, an up-and-coming rapper who suddenly falls ill with a mysterious affliction. With a world tour about to start, Zed wants to fight the illness, but instead fights inner demons related to family and identity.Buy tickets
FRI Oct. 30 @5PMBuy tickets
SAT Oct. 31 @11:30AM (PT)Buy tickets
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From home or on top of a half-pipe, check out SDAFF's 125+ films and 50 Q&As!