The feature presentations at this year's San Diego Asian Film Festival reflect the tenor of this singular moment, examining our enduring impulses to laugh, rebel, connect, and reimagine our world.
The heart of our festival and the best of Asian American cinema in all of its colors—from stories of activism, revenge, and revelation, to tales of woe and humor.
Films out of Asia that make you laugh, cry, and cheer, featuring masked romance, digital time loops, and retrofuturistic, data-driven odysseys.
Fresh from Cannes, Berlin, and other prestigious international film festivals, these are premiere works by the world’s best directors.
From Asia’s most innovative and uncategorizable filmmakers come new stories and new ways of telling them.
Straight out of the archives, these newly restored classics rewrite the lineage of Asian and Asian American cinema with vivid and timeless poignancy.
Ravi and Rita dutifully go on an arranged blind date. He’s awkward and sincere, while she’s respectfully present, all to get through the ritual of appeasing their traditional Indian parents. And then COVID strikes! Their phones buzz with news about a stay-at-home order, public transportation is suspended, and they’re stuck…Buy tickets
Apichatpong Weerasethakul reaffirms his place among the great living filmmakers with this sonic time-space odyssey set in Colombia’s jungle. Starring Tilda Swinton in a performance as moving and mysterious as the atmosphere it serves, MEMORIA follows a woman’s intuitive obsession with sound to the deepest realms of human contemplation.Buy tickets
Fogtown’s finest return to save a fab Fil-Am wedding from a queenpin slinging drugs disguised in lumpia. If every comic book movie needs a sequel, this one ups the special effects, star cameos, and of course vengeance, while never betraying the heart, humor, and community that made the original a…Buy tickets
Coming home from UCLA, Alia meets a handsome grocery worker—the very opposite of her crazy rich family’s marital expectations for her. But a surprise run-in at a lavish mansion party has Alia suspicious about her mom’s history, and what kind of ideals she’s long buried beneath the bling.Buy tickets
Facing death, a solitary patriarch comes to terms with the forces that have shaped his life and the island he calls home. Time and memory swirl like clouds over Hawai’i’s changing landscape in this intimate sophomore effort from Christopher Makoto Yogi (August at Akiko’s). Starring Steve Iwamoto and Constance Wu.Buy tickets
A dramatic actress trains in martial arts for her next role, only to find fact and fiction, film and film-within-film wrapping into one another. Tan Chui Mui directs and stars in this award-winning Möbius strip of a narrative, entangling action film and family drama in masterful ways.Buy tickets