Genre

Drama

Asian American Panorama

200 CIGARETTES FROM NOW

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200 CIGARETTES FROM NOW

Directed by Tianyu Ma
Bottles of Bombay Sapphire, an aquarium, and countless LED lights—the neon decor of an overstimulated boredom—adorn this electric…
Asia Pop!

AND SO THE BATON IS PASSED

Film

AND SO THE BATON IS PASSED

Directed by Tetsu Maeda
Chronically unlucky kid Mitan learns to smile when her single dad brings home a vivacious new girlfriend. Meanwhile,…
Masters

BARBARIAN INVASION

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BARBARIAN INVASION

Directed by Tan Chui Mui
A dramatic actress trains in martial arts for her next role, only to find fact and fiction, film…
Special Presentations

CATCH THE FAIR ONE

Film

CATCH THE FAIR ONE

Directed by Josef Kubota Wladyka
Boxer Kaylee’s been training for the fight of her life, every punch growing more agile and ferocious than…
Asian American Panorama

CLYTAEMNESTRA

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CLYTAEMNESTRA

Directed by Ougie Pak
A South Korean theater troupe gathers in a Greek Airbnb to rehearse scenes from an adaptation of Agamemnon.…
Unknown Pleasures

DAYS BEFORE THE MILLENNIUM

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DAYS BEFORE THE MILLENNIUM

Directed by Chang Teng-yuan
Like many Southeast Asian women in the 1990s, Van Tue moves to Taiwan and marries a Taiwanese man,…
Classics Restored

DIM SUM: A LITTLE BIT OF HEART

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DIM SUM: A LITTLE BIT OF HEART

Directed by Wayne Wang
Before he directed The Joy Luck Club, Wayne Wang made this underseen family comedy about Chinese American mothers…
Special Presentations

DRIVE MY CAR

Film

DRIVE MY CAR

Directed by Ryusuke Hamaguchi
Yusuke lives life the way he directs his plays: with precision and purpose. Perhaps it’s a reaction to…
Classics Restored

EXECUTION IN AUTUMN

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EXECUTION IN AUTUMN

Directed by Lee Hsing
One of late director Lee Hsing’s most acclaimed works, EXECUTION IN AUTUMN is a chamber drama of riveting…
Asia Pop!

HIT THE ROAD

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HIT THE ROAD

Directed by Panah Panahi
Panah Panahi’s unusual family road trip film. Dad’s leg is in a cast while his kid’s mouth is…
Asian American Panorama

I WAS A SIMPLE MAN

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I WAS A SIMPLE MAN

Directed by Christopher Makoto Yogi
Facing death, a solitary patriarch comes to terms with the forces that have shaped his life and the…
Masters

IN FRONT OF YOUR FACE

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IN FRONT OF YOUR FACE

Directed by Hong Sang-soo
A former actress returns to Korea after years in the United States, only to find a world familiar…
Asian American Panorama

INDIA SWEETS AND SPICES

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INDIA SWEETS AND SPICES

Directed by Geeta Malik
Coming home from UCLA, Alia meets a handsome grocery worker—the very opposite of her crazy rich family’s marital…
Masters

INTRODUCTION

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INTRODUCTION

Directed by Hong Sang-soo
Praying for a second chance at love, life, and redemption is a central motif in this sublime film,…
Asian American Panorama

ISLANDS

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ISLANDS

Directed by Martin Edralin
Following the death of his mother, a single, middle-aged Filipino immigrant desperately searches for love while struggling to…
Unknown Pleasures

KIM MIN-YOUNG OF THE REPORT CARD

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KIM MIN-YOUNG OF THE REPORT CARD

Directed by Lee Jae-eun, Lim Jisun
Back in high school, Jung-hee and Min-young imagined their future lives as young Korean women through their poetry…
Classics Restored

KUMMATTY

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KUMMATTY

Directed by Govindan Aravindan
Govindan Aravindan’s playful cinematic parable about a geriatric “boogeyman” who heralds springtime and turns children into animals.
Asia Pop!

LISTEN BEFORE YOU SING

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LISTEN BEFORE YOU SING

Directed by Yang Chih-lin
With young people migrating out of their deep mountain hometown, an elementary school faces being shut down, unless…
Masters

ONE SECOND

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ONE SECOND

Directed by Zhang Yimou
Hours before showtime, a movie reel is stolen, and the culprits become embroiled in the town’s grand plan…
Asian American Panorama

SEE YOU THEN

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SEE YOU THEN

Directed by Mari Walker
Thirteen years after a sudden breakup, two exes reconnect: Naomi (SDAFF favorite Lynn Chen), an artist who questions…
Asian American Panorama

SILENT RIVER

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SILENT RIVER

Directed by Chris Chan Lee
Grappling with an estranged wife and a mystery limp, Elliot checks into a highway hotel where thumps coming…
Asia Pop!

TIME

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TIME

Directed by Ricky Ko
Luminaries of Hong Kong cinema’s golden age star as washed-up former action heroes who now pay the bills…
Masters

WHEEL OF FORTUNE AND FANTASY

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WHEEL OF FORTUNE AND FANTASY

Directed by Ryusuke Hamaguchi
Director Ryusuke Hamaguchi set out to make three short films about coincidence and imagination. The results are another…
Unknown Pleasures

WHETHER THE WEATHER IS FINE

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WHETHER THE WEATHER IS FINE

Directed by Carlo Francisco Manatad
After Typhoon Haiyan hits, a son, his mother, and his friend navigate an uncanny city in ruins, targeting…