Index of Features


Special Presentations

INSIDE THE RED BRICK WALL

Film

INSIDE THE RED BRICK WALL

Directed by Hong Kong Documentary Filmmakers
In 2019, demonstrators occupied Hong Kong Polytechnic University to protest a pro-Beijing extradition bill. In the crowd, rubbing…
Masters

INTRODUCTION

Film

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

Film

ISLANDS

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

JAMES & ISEY

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JAMES & ISEY

Directed by Florian Habicht
As endearing a birthday present as cinema has ever seen, this joyous documentary follows Maori elder Isey during…
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.
Asian American Panorama

LIKE A ROLLING STONE: THE LIFE & TIMES OF BEN FONG-TORRES

Film

LIKE A ROLLING STONE: THE LIFE & TIMES OF BEN FONG-TORRES

Directed by Suzanne Joe Kai
Suzanne Joe Kai’s documentary sheds light on the most illustrious byline in 1970s rock and roll journalism, covering…
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…
Classics Restored

LUMPIA

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LUMPIA

Directed by Patricio Ginelsa
The first Asian American superhero movie! Back in 1996, Patricio Ginelsa started filming this ultra low-budget, comic book-inspired…
Asian American Panorama

LUMPIA WITH A VENGEANCE

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LUMPIA WITH A VENGEANCE

Directed by Patricio Ginelsa
Fogtown’s finest return to save a fab Fil-Am wedding from a queenpin slinging drugs disguised in lumpia. If…
Asian American Panorama

MANZANAR, DIVERTED: WHEN WATER BECOMES DUST

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MANZANAR, DIVERTED: WHEN WATER BECOMES DUST

Directed by Ann Kaneko
Once a source of water, groundwater “mining” has made Owens Valley the nation's largest source of toxic dust.…
Masters

MEMORIA

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MEMORIA

Directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Apichatpong Weerasethakul reaffirms his place among the great living filmmakers with this sonic time-space odyssey set in Colombia’s…
Asia Pop!

MYSTERY KUNG FU THEATER

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MYSTERY KUNG FU THEATER

I can show you the path to the Mystery Kung Fu Theater but I cannot reveal it to…
Asia Pop!

OFFICE ROYALE

Film

OFFICE ROYALE

Directed by Kazuaki Seki
Beneath the polite, polished veneer of the Tokyo corporate churn is the bruising, no-holds-barred secret life of office…
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

Film

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!

SINKHOLE

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SINKHOLE

Directed by Kim Ji-hoon
Apartment residents exchange daily pleasantries and become fixtures in each other’s middle-class lives, when SINKHOLE!! Their entire building…
Classics Restored

TERMINAL USA

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TERMINAL USA

Directed by Jon Moritsugu
In Jon Moritsugu’s post-punk twist on the family sitcom, Dad calls drug-dealing son Katzumi a “mutated stain on…
Unknown Pleasures

THE MOON REPRESENTS MY HEART

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THE MOON REPRESENTS MY HEART

Directed by Juan Martín Hsu
Filmmaker Juan Martín Hsu travels from Argentina to Taiwan to visit his mother, intending to investigate the circumstances…
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…
Asia Pop!

TIONG BAHRU SOCIAL CLUB

Film

TIONG BAHRU SOCIAL CLUB

Directed by Tan Bee Thiam
Sweet Ah Bee is the newest Happiness Agent at a resort deadly serious about cracking the happiness algorithm.…
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…