Presented by the San Diego Asian Film Festival

April 21-28, 2022

A sampling of fresh Asian cinema, from then and now.

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2022 Spring Showcase Films

Anita

Film

Anita

Directed by Longman Leung
Official Selection, 2021 Hong Kong Asian Film Festival Closing Film, 2021 Busan International Film Festival Audience Award, Osaka...

Free Chol Soo Lee

Film

Free Chol Soo Lee

Directed by Julie Ha & Eugene Yi
When you’re the face of a justice movement, it helps to be an angel. Instead, we have Chol…

RISE: A Pop History Of Asian America From The Nineties To Now Book Event

Special Event

RISE: A Pop History Of Asian America From The Nineties To Now Book Event

The question “what is Asian American?” continues to perplex. The term has to come to encompass so many…

After The Rain

Film

After The Rain

Directed by Jian Fan
Thousands of children perished in the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. To help families grieve, the government encouraged parents to…

Big Night!

Film

Big Night!

Directed by Jun Robles Lana
He’s called Dharma for a reason: peace-loving and a friend to all. But when Dharma finds himself wrongfully…

Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko

Film

Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko

Directed by Ayumu Watanabe
11-year-old Kikuko only wants to be an ordinary small-town girl, talking to animals and comfortably fading into the…

Maika: The Girl From Another Galaxy

Film

Maika: The Girl From Another Galaxy

Directed by Ham Tran
In the first Vietnamese feature film for kids, 8-year-old Hung is finally able to stand up to bullies…

Nothing Serious

Film

Nothing Serious

Directed by Jeong Ga-young
Online dating is for keeping it casual, right? Ja-young sure hopes so. She’s sick of serious relationships that…

On The Line

Film

On The Line

Directed by Kim Gok, Kim Sun
In this high wire thriller, every phone call is a Pandora’s Box of deceit. When his wife’s savings…

Quickening

Film

Quickening

Directed by Haya Waseem
In her first year at college, Sheila falls in love with a fellow dancer. The idea of being…

Yuni

Film

Yuni

Directed by Kamila Andini
Yuni’s a typical high school student: chilling with friends, rocking the latest looks (especially in her signature purple),…
Directed by Kinuyo Tanaka

Forever A Woman

Film

Forever A Woman

Directed by Kinuyo Tanaka
Tanaka’s masterpiece is a triumph of Japanese melodrama, and one with a remarkably proto-feminist voice. Fumiko is a…
Directed by Kinuyo Tanaka

Girls Of Night

Film

Girls Of Night

Directed by Kinuyo Tanaka
Tanaka’s second collaboration with screenwriter Sumie Tanaka (Forever a Woman) is a study of Japan’s new sex work…
Directed by Kinuyo Tanaka

Love Letter

Film

Love Letter

Directed by Kinuyo Tanaka
WWII veteran Reikichi lands a peculiar post-war job: helping Japanese women write English-language letters to their American GI…
Directed by Kinuyo Tanaka

Love Under The Crucifix

Film

Love Under The Crucifix

Directed by Kinuyo Tanaka
In 16th century Japan, when local rulers banned Christianity, the young Ogin dared to love her childhood sweetheart,…

Mystery Kung Fu Theater

Film

Mystery Kung Fu Theater

Yesterday is history, kung fu theater is a mystery, but today is a gift.

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