Archive for 2012

Ang Lee Films at AFI Silver Theatre

In celebration of the release of Ang Lee’s new film LIFE OF PI, AFI Silver and the Smithsonian’s Freer & Sackler Galleries team up to present a complete retrospective of the Taiwan-born director’s work. This series is co-sponsored by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO), Washington, D.C.

For the list of films screening at AFI Silver Theatre click here.

For films screening at the Freer, click here.


Election 2012 – Asian American Politics Today

In 1867, 2,000 Chinese railroad workers organized a strike by walking off their jobs to protest their oppressive work conditions.  In 1965, Filipino farm workers joined their Mexican counterpartso form the United Farm Workers and staged the Grape Strike and Boycott of 1965. Since then, Asian Americans have been elected to political offices and are active in numerous advocacy organizations that address issues such as education, human rights, immigration, and electoral politics.  At every moment in American history, Asian Americans have been involved in protest and in politics, in realizing a more perfect union.


-What is the state of Asian American politics?

-Has the Asian American community moved from protest politics to mainstream politics?

-What does the 2012 Election say about Asian American political trends?


Join our panelists, former Louisiana Congressman the Honorable Joseph Cao, Janelle Wong, director, University of Maryland, Asian American Studies Program and Deepa Iyer, executive director, South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), as they discuss the trends and barriers affecting Asian American political participation and the recent election. Gene Kim, executive director of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), will moderate this discussion.

National Museum of American History
Warner Bros. Theater
14th St. & Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20560

Click here for more information


MASQUERADE – Korean film at the Angelika Film Center MOSAIC in Fairfax, VA

Hope you all stayed safe during Hurricane Sandy, now that the storm is over check out this great film in Virginia!

The hotly anticipated historical drama “Masquerade,” starring Korea’s world star LEE Byung-hun and written by Old Boy co-writer, HWANG Jo-yoon.

The versatile actor LEE (G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and A Bittersweet Life) plays the dual lead as both the tragic King Gwang-hae and that of the commoner who shares a fatefully remarkable resemblance to the ruler, Ha-Seon. Deeply embroiled in palace intrigue which aims to assassinate the ruler, King Gwang-Hae orders his trusted councilor Heo Kyun to find him a body double.  When the King collapses from a mysterious poison, Ha-seon must carry off the biggest masquerade of his career to save the country from chaos while under imminent threat of death.

Acclaimed character actor RYU Seung-ryong (All About My Wife, War of the Arrows) and rising star HAN Hyo-Joo (Always) appear in supporting roles as the councilor and the queen, respectively.

Angelika Film Center & Café, Mosaic
2911 District Avenue, Fairfax, VA 22031
(For GPS use: 8200 Strawberry Ln. – Enter Strawberry Lane off Gallows Rd/Rt 650)

Here’s a review of the film:,1242136/critic-review.html


The Films of Ang Lee

Film fans: Now you can see all of Ang Lee’s films on the big screen!

In celebration of the release of Ang Lee’s new film Life of Pi, the Freer|Sackler and AFI Silver Theatre team up to present a complete retrospective of his work. This series is co-sponsored by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO), Washington, DC.

Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art
Free, open to the public. Seating is available on a first-come,
first-served basis.

Lust, Caution
Friday, Nov. 16, 7 p.m.

Pushing Hands
Sunday, Dec. 2, 1 p.m.

The Wedding Banquet
Sunday, Dec. 2, 3 p.m.

Eat, Drink, Man, Woman
Friday, Dec. 7, 7 p.m.

Click here form more information.

The schedule at AFI Silver Theatre is still TBA. Visit for AFI schedule information.


Screening Tomorrow: “Give Up Tomorrow”

Film: Give Up Tomorrow
Venue: West End Cinema
Screening Time: Sun, Oct 14, 2012 @ 1:00 PM
Included: Q&A Session with Director Michael Collins

We heard about a cool event from friend and DC APA Film Festival alum Chris Sheridan.

Tomorrow, there will be a screening of “Give Up Tomorrow,” an amazing Filipino documentary thatThe New York Times says, “leaves one itching to understand more about the bigger picture and the political and social connections involved.”

About the film:
Murder, corruption and mystery surround this surreal true story of a young man who faced execution for a crime he didn’t commit. “Give Up Tomorrow” tells the incredible story of Paco Larrañaga whose life was turned upside down when police framed him for the murder of two young women in the Philippines. Come see the award-winning documentary the New York Times calls, “jaw-dropping” and “hard to turn away from” playing this Sunday, October 14th at DC’s West End Cinema (2301 M Street NW) at 1pm. Director Michael Collins will be there for a Q&A afterwards.
See the trailer here at

It’s a great way to fill a lazy Sunday afternoon. Besides, all the cool kids are going.


My Film Habit: Day 3 and the Early Shows

By Allison Lyzenga
My Film Habit

Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey (with the short The Problem of Gravity)

This next film I saw at the festival was pretty amazing. It’s a documentary from director Ramona S. Diaz about Arnel Pineda, the new Filipino lead singer for the band Journey. I don’t know if I’ve been living under a rock or something, but I had absolutely no idea that this had happened. First of all, I hadn’t realized that Journey was still touring, but then I also didn’t know that they snagged themselves a new, youthful front man. And, to make the story even more interesting, the band found Pineda on Youtube after he had posted several videos of himself singing with this cover band in Manila. This is such a remarkable story. Click here to read more.

Daylight Savings (with the short The Champions)

Night Three of the DC APA Film Festival had some pretty great selections of offer as well. The theme for these films seemed to be a lot lighter and breezier—perfect for a Saturday afternoon screening. The feature film in this early showcase was another bittersweet offering from Dave Boyle, starring the always-delightful Goh Nakamura. Click here to read more.


Today’s Highlights

We have a full day of events on tap for today. Some highlights from today include: Daniel Henney’s hotness, a little ’80s glam rock, and lots of touching.

Shanghai Calling
Screening Time: October 6, 8:00 pm
Venue: U.S. Navy Memorial
Run Time: 100 minutes

As Asia Pacific Arts found out in may, Daniel Henney is hot. He’s also in one of our Closing Night films.

When ambitious New York attorney Sam (Daniel Henney) is sent to Shanghai, he immediately stumbles into a legal mess that could end his career. With the help of a beautiful relocation specialist (Eliza Coupe), a well-connected old-timer (Bill Paxton), a clever journalist (Geng Le), and a street-smart legal assistant (Zhu Zhu), Sam might just save his job, find romance, and learn to appreciate the many wonders of this gorgeous, modern city.

Screening Time: October 6, 2:00 pm
Venue: Goethe-Institut
Run Time: 109 minutes

At V.I.P. Nails, a Vietnamese manicurist named Tam has a new customer: Brendan, a shy mechanic who literally has a problem on his hands. He can never get rid of the oil stains around his nails, and when he tries to be intimate with his aloof wife, she always rejects him with the same excuse: “Your hands are filthy!” Desperately seeking to save his marriage, Brendan goes to the nail salon every day, where Tam scrubs his hands clean and offers him advice on how to get his wife to love him again. But soon, Tam and Brendan find themselves drawn to each other, an attraction which becomes harder and harder to resist.

Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey
Screening Time: October 6, 6:00 pm
Venue: U.S. Navy Memorial
Run Time: 113 minutes

Halfway around the world, Journey, the iconic, quintessentially American rock band who recorded eight platinum-certified albums in during their heyday, has chosen a new lead singer in a manner befitting this internet age: they found him through YouTube.


My Film Habit on Day 2 of the DC APA Film Festival

By Allison Lyzenga
My Film Habit

Night two of the DC APA Film Fest was just as enchanting as the first. But, this showcase was about comedy. Raucous girl comedy, to be specific. Both of the films on the program exhibited a delightfully sassy sense of humor on the part of the directors, and both were really fun. Click here to read more.

The late night showing on night two of the DC APA Film Festival had a completely different vibe from the light comedy of the early show. This was the horror showcase, and it ended up being much scarier than I was anticipating. Click here to read more.


Showing Tonight: I Am A Ghost

The Film: “I am a Ghost”
Screening Time: 10:00 pm
The Venue: Goethe-Institute
Run Time: 75 minutes

Emily has issues. And they make it hard for her to leave her own house… even after her death.

Emily is a troubled spirit trapped in her own home. Day after day, she wonders why she can’t leave. Meanwhile, the living are eager to rid the house of her spirit. Enter Sylvia, the clairvoyant hired to get rid of her.

Once Sylvia arrives, Emily is forced into a patient/therapist relationship with her. Mysteries about Emily’s past are uncovered, but will they enable her to move on?

-Cherisse Yanit-Nadal


Showing Tonight: Sex, Friendship, and Rock & Roll

The Film: The Crumbles
Screening Time: 8:00 pm
The Venue: Goethe-Institut
Run Time: 75 minutes

How many of us have said this: We should start a band? Those of us who raised our hands know that those five little words unleash a crazy mash-up of emotion and a trajectory of events that either leads to the band’s success or disbandment.

This film follows Darla, who kicks off the action of this film convincing her friend that they should start a band.

Darla’s long lost best friend Elisa, a free spirit, has just moved back to Los Angeles after a devastating break-up. Because no one else in their group of friends is willing to help her out, Darla offers up her couch. And Elisa crashes there… indefinitely.

Soon, Darla realizes that Eliza is the perfect partner for the band she’s been wanting to start up. But, once the band gets rolling things start to work against them: obsession, insecurity, heartache, and hard-to-manage egos. They both share dreams of rock stardom, but can they be more than “the greatest band in the world– that nobody’s ever heard of”?

-Cherisse Yanit-Nadal