WASHINGTON, Sept. 8 ̶ Set in Vietnam and filled with visually stunning dance sequences, Saigon Electric opens the 12th Annual D.C. Asian Pacific American Film Festival on October 6, 7:30 p.m. at E Street Cinema. Described by Variety as “skillful and energetic” and “a crowd pleaser,” Saigon Electric is a story of friendship, class, love and dance. Mai, a traditional ribbon dancer from the countryside, arrives to the big city of Saigon in hopes of being admitted to the national dance academy. She finds friendship with the rebellious Kim, a hip-hop dancer from a local crew called Saigon Fresh. Mai enters their lives as the crew trains at the community center with their own dreams of competing internationally in South Korea.
Celebrating the Centennial of the Republic of China, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States (TECRO) has joined with APA Film to present two contemporary Taiwanese films, Cape No. 7 and The Fourth Portrait. They will be presented on October 13th at E Street Cinema as the centerpiece film of the APA Film Festival.
His dream of rock n’ roll fame in Taipei having collapsed, Aga (pop star Van) returns to his hometown Hengchun, a beautiful but quiet location on the southern coast of Taiwan. There he meets the beautiful Tomoko, who is trying to organize a group of local musicians to perform as the warm up act for real-life Japanese pop star Kousuke Atari (playing himself). A fun, quirky romantic comedy filled with lively musical performances and real-life pop stars (Van sang the theme song in My Sassy Girl), Cape No. 7 is a film sure to delight any audience.
The Fourth Portrait revolves around 10-year-old Xiang, who is alone after his father’s death with only an elderly school janitor to help him survive by finding and selling used objects. It is an atmospheric film with deliberate pacing and great cinematography, punctuated by light-hearted and side-splitting comedy. At times wistful and sad, the story of this spirited young boy is not easily forgotten.
Surrogate Valentine, the festival’s closing night film, is a romantic comedy that showcases the music of San Francisco indie musician Goh Nakamura. Goh is given the task of teaching TV star Danny how to play the guitar for an upcoming role, and he goes on tour with the musician to learn the trade. While on tour things get complicated as Goh’s high school crush shows up. Danny, grateful for Goh’s teaching, tries to repay the favor by playing wingman. “Natural and charming” are what many critics are saying about this film. Surrogate Valentine will screen on October 15, 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. at the Goethe-Institut.
The APA Film Festival is scheduled for 7 days from October 6 to October 15. In addition to our paid programs, APA Film will offer programs that are entirely FREE to the public at the Smithsonian Freer and Sackler Galleries. For information about our feature and short films, Opening and Closing Night reception and much more, please visit www.apafilm.org.
The mission of the D.C. APA Film Festival is to bring attention to the creative output from Asian Pacific American (APA) communities and encourage the artistic development of APA films in the greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan region. Since 2000, D.C. Asian Pacific American Film, Inc. (APA Film) a nonprofit, tax-exempt charity under 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, has produced an annual film festival based in Washington, D.C. devoted to film and media arts made by and/or about Americans of Asian Pacific Islander descent and other Asian Diasporic groups from around the world.