Previous Film Festivals

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THURSDAY: 7 PM
OPENING NIGHT
“WAR IS NOT ABOUT BEING RIGHT BUT BEING LEFT”
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Tadaima – 16 mins
Director: Robin Takao D’Oench. Robin Takao D’Oench is a Writer

After the closure of the US Internment Camps at the end of World War II, a Japanese American family returns home and must find the strength to rebuild both their house and family amidst the emotional and physical destruction caused by the war. The film stars Toshi Toda, Vivian Umino, Mackenyu Maeda, and Jordyn Kanaya.

w: http://tadaimathemovie.com/
t: https://twitter.com/tadaimathemovie

FEATURE FILM

Under the Red Blood Sun – 1 hr 40 mins
Director: Tim Savage

A 13 yr old Japanese boy faces monumental adversity in 1941 Hawaii, when the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor. Under the Blood-Red Sun is the film adaptation of Graham Salisbury’s award-winning novel of the same name, which is required reading in many middle and high schools across the United States. It is set in 1941 and is the story of a 13 yr old Japanese boy, Tomi Nakaji, his family and his best friend (a caucasian boy) at the time of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Tomi’s idyllic world in paradise is forever changed when Japan launches a surprise attack against the US and all Japanese Americans are suddenly seen as enemies of the state. Tomi’s father, a fisherman, is immediately taken prisoner in an internment camp and his partner and friend is shot and killed. It’s a story of courage, honor, strength, friendship and loyalty against seemingly insurmountable odds.

w: http://underthebloodredsun.com/
f: https://www.facebook.com/redsunmovie

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FRIDAY: 6:00 PM
“SECRETS AND LOYALTIES”

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Twin Lotus – 15 mins
Director: Yucheng Zhao

The dramatic story of two twin sisters that were separated when they were 7 years old when their parents took different paths in the 1930s pre revolutionary China during the Japanese occupation of the 20th Century and got reunited 15 years later during the Chinese Civil War between the communist of Mao and the Chinese Nationalist. When they met against, one of the sisters is the leader of the communist-party student movement and the other one is married to a Nationalist Party colonel. They could not       have     developed more different backgrounds. So when they meet, will they remember their sweet childhood together or the hate to each other’s backgrounds will prevail?

f: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Twin-Lotus/908525495824707

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Jinju – 11 mins
Director: Crystal Jin Kim

A Korean American mother goes through a day of dealing with her daughter’s sulking until it escalates to the breaking of something deeply precious.

f: https://www.facebook.com/JinjuFilm?_rdr

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The Assassination of a Mathematician – 21 mins
Director: Robert Ke Wei

Though weary from decades under Mao Zedong’s Communist rule and the conformist pressure of the Cultural Revolution; the blind, brilliant, retired mathematician SHEN is tasked by his former student to crack a Russian code which could thwart a deadly conspiracy aimed at derailing President Richard Nixon’s historic 1972 visit to China.

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Side Glance of Dragon – 18 mins
Director: We Ra

Side Glance of Dragon is society drama based on the true event in Myanmar. A poor man Ko Sein Pe lives in the suburb of Yangon together with his seriously ill mother, his wife and his young son. As a breadwinner of his family, he earns money for the whole family by selling purified drinking water bottles and recycle things which he collects from trash bins. When there is a hotel construction project near the place they live and they are ordered to move away by the government, how will they continue to survive?

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The Loyalist – 20 mins
Director: Minji Kang

A North Korean general checks in on his daughter at a Swiss boarding school to test her loyalty to her motherland.

w: http://www.minjikang.com/Welcome.html
f: https://www.facebook.com/theloyalist2015

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Should Be Tomorrow – 24 mins
Director: Malini Goel

Should Tomorrow Be is a short documentary film that recounts the story of a retired Indian-American cardiologist who suffers a simple fall at home that leaves him paralyzed from the neck down and dependent on a ventilator to breathe. As he processes this devastating reality, he struggles with the choice to live as a vent-dependent quadriplegic or exercise his right-to-die by withholding life-sustaining treatment. Through actual home hospital footage, Should Tomorrow Be shows the raw and unflinching reactions of his family and friends as they rally around him as he deliberates and makes this final and pivotal decision.

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FRIDAY: 8:30 PM
“SECRETS AND LOYALTIES”

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My Life as a Sock – 10 mins
Director: Tony Jonick

A ventriloquist finds out her puppet wants to move out and get his own place.

f: https://www.facebook.com/mylifeasasockfilm

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Run Crab Run – 6 mins
Director: Wei Lu

Rub Crab Run (2014) follows a duo of crabs as they try to escape their fate in the cruise ship’s kitchen and their journey towards the ocean.

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My Dog Wish – 8 mins
Director: Terence Yu

Ming turns into a Labrador after making a wish at the wrong time. His girlfriend Hong has to figure out how to change him back.

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SHOWCASE PROGRAM
“Never Put Passion Before Principle”

The Real Mr. Miyagi – 1 hr 22 mins
Director: Kevin Derek

A TRUE STORY OF A MAN BEHIND THE BIGGEST HOLLYWOOD ACTION HEROES!

This long-awaited documentary, three years in the making captures the life of master Fumio Demura the man that’s influenced a bevy of Hollywood’s elite over the last 50 years. Those talents include Chuck Norris, Bruce Lee, Steven Seagal and many more. It was the stunt double role that he landed in The Karate Kid and the friendship he formed with actor, Pat Morita that would forever change his life. Mr. Morita fashioned his unforgettable character, Mr. Miyagi, off of Master Demura which earned him an Oscar Nomination in 1985. This is the story of a man they call The Real Miyagi.

w: http://www.therealmiyagi.com/
f: https://www.facebook.com/FumioDemuraTheMovie?ref=hl

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SATURDAY: 6 PM
“ WE ARE THE CHOICES WE MAKE”

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Down Under – 7 mins
Director: Matthew Victor Pastor

A young man from Australia is alone in a rundown hotel in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. He smokes cigarette, after cigarette weeping. A Vietnamese local rides her motorbike through the neon lit city. She stops occasionally to light up a cigarette, and it’s back into the darkness for her. This is their story.

f: https://www.facebook.com/matthewvictorpastor

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The Good Boy – 15 mins
Director: A. L. Lee

A morality tale, “the good boy” is a film about a young boxer who accept a challenge to fight a brute of a man only to discover his opponent has the mental capacity of a five year old. An unflinching look at what happens when everything you want hinges upon doing something unforgivable, and how if we could only see beyond our own needs and ego, maybe we could avert disaster.

w: http://www.thegoodboyfilm.com/

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American Hikikomori – 20 mins
Director: Landis Stokes

American Hikikomori is a short film that explores the emotional struggles of a Japanese teenager named Isamu Fujihara, when he moves to America.

f: https://www.facebook.com/americanhikikomorifilm
t: https://twitter.com/Hikikomori78

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Milkshake – 30 mins
Director: SangJin Ko

After their parents died, an adopted teenage boy struggles to live with his adoptive little sister against harsh reality.

w: http://www.cinemako.com/milkshake/

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The Flip – 22 mins
Director: Chung Lam

Eddie, a young Chinese-American boy, wants nothing more than for his mother to attend his school’s talent show and watch him perform “the flip,” a fancy cooking technique that he’s trying to learn just for her. But when tragedy strikes, Eddie ends up using it for a different purpose, perhaps a more deserving purpose.

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White Rabbit – 18 mins
Director: Christina Yoon

Grace, a lonely 14-year-old Asian-American girl, discovers that a troubled classmate is murdering rabbits and forms a conflicted relationship with him – one that ultimately brings her to question who she is.

f: https://www.facebook.com/whiterabbitnyu

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Self-Deportation: The Untold Tale of a Marginal Woman – 20 mins
Director: Eugene Sun Park

An Asian American woman crosses over into a surreal world after a series of strange encounters on the subway. Caught in an endless loop of subway cars and mysterious hallways, she becomes lost in the fantastical landscape of ‘Real America’ — dreamlike environments populated by various American archetypes: a peppy cheerleader, a fast-talking politician, an heroic firefighter, etc. Her final act of ‘self-deportation’ — both literal and figurative — raises questions about our notions of home and belonging.

w: http://fullspectrumfeatures.com/
f: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Self-Deportation/1405365456366640
t: https://twitter.com/EugeneSunPark

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SATURDAY: 8:45 PM
“ WE ARE THE CHOICES WE MAKE”

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Crimson Defenders – 9 mins
Director: Simu Liu

Crimson Defender vs. The Slightly Racist Family…An Asian superhero must face an enemy he cannot defeat: racial ignorance.

w: http://www.simuliu.com/
f: https://www.facebook.com/crimsondefendervs?_rdr
t: https://twitter.com/seemseems

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CENTER PIECE PROGRAM
“THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD”

A Leading Man – 1 hr 36 mins
Director: Steven J. Kung

Everyone is happy for rising actor GUOQIAO (GQ) – the network, his mother, his best friend – everyone except GQ himself. Heʼs stuck playing an offensive stereotype on a television sitcom, and the day he decides to speak up for himself on set, the executive producer fires him. Struggling to pick up the pieces, he starts dating A-list casting director RACHEL. Love and work are intertwined as he gives her sex; she gives him auditions. Their relationship survives the protestations of GQʼs mother, PAT, and best friend, DAVID, but starts to show strain as it becomes clear that GQ is unable to land another acting gig. Frustrated with Rachelʼs inability to produce results, GQ takes interest in a celebutante actress who tests his ambition and fidelity. As pressures from work, love and family come to a head, GQ must confront the hard question: How much of himself will he compromise for career success?

w: http://aleadingman.com/v2/
f: https://www.facebook.com/aleadingman
t: https://twitter.com/LeadingManMovie

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SUNDAY: 5:30 PM
‘HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS”

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The Home Promised – 19 min
Director: Betty Xie

In one of the last “illegally-constructed” neighbourhoods in Taipei, the residents’ quest for relocation gives birth to a community–a home that they never knew they had.

w:http://thehomepromised.com/
f: https://www.facebook.com/thehomepromised?_rdr
t: https://twitter.com/thehomepromised

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Mardistan – 28 mins
Director: Harjant Gill

Mardistan (Macholand) is an exploration of Indian manhood articulated through the voices of four men from different generations and backgrounds. A middle-aged writer trying to make sense of the physical and sexual abuse he witnessed studying in an elite military academy, a Sikh father of twin daughters resisting the pressure to produce a son, a young 20-year-old college student looking for a girlfriend with whom he can lose his virginity, and a working-class gay activist coming out to his wife after twenty years of marriage. Together, their stories make up different dimensions of what it means to be a man in India today. Mardistan (Macholand) starts a conversation on critical issues including patriarchy, son preference, sexual violence and homophobia in a nation increasingly defined by social inequalities.

w: http://www.tilotamaproductions.com/Tilotama_Productions/MARDISTAN_%28MANLAND%29.html
f: https://www.facebook.com/Macholand

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Giap’s Last Day at the Ironing Board Factory – 26 mins
Director: Tony Nguyen

In 1975, a seven-months pregnant Vietnamese refugee, Giap, escapes Saigon in a boat and, within weeks, finds herself working on an assembly line in Seymour, Indiana. 35 years later, her aspiring filmmaker son, Tony, decides to document her final day of work at the last ironing board factory in America. GIAP’S LAST DAY AT THE IRONING BOARD FACTORY follows Tony on a painful, but loving journey. The half hour film explores the refugee experience, the communication gulf between parent and child, and how racism shapes the Asian American experience. It will stimulate insight, discussion and understanding of the hardships of assimilation.

f: https://www.facebook.com/giapslastday
t: https://twitter.com/giapslastday

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SUNDAY: 7:30 PM
CLOSING NIGHT
‘HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS”

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All the Splendour of the Years – 20 mins
Director: Charlene Wang

An encounter between Jack, a widower, and his old flame, Sylvia, leads to a stroll through a city as moody and volatile as their own memories and regrets. An intimate romantic drama captured on 35mm film.

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My Heart – 2 mins
Directors: Yaser Talebi

Miss Teacher’s heart is sick, and students want to give her a big heart as a present.

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Made in Bali – 14 mins
Director: Michael Pohorly

A young American hires a Balinese Tour Guide without telling him that he is his son.

f: https://www.facebook.com/MadeinBali

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FEATURE FILM

The Descendants – 1 hr 24 mins
Directors: Yaser Talebi

Jacob’s family worries about Farrokh, the son of the family. Farrokh left Iran to continue his studies but he has not been in touch with them for a long time. Jacob travels to Sweden to look for his son…