San Diego Asian Film Festival Feature Schedule Announced at Chew the Scene 2015


AN (Naomi Kawase) [France, Germany, Japan] 113 mins – The neighborhood pastry chef gets an unusual applicant to be his assistant: a 76-year-old woman with a surprising knowledge of how to improve the red-bean sweetness of his pancake confections. But with the secret recipe comes secrets about the woman’s background, and the chef is brought to rethink his inspiration.

  • Tuesday, November 10 @ 6:15 pm – UltraStar Mission Valley
  • Thursday, November 12 @ 5:30 pm – UltraStar Mission Valley

The Assassin (Hou Hsiao-hsien) [China, Hong Kong, Taiwan] 104 mins – The great Hou Hsiao-hsien’s long-awaited martial arts adaptation is a masterpiece of the wuxia spirit. An assassin is ordered to kill her cousin but then scales away from a life of violence. Intricately ordered and immaculately detailed, but always profoundly naturalistic, Hou stuns with a treatise on beauty and justice that is beyond words.

  • Sunday, November 8 @ 4:15 pm – UCSD Calit2 Atkinson Hall Auditorium
  • Wednesday, November 11 @ 8:35 pm – UltraStar Mission Valley

Case of Hana and Alice (Shunji Iwai) [Japan] 100 mins – In this animated prequel to Shunji Iwai’s 2004 hit, we find out that the titular high schoolers first met when they whimsically started looking into the famed murder surrounding a classmate. Their amateur sleuthing becomes a teenage dance of friendship, illuminated by the gentle hues of youth.

  • Sunday, November 8 @ 4:30 pm – UltraStar Mission Valley

Cemetery of Splendour (Apichatpong Weerasethakul) [Thailand] 122 mins – Apichatpong Weerasethakul casts another spell on his characters and audience, this time watching over a hospital full of soldiers with a mysterious sleeping sickness. Past worlds – a school, ancient ruins – animate strange states of longing and dreams held in suspension.

  • Friday, November 6 @ 5:35 pm – UltraStar Mission Valley
  • Saturday, November 7 @ 5:55 pm – UltraStar Mission Valley

Coup d’Etat (Kiju Yoshida) [Japan] 110 mins – Kiju Yoshida depicts the 1936 attempted coup against the Japanese government by Ikki Kita, played by the late Rentaro Mikuni. Equal parts political and sensual, the film ties the past to modern Japan in haunting ways.

  • Thursday, November 12 @ 6:30 pm – Museum of Photographic Arts

Eros + Massacre (Kiju Yoshida) [Japan] 202 mins – Kiju Yoshida’s legendary biopic of anarchist Sakae Osugi and his sensually-complicated relationships with three women. Epic in size and ambition, Yoshida tells the story of a man who is the image of modern Japan.

  • Wednesday, November 11 @ 6:30 pm – Museum of Photographic Arts

Flowers of Taipei Taiwan New Cinema (Hsieh Chinlin) [Taiwan] 109 mins – Some of the world’s most famous directors and curators debate, reminisce, and celebrate “Taiwan New Cinema,” the film movement that reshaped cultural dialogue in 1980s Taiwan and introduced groundbreaking new talents like Hou Hsiao-hsien and Edward Yang.

  • Sunday, November 8 @ 2:10 pm – UCSD Calit2 Atkinson Hall Auditorium

La La La at Rock Bottom (Yamashita Nobuhiro) [Japan] 103 mins – An amnesiac awakens knowing nothing about himself except that he can sing! His process of self-discovery, enabled by an ambitious teen at a recording studio, brings him face-to-face with buried demons and a talent that can lift him to redemption. From the director of Linda Linda Linda.

  • Saturday, November 7 @ 8:50 pm – UltraStar Mission Valley
  • Monday, November 9 @ 8:50 pm – UltraStar Mission Valley

Love & Peace (Sion Sono) [Japan]  117 mins – From the warped mind of Sion Sono comes one of his most entertaining films to date. An office nerd has glam-rock dreams but only his pet turtle gives him any encouragement. Things blow up (literally) when a magic spell turns the sewers and the city into a musical fantasy-world.

  • Monday, November 9 @ 6:00 pm – UltraStar Mission Valley
  • Wednesday, November 11 @ 5:50 pm – UltraStar Mission Valley

Mountains May Depart (Jia Zhang-ke) [China, France, Japan] 131 mins – A poignant epic spanning decades and continents, Jia Zhang-ke’s latest masterpiece follows a love triangle from its dance-infused beginnings to its jet-set millennial melancholy. Jia explores China’s past, present, and future as only he can: with a canto-pop heart and a bleeding love for ordinary people strewn apart.

  • Friday, November 6 @ 8:55 pm – UltraStar Mission Valley
  • Monday, November 9 @ 5:30 pm – UltraStar Mission Valley

No No Sleep (Tsai Ming-liang) [China, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan] 35 mins – Tsai Ming-liang’s walker drifts from the Tokyo streets into the lush quiet of a bath house. No one truly sleeps alone under Tsai’s somnambulistic spells.

  • Sunday, November 8 @ 1:00 pm – UCSD Calit2 Atkinson Hall Auditorium

No No Sleep + The Palace of the Sea + Curtains 53 mins – Three shorts by outsiders (a Malay Chinese in Taiwan, a Taiwanese in America, and a Burmese Chinese in Taiwan) peer with active eyes into lives and settings unseen.

  • Sunday, November 8 @ 1:00 pm – UCSD Calit2 Atkinson Hall Auditorium

Office (Johnnie To) [China, Hong Kong] 117 mins – Megastars Chow Yun-fat and Sylvia Chang engage in power-plays, sideline deals, and other dubious games of high finance. In any other hands, this would be a routine takedown of corruption. In Johnnie To’s, it’s a high-flying musical with pop stars and living legends spinning corporate intrigue to dizzying heights.

  • Sunday, November 8 @ 8:50 pm – UltraStar Mission Valley
  • Tuesday, November 10 @ 5:45 pm – UltraStar Mission Valley

Taxi (Jafar Panahi) [Iran] 82 mins – Jafar Panahi’s third film while banned from filmmaking is a shocker of unwavering mastery. With an almost cheeky love of the camera, Panahi mounts several camcorders in a taxi he drives around town, interacting with passengers and brazenly putting to the test the ethics of cinema in urban Iran.

  • Thursday, November 12 @ 6:45 pm – UltraStar Mission Valley

Thanatos,Drunk (Chang Tso-chi) [Taiwan] 107 mins – The aptly-named Rat crawls through a subcultural, emotionally subterranean world left to him by an alcoholic mother and shared with a brother who has just returned from the United States. Chang Tso-chi’s despairing, shockingly-felt drama plays like a woozy dream interrupted by bouts of emotional acuity.

  • Saturday, November 7 @ 5:10 pm – UCSD Calit2 Atkinson Hall Auditorium
  • Monday, November 9 @ 8:30 pm – UltraStar Mission Valley

The Whispering Star (Sion Sono) [Japan] 100 mins – A delivery-robot travels from planet to planet dropping off packages for human clients. Perched behind her intergalactic console, she starts to wonder about the worlds of humans, so far apart in space, so far away in each other’s memories.

  • Friday, November 6 @ 7:10 pm – UltraStar Mission Valley
  • Saturday, November 7 @ 5:15 pm – UltraStar Mission Valley

Continue Reading for the Asian American Panorama Line-up–>

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