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Films & Schedules - Asian

7 DAYS IN SLOW MOTION

Sat, Feb 19, 2011
at 1:45 PM (CM)
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Sun, Feb 20, 2011
at 12:15 PM (B1)
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Sun, Feb 20, 2011
at 3:45 PM (B2)
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7 DAYS IN SLOW MOTION

DIRECTOR: Umakanth Thumrugoti - INDIA

Set in middle-class India, where the pressure of examinations is the most defining aspect of a parent and child’s lives during school years, 7 Days in Slow Motion follows Ravi, a young boy who lives his life by the pie chart his mother creates and defines for him–60 percent education and only 2.9 percent for fun! When he and his friends chance upon the camera of a visiting American tourist, they decide to make their own Bollywood film. The seven days they allot for the production turn out to be a comic experience, but also one in which Ravi accidentally...

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AFTERSHOCK

Sun, Feb 13, 2011
at 7 PM (WH)
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Mon, Feb 14, 2011
at 7 PM (B4)
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Thu, Feb 17, 2011
at 5:30 PM (WH)
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AFTERSHOCK

DIRECTOR: Feng Xiaogang - CHINA

This year’s Chinese submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar also reigns as the most popular film in Chinese box office history. Feng Xiaogang tells the epic story of the survivors of one of China’s greatest natural disasters, the Tangshan Earthquake of 1976, which killed nearly 250,000 people. What starts as a disaster movie of Titanic proportions—with impressive special effects—moves to a deeply moving family melodrama that has wrung billions of tears from Chinese audiences. When the earthquake strikes, father Daqing is killed, and mother Yuanni (Xu Fan) is forced to make an impossible choice involving her two children...

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A BAREFOOT DREAM

Sat, Feb 12, 2011
at 5:30 PM (WH)
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Wed, Feb 16, 2011
at 6 PM (WH)
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A BAREFOOT DREAM

DIRECTOR: Kim Tae-Kyun - SOUTH KOREA

This year’s Korean submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, based on a true story, is a feel-good family film that will delight anyone who loves soccer. Kim Won-Kang, a former player for Korea’s national soccer team, hits the skids after he’s too old to play. Traveling through Southeast Asia, he lurches from one get-rich-quick scheme to another until he lands in war-torn East Timor. There, he finds children playing soccer in bare feet because their families don’t have money for shoes, and in their devotion to the game, he finally finds purpose. Kim Tae-Kyun dwells on the excitement...

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GOOD MORNING TO THE WORLD

Fri, Feb 11, 2011
at 9:15 PM (B1)
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Sat, Feb 12, 2011
at 3:30 PM (B3)
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Sun, Feb 13, 2011
at 7:45 PM (B3)
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GOOD MORNING TO THE WORLD

DIRECTOR: Hirohara Satoru - JAPAN

High school boy Takahashi Yuta is effectively bringing himself up alone. His father is long gone, and his mother is constantly off on trips, leaving him notes and modest amounts of cash to keep himself fed. Not surprisingly, he’s a bit of a loner at school. But he’s fascinated by (identifies with?) the vagrant man who sleeps in a road tunnel near his home, and when that man is killed—apparently by a gang of local delinquents—he sets off on a quest to find the dead man’s family and friends, following clues in the man’s bag. “This debut feature from Hirohara...

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THE HOUSEMAID

Fri, Feb 18, 2011
at 8:15 PM (B1)
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Sat, Feb 19, 2011
at 8:45 PM (CM)
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THE HOUSEMAID

DIRECTOR: Im Sang-soo - SOUTH KOREA

Lust, cruelty, and revenge reign in this riveting erotic thriller about a naïve young housemaid whose arrival wreaks havoc on an ultra-rich Korean family. Eun-yi is the servant who passively ignites the desire and jealousy of those around her: the virile husband, the scorned pregnant wife, the scheming mother-in-law, and the bitter older housemaid, each played to creepy perfection. Transgressions give way to an escalating war of mental abuse, in which guilt and innocence quickly become irrelevant. Visually spectacular, the film’s pristine contemporary interiors and coldly beautiful cinematography stand in stark contrast to the fevered manipulations of its cast of...

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MUTANT GIRLS SQUAD

Fri, Feb 25, 2011
at 11:30 PM (C21)
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MUTANT GIRLS SQUAD

DIRECTOR: Tak Sakaguchi, Noboru Iguchi, Yoshihiro Nishimura - JAPAN

“Rin’s normal high school life dramatically changes on her 16th birthday when her father reveals that he is a mutant, and she has inherited his mutant gene. Moments later, government special forces break into her home and blow both of her parents to bits. Suddenly, Rin’s dormant mutant abilities are awakened, and her arm transforms into a sharp, knife-encrusted claw! Fleeing and fighting her way, she joins a group of girls also born as mutants: one can transform her arms into swords, one can grow tentacles from her fingertips, and another can grow a chainsaw out of her body. Their...

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OUTRAGE

Sat, Feb 19, 2011
at 11:30 PM (HW)
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OUTRAGE

DIRECTOR: Takeshi Kitano - JAPAN

“Takeshi Kitano is back in top form with this ruthless and violent yakuza thriller! Kitano stars as Otomo, a stoic mid-level yakuza boss. When two top mob bosses form an alliance, the entire yakuza world is in danger of erupting into war, and Otomo is instructed to keep the criminal families in balance by any means necessary. What follows is an intricate web of betrayal filled with sudden bursts of realistic violence. This modern Japanese Godfather is masterfully directed by Kitano, proving himself once again to be one of the great Japanese directors of our time.”—Dan Halsted. “Humor as mean...

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PINK SARIS

Sat, Feb 19, 2011
at 6:45 PM (B3)
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Sun, Feb 20, 2011
at 7:45 PM (B3)
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Mon, Feb 21, 2011
at 2:30 PM (B1)
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PINK SARIS

DIRECTOR: Kim Longinotto - GREAT BRITAIN

“Pink Saris” refers to the hot-colored garments worn by the Gulabi Gang, women who resist the traditionalist view of Indian society, including the ostracization of so-called “untouchables,” the taboos surrounding inter-caste marriages, the routine physical abuse of “disobedient” wives, and the marrying-off of girls before they’ve entered puberty. Longinotto, whose past films have celebrated strong-willed women fighting for justice, follows Sampat Pal Devi, leader of the “Pink Gang,” a group of female activists from the Dalit caste who crusade to help battle practices that have kept Indian women subservient for centuries. As Longinotto tracks the remarkable Sampat’s effective conflict resolution...

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POETRY

Sat, Feb 19, 2011
at 2:30 PM (WH)
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Mon, Feb 21, 2011
at 6:30 PM (B2)
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POETRY

DIRECTOR: Lee Chang-dong - SOUTH KOREA

A sharp critique of Korean society’s inability to grapple with deep social problems, Poetry tells the story of a woman trying to find the poetry of her own life. Mija, a quiet woman in her sixties, works as caregiver for an elderly disabled man. In the early stages of dementia, she leads a simple existence centered on watching over her troubled grandson. When the boy’s behavior leads to horrible tragedy, the crisis sends her into an existential downward spiral, and she turns to her newfound interest in writing poetry for solace and guidance. As in Lee’s previous works, Poetry explores...

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SAWAKO DECIDES

Tue, Feb 15, 2011
at 8:30 PM (B3)
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Sat, Feb 19, 2011
at 2 PM (B4)
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Thu, Feb 24, 2011
at 6 PM (CM)
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SAWAKO DECIDES

DIRECTOR: Ishii Yuya - JAPAN

Sawako has been in Tokyo for five years and is currently on her fifth temp job and her fifth boyfriend. When her dad becomes ill, she returns to her hometown and takes over his freshwater clam-packing business—everyone’s dream job. An insanely deadpan ode to misfits and female empowerment, Yuya celebrates people who are pulled in unexpected directions and make the most of it. “Straight outta Japan and right into your frozen seafood section, Sawako is the most cracked coming-of-age tale you’ll ever see, complete with a rollicking company anthem celebrating the ‘lower-middle’ of society and advocating the overthrow of the...

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UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES

Wed, Feb 16, 2011
at 8:45 PM (WH)
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Fri, Feb 18, 2011
at 9 PM (CM)
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UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES

DIRECTOR: Apichatpong Weerasethakul - THAILAND

The winner of the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Uncle Boonmee examines the final days of the title character, who is suffering from acute kidney failure. As hallucinatory—he is visited by the ghosts of his wife and son—and magical visions of his past lives begin to take over, Boonmee leaves his country retreat and sets out on a jungle journey with his family to find the cave in which his first life was born. This hypnotic yet playful film is an enchanting blend of dreamy spiritual imagery and tender human drama that confronts the largest of questions—what...

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