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Films & Schedules - Asian

BARFI!

Sat, Feb 9, 2013
at 2 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 4)
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Sun, Feb 10, 2013
at 6:45 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 10)
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Tue, Feb 12, 2013
at 7 PM (Regal Fox Tower 6)
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Sun, Feb 24, 2013
at 12:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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BARFI!

DIRECTOR: Anurag Basu - INDIA

In this timeless, enchanting fable, rising Bollywood star Ranbir Kapoor gives a winning performance as a deaf-mute man whose life is a series of comic and tragic misadventures. Dedicated to Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, the nearly wordless Barfi! follows the resourceful title character as he falls in and out of love with the beautiful Shruti, whose parents pressure her into a respectable arranged marriage. Later, he finds love again with the autistic Jhilmil—whose father plots to defraud her of a sizable trust fund—only for Shruti to unexpectedly reenter his life. In between, Barfi finds himself caught up in a...

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COMRADE KIM GOES FLYING — SPECIAL SCREENING

Sun, Feb 10, 2013
at 5:15 PM (Regal Fox Tower 6)
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Fri, Feb 15, 2013
at 6:30 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 4)
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COMRADE KIM GOES FLYING — SPECIAL SCREENING

DIRECTOR: Anja Daelemans, Nicholas Bonner, Kim Gwang Hun - NORTH KOREA/BELGIUM/GREAT BRITAIN

“A winning, life-affirming fable about a young coal miner’s pursuit of her dream to become an acrobat, this is the first Western-financed fiction feature made entirely in North Korea. But this charming film wears its heavy historical mantle with grace, weaving a lovely, light-hearted tale whose themes—overcoming adversity and realizing the dream of a lifetime—upend our assumptions of a largely cloistered culture. Kim Yong-mi works as a coal miner in a small village. She dreams of one day joining the national circus and performing on the trapeze—despite the fact that she is deathly afraid of heights. When she is promoted...

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ENGLISH VINGLISH

Thu, Feb 14, 2013
at 8:30 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 4)
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Sun, Feb 17, 2013
at 7 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 4)
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Mon, Feb 18, 2013
at 1:30 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 4)
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ENGLISH VINGLISH

DIRECTOR: Gauri Shinde - INDIA

Shashi (Sridevi) is a beautiful, dedicated Pune homemaker, devoted wife, and mother. Yet because of her poor English, she is made to feel insecure by her husband and teenage daughter and by society at large. When she is called to New York to help prepare her niece’s wedding, Shashi overcomes her fears of traveling alone but is nevertheless overwhelmed. Humiliated for not being able to order a cup of coffee properly, she secretly enrolls in an accelerated English class and quickly becomes a dedicated student. With the other multi-ethnic students acting as a support system and boosted by the admiration...

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KEY OF LIFE

Thu, Feb 14, 2013
at 6 PM (Regal Fox Tower 6)
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Wed, Feb 20, 2013
at 8:45 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 4)
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KEY OF LIFE

DIRECTOR: Kenji Uchida - JAPAN

“Kenji Uchida’s brilliantly entertaining comedy-drama is essentially a riff on Trading Places, but it takes the notion that we all play roles every day much further than John Landis ever dreamed. A failed actor, unlucky in love, steals the identity of an accident victim and finds himself prey to the attentions of the mob—he discovers that he’s now a famously ruthless fixer for the underworld. Meanwhile the actual fixer wakes in the hospital with amnesia and has to learn to live anew as a failed actor. Perhaps fortunately, a needy woman executive (having set herself a two-month deadline to get...

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A LETTER TO MOMO

Sun, Feb 10, 2013
at 12 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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Tue, Feb 12, 2013
at 6 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 4)
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A LETTER TO MOMO

DIRECTOR: Hiroyuki Okiura - JAPAN

From anime master Hiroyuki Okiura comes this touching, fantastical tale of a young girl’s grief and the three mischievous spirits sent to look after her. After the death of her father, 13-year-old Momo and her mother move from Tokyo to the remote island of Shio. Here, Momo is haunted by the discovery of an unfinished letter her father was writing to her—and plagued by the presence of three heaven-sent goblins whose bumbling efforts to protect her tend to cause more chaos than good. “As gorgeous as Momo is to behold, the film’s sensitive portrayal of a teenager dealing with grief...

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MASQUERADE

Mon, Feb 11, 2013
at 8:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Tue, Feb 19, 2013
at 7 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 10)
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MASQUERADE

DIRECTOR: Choo Chang-min - SOUTH KOREA

During King Gwang-hae’s reign in 17th century Korea, conspiracies abound. Driven by paranoia, Gwang-hae (Lee Byung-hun) orders his councilor to find him a body double. Soon after finding the perfect lookalike in the form of Ha-sun, a simple jester and mimic, the king is poisoned and Ha-sun is forced to take the stage. The ensuing events form the dramatic, and often comedic, heart of Masquerade, a riff on the classic Prince and the Pauper story. Instead of Gwang-hae’s rigid policies and demeanor, the new king has charisma and rules on far more personal and humanitarian grounds, thus risking discovery—not to...

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MEMORIES LOOK AT ME

Sat, Feb 16, 2013
at 2:30 PM (Cinema 21)
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Tue, Feb 19, 2013
at 9 PM (Regal Fox Tower 6)
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MEMORIES LOOK AT ME

DIRECTOR: Song Fang - CHINA

Song Fang’s remarkable directorial debut, in which she travels from Beijing to Nanjing for a visit with her family (many of whom play themselves), gracefully expounds on several poignant topics: how an adult child’s relationship with her parents changes as they grow older and how to negotiate one’s place as a single woman in a world of married couples. Song, who many will remember for her wonderful performance as Juliette Binoche’s nanny and aspiring filmmaker in Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s Flight of the Red Balloon (PIFF 2008), perfectly captures the rhythms of brief sojourns home, trips filled with reunions (both joyful and...

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OLD DOG

Sun, Feb 17, 2013
at 2:30 PM (Cinemagic)
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Mon, Feb 18, 2013
at 2 PM (Cinema 21)
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OLD DOG

DIRECTOR: Pema Tseden - CHINA

Filled with breathtaking shots of the Himalayan countryside, Tibetan filmmaker Tseden offers an emotional allegory about urbanization and generational conflict. On a visit to a frontier town, middle-aged Gonpo decides to sell his faithful Tibetan mastiff to a Chinese trader who specializes in procuring dogs for wealthy landowners as status symbols. Gonpo’s father, Akhu, disturbed by his son’s lack of regard for their dog, purchases the animal back, initiating the simple storyline revolving around the dog’s destiny and the ensuing familial dynamics. Rich with commentary on the evolving conflict within Tibetan culture and a way of life that is quickly...

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OUR HOMELAND

Thu, Feb 21, 2013
at 6:30 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 4)
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Sat, Feb 23, 2013
at 9 PM (Cinema 21)
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OUR HOMELAND

DIRECTOR: Yong-hi Yang - JAPAN

This year’s Japanese submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar tells the moving story of a family divided by the historic political conflicts between Korea and Japan. During Japan’s colonial rule of Korea before World War II, thousands of Koreans were brought to Japan where they suffered painful discrimination. After the war, thousands chose to be repatriated to North Korea in hope of a better life. Few managed to escape their fateful choice. Japanese-Korean director Yong-hi Yang, born in Japan but from a North Korean family, tells the story of her brother Son-ho, who after living in North Korea...

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PIETA

Sat, Feb 9, 2013
at 6 PM (Cinemagic)
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Mon, Feb 11, 2013
at 6:30 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 4)
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PIETA

DIRECTOR: Kim Ki-duk - SOUTH KOREA

Lee Kang-do works as a brutal, merciless loan shark who threatens and cripples those who can’t make their payments. One day, a woman appears on his doorstep claiming to be the mother who abandoned him as a baby. At first he rejects her but eventually quits his job to spend his days recapturing the time lost with her. When she is kidnapped, he must track down the culprit, revisiting all those whom he has hurt in the past, only to discover that his mother is harboring a dark secret of her own. Taking his inspiration from Michelangelo’s Pietà, Kim’s searing,...

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A SIMPLE LIFE

Fri, Feb 8, 2013
at 9:15 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 4)
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Sun, Feb 10, 2013
at 2:30 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 4)
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A SIMPLE LIFE

DIRECTOR: Ann Hui - HONG KONG

With perfectly judged performances from Andy Lau and Deanie Ip (winner of the Best Actress Award at the Venice Film Festival), Ann Hui’s moving film looks at the decades-long relationship between a man and his devoted family servant. Ip plays Ah Tao, who has worked for the Leung family for 60 years. For the past decade, the only member of the family left in Hong Kong is Roger (Lau), who works in the film industry. Having cared for Roger from childhood, Ah Tao suffers a stroke and asks to be admitted to a nursing home. There, she becomes part of...

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STARRY STARRY NIGHT

Sun, Feb 10, 2013
at 5:15 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 4)
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Fri, Feb 15, 2013
at 6 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 10)
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STARRY STARRY NIGHT

DIRECTOR: Tom Lin - TAIWAN

Based on the children’s book by Taiwanese illustrator Jimmy Liao, the gentle Starry Starry Night follows the intersecting lives of inward 13-year-old Mei, who’s coping with the death of her grandfather and her parents’ crumbling marriage, and shy Jay, who endures a rootless existence caused by his abusive father. When Mei falls in love with Jay, a recent transfer student at her school, she finds solace from her troubles and begins a journey to find the missing parts of her troubled life. Venturing into the starry night, Mei and Jay set off on a romantic, perilous trip into the mountainous...

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TOGETHER

Sun, Feb 10, 2013
at 2:30 PM (Regal Fox Tower 6)
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Fri, Feb 15, 2013
at 9:15 PM (Cinema 21)
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TOGETHER

DIRECTOR: Hsu Chao-Jen - TAIWAN

“A neighborhood’s lives and loves intertwine in this almost novelistic film, seen mostly through the eyes of 17-year-old Xiao Yang. Together’s various storylines cycle through several families who live on the same street in contemporary Taipei. Xiao Yang is a patient observer but not a neutral one: most of the love letters that charmingly still circulate in this working-class Taipei community pass through his hands, and he’s the catalyst of several of the story’s love affairs. The community includes a costume vendor, a Japanese-Taiwanese newlywed couple, and Xiao Yang’s sometimes violent, sometimes romantically inclined classmates. Everyone seems to be in...

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