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So after many days of endless procrastination, here is my finalized selection this year for the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival. Now all I need to do is to trek over to the box office and buy my tickets…

If anyone wants to join me, let me know 🙂

Friday, March 14th

The Princess of Nebraska | Sundance Kabuki 4 | 9:45pm
Directed by: Ryotaro Muramatsu
Summary: “Asians in the Claws of Neon Lights” short program. When the owner of a love hotel passes away, his daughter, Ai, inherits rooms of illicit, explicit and complicit love affairs.

ANTI SEX | Sundance Kabuki 4 | 9:45pm
Directed by: Ryotaro Muramatsu
Summary: “Asians in the Claws of Neon Lights” short program. When the owner of a love hotel passes away, his daughter, Ai, inherits rooms of illicit, explicit and complicit love affairs.

Saturday, March 15th

Panel—Crossing Over: Asian Americans and Asia
1:00pm | Sundance Kabuki 2

Summary: Asian American actors are increasingly finding more opportunities in Asia, particularly in Hong Kong. Meanwhile, Asian film companies are investing in Asian American filmmakers. This panel will discuss the unique versatility of Asian American actors and filmmakers and the opportunities that await them on both sides of the Pacific. Featuring a panel of actors, filmmakers and more.

The Killing of a Chinese Cookie | 2:00pm | Landmark Clay Theatre
Directed By: Derek Shimoda
Summary: What do Powerball, the planet Mars and sexual innuendos have in common? Filmmaker Derek Shimoda invites us to take a closer look at a little something taken for granted at the end of nearly every Chinese restaurant meal. Who invented the fortune cookie? And most importantly, what does your fortune say?

A Gentle Breeze in the Village | 4:30pm | Pacific Film Archive
Directed By: Nobuhiro Yamashita
Summary: In a small, bucolic village, the arrive of a handsome city-boy form Tokyo sets off gentle tremors in the halcyon life of a teenage girl. The director of Linda, Linda, Linda with a blissful evocation of the emotional universe of adolescence.

Sunday, March 16th

Traveling with Yoshitomo Nara | 12:30pm | Landmark Clay Theatre
Directed By: Koji Sakabe
Summary: A rare behind-the-scenes glimpse of this critically acclaimed artist and pop culture figure, the film documents Yoshitomo Nara’s greatest work to date, following him on a remarkable 240-day international road trip as he sets out to create an imaginary town populated by his iconic images and enigmatic sculptures.

West 32nd | 6:00pm |Castro Theatre
Directed By: Michael Kang
Summary: Michael Kang’s (The Motel) second feature is a sleek and stylish Koreatown noir set in the underbelly of New York. John Cho stars as an ambitious lawyer allured into the seductive “room salon” culture of the Korean underworld, where he meets an equally ambitious gangster. Also staring Grace Park (Battlestar Galactica).

Side Note: Special thanks to the SFIAAFF staff who wrote all the film summaries listed above and also for the images.

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