APUC returns Preview- Asian Pop-Up Cinema returns to Chicago in it's 4th Season with 18 great films

ASIAN POP-UP CINEMA (APUC) ANNOUNCES ITS SPRING LINEUP WITH POPULAR MOVIES 

FROM CHINA, HONG KONG, INNER MONGOLIA, JAPAN, SOUTH KOREA, TAIWAN, TIBET AND VIETNAM

 

With its bi-annual movie screenings every spring and fall, APUC honors talented filmmakers from the Far East and brings their films to the Windy City for Chicago audiences to experience and enjoy.

Now in its fourth season, APUC will showcase 18 movies from March 1st through May 3rd, 2017 at the AMC River East 21 and other pop-up venues.  

 

Asian Pop-Up Cinema, a semi-annual Asian Film Festival,is the brainchild of Sophia Wong Boccio, founder of SOPHIA’S CHOICE, founded in Chicago in 2015 with the stated mission of cultivating interest in Asian culture through film; connecting individuals in the film industry for professional and educational exchanges; and promoting Chicago as a premiere destination for Asian filmmakers. For more info go to  www.asianpopupcinema.org

Director Shinobu Noguchi

 

 Interview with Founder/Executive Director, Sophia Wong Boccio:

 “It is our pleasure to present our fourth season of diverse, contemporary Asian films in Chicago. Our mixed-genre film festival includes 18 works with many premieres and gems never shown before on the big screen in the U.S. To include a broad audience, 10 films will be free and open to the public”.

 Boccio notes that “APUC aims to be an inclusive and diverse platform for connecting with Asian cultures through viewing films and engaging in post-film discussions.” Part of the focus is in “Moving beyond the stereotypes shown in commercially available action and martial arts movies”. Films are selected which “Explore the human experience from the vantage points of the filmmakers in different Asian countries”. APUC shows not only “Prominent seasoned directors works”, but also features “Small independent films because of their untainted artistic qualities”.

 “However”, she adds, “At the end of the day, we are showing films with unique and relevant stories. Ultimately, we want APUC to be a film festival showing fine films for the audiences to enjoy”.

 

From "Survival Family"

ASIAN POP-UP CINEMA Season IV Schedule:

Opening Night Film:

 U.S. PREMIERE | DIRECTOR SHINOBU YAGUCHI IS ATTENDING

Wednesday, March 1st

SURVIVAL FAMILY | Japan | 2017

Special Emcee: Mark Schilling, Writer from Japan Times Tokyo and Expert in Japanese Cinema

7:00 PM @ AMC RiverEast 21 (322 E. Illinois Street)

 Wednesday, March 8th

MADAM PHUNG’S LAST JOURNEY | Directed by: Nguyễn Thị Thấ M  | Vietnam | 2014

Free screening followed by wine tasting. An Icarus Flims Release

6:30 PM @ Alliance Française de Chicago (54 W. Chicago Avenue)

 Wednesday, March 15th

COCK & BULL | Directed by: Cao Bao-ping | China | 2016

7:00 PM @ AMC River East 21 (322 E. Illinois Street)

(w/extended run at the Wilmette Theatre starting March 17th)

 

From "Survival Family"

 

Wednesday, March 22nd

CHICAGO PREMIERE

THE SEARCH

7:00 PM @ AMC River East 21 (322 E. Illinois Street)

Written and Directed by: Pema Tseden

China | 2013 | In Tibetan language with English subtitles

Grand Prize Winner at the Shanghai International Film Festival and Special Jury Prize winner at the Bangkok International Film Festival, 2009.

 Saturday and Sunday, March 25th & 26th

WORLD PREMIERE

GODDESSES IN TAIWAN CINEMA | Directed by award-winning directors:   

Chang Ying, Li Hsing, Chan Hung-lit, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Ko I-chen, Yee Chih-yen.

 Free screening (shown @ 10:30 AM; 12:30 PM and 2:30 PM daily. Each film will be shown once only).

10:30 AM - 4:30 PM @ Claudia Cassidy Theater at the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington Street)

 “Goddesses in Taiwan Cinema” is a digitally restored retrospective of six (6) titles starring legendary leading actresses, Pai Hong, Zhen Zhen, Brigitte Lin, Feng Fei-fei, Su Hui-lun & Kuai Lun-mei from Taiwan from the 1960's through the early 21st century. Co-presented with Taiwan Cinema Toolkit and Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, films featured include: The Best Secret Agent (Secret Agent Heaven No. 1), The Young Ones, Cloud of Romance, Cheerful Wind, Blue Moon, and Blue Gate Crossing. More info: www.asianpopupcinema.org/goddesses-in-taiwan-cinema

 

From "Survival Family"

Wednesday, March 29th

 U.S. PREMIERE | DIRECTOR FU TIEN-YU IS ATTENDING

MY EGG BOY | Taiwan | 2016

7:00 PM @ AMC River East 21 (322 E. Illinois Street)

 Wednesday, April 5th

CHICAGO PREMIERE

THE PROJECTS | Director: Junji Sakamoto | Japan | 2016

7:00 PM @ AMC River East 21 (322 E. Illinois Street)

Saturday, April 8th

CHICAGO PREMIERE 

SONG OF THE PHOENIX | Director: Wu Tian-ming | China | 2014

Free Screening

2:00 PM @ Chinese-American Museum of Chicago, (238 W. 23rd Street)

 

From "Survival Family"

 Wednesday, April 12th

U.S. PREMIERE | MONGOL FILMS’ TSOGTBAYAR NAMSRAI IS ATTENDING 

NORJMAA | Director: Bayaneruul | Inner Mongolia, China | 2014

7:00 PM @ AMC River East 21 (322 E. Illinois Street)

(w/extended one week run at the Wilmette Theatre starting April 14th)

 Wednesday, April 19th

TRAIN TO BUSAN | Director: Yeon Sang-Ho | South Korea | 2016

7:00 PM @ AMC River East 21 (322 E. Illinois Street)

 Two films that highlight the festival’s recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, TEDDY ROBIN KWAN (Meet him on May 11th):

 Tuesday, April 25th

SHE REMEMBERS, HE FORGETS | Director: Adam Wong | Hong Kong | 2015

Free screening

7:00 PM @ PianoForte Chicago (1335 S. Michigan Ave)

 Friday, April 28th

CHICAGO PREMIERE

GALLANTS | Directors: Derek Kwok & Clement Cheng | Hong Kong | 2010

Free screening

7:00 PM @ Studio A, Joffrey Tower (10 E. Randolph Street)

 

Writer Mark Schilling

Closing Night:

Wednesday, May 3rd

CHICAGO PREMIERE | DIRECTOR PARK HEUNG-SIK IS ATTENDING

LOVE, LIES | South Korea | 2016

7:00 PM @ AMC River East 21 (322 E. Illinois Street)

 

 

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD NIGHT | HONOREE: TEDDY ROBIN KWAN IS ATTENDING

Thursday, May 11st, 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM at Chicago History Museum (1601 N. Clark Street)

 

 More info: www.asianpopupcinema.org/lifetime-achievement-award-night

 

 

     Asian Pop-Up Cinema Season IV is March 1st to May 3rd.  At the AMC River East 21, tickets are $10.00 for regular screenings and $15.00 for films with directors and other special guests in attendance. Tickets are on sale now at: www.asianpopupcinema.org/tickets. All ticketed screenings include a Q&A moderated by, Ron Falzone, Associate Professor at the Cinema Art and Science Dept. of Columbia College Chicago.

Extended runs at the Wilmette Theatre:  As a new initiative, two films (see above) have been selected to enjoy an extended one week run at the Wilmette Theatre to accommodate the audiences in the Northern suburbs. 

 

All photos courtesy of Asian Pop-Up Cinema

                                                                                 

 

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