Asian Pop-Up Cinema Season 3 Film Festival Preview Review-A season of great films opening in Chicago

 

CHICAGO’S ASIAN POP-UP CINEMA SEASON III FILM FESTIVAL

KICKS OFF SEPTEMBER 17TH THROUGH DECEMBER 3, 2016

This Season features 12 Award-winning Films and 9 Chicago Premieres

 

POPULAR CINEMA SLAPDOWN HOST RON FALZONE TO MODERATE POST-FILM Q&A SESSIONS WITH MOVIE DIRECTORS

 

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CHICAGO, IL  – Film has the power to bridge cultural divides. With that goal in mind, the third season of Asian Pop-Up Cinema showcases a wide range of movies designed to connect moviegoers and broaden understanding of Asian culture. Audiences will enjoy meticulously selected films rarely shown in American theaters and meet three Directors coming to Chicago with their films: South Korea’s Lee Ho-jae (Sori: Voice from the Heart), Japan’s Yuki Tanada (Round Trip Heart) and Hong Kong’s Steve Chan Chi-fat (Weeds on Fire).

From a heart-warming sci-fi drama to a Cannes Film Festival honored martial arts masterpiece, this season’s lineup includes films from China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Philippines, Taiwan and Tibet.   “Since our inauguration in the fall of 2015, Asian Pop-Up Cinema has presented two North American premieres, twelve Chicago premieres and a total of eighteen contemporary Asian titles. Films from Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, Thailand and Vietnam and five prominent filmmakers were presented at the Season I & II.

We are pleased to expand the horizon by adding films from the Philippines, Indonesia and Tibet in Season III, says Festival Founder and Executive Director, Sophia Wong Boccio. 

Twelve films will be shown in their original languages with English subtitles followed by Q & A sessions.  Ten ticketed screenings take place at AMC River East 21, 322 E. Illinois St., Chicago, or at the Wilmette Theatre, 1122 Central Ave., Wilmette. 

 The first two films include:

 Opening Night Film:  SORI:  VOICE FROM THE HEART

CHICAGO PREMIERE

Saturday, September 17, 1:30 PM @ Wilmette Theatre followed by an afternoon tea party at the lobby of the theatre.  Suitable for all ages.

Directed by: Lee Ho-Jae

Starring: Lee Sung-min, Lee Hee-joon and Lee Honey. 

South Korea | 2016 | 117 min | DCP| Korean w/subtitles

 With the help of an artificial intelligence robot, a grief-stricken father (veteran actor Lee Sung-min) sets out to find his missing daughter. Sori: Voice from the Heart is a surprise-filled “R2-D2 Drama” that won the 2016 Audience Choice Award at the Udine Far East Film Festival.  Director Lee Ho-jae will be in attendance to share his thoughts on the making of the movie that according to the director is a drama first before being a Sci-Fi! 

Director Lee Ho-Jae of "Sori :Voive From The Heart"

                                        WEEDS ON FIRE  

CHICAGO PREMIERE

Wednesday, September 21, 7:00 PM @ AMC River East 21. Suitable for all ages.

Directed by:  Steve Chan Chi-fat

Starring:  Liu Kai-chi, Lam Yiu-sing, Tony Wu and Hedwig Tam

Hong Kong | 2016 | 92 min | DCP | Cantonese w/subtitles

 An energetic picture inspired by the true 1980’s story of the city’s first Chinese youth baseball team.  The film is also the first finished work to come out of the government-run First Feature Film Initiative created to nurture new generation of film-makers.  First time feature director Steve Chan Chi-fat will participate in a question and answer session after the screening. 

Director Steve Chan of "Weeds On Fire"


Presented in association with Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office in New York under the HONG KONG, WE REMEMBER special segment featuring Hong Kong made films that are noteworthy for their Hong Kong historical and cultural references.

 

TICKETS are on sale now. Ticket prices range from $7 to $25 each with special discounts for students, seniors and groups of 10 or more.

OPENING AND CLOSING NIGHT TICKETS

ADVANCE TICKETS for the other four films are on sale through the Wilmette Theater and are available at the door one hour prior to the actual screening.  All programs are subject to change.  All tickets sales are final, non-exchangeable and non-refundable.  

For a complete schedule of screenings at Asian Pop-Up Cinema

ABOUT ASIAN POP-UP CINEMA
Asian Pop-Up Cinema, a semi-annual Asian Film Festival, is the brain child of Sophia Wong Boccio, founder of SOPHIA’S CHOICE, a one-year old Chicago-based 501 C (3) not-for-profit with the 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. 

Click to view the trailer for the Asian Pop Up Festival

Logo and director photos courtesy of the Asian Pop Up Festival

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