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The 32nd annual Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival gave top prizes to two films directed by women: L.A.-based Lena Khan’s “The Tiger Hunter,” which won the grand jury prize for narrative feature; and the top winner in the docu category, Nanfu Wang’s “Hooligan Sparrow.”
“Tiger,” which marks Khan’s feature-directing debut, also won three other prizes, including the audience award for fiction feature.
Pamela Tom won the inaugural Visual Communicators Founders Award for her documentary “Tyrus.” The award recognizes those who represent “the fierceness and spirit” of the Visual Communications founders, which is the festival’s producing organization.
Narrative Film Awards winners: grand jury prize, “The Tiger Hunger”; director, Khan for “Tiger Hunter”; screenplay, Ryun Yu for “The Last Tour”; editor, Rachel Tejada for “Grass”; cinematography, Quyen Tran for “Pali Road”; sound design, Kenneth L. Johnson for “The Unbidden”; actress, Michelle Chen for “Pali Road”; actor, »
- Maria Cavassuto
Pali Road, the romantic mystery thriller directed by Jonathan Lim, derives its title from an actual road on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, where the film is set. This road is said to be haunted, with many mysterious and unexplainable happenings said to have taken place there. The film injects the mysteries, spiritual atmosphere, and landscape beauty of Hawaii into the familiar genre trappings of the psychological thriller, centered on the story of Lily Zhang (Michelle Chen), a young doctor practicing in Oahu. Pali Road references both Hawaiian and Chinese legends, attempting to use these cultural touchstones to inject some novelty into the often overworked tropes of psychological thrillers. It succeeds at times in this quest, benefiting greatly from the committed and mostly...
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Visual Communications (Vc), the nation’s premier Asian Pacific American media arts center, announced the Opening, Closing and Centerpiece film programs for the upcoming 32nd edition of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (Laapff) running April 21-28, 2016. This annual film celebration will be presented across Los Angeles from Little Tokyo to Downtown Los Angeles to Koreatown and to West Hollywood featuring 140 films from over 20 countries.
Vc will celebrate 32 years as Southern California’s largest and most prestigious film festival of its kind. The Laapff launches the pre-celebration of Asian Pacific Heritage Month through this year’s slate of over 130 films from both Asian Pacific American and Asian international directors from over 20 countries. For over three decades, the Festival has presented nearly 5,000 films and shorts by Asian American and Asian international artists.
Opening this year’s Festival at the Aratani Theatre in Little Tokyo is the World Premiere of dramatic comedy "The Tiger Hunter" from an amazing new director Lena Khan. The film centers upon Sami Malik (Danny Pudi of NBC TVs - "Community"), a young South Asian man who travels to America to become an engineer in order to impress his childhood crush and live up to the legacy of his father — a legendary tiger hunter back home. When Sami's job unexpectedly falls through and he ends up living in a tiny co-op with two oddball roommates, he must resort to constructing an elaborate charade with the misfit accomplices in hopes of convincing his sweetheart that he's far more successful than he truly is...or perhaps ever could be. As Sami tries to pull off the farce of a lifetime, what ensues is a series of adventures involving outlandish schemes, an arch-nemesis in an absurd office environment, and a somewhat functional Dodge Charger with a character of its own. Together, although their plans may contradict each other with terrible consequences, Sami and his rag-tag group must work together while meeting the usual host of obstacles — the "usual," that is, if back-alley brawls, trips to prison, or catastrophic LSD-related misunderstandings are just your usual, everyday fare. The film also stars Rizwan Manji, Jon Heder, Karen David, Kevin Pollak, Sam Page and Iqbal Theba.
Jonathan Hua Lang Lim’s powerful drama "Pali Road" starring Michelle Chen, Sung Kang, Elizabeth Sung and Jackson Rathbone will close out the eight - day film extravaganza at the Directors Guild of America on April 28, 2016. "Pali Road" centers on Lily (Michelle Chen), a Chinese doctor doing her residency in a Hawaiian hospital under Dr. Kayne (Sung Kang). She had fallen in love with schoolteacher Neil (Jackson Rathbone) — at least this is what she remembers. But after a terrible car accident, Lily wakes up to discover, in horror, a married life with Dr. Kayne, that includes a 5-year-old son she has never seen. With everyone around her denying Neil's existence, Lily begins to question her own sanity, but memories of Neil force her to embark on a journey to retrace her past and discover the truth.
The Laapff Centerpiece offering this year is the moving and insightful documentary "Tyrus" from director Pamela Tom which brings the life of Chinese American painter,production illustrator, lithographer, and kite builder Tyrus Wong to the big screen. Wong is best known for his concept art for Walt Disney's feature animated film Bambi. His strikingly beautiful concept paintings and sketches continue to influence the work of generations of animators and production designers. "Tyrus" celebrates not only the beauty of his art, but reveals to a larger audience a lesser known part of the Chinese American experience — that of its artists and creators.
“We are excited and proud to present these three films as our celebrations,” states Vc Executive Director Francis Cullado. “Having Lena Khan’s "The Tiger Hunter" as our opening, Jonathan Lim’s "Pali Road" as our closing night, and Pamela Tom’s "Tyrus" as our centerpiece film certainly highlights the amount of Asian American directorial talent out there. The big word this year in Hollywood has been ‘diversity’ and the Festival is one of the ways we address this issue at Visual Communications and for our community. For us, it’s not just about diversity – it’s about inclusivity. We will be releasing more of the Festival line up in the next week and everyone will be able to celebrate inclusion and diversity on the screen, as it should be.”
For program information, a complete listing of sponsors and partners, and to purchase tickets, log on to www.vconline.org/festival or contact Visual Communications at (213) 680-4462. Tickets are available to the general public on Monday, March 21st. The Festival is proud to be partnering with our following screening venues across Los Angeles:
●Aratani Theatre @ Japanese American Cultural & Community Center – Little Tokyo 244 South San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 ●Tateuchi Democracy Forum @ Japanese American National Museum – Little Tokyo 111 N. Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012 ●Downtown Independent – Downtown La (Dtla) 251 S. Main Street, (between 3rd and 2nd Streets), Los Angeles, CA 90012 ●Cgv Cinemas – Koreatown – Mid-Wilshire 621 Western Avenue (between 6th Street and Wilshire Blvd.), Los Angeles, CA 90005 ●The Great Company – Downtown La (Dtla) 1917 Bay Street (between Wilson and Mateo Streets), Los Angeles, CA 90021 ●Directors Guild of America – West Hollywood7920 Sunset Blvd. (at Hayworth), West Hollywood, CA 90046 »
- Sydney Levine
The film is directed by Zhang Yibai, Guan Hu, Zhang Meng, Teng Huatao and Gao Qunshu. having five directors , the film will feature five different love stories that are set in Japan, The United States, Norway, Turkey and Saipan.
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