The Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival has unveiled its schedule for its 6th installment November 13-23. Featuring almost 20 films by or about Asians and Asian-Americans, this year’s PAAFF schedule boasts three feature films with a Japanese connection. Later this week we’ll introduce the shorts and unveil our a ticket giveaway contest, but for now he’s an overview three feature films you should consider seeing.
Kicking off the Festival on Wednesday, November 13 is the Philadelphia premiere of Sake Bomb – a classic road movie with a dose of Japanese rice wine. Recently dumped Sebastian is a bitterly sarcastic Asian American blogger living in Southern California. His cousin, Naoto, is a naive sake maker from Japan who has come to the US to find his ex-girlfriend. They set off together for Northern California so Naoto can win back his lost love finding myriad adventures along the way.
On Friday, November 15, the action-packed Tiger Mask makes its Northeast Premiere. Inspired by the long-running mangaof the same name, this film adaption stars Eiji Wentz (“Kitaro”, “Nodame Cantabile”) and Sho Aikawa (“Dead or Alive”, “Gozu”, “Tokyo Zombie”). In the film, 13 year old orphan Naoto discovers that his orphanage is closing, separating him from his friends. During a final group trip to the zoo, Naoto vows to become as strong as a tiger to fight for those he cares about. He is observed by the mysterious Mister X, who offers to train him. But nothing comes without its price. Can Naoto use his powers for good or will he succumb to the path of evil?
Closing the festive on Saturday, November 23 is Hafu – a documentary focusing on the changing demography of Japan. Challenging the “one nation, one culture, one race” identity that has shaped much of contemporary Japan’s self-image, this documentary explores the hardships facing its rapidly growing mixed race community. Hafu follows individuals and families with a diverse array of backgrounds, including Korean, Australian, Ghanan, Mexican, and Venezuelan. In addition to this being the Philadelphia premiere, Co-Director Megumi Nishikura is expected to participate in a post-screening Q&A session.
Check out the PAAFF website for more details on these and the many other interesting films. We’ll be back later this week with introductions on the 6 Japan-related shorts, a ticket giveaway contest, and a few other interesting events. In the meantime, mark your calendars for an exciting slate of cinema!