THE ACTRESSES – Special Sneak-Preview

THE ACTRESSES – Special Sneak-Preview

During the last decade, Korean pop entertainment, mainly in the form of TV dramas, movies and pop music, conquered Pan-Asia, especially Japan, and niche markets around the world...

BODYGUARDS AND ASSASSINS – Closing Night Celebration

BODYGUARDS AND ASSASSINS – Closing Night Celebration

BODYGUARDS AND ASSASSINS, this year’s Festival Closing Night attraction, continues the trend of history-grounded works we’ve seen from Hong Kong filmmakers of Festivals past...

CLASH – International Centerpiece

CLASH – International Centerpiece

Globalization has made Vietnam the next Tiger in the Asian economy. According to the PriceWaterHouseCoopers’ Global Entertainment Report for 2009-2013, Vietnam is the last entertainment market...

THE PEOPLE I’VE SLEPT WITH – American Centerpiece

THE PEOPLE I’VE SLEPT WITH – American Centerpiece

It may seem unusual to suggest that a rollicking sex comedy be considered revolutionary, but one could make the case that Quentin Lee’s THE PEOPLE I’VE SLEPT WITH is just that...

AU REVOIR TAIPEI – Festival Opening Night

AU REVOIR TAIPEI – Festival Opening Night

AU REVOIR TAIPEI, director Arvin Chen’s charming debut feature, isn’t the first Taiwanese film to reference the City of Lights...

LAST TRAIN HOME and THE TAQWACORES Take Multiple Jury Honors at 2010 LOS ANGELES ASIAN PACIFIC FILM FESTIVAL

IN THE  MATTER OF CHA JUNG HEE and A VILLAGE CALLED VERSAILLES ALSO GARNER MULTIPLE AWARDS AT LARGEST ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

May 6, 2010 – LOS ANGELES  The 2010 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival celebrated the closing night of their 26th Anniversary edition on Thursday night with the screening of the Hong Kong action flick BODYGUARDS AND ASSASSINS by Teddy Chan and the announcement of this year’s jury prizes.    It was the night of THE TAQWACORES, as Eyad Zahra’s film about a Muslim punk band  took home numerous awards including the Grand Jury Prize for Outstanding Fiction Film, Best Director, Best Acting for an Ensemble Cast and the Audience Award for Favorite Film at the 10 day fest.   Writer/Director Raul Jocson was honored with the Best Screenplay Award for SF STORIES, while first time filmmaker Daniel Park received the Best First Feature Award for his webisode project KTOWN COWBOYS which wowed the jury and sold out audiences.   In the documentary jury competition, director Lixin Fan’s LAST TRAIN HOME received two awards including Grand Jury Prize for Outstanding Documentary Feature and Best Cinematography.    ›› More

Finalized Closing Weekend Schedule

The TBAs have been filled with select Award Winners and here’s the final schedule for the Festival’s Closing Weekend:

Friday, May 7

4:30pm — LAST TRAIN HOME

7:00pm — MAO’S LAST DANCER

9:30pm — THE TAQWACORES

Saturday, May 8

1:30pm — KTOWN COWBOYS w/ TELEVISNU & BICYCLE

4:30pm — The New Buzz: The Rise of the New Asian American Star

7:00pm — THE ACTRESSES

Encore Screening of BIG ISLAND FILMS Short Program, Thursday, May 6

BIG ISLAND FILMS, the shorts program that consists of films straight from the 50th State, replays again on Thursday, May 6, at 6:30pm, Downtown Independent. Highlights include POI DOGS, an unlikely love story that take place on the Ewa side of Oahu and AJUMMA ARE YOU KRAZY?, a zany comedy about Korean drama loving housewives. Tickets on sale at the Downtown Independent Box-Office.

Closing Weekend at Downtown Independent!

The LAAPFF’s award jury winners will be announced at 5pm PST, Thursday, May 6 on this website. We will have encore screenings for the award winners at the Downtown Independent on Friday, May 7 and Saturday, May 8.  Plus, screenings of late addition MAO’S LAST DANCER and THE ACTRESSES, as well as our final panel, The New Buzz.

Friday, May 7

4:30pm — Award Winner TBA

7:00pm — MAO’S LAST DANCER

9:30pm — Award Winner TBA

Saturday, May 8

1:30pm — Award Winner TBA

4:30pm — The New Buzz: The Rise of the New Asian American Star

7:00pm — THE ACTRESSES

Deann Borshay Liem, History Detective

Ten years after directing her well-regarded FIRST PERSON PLURAL, Dean Borshay Liem delves deeper into her background as a Korean adoptee in IN THE MATTER OF CHA JUNG HEE. This new documentary film provides a glimpse into the politics and pitfalls of overseas adoptions, and provides an update on Borshay Liem’s family, who were featured in her earlier film.

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Eyad Zahra on Making THE TAQWACORES

Straight from the Sundance and SXSW film Festivals comes THE TAQWACORES, an electrifying debut feature by Eyad Zahra, another in a growing line of filmmakers from Florida State University to be showcased in the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. Festival Seminar Coordinator Lori Lopez chats with Zahra, a Cleveland native and unabashed Cavaliers fanatic, and in this exclusive interview, learns more about Zahra’s inspiration for making the film as well as the challenges of adapting a classic underground novel for the big screen.

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RASPBERRY MAGIC Director Interviewed

Bay Area transplant Leena Pendharkar delivers an impressive narrative debut feature in RASPBERRY MAGIC, which has already been picking up steam on the film festival circuit. Learn more about Leena and her film in our exclusive interview.

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Exciting Panel and Seminar Lineup Planned

So you know you love to watch films, but are you ready to take the next step and inform yourself on the filmmaking process? You’re in luck! In addition to showcasing the works of noteworthy, original, and engaging film pieces, the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival offers a number of highly informative and insightful panels and seminars with experienced and acclaimed filmmakers and fellow cinephiles. ›› More

Bruce Lee, Cultural Icon: 70th Birthday Celebration

The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival is pleased to observe the 70th anniversay of Bruce Lee’s birthday with a slate of activities honoring the legendary actor and martial artist. Comprised of film screenings and panel discussions featuring celebrities and Bruce Lee’s own family members, our tributes will take place from April 30th to May 2 at the DGA, Madang the Courtyard, and Laemmle’s Sunset 5.
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Announcement: New iPhone App for the Film Festival!

Want to be instantly connected to the myriad of great films, panels, and parties hosted by the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival this year? Then download our new and FREE Film Festival guide from the iTunes App Store!
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