Celebrity Sightings and World Premieres at Hazard Center for the 17th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival
Hazard Center is proud to be the home base of amazing film festivals in San Diego like the Asian Film Festival, which is the largest showcase of Asian cinema on the West Coast.
This year’s 17th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival, Nov 3-12, 2016, has a new selection of Asian and Asian American films, programs and celebrity appearances! No matter what kind of film you enjoy, there’s something for everyone! We know that navigating through its 140 movies can be daunting, so check out this exciting trailer and here are the top five highlights to be a part of at this year’s San Diego Asian Film Festival:
Sunday, Nov. 6, 3:00pm
If you’re a fan of Randall Park’s crazy characters and his improvised humor tickle your fancy, don’t miss your chance to get up and close to him, while he’s wearing shorts (well, maybe he’ll be wearing shorts).
Before he was Louis Huang on Fresh off the Boat or Kim Jong-un in The Interview, Randall Park was the undisputed king of comedy in Asian American cinema. He’s taking a walk down memory lane with us as we explore the many short films that he’s starred in. He’ll be joined by his equally hilarious wife and co-star, Jae Suh Park. Get your tickets here.
Saturday, Nov. 5, 1:25pm
Asian American director, Wayne Wang, revolutionized Asian American cinema with films such as The Joy Luck Club (1993), Smoke (1995), The Center of the World (2001), Last Holiday (2006) and Soul of a Banquet (2014).
This year, San Diego is proud to have him back for a new director’s cut of EAT A BOWL OF TEA, a refreshing, entertaining and landmark work of Asian American cinema, a rare period film and an even rarer comedy that gives juicy parts to older Asian American actors. In its production and ambition, EAT A BOWL OF TEA was ahead of its time. But that’s always been the case for Wayne Wang, recipient of this year’s SDAFF Lifetime Achievement Award. Get your tickets here.
Sunday, Nov 6, 5:30pm
SDAFF is proud to debut a new documentary presented by NBC Asian America, and in production with International Secret Agents (ISAtv).
“AKA SEOUL” is a follow up to the documentary series “AKA DAN,” which chronicled the 2013 journey of alternative rapper and Korean adoptee, Dan Matthews, as he reconnected with his biological family, including a twin brother he never knew about. Now, in AKA SEOUL, we see an adoption documentary like no other, focusing on Korean adoptees in their 20s and 30s. Theirs aren’t the usual stories of childhood struggles or tearful reunions. These are stories about people finding their ways into adulthood, their paths bringing them to Seoul for an adoptee conference, but also to alleyways and fabric shops, gay districts and cultural landmarks. They wander not because they are lost but because they are unmoored, intrepid and in so many ways free. Get your tickets to SDAFF’s Centerpiece film, AKA SEOUL here
Sat. Nov. 5, 11:00am
Bring the whole family down to Hazard Center for family friendly shorts about family, friendship, growing up and letting go. Get your tickets here.
Wednesday, Nov. 9, 9:30pm
Thursday, Nov. 10, 8:35pm
We know that zombies are all the craze, especially with Halloween season and the return of AMC’s The Walking Dead. Be prepared to laugh, and get a little scared with this Korean film, TRAIN TO BUSAN. The zombies are here, in this train car, with your daughter, on her birthday. Director Yeon Sang-ho has some crazy ideas on how to escape. Get your tickets here.
These are only five highlights out of the 140 films and programs that SDAFF has to offer! Tickets to all SDAFF films can be purchased at the UltraStar Cinemas box office or online. General admission is $12. Make the most out of your experience and get a festival 6-pack of tickets for only $60. Come early to Hazard Center to enjoy food from our many restaurants like Smashburger, Which Wich, Joe’s Crab Shack, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse, Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill, Intermezzo Espresso Cafe, Yogurtland and more! Hope to see you at Hazard Center to enjoy #SDAFF2016!