Asian Pop-Up Cinema Offers Sneak Peek of Season 14


Asian Pop-Up Cinema at present broadcasts the highlight Marquee movies scheduled for the 14th Season, March 13- April 10. Moreover introduced is, Kai Ko because the recipient of the competition’s Vivid Star Award, and the primary film director particular visitor to attend the competition because the pandemic began throughout Season 10.

Korean star energy from Choi Min-sik (Oldboy) and Park Hae-il (Struggle of The Arrows) will open Season 14 with the Midwest Premiere of HEAVEN: IN THE LAND OF HAPPINESS from Im Sang-soo, director of The Housemaid (2010) and The President’s Final Bang. ‘Heaven’ is about a journey of two terminally sick males making a heart-throbbing finale of their lives.

Director Sung-il Yi will attend his Worldwide debut of SUNDAY LEAGUE, a sports activities comedy a few once-rising highschool soccer star diminished to teaching youngsters, whose final probability to shine is taking up an beginner group.  Sung-il Yi is the primary director touring to Chicago throughout the pandemic. Each movies will probably be introduced within the afternoon at AMC Niles 12 in Niles (March 13).

This season’s Centerpiece movie is the competition’s first North and South American Continental Premiere, Japan’s ARC (April 3 at AMC River East 21).  Primarily based on the brief story written by award-winning writer of speculative fiction Ken Liu(The Paper Menagerie), this fantasy and sci-fi characteristic movie is directed and written by Kei Ishikawa (GUKOROKU –Traces of Sin) and co-written by Kaori Sawai.  ARC follows the story of a lady who finds immortality whereas working with BodyWerks, a know-how that plasticizes lifeless our bodies and finally transforms the way in which we take a look at everlasting life.

The Closing movie is Taiwan’s North American Premiere of WAITING FOR MY CUP OF TEA (April 10 at AMC River East 21).  Tailored from one in every of Phoebe Jan Fu-hua’s best-selling novels with the identical title, Phoebe Jan is making this her first directorial work. This love story stars widespread boy band artist (SpeXial) and TV actor Simon Lien in his characteristic movie debut.

This season’s up and coming actor Vivid Star Award recipient is Taiwan’s Kai Ko, for the movie GRIT (U.S. Premiere is April 10 at AMC River East 21). Also referred to as Ko Chen Tung, Kai is a 30-year previous actor and Mandopop singer on Sony Music and gained Finest New Actor on the 48th Golden Horse Awards and the 12th Chinese language Movie Media Awards for his starring position in his movie debut for the movie YOU ARE THE APPLE OF MY EYE. Within the offbeat romantic comedy GRIT, Kai Ko performs Croc, a younger gangster who goes again to work for his former boss at a metropolis councilor’s workplace after his launch from jail.

Season 14 that includes new Asian motion pictures will pop up in downtown Chicago and the north suburbs, together with Niles and Wheeling. Among the many 28 movies screening on the competition, 17 will probably be proven on-line, 11 movies are going to be introduced in particular person.   

“Upcoming Season 14, we’re going to current 4 worldwide & 2 intercontinental premieres, with 15 N. America or U.S. premieres and 6 Midwest premieres.”  Sophia Wong Boccio, Founder & Govt Director stated.  “We’re tremendous excited to pre-announce the opening, centerpiece, and shutting matinee movies from South Korea, Japan, and Taiwan. SAVE THE DATES.  Stay up for greeting you in particular person on the cinemas throughout all our weekend afternoon matinees!”

Midwest Premiere
(South Korea, 100 minutes)
Author & Director: Im Sang-soo
Solid: Choi Min-sik, Park Hae-il, Youn Yuh-jung 

On account of his incurable illness, Nam-sik desperately wants the medication that he can’t probably afford. Simply to remain alive, he chooses to maneuver round from hospital to hospital stealing medication after work. In the meantime, 203, a person in jail for embezzlement who’s affected by extreme complications and seizures visits the hospital for a medical checkup. After being advised that he has lower than 2 weeks to reside, 203 escapes and Nam-sik tags alongside in his sudden journey.

SUNDAY LEAGUE with Director scheduled to attend
Worldwide Premiere
(South Korea, 81 minutes, 2020)
Author/Director: Sung-il Yi
Solid: Lee Seong-uk, Shim U-seong

A one-time rising soccer star Jun-il is now solely a brief coach at a youth soccer heart. He’s too hot-tempered and lazy to show younger youngsters respectfully and is about to lose his job. After receiving a proposal to develop into a coach of three untalented gamers for a brand new futsal group, FC Cheolsu, he reluctantly agrees. If he succeeds in making the group a finalist of Sunday Futsal League, he will be capable to be a everlasting coach of the middle. As Jun-il struggles to alter a group of losers, he learns tips on how to change himself. 

North & South American Continental Premiere
(Japan, 127 minutes, 2021)
Writers: Kei Ishikawa and Kaori Sawai
Director: Kei Ishikawa
Solid:  Kyoko Yoshine, Shinobu Terajima, Masaki Okada, Jun Fubuki, Kaoru Kobayashi

Within the close to future, Rina lives as a wanderer, leaving her new child little one and hometown on the age of seventeen. She then meets Ema Kuroda, head of the BodyWerks division at a significant cosmetics company Eternity. BodyWerks are precise lifeless physique sculptures of the deceased, preserved as in the event that they had been residing, a know-how that’s accessible to the general public to beat the lack of their family members.

In the meantime, Ema’s rebellious brother and sensible scientist Amane begins analysis utilizing this tech to cease getting old among the many residing, granting them immortality. Via Ema and Amane, Rina positive factors new insights and embarks on a journey to develop into the primary immortal in human historical past.  However what are the results?  Arc is a haunting and stirring story of the basic quest because the daybreak of mankind – what it means to reside.  The story is predicated on one in every of Ken Liu’s brief tales, a a number of Hugo Award-winning American writer of speculative fiction.

North American Premiere
(Taiwan, 114 minutes, 2021)
Author & Director: Phoebe Jan Fu-hua
Solid: Simon Lien, Ellen Wu, Alex Chou

On a chilly Valentine’s Day on the 14th of February (about twenty years in the past), a woman Xiao-Hua runs right into a boy A-Wen who’s ready for his lover. Out of empathy, Xiao-Hua palms A-Wen a cup of sizzling milk tea. The 2 get to know one another.  On the identical day, Zi-Jie Huang additionally bumps into Xiao-Hua.  Zi-Jie behaves like a jolly charming womanizer, which leaves a nasty first impression for Xiao-Hua. 

Xiao-Hua is satisfied that A-Wen’s lover have to be Yi-Chun, nicknamed Butterfly. Out of shock, Xiao-Hua discovers Yi-Chun cheats on A-Wen with Zi-Jie.  She feels much more sympathetic to A-Wen.  Xiao-Hua later realizes that Zi-Jie by no means provides his coronary heart to anybody, as a result of he may die at any second. After Zi-jie confesses to Xiao-Hua his love for her, Xiao-Hua’s ex-boyfriend Shao-Ping unexpectedly reappears and stirs up her peace. When Xiao-Hua lastly admits her emotions for Zi-Jie, Zi-Jie is sick. As winter is coming to an finish, will there be a cheerful ending?


Asian Pop-Up Cinema, a semi-annual Asian Movie Competition, is the brainchild of Sophia Wong Boccio, founding father of Sophia’s Selection, a Chicago-based 501 C (3) not-for-profit integrated in 2015 with the multi-pronged mission of cultivating an curiosity in and understanding of Asian cultures by way of a various providing of Asian movies; connecting the Asian movie trade with native Chicago movie professionals, educators and college students; and selling Chicago as a vacation spot for worldwide guests.

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