Asian Pop-up Cinema has Announced its Full Line-up for Season 14 – March 13th to April 10th

Asian Pop-Up Cinema: Season 14 will current 28 movies in downtown Chicago and the north suburbs, with choose movies accessible for on-line streaming. The joint digital and in-person pageant opens March 13 and runs by means of April 10.

The various lineup celebrates the very best of Asian cinema from South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, the Philippines and Taiwan. Programming highlights embrace work from feminine filmmakers and an in-person particular visitor look from SUNDAY LEAGUEdirector Yi Sung-il.

Season 14 opens with the Midwest Premiere of HEAVEN: TO THE LAND OF HAPPINESS (AMC Niles 12) from director Im Sang-soo (The HousemaidThe President’s Final Bang). Korean stars Choi Min-sik (Oldboy) and Park Hae-il (Battle of the Arrows) lead this crime comedy as two terminally unwell males on one final, surprising journey of their lives. The worldwide premiere of sports activities comedy SUNDAY LEAGUE will comply with, a heartwarming story of a former rising soccer star who reluctantly coaches a ragtag crew of novice gamers. Author/director Yi is the primary filmmaker to journey to Chicago for the pageant because the international pandemic. Free Admission for all Korean movies.  RSVP without spending a dime tickets is required. 

Making its North and South American Continental Premiere, Centerpiece movie ARC (April 3 at AMC River East) from Japanese writers Kei Ishikawa and Kaori Sawai follows a girl who lives without end with a 30-year previous look. Based mostly on Hugo Award-winning American writer of science fiction and fantasy writer Ken Liu’s brief story, this haunting sci-fi fantasy examines immortality and the which means of everlasting life.

Feminine-directed options will probably be spotlighted this season, with Byun Gyu-ri’s COMING TO YOU (Streaming March 14-20), an eye-opening documentary shot in a society deeply rooted with discrimination primarily based on sexual orientation and gender identification. Hong Sung-eun’s ALONERS (March 19 at IIT) follows a girl on the sting of an existential disaster, a drama that appears on the phenomenon of younger individuals who stay alone and skirt social interplay. Director Momoko Fukuda’s adaptation of Mari Okazaki Manga’s novel WILL I BE SINGLE FOREVER? (Streaming March 21-27) facilities on an single author who challenges the definition of “regular” roles of Japanese girls.  Non’s RIBBON (Streaming March 21-27) is about within the Covid-19 pandemic period; a narrative of a younger artist who step by step finds new objective in her post-lockdown life.

Director Kearan Pang’s story of reinvention MAMA’S AFFAIR (April 2 at AMC River East 21) options Hong Kong stars Keung To and Jer Lau of the wildly fashionable boy band “Mirror” of their onscreen debut. Ann Hui’s interval drama LOVE AFTER LOVE (Streaming March 28 – April 3)follows a younger woman within the colonial-era Nineteen Forties who travels from Shanghai to Hong Kong in pursuit of an schooling. Emily Chan’s romantic drama MADALENA (Streaming March 28 – April 3) set in Macau, facilities on a divorced taxi driver and migrant employee whose lives intersect on the graveyard shift.

Choose Taiwanese movies may have their U.S. premieres (April 9-10 at AMC River East), together with Hsiang Chienn’s intense drama INCREASING ECHO, Hsu Fu-Hsiang’s motion comedy TREAT OR TRICK and GRIT,Chen Ta-Pu’s offbeat romance starring this season’s Vivid Star Award recipient Kai Ko. The 30-year-old actor and singer, also called Ko Chen Tung, received Greatest 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 in My Eye.

Closing movie is Taiwan’s North American Premiere of WAITING FOR MY CUP OF TEA (April 10 at AMC River East 21). Creator Phoebe Jan Fu-hua makes her directorial debut with a movie adaptation of her best-selling novel of the identical identify; a love story starring fashionable boy band artist (SpeXial) and tv actor Simon Lien in his function movie debut. 

“Our pageant continues selling range and this season’s handpicked choice consists of many movies made on the peak of the pandemic,” pageant director Sophia Wong Boccio stated. “Asian Pop-Up Cinema is proud to rejoice filmmakers’ resilience & creativity regardless of the opposed circumstances throughout completely different waves of COVID-19 and variants.”  

ASIAN POP-UP CINEMA – SEASON 14 Full Schedule and Movie Particulars

Liu Kuan-Ting in Trick or Deal with


Sunday, March 13, 1:30 PM @ AMC Niles 12 (301 Golf Mill Ctr, Niles, IL 60714 contained in the Golf Mill Buying Middle)
SUNDAY LEAGUE – 선데이리그  – Worldwide Premiere(Yi Sung-il, South Korea, 2020) Comedy/Sport

Sunday, March 13, 4:30PM @ AMC Niles 12 (301 Golf Mill Ctr, Niles)
HEAVEN: TO THE LAND OF HAPPINESS 헤븐: 행복의 나라로 – Midwest Premiere (Im Sang-soo, South Korea, 2021) Odd-Couple Highway/Crime Comedy

Saturday, March 19, 1:30PM @ Tower Auditorium at Illinois Institute of Expertise (IIT) (10 W 35th Avenue, Chicago)
 ALONERS 혼자 사는 사람들 – Illinois Premiere   (Hong Sung-eun, South Korea, 2021) Drama

Friday, March 25, 6:30PM @ Alliance Française de Chicago (54 W Chicago Ave)
TOKYO SHAKING – Midwest Premiere (Olivier Peyon, France/Japan, 2019)

Saturday, April 2, 1:30PM @ AMC River East 21 (322 E. Illinois) 
BAMBOO THEATRE戲棚 – U.S. Premiere  (Cheuk Cheung, Hong Kong, 2019) Documentary

Saturday, April 2, 4:30PM @ AMC River East 21 (322 E. Illinois) 
MAMA’S AFFAIR – 阿媽有咗第二個 – U.S. Premiere  (Kearen Pang, Hong Kong, 2022)  Drama/Canto-pop

Sunday, April 3, 1:30PM @ AMC River East 21 (322 E. Illinois) 
ARCアーク – N. & S. America Continental Premiere – CENTERPIECE  (Kei Ishikawa, Japan, 2021) Drama/Sci-Fi

Saturday, April 9, 1:30PM @ AMC River East 21 (322 E. Illinois)
INCREASING ECHO 修行 – U.S. Premiere (Hsiang Chienn, Taiwan, 2021) Drama

Saturday, April 9, 4:30PM @ AMC River East 21 (322 E. Illinois)
TREAT OR TRICK 詭扯 – U.S. Premiere  (Hsu Fu-Hsiang, Taiwan, 2021) Motion/Comedy

Sunday, April 10, 1:30 PM @ AMC River East 21 (322 E. Illinois)
GRIT 鱷魚 – U.S. Premiere  (Chen Ta-Pu, Taiwan, 2021) Drama/Romance

Sunday, April 10, 4:30 PM @ AMC River East 21 (322 E. Illinois)
WAITING FOR MY CUP OF TEA 一杯熱奶茶的等待 – N. America Premiere (Phoebe Jan Fu-hua, Taiwan, 2021) Romance


March 14 – 20 Streaming accessible for U.S. views @ 

IN THE NAME OF THE SON 아들의 이름으로 – Midwest Premiere (Lee Jung-gook, South Korea, 2020) Drama·
ACTION HERO 액션히어로 – Worldwide Premiere (Lee Jin-ho, South Korea, 2021) Motion/Comedy
MY BIG MAMA’S CRAZY RIDE큰엄마의 미친봉고 – U.S. Premiere (Paek Seung-hwan, South Korea, 2021) Drama/Comedy

Bodily Screenings
Tuesday, March 15, 10:30 AM @ Korean Tradition Middle of Chicago (KCCOC) (9930 Capital Drive, Wheeling) 
MY BIG MAMA’S CRAZY RIDE큰엄마의 미친봉고 – U.S. Premiere(Paek Seung-hwan, South Korea, 2021) Drama/Comedy

Saturday, March 19, 2:00 PM @ Korean Tradition Middle of Chicago (KCCOC) (9930 Capital Drive, Wheeling) 
Sunday, March 20, 1:30 PM @ Tower Auditorium at Illinois Institute of Expertise (IIT) (10 W 35th St., Chicago)
ACTION HERO액션히어로 – Worldwide Premiere  (Lee Jin-ho, South Korea, 2021) Motion/Comedy

Sunday, March 20, 4:30 PM @ Tower Auditorium at Illinois Institute of Expertise (IIT) (10 W 35th St., Chicago) 
IN THE NAME OF THE SON 아들의 이름으로 – Midwest Premiere (Lee Jung-gook, South Korea, 2020) Drama

April 4 – 10 Streaming accessible for U.S. views @
JANG-GAE: THE FOREIGNER 醬狗 – U.S. Premiere  (Chang Chih-wei, Taiwan, 2020) Drama
Bodily screenings:
Friday, March 18, 6:00 PM @ Korean Tradition Middle of Chicago (KCCOC)  Saturday, March 19, 4:30 PM @ Tower Auditorium at Illinois Institute of Expertise (IIT)

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March 14 – 20 Streaming accessible for U.S. @ 

COMING TO YOU 너에게 가는 길 – U.S. Premiere (Byun Gyu-Ri, South Korea, 2021) Documentary/LGBT

March 21 – 27 Streaming accessible for U.S. views @ 

MY BROTHER, THE ANDROID AND ME 弟とアンドロイドと僕 – Worldwide Premiere (Junji Sakamoto, Japan, 2022) Drama · 
WILL I BE SINGLE FOREVER? ずっと独身でいるつもり? – N. America Premiere (Momoko Fukuda, Japan, 2021) Romance/Drama
SKELETON FLOWERS かそけきサンカヨウ – N. America Premiere  (Rikiya Imaizumi, Japan, 2021) Drama/Household
MY FATHER’S TRACKS 僕と彼女とラリーと  – N. America Premiere (Rempei Tsukamoto, Japan, 2021) Drama/Romance/Household
MUSICOPHILIAミュジコフィリア – Worldwide Premiere (Masaaki Taniguchi, Japan 2021) Drama/Music

March 21 – 27 Streaming accessible for Illinois State views solely @ 

RIBBON – N. & S. America Premiere  (NON (Rena Nounen), Japan, 2022) Drama/Youth

April 1 – 3 Streaming accessible for Illinois State views Solely @ 

ISLANDS – Midwest Premiere  (Martin Edralin, Canada/The Philippines, 2019) Drama

March 28 – April 3 Streaming accessible for U.S. views @

LOVE AFTER LOVE 第一炉香 – U.S. Premiere (Ann Hui, Hong Kong, 2020) Drama/Romance
MADALENA 馬達.蓮娜 – N. America Premiere (Chan Nga-Lei, Hong Kong/Macau, 2021) Drama/Romance
ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE 總是有愛在隔離 – Particular Encore (Vincent Kok, Hong Kong, 2021) Comedy

April 4 – 10 – Streaming accessible for U.S. views @ 

NO MAN IS AN ISLAND 沒有人該成為孤島 – Midwest Premiere (Jay Chern, Taiwan, 2022) Documentary
YOU HAVE TO KILL ME 我是自願讓他殺了我 – U.S. Premiere (Chan Chun-Hao, Taiwan, 2021) Legal/Thriller

Tickets for Asian Pop-Up Cinema – Season 14
Free Admission for all Korean movies, and neighborhood engagement screenings co-presented with KCCOC, IIT and Alliance Française. 
In Cinema:  $5.00 Basic Admission or $10.00 on the door (Money Solely)APUC 14 Digital: $3.00 Pay Per Rental Purchase tickets on-line by clicking to the movie pages on 
Extra data about particular person tickets:

ADG GROUP, Consulate Basic of Canada in Chicago, Select Chicago, Consulate Basic of the Republic of Korea in Chicago, Crown Household Philanthropies, DCASE/CityArts, Hong Kong Financial & Commerce Workplace, New York, Illinois Institute of Expertise-Workplace Of Communication, Japan Basis, Korean Basis, The MacArthur Funds for Tradition, Fairness, and the Arts on the Richard H. Driehaus Basis, and Taipei Cultural Middle in New York

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

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