Pacific Arts Movement’s 11th Spring Showcase Returns to Theaters to Celebrate Asian, Asian American & Pacific Islanders’ Influences on Pop History

In a 15+ movie assortment, Pacific Artwork Motion’s eleventh San Diego Asian Movie Pageant (SDAFF) Spring Showcase returns to in-person programming on the Ultrastar Cinemas in Mission Valley, San Diego from April 21 via 28, 2022. This 12 months’s showcase acknowledges the influence of Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islanders (AAPI)  on well-liked tradition. Audiences will take pleasure in eight days of movies from China, Indonesia, the Philippines, South Korea, and Vietnam together with a four-film retrospective on director and actress Kinuyo Tanaka. The showcase opens with the biopic Anita on April 21 telling the fascinating story of the “Madonna of Hong Kong”. Closing night time options Free Chol Soo Lee which premiered on the Sundance Movie Pageant this January. Different programming consists of stay Q&As from filmmakers and a panel dialogue with the authors of RISE: A Pop Historical past of Asian America From The Nineties To Now.

“Our eleventh Spring Showcase marks greater than only a return in-person for the Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander tales we share,” says Kent Lee, Govt Director. “It reminds us simply how essential it’s for communities to assemble and join over experiences that assist to uplift our collective voices.”

For over a decade, Spring Showcase has aspired to deliver the hits, laughs, and thrills from Asian and Asian American filmmakers. The movie line-up this 12 months celebrates AAPI influences on popular culture and historical past, from Hong Kong pop stars, Japanese movie icons, and Asian-American cultural leaders. The opening night time movie Anita honors the eponymous legendary popstar, who personified the Hong Kong Golden Age of the Nineteen Eighties and 90s. This Spring Showcase’s Sunday Highlight is a set of 4 movies directed by Kinuyo Tanaka that amplify ladies’s voices. The well-known actress of Ozu and Mizoguchi was one of many world’s uncommon feminine administrators within the Fifties and 60s and a pioneer within the Japanese movie trade. 

Additionally, part of this 12 months’s showcase is a panel by the authors of the brand new e book RISE: A Pop Historical past of Asian America from the Nineties to Now, with a particular dialog concerning the actors, musicians, athletes, and trendsetters that make up Asian American well-liked tradition. RISE is a love letter to and for Asian People — an illustrated primer on the very best (and worst) of Asian American music, films, graphic novels, meals, and movie star. 

Closing the competition this 12 months is Free Chol Soo Lee, the riveting documentary about social justice icon Chol Soo Lee, whose wrongful imprisonment sparked an Asian American motion within the Nineteen Seventies and 80s.

“Now that now we have one in-person competition beneath our belt, we’re treating this 12 months’s Spring Showcase just like the joyous celebration it had at all times been,” Creative Director Brian Hu shares. “We’re wanting ahead to Korean rom-coms, Vietnamese journey, Japanese animation, and all the opposite genres that put smiles on our faces and make us giddy to be within the presence of our group once more.”

This 12 months’s movies function a timeline of Asia and Asian America’s popular culture historical past, from Japan within the 50s and 60s, to Hong Kong within the 80s and 90s, and a recap of Asian America’s distinctive evolution all through the instances, informed by the icons and stars themselves. 


ANITA | Opening Movie, April 21, 7 PM

The movie follows the lifetime of Hong Kong Cantopop singer and actress Anita Mui. The movie begins from her life as a baby performer together with her sister Ann Mui within the now-demolished Lai Chi Kok Amusement Park and follows her relationship together with her designer Eddie Lau, fellow singer Leslie Cheung, ex-boyfriends Goto Yuki and Ben Lam, her profession, and up until Mui’s demise in 2003.

RISE: A Pop Historical past of Asian America from the Nineties to Now Guide Occasion | Particular Presentation, Stay Panel | April 23, 5 PM

Be part of the authors of RISE: A Pop Historical past of Asian America from the Nineties to Now, Phil Yu, Jeff Yang, & Philip Wang, for a particular discuss concerning the e book — its inspirations, contradictions, and aspirations. Copies of RISE shall be available, bought by native Asian American-owned bookseller Comickaze Comics. Q&A Panel with RISE Authors, Last slate of panelists TBD. Free out of doors reception after the panel dialogue.

DIRECTED BY KINUYO TANAKA | Sunday Highlight, Stay Q&A | April 24, 1 PM

A presentation of 4 of Kinuyo Tanaka’s pioneering options, all in new 4K restorations.Movies within the assortment embrace FOREVER A WOMAN (1955), GIRLS OF NIGHT (1961), LOVE UNDER A CRUCIFIX (1962), LOVE LETTER (1953).  Particular reception on April 24 from 6:00-8:00 PM at UltraStar Cinemas. 

FREE CHOL SOO LEE | Closing Movie, Stay Q&A | April 28, 7:15 PM

Asian People unite to free Chol Soo Lee, a Korean immigrant who was wrongly convicted of a gang homicide, however as soon as out, he self-destructs, threatening the motion’s legacy and the person himself. Stay Q&A with administrators Julie Ha and Eugene Yi. Pre-screening reception at UltraStar Cinemas and a post-screening reception at BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse positioned in Hazard Middle.


  • After the Rain (Director: Jian Fan, China, 104 min, 2021)
  • Huge Night time! (Director: Jun Robles Lana, Philippines, 105 min, 2021)
  • Fortune Favors Girl Nikuko (Director: Ayumu Watanabe, Japan, 96 min, 2021)
  • Maika The Lady From One other Galaxy (Director: Ham Tran, Vietnam, 105 min, 2022)
  • Nothing Severe (Director: Jeong Ga-young, South Korea, 95 min, 2021)
  • On The Line (Director: Kim Solar, Kim Gok, South Korea, 109 min, 2021)
  • Quickening (Director: Haya Waseem, Canada, 89 min, 2021)
  • Yuni (Director: Kamila Andini, Indonesia, Singapore, France, Australia, 95 min, 2021)
  • Thriller Kung-Fu Theater 


We’re asking all friends attending competition occasions to supply proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a destructive COVID-19 PCR check taken inside 72 hours of the occasion. Proof of vaccination or destructive check shall be required earlier than coming into any competition venue.  Each competition patron can even be required to put on a masks inside all theater areas. Moreover, we shall be requiring masks for all competition patrons and guaranteeing social distancing in all competition traces.  

Further particulars on our COVID-19 protocols could be discovered here.

To be able to expedite the pickup of your competition move, you might be welcome to submit your vaccination document prematurely to this form.

Any of the next types of proof shall be acceptable: 

• Your vaccine card 

• Picture of your vaccine card

• CA Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Report 

*Get a digital copy of your COVID-19 vaccination document right here:


  • Tickets for particular person screenings could be bought via movie pages or the schedules web page on this web site
  • Tickets are additionally obtainable on the UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas concession stand and kiosk beginning April 14th. 
  • All ticket gross sales are remaining. 

All-Entry Badges ensures entry to: 

  • All Spring Showcase movies and occasions all through your entire 8-day fest—together with Opening/Closing night time, receptions, and extra
  • Entrance-of-the-line privileges to each movie program and panel
  • All receptions and joyful hours

For ticketing data, full movie particulars, and schedule, please go to, name (619) 400-5911, or e-mail To study extra about Pac Arts membership, e-mail



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