After two weeks of public voting, we present your final selections of Reel Asian’s RETRO SUMMER SERIES! The top 3 films with the most votes were Better Luck Tomorrow, Au Revoir Taipei, and Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. Save the date on July 27th and August 25th! Thank you to everyone who voted!
THE JOY LUCK CLUB (1993)
Director: Wayne Wang
Wednesday, July 27th, 2016 • 5:45PM • TIFF Bell Lightbox • Trailer
SYNOPSIS: Produced by Oliver Stone and based on the best-selling novel, The Joy Luck Club tells the uplifting story of four remarkable friends whose extraordinary lives are filled with joy and heartbreak. Their lifelong friendship reveals a mosaic of the startling events that have shaped their lives, and how these experiences have affected the hopes and dreams they hold for each of their children.
CROUCHING TIGER HIDDEN DRAGON (2000)
Director: Ang Lee
Wednesday, July 27th, 2016 • 8:30PM • TIFF Bell Lightbox • Trailer
SYNOPSIS: Directed by Ang Lee, this martial arts epic remains one of the most influential, highest-grossing foreign-language film in American history. The film also garnered hundreds of awards, including 10 nominations at the 2001 Academy Awards and won for Best Foreign Language Film, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction and Best Original Score. Ang Lee would go on to win two Best Director Oscars for Brokeback Mountain and The Life Of Pi.
AU REVOIR TAIPEI (2010)
Director: Arvin Chen
Thursday, August 25th, 2016 • 6:00PM • TIFF Bell Lightbox • Trailer
SYNOPSIS: This quirky romantic comedy is Taiwanese-American Arvin Chen’s directorial feature debut. A box office success in Taiwan, the film also won the NETPAC Prize at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2010. Au Revoir Taipei was selected as Reel Asian’s closing night film in 2010.
BETTER LUCK TOMORROW (2002)
Director: Justin Lin
Thursday, August 25th, 2016 • 8:30PM • TIFF Bell Lightbox • Trailer
SYNOPSIS: Directed by Justin Lin before his success with the Fast & Furious and Star Trek franchises, this film launched the filmmaker’s career and will forever be a staple in Asian cinema. This film was famously defended by the great Roger Ebert when he called out a rude audience member at Sundance, “This film has the right to be about this people, and Asian-Americans have the right to be whatever the hell they want to be. They do not have to ‘represent’ their people.”