The Asian family is like a rock of civilization, and if you look closely enough, you’ll see the cracks.
Koji Hayasaki | USA | 2003 | Video | 29:00 | Colour | Canadian Premiere
Leang is a Cambodian community leader in the Bronx. Upright and righteous, he’s a survivor of the killing fields now fighting to maintain Cambodian traditions amid the overwhelming culture of America. His daughter, Moni, was born in a refugee camp in Thailand and grew up in the Bronx. A high school dropout, she struggles to identify with being a Cambodian. Leang’s Journey shows us the dilemma that Southeast Asian refugees face in their daily lives. It also poignantly depicts the barriers between a father and a daughter.
Born in Japan, Koji Hayasaki graduated with a degree in law and was a banker in Tokyo before deciding to turn his hand to film. Hayasaki completed NYU’s graduate school of journalism in 2002 and now works freelance as a documentary filmmaker and journalist.
Kai Ling Xue | Canada | 2003 | Video | 3:00 | Colour | Canadian Premiere
Director Kai Ling Xue has a medical condition – it seems her hands are strangely tilted. Using found footage from medical films from the 1970s, Tilted tells the tragic story of her diagnosis by a team of doctors, rejection by her parents and acceptance by a sibling. As an observation of ignorance towards queer issues, Tilted is at once hilarious and sombre.
Born in Taiwan, Kai Ling Xue moved to Vancouver in 1997. Xue is a media student at Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, where she is in her final year.
Hohyun Joung | Canada | 2002 | Video | 8:00 | Colour | World Premiere | Director in attendance
After her father passes away, director Hohyun Joung returns to Korea to visit her mother, who decides to move out of the house where Hohyun was born and where her father and mother lived for 35 years. Her mother also fails to observe a sacrificial rite to the father’s family. Because of this, she is subjected to an astonishing barrage of verbal abuse from them. A deeply moving film.
Hohyun Joung is currently at York University working on an M.F.A. in film and video. Her other works include Stone Cold Noodle Soup (2002), Homesickness (2002) and I, My, Me, Mine (2003).
Rikei Kubo | Japan | 2002 | Video | 26:00 | Colour | Canadian Premiere
A Japanese woman is living with her husband in Chicago. A visit from her mother from Japan causes a profound change in the woman’s relationship with her husband. In a style reminiscent of Yasujiro Ozu, director Rikei Kubo vividly evokes the outer world of the couple’s apartment, as well as the subtle inner psychology of his characters.
Awards: Screenplay Award, Annual Program Without Frontiers, 2003 New York Short Film Festival
Rikei Kubo was born in Japan in 1966 and worked as a program director at NHK for eight years. He received an M.F.A. from Columbia College Chicago in 2003.
Exercise with Chin Yung
Wenhwa Ts’ao | USA | 2003 | Video | 8:00 | Colour | Canadian Premiere | Director in attendance
Told with goofy affection, Exercise with Chin Yung is about the filmmaker’s father, who likes to exhibit his own creation of Chinese exercises in public and sing karaoke. He also obsesses about having a son to carry on the family name.
Wenhwa Ts’ao was born in Taiwan and has made a wide range of films. She is now teaching film and video production at Columbia College Chicago.