Dir. David Nguyen | Canada 2011 | 6:53
A playful retro video game tells the story of the director’s coming of age and his issues with his father.
David Nguyen was born in California and moved to Vancouver to study at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, but continues to say “soda” instead of “pop.”
Muybridge Strings (Les Cordes De Muybridge)
Dir. Koji Yamamura | Canada/Japan 2011 | 12: 39
Based on the life and work of photographer Eadweard Muybridge. Moving between a galloping horse, a mother’s surrealistic daydreams, and Muybridge’s troubled life, the film explores the irrepressible human desire to seize life’s fleeting moments.
Oscar-nominated Koji Yamamura is one of the leading Japanese independent animation filmmakers and was featured in a special spotlight presentation at Reel Asian in 2010. Producer Michael Fukushima will be in attendance.
Dir. Randall Lloyd Okita* | Canada 2011 | 8:21
An audience awaits in suspense and paramedics prepare for the worst as the director/performer prepares to set himself ablaze. Focusing on the manufacturing of spectacle while also creating magic on screen without computer graphic, the film makes use of mechanical sculpture and performance.
Randall Okita is a Canadian Film Centre graduate with a broad range of experience in feature films, television, commercials, and documentaries. His short films—Machine with Wishbone and Fish in Barrel—both won awards at past editions of Reel Asian.
Plants Out of the Sunlight
Dir. Vu Van (Franco) Nguyen* | Canada 2010 | 10:11
Mia works her fingers to the bone at a thankless factory job. She longs for a better relationship with her son, who has taken to staying out all night and sleeping all day.
Franco Nguyen is a graduate of York University, a member of the Toronto comedy sketch troupe Asiansploitation, and this year’s Reel Asian poster boy.
Dir. Tony Lau* | Canada 2010 | 24:06 | Mandarin w/Eng. sub.
A documentary about women in the rural area of Benxi, China, and how the mass migration of male workers to more central cities affects their daily lives.
Tony Lau was born in Hong Kong and is an MFA graduate in film from York University and an MA graduate in Communication and Social Justice from University of Windsor.
A Winter Song (Une Chanson D’hiver)
Dir. Aonan Yang* | Canada 2011 | 36:00 | French/Mandarin w/Eng. sub.
Based on a true story, with a cast of real corner store owners. A Chinese immigrant in Quebec awaits a medical diagnosis, worried about how he will face his wife and child with the possible bad news while he hides his symptoms and continues to work seven days a week.
Aonan Yang graduated from Concordia University and was the first Canadian to win the top Kodak Educational Award in Cinematography. He has presented his films at festivals around the world.