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Centrepiece Spotlight on Hawai’i: Live Discussion

Since the advent of cinema and the forced colonization of the islands, Hawai’i stories on film have too often been told by outsiders. Reel Asian is bringing a spotlight onto two acclaimed Hawai’i-made dramatic feature films. Christopher Kahunahana’s award winning WAIKIKI is the first dramatic feature film written and directed by a Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian). Christopher Makoto Yogi’s I WAS A SIMPLE MAN had its World Premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2021. Unique films and filmmakers, both Kahunahana and Yogi share a genuine reverence for their home and seek to provide images and sounds of the Hawaii they know. 

In this moderated filmmaker to filmmaker conversation Kahunahana and Yogi will discuss each others films and the groundbreaking context that surrounds them.

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Shy, sheltered, middle-aged Joshua lives with his elderly parents and is desperately lonely as he longs for a wife. When he’s suddenly forced into a caretaking role for his family, Joshua goes further adrift into isolation, and his Scarborough bungalow feels like a prison. Help arrives unexpectedly when his cousin Marisol flies in from overseas to help—except now, Joshua finds himself confronted with emotions and experiences he’s never had before.

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Sheila Lotuaco

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Pablo S.J. Quiogue

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Recognitions

OFFICIAL SELECTION

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Calgary International Film Festival, 2021

Vancouver International Film Festival, 2021

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RBC Emerging Canadian Artist Award, Calgary International Film Festival, 2021
Special Jury Mention – Best Emerging Canadian Director, Vancouver International Film Festival, 2021
Special Jury Award for Ensemble Acting, Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, 2021

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10 Nov, 2021 7:30 pm

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ONLINE SCREENING: ISLANDS

Watch ISLANDS online from anywhere in Canada from November 10-19!

Shy, sheltered, middle-aged Joshua lives with his elderly parents and is desperately lonely as he longs for a wife. When he’s suddenly forced into a caretaking role for his family, Joshua goes further adrift into isolation, and his Scarborough bungalow feels like a prison. Help arrives unexpectedly when his cousin Marisol flies in from overseas to help—except now, Joshua finds himself confronted with emotions and experiences he’s never had before.

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- June Kim

 

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Moon So-ri

Kim Sun-young

Jang Yoon-ju

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Lee Seung-won

Lee Seung-won’s debut feature, Communication and Lies (2015), was shown at festivals like the Busan International Film Festival and International Film Festival Rotterdam, and won several awards including the NETPAC Award at Busan. Three Sisters is Lee’s third feature and another collaboration with his wife, Kim Sun-young.

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Canada202194 minTagalog, English with English subtitlesOntario PremiereDrama, Family

Shy, sheltered, middle-aged Joshua lives with his elderly parents and is desperately lonely as he longs for a wife. When he’s suddenly forced into a caretaking role for his family, Joshua goes further adrift into isolation, and his Scarborough bungalow feels like a prison. Help arrives unexpectedly when his cousin Marisol flies in from overseas to help—except now, Joshua finds himself confronted with emotions and experiences he’s never had before.

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A live Q&A from the Opening Night screening will be simulcast online at 9:45PM on November 10. A recording will be available afterwards with the online screening of Islands.

Cast

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Sheila Lotuaco

Esteban Comilang

Pablo S.J. Quiogue

Vangie Alcasid

 

Recognitions

OFFICIAL SELECTION

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Calgary International Film Festival, 2021

Vancouver International Film Festival, 2021

Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, 2021

 

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Recognitions

OFFICIAL SELECTION

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Busan International Short Film Festival, 2021

Fantastic Fest, 2021

 

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Best Korean Short Film Award, Audience Award, Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival, 2020

Audience Award for Best International Short, Fantasia International Film Festival, 2021

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Drifting
濁水漂流

Hong Kong2021112 minCantonese with English subtitlesOntario PremiereDrama

Deep in the night, Fai and his friends are sleeping on the streets of Sham Shui Po, the poorest district in Hong Kong. The police arrive without notice and clear out their belongings, their makeshift homes reduced to roadside trash. With the help of social worker Ms. Ho, Fai takes the case to court, while he and his friends struggle to create a new home.

Based on a true story from 2012, Drifting sharply observes Hong Kong’s inequalities and injustices. Shot during the 2019 protests, without directly mentioning them, the film has clear resonances with its social milieu. Featuring stellar performances by Hong Kong actors new and old, including veteran actor Francis Ng and rising star Cecilia Choi, Drifting is a quietly raging film about dispossession, justice, and the right to live in an unlivable world.

- Ron Ma

Cast

Francis Ng

Cecilia Choi

Loletta Lee

Recognitions

OFFICIAL SELECTION

International Film Festival Rotterdam, 2021

Hong Kong International Film Festival, 2021

Far East Film Festival, 2021

Director Bio

Jun Li

Jun Li studied journalism in Hong Kong and gender studies at Cambridge. In 2017, his short film Liu Yang He won the Fresh Wave Award and Best Director at the Fresh Wave International Short Film Festival. He made his feature-directing debut with Tracey in 2018, which received nine Hong Kong Film Awards nominations, and followed it up with Drifting. Li has also been a reporter, a playwright, an actor, an essayist, and a film critic.

10 Nov, 2021

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10 Nov. - 19 Nov.

My Missing Valentine
消失的情人節

Taiwan2021119 minMandarin, Taiwanese with English subtitlesCanadian PremiereDrama, Fantasy, Romance

Hsiao-chi has never been an ordinary girl. She is always a step faster than everyone else, perhaps too fast for her to connect with anyone romantically. With Valentine’s Day approaching, Hsiao-chi’s anxious about finding someone. When she finds herself the dream date, she goes to bed looking forward to Valentine’s Day. But to her surprise and disappointment, she wakes up on February 15. Maybe A-tai, the bus driver who is a step slower than everyone else, has the answer to her missing Valentine’s Day. 

This whimsical and heartwarming love story will take you on a journey to find Hsiao-chi’s missing Valentine’s Day. As you piece the puzzle together through the two different perspectives of Hsiao-chi and A-tai, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by its fairytale-like way of unfolding a story about “bad timing.” A talented cast, including rookie Patty Lee, will make you wish the tale would last a bit longer.

 

- June Kim

Cast

Patty Lee

Liu Kuan-ting

Duncan Chou

Recognitions

OFFICIAL SELECTION

Busan International Film Festival, 2020

Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival, 2020

Far East Film Festival, 2021

 

AWARDS

Best Narrative Feature, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Visual Effects, Best Film Editing, Golden Horse Film Festival and Awards, 2020

Audience Choice Award, Asian Pop-up Cinema, 2021

Crystal Mulberry Award, Black Dragon Award, Far East Film Festival, 2021

Director Bio

Chen Yu-hsun

After receiving much acclaim with his first feature Tropical Fish (1995), Chen Yu-hsun left the film scene and focused on advertisements until he returned to filmmaking in 2013. My Missing Valentine, his fifth feature, won multiple awards at various festivals including the Golden Horse Awards.

10 Nov, 2021

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