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Cinema Asia

Cinemasia widens the scope on international horizons. These films present the common threads of love, loss, exploration, conflict and self-discovery that tie us all together, regardless of the physical and cultural barriers we encounter in life.

  1. Apprentice

    Boo Junfeng / Cinema Asia / France, Germany, Hong Kong, Qatar, Singapore / 2016 / Narrative / 97 mins
    New prison guard Aiman’s personal and professional life collide when he starts an apprenticeship with the chief executioner. The future of this budding partnership is put to the test when Aiman’s moral compass and painful history unravel, revealing hidden ties between the two.

    Alamo Drafthouse
    March 16, 2017 8:50 pm At Rush

  2. Bachelor Girls

    Shikha Makan / Cinema Asia / India / 2016 / 60 mins
    Single, independent women in the cosmopolitan city of Mumbai are met with the cold shoulder when they try to find decent housing. Because of their “unmarried” status, these bachelor girls are portrayed as spinster women who are a nuisance to their building and neighbors. This insightful documentary explores the values of Indian society and how they affect women in the modern age.

    Preceded by: Every Known Piece Of Me Had To Be Broken

    Bachelor Girls

    New Parkway Theater
    March 18, 2017 5:40 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets

  3. Blanka

    Kohki Hasei / Cinema Asia / Italy, Japan, Philippines / 2015 / 75 mins
    Hardened street kid Blanka does her best to save enough money to “buy” a mom. In the hopes of overcoming everyday struggles, she joins forces with a blind musician, discovers her singing talent, and realizes that money can’t buy love. Features YouTube star Cydel Gabutero in her acting debut.

    Roxie Theater
    March 12, 2017 12:10 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets

  4. The Family

    Shumin Liu / Cinema Asia / Australia, China / 2015 / 280 mins
    Following the Venice Film Festival and Slamdance, THE FAMILY comes to San Francisco, telling the slow-burn story of an ordinary elderly couple’s extraordinary efforts to stay connected with their family, against long distances and an ever-changing society.
    The Family

    Great Star Theater
    March 11, 2017 4:00 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets

  5. Guangzhou Dream Factory

    Christiane Badgley / Cinema Asia / USA / 2016 / Documentary / 65 mins
    The prospect of striking it rich in China has captured the imagination of people from Dakar to Nairobi, but how much of this “Chinese dream” is accessible to people from African countries? From the “suit king” of Cameroon to a victim of visa fraud, GUANGZHOU DREAM FACTORY reveals their stories.

    Preceded by: Basha Man

    Guangzhou Dream Factory

    Alamo Drafthouse
    March 15, 2017 6:20 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets

    Guangzhou Dream Factory

    New Parkway Theater
    March 18, 2017 1:00 pm At Rush

  6. Hang In There, Kids!

    Laha Mebow / Cinema Asia / Taiwan / 2015 / Narrative / 90 mins
    A trio of young indigenous boys from rural Taiwan take their last sixth grade field trip to Taipei. They surprise their disabled after-school instructor (Albee Huang) and find answers to some of their own troubles. The 2016 Taipei Film Festival Grand Prize winner is Taiwan’s entry for the 2017 Academy Awards.
    Hang In There, Kids!

    Roxie Theater
    March 10, 2017 5:15 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets

  7. Harmonium

    Koji Fukada / Cinema Asia / France, Japan / 2016 / Narrative / 118 mins
    A seemingly ordinary family’s life takes a drastic turn when an old acquaintance reenters their world, unpacking deception and secrets from the past that reveal cracks and hidden strains.

    New People Cinema
    March 19, 2017 8:40 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets

  8. The Housemaid

    Derek Nguyen / Cinema Asia / Vietnam / 2016 / Narrative / 105 mins
    Seeking sanctuary and a job, Linh knocks on the door of a colonial plantation. Soon she’s the prized new housemaid of the handsome Sebastian, who welcomes her into his boudoir but hides the sordid history of the land’s unmarked graves.

  9. I’ll Wait

    Dustin Nguyen / Cinema Asia / Vietnam / 2016 / 90 mins
    Vietnamese American filmmaker Dustin Nguyen challenges the notion of “love conquers all” with this romantic psychological thriller. When a writer and photographer fall in love, shadows of their past lives begin to plague their dreams threatening the trust and innocence of their new relationship.
    I’ll Wait

    Roxie Theater
    March 11, 2017 9:50 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets

  10. The Moment

    Wong Kwok Fai / Cinema Asia / Hong Kong / 2016 / 89 mins
    Director Wong Kwok Fai’s first feature film tells the story of four damaged relationships. Set against a picturesque Hong Kong backdrop, the bonds explored in the film span across family, ex-lovers, friends and a couple. Amidst the hope of reconciliation, the protagonists face the challenges of deciding whether to let go, or hold on and make amends.
    The Moment

    Alamo Drafthouse
    March 12, 2017 3:00 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets