Leyla Arsan - Director of Media Relations – 312.970.0659, arsan.leyla@gmail.com

Carmen Suen Arthur – Chinese Press Liaison – 708.631.1858, carmenarthur@gmail.com

Sophia Wong Boccio – Founder & Executive Director – 312.315.6393, sophia@asianpopupcinema.org

 

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ASIAN POP-UP CINEMA ANNOUNCES

      CLOSING NIGHT GALA & PINNACLE AWARD PRESENTATION ON MAY 20

      A TRIBUTE TO AWARD-WINNING HONG KONG FILMMAKER

- HERMAN YAU LAI-TO -

      SPECIAL GUEST JUDY HSU: CO-ANCHOR ABC7 NEWS THIS MORNING

      FEATURE PRESENTATION OF YAU’S CELEBRATED WORK:  IP MAN: THE FINAL FIGHT

      POST-SCREENING CONVERSATION WITH THE DIRECTOR MODERATED BY

PATRICK MCDONALD: FILM CRITIC/WRITER OF HOLLYWOODCHICAGO.COM

Honoree Herman Yau Lai-To

Honoree Herman Yau Lai-To

(April 14, 2016) - ASIAN POP-UP CINEMA – a Chicago-based semiannual film festival – closes its second season with a tribute to award-winning director Herman Yau Lai-To. The gala event celebrates Herman Yau’s prolific career as a film director, cinematographer, scriptwriter, and producer with the presentation of the Asian Pop-Up Cinema Pinnacle Award in recognition of his distinctive voice in Asian cinema. The award presentation is followed by a special screening of IP Man: The Final Fight, which is a biographical martial arts film based on the life of Wing Chun grandmaster Ip Man, directed by Herman Yau and starring Hong Kong superstar Anthony Wong.  A post-screening conversation with the director will be moderated by special guest Patrick McDonald, film critic and entertainment writer of Hollywoodchicago.com. The evening will be emceed by Susan Blumberg-Kason, author of “Good Chinese Wife”.

The closing night gala event is presented by the Governing Board of Directors of Sophia’s Choice in association with The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, New York and takes place from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm on May 20, 2016 at VenueSix10, located at 610 South Michigan Avenue in Chicago. The cost of the event is $125 including: a cocktail reception with live music performed by Swiss composer and guitarist, Samuel Mosching; Hong Kong-style dim sum prepared by Hing Kee Restaurant and catered by Entertaining Company; with wine provided by City Winery and specialty sake cocktails entitled “Pinnacle” created by Vine Connections. Herman Yau’s visit to Chicago is courtesy of Cathay Pacific Airways

*Net proceeds from this event will benefit Asian Pop-Up Cinema's general operating expenses for its semiannual film festivals planned for the spring and fall of each year*

Tickets are available for purchase online: www.asianpopupcinema.org/tickets

HERMAN YAU LAI-TO was born in Hong Kong in 1961 and holds a Master’s Degree and a PhD in cultural studies from Lingnan University, Hong Kong. Throughout his career, Yau has photographed, produced and directed over 100 films, which include: The Untold Story (1993) and Ebola Syndrome (1996) both regarded as cult classics by many European and American critics; From the Queen to the Chief Executive (2001) was the opening film in the Panorama section of the 51st Berlin International Film Festival and was awarded the Golden Torch Award by the International Catholic Organization for Cinema and Audiovisual. 

In 2007, Yau was honored as the Director in Focus by the 31st Hong Kong International Film Festival. That year, he was selected Fanta Master at the 11th Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival. In 2014, Ip Man: The Final Fight won the Bronze Prize at the Udine Far East Film Festival, and in 2015, Charlene Choi won the Special Mention Award at the 10th Osaka Asian Film Festival for her role in Sara (2014) directed by Yau.  Yau’s latest movies The Mobfathers and Nessun Dorma had their world premieres recently in March at the 40th Hong Kong International Film Festival.  Asian Pop-Up Cinema is the proud presenter of the North American Premiere of The Mobfathers on May 19, 2016 at the AMC River East 21. 

ABOUT SOPHIA’S CHOICE AND ASIAN POP-UP CINEMA
Founded by international film and cultural curator Sophia Wong Boccio, Sophia's Choice is a new Chicago based 501 C (3) not-for-profit organization with the multiple missions of cultivating the general public's interest in Asian culture via diverse offerings of Asian films; connecting the Asian film industry with local industry for both professional and educational exchanges; and promoting Chicago as a destination for Asian film company production. Asian Pop-Up Cinema is the signature semiannual film festival taking place twice a year during the fall and spring seasons. Since its inauguration in September 2015, by the end of the second season, Asian Pop-Up Cinema would have presented 2 North American premieres, 12 Chicago premieres and a total of 18 contemporary Asian titles including films from Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, Thailand and Vietnam in 24 show times. Artists who attended Asian Pop-Up Cinema include: Directors Yuichi Satoh and Yukinori Makabe from Japan; Director Tom Lin Shu-yu from Taiwan; Pinnacle Award Honoree: Herman Yau Lai-to from Hong Kong; Japanese Cinema specialist Mark Schilling from Tokyo. All the films are shown in their original language with English subtitles. Each screening is followed by a Q&A session with a visiting or local Asian specialist, film critic, and/or talent from the film.   Highly rated, respected associate professor of Cinema + Arts of Columbia College Chicago, Ron Falzone, hosts the post-film Q&A.
More info:  http://www.asianpopupcinema.org

ABOUT HONG KONG ECONOMIC AND TRADE OFFICE, NEW YORK

The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, New York is the office of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Regional Government tasked to promote business and cultural links between Hong Kong and the 31 eastern states of the U.S.A.  As the world’s freest economy, Hong Kong is a leading international business and financial center, as well as a regional transportation and logistics hub.  It is the gateway to China and remains a choice location for international companies to oversee and manage their regional operations.  Based in New York, the Office comprises an InvestHK team that provides free consultancy services to American businesses interested in establishing a presence in Hong Kong.  Follow them on Facebook: “Hong Kong Meets America.”  More info:  http://www.hketony.gov.hk/ny/index.htm

Additional sponsors and supporters for the 2016 spring season include:  Japan Foundation NY, Thai Trade Center, the Athena Design Group, Walton J. Newton & Co., AMC Independent, The Wilmette Theatre and the generosity of many individual donors.