SEASON IV SCHEDULE RUNNING BETWEEN MARCH 1 - MAY 3, 2017 WILL BE ANNOUNCED SOON!  PLEASE STAY TUNED!

SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE:

All films will be shown in their original languages w/English subtitles.  

Post-film Q&A moderated by visiting scholar Ron Falzone, Associator Professor of Cinema Art + Cinema Dept of Columbia College Chicago after all the ticketed screenings

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ASIAN POP-UP CINEMA Season III Schedule:
Opening Night:  SORI:  VOICE FROM THE HEART
CHICAGO PREMIERE
Saturday, September 17, 1:30 PM @ Wilmette Theatre followed by an afternoon tea party at the lobby of the theatre.  Suitable for all ages.
Directed by: Lee Ho-Jae
Starring: Lee Sung-min, Lee Hee-joon and Lee Honey.  
South Korea | 2016 | 117 min | DCP| Korean w/subtitles

With the help of an artificial intelligence robot, a grief-stricken father (veteran actor Lee Sung-min) sets out to find his missing daughter. Sori: Voice from the Heart is a surprise-filled “R2-D2 Drama” that won the 2016 Audience Choice Award at the Udine Far East Film Festival.  Director Lee Ho-jae will be in attendance to share his thoughts on the making of the movie that according to the director is a drama first before being a Sci-Fi!  

WEEDS ON FIRE  
CHICAGO PREMIERE
Wednesday, September 21, 7:00 PM @ AMC River East 21. Suitable for all ages.
Directed by:  Steve Chan Chi-fat
Starring:  Liu Kai-chi, Lam Yiu-sing, Tony Wu and Hedwig Tam
Hong Kong | 2016 | 92 min | DCP | Cantonese w/subtitles

An energetic picture inspired by the true 1980’s story of the city’s first Chinese youth baseball team.  The film is also the first finished work to come out of the government-run First Feature Film Initiative created to nurture new generation of film-makers.  First time feature director Steve Chan Chi-fat will participate in a question and answer session after the screening.  

Presented in association with Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office in New York under the HONG KONG, WE REMEMBER special segment featuring Hong Kong made films that are noteworthy for their Hong Kong historical and cultural references.

HAMOG
CHICAGO PREMIERE
Sunday, September 25, 2:00 PM @ Wilmette Theatre
Directed by: Ralston Jover
Starring: Teri Malvar, Zaijan Jaranilla, Samuel Quintana ad Bon Lentejas
Philippines | 2015 | 92 min | DCP | Tagalog w/subtitles. 

Unexpected events in their daily routine of crime and survival in the busy streets of Manila lead to dramatic changes for a gang of street kids.  Performed by the talented young cast with Teri Malvar (15-yr old) winning the Best Actress Award at the Moscow International Film Festival 2016, “the film lays bare the sad reality of an ill-ridden society but also offers some hope for the future”.  Besides winning the Outstanding Artistic Achievement Awards from the 19th Shanghai International Film Festival, the Director also won the Russian Film Critics’ Jury for the Best Film award.  

WONG KA YAN
CHICAGO PREMIERE (FREE SCREENING)
Friday, September 30, 7:30 PM @ Studio A of Joffrey Tower at 10 E Randolph Street
Directed by: Benny Lau
Starring: Wong Yau-nam, Karena Ng, Prudence Lau, Pai Piao, and Gigi Leung Wing-kei
Hong Kong | 2015 | 96 min | Blu-ray | Cantonese w/subtitles

Wong Ka Yan tells the story of an overgrown kid lives on the outlying island of Peng Chau in 1992. Chan Chun-yin falls in love with a movie ticket seller after getting trapped inside the cinema.  When he returns to find the girl has quit her job, he sets off on a quest to find her, despite the odds given her very common name.  Shot with washed-out color showing Peng Chau as this relaxing rural atmosphere, the film transmits a sense of old-timey charm and innocence that is universal.  A second feature presented under HONG KONG, WE REMEMBER segment courtesy of Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office, New York.  (Required RSVP 1 week before screening via email: asianpopupinfo@gmail.com)

PATHS OF THE SOUL
Wednesday, October 5, 7:00 PM @ AMC River East 21
Directed by:  Zhang Yang
Starring:  non-professiona actors: village people
China | 2015 | 115 min | DCP | Tibetan w/subtitles

Shot over a period of a year with no script, critically acclaimed Paths of The Soul follows 11 friends, neighbors and relatives on a soul-searching pilgrimage to Lhasa and the sacred Kang’s Mountain.  The film was rated 4th favorite by the audiences of 2016 Rotterdam International Film Festival audience – a film that upends the traditions of documentary that Asian Pop-Up Cinema is proud to showcase it on the big screen again.

 

 

WHEN THE CURTAIN RISES
CHICAGO PREMIERE
Sunday, October 9, 2:00 PM at Wilmette Theatre. Suitable for all ages.  
Directed by:  Motohiro Katsuyuki
Starring:  Momota Kanako, Tamai Shiori, Sasaki Ayaka, Ariyasu Momoka, Takagi Reni and Kuroki Haru
Japan | 2015 | 119 min | DCP | Japanese w/subtitles. 

When The Curtain Rises focuses on the process of putting on a theatrical play by a high school drama club in a provincial town, following the growth of its actors both on stage and personally.  The five young leading actors, are members of the idol group Momoiro Clover Z, and their learning curve as actors overlaps with that of their characters in the film.  Only 24 at time of filming who plays the new coach, Kuroki Haru, has already amassed an impressive list of acting honors including the Berlin Film Festival’s Silver Bear for Best Actress Award in 2014.

 

SITI
CHICAGO PREMIERE (FREE SCREENING)
Wednesday, October 12, 7:00 PM @ Claudia Cassidy Theatre at Chicago Cultural Center
Directed by:  Eddie Cahyono
Starring:  Sekar Sari, Delia Nuswantoro and Chelsy Bettido
Indonesia | 2014 | 88 min | Blu-ray | B&W | Javanese/Indonesian w/subtitles. 

Siti tells the story of a beautiful young woman caring for her paralyzed husband, her son and her mother-in-law, by selling snacks at the beach for tourists and selling herself at an illegal karaoke bar in the evenings.  Her life is further complicated when a policeman falls in love with her.
(Thanks to DCASE of Chicago, this screening is FREE and open to the public.  Please RSVP 1 week before screening via email:  asianpopupinfo@gmail.com)

THE WAILING
Sunday, October 30, 1:30 PM @ Wilmette Theatre
Directed by:  Na Hong-jin
Starring:  Hwang Jung-min, Kwak Do-won, Kim Hwan-hee, and Kunimura Jun
South Korea | 2016 | 156 min | Blu-ray | Korean w/subtitles

In this tense supernatural thriller, locals become suspicious after a foreigner mysteriously appears in a quiet rural village.  Suspicion turns to hysteria and investigators look to a shaman for clues after a series of brutal killing sprees. The Wailing smashed box office records when it debuted in South Korea and many audience members saw the film several times searching for new clues in this highly talked-about ending.  

 

 

A FOOL
CHICAGO PREMIERE
Wednesday, November 9, 7:00 PM @ AMC River East 21
Directed by:  Chen Jian-bin
Starring:  Chen Jian-bin, Wang Xue-bing and Jin Shi-jia
China | 2014 | 105 min | DCP | Mandarin w/subtitles

Well-known Chinese actor, Chen Jian-bin makes his directorial debut in this film about a goat farmer finding the real family of a mentally handicapped young man who follows him home one day.  A Fool earned Chen Best Actor and Best New Director prizes at the 2014 Golden Horse Awards in Taiwan, but the real-life arrest of one of the supporting actors delayed the release, adding an ironic twist to the movie’s message about morality.   

 

 

THE ACTOR
CHICAGO PREMIERE
Sunday, November 13, 2:00 PM @ Wilmette Theatre
Directed by:  Satoko Yokohama
Starring:  Ken Yasuda, Kumiko Aso, Shohei Uno, Hirohumi Arai
Japan | 2016 | 123 min | DCP | Japanese w/subtitles

The Actor follows a “bit parts” actor, played by Ken Yasuda, best known for TEAM NACS (a group of 5 actors) and many voice performances as in award-winning animation Spirited Away, who finally gets a break with a big role by an internationally known director – a basic plot that may sound familiar yet with the inspired performances and the romantic subplot, director Yokohama’s take is anything but conventional.

 

 

THE ASSASSIN
Wednesday, November 30, 7:00 PM @ AMC River East 21
Directed by:  Hou Hsiao-hsien
Starring:  Shu Qi, Chang Chen, Zhou Yun and Tsumabuki Satoshi
Taiwan | 2015 | 104 min | Blu-ray | Mandarin w/subtitles

Back with his first film in 8 years, legendary Taiwanese director, Hou Hsiao-hsien wows the film world with an awe-inspiring take on the traditional martial arts film.  In 2015, The Assassin garnered top awards at all major film festivals in Asia, and won the prestigious Best Director Award at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.  Asian Pop-Up Cinema is proud to present The Assassin on the anniversary of its debut North American release.

 

 

Closing Night:  ROUND TRIP HEART
CHICAGO PREMIERE
Sunday, December 4, 4:00 PM @ Wilmette Theatre followed by Closing Night Reception.  
Directed by:  Yuki Tanada, who will be in attendance for Intro and Q & A.  
Starring:  Oshima Yuko and Okura Koji
Japan | 2015 | 97 min | DCP | Japanese w/subtitles

This romantic comedy follows a woman who sells food and drinks on a train push cart ends up touring a mountain resort with a failed movie producer who tried to steal from her cart.  Aside from The Actor, Round Trip Heart is the second Japanese film made by a female filmmaker presented in this season.