Asian Pop-Up Cinema is proud to co-present with Chinalion Distribution the 2018 box office hit from China, DYING TO SURVIVE Season Nine soft opening night film. The film just opened with limited releases in New York and Los Angeles.

Please join us to learn more about the upcoming season plus enjoying the premiere of Season Nine’s festival trailer. We are raffling out festival passes, t-shirts and DVDs for all those who attend! Tickets are $10 only! (DOOR PRICE ARE $15 - CASH ONLY).

APUC past & recurring cultural partners-collaborators & volunteers can attend free as our guests! RSVP are required, please register! (

Wednesday, Aug 28, 2019, 7 PM @ AMC River East 21

DYING TO SURVIVE (我不是药神) | Chicago Premiere

China | 2018 | 117 minutes | DCP | In Mandarin w/English subtitles

Genre: Comedy/Drama

Director: Wen Muye

Starring: Xu Zheng, Wong Chuan-jun, Yang Xin-ming, Zhang Yu, Tan Zhou and Wang Yan-hui

Winners of “Best Actor,” “Best New Director” and “Best Original Screenplay” at the 2018 Golden Horse Awards, Dying to Survive is the smash hit film from China that caused the government to examine drug prices on a country-wide scale, leading to a zero-tax policy for imported anti-cancer drugs. Based on a true story, Cheng Yong is contracted by a sick man who wants his help to illegally import medicine, he soon finds himself the buzz of a gang of unlikely smugglers that helps thousands of patients rue themselves at reasonable prices, until the official importer of the drug goes to the police.

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We thank China Lion Films for this co-presentation opportunity!