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UCR Hosts Asian Film Festival Oct. 21-23

UCR Hosts Asian Film Festival Oct. 21-23

San Diego Asian Film Foundation brings its annual festival to Riverside.

(October 8, 2008)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – The San Diego Asian Film Foundation will expand its ninth annual film festival to include the University of California, Riverside this month. The 2008 festival is scheduled Oct. 9-16 in San Diego’s Mission Valley and Oct. 21-23 at UltraStar University Village 10 Cinemas, 1201 University Ave.

The expansion was made possible in part because of support from UCR, where Asian Americans comprise nearly half of the student population.

“We are extremely excited to expand our festival to Riverside,” said Lee Ann Kim, executive director of the San Diego Asian Film Foundation. “For years, we’ve seen residents from Riverside drive down to our San Diego festival, and now we can bring part of our festival to this growing community.”

The Asian film industry is exploding internationally in popularity, creative innovation and critical acclaim, said Danny Kim, UCR assistant vice chancellor of student affairs.

“It was only a matter of time before appreciation of the multi-faceted work of Asian directors, writers, producers and actors would spread to this area, with a festival devoted to them. That time is now,” he said. “We expect that the festival series will be well-received not only by our substantial Asian student population, but by the diverse community at large, who simply want to see great films.”

Among the films that will premiere in Riverside are:

“Hollywood Chinese,” directed by Arthur Dong. A captivating revelation on a little-known chapter of cinema: the Chinese in American feature films. Director Arthur Dong is scheduled to attend.

“Planet B-Boy,” directed by Benson Lee. A riveting documentary, profiling five international B-boy (breakdance) groups trying to win the coveted Battle of the Year in Germany. Director Benson Lee is scheduled to attend.

“Kissing Cousins,” directed by Amyn Kaderali. A romantic comedy about Amir, a professional break-up artist, who tries to con his own friends with his lovely cousin. Director Amyn Kaderali is scheduled to attend.

“Dirty Hands: The Art and Crimes of David Choe,” directed by Harry Kim. About controversial artist, David Choe, who spent years defacing buildings in Los Angeles, journeyed through the Congo, and landed in jail in Japan. Director Harry Kim is scheduled to attend.

“Ping Pong Playa,” directed by Jessica Yu. A comedy by Oscar-winning director Jessica Yu about a young man who fights for his family’s honor at the national ping pong championships. Actor Jimmy Tsai is scheduled to attend

Tickets cost $8.50 per program for general admission, $7 for students and seniors, $5 for UCR students with ID, and $5 for groups of 10 or more. Tickets can be purchased at the box office during the festival.

The full schedule of films and ticket information is available online at UCR.htm.

For more information contact Joe Virata, director of Asian Pacific Student Programs, at (951) 827-7272 or



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