Asian Films at AFI FEST

From the official announcement (films listed alphabetically):

AFI FEST 2004 presented by Audi

ETHAN MAO * World Premiere *
Directed by Quentin Lee
USA/Canada/87 min.

A psychological thriller, a familial drama and a surprising love story all rolled into one under the assured direction of Asian-American filmmaker Quentin Lee. Kicked out of his house because he’s gay, Ethan returns in secret to collect a few prized possessions. An angry confrontation results in Ethan taking the family hostage.

Director Quentin Lee will participate in a Q&A following both screenings.

Wednesday November 10 at 9:30 p.m.
Saturday November 13 at 12:30 p.m.

INFERNAL AFFAIRS
Directed by Andrew Lau and Alan Mak
Hong Kong/97 min.

A cop and a gang member are assigned to catch each other. Sound simple? Andy Lau and Tony Leung Chiu Wai star in this incredibly tense thriller that turns the game of cat and mouse on its head, even as its characters are haunted by desperation and sadness. In Cantonese with English subtitles

Director Andrew Lau will participate in a Q&A following both screenings.

Saturday November 13 at 4:45 p.m.
Sunday November 14 at 1:30 p.m.

INFERNAL AFFAIRS II
Directed by Andrew Lau and Alan Mak
Hong Kong/119 min.

The prequel to Hong Kong’s most popular movie of the past five years tells about two desperate criminal families battling each other and the police for control of the city. Anthony Wong, Eric Tsang and Francis Ng lead an all-star cast in this intimate epic. In Cantonese with English subtitles

Director Andrew Lau will participate in a Q&A following both screenings.

Saturday November 13 at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday November 14 at 4:00 p.m.

INFERNAL AFFAIRS III
Directed by Andrew Lau and Alan Mak
Hong Kong/118 min.

Andy Lau and Tony Leung Chiu Wai return in the final chapter of the award-winning saga. The events of the first film are both anticipated and deconstructed with a moody, meditative lens that encompasses surprising action, brief moments of joy and the search for eternal redemption. In Cantonese with English subtitles

Director Andrew Lau will participate in a Q&A following both screenings.

Saturday November 13 at 9:30 p.m.
Sunday November 14 at 7:00 p.m.

KOMA * North American Premiere *
Directed by Lo Chi Leung
Hong Kong/98 min.

Organ thieves and a bitter love triangle commingle with shocking effect in this late night thriller that will have you looking over your shoulder and double-locking your doors. Dynamic performances by rising stars Karena Lam and Angelica Lee and very fine direction add substance to the jolts. In Cantonese with English subtitles

Director Lo Chi Leung will participate in a Q&A following both screenings.

Thursday November 11 at 7:00 p.m.
Friday November 12 at 7:00 p.m.

ONG BAK: THAI WARRIOR
Directed by Prachya Pinkaew
Thailand/108 min.

You will believe a man can fly (no, really). Eschewing CGI and mechanical assistance of any kind, Tony Jaa kicks, punches and leaps his way through one breathless action sequence after another, all to reclaim a sacred icon stolen from his village. Jackie Chan, you may now retire. In Thai with English subtitles

* Special LIVE performance with guests Tony Jaa, director Prachya Pinkaew and a stunt team
* Friday November 5 at 9:45 p.m.

Sunday November 7 at 2:00 p.m.

RAHTREE: FLOWER OF THE NIGHT * US Premiere *
Directed by Yuthlert Sippapak
Thailand/110 min.

Horror and black comedy collide in this unique blend of the mirthful and macabre. Shy university student Buphan Rahtree succumbs to the charms of a rich and handsome playboy, who promptly abandons her when she gets pregnant. She resolves to exact revenge, even if she has to die to get it. In Thai with English subtitles

Director Yuthlert Sippapak will participate in a Q&A following both screenings.

Sunday November 7 at 9:30 p.m.
Tuesday November 9 at 4:00 p.m.

SEOUL TRAIN * World Premiere *
Directed by Jim Butterworth, Lisa Sleeth, Aaron Lubarsky
USA/China/South Korea/55 min.

Featuring riveting footage of a secretive “underground railroad,” SEOUL TRAIN is a gripping expos into the life and death struggles of North Koreans as they try to escape their homeland. Through personal stories and expert interviews, the film also delves into the complex geopolitics behind this growing humanitarian crisis. In Korean, English and Mandarin with English subtitles

Directors Jim Butterworth, Lisa Sleeth and Aaron Lubarsky will participate in a Q&A following both screenings.

Friday November 5 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday November 7 at 2:30 p.m.

All Screenings are at the ArcLight Hollywood
6360 Sunset Boulevard at Ivar

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