Chicago’s Asian Pop-Up Cinema returns for its eighth season from March 12 to April 24 with 16 films screening at AMC River East 21 and various venues around the city.
March 12, 7pm: Fly Me To The Saitama
Introduction and Q&A with director Hideki Takeuchi
Fumi Nikaido stars as the cosseted son of a corrupt Tokyo Governor alongside pop star Gackt as a “mysterious transfer student” in Hideki Takeuchi’s adaptation of the popular ’80s manga.
March 13, 7pm: Ten Years Japan
Introduction and Q&A with segment director Akiyo Fujimura
Five young directors provide their visions of a near future Japan in an omnibus movie inspired by the Hong Kong original and produced by Hirokazu Koreeda. Review.
March 16, 2pm: The Ito Sisters
Introduction and Q&A with director Antonia Grace Glenn and lead scholar Evelyn Nakano Glenn
Documentary exploring the experiences of early Japanese migrants along with their American-born children.
March 19, 7pm: Out Of Paradise
Introduction and Q&A with director Batbayar Chogsom
A man and his heavily pregnant wife make a perilous journey to the Mongolian capital in order to get a caesarian section but once there discover they are unable to cover the medical fees.
March 20, 7pm: A Land Imagined
Introduction and Q&A with director Yeo Siew-hua.
Singaporean police officer Lok investigates the disappearance of migrant worker Wang in Yeo Siew-hua’s Locarno prize winning crime drama.
March 21, 6.30pm: Funan
French/Cambodian animated co-production set during the Khmer Rouge revolution of 1975 in which a young mother searches for her four-year-old son who was taken away by the regime.
March 26, 7pm: Show Me Your Love
Introduction and Q&A with actress Nina Paw Hee-ching
A young man making a rare visit home to Malaysia on the death of an aunt is forced to reconnect with his estranged mother whom he left behind when he went to university in Hong Kong. Actress Nina Paw Hee-Ching will be present at the screening for an introduction and Q&A as well as to collect the Career Achievement Award.
March 27, 7pm: Sen Sen
Introduction and Q&A with director An Bon & actress Nina Paw Hee-ching
A young man whose brother has recently passed away makes a surprising discovery on the cell phone he left behind – the live streams of an elderly cab driver known as Granny.
March 28, 7pm: High Flash
Introduction and Q&A with director Chuang Ching-shen & Actor Chen Chia-kuei
A medical examiner investigating the death of a fisherman who self immolated to protest corporate giant TL Petrochemical uncovers a major conspiracy in Chuang Ching-shen’s crime thriller.
April 6, 2pm: Up the Mountain
Documentary by Zhang Yang focussing on the studio of artist Shen Jian-hua in a remote village in Yunnan Province.
April 7, 2pm: Four Springs
Introduction and Q&A with director Lu Qingyi moderated by Shelly Kraicer
Director Lu Qingyi follows the everyday lives of his parents over four years in the remote town of Dushan in southwest China.
April 12, 6.30pm: Circle of Steel
Introduction and Q&A with director/producer Gillian McKercher and main cast Chantelle Han.
Canadian chemical engineer Wendy Fong ponders her future in the face of industry layoffs in this special presentation in collaboration with the Consulate General of Canada in Chicago.
April 16, 7pm: The Pension
Introduction and Q&A with segment director Junghuh Deok-jae
Omnibus film set in a small hotel which becomes home to parents attempting to come to terms with the loss of their child, a couple trying to rekindle their marriage, a woman who insists on staying in her preferred room, and the substitute manager who invites his girlfriend over for the evening.
April 17, 7pm: Memories of a Dead End
Introduction and Q&A with director Choi Hyun-young
A young woman in a long distance relationship with a man from Nagoya decides to visit him when he drops out of contact only to discover he is engaged to someone else.
April 23, 7pm: Memories of My Body
A Lengger dancer looks back on his life as a tale of growing acceptance of sensuality lived against a turbulent political backdrop.
April 24, 7pm – Tracey
A 51-year-old married father begins to reconsider his life choices after the death of a friend, eventually coming to an acceptance of a transgender identity.
Asian Pop-up Cinema Season 8 runs March 12 to April 24. Full details for all the films are available via the festival’s official website. You can also keep up with all the latest news by following Asian Pop-up Cinema on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.