Asia Pacific Film Festival

Wednesday 27 March 2024 - Friday 26 April 2024
Room: Foster Building, Mitchell & Kenyon Cinema
University of Central Lancashire, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 2HE
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The Asia Pacific Film Festival is hosted by the Institute for the Study of the Asia Pacific (ISAP) and the Institute for Area and Migration Studies (AMIS).

This is an annual event screening films from Asia Pacific countries, often for the first time in the UK. The 2024 festival will be dedicated to topics relevant and impactful for the contemporary world, and aims to invite reflection and public conversations on these topics.

The festival is free and open to all. The films will be accompanied by talks and Q&A sessions by UCLan students, lecturers and invited guests.

Wednesday 27 March, 6pm

Film poster for The Ones Left Behind

The Ones Left Behind: The Plight of Single Mothers in Japan

Rionne McAvoy

Japan, 2023, 1h16m

Told through the eyes of battle-hardened single mothers, academic and business leaders, this documentary depicts the hardships faced by single mothers in Japan, and the hidden poverty which is a reality in this country despite its rapid economic growth after World War II.

Refreshments will be provided during the screening.

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Tuesday 16 April, 6pm

Film poster for Broken Dreams

Broken Dreams: Stories from the Myanmar Coup

Bo Thet Htun, Nay Ni Hlaing Kha, L Minpyae Mon, M. Noe, Rek, Way, Nay Chi Myat Noe Wint, Yit

Myanmar, 2023, 2h8m

Broken Dreams is a feature-length omnibus film made up of 9 short films that portray the impact of the 2021 military coup in Myanmar. The film covers a wide range of experiences, from the loss of loved ones to the suppression of freedom of expression. Each story is told from a unique perspective, and together they provide a powerful and moving portrait of the ongoing crisis in Myanmar.

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Wednesday 17 April, 6pm

Film poster for Maineland


Miao Wang

China/USA, 2017, 1h30m

Filmed over three years in China and the U.S., Maineland is a multi-layered coming-of-age tale that follows two affluent and cosmopolitan teenagers as they settle into a boarding school in blue-collar rural Maine. Part of the enormous wave of "parachute students" from China enrolling in U.S. private schools, bubbly, fun-loving Stella and introspective Harry come seeking a Western-style education, escape from the dreaded Chinese college entrance exam, and the promise of a Hollywood-style U.S. high school experience. As Stella and Harry’s fuzzy visions of the American dream slowly gain more clarity, they ruminate on their experiences of alienation, culture clash, and personal identity, sharing new understandings and poignant discourses on home and country.

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Thursday 18 April, 5.30pm


Return to Seoul

Davy Chou

France/Germany, 2022, 2h

Davy Chou’s Return to Seoul is an unpredictable and refreshingly authentic story of a young woman’s search for identity, and of the ever-shifting relationships that shape it.

Freddie (Park Ji-Min) was adopted when she was very young, born in South Korea and raised in France. She’s magnetic, spirited and hard to pin down; never in one place, or with one person, for long enough to get attached. At 25 years old, Freddie makes an impulsive decision to visit Seoul for the first time since her adoption, in an attempt to reconnect with her biological parents and the culture she had to leave behind.

Featuring a revelatory performance from newcomer Park Ji-Min, this bittersweet journey of self-discovery sees Freddie travel from South Korea's vibrant, neon-soaked capital to its tranquil port cities, in search of a better understanding of her own identity, culture and home.

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Friday 19 April, 6pm

Film poster for Cafe Lumiere

Café Lumière

Hou Hsiao-Hsien

Japan/Taiwan, 2003, 1h43m

Café Lumière was produced as a homage to Japanese director Yasujiro Ozu and was a major success for Taiwanese filmmaker Hou Hsiao-Hsien. Yoko, a young writer pregnant by a man she does not wish to marry, wanders around Tokyo with Hajime, a kindred spirit bookstore owner who aids her investigation into the life of a modernist composer of the 1930s. The two characters are enfolded by a city rushing along in ceaseless movement and transformation. A masterpiece of the mise-en-scene playing with intimacy and distance, the film successfully suggests a world just under the surface of the visible.

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Tuesday 23 April, 5.30pm

Film poster for Memories of Murder

Memories of Murder

Bong Joon-Ho

South Korea, 2003, 2h11m

A must watch for all detective movie lovers. The first commercial success of Bong Joon-Ho, director of the globally acclaimed PARASITE (2019), based on a real-life investigation into the earliest known series of murders in South Korea.

In the fall of 1986, two women have been raped and murdered in a rural district. We are following the steps of detectives Park Doo-man (played by Song Kang-ho) and Cho Yong-koo (Kim Roe-ha) who try to catch the culprit. After initial ineffective attempts to find the killer, they are joined by a detective from Seoul – Seo Tae-yoon (Kim Sang-yung). As the detectives struggle to find new leads in the case, more victims appear.

The film goes beyond the police case to tell a devastating story of corruption, failure and pessimism. It draws the portrait of a politically and socially dark South Korea in the 1980s, marked by fractures, fears and suspicion of its own institutions.

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Wednesday 24 April, 6pm

Film poster for Pinoy Sunday

Pinoy Sunday

Wi Ding Ho

Taiwan/Japan, 2009, 1h22m

This wonderfully funny, light-hearted film follows two Filipino immigrants, Manuel and Dado, as they discover a discarded sofa and attempt to carry it home across Taipei. An ordinary Sunday turns into a journey of adventure, perseverance and self-discovery, and the film develops into a surprisingly poignant, complex reflection on the concepts of home, life aspirations and friendship.

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Friday 26 April, 6pm

Film poster for Happy Together

Happy Together

Wong Kar Wai

Hong Kong, 1997, 1h36m

One of the most searing romances of the 1990s, Wong Kar Wai’s emotionally raw, lushly stylized portrait of a relationship in breakdown casts Hong Kong superstars Tony Leung and Leslie Cheung as a couple traveling through Argentina and locked in a turbulent cycle of infatuation and destructive jealousy as they break up, make up, and fall apart again and again. Setting out to depict the dynamics of a queer relationship with empathy and complexity on the cusp of the 1997 handover of Hong Kong—when the country’s LGBT community suddenly faced an uncertain future—Wong crafts a feverish look at the life cycle of a love affair that is by turns devastating and deliriously romantic. Shot by ace cinematographer Christopher Doyle in both luminous monochrome and luscious saturated colour, Happy Together is an intoxicating exploration of displacement and desire that swoons with the ache and exhilaration of love at its heart-tearing extremes.

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