Asia Pacific Film Festival 2019

All films screening in the Mitchell Kenyon Cinema, Foster Building, UCLan.

Welcome to this year’s Asia Pacific Film Festival. Our theme this year is ‘Others in Asian Cinema’. It all kicks off on Monday with a heart wrenching film about the indigenous peoples in Taiwan desperate battles against Japanese colonisers. This theme is repeated—this time in Hong Kong—in Thursday’s big hit, Our Time Will Come. While these films showcase complex questions of othering involved in colonisation, we turn issues of overcoming racism in 1950’s Japan in Wednesday’s classic Kiku to Isamu, and then switch gears on Friday for Tokyo Tribe’s outrageous voyage through the manga-style hip-hop youth cultures of Japan. Turing to South Korea, we explore the way North Koreans and democracy-seeking student demonstrators are othered by different regimes of the South Korean state, in Tuesday’s Confidential Assignment, and Sunday’s closing film, the awesome 1987: When the Time Comes. We round off our explorations of ‘others in Asian cinema’ on Saturday with an unmissable LGBT Sinophone film double bill. Director Popo Fan comes to show us his new documentary about the fathers of LGBT children in China, Papa Rainbow, and we are proud to bring you Taiwan’s latest LGBT masterpiece, Alifu Prince/ss.

Seven days, eight films, six regions/countries: This year’s Asia Pacific Film Festival features some the best recent Asian films, as well as some rare older classics. Films that will not only move and thrill you, but that will give you a lot to think over and talk about in class! And, did I mention loads of free pizza? So, please come along and enjoy a film or three!

Monday 28th January, 5:30 pm


Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale (賽德克·巴萊)
(Taiwan/Pacific Islands 2011)

This year’s Asia Pacific Film festival kicks off with part of this thrilling historical epic by one of Taiwan’s leading directors, Wei Te-shen, who directed the wonderful Cape No. 7 in 2008. Although it is a Taiwanese film, it represents the Pacific Islanders in our film festival because it explores the experiences of some of Taiwan’s indigenous tribes under colonialism. Based on real historical events—the Wushe Incident, this beautifully shot film recounts the Seedip people’s fierce resistance to the Japanese in 1930.

It all starts with a thrilling chase through the forest, when young hero, Mona Rudao, proves his valour by attacking a neighbouring tribe and stealing their boar. Years later, after the Japanese have tried to modernise the Seediq and destroy their culture. When a whole village is punished by the Japanese authorities after a simple brawl, the villagers can’t take it any more and ask Mona Rudao to lead their resistance: The Seedip embark on a war that is impossible to win, but must be fought. The Japanese will never know what hit them! How does it turn out? Heart pounding Action? Inspiringly impossible victories? Tear-wrenching tragedy? Come and find out! With a title that literally translates to ‘REAL MAN’ how can you miss this stupendous adventure in global cinema?

We are lucky to bring you the full two-film version released in Taiwan, rather than the much shorter single-film cut previously released in the UK. Make sure to catch Part 2 on 11th February, 5 pm in the Darwin Lecture Theatre!

Watch the exciting trailer here.

Introduced by Dr.Ti-han Chang, Lecturer in Asia Pacific Studies, UCLan.

Tuesday 29th January, 5 pm


Confidential Assignment공조
(South Korea 2017)


Starring top Korean stars Hyun Bin, Yoo Hae-jin and Kim Joo-hyuk, Confidential Assignment was huge hit in Korea, selling over 7.8 million tickets! It all starts in North Korea. Special investigator, Im Cheol-ryung (Hyun Bin) is double crossed by his own boss, Cha Ki-seong, who steals counterfeit money printing plates and flees to South Korea. Im Cheol-ryung is dispatched to the South and given just three days to capture Cha Ki-seong and retrieve the stolen master plates. South Korean police agree to help, but this is the time North and South Korean forces cooperate to catch a criminal. What could go wrong?

Watch the Trailer.

Introduced by Prof. Kim, Gooyong, Assistant Professor of Communication Arts, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania

We are lucky to catch Prof. Kim, a leading expert on South Korean popular culture, on a visit to the UK. He has taught extensively on Korean Media and Society, Korean YouTube and Social Movements, the Politics of Korean Popular Music (K-pop), and Korean Literature and Film. Prof. Kim’s latest book is out this year: From Factory Girls to K-Pop Idol Girls: Cultural Politics of Developmentalism, Patriarchy, and Neoliberalism in South Korea’s Popular Music Industry. Prof . Kim is looking forward to meeting our brilliant UCLan Korean Studies/APS students and hopes some of you will join him for a chat about Korean film over free pizza and wine!

Wednesday 30th January, 3 pm

Kiku to Isamu キクとイサム
(Japan 1959)

Your mum’s a Japanese prostitute, your dad’s an African American GI, and you live in a small countryside village with your granny in the 1950s, just after the war and the American occupation. How do you survive in Japan’s highly conformist, monocultural society? This is the question that agent provocateur film director, Tadashi Imai addresses in the poignant and inspiring film. Infamous for his social realist take on film making, Imai was the first director to tackle issues of multicultural relationships and the experiences of children form mixed Japanese/African American heritage.

Despite the racism in Japan at the time however, Imai presents brother and sister, Kiku and Isamu, as refreshingly strong and resilient. Kiku and Isamu won Best Film, Best Screenplay and Best Actor at eh 10th Blue ribbon Awards. Moreover, this must see film is not only inspiring, but is particularly rare. We are lucky to have tracked down a copy for you to enjoy. This is a thought provoking film you will never forget! 

Introduced by Dr. Bill Mihalopoulos, Lecturer in Asian Pacific Studies, UCLan.

Thursday 31st January, 5:30 pm

(Hong Kong 2017)

Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to see one of the hottest films from Hong Kong in recent years. Directed by one of Hong Kong’s most critically acclaimed directors, the celebrated Ann Hui, this exciting tale of heroic struggle against the Japanese occupation swept up prizes at both the Hong Kong Film Awards and the Asian Film Awards. Director Ann Hui has received multiple awards throughout her distinguished career, winning best director at least nine times! Noted for her poignant works on Hong Kong’s social issues, this time Hui recreates the true story of Fang Gu, legendary heroine of the Hong Kong Resistance. In retelling Fang’s story, along with that of the struggle for freedom and independence by the young men of the resistance, Hui spins a spellbinding historical narrative of strong women, outstanding bravery, and guerrilla warfare against all odds.

Introduced by Professor Hong Liang, Chinese Director of UCLan Confucius Institute.

Watch the trailer here.

Friday 1st February, 5 pm

TOKYO TRIBES トウキョウ トライブ
(Japan 2014)


Its Friday night! Let’s get things started with a bang! Friday night’s film could only be THE WORLD’S FIRST BATTLE RAP MUSICAL! OMG! It doesn't get better than this crazy, Technicolor spectacle of Japanese Hip Hop outrageousness! Adapted from Santa Inoue’s hit manga, Tokyo Tribe-2, (Serialized from 1997 to 2005 in the urban fashion magazine Boon), Tokyo Tribes is brought to you by Sion Sono, "the most subversive filmmaker working in Japanese cinema today". Sono is  the director responsible for such mind-blowing Japanese films as the gut-wrenching Suicide Club (2001), the uber-violent Cold Fish (2010), the post-Fukushima tragi-comedy The Land of Hope (2012), and most recently, Amazone Video’s fantastic new TV drama, Tokyo Vampire Hotel (2017).

Toky Tribes is set in an alternate Japan where street gangs collectively known as the Tokyo Tribes battle for control the city. Mera, the head of the Wu-Ronz tribe, joins forces with the violent and sadistic gangster Buppa of Buppa Town, and the two hatch an cunning plan to instigate gang war between competing Tribes. But Mera accidentally kills a key member of the Musashino Saru tribe, and all of the other Tokyo Tribes to join forces against Mera and Buppa. It’s going to be all-out gang war, and its all going down HIP HOP style in a film that you simply will not believe! Just grab a glass of FREE WINE and slice or two of pizza, sit back, and enjoy this crazy ride!

Watch the Trailer here.

Saturday 2nd February, 1:30 pm to 6 pm

Queer Sinophone Film – Double Bill


FREE Admission to students and the general public

UCLan Asia Pacific Film Festival is delighted to present this exciting free public screening of two of the best recent LGBT films from China and Taiwan. Featuring the ground breaking documentary Rainbow Papa with a Q&A with the director, and the most recent LGB/trans film from Taiwan, Alifu Prince/ss, this promises to be a fantastic event!

Papa Rainbow 彩虹伴我行 & Director Q&A
(China 2016) 1:30 – 3:30 pm

Director’s Q&A: Fan, Popo, Independent LGBT Filmmaker

UCLan Asia Pacific Film Festival is delighted to invite students and the local community for this rare opportunity to meet one of China’s most prolific and high profile LGBT filmmakers/activists, Popo Fan. Popo will be joining us to discuss one of his most recent films, Papa Rainbow.  A major force showing LGBT films across China, Fan has directed several globally acclaimed LGBT-themed documentaries and won the Prism Award at the Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival in 2011. Fan’s 2012 documentary about the mothers speaking out on their love for their LGBT children, Mama Rainbow, was banned on-line, leading Fan to pursue –and win—ground-breaking legal action against the authorities.  Fan went on to direct The VaChina Monologues (2013), and is joining us to talk about his 2017 documentary, Papa Rainbow, which addresses many of the same themes as Mama Rainbow, from a father’s perspective. So why not come along, bring your questions, and enjoy this rare opportunity to talk with one of China’s leading LGBT filmmakers?

Papa Rainbow 彩虹伴我行

Picking up where Fan’s earlier film, Mama Rainbow, left off, Papa Rainbow follows the lives of six Chinese fathers on their journey towards acceptance for their LGBT children. One Chinese view of fathers in Chinese society is that they are conservative, despotic figures; the epitome of the age-old patriarchy governing all levels of Chinese society, who rule often rule their ‘family kingdom’ with an iron fist to protect their family’s reputation. If that’s true, how do they react when their LGBT children come out to them? This is what Fan Popo decided to find out , as he travel around China to work with six fathers—all from very different walks of life—who were willing to open up about their relationship with their LGBT offspring. The documentary zooms in on a cathartic drama workshop, where the fathers create and perform a theatre play about the daily challenges faced by their LGBT children. As they reflect on their paternal roles and their previous attitudes towards LGBT, the documentary’s shifts between ‘play’ and reality to create intimate portraits of the six fathers, who become pioneering leaders in the ever-growing movement for LGBT equality in China.

Watch the Trailer here.

Intermission 3:30 – 4:00 pm

FREE snacks and refreshments will be served in the intermission between films. Please help yourself to wine and pizza!

Alifu Prince/ss 阿莉芙 4 :00 – 6:00 pm
(Taiwan 2017)

The UCLan Asia Pacific Film Festival is excited to bring you the North West’s PREMIER of the amazing new LGBT film from Taiwan. Meet Alifu. Born the son of a chief in one of Taiwan’s indigenous people’s communities, Alifu works in a Taipei hair salon and is saving up for a sex change surgery. We first see Alifu made up as a woman, sporting hoop earrings and a trendy haircut working with his super cool lesbian friend Li Peizhen. Peizhen and Alifu live together, and after Peizhen breaks up with her girlfriend and starts to develop a crush on Alifu things start to get a little complicated. It all gets more interesting, since Alifu’s ailing father knows nothing about his son’s sex change plans and is determined to hand down his traditional position to his son. Torn between realizing his dream of becoming a woman and inheriting her father’s chief position, what is Alifu to do?  Thus, this brilliant contribution to Taiwanese LGB/trans cinema reworks the common ‘Asian Melodrama’ contradiction between individual desire and family duty to create on of lasts year’s most memorable and visually appealing Asian LGBT films!

Enjoy the tantalising trailer here.

Sunday 3rd February, 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

1987 When the Day Comes
(South Korea 2017) 4:30 – 6:30 pm

What better movie to conclude the 2019 Asia Pacific Film Festival than 2018’s blockbusting epic of mass uprisings in the name of democracy—arguably the foundational moment in counterparty South Koran culture?  Directed by Jang Joon-hwan, who brought us Hwayi: A Monster Boy (2013) and the cult favourite, Save the Green Planet! (2003), this exciting political thriller starts somewhere in the bowels of Nohyeong Dong in the middle of the night. A doctor is rushed into the secret police’s ‘interrogation headquarters’: another young student activist has been tortured to death. But this time news gets out. This time brave journalists run with the story despite the military government’s efforts to keep this death under wraps. This time the news sparks a huge poplar outcry. This time mass demonstrations break out all across the country and the militarily regime start to loose control. Yet, amid the chaos and tear gas canisters flying everywhere, another brave young man dies to secure democracy for his country….Sad, Scary, Exciting, Moving, Heart-breaking, yet Triumphant—this is a MUST SEE cinematic experience! What a way to enjoy Sunday!

Check out these exciting trailers: one and two.