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Volume 8. Issue 10. October 2017
It's time to plan your #VAFF2017 experience. Take advantage of our early bird rates and get your tickets online now. Here are some of the highlights:

Opening Night Screening: "Columbus" + Gala

Join us for the 21st Annual Vancouver Asian Film Festival Opening Night Screening + Gala. You don’t want to miss out on our Opening Night screening of Columbus, a romantic comedy drama, starring John Cho, from director Kogonada, followed by a “Casino Royale” themed Opening Gala at River Rock Casino Resort in Richmond.

To celebrate our 21st year, put on your “playful cocktail” attire and join our Opening Gala for a memorable, sophisticated evening of complimentary hors-d’oeuvres and a special Grand Marnier cocktail, games, prizes, a photo booth and a fabulous fashion show.

Date: November 2, 2017 - 7:00 pm
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance

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Centrepiece Presentation: "Gook" + Dance Party

Screening 25 years after the L.A. Riots, Gook, the Centrepiece Presentation for VAFF 2017, follows Eli (Justin Chon) and Daniel (David So), two Korean American brothers who own a struggling shoe store and have an unlikely friendship with Kamilla (Simone Baker), a streetwise 11-year-old African American girl. Kamilla ditches school, Eli stresses about the store, and Daniel tries to have a good time—just another typical day until the Rodney King verdict is read and riots break out. With the chaos moving towards them, the trio is forced to defend the store while contemplating the future of their own personal dreams, and the true meaning of family.

Following the screening, join us for a 90s hip hop party at Sai Woo. Dress up for a chance to win a special gift! 

Date: November 4, 2017 - 7:30 pm
Genre: Drama

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Program 2 – A Risky Business

Desperate times call for desperate measures. In David Chuang’s Upstream, Guo Wen-han, Mayor of Wanhe City in Taiwan, seeks re-election but is kidnapped just before polling day by a young man from the city’s poorest, most polluted district. Part of a local petrochemical enterprise’s scheme to ensure Guo’s election victory—and subsequently, their expansion application’s success—the fake kidnapping becomes all too real when the original plan goes awry and things spiral out of control. Nominated in several categories at Taiwan’s 2017 Golden Bell Awards.

Date: November 2, 2017 - 8:00 pm
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama

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Program 3 – Fighting Chance

Everybody deserves a fighting chance—to be seen, acknowledged, respected. In the late 1930s, China is close to collapse under Japan’s military juggernaut. Hawaii-born Chinese American firebrand Li Ling-Ai hires photojournalist Rey Scott to travel to China and capture a citizen’s perspective of the war-torn country on 16mm colour film, including the massive bombing of the wartime capital Chungking (now Chongqing). Their landmark film KUKAN screens for President Roosevelt at the White House, is called “awesome” by the New York Times, and receives one of the first Academy Awards for a feature documentary. Why have we never heard of Li Ling-Ai? And why have all copies of KUKAN disappeared? In Finding KUKAN, filmmaker Robin Lung goes on a seven-year quest to find the answers. Winner of several awards, including Best Documentary, Special Jury Award at Hawaii International Film Festival 2016.

Date: November 3, 2017 - 5:00 pm
Genre: Documentary 

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Program 4 – Family Trips And Ties

What are the ties that bind—and how far would you go to break them? Vancouver-based Rob Leickner’s films all share a firmly West Coast perspective (Rob’s film The Tree Inside won the VAFF “Audience Choice” Award in 2015), making them instantly recognizable and relatable to anyone on the Left Coast. The Lonely Light of Home follows a family who run a B&B fishing lodge in coastal British Columbia; when an alluring stranger arrives at the door, they are thrust into new emotional territory. A psychological study of the family’s inner workings, the film explores the choices of individual members as they grapple with unrequited love and betrayal.

Date: November 3, 2017 - 7:30 pm
Genre: Drama

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Program 6 – International Shorts: How To Make Lemonade

A small-time hustler and a serenading street knife-sharpener. A dyslexic student and a suspicious gum-toting taxi driver. An elderly couple in the twilight of this life, on the cusp of the next. Our eclectic INTERNATIONAL SHORTS program highlights how we all do whatever it takes to deal with life’s lemons—often with unexpected and bittersweet, sometimes deliciously beautiful results.

Date: November 4, 2017 - 5:00 pm 
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Drama, Crime, Documentary

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