- Kim’s Convenience
Date: Thu. May 23, 2013 - Wed. June 19, 2013.
Location: Young Centre for the Performing Arts (50 Tank House Ln, Toronto, ON M5A 3C4) - Toronto
Soulpepper Theatre’s 2012 season smash hit play, Kim’s Convenience, returns to Toronto for their 2013 national tour! The critically-acclaimed play by Korean-Canadian playwright/actor, Ins Choi, had an incredibly successful run at the 2011 Toronto Fringe Festival. At the festival, Kim’s Convenience picked up the Patrons Pick award, won the New Play competition and was invited to be in the Best of the Fringe Uptown Festival.
Since the award-winning play appeared at Fringe, Kim’s Convenience have sold out all of its performance runs. However, now there is another chance to see it again! Kim’s Convenience returns to Toronto from May 23 – June 19. Visit Soulpepper’s website to receive more information on dates, showtimes and ticket information
“There are many reasons to cheer… join the celebration”- TORONTO STAR Review
Yang Fudong & Christopher Doyle art exhibitions at TIFF
Date: Fri. June 7, 2013 - Sun. August 11, 2013.
Location: TIFF Bell Lightbox (Reitman Square, 350 King St W) - Toronto, Canada
Internationally acclaimed visual artist Yang Fudong and legendary cinematographer Christopher Doyle present two new installations specially commissioned for TIFF’s A Century of Chinese Cinema. For more information, visit tiff.net/century
June 7 – August 11, 2013
TIFF Bell Lightbox (HSBC Gallery)
Admission: FREE to public
Tuesday – Saturday: Noon-8:00pm
Tours offered weekly starting June 9. More information
1) Yang Fudong – New Women《新女性》
“Celebrated Chinese visual artist and filmmaker Yang Fudong draws inspiration from the decadent aura of Shanghai in the 1920s and 1930s. As immortalized in the racier films and literature of the era, Shanghai was an uneasy mixture of Chinese and foreign influence, of corruption and religious rectitude, of poets and policemen, and of the numerous types of “women of the night,” from streetwalkers to “sing-song” girls. All of this came to an end with the Japanese occupation of the city, but it left an indelible mark on succeeding generations of Chinese artists, and Chinese filmmakers especially. Shanghai’s creative energy, sexual charge and political ferment were a crucible of change for a society tentatively emerging from the stagnation and humiliations of the imperial era.” Continue reading…
2) Christopher Doyle – Away With Words《離言萬語》
“Christopher Doyle Du Ke Feng is best known as one of the world’s great cinematographers for his work on such films as The Peach Blossom Land, Chungking Express, Comrades: Almost a Love Story, In the Mood for Love and Hero. Doyle’s new project at TIFF is comprised of two multi-channel installations in complex dialogue with one another. According to Doyle, this new work seeks “to get away with and from words to explore the elemental nature of image-making and the personal nature of films and the film experience.” It also functions as a fragmentary and succinct history of Chinese (especially Hong Kong) cinema, and his own role within it. Continue reading…
Asiansploitation: The Text Generation
Date: Wed. June 12, 2013 - Sat. June 15, 2013.
Location: George Ignatieff Theatre (15 Devonshire Place (Larkin Building University of Toronto)) - Toronto
Asiansploitation: The Text Generation explores the virtues and tragedies of our digital age.
Leave Captain Kirk at the edge of his universe and join the troupe behind the Toronto Fringe hit Asiansploitation Spanks the Tiger as they bring their unique “slant on sketch comedy back to the George Ignatieff Theatre.
Asiansploitation: The Text Generation features all-new material that will take you on a comedic voyage of cosmic proportions. The crew will “engage” your funny bone as they tackle a broad range or issues from the beautiful drudgery of a morning commute to our culture’s dependency on technology and the deliciousness of Asian sauces. You’ll see the Cookie Monster reveal a life-changing secret, George Takei meets his son and you’ll see what every Trekkie would die to see – Data falling in love. If our flight path holds true, you might even spot the elusive Space Shark. Step into Asiansploitation’s world as our capable crew entertains with new scenes, audience-influenced scenes, and several new signature song parodies. Set you phasers to funny as you assimilate into Asiansploitation: The Text Generation!
Toronto Japanese Film Festival
Date: Thu. June 13, 2013 - Fri. June 28, 2013.
Location: Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (6 Garamond Ct.) (6 Garamond Ct.) - Toronto
The Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre and Shiseido presents the Toronto Japanese Film Festival. This year the festival will take place from June 13-28, 2013 at the JCCC.
The Toronto Japanese Film Festival is dedicated to showing the finest Japanese films that have been recognized by Japanese audiences and film critics, international film festival audiences and the Japanese Film Academy. The 2013 programme features a solid presentation of the most recent notable box office hits, breakthrough performances and highly-anticipated films. View full film programme here.
TICKET INFORMATION: Tickets: $10 (JCCC member). $12 (non-members). Buy tickets
The Opening Night reception kicks off on Thursday June 13 at 6:30pm, followed by a screening of Tenchi – The Samurai Astronomer at 7:30pm.
Reel Asian Co-Presentation:
Fly With The Gold
Wednesday June 25, 2013 | Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre
SYNOPSIS: Based on Kaoru Takamura’s best-selling novel, Kazuyuki Izutsu’s popular 2012 thriller finds a pair of former college mates embarking on a daring 1.5 billion yen gold bar heist from the HQ of Sumita Bank. Their 6 man team also includes an explosives expert, the bank security guard, a former elevator engineer and a North Korean spy (played by Korean pop superstar Chang-min of TVXQ!).
Long Shen Dao (LSD) Chinese Reggae performance at Luminato
Date: Sat. June 15, 2013 - Sat. June 15, 2013.
Location: The Hub at David Pecaut Square (55 John Street) - Toronto
Think reggae is exclusively the purview of Rastafarians? Think again. All six members of this Beijing group, making their North American debut, have earned solo success across various genres. But they come together to embrace the reggae spirit in a distinctly vibrant way that draws on rock, hip hop and ska, combined with traditional Chinese instruments like the guzheng (zither). Aptly, the group’s name translates as The Way of the Dragon God, for they are ferociously talented and heavenly sounding.
Come out to David Pecaut Square on Saturday June 15 to enjoy this free outdoor performance!
Toronto Youth Shorts Film Festival
Date: Sat. June 15, 2013 - Sat. June 15, 2013.
Location: Innis Town Hall (2 Sussex Av.) (2 Sussex Av.) - Toronto
The Toronto Youth Shorts Film Festival is a volunteer-run not-for-profit initiative that works to bring a series of events for local young and emerging filmmakers in the Greater Toronto Area to showcase their talent and creations to an audience of independent film lovers. Founded by former Reel Asian staff member, Henry Wong, the Toronto Youth Shorts Film Festival will celebrate its 5th edition this year!
Saturday June 15 | 3pm-10pm
Eye of the Beholder – 3:00pm
From a smiling dinosaur to a talking canine, these films present the world from an array of unique perspectives.
Tensions – 4:00pm
The difficulties of finding a job, making connections with that special someone, and trying to survive a Godzilla attack forces all the cards to be laid out and dealt with.
At Odds With Our Surroundings – 5:30pm
Though we usually discuss the impact of a human footprint on the world around us, this collection of shorts show us how our surroundings drive and shape us.
Questionable Content – 7:00pm
An exploration of the strange, the absurd, and the playfully lewd, the content might me questionable but the substance, imagination, and sidesplitting laughter is certain.
Stages of Life – 8:30pm
From heartfelt histories to hopeful dreams, dive into the idiosyncrasies of change and growth, the dilemmas they present and the opportunities that can come.