Events - 19 Jul 13

    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

    June 7 – August 11, 2013
    TIFF Bell Lightbox (HSBC Gallery)
    Admission: FREE to public

    Gallery Hours:
    Tuesday – Saturday: Noon-8:00pm
    Sunday: Noon-6:00pm

    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…

    Ai Weiwei’s Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads
    Date: Tue. June 18, 2013 - Sun. September 22, 2013.
    Location: Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto City Hall (Queen Street & Bay Street) - Toronto


    Ai Weiwei has reinterpreted the 12 bronze animal heads representing the Chinese zodiac that once stood in the gardens of the Yuanming Yuan (Garden of Perfect Brightness, Old Summer Palace), an imperial retreat in Beijing. In accordance with the conventions of the traditional Chinese zodiac, the works are installed in an oval in the following order: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. Each of the works is one solid piece of bronze and stands roughly 10 feet high on a marble base. Their weight ranges from 1,500 to 2,100 pounds. The sculptures are on display for free at Nathan Phillips Square until September 22nd.


    Japan Foundation’s Free Anime screening series
    Date: Mon. July 8, 2013 - Sat. July 27, 2013.
    Location: Various Venues (VIew Listing) - Toronto


    A free screening and lecture series
    July 2013

    The Japan Foundation, Toronto, in cooperation with the Toronto Animation Arts Festival  International (TAAFI), is proud to present a free series of classic anime film screenings and lectures on Japanese animation and pop culture.

    To complement the screenings, lectures will be held at the Japan Foundation, Toronto by leading scholars in the field of anime and Japanese pop culture studies.

    All movies will be shown on 35mm film in Japanese with English subtitles.

    Monday, July 8, 6:30 pm Lecture Anime Fandom and Otaku Culture JFT
    Tuesday, July 9, 6:30 pm Screening Arcadia of My Youth Innis Town Hall
    Tuesday, July 16, 6:30 pm Screening Chibi Maruko-chan Innis Town Hall
    Monday, July 22, 6:30 pm Lecture Anime and the Media Mix JFT
    Tuesday, July 23, 6:30 pm Screening 7 Short Films by Koji Yamamura Innis Town Hall
    Tuesday, July 23, 8 pm Screening The Girl Who Leapt through Time Innis Town Hall
    Saturday, July 27, 9:15 pm TAAFI Screening Galaxy Express 999 TIFF Bell Lightbox

    Sandra Annett

    Anime Fandom and Otaku Culture
    Dr. Sandra Annett, Wilfred Laurier University
    Monday, July 8, 6:30 pm (doors open 6 pm)
    The Japan Foundation, Toronto, 131 Bloor St. W.



    Arcadia of My Youth
    Tuesday, July 9, 6:30 pm (doors open 6 pm)
    Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave.

    Admission: FREE (no rsvp required)

    Space captain Harlock, the latest in a family of proud aerial warriors, begins his journey to free the oppressed Earth from the despotic Illumidas Command in this anime adaptation of the classic manga by Leiji Matsumoto.

    1982/128 min/Directed by Tomoharu Katsumata



    Chibi Maruko-Chan
    Tuesday, July 16, 6:30 pm (doors open 6 pm)
    Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave
    Admission: FREE (no rsvp required)

    Sakura Momoko, who is often referred to as “Chibi Maruko-chan” because of her small size, is a third grade student who lives together with her parents, grandparents and her older sister. At school, her rowdy classmates ÅŒno and Sugiyama have been best friends for as long as anyone can remember. But after a fight during the sports festival, the two boys begin giving each other the cold shoulder, much to the surprise of Maruko and the rest of her class. What’s worse, ÅŒno is transferring schools. The two best friends must reconcile before it’s too late, and Maruko is eager to help.

    1990/94 min/Directed by Tsutomu Shibayama


    Marc Steinberg

    Anime and the Media Mix
    Dr. Marc Steinberg, Concordia University
    Monday, July 22, 6:30 pm (doors open 6 pm)
    The Japan Foundation, Toronto, 131 Bloor St. W.


    Seven Short Films by Koji Yamamura
    Tuesday, July 23, 6:30 pm (doors open 6 pm)
    Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave.
    Admission: FREE (no rsvp required)

    Perspektivenbox (1990, 4 min.), A House (1993/5 min.), Imagination(1993, 5 min), The Sandwiches (1993, 5 min.), Kid’s Castle (1995, 5 min.), Your Choice! (1999, 10 min.), Franz Kafka’s A Country Doctor(2007, 21 min)

    1990-2007/55 min./Directed by Koji Yamamura



    The Girl Who Leapt through Time
    Tuesday, July 23, 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:45 pm)
    Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave.
    Admission: FREE (no rsvp required)

    A teenage girl who finds that she has the ability to leap through time tries to use her new power to her advantage, but soon finds that tampering with time can lead to some unexpected results.

    2007/98 min./Directed by Mamoru Hosoda
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    Special TAAFI screening:
    Galaxy Express 999
    Saturday, July 27, 9:15 pm
    TIFF Bell Lightbox
    Admission: FREE
    Click “order tickets” to book a seat

    In this tale of good struggling to overcome evil, a lone boy takes on a cosmos that has been conquered by cyborgs, mechanical beings that totally control humans. Orphan Tetsuro Hoshino lives in a slum in the shadow of the super megalopolis built by the Cyborgs. In the center of the megalopolis is the landing area for the Galaxy Express 999. Accompanied by a mysterious woman named Maitre, Tetsuro boards the Galaxy Express 999 and sets out on a journey to Andromeda, where he can obtain eternal life. Then he will seek out the hated Count Cyborg and take revenge.

    1979/128 min./Directed by Rintaro

    T&T Waterfront Night Market
    Date: Fri. July 19, 2013 - Sun. July 21, 2013.
    Location: T&T Supermarket (222 Cherry Street - Downtown Toronto Port Lands) - Toronto, Ontario


    Most night markets in Asia last throughout the entire summer season. Since it stretches over a couple months, patrons can come back week after week to enjoy the street food and have some fun. What happens when you squish this all in one weekend? Well for one thing, a weekend is not enough!

    NAAAP’s T&T Waterfront Night Market takes place from Friday July 19 – 21, just a week after the uptown night market, Night It Up! If you didn’t get a chance head to Markham the previous week, you can still experience the wonderful world of Asian night markets at T&T Waterfront Night Market (or maybe you just want to attend both).

    Hours of Operation
    Friday July 19:  6pm – midnight
    Saturday July 20: 4pm – midnight
    Sunday July 21: 4pm – 10pm

    Reel Asian will be at the night market for all 3 days. Come visit us at our booth and spin the wheel to win some great prizes! This year we’ll be holding our outdoor film screenings again. So as soon as the sun goes down, grab your tasty treats and make sure you get a good seat!

    Check out the film schedule below:

    Friday July 19 at 9:00 pm – “Bodyguards and Assassins” (dir. Teddy Chan)

    Synopsis: In 1905, revolutionist Sun Yat-Sen visits Hong Kong to discuss plans with Tongmenghui members to overthrow the Qing dynasty. But when they find out that assassins have been sent to kill him, they assemble a group of protectors to prevent any attacks. (source: IMDB). Trailer

    Saturday July 20 at 9:00 pm – “Jump Ashin! 翻滚吧!阿信” (dir. Lin Yu-Hsien)

    Synopsis: Jump Ashin! follows the adventures and mishaps of Ashin, who, despite the many obstacles he faces, is determined to be a world-class gymnast. Winner of the 2011 Taipei Film Festival Audience Award, Jump Ashin! features an outstanding cast and screened at the 2011 Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival. Trailer

    Sunday July 21 at 8:00 pm – “The Fruit Hunters” (dir. Yung Chang)

    Synopsis: Award-winning Canadian documentary filmmaker Yung Chang’s The Fruit Hunters is a globetrotting tour of faraway places filled with eccentric people to whom fruit is a way of life and not just a suggested daily dietary recommendation. Trailer

4 Responses to Events - 19 Jul 13

  1. I am doing a school project on publicity, PR and Social Media promotional use in Independent Films and short films and this would help me very much! Thank you. If anyone is looking for interns to work at the Film festival…please help me.

  2. Cindy says:

    Thanks for listing our event! Advance tickets are available at:

  3. Lost Years says:

    Lost Years Named BEST DOCUMENTARY | Asians On Film Festival Winners 2013, Los Angeles

    Asians On Film Festival
    February 15-17, 2013
    Los Angeles, California

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