18th Annual Edition
November 6-16, 2014 

Tuesday, 30 October 2012 13:14
Don't Know What to See? Browse Films Here



First Time
TUE NOV 6, 7:00 PM | Isabel Bader Theatre | Director Han Yan | Hong Kong / China 2012

Yearning to experience all the firsts of a young girl in love, Shiqiao records her memories on a cassette tape when a high school crush reappears in her world. Starring two of Asia’s rising young stars Mark Chao and Angelababy.

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It May Be That Beauty Has Strengthened Our Resolve: Masao Adachi
WED NOV 7, 7:00 PM | TIFF Bell Lightbox | Director Philippe Grandrieux | France 2011

Focusing on one of Japan’s most revolutionary film directors, Grandrieux’s portrait finds Masao Adachi in Tokyo and unfolds as a conversation about revolution, desire and cinema.

pg tiff 

Stateless Things
WED NOV 7, 9:15 PM | Innis Town Hall | Director Kim Kyung-mook | South Korea 2011

A North Korean migrant worker and young gay man are trapped by their social status, both physically and psychologically in the heartless megacity of Seoul in this dark and dreamy film by internationally acclaimed indie director Kim Kyung-mook.

stateless things 

Daylight Savings
THU NOV 8, 5:40 PM | Innis Town Hall | Director Dave Boyle | USA 2012

This charming romantic follow up to last year’s Surrogate Valentine finds singer songwriter Goh Nakamura on the wrong side of love again. While nursing a broken heart, a Vegas roadtrip yields unexpected results.

daylight savings 

Egg and Stone
THU NOV 8, 7:40 PM | Innis Town Hall | Director Huang Ji | China 2012

Shot in Director Huang Ji’s hometown in Hunan, this quietly disturbing autobiographical and award-winning debut feature uncovers the taboo subject of family abuse through the eyes of 14-year-old Honggui.

egg and stone 

Lung Neaw Visits His Neighbours
THU NOV 8, 8:00 PM | AGO Jackman Hall | Director Rirkrit Tiravanija | Mexico/Thailand 2011

The first feature film from acclaimed visual artist Rirkrit Tiravanija is an exquisitely photographed, minimalist “portraiture” of retired rice farmer Lung Neaw; a quiet and boyish man who spends his idle days conversing with neighbors, doing odd jobs, and walking through the jungle.

lung neaw 

THU NOV 8, 9:55 PM | Innis Town Hall | Director Ron Morales | USA/Philippines 2012

The driver for a corrupt politician gets embroiled in a botched kidnapping and must traverse the seedy underbelly of Manila to save his daughter in this gritty noir.


Prison Dancer
FRI NOV 9, 6:45 PM | The Royal | Director Romeo Candido | Canada 2012

Inspired by the real-life dancing rehabilitation program that went viral on YouTube, Prison Dancer tells the personal, poignant, and hilarious stories of 6 Filipino prison dancers whose group dancing turned a maximum-security prison into a world stage.

prison dancer 

People's Park
FRI NOV 9, 7:00 PM | AGO Jackman Hall | Directors Libbie D. Cohn & J.P. Sniadecki | USA/China 2012

This dynamic single shot documentary is a visual and aural adventure that glides through a public space in Chengdu, China revealing waltzing couples, karaoke singers and curious onlookers.

people's park 

Valley of Saints
FRI NOV 9, 8:45 PM | The Royal | Director Musa Sayeed | USA/Kashmir 2012

Upon the beautiful but troubled Dal Lake in Kashmir, a young boatman’s world is opened up by a visiting scientist in this lyrical drama about friendship, family and home. Winner of two Sundance awards.

valley of saints 

Hometown Boy
FRI NOV 9, 9:00 PM | AGO Jackman Hall | Director Yao Hung-yi | Taiwan/China 2011

Famous Chinese artist Liu Xiaodong returns home after 30 years to paint portraits of his boyhood friends while discovering the passage of time and economic developments that have altered the character of his rural hometown. Produced by iconic Taiwanese filmmaker Hou Hsiao-hsien.

hometown boy 

FRI NOV 9, 11:00 PM | The Royal | Director Eric Khoo | Singapore 2011

The fascinating life and sinister stories of legendary manga artist Yoshihiro Tatsumi are brought to life on the big screen in this animated biography about the man who pioneered gekiga, a genre of dark adult themed comics. Tatsumi premiered at Cannes in 2011.


A Fish
SAT NOV 10, 11:45 AM | The Royal | Director Park Hong-min | South Korea 2011

A professor traces rumours revealing his wife has become a possessed shaman in this mesmerizing exploration of the spirit world. A Fish is Reel Asian’s first 3D film presentation.

A Fish 

The Mirror Never Lies
SAT NOV 10, 2:15 PM | The Royal | Director Kamila Andini | Indonesia 2011

Reaching beneath the mere beauty of the renowned Wakatobi region comes this award-winning coming-of-age story about the tenuous relationships between sea and community, mother and daughter, life and death.

The Mirror Never Lies 

Dal Puri Diaspora
SAT NOV 10, 4:30 PM | The Royal | Director Richard Fung | Canada 2012

Trinidad-born Toronto filmmaker Richard Fung takes an inquisitive food journey through the Caribbean and India to discover the mouth-watering roots of one of his (and Toronto’s) favourite foods, the dal puri, most commonly known as the roti.

dal puri diaspora 

Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings
SAT NOV 10, 6:30 PM | The Royal | Director Tadashi Nakamura | USA 2012

Jake Shimabukuro plays the ukulele but not like anything ever seen or heard before in this rock documentary on the pioneering Hawaiian ukulele virtuoso who propelled this simple four-string instrument to dazzling heights.

Jake Shimabukuro Life on Four Strings 

Wolf Children
SAT NOV 10, 8:15 PM | The Royal | Director Mamoru Hosoda | Japan 2012

From director Mamoru Hosoda (The Girl Who Leapt Through Time and Summer Wars) comes his latest masterpiece about Hana, a young woman who falls in love with a werewolf and bears wolf children.

wolf children 

Cold Steel
SAT NOV 10, 10:45 PM | The Royal | Director David Wu | China 2011

Bullets fly, swords are drawn and enemies slashed in John Woo’s longtime collaborator David Wu’s historical film that recalls the energy and glory of classic 1980s Hong Kong action films. Starring Tony Leung Ka Fai.

cold steel 

Seeking Asian Female
SUN NOV 11, 1:00 PM | The Royal | Director Debbie Lum | USA 2012

Stephen is an aging white male with “yellow fever”. Sandy is the Chinese bride he met online. See if their marriage can make it through the cultural barriers and battle of the sexes in this intimate and quirky personal documentary.

seeking asian female 

SUN NOV 11, 5:15 PM | The Royal | Omnibus | Taiwan 2011

Twenty of Taiwan’s top young and veteran directors each direct five-minute shorts to highlight the uniqueness of Taiwan. The results are a panorama of Taiwanese society ranging from thriller to silent cinema to dark comedy. Including work by Hou Hsiao-hsien, Arvin Chen and Chang Tso-chi.


Architecture 101
SUN NOV 11, 8:15 PM | The Royal | Director Lee Yong-joo | Korea 2012

Han Ga-In, Uhm Tae-Woong and Bae Suzy star in this Korean box office hit about a woman who commissions her first love to build a new home in hopes to make good on a past promise.

architecture 101 

Floating City
FRI NOV 16, 7:00 PM | Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts | Director Yim Ho | Hong Kong 2012

Directed by pioneering Hong Kong New Wave auteur Yim Ho, Floating City tells the true story of Bo Wah-Chuen (Aaron Kwok), as he rises from being an orphan on a Chinese fishing boat to the upper echelons of the notorious Imperial East India Trading Company.

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Cha Cha For Twins
SAT NOV 17, 1:30 PM | Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts | Directors Yang Yi-Chien, Jim Wang | Taiwan 2012

Writer and co-Director Yang Yi-Chien, herself a twin, reaches into the emotional side of relationships between twin siblings in this charming Taiwanese film for all ages. Winner of Best Narrative Feature and Best Screenplay at the Taipei Film Festival.

cha cha for twins 

The Woodsman and the Rain
SAT NOV 17, 4:00 PM | Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts | Director Shuichi Okita | Japan 2011

Celebrated Japanese actor Koji Yakusho plays a lonely lumberjack whose life is drastically changed when he’s unwittingly enlisted into helping a spineless young filmmaker to complete his low budget zombie movie.

the woodsman and the rain 

The Fruit Hunters
SAT NOV 17, 7:00 PM | Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts | Director Yung Chang | Canada 2012

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.

the fruit hunters 



Michael Fukushima: The Art of Producing Art
WED NOV 7, 5:30 PM | Innis Town Hall | Programs: Minoru: Memory of Exile, Cnote, Flutter, Jamie Lo Small and Shy, Dimanche

Award-winning producer Michael Fukushima investigates the role of creativity and demystifies the producing process. Fukushima and several directors will be in attendance to address topics unique to creative producing such as risk taking, building creative teams and the vagaries of success.


Once Lost, Now Found
WED NOV 7, 7:15 PM | Innis Town Hall | Featuring: Magical Coincidence, Guaung, Obake, 108 Prayer Beads, That Which Once Was

Presenting meditations on memory and loss, connection, and pure joy, these films address some of the most powerful yet peripheral facets of human experience with quiet restraint and creative narratives. Including work by Keith Lock, Quek Shio Chuan, Christopher Makoto Yogi, Han Han Li and Kimi Takesue.

Once Lost, Now Found 

It's Not What You Think
THU NOV 8, 1:00 PM | AGO Jackman Hall | Featuring: Real Talk, Tengri, Little Miss Jihad, The Lost Years, Friday Diary, The Spirit of Nihonmachi

Amateur Sumo wrestling, street dancing friends, a felt turtle and copious cats remind us that stories of the unexpected are everywhere. Including work by Patrick Ng, Alisi Telengut, Stephanie Law, Jessica Wu, Vivienne AuYeung, Xiao Yang and Greg Masuda.

Its Not What You Think 

Unsung Voices
THU NOV 8, 6:00 PM | AGO Jackman Hall | Featuring: Conscience, Suman Ladies, Summer Child, New Home, Elude, Cycle

Reel Asian proudly presents our inaugural Summer Video Production Workshop, which launched this past Summer with a merry band of intrepid youth who possessed little to no formal filmmaking experience, but had great stories to tell.

Unsung Voices 

Escape or Reality
FRI NOV 9, 1:00 PM | AGO Jackman Hall | Featuring: A Happy Wish, Gains + Losses, Traces of Joy, Home Entertainment, Momiji, Making Noise in Silence

Want to get away? You may or may not find what you’re looking for. These stories show us the potential and pitfalls of escaping from life’s impositions. Including work by Jack Shih, Leslie Supnet, Jeff Tran, Louis Yeum, Kim Young-sam, Eri Asai and Mina Son.


Hard Look
SUN NOV 11, 3:00 PM | The Royal | Featuring: A+, My Grandpa, Lack of Evidence, Transiam, Brothers, Me Llamo Peng

From the full frontal stare of an unbatting, mascara-laced eye to the dispassionate gaze of a child who has seen it all, these films consider fallen heroes and arrested dreams. Including work by Nobu Adilman, Eui Yong Zong, Hayoun Kwon, Wesley Cho, Lou Nakasako, Victoria Molina de Carranza and Jahel José Guerra Roa.