The 6th annual Philadelphia Asian American film festival hits the International House starting this week from November 13th to 23rd. While the festival still has the great programming you have come to expect from the festival, this year boasts an exciting new genre program as well. So the fest is now not just spotlighting films from Asian American’s, but some of the more interesting genre stuff currently coming out of Asia as well.
If you plan on attending, here are a few titles to look out for at this year’s festival:
Tiger Mask is the live action adaptation of the Manga by Ikki Kajiwara about an orphan who is recruited by an evil organization that raises children to fight in an underground wrestling circuit. The children are trained till adulthood where they may earn the right to wear masks that grant powers to the user in their matches.
I got to check this one out and it was a nice slice of goofy tokusatsu fun, for fans of that genre.
The film is screening Friday, November 15th at 8:30pm at the IHP.
Sake Bomb is a sarcastic and self-deprecating Asian-American must take his naive Japanese cousin on a road trip along the California coast to find his ex-girlfriend. The films looks to be a scathing and hilarious look at stereo-types and what it is to be an Asian American.
The film is screening Wednesday, November 13th at 7pm at the IHP.
Chink is a slasher movie with a message. This movie will make no apologies. It will push your buttons and make you squirm. It will piss people off, but hopefully it will also foster much needed debate about the state of the Asian American male in contemporary society. This is a movie that had to be made, because there’s never been anything like it before.
The film is screening Saturday, November 16th at 9:30pm at the IHP.
The Gauntlet takes place in a sunken castle underneath the earth, five strangers wake. They have no food. No memory. No water. And no way out. They don’t know it yet, but they’re capable of something they never imagined. They must organize and band together for the sinister adventure that awaits them.
The Gauntlet is a strange little film that starts off as a weird Saw inspired homage as the strangers must solve grizzly puzzles that involve morality and their pasts, that slowly morphs into something more in the vein of Battle Royale. While I enjoyed the film, it’s pacing is a bit arduous and it may not be for everyone.
The film is screening Friday, November 15th at 6:30pm at the IHP.
And as usual The Shorts Program, which once again has some amazing shorts by both local filmmakers and filmmakers from abroad. This year there is a focus on not just the regular short you would expect but Sci-fi and Horror as well. There will be a FREE screening of these Sci-fi and Horror shorts Saturday, November 16th at noon the IHP that for genre film fans should not be missed.