Saturday, March 31, 2007


Recap the 25th SFIAAFF

More than a week has passed. It's long overdue to recap the films I watched during the 25th San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (SFIAAFF).

As I motioned before, there are a lot Korean films, a lot gangster films, and films about Japanese concentration camps at this year's festival. But over all, most of the films are crowded in the middle. None of the films I have seen are awful, nor outstanding.

For me, there is no repeat of those magic moments as when I watched "Be with Me" or "Eve and the Fire Horse" during last year's festival. But nevertheless, I enjoy the festival like always and this is indeed a great Asian film festival I hold in my heart dearly.

So without further ado, here is my final scores (out of 10) for the features at the festival that I have watched (a few were screened before the festival):

  1. Dark Matte (USA 2007) 8
  2. Air Guitar Nation (USA 2006) 7
  3. The King and the Clown (왕의 남자) 8
  4. Woman on the Beach (해변의 여인, South Korean 2006) 8
  5. Made In Korea: A One Way Ticket Seoul-Amsterdam? (Netherlands 2006) 7
  6. Ghosts (UK 2006) 7
  7. Exiled (放逐, Hong Kong 2006) 7
  8. The Great Happiness Space: Tale of an Osaka Love Thief (大阪恋泥棒, UK 2006) 9
  9. Owl and the Sparrow (Cú và chim se sẻ, USA 2007) 4
  10. Tie a Yellow Ribbon (USA 2007) 7
  11. Year of the Fish (USA 2007) 5
  12. It's Only Talk (やわらかい生活, Japan 2005) 7
  13. Koryo Saram — The Unreliable People (USA 2007) 7
  14. Undoing (USA 2006) 6
  15. A Dirty Carnival (비열한 거리, South Korea 2006) 7
  16. Hollywood Chinese (USA 2007) 6
  17. American Pastime (USA 2007) 8
  18. Baby (USA 2005) 6
  19. Shanghai Kiss (USA 2007) 7
  20. In Between Days (Canada 2006) 7
  21. The Cats of Mirikitani (USA 2006) 9
  22. Virgin Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors (오! 수정, South Korean 2000) 6
  23. Summer Palace (颐和园, China 2006) 6
  24. Finishing the Game (USA 2007) 3

I have already written about "Dark Matters," "Air Guitar Nation," "The King and the Clown" ("왕의 남자"), and "Exiled" ("放逐") on the list. Others should come soon...

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