THURSDAY, JULY 10TH THROUGH THURSDAY, JULY 17thANGELIKA FILM CENTER DALLAS in MOCKINGBIRD STATION5321 E Mockingbird Ln, Dallas, TX 75206
The Asian Film Festival of Dallas celebrates its 13th year with returningpresenting sponsor Well Go USA Entertainment, from Thursday, July 10 through Thursday, July 17, 2014.The festival year boasts more diversity in its Asian films, makes history with the most film screenings andfeature films and adds a unique art exhibition. AFFD organizers are excited about bringing more Asian filmsand programming that truly has something for everyone.AFFD in numbers:39 film screenings total. 9 countries represented.1 World premiere. 6 North American premieres. 2 International premieres. 2 U.S. premieres12 confirmed filmmakers in attendance.AFFD organizers are thrilled to announce the first six of many diverse Asian and Asian-American films on theschedule:SAMURAI HUSTLEJapan / 119 minsComedyMasaatsu NAITO is the head of the small and poor clan in Northern Japan. He is ordered by the Shogunto come to Edo (capital city) in just five days with his people. The cost for the journey is incredibly high andusually takes eight to twelve days. Naito has no money, and it’s impossible to get there in only five days.However, the shogun’s order is a must or his land will be taken away. Will he and his men be able to achievethis impossible task?BLACK BUTLERJapan / 2014 / 119 minsDirector Kentaro OtaniLive Action AnimeUnited States PremiereBased upon the manga written and illustrated by Yana Toboso, this live action movie stays closely to thedark tone of the story but is set in the future 130 years after the events in the manga. Shiori, (Ayame Goriki)an orphaned aristocrat summons a demonic butler Sebastian (Hiro Mizushima) to aid her, at the price ofher soul. Possessing a wealth of knowledge, unbelievable skills, perfect looks and grace, he is a butlerwithout flaws. He is also a demon from the depths of hell who will not hesitate to take lives with the skilledmanipulation of dinnercutlery.THE KING’S WRATHKorea / 2014 / 135 minsDirector Lee Jae-GyuDrama/ActionIn 1777, one year since he had taken reign, King Jeong-jo bears a perilous palace life with his dedicatedcourt servant, Gap-soo, amidst opposition and threats from those around with political ambitions. Meanwhile,Eul-soo, a member of a secret assassin group, receives orders to kill Jeong-jo. Gap-soo, who had alsobeen in the same secret assassin ring as Eul-soo, later confesses to Jeong-jo about his dark past and hismotive for coming into the palace. To Gap-soo's surprise, Jeong-jo asks Gap-soo when he had given upbeing an assassin, then orders him to just leave the palace. However, Gap-soo finds out that there is anotherassassin besides him and frantically returns to the court, only to discover Eul-soo in combat with Jeong-jo.FUNNY MONEYVietnam / 2013 / 96 minsDirector Thien Do in attendanceComedyThe stars of SAIGON ELECTRIC Vân Trang and Khuong Ngoc return to AFFD in this hilarious comedy.Director Thien Do's newest film is a social satire set in modern-day Vietnam. Saigon businessman LuckyLoc makes high-end fake "ghost money” that is meant for dearly departed relatives to use in the afterlife. Hisgood fortune comes to a sudden halt when he pays with “funny money” to an unsuspecting saleswoman,Quyen. Believing it to be his lucky charm, he’s convinced that giving away the bill caused his misfortune.At the same time, Quyen’s Quyen’s fortune plummets and she blames the cursed “funny money” for it.When Lucky tries to retrieve the bill and Quyen holds it for ransom, Lucky must do his best to survive in thisincreasingly materialistic world.BUSHIDOJapan / 2013 / 102 minDirector Yasuo MikamiAction DramaA period film depicting the culture of bushidou with heart-racing action and realistic swordfights! "Bushido"(original Japanese title : Shundou) is an authentic period film brimming with tension and bloody samuraisword fight scenes. Regarded as representing the pinnacle of Japanese independent films, this work waswritten and directed by Yasuo Mikami.MAN FROM RENOUSA / 2014 / 111 minDirector Dave Boyle in attendanceAction DramaIn a small town south of San Francisco, Sheriff Paul Del Moral (Pepe Serna) is driving home through the fogone night when he accidentally strikes a pedestrian, a lone Japanese man. However, before an investigationcan take place the man disappears from the hospital without a trace. At the same time, Japanese mysteryauthor Aki Akahori (Ayako Fujitani) takes a trip to San Francisco in order to escape the press tour for herlatest book--a potboiler in her world-famous "Inspector Takabe" series. Feeling lonely and vulnerable, shebegins a romantic affair with a mysterious Japanese traveler from Reno who is staying in the same hotel.Her new lover, Akira Suzuki (Kazuki Kitamura), is charismatic and charming but abruptly disappears from thehotel, leaving behind his suitcase and a trail of questions. and much more... Click here to see 2014 AFFD FULL SCHEDULEParties and EventsVIP Reception: Invitation-onlyOpening Night Party: Thursday, July 10, 8 pm to 11 pm at The DramFilmmakers Reception: Sunday, July 13, 5 pm to 6:30 pm at Cafe ExpressAFFD Reception: Wednesday, July 16, 5:30 pm to 7 pm at People’s Last StandClosing Night Party: Thursday, July 17, 9 pm to 12 am at The DramMore titles and full schedule of Q&As, parties, events and details will follow in the coming weeks. Visitwww.asianfilmdallas.com.About the Asian Film Festival of DallasSince its creation in 2002, the annual film festival has grown to become the South’s largest showcase ofAsian and Asian-American cinema. Over the past 10 years, the festival has provided opportunities for nearly500 Asian and Asian American filmmakers and documentarians to share their vision, often providing the onlyvenue for their films to be shown in Dallas.The films have also allowed festival goers a chance to experience other lives and cultures without leavingtheir seats. The Asian Film Festival of Dallas is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to celebratingand supporting emerging and established Asian and Asian-American filmmakers and sharing the richdiversity of Asian culture through the medium of cinema.For more information about AFFD or to purchase tickets, please visit www.asianfilmdallas.com.Picks by some of the AFFD programmers:
Romance"rainbows, kittens & butterfly-feelings, see - FALL IN LOVE"Action"3 hours of awesomeness, see - SEVEN SOULS"Drama"you will cry" if you see - TOUCH OF THE LIGHT" (David Gibson said this...and if you've met him, you will find this amusing)"mindtrip & completely unexpected, see KU-ON"Comedy"hilarious! see - SAMURAI HUSTLE" Family"super cute & family-friendly, see - EXPERIMENTAL SHORTS or SATELLITE GIRL & MILK COW."