Cinema Asian America – March Highlights

by | March 3, 2014 at 2:32 PM | Cinema Asian America, XFINITY ASIA

“These Birds Walk.” (Photo: Omar Mullick)

March means spring, hoops and most importantly, film! CAAMFest –aka the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival – the nation’s largest showcase of new Asian American and Asian films runs from March 13-23 and will provide a preview of the many films and stars we’ll be hearing more from in the coming months.

This month on Xfinity Asia, we will be featuring daily blog posts from CAAMFest – look out for highlights and photos from this grand gathering of directors, actors and industry. On Cinema Asian American video-on-demand, we’ll be featuring “The Best of CAAMFest” – seven hit films from the festival’s past, all available to view for free. These include two from indie sensation Quentin Lee – his raunchy sex comedy “The People I’ve Slept With” and the early, trailblazing “Shopping For Fangs”, co-directed with Fast & Furious’ Justin Lin. Two pioneering documentaries that explore the lives of young SouthEast Asian American men in San Francisco’s Tenderloin District are also on view: Spencer Nakasako’s “Refugee” and “AKA Don Bonus” – classics in the genre. Look out for many other hits, including Loni Ding’s ground-breaking portrait of Japanese American soldiers during WWII, “The Color of Honor” and JP Chan’s short film series “The Three Uses of a Knife Trilogy.”

And we haven’t even gotten to March new releases, which boast seven much-anticipated films. These include the much talked about documentary “These Birds Walk” which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, about the intersecting lives of a Pakistani humanitarian, a runaway boy, and a reluctant ambulance driver, as well as filmmaker Rola Nashef’s debut comedy “Detroit Unleaded” which explores the escapades of an ambitious Lebanese American man when he is forced to take over his family’s gas station after his father’s death. And don’t miss two new Bollywood hits – Anil Sharma’s “Singh Saab The Great” – an action drama about a common man’s stand against corruption, and the action romancer, “R…. Rajkumar.”

New Releases

“Detroit Unleaded,” Dir. Rola Nashef

These Birds Walk,” Dir. Omar Mullick and Bassam Tariq

Hide and Seek,” Dir. Huh Jung, Korea

Singh Saab The Great,” Dir. Anil Sharma, India

Raskal Love,” Dir. Byron Q

Fists of Legend,” Dir. Woo-suk Kang, Korea

R… Rajkumar,” Dir. Shiraz Ahmed, India

Best of CAAMFest
Shopping For Fangs,” Dirs. Quentin Lee and Justin Lin

Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings,” Dir. Tadashi Nakamura

The People I’ve Slept With,” Dir. Quentin Lee

Color of Honor,” Dir. Loni Ding

AKA Don Bonus,” Dir. Spencer Nakasako

Refugee,” Dir. Spencer Nakasako

Three Uses of a Knife Trilogy,” JP Chan