It’s June 2014, and that means one thing that many have been waiting four years for – World Cup! This month, in honor of the festivities and matches in Brazil, Cinema Asian American brings a collection of Asian soccer films – all that explore the drama, glory and tensions of futbol!
From the UK comes the classic “Bend It Like Beckham,” which follows a young British Indian woman (Parminder Nagra in her break-out roll) as she and friend (Keira Knightly) pursue their dreams of playing soccer. From North Korea comes the fascinating documentary “Hana, Dul, Sed,” which follows the experiences of the North Korean national women’s soccer team. Director Brigitte Weich follows four players through their experiences as members of the team, traveling the world as professional athletes, and later on, retiring, and moving onto lives as more common North Korean citizens.
From Iran is Jafar Panahi’s “Offside,” which examines gender relations and soccer mania and follows a group of women who are forbidden to enter a soccer stadium to watch a World Cup qualifying match. From Hong Kong is “Homeless FC,” a moving portrait of a team of homeless men, united by their passion for soccer. Finally from South Korea is “A Barefoot Dream,” an inspiring film based on the true story of a Korean soccer coach who transforms a youth team in East Timor into an international sensation.
2. “Bend It Like Beckham”
4. “Homeless FC”
5. “A Barefoot Dream”