Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Going Behind The Camera...

The Asian Institute at the University of Toronto, part of the Munk Centre for International Studies, presents Going Behind The Camera — Hong Kong Films About Films, an evening of film screenings and panel discussion, followed by a reception. Reel Asian is pleased to be one of the co-sponsors of this event, so come out and join us for a great night of FREE films and discussion.

Friday March 28, 2008 | 5:30pm - 12:00am
Innis Town Hall | 2 Sussex Avenue @ St.George Street | FREE with reservation
Reservations are required! Click here for details and to make a reservation.

5:30pm - Mr. Cinema (老港正傳)
Samson Chiu Leung-Chun (趙良駿) | Hong Kong 2007 | 120min | Toronto Premiere

Forty years of Hong Kong history are seen through the eyes of the fictional Zuo Kong, film projectionist, leftist idealist and family patriarch. Kong's life parallels some of Hong Kong's own historical highlights, as the city experiences 60s leftist riots, 70s prosperity, the 80s boom times, 90s handover anxiety and SARS in 2003. – Vancouver Film Festival

7:40pm - The Extras (茄哩啡)

Yim Ho (嚴浩) | Hong Kong 1978 | 86min

An entertaining look at the trials and tribulations which movie extras must endure in the Hong Kong film industry. Hakky Ho (Yee Lui) is an aspiring actor who is frustrated by his lack of success, but gets an extremely low-paying job as an extra and believes he is close to finally getting his foot in the door. He soon learns otherwise, as his illusions of fame and glitz are quickly shattered by the grueling, day-to-day grind which being an extra entails. – New York Times

9:15pm - Infinite Patience and Madcap Impetuousity — Going Behind The Camera in Hong Kong
Colin Geddes | Ultra 8 Pictures | Toronto International Film Festival
Bart Testa | Cinema Studies Institute, University of Toronto

10:00pm - Join guests, panelists, and event co-sponsors for a post-panel reception and afterparty until midnight!

Image of "Mr. Cinema" courtesy of the Hong Kong Movie Database

Thursday, March 20, 2008

All good things...

Well folks, today is the last day of the fest and it went by like that (snap motion with fingers). Tonight SFIAFF is closing and moving to San Jose. Your friends at RA will be going down but I have to get back to the T-dot. Tonight will certainly be a night to remember. Here are a few pics from the last couple of days.

A screening of The Joy Luck Club. What a photo op.

Ming-Na and Lauren Tom.

Stephen Gong saying a few words.

RA's friend, Goh Nakamura with Canadian's Maya and Joyce.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Day 4

Films , Parties and Celebrities? OH MY!

Filmmaker Curtis Choy with Deanna Wong.

Phil Yu AKA Angryasiaman.

Richard Wong at the premier of his film Option 3.


I hosted a party in my hotel room.

Michella from SFIAFF chatting with Christina.

Taro Goto and Gary Chou.

Goh Nakamura entertaining us with some great tunes.

Goh and Chi-hui.

The multi-talented Jacqueline Kim.

Day 3

Karen Chau representing Ni Hao Kai Lan.

Taro Gato leading a panel discussion.

Hong Kong superstar Daniel Wu.

Odessa Chen rocking it in J Town.

A beautiful day in SF.

Actress Jacqueline Kim and Christina Sit Yee.

Joyce Wong and her Toronto crew, Maya and Brent.

Joyce fielding some questions at her screening.

DC people toasting.


Taro Goto chatting up industry people

Day 2

Hi all! It's been crazy busy in SF! Here are some late updates.

Special programmers meeting.

Screening of Pretty to Think So.


Chris Chin with some fellow AAF friends. On the right is Anderson Le from the Hawaii International Film Festival.

Our buddy Goh Nakumura admiring some art at an after party.

Night after night, SF has some great bars.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Day 1


RA chatting it up with Richard Wong, director of Option 3.

RA getting their drink on.

Left to right: Henry O, Wayne Wang and Stephen Gong.

Henry O (Left) and Wayne Wang (Right), the star and director of A Thousand Years of Good Prayer.

SFIAFF director Chi-hui Yang.


Goh Nakamura, Chi-hui and Christina.

OUR very own Joyce Wong snapping a pic with a passed out guy.

Showing off our book with Abe Ferrer, co-director of the LA Asian Pacific Film Festival.

Deanna and guest service's Mimi Wong.

(Right) Phil Yu AKA AngryAsianMan.


Let me be the first to say, RA has NO gang affiliations!

This picture was taken by Joyce Wong.

After the After After party we went to Denny's.

Wow. What a day.