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2017 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

All Films & Events

  1. Toenail

    Jingyi Shao / USA / 2016 / 18 mins
    Frank, a career obsessed yuppie, has never seen eye to eye with Chang, his perpetually fresh-off-the-boat father. But when a broken toenail sends his father to the hospital on the eve of his big promotion, Frank comes to learn what is truly important.
    Plays In:
    HBO APA Visionaries

    Tateuchi Democracy Forum
    April 28, 2017 6:30 pm Rush Line Only

  2. Tokyo Idols

    Kyoko Miyake / International Competition / Canada, Japan, UK / 2017 / 88 mins
    Girl bands and their pop music permeate every moment of Japanese life. Following an aspiring pop singer and her fans, Tokyo Idols explores a cultural phenomenon driven by an obsession with young female sexuality, and the growing disconnect between men and women in hyper-modern societies.

    Downtown Independent
    April 29, 2017 10:00 pm

  3. Tough

    Jennifer Zheng / Shorts Competition, Programmers' Picks / UK / 2016 / 5 mins
    Some things can only be understood with maturity. New light is shed on childhood cultural misunderstandings when a Chinese mother and her British-born daughter speak as adults for the first time.
    Plays In:
    Feminist AF

    CGV Cinemas 3
    May 1, 2017 9:00 pm

  4. Touring

    Dean Yamada / Programmers' Picks / USA / 2016 / 15 mins
    After his parents' divorce, a teenager meets an enigmatic kid with a love for destruction and together they set off to release their anger.
    Plays In:
    Rebel Hearts

    Tateuchi Democracy Forum
    April 30, 2017 7:30 pm

  5. The Trees Of Eden

    Dwight Hwang / USA / 2016 / 15 mins
    An animated journey that explores the power of love over hatred. Inspired by Leo Tolstoy's classic short story, "Esarhaddon, King of Assyria."
    Plays In:
    Wildest Imagination

    Tateuchi Democracy Forum
    April 29, 2017 7:00 pm

  6. Two-Sided Ride

    Jason Karman / Canada / 2016 / 9 mins
    Alex, a hopeless romantic, drives for a ride-booking company in the hopes of a love connection in the big city. His trials and tribulations lead him to lose his way—until fate stops by.

    Precedes: Norman Jones


    Downtown Independent
    April 30, 2017 7:00 pm

  7. Unbroken Glass

    Dinesh Das Sabu / Documentary Competition / India, USA / 2016 / 57 mins
    When he was six-years-old, Dinesh Sabu’s parents died. Raised by his siblings, he had little idea who his parents were or where he came from. Now as an adult, Dinesh sets out on a journey to piece together their story. Uncovering a silenced family history and disturbing truths, Dinesh and his siblings must finally reconcile with the past—confronting the trauma of losing their parents, and the specter of mental illness.

    Preceded by: Sit


    CGV Cinemas 2
    May 1, 2017 7:00 pm

  8. Uncle Eddy

    Rommel Andaya / USA / 2017 / 8 mins
    Two dysfunctional sisters learn to find common ground.
    Plays In:
    FilAm Creations: A Filmmaker Movement

    Art Share L.A.
    May 3, 2017 6:00 pm Rush Line Only

  9. Under the Same Sky

    Yoyo Li / Shorts Competition / China, USA / 2016 / 19 mins
    During the Chinese government's national campaign on "equal" education, the different realities of a city boy and a countryside boy are revealed as they both go to school.
    Plays In:

    Downtown Independent
    April 30, 2017 11:30 am

  10. Wasteful

    George Takaki / USA / 2017 / 4 mins
    In an alleyway in Little Tokyo, a conflict arises between two segments of society. The conflict escalates, until one of the antagonists quickly settles things.
    Plays In:
    Digital Histories 2017: Past Informs the Future

    Aratani Theatre
    April 30, 2017 2:00 pm

  11. Water!

    Yi Zhong / China / 2016 / 20 mins
    A young city couple who just moved to the Inner Mongolian steppe one morning find their well completely dried up and their 300 animals waiting to be fed.
    Plays In:
    Good Bones

    CGV Cinemas 2
    May 2, 2017 9:30 pm

  12. Welcome To My Life

    Elizabeth Ito / USA / 2015 / 8 mins
    In this mockumentary short, a family of monsters tries to lead a normal American life.
    Plays In:
    Itsy Bitsy Shorts

    Tateuchi Democracy Forum
    April 29, 2017 10:00 am Rush Line Only

  13. Wet Sand: Voices from L.A.

    Dai Sil Kim-Gibson / Special Presentation / USA / 2004 / 57 mins
    FREE PROGRAM. Filmmaker Dai Sil Kim-Gibson explores the aftermath of the 1992 LA Civil Unrest in Wet Sand. She revisits Los Angeles to learn what changes have occurred since then, only to discover that living conditions have deteriorated for the communities' most stricken. This essential follow-up probes deeper into the racial and economic issues that not only shaped the climate of 1992 Los Angeles, but also continues to affect all Americans today.

    Tateuchi Democracy Forum
    April 29, 2017 2:00 pm

  14. Wexford Plaza

    Joyce Wong / Narrative Competition / Canada / 2017 / 82 mins
    A slice-of-life dark comedy about a lonely female security guard, and the misunderstood sexual encounter that unravels her life.

    Downtown Independent
    May 1, 2017 7:00 pm

  15. What You Don’t Say

    Rommel Andaya / USA / 2017 / 10 mins
    A man attempts to overcome the obstacles that prevent him from expressing his love to the birthday girl.
    Plays In:
    FilAm Creations: A Filmmaker Movement

    Art Share L.A.
    May 3, 2017 6:00 pm Rush Line Only