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2017 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

Narrative Competition

Prepare to be challenged, enlightened, shocked, and entertained as we proudly roll out this year’s excellent slate of narrative feature nominees.

  1. Cardinal X

    Angie Wang / Narrative Competition, Programmers' Picks / USA / 2016 / 84 mins
    In 1984, one of the west coast's largest dealers of the drug, Ecstasy, was a 19 year old co-ed.

    Downtown Independent
    April 30, 2017 9:15 pm


    CGV Cinemas 3
    May 3, 2017 4:30 pm

  2. Chee and T

    Tanuj Chopra / Narrative Competition, Programmers' Picks / USA / 2016 / 80 mins
    A buddy movie about the last two brown guys in Silicon Valley who have nothing to do with technology.

    Preceded by: Arranged

    CHEE and T

    CGV Cinemas 1
    May 3, 2017 9:15 pm

  3. I Can, I Will, I Did

    Nadine Truong / Narrative Competition / USA / 2016 / 113 mins
    Depressed foster youth Ben is bullied, and as a result gets into a car accident. His recovery process is slow until he meets Adrienne, a fellow wheelchair bound patient at the hospital who breathes hope into his life when she introduces him to her grandfather, Taekwondo Master Kang. Kang not only teaches him how to walk and get back up on his feet, but also how to take charge of his own life.

    Aratani Theatre
    April 28, 2017 8:00 pm

  4. The Lockpicker

    Randall Okita / Narrative Competition / Canada / 2016 / 95 mins
    After the death of a friend, teen thief Hashi, fantasizes about getting out of town. When his closest friend is victimized by violence, Hashi is forced to choose between fighting back and becoming what he fears, or saving himself and leaving behind everyone and everything he knows.

    Downtown Independent
    April 29, 2017 4:30 pm

  5. Norman Jones

    Mike Sakamoto / Narrative Competition / USA / 2016 / 70 mins
    NORMAN JONES is the story of the death of a nobody—a lonely painter whose demise goes unnoticed, except by a few acquaintances who barely knew him. No one to mourn him, no one to remember him, no one to utter his name: it is as if he never existed at all.

    Preceded by: Two-Sided Ride


    Downtown Independent
    April 30, 2017 7:00 pm

  6. 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

  7. Window Horses

    Ann Marie Fleming / Narrative Competition / Canada / 2016 / 88 mins
    Young Canadian poet, Rosie Ming, is invited to perform at a poetry festival in Shiraz, Iran—but she’d rather go to Paris. She lives at home with her over-protective Chinese grandparents, and has never been anywhere by herself. Once in Iran, Rosie finds herself in the company of poets and Persians who tell her stories that force her to confront her past, the Iranian father she assumed abandoned her, and the nature of poetry itself.

    CGV Cinemas 3
    April 30, 2017 11:30 am Rush Line Only

  8. Gook

    Justin Chon / Gala Presentations, Narrative Competition / USA / 2016 / 94 mins
    CENTERPIECE FILM | Eli and Daniel are two Korean-American brothers who own a struggling shoe store. They have a unique and unlikely friendship with a young 11-year-old African American girl, Kamilla. The film is set during the first day of the LA riots, forcing them to defend their store while contemplating the future of their own personal dreams and the meaning of family.

    Preceded by: Hold On


    Aratani Theatre
    April 29, 2017 8:00 pm RUSH ONLY

  9. Columbus

    Kogonada / Gala Presentations, Narrative Competition / USA / 2016 / 104 mins
    CLOSING NIGHT FILM | Casey lives with her mother in a little-known Midwestern town haunted by the promise of modernism. Jin, a visitor from the other side of the world, attends to his dying father. Burdened by the future, they find respite in one another and the architecture that surrounds them.

    Precedes: Closing Night Gala


    Directors Guild of America
    May 4, 2017 7:00 pm