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2018 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

International Narrative Feature Competition

Our International Narrative Feature Competition films offer narrative works which explore and reflect the stories of our time. We’re excited to bring you the best and most provocative cinematic voices from Asia and the diaspora.


  1. JIMAMI TOFU

    Jason Chan & Christian Lee / International Narrative Feature Competition / Japan, Singapore / 2017 / Drama, Family, Food, Romance / 121 mins
    A beautiful and delicious meditation on love, food, and a deep connection to a place. A mouth-watering delight that will have you craving Okinawan home-cooking for days!

  2. KISS AND SPELL

    Stephane Gauger / International Narrative Feature Competition / Vietnam / 2017 / Fantasy, Horror, Romance / 113 mins
    KISS AND SPELL is a supernatural romantic comedy about a magician and a girl who has the ability to see ghosts.
    KISS AND SPELL

    CGV Cinemas - Theatre 3
    May 10, 2018 6:30 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  3. NEOMANILA

    Mikhail Red / International Narrative Feature Competition / Philippines, USA / 2017 / Action, Crime, Drama, Social Issues / 101 mins
    As a violent war on drugs is waged in present day Manila, a notorious vigilante death squad recruits a teenage orphan named Toto.

  4. OMOTENASHI

    Jay Chern / International Narrative Feature Competition / Japan, Taiwan / 2018 / Arthouse, Drama, Family, Romance / 96 mins
    When the moon no longer shines, the beautiful yet obsolete Bright Moon Ryokan in Kyoto is acquired by the innkeeper’s Taiwanese former lover, who sends his son to supervise the renovation.

  5. THE THIRD MURDER

    Hirokazu Kore-eda / International Narrative Feature Competition / Japan / 2017 / Arthouse, Drama, Mystery, Social Issues, Thriller / 124 mins
    Japanese auteur Hirokazu Kore-eda returns with the powerful story of a man struggling to find the truth while questioning his faith in the law.
    THE THIRD MURDER

    CGV Cinemas - Theatre 3
    May 10, 2018 9:00 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  6. WARU

    Chelsea Cohen, Ainsley Gardiner, Casey Kaa, Renae Maihi, Awanui Simich-Pene, Briar Grace-Smith, Paula Whetu, Katie Wolfe / International Narrative Feature Competition / New Zealand / 2017 / Arthouse, Drama, Experimental, International, Pacific Islander, Social Issues, Women / 88 mins
    Following the death of a child, eight Māori women are confronted by guilt, pride and defeat but will ultimately risk everything for the greater good of their community.

  7. IN THE LIFE OF MUSIC

    Caylee So, Visal Sok / Special Features, International Narrative Feature Competition / Cambodia / 2018 / Drama, Family, History, Music, Romance / 92 mins
    Music, love, and war change the life of a Cambodian family.
    CENTERPIECE: IN THE LIFE OF MUSIC

    Aratani Theatre
    May 5, 2018 5:00 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets