Justin Lin / Features / United States / 2002 / Drama / 101 minsAn accomplished high school student, Ben (Parry Shen) seems to excel at almost everything except winning over his dream girl, Stephanie (Karin Anna Cheung). When he begins an unlikely friendship with trouble-seeking tough guy Daric (Roger Fan), Ben becomes involved in petty crime that gets increasingly dangerous, with his various illegal ventures extending to include Stephanie and her wealthy beau, Steve (John Cho). Can these restless teens curb their criminal activities before it's too late?
BETTER LUCK TOMORROW (15 YEAR ANNIVERSARY SCREENING)
Northwest Film Forum Screen 1
Saturday Feb 25, 2017 9:00 pm
Ben Wang / Features / United States / 2016 / Documentary / 60 minsArrested at 16 and tried as an adult for kidnapping and robbery, Eddy Zheng served over 20 years in California prisons and jails. Ben Wang's BREATHIN': THE EDDY ZHENG STORY paints an intimate portrait of Eddy--the prisoner, the immigrant, the son, the activist--on his journey to freedom, rehabilitation, and redemption.
Preceded by: DIGGING TO CHINATOWN
Tanuj Chopra / Features / United States / 2016 / Comedy / 80 minsTwo Silicon Valley debt collectors, Chee and T, are tasked with getting their boss's nephew, Mayunk, presentable by day's end for his engagement party. Unfortunately, handling Mayunk proves to be anything but simple. He's hyperactive, brash, and something of a drugged out nut case.
Preceded by: MS. BULA BANERJEE
Barre Fong / Features / United States / 2016 / Documentary / 41 minsOn May 4, 1887, San Jose, one of the largest Chinatowns in the West was destroyed by arson in the furor of the anti-Chinese movement. But the Chinese refused to be driven out. Their ally, John Heinlen, fought opposition from City Hall and angry citizens, to build a new Chinatown on his property. The Chinatown, Heinlenville, lasted for 44 years in the era of nativism and the Chinese Exclusion Act. With restrictions on Chinese labor due to the Chinese Exclusion Act, Chinatown ended during the Depression in 1931, and became the City’s corporation yard. Heinlen’s Chinatown was forgotten until a redevelopment project for Japantown uncovered foundations of a historic Chinatown. Through rarely seen historic photos, footage of the excavation and interviews with archaeologists and descendants, DIGGING TO CHINATOWN is the story of people’s struggle against Asian exclusion, of battles lost and won that define our society and identity today.
Precedes: BREATHIN’: THE EDDY ZHENG STORY
Shelly Solomon / Features / United States / 2016 / Documentary / 77 minsEBB AND FLOW follows ninety-three-year-old Jerry (Eiichi) Yamashita’s recounting of the family history to his son Patrick as they cook Japanese oysters around a campfire. Relying on Jerry’s memories and the help of rare archival footage, beginning with his father Masahide’s decision to immigrate to America from Japan in 1900, the Yamashitas' journey spanning three generations of entrepreneurial spirit in the face of endless struggle and uncertainty, is revealed. Today Masahide is just beginning to be recognized for his very important pioneering efforts to save the shellfish industry from complete collapse in the 1930s with a Japanese oyster. The Yamashita family story is an inspiring one, but at the same time a cautionary tale about how a society can turn against its immigrants in challenging times, and is as relevant today as ever. Were it not for Masahide, today’s thriving shellfish farming industry with its legions of passionate oyster connoisseurs may never have come to pass in the United States. “Ebb and Flow”... is the finest documentary on the story of a Japanese-American family I have seen to date. —David Yamaguchi, North American Post Newspaper, Seattle Co-presented by: JACL Seattle and Pacific Coast Shellfish Growers Association.
Preceded by: THE ORANGE STORY
Matthew Hashiguchi / Features / United States / 2016 / Documentary / 63 mins"I don't want to be Japanese!" filmmaker Matthew Hashiguchi recalls yelling at his father. Growing up Japanese-American in a white Irish-Catholic neighborhood in Cleveland, Ohio, Matthew wondered what made him different. Years later he set out to document his family's experiences of being Japanese in America before, during, and after World War II. GOOD LUCK SOUP explores several generations assimilating into a new culture while preserving their own. The family takes us on a warm, honest, and sometimes shocking journey of prejudice and triumph. Beginning with the family's arrival in the early 1900s, we encounter the Japanese Internment Camps during the war, a post-war welcome extended by Cleveland, and the different views and challenges each generation faces. Good Luck Soup is eaten on New Year's to bring hope and luck for the year. By partaking in this GOOD LUCK SOUP, we hope to continue to grow towards acceptance.
Preceded by: ONE-TWO-ONE-SEVEN: A STORY OF JAPANESE INTERNMENT
Tad Nakamura / Features / United States / 2016 / Documentary / 67 minsMELE MURALS is a feature documentary about the transformative power of modern graffiti art and ancient Hawaiian culture for a new generation of Native Hawaiians. At the center of the story are two renowned street artists - Estria Miyashiro (aka Estria) and John Hina (aka Prime) - a group of Native Hawaiian youth, and the rural community of Waimea. Set against the resurgence of Hawaiian language and culture of the past twenty years, Estria and Prime tell how their street art has taken them on personal journeys to discover their history, identity and responsibilities as Hawaiian people. Through the stories of these two graffiti artists and their joint quest to uphold Hawaiian culture through mural-making, MELE MURALS shows how public art rooted in underground graffiti unexpectedly but powerfully fuses with Native Hawaiian traditions and contemporary life to impact the students, the town of Waimea, and most of all the artists. Co-presented by: The Vera Project and YouthCAN at the Wing.
Jeff Chiba Stearns / Features / Canada / 2016 / Documentary / 96 minsMIXED MATCH is an important human story told from the perspective of mixed race blood cancer patients who are forced to reflect on their multiracial identities and complex genetics as they struggle with a seemingly impossible search to find bone marrow donors, all while exploring what role race plays in medicine. With the multiracial community becoming one of the fastest growing demographics in North America, being mixed race is no longer just about an identity, it can be a matter of life and death.
Jon Bling / Features / Australia, Vietnam / 2016 / Drama / 88 minsA young nurse must travel back to her homeland to attend her father's funeral. Her family sends a suitor to escort her back to her home town. Along the way, both of them not only learn about themselves but each other. For her, trying to learn the old traditions is hard enough and a deep dark secret hangs over him.
Preceded by: HOME IS WHERE THE SUNSETS
Erica Jordan, Dianne Griffin, and Nhung Pham / Features / United States / 2015 / Documentary / 57 minsIn PAINTED NAILS we witness the American dream crumble when Van, a Vietnamese nail salon worker, discovers her health problems, including two miscarriages, are the result of toxic chemicals in the products used in her salon. She courageously becomes involved in the fight for safe cosmetics. Van transforms from a self-described shy woman who speaks minimal English to a forthright advocate who testifies before Congress. In Washington, DC, at hearings for the Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act, Van, now pregnant, steps forward to speak out for all people exposed to the toxic chemicals in personal care products. Co-Presented by: Got Green, NAPAWF and International Community Health Services.
Preceded by: FRACTURED