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Pacific Arts Movement

Pacific Arts Movement

We proudly present a new playlist curated by Brian Hu, the artistic director of Pacific Arts Movement. His latest selections include the deeply personal ALL ABOUT MY SISTERS, Indonesian western/thriller hybrid MARLINA THE MURDERER IN FOUR ACTS, and Oscar-winning filmmaker Ryûsuke Hamaguchi’s epic drama of friendship HAPPY HOUR.

Pacific Arts Movement presents Asian and Asian American Pacific Islander media arts to San Diego residents and visitors in order to inspire, entertain, and support a more compassionate society.

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  • The Hole

    Directed by Tsai Ming-liang • Drama • With Lee Kang-Sheng; Yang Kuei-Mei • 1998 • 89 minutes

    Set just prior to the start of the 21st century, this vaguely futuristic story follows two residents of a quickly crumbling building who refuse to leave their homes in spite of a virus that has forced th...

  • Youth

    Directed by Xiaogang Feng • Drama • With Xuan Huang, Caiyu Yang, Miao Miao • 2017 • 137 minutes

    Performing art troupe members each face their own trials and tribulations; from escaping a family scandal to dealing with unrequited love, each experiences rejection that shapes their lives in this co...

  • Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts

    Directed by Mouly Surya • Drama • With Marsha Timothy • 2017 • 93 minutes

    In the deserted hills of an Indonesian island, Marlina (Marsha Timothy), a young widow, is attacked and robbed of all her livestock by a gang of seven bandits. She then defends herself, setting out on a journey to find jus...

  • From What Is Before

    Directed by Lav Diaz • Drama • With Perry Dizon, Roeder Camanag, Hazel Orencio • 2014 • 338 minutes

    Winner of five prizes at the Locarno Film Festival, including the Golden Leopard for Best Film, Lav Diaz’s follow up to his acclaimed Norte, The End of History is an extraordinary five-and-a-half-...

  • All About My Sisters

    Directed by WANG Qiong • Documentary • 2021 • 175 minutes

    In her debut film, director Qiong Wang builds a riveting portrait of her family reckoning with the lasting impact of China's one-child policy.

    After giving birth to two daughters, Qiong's parents were desperate for a boy. When they learn...

  • Old Dog

    Directed by Pema Tseden • Drama • With Yanbum Gyal, Drolma Kyab, Lochey, Tamdrin Tso • 2012 • 88 minutes

    A family on the Himalayan plains discovers their dog is worth a fortune, but selling it comes at a terrible price.

    The Tibetan nomad mastiff is an exotic prize dog in China, fetching as much...

  • Fagara

    Directed by Heiward Mak • Drama • With Sammi Cheng, Li Xiaofeng, Megan Lai, Wu Yanshu, Liu Juei Chi, Richie Jen, Andy Lau, Kenny Bee • 2019 • 118 minutes

    In the wake of her father’s death, a woman discovers two distant sisters she knows little about. But with her own relationship uncertain and t...

  • Bright Future

    Directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa • Drama • With Joe Odagiri, Tatsuya Fuji, Tadanobu Asano • 2003 • 115 minutes

    "Casts its spell by drawing out the horror of everyday existence bit by bit, and then tossing in some otherworldly weirdness that makes the hair on the back of your neck try to run for cove...

  • By the Time It Gets Dark

    Directed by Anocha Suwichakornpong • Drama • With Visra Vichit-Vadakan, Arak Amornsupasiri, Achtara Suwan • 2017 • 105 minutes

    A shape-shifting narrative around memory, politics and cinema, the film weaves together the stories of several characters. We meet a young waitress serving breakfast at...

  • Creepy

    Directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa • Drama • With Hidetoshi Nishijima, Yûko Takeuchi, Toru Baba • 2017 • 130 minutes

    Kiyoshi Kurosawa, who made his name with classics CURE and BRIGHT FUTURE, gets back to his roots by putting the thumbscrews to the audience with his latest, CREEPY. A year after a botch...

  • Demons

    Directed by Daniel Hui • Drama • With Vicki Yang, Glen Goei, Vikneshwaran Kobinathan • 2018 • 84 minutes

    Aspiring actress Vicki thinks she has gotten the role of her life in Daniel’s new play. But her debut lead role only casts her into endless torture at the esteemed director’s hands. When she ...

  • Girls Always Happy

    Directed by Yang Mingming • Drama • With Yang Mingming, Nai An • 2018 • 116 minutes

    Rising Chinese director Yang Mingming both directs and stars in GIRLS ALWAYS HAPPY – a mother-daughter story that goes for the jugular.

    Wu (Yang Mingming) and her mother (Nai An) live in a Beijing hutong – an ol...

  • Ryusuke Hamaguchi's Happy Hour

    Directed by Ryûsuke Hamaguchi • Drama • With Sachie Tanaka, Hazuki Kikuchi, Maiko Mihara • 2017 • 317 minutes

    A powerful affirmation of the immersive potential of cinema. HAPPY HOUR is a slow-burning epic chronicling the emotional journey of four thirtysomething women in the misty seaside city o...

  • Late Summer

    Directed by Yi Cui • Documentary • 2016 • 13 minutes

    LATE SUMMER captures a centuries-old Beijing theatre in its incarnation as a modern-day transient space.

  • Oxhide II

    Directed by Liu Jiayin • Drama • With Liu Jiayin, Huifen Jia, Zaiping Liu • 2012 • 132 minutes

    Breaking new ground in cinematic art, Liu Jiayin's follow-up to her masterful debut OXHIDE turns a simple dinner into a profoundly intimate study of family relationships.

    Building on the stunning visi...

  • Tharlo

    Directed by Pema Tseden • Drama • With Jinpa, Shide Nyima, Tsemdo Thar • 2015 • 123 minutes

    'Renowned Tibetan filmmaker Pema Tseden returns with his profoundly moving new feature [adapted from his own novella] about a Tibetan shepherd named Tharlo. Visiting a Tibetan town in Qinghai province to ...

  • 'Til Madness Do Us Part

    Directed by Wang Bing • Documentary • 2013 • 238 minutes

    Within the gates of an isolated mental institution in in southwest China's Yunnan province, patients are confined to one single floor of a building. Once locked in, with little contact from the outside world, anything goes.

    The facility's...

  • Winter Vacation

    Directed by Li Hongqi • Drama • With Lei Bao, Bai Junjie • 2010 • 91 minutes

    In this acclaimed absurdist comedy, bored teenagers and disillusioned adults rage at each other and the emptiness of life in frost-bitten northern China.

    It's the last day of winter vacation in Inner Mongolia. Four aim...