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25th San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival

March 16, 2007 - March 24, 2007

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, March 22

A Presentation of Center for Asian American Media

Ticket prices for San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival screenings at PFA are: general admission: $10 before March 15, $11 on or after March 15; students, seniors, and disabled persons: $9 (limit 1 ticket per person per program); BAM/PFA and Center for Asian American Media members: $8 (limit 2 tickets per person per program). Please note that PFA's second-feature discount does not apply to these programs. Tickets are nonrefundable, and may not be exchanged. Advance tickets for festival programs at PFA are available at the PFA Theater box office and BAM admissions desk or by phone at (510) 642-5249. For information about festival screenings in San Francisco and San Jose, or on purchasing PFA tickets in San Francisco or online, visit the SFIAAFF website at www.asianamericanfilmfestival.org.

Many screenings will feature in-person appearances by the filmmakers; for updates, visit this site or phone (510) 642-1124. Program notes are adapted from the festival catalog.

Friday, March 16, 2007
7:00 p.m. In Between Days
A recently arrived Korean immigrant in Toronto struggles to overcome isolation and teen heartbreak. “Painful, funny, unsentimental, perfectly measured in its ambiguities, it's exemplary low-budget filmmaking.”—Village Voice

Friday, March 16, 2007
9:00 p.m. American Zombie
Grace Lee, Rebecca Sonnenshine, and Suzy Nakamura in Person. A “documentary” on one of the lesser-known marginalized communities of Los Angeles: zombies. From the director of The Grace Lee Project.

Saturday, March 17, 2007
4:00 p.m. Made in Korea
In-Soo Radstake in Person. A Korean adoptee in Holland embarks on an awkward search for his Korean family. A humorous take on “finding oneself.”

Saturday, March 17, 2007
6:00 p.m. It's Only Talk
The director and star of Vibrator return with this romantic, late-summer tale of a young woman and her varied love interests.

Saturday, March 17, 2007
8:30 p.m. Summer Palace
Beijing in the '80s—Tiananmen Square, student unrest—is the backdrop of this surprisingly explicit love story from the director of Purple Butterfly.

Sunday, March 18, 2007
5:00 p.m. Ghosts
Documentarian Nick Broomfield turns to fiction for this story of illegal Chinese immigrants in England. "A note of solidarity with the disposessed."—Variety.

Sunday, March 18, 2007
7:00 p.m. Woman on the Beach
A lecherous film director stumbles through two romantic triangles in Hong Sang-soo’s latest. “A wicked comedy of manners in the blue key of disappointment.”—N.Y. Times

Tuesday, March 20, 2007
7:30 p.m. Kabul Transit
David Edwards in Person. The historic city of Kabul is shown as you've never seen it before in this street-level documentary. "A mosaic of images and experiences that convey the sorrow, black humor, irony, and surprising hope that can exist in the most untenable of situations."—Film Society of Lincoln Center

Wednesday, March 21, 2007
7:30 p.m. Virgin Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors
Hong Sang-soo in Person. An attractive television writer is torn between two remarkably uninspiring men in Hong Sang-soo's comedy of romantic errors. Recalling early Rohmer or Truffaut, it's Jules and Jim filtered through Seoul and soju.

Thursday, March 22, 2007
7:30 p.m. The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
Discovering you can travel through time is fun, unless you’re a seventeen-year-old girl whose best friend is in love with you, in this Japanese anime based on a legendary 1965 teen novel. Made by talent from Princess Mononoke and Neon Genesis Evangelion.

Friday, March 23, 2007
7:00 p.m. The Great Happiness Space: Tale of an Osaka Love Thief
Welcome to the world of Japanese "host" clubs, where the "love-for-hire" tables are turned and women pay for men's company. Best Documentary, Edinburgh Film Festival.

Friday, March 23, 2007
8:45 p.m. Do Over
Five characters variously involved in film, gangs, and drugs weave through contemporary Taipei in this ultra-stylish noir. Best Film, Best Cinematography, Taipei Film Festival.

Saturday, March 24, 2007
6:00 p.m. Love for Share
The rise of polygamy is dissected in this fascinating Indonesian drama. Best Film Award, Hawaii International Film Festival.

Saturday, March 24, 2007
8:30 p.m. A Dirty Carnival
A low-level gangster deals with family problems and "family" problems in a Korean Mean Streets. "Elevates the genre to an epic narrative level."—Variety