Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival

PAAFF Film Club – Dersu Uzala


For April’s Film Club we will be looking at one of Akira Kurosawa’s lesser known films, Dersu Uzala. This Soviet-Japanese co-production, and Kurosawa’s only non-Japanese-language film, tells a moving story about cultural exchange, friendship, and loss, all taking place within the visually stunning wilderness of the Russian Far East. It is a film all about …

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PAAFF Film Club – The Terrorizers


May’s Film Club will be a discussion on Edward Yang’s The Terrorizers. Considered a pivotal film in the era of New Taiwanese Cinema, The Terrorizers presents a startling look into urban life in the form of a tangled narrative web, complicated by changing perspectives and puzzling timelines. It is a story not only of Taipei …

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PAAFF Film Club – Lucky Grandma


June’s meeting will be focused on a film from PAAFF’s own history: Sasie Sealy’s Lucky Grandma. Tsai Chin stars as the titular character–a chain-smoking, gambling grandma in New York City’s Chinatown–in Sealy’s debut feature, a darkly funny crime story that subversively highlights the role of elders in an immigrant community. This discussion will coincide with …

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