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September 2016
Free

Summer in the Park: SummerDance in the Parks at Ping Tom

September 8 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Ping Tom Memorial Park,
300 W. 19th street
Chicago, IL 60616 United States
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Learn a few dance moves and test them out to live music at Summer Dance in the Parks.
In collaboration with the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Chicago Summer Dance heads to the neighborhood parks. SummerDance in the Parks features a different genre of dance instruction followed by 2 hours of live music where patrons can show-off their newly learned dance moves.

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Asian Pop-Up Cinema Presents Sori: Voice from the Heart

September 17 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
The Wilmette Theatre,
1122 Central Ave.
Wilmette, 60091 United States
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APC Sori

Directed by: Lee Ho-Jae
Starring: Lee Sung-min, Lee Hee-joon and Lee Honey.
South Korea | 2016 | 117 min | DCP| Korean w/subtitles

With the help of an artificial intelligence robot, a grief-stricken father (veteran actor Lee Sung-min) sets out to find his missing daughter. Sori: Voice from the Heart is a surprise-filled “R2-D2 Drama” that won the 2016 Audience Choice Award at the Udine Far East Film Festival. Director Lee Ho-jae will be in attendance to share his thoughts on the making of the movie that according to the director is a drama first before being a Sci-Fi!

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Asian Pop-Up Cinema Presents Weeds On Fire

September 21 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
AMC River East 21,
322 E Illinois St
Chicago, IL 60611 United States
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Weeds on Fire

Directed by: Steve Chan Chi-fat
Starring: Liu Kai-chi, Lam Yiu-sing, Tony Wu and Hedwig Tam
Hong Kong | 2016 | 92 min | DCP | Cantonese w/subtitles

An energetic picture inspired by the true 1980’s story of the city’s first Chinese youth baseball team. The film is also the first finished work to come out of the government-run First Feature Film Initiative created to nurture new generation of film-makers. First time feature director Steve Chan Chi-fat will participate in a question and answer session after the screening.

Presented in association with Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office in New York under the HONG KONG, WE REMEMBER special segment featuring Hong Kong made films that are noteworthy for their Hong Kong historical and cultural references.

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Asian Pop-Up Cinema Presents Hamog

September 25 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Wilmette Theatre,
1122 Central Ave.
Wilmette, 60091 United States
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APC Hamog

Directed by: Ralston Jover
Starring: Teri Malvar, Zaijan Jaranilla, Samuel Quintana ad Bon Lentejas
Philippines | 2015 | 92 min | DCP | Tagalog w/subtitles.

Unexpected events in their daily routine of crime and survival in the busy streets of Manila lead to dramatic changes for a gang of street kids. Performed by the talented young cast with Teri Malvar (15-yr old) winning the Best Actress Award at the Moscow International Film Festival 2016, “the film lays bare the sad reality of an ill-ridden society but also offers some hope for the future”. Besides winning the Outstanding Artistic Achievement Awards from the 19th Shanghai International Film Festival, the Director also won the Russian Film Critics’ Jury for the Best Film award.

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Asian Pop-Up Cinema Presents Wong Ka Yan

September 30 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Studio A of Joffrey Tower,
10 E. Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60601 United States
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APC Wong Ka Yan

Directed by: Benny Lau
Starring: Wong Yau-nam, Karena Ng, Prudence Lau, Pai Piao, and Gigi Leung Wing-kei
Hong Kong | 2015 | 96 min | Blu-ray | Cantonese w/subtitles

Wong Ka Yan tells the story of an overgrown kid lives on the outlying island of Peng Chau in 1992. Chan Chun-yin falls in love with a movie ticket seller after getting trapped inside the cinema. When he returns to find the girl has quit her job, he sets off on a quest to find her, despite the odds given her very common name. Shot with washed-out color showing Peng Chau as this relaxing rural atmosphere, the film transmits a sense of old-timey charm and innocence that is universal. A second feature presented under HONG KONG, WE REMEMBER segment courtesy of Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office, New York. (Required RSVP 1 week before screening via email: asianpopupinfo@gmail.com)

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October 2016

Asian Pop-Up Cinema Presents Paths of the Soul

October 5 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
AMC River East 21,
322 E Illinois St
Chicago, IL 60611 United States
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APC Paths of the Soul

Directed by: Zhang Yang
Starring: non-professiona actors: village people
China | 2015 | 115 min | DCP | Tibetan w/subtitles

Shot over a period of a year with no script, critically acclaimed Paths of The Soul follows 11 friends, neighbors and relatives on a soul-searching pilgrimage to Lhasa and the sacred Kang’s Mountain. The film was rated 4th favorite by the audiences of 2016 Rotterdam International Film Festival audience – a film that upends the traditions of documentary that Asian Pop-Up Cinema is proud to showcase it on the big screen again.

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Asian Pop-Up Cinema Presents When the Curtain Rises

October 9 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Wilmette Theatre,
1122 Central Ave.
Wilmette, 60091 United States
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APC When the Curtain Rises

Directed by: Motohiro Katsuyuki
Starring: Momota Kanako, Tamai Shiori, Sasaki Ayaka, Ariyasu Momoka, Takagi Reni and Kuroki Haru
Japan | 2015 | 119 min | DCP | Japanese w/subtitles.

When The Curtain Rises focuses on the process of putting on a theatrical play by a high school drama club in a provincial town, following the growth of its actors both on stage and personally. The five young leading actors, are members of the idol group Momoiro Clover Z, and their learning curve as actors overlaps with that of their characters in the film. Only 24 at time of filming who plays the new coach, Kuroki Haru, has already amassed an impressive list of acting honors including the Berlin Film Festival’s Silver Bear for Best Actress Award in 2014.

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Asian Pop-Up Cinema Presents Siti – FREE SCREENING

October 12 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Claudia Cassidy Theater at Chicago Cultural Center,
78 E Washington St
Chicago, IL 60602 United States
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APC Siti

Directed by: Eddie Cahyono
Starring: Sekar Sari, Delia Nuswantoro and Chelsy Bettido
Indonesia | 2014 | 88 min | Blu-ray | B&W | Javanese/Indonesian w/subtitles.

Siti tells the story of a beautiful young woman caring for her paralyzed husband, her son and her mother-in-law, by selling snacks at the beach for tourists and selling herself at an illegal karaoke bar in the evenings. Her life is further complicated when a policeman falls in love with her.
(Thanks to DCASE of Chicago, this screening is FREE and open to the public. Please RSVP 1 week before screening via email: asianpopupinfo@gmail.com)

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Asian Pop-Up Cinema Presents The Wailing

October 30 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
The Wilmette Theatre,
1122 Central Ave.
Wilmette, 60091 United States
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APC The Wailing

Directed by: Na Hong-jin
Starring: Hwang Jung-min, Kwak Do-won, Kim Hwan-hee, and Kunimura Jun
South Korea | 2016 | 156 min | Blu-ray | Korean w/subtitles

In this tense supernatural thriller, locals become suspicious after a foreigner mysteriously appears in a quiet rural village. Suspicion turns to hysteria and investigators look to a shaman for clues after a series of brutal killing sprees. The Wailing smashed box office records when it debuted in South Korea and many audience members saw the film several times searching for new clues in this highly talked-about ending.

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November 2016

Asian Pop-Up Cinema Presents A Fool

November 9 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
AMC River East 21,
322 E Illinois St
Chicago, IL 60611 United States
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APC A Fool

Directed by: Chen Jian-bin
Starring: Chen Jian-bin, Wang Xue-bing and Jin Shi-jia
China | 2014 | 105 min | DCP | Mandarin w/subtitles

Well-known Chinese actor, Chen Jian-bin makes his directorial debut in this film about a goat farmer finding the real family of a mentally handicapped young man who follows him home one day. A Fool earned Chen Best Actor and Best New Director prizes at the 2014 Golden Horse Awards in Taiwan, but the real-life arrest of one of the supporting actors delayed the release, adding an ironic twist to the movie’s message about morality.

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