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Japanese films at Asian Film Fest - starts Thursday

From: Tokyo Jim G.
Sent on: Sunday, November 3, 2013 9:39 PM

I'm real excited about the 14th annual San Diego Asian Film Festival, starting this Thursday. I already have my All-Festival Pass and can't wait to plant myself in the dark for hours on end every day. I hope you'll join me to see many of these films. If you plan to see four or more, you can buy a 4-film pass for $40.

There is a good selection of Japanese films showing this year. Here's the list. Click on the title for full information. All films have English subtitles.

ABDUCTEE (アブダクティ) – Thriller
Saturday, November 9 @ 22:05, Digiplex Mission Valley
Atsushi Chiba (Yôichi Nukumizu) is trapped in what appears to be a cargo compartment. He is tied up. He only has a cell phone at his side, except he can’t reach anyone who values him. He is, in essence, a man who is alone and in peril. Then he sees a stone, mysterious and glowing.
Trailer / 予告編

Tuesday, November 12 @ 18:00, Digiplex Mission Valley
Saturday, November 16 @ 15:45, Encinitas Public Library
The term “hafu” – literally meaning “half” – has both positive and negative connotations, and in the film we see how mixed-race people living in Japan not only long to be acknowledged, but accepted and understood.
Trailer / 予告編

HOMESICK (ホームシック) – Drama / Family
Sunday, November 10 @ 12:10, Digiplex Mission Valley
Wednesday, November 13 @ 18:00, Digiplex Mission Valley
Neighborhood kids bring perspective (and water guns) to a man about to lose his childhood home. 
Trailer / 予告編

Thursday, November 14 @ 21:45, Digiplex Mission Valley
Katsuya Maruyama is a boy with a dream. A dream, that if realized, would change his world. This dream? To lick his own wiener.
Trailer / 予告編

SHADY (かしこい狗は、吠えずに笑う) – Drama / Thriller
Friday, November 8 @ 22:00, Digiplex Mission Valley
Misa can’t believe her luck when the pretty and popular Izumi takes her under her wing. The unlikely pair develops a strong bond that soon fades and Misa becomes more and more frightened by her new friend’s extracurricular behaviors. 
Trailer / 予告編

A STORY OF YONOSUKE (横道世之介) – Comedy / Drama / Romance
Thursday, November 14 @ 18:40, Digiplex Mission Valley
Everyone remembers him: that guy with the funny name who somehow changed your life forever. Yonosuke is a moppy-haired, dopey bumpkin in his first year of college in the big city, where he manages to get himself invited to situations where someone like him surely doesn’t belong. 
Trailer / 予告編

And one Japanese-American film:

SAKE-BOMB – Comedy
Sunday, November 10 @ 14:50, Digiplex Mission Valley
With his Japanese cousin in tow, an angry Asian YouTuber hits the road.
Trailer / 予告編

There are also several Japanese shorts. One such short a few years ago was one of my favorites of all time. For full details on all Japanese features and shorts, see

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