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The Red Lantern: Bay Area Asian Cinema, based in San Francisco, is the world's largest Meetup for Asian films. In theaters and in private venues, we explore the high, the low and the everything-in-between of Asian cinema, from Woo to wuxia, from Ozu to "Zatoichi."

This group is open only to members living in San Francisco Bay Area. Please take your time to view our Membership Policy (https://www.meetup.com/sf-asian-film/pages/Membership_FAQ/) and No-Show Policy (https://www.meetup.com/sf-asian-film/pages/RSVP%2C_No-Show_and_Late_Cancellation_Policy) before joining the group.

Upcoming events (3)

The Man With Three Coffins (1987) - Classic Korean Cinema - Online Discussion

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From August - October, we're going to watch and discuss a series of South Korean classic films from the 1950s-90s that precede the current Korean pop culture boom that started in the late 90s that would eventually give us the likes of Parasite, Squid Game and BTS in the present. The films are available for free (with ads) on Youtube, with English subtitles, courtesy of Korean Film Archive.

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A visually stunning meditation on grief and its ability to follow us anywhere, as a widower travels to his dead wife’s hometown to spread her ashes. This colorful road movie from director Lee Jang-ho, adapted from an award-winning novella by Lee Je-ha, follows the fortunes of a widower as he travels to spread the ashes of his wife, but encounters jarring reminders of this loss in the process.

Official selection of 1988 Berlin International Film Festival

FULL FILM: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ly1GqgJGWpc

ITINERARY:

This event is for discussion only. Please finish watching the movie (link above) before the event.

The virtual meeting link will be made available here 30 minutes before the event starts.

Meeting will go live at 5:30pm. Discussion will start around 5:40pm, or earlier if everyone is present.

서편제 | Sopyonje (1993) - Classic Korean Cinema - Online Discussion

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From August - October, we're going to watch and discuss a series of South Korean classic films from the 1950s-90s that precede the current Korean pop culture boom that started in the late 90s that would eventually give us the likes of Parasite, Squid Game and BTS in the present. The films are available for FREE (with ads) on Youtube, with English subtitles, courtesy of Korean Film Archive.

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Although it's been slightly forgotten due to the Korean pop culture renaissance that started after the late-90s, Im Kwon-Taek's Sopyonje was the first Korean film ever to draw over one million people to the theatres when it came out in 1993, winning the Korean Film Critic’s Awards for best film, best director, best cinematography, and best music as well as sparking a new wave of interest in Korean traditional music. Today, it's undoubtedly a Korean classic.

FULL FILM: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdjwD4jW4XY

ITINERARY:

This event is for discussion only. Please finish watching the movie (link above) before the event.

The virtual meeting link will be made available here 30 minutes before the event starts.

Meeting will go live at 5:30pm. Discussion will start around 5:40pm, or earlier if everyone is present.

헤어질 결심 | Decision To Leave (South Korea, 2022) - In Theaters

Decision To Leave is the latest film produced, co-written and directed by master director Park Chan-wook (Oldboy, The Handmaiden). It's a romantic mystery about a diligent detective who begins to develop feelings for a murder suspect. Winner of Best Director at 2022 Cannes Film Festival. Starring Tang Wei and Park Hae-Il.

VENUE: TBA
SHOWTIME: Sunday late afternoon / early evening TBA
ONLINE TICKET: TBA
TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nrhjRigcBQ

ITINERARY:

"Decision To Leave" is schedule to release in US theaters on October 14, 2022.

Venue, time and ticket info will be updated latest by Wednesday, October 12.

We'll meet inside the theater 30 minutes before showtime.

We may have post-movie discussion and dinner nearby.

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