The LA Asian Pacific Film Festival 2014: Films We’re Excited About

The LA Asian Pacific Film Festival begins this week!

The festival will last from May 1- May 11, 2014, featuring over 150 film screenings and film-related events. Films will be shown at various venues over the course of the 10 day festival at locations such as the Director’s Guild of America, CGV Cinemas in Koreatown, Tateuchi Democracy Forum in Little Tokyo, and historic Art Theatre of Long Beach.

Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the LA Asian Pacific Film Festival has grown into one of the biggest and most prestigious film festivals in Southern California. With Asian Pacific Heritage Month taking place in May, the film festival is a unique and exciting way to celebrate the achievements of Asian Americans in the media. This year’s spread of films is brought to us by both American and foreign directors from over 20 countries.

Some of the films we’re excited about include:

“To Be Takei”
A documentary about the legendary actor, artist, and community activist George Takei.
Directed by Jennifer Kroot, produced by Gerry Kim and Mayuran Tiruchelvam
Screenings and premiere on May 1

“Final Recipe”

Set in Shanghai, a prestigious culinary competition is underway where a fierce rivalry is brewing between a former chef and a young culinary rock star. Starring Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon‘s Michelle Yeoh and K-Pop Artist Henry Lau of Super Junior-M.
Directed by Gina Kim
Screening on May 8

“Awesome Asian Bad Guys”
A group of misfit Asian Americans join forces to retaliate against the leader of the feared Wang Chung crime organization. Starring well-known Japanese American actors Tamlyn Tomita and Aaron Takahashi.
Directed by Stephen Dypiangco and Patrick Epino
Screenings on May 3 and May 9

“Living Time Capsule: Little Tokyo Arts & Gifts”
This 8-minute short program tells the story and history of the Little Tokyo Arts & Gifts shop on 1st Street in Little Tokyo (steps away from our Little Tokyo office!).
Directed by David Osako
Screening on May 6; Plays with assortment of other short films

“Family Ingredients”
A documentary following two top chefs, Ed Kenney of Town Restaurant and Alan Wong of Hawaii Regional Cuisine, where we follow them on a journey to understand how culture, upbringing, and family come together in their cooking.
Directed by Ty Sanga
Screening on May 10

For more information on the films or to browse other film screenings, click here.