Wednesday, April 23, 2008 | 03:31 PM ET
Still from Shepherd's Pie and Sushi
New Asia Film Festival 2008
Friday, May 23, 2008 | 9:30 a.m. - 9:45 p.m.
Richmond Cultural Centre
7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond, BC
Tickets: $3 (for 1 session) $2 (membership - required to view films)
Two of several film screenings taking place all day long:
Shepherd's Pie and Sushi | 1:30 p.m.
Directors: Craig Anderl, Mieko Ouchi, Canada, 1998, 40 min, English
Filmmaker Mieko Ouchi is half Celtic, half Japanese... and all Canadian. In 1993, Mieko, an actor, began researching a documentary about her grandfather, Edward Ouchi, a Japanese immigrant in Canada. Then she was cast to star in The War Between Us, a film on the World War II internment of 22,000 Japanese-Canadians--re-enacting a key episode in her own community's history. Part Japanese-Canadian history, part autobiography and family chronicle, Shepherd's Pie and Sushi looks at complex questions of personal and cultural identity with a light touch. Using archival material, dramatic re-enactment, powerful scenes from The War Between Us and moving interviews with members of the Ouchi family, the film relates the early history of Japanese-Canadians and looks at Mieko's and her family's struggles with their own identities.
Taxi | 7:00 p.m.
Director: Zhu Jie, China, 2007, 32 min, Mandarin, Cantonese + English subtitles
This film looks at the hardship and disparity of taxi drivers living and working in many wealthy Chinese cities. The alleys of Beijing are the lifeblood of the city, but the incomes of the taxi drivers who drive them do not reflect the status of this city. Chengdu is well known for its relaxing and cosy atmosphere apart from the taxi drivers whose hardship cannot be alleviated. An indigenous driver in his sixties still needs to earn money for his children, so that he can see his grandchildren. In Hong Kong many tax drivers also volunteer to act as traffic controllers. Between controlling and being controlled, where is the satisfaction for these drivers in life?
Please visit New Asia Film Festival for more a detailed schedule of the film screenings as their synopses.