Asian Heritage Month

Montreal: Film Screenings of Passions Latines & Yellow Fellas | May 18

Cheuk Kwan, director of Passions Latines
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Still from Yellow Fellas

Passions Latines & Yellow Fellas

Sunday, May 18, 2008 | 1:00 & 3:00 p.m.
1564 Saint-Denis, Montréal
Tickets: $5 at the door

Passions Latines (Cheuk Kwan) | 1:00 p.m. (French only)
Yellow Fellas (Tetsuro Shigematsu) | 3:00 p.m. (English only)

In collaboration with the National Film Board Theatre, Festival Accès Asie is proud to present film screenings of two Asian filmmakers who are proud of their heritage. As part of a documentary series Resaturants chinois, Passions Latines tells the story of the Chinese diaspora through its most recognizable and enduring icon - the family-run Chinese restaurant. Filmmaker Cheuk Kwan visits Latin American cities of Lima, Sao Paulo and Buenos Aires encountering restaurant owners enthralled in their passion for cooking, soccer and tango.

The feature length comedy, Yellow Fellas by Tetsuro Shigematsu, follows Howie Hiroshima, a young Asian male tired of racism who decides to create a secret group of militant Asian men who are anxious to get their revenge against the society who has emasculated their identity. Original and smart, this film pokes fun at the media stereotypes of Asian men.

For more details visit Festival Accès Asie

Continue reading for film synopses.

Passions Latines

Lima-born Luis is a medical doctor who took over a rundown restaurant in the city’s Chinatown. The charming and outgoing doctor hosts Chinese cooking shows on TV and promotes the marriage of his ancestors' holistic medicine and health-conscious cuisine.

Lee and his future wife swam from China to Macau, and freedom, during China’s Cultural Revolution in the 1960’s. On the eve of the 2002 World Cup final, their son, Luis, recounts his passion for football and what it means to grow up Chinese-Brazilian.

77-year old Chiang came to Buenos Aires in the 1960’s and became the “Spring Roll King” of Argentina. While his family lives elsewhere in this planet, he lives his remaining years amidst the melancholy music of the seductive tango.

Together, these stories illustrate the wider story of Chinese migration, settlement and integration and celebrate the resilience and complexity of the Chinese diaspora. They highlight the fluidity and highly personal nature of identity, and the human impulse to find passions in life.

Yellow Fellas

Howie Hiroshima, an angry young Asian man, picks a fight with 2 docile Skinheads on the Montreal Metro. He takes a beating and erroneously concludes he must be the victim of a hate crime. Vowing revenge upon white society, he builds a small army of like-minded Asian men. Among them is Shelby, a geeky accountant who finds his true self in the furnace of Howie’s fiery tirades. Unfortunately, Shelby’s true self turns out to be a racist, homophobic sociopath. Just as the movement builds momentum, Howie becomes distracted by a non-Asian woman. Soon Howie loses control of the gang to his lieutenant, Shelby, who declares Howie’s actions to be counter-revolutionary. Howie must decide whether to abandon the militant movement he began or become consumed by it’s madness.

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