Asian American International Film Festival: Short Films: 'Beat'em to the Punch'

Beat'em to the Punch

Part of the 41st Asian American International Film Festival
Presented by Asian CineVision in association with Asia Society

From the bizarre to the mundane, these introspective films find the levity in life. Take a breather with us as we delve into the humor around us.

Dir. Hye Yun Park. U.S. 2017. 13 mins.
In this documentary satire, first-generation Korean American Soojung Yoon, a renowned nail salon owner, elevates her craft to an art form — an unexpected profession that puts her in conflict with her immigrant mother. With Soojung's 30th birthday around the corner, her apprentices invite all of Soojung's friends to a surprise birthday party, including her estranged mother, Kyoung Jin. 

Dir. JP Chan. U.S. 2018. 2 mins.
Since 1998, Cosmic Dental Associates of Clifton, NJ has been the leading astro-dentistry practice in the New York tri-state region.

Dir. Woody Fu. U.S. 2017. 2 mins.
The struggle of being invisible in American pop culture is real when searching for adult content featuring ASIAN MAN, WHITE WOMAN. 

Dir. Fu Hay-kin Adrian. Hong Kong. 2017. 26 mins.
Light works and lives in an old district where he witnesses crime happening every day. He knows he doesn’t have the power to save anyone, so he either looks away or runs from the crime scene — but his heart of justice never stops pumping. One day, after a supernatural event, Light suddenly gains mysterious powers and he becomes Folding Stool Killer. A new journey for this hero unfolds...

Dir. Anne Hu. U.S. 2017. 9 mins.
Eliza tries to explore her sexuality with her husband Thomas by ordering a female sex robot for them to share. But the sexbot is not the cure-all she had hoped for. Be careful what you wish for.

Dir. Simon J Young. China. 2017. 28 mins.
Chollywood is a behind the scenes look into the world of filmmaking in China and how first time director, Dan, deals with being thrown headfirst onto his own film set. Dan quickly realizes that making the film itself is not his biggest obstacle; it’s his Golden Fish Award-winning leading man, Huang Zilei, and his internet famous pop star female lead, Ling. Dan went into film with the purest of intentions: to make art. Little did he know, however, that the world behind the camera has its own special set of rules. 

Dir. Meng Yu. U.S. 2018. 7 mins. 
Mia plans to rob her sister's grocery store, but everything goes wrong.

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The 41st Asian American International Film Festival runs from July 25 to August 4 with screenings at Asia Society and Cinema Village East.

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The Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF) premiered in the summer of 1978 in New York City answering a growing need for social understanding, cultural diversity in American life, and independent cinema. AAIFF is the first festival in the U.S. to showcase film and video work by artists of the Asian Diaspora. Forty years later, the AAIFF has grown to include films and video from more than 30 countries, a variety of topical panels and workshops, industry mixers, staged readings, exclusive interviews, receptions and more.


Event Details

Sat 04 Aug 2018
1:30 - 2:45 p.m.

Asia Society
725 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10021

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$12 students/seniors; $16 general admission
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