The Great Yokai War, from which the above still comes, was one of the many films that screened at the recent Asian Film Festival of Dallas. I contacted Chiho Mori, Executive Director of the festival, and asked for some wrap-up thoughts for AsianCineFest readers. Her response:
Here are some of my thoughts about the festival so far...
This years festival was very eventful. We had many filmmaker guests attend their screenings, Lane Nishikawa and Eric Hayashi for "Only the Brave," Ham Tran for "Journey From the Fall," and Ringo Le for "Saigon Love Story." We have not had many guest appearances in the past, so these screenings with filmmakers in atendance were a real treat for our audience. We would like to continue bringing these extra things to the festival. I think we had very strong programming this year, with wide variety. I hope the festival patrons enjoyed the festival and come back for next year. I have already started to look for films for 2007!!
Sounds like it was a very fine time for all. I wish I'd been there if only for Il Mare, the film upon which The Lake House was based. Best wishes for continued success for AFFD in 2007 and the years to follow.
One of my fondest hopes for AsianCineFest is that it will foster a sense of community among fans of Asian films, not only in the U.S. but around the world. I've already gotten hits from Mexico, Europe and Australasia. Whether it's Asian cult cinema or more standard fare, I'll let you readers know about it in as thorough and timely manner as I can manage.
I'll continue to pass on information about screenings at "legitimate" venues, such as the Film Society of Lincoln Center. But I especially want to share the word about those festivals and similar gatherings put together by Asian film fans and aficianodos, such as Subway Cinema and AFFD.
So when your group has an event scheduled, send info and images, if available, to: