Ishii Yuya’s The Vancouver Asahi reveals a long-forgotten story in our city’s history: “Once upon a time in Vancouver, there was a baseball team called the Asahi”, formed by the Canadian-born kids of Japanese immigrants. Within the baseball diamond, he explores themes of identity and belonging set up against the backdrop of war. The end result is a playful yet serious film about Vancouver’s hidden gem.
Director Zeng Men’s Uncle Victory is a skillfully layered film about redemption, reconciliation, revenge, rebirth, and renewal. A man with a checkered past comes to terms with his actions and by some circumstance, comes into possession of a kindergarten school.
Andri Cung’s feature, The Sun, the Moon and the Hurricane, takes us on a thirty year, intimately-filmed journey following Rain (William Tjokro), a gay man who is haunted by a life-changing incident in his past. Often poetic and emotionally-charged, the film is about hope, dreams, relationships and the difficult choices we make in life.
With over 300 films from 70 countries screening at the Vancouver International Film Festival, choosing a couple to see can be a daunting task. We asked Jennifer Chen over at CBC Radio for five films that are on her radar.
Urban planner Andy Yan raises concerns on how global climate change will disproportionately affect certain communities in Metro Vancouver.