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March 15, 2007 10:37 AM
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SF 360: SF International Asian American Film Festival 's revelatory cultural leaps

One heartening development at this year's San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival is the presence of some excellent feature films that cross national boundaries in a manner that reveals the increased flexibility of the word "international." By that I don't mean "global," a word that often connotes corporate interests which add 100 shades of blandness to every culture they touch. Rather, I mean movies that travel through different countries, sometimes observing one culture through the eyes of an outsider, sometimes closely watching an outsider within a culture. These traits can be found in a pair of standout films--"The Great Happiness Space: Tale of an Osaka Love Thief" and "In Between Days"--that aren't even part of the 25th SFIAAF's International Showcase, a realm that boasts some superb features that more closely fit the standard definition of an "international" film. Johnny Ray Huston reports.

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