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SF 360: SF International Asian American Film Festival 's revelatory cultural leaps

By Indiewire | Indiewire March 15, 2007 at 10:37AM

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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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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