After nearly a half century of stagnation, the image of the Asian American man is being jump-started by filmmakers such as Eric Byler. "Americanese," Byler's next film after his cult hit "Charlotte Sometimes," will open the 24th San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival at the Castro Theatre on March 16. The festival, which runs through March 23 in San Francisco before moving to San Jose for the weekend, will close at the Palace of Fine Arts with first-time director Ham Tran's "Journey From the Fall," billed as the first major American film to dramatize the Vietnam War's traumatic aftermath from a Vietnamese perspective. G. Allen Johnson reports in the San Francisco Chronicle.