Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival Kicks Off Today!

Written by Alex Gibson on . Posted in Asian Arts Initiative, Bill Paxton, Daniel Henney, International House, PAAFF, PFF21, Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival, Shanghai Calling, Tags

PFF21 is in the history books, but we don’t run the only film festivals in town. Tonight marks the opening night of the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival presented by HBO, which runs until November 17th. Holding screenings at International House in University City and Asian Arts Initiative at 12th & Vine, the PAAFF is boasting a great program of films showcasing and celebrating the Asian American experience for a broader audience.

The opening film is called ‘Shanghai Calling’. Here’s the trailer of the film, followed by the synopsis from the festival website:

Imagine a steady stream of immigrants, traveling across a vast ocean to a foreign country, searching for new jobs and better lives. But the immigrants are Americans, and the country they are moving to… is China. ‘Shanghai Calling’ is a romantic comedy about modern-day American immigrants in an unfamiliar land. Starring Daniel Henney (‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’) and featuring legendary Hollywood actor Bill Paxton

The website also fails to mention that Ferris Bueller’s buddy, Cameron Frye (aka Alan Ruck), and ‘Happy Endings’ star Eliza Coupe are also featured in this movie!

The film starts at 7:00pm at the Ibrahim Theater at International House (3701 Chestnut St, Phila. 19104) and will be followed by a Q&A with the directors and a catered reception from Mikado and wine tasting from CBL Wine Co. LLC.

I’ll be attending the festival all week, so I hope to see some of you come out. If you’re not sure what to see, I’ll have some recommendations coming your way soon.

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