Lunar New Year is a time to gather with family and friends, sharing good times and looking forward to another year together. What better way than to come together for a movie?
In many Asian cultures, Lunar New Year is an extended holiday—the perfect time to take the family out to the theatres for some goofy classics. This year, we invite all of Vancouver to join us in giving this tradition a very Canadian twist!
Partnering with Vancouver International Film Festival, LNY Splash presents a selection of films that captures the spirit of a family, however that may look like. Featuring films from across Asia, these stories will make you cry, laugh, and hold onto your loved ones just a little closer.
In the Year of the Dragon, we hope everyone is free to tell the stories they want to tell. Come share the warmth of the new year with us at the VIFF Centre this February 16-18!
A middle-aged, Korean-drama obsessed widow from Singapore travels out of the country for the first time to Seoul, and ends up getting lost. Her journey becomes an unexpected road of self discovery, as she comes to terms with the life she truly wants for herself, beyond her roles of daughter, wife, and mother.
Directed by Tran Thanh, The House of No Man delivers a story full of emotions about family, love and youth. Having both humorous and emotional moments, it is a movie for all types of generations, so a family could go to theaters together to enjoy it during the Lunar New Year holiday.
The House of No Man revolves around a family of 5 members: grandmother – Ngoc Nga, the owner of a crab noodle soup store – Ngoc Nu, the eldest daughter – Ngoc Nhu and her husband – Phu Nhuan, and the youngest daughter – Ngoc Nhi. When three generations live under one roof, differences in life perspective and feelings gradually appear, which leads to conflicts in the relationships between parents and children, wife and husband, son-in-law and the wife’s family.
This is Taiwan’s first film featuring female political prisoners.
The story is set in the 1950s, when Taiwan was included in the Cold War Pacific Island chain and the whole island was covered by the White Terror. The authoritarian and dictatorial government was afraid of the displeasure of the United States and did not dare to massacre and shoot dissidents as it did on February 28th. Many bloodstained stories were repeated on the burning island.
The film portrays three women of different ages and identities, including a schoolgirl, a talented dancer, and a young mother, some of whom only read a few books and sang a few songs, and some of whom were just passionate about pursuing justice… They were “disappeared” together and taken to Fire Island to serve their sentences. Their names were erased and replaced with numbers.
This classic Taiwanese animated film follows a young boy named Dou-Dou as he adjusts to life with his grandmother while his mother is away. While initially bored with his new surroundings, he discovers that his grandma is a supernatural expert who regularly contends with ghosts! Soon, circumstances make it possible for Dou-Dou to see and interact with spirits, too, resulting in plenty of paranormal adventures. He meets specters of various dispositions, including the gentle apparition of a young girl.
The shadowy corners of Kuala Lumpur’s Pudu area are home to a community of foreign migrant workers who have lost their status and struggle daily to survive. Deaf and mute Abang, the elder brother, accepts his fate and works hard for a stable life. His younger brother, Adik, rebels against their circumstances, resorting to illegal activities in the hopes of one day leaving Pudu. The two orphaned brothers rely on each other day by day, with social worker Jia En helping them navigate the process of obtaining identification documents. Just as their fortunes seem to be changing, an unexpected incident shatters their dreams of upward mobility.
Directed by Malaysian filmmaker Jin Ong, the film draws inspiration from social news and real-world issues to vividly depict the challenging lives of undocumented migrant workers. The film portrays the seemingly hopeless lives of the two brothers while shedding light on the marginalized situations in Malaysian society.
Be with Me is the debut cinema feature by director Hwarng Wern-ying and tells the story of a woman at a crossroads in life who makes the decision to return to Chiayi County to take care of her ailing father under the guidance of a Taoist deity. The spiritual and emotional journey of the woman told over three time periods as she reminisces about her late grandfather, who was the first to show her the way of the world.
Directed by Kok Rui Lau, a Malaysian writer-director who studied film and lived in Hong Kong, The Sunny Side of the Street is a story of a child who longs for father’s love and a father who struggles to understand his son. These two characters sketch an image of the director’s immigrant life and he sees this film as a dialogue between him and his father.
Hong Kong is a midway point for refugees from all over the world, there are thousands of asylum seekers in this city waiting for the government to grant them refugee status. The film is about a refugee boy who is helped by a local taxi driver to flee Hong Kong after his father died in a car crash. They develop the father-son relationship until the boy finds the driver is the murderer of his father.