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Podcast Episode 154: From Raymond Chow To Current Asian Cinema

Remembering a Hong Kong legend and looking to the 19th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival

Photo credit: Zhao Wei Films/Wild Orange Artists

Masato (Takumi Saitoh) tries to win over his formidable grandmother (Beatrice Chien) through food in Eric Khoo's "Ramen Shop," which closes the 19th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival on Nov. 17.

Episode 154: Raymond Chow and San Diego Asian Film Festival

Join me on a journey through Asian cinema that begins by paying tribute to one of its towering figures, Raymond Chow, who died earlier this month, and then highlights films and filmmakers from this year's San Diego Asian Film Festival with its artistic director Brian Hu. If you can't attend the festival, this is the perfect way to find out what films you might want to be looking for streaming or at art houses in the coming months.

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Beth's recommended viewing at SDAFF

"Little Forest"

"Ramen Shop"

"One Cut of the Dead"

"The Legend of the Stardust Brothers"

"Dead Souls"

"A Land Imagined"

"Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings"


"Big Brother"

"Ash is Purest White"

"3 Faces"



"Mystery Kung Fu Theater"

"Long Day's Journey Into Night"


Legendary Hong Kong producer Raymond Chow died earlier this month. This podcast pays tribute to his legacy with San Diego Asian Film Festival artistic director Brian Hu. Plus we get a preview of the 19th annual festival.

With Golden Harvest, producer Raymond Chow helped bring greater international attention to Hong Kong cinema. He helped launch the careers of actors such as Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan and Jet Li, and of directors such as John Woo. He had retired from the Hong Kong film industry in 2007 after decades producing films that often struck a chord with audiences. He died Nov. 2 at the age of 91.

San Diego Asian Film Festival artistic director Brian Hu says that Chow not only had the ability to recognize talent but he also knew how to package it and market it at home and abroad.

Hu pays tribute to the Hong Kong icon and looks to his legacy. Hu also gives us a preview of the 19th annual San Diego Asian Film Festival. He highlights such diverse films as an eight-hour documentary from China called "Dead Souls;" an unearthed pop-culture pastiche from 1985 called "The Legend of the Stardust Brothers" that will blow your mind; and a pair of films about food and family, "Little Forest" and "Ramen Shop."

Although the films are playing at the San Diego Asian Film Festival Thursday through Nov. 17, the titles he highlights will be worth seeking out on streaming services, at art houses and on DVD or Bluray. Plus, he provides insights into trends in Asian cinema and into the challenges of programming a festival.


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