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2014 AsiaConnect Film Festival

poster from the movie The Way Home

The 2014 AsiaConnect Film Festival will journey from Tibet and South Korea to Japan, China and the United States.

The festival will be Wednesday, April 9 to Friday, April 11, in the Caterpillar Auditorium of the State Farm Hall of Business, room 139. Each of the four movies shown will be free and open to the public.

The Cup, a movie from Tibet, will be shown at 5 p.m., Wednesday, April 9. The film centers on World Cup soccer fever sweeping into a remote Himalayan monastery. Centuries-old traditions are threatened as the young monks will do just about anything to watch the final match. The film has been called a humorous and inspiring tale of colliding cultures, midnight escapades and daring secret plots.

The Way Home, a movie from South Korea, will be shown at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 10. It tells the heart-warming story about a grandmother and her city-born grandson who comes to live with her in a rural village. The film, which reminds the younger generation of the unconditional love and care that old people selflessly give, won South Korea’s equivalent of the Oscars for best picture and screenplay.

The Joy Luck Club will be shown at 3 p.m. Friday, April 11. Adapted from a novel by famed Chinese-American writer Amy Tan, the movie tells the life histories of four Chinese-American women, and how their pasts intersect and inspire the lives of their daughters.

From Up on Poppy Hill, a movie from Japan, will be shown at 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 11. The animated drama follows a group of Yokohama teens who look to save their school’s clubhouse from the wrecking ball in preparations for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.

Snacks and beverages will be provided. The film festival is sponsored by Illinois State’s School of Theatre & Dance; Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures; Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology; Office of International Studies and Programs; MBA Program; and the Crossroads Project.

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