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Schedule of Events

Lifetime Achievement Award Tribute: Sonny Chiba

Join us at the Bigfoot Crest Theater to celebrate the Lifetime Achievements of Sonny Chiba. Presented in association with the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.

With over 140 film and television appearances to his credit, Sonny Chiba is – alongside the equally legendary Bruce Lee – arguably the greatest martial arts star in film history.  Best known to U.S. audiences for his career-making performance as bone-crunching anti-hero “Terry Tsurugi” in the 1974 Asian action classic THE STREETFIGHTER directed by Shigehiro Ozawa, Chiba gained a whole new generation of fans with his delightful performance as sushi chef and master swordmaker “Hattori Hanzo” in Quentin Tarantino’s 2003 KILL BILL: VOL. 1.

Please join us in celebrating the career of this legendary actor, featuring a screening of Chiba’s action-packed 1981 film SAMURAI REINCARNATION (MAKAI TENSHO)where Chiba stars as the one-eyed master samurai Jubei Yagyu going up against a demonic undead swordsman and his legions of evil followers.  (Jubei Yagyu was a role Chiba played in the long-running late 1970’s Japanese TV series “Yagyu Ichizoku No Inbo,” as well as the feature SHOGUN’S SAMURAI.)

One of Chiba’s personal favorites, SAMURAI REINCARNATION was directed by his longtime friend, legendary BATTLE ROYALE director Kinji Fukasaku; their collaboration stretched back to Fukasaku’s very first film as director in 1961 in which a young Chiba co-starred!

Discussion and martial arts demonstration following with Sonny Chiba and his daughter, actress Juri Manase.

Special Thanks to Akiko Agishi for her enormous help in arranging this special Tribute to Sonny Chiba.

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Singafest Industry Luncheon at the Patio Napa Valley Grille

Join us for a colorful, no-holds-barred discussions about US-Asian filmmaking issues with a stellar line-up of filmmaking talent including Orb Media Group CEO Peter Shiao, martial arts legend Sonny Chiba (KILL BILL), director/writer Quentin Lee (The People I’ve Slept With, Drift), actress Gwendoline Yeo (“Star Wars: The Clone Wars”),  and other guests TBD (schedules permitting).

Luncheon will be held with 2 Panels at 45 mins each.
Tickets available now ($35.00; Pre-fix or Buffet).
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Singafest Industry Happy Hour Mixer 5:30-7:30PM

Join us on Friday, September 30 from 5:30-7:30 PM for happy hour at the Napa Valley Grille Rutherford Lounge for an industry mixer. The Singafest Mixer will be a great opportunity to meet fellow industry members in this exclusive, private lounge at one of Westwood’s premier destinations where celebrities frequent.

Hosted by Privy, Gilt Groupe and Teddy Zee and sponsored by FilamCreative, C.A.P.E., AP RISING, Privy, Monster, Sapporo, our Official Beer Sponsor, and TY KU Sake, our Official Liquor Sponsor.

Complimentary Asian-Fusion tapas and sponsored bar from 5:30PM – 6:30PM

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Special Screening of Samurai Reincarnation (Makai Tenshou)

Saturday, October 1st at 8:30 PM:

In honor of Sonny Chiba being presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award, Singafest is proud to present a special screening of SAMURAI REINCARNATION (MAKAI TENSHO), (1981, Media Blasters /Toei Co., 122 Min.)  Discussion and martial arts demonstration with Sonny Chiba and his daughter, Juri Manase, will follow.

Be there to experience all the action! 
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Mindfulness and Murder: L.A. Premiere + Director Discussion

Screening on Saturday, October 1st at 5:30 PM.

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2011, De Warrenne Pictures, 90 min., Thailand.  In the tradition of Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot and “The Name Of The Rose,” Thai director Tom Waller’s brain-teasing murder mystery is set inside a Buddhist monastery in Bangkok plagued by series of unexplained deaths.  Former policeman turned monk Father Ananda (Vithaya Pansringarm, in a quiet, moving performance) is assigned to untangle the web of lies behind the grisly killing of a homeless “temple boy” – and at the same time, finds himself becoming a surrogate father to an orphan named Jak.  Adapted from author Nick Wilgus’s acclaimed “Father Ananda” murder mystery series.  (Los Angeles Premiere.  In Thai with English subtitles.)   

Discussion following with director Tom Waller.

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