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PUMA EMERGING FILMMAKER
AWARD NOMINEES
THE BARE ESSENCE OF LIFE
U.S. PREMIERE
BARE ESSENCE OF LIFE chronicles Yojin, a mentally challenged young farmer, as he
daily tends his grandmother's organic vegetable garden, putting all his effort into
planting, plowing and harvesting, with poor results. The real meaning of his actions
somehow escape him. Life with his grandmother is peaceful, until the day when an
odd new feeling gets hold of Yojin. Out of the blue, a girl from Tokyo appears in the
countryside. Machiko, a pretty nursery-school teacher, has come here to escape her
past. Something Yojin has never experienced before creeps into his heart, and his
actions are taken over by a desperate need to be next to Machiko and liked by her.
He has the sudden urge to take control, a feeling that brings unexpected conse-
quences. The darling of new Japanese cinema, Satoko Yokohama confirms her talent
and brilliant originality with Bare Essence of Life, a satisfying tale of rural
eccentricity that combines black humor and fantasy
with romanticism and drama. – TIFF
JAPAN 2009 | JAPANESE W/ ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 120M
Director: Satoko Yokohama; Cinematographer: Ryuto Kondo; Script: Satoko
Yokohama; Cast: Kenichi Matsuyama, Kumiko Aso
APRIL BRIDE / GIRL ON THE TRAIN
OCTOBER 18 2PM 20 12:30PM DOLE
CHILDREN OF INVENTION
HAWAII PREMIERE
Multi-level marketing stakes its survival on a huge and highly-tapped population of
optimists. CHILDREN OF INVENTION takes us towards the story of one of those peo-
ple, and her two children. Trapped by the recognizable scenario of single-motherdom,
deadbeat dads, and a U.S. security world that exacts particular pain from immigrants,
Elaine Cheng (Cindy Cheung) falls victim to her hope of escape in two pyramid
schemes. But, we also see her resourcefulness amidst our new time of economic cri-
sis. The mortgage meltdown is the unsaid context of her newly-evicted family’s clan-
destine relocation to a new, yet-to-be-sold vacant condo. When one of her marathon
work days extends into a serial overnighter, her son, Raymond (Michael Chen), knows
something is wrong. He recruits his little sister, Tina (Crystal Chiu) into a plan to pro-
duce and sell his inventions, buy back their house and live
happily ever after. Things, of course, do not go
as planned. – Bianca Isaki
UNITED STATES 2009 | 86M
Director: Tze Chun; Producer: Mynette Louie, Trevor Sagan; Cinematographer:
Chris Teague; Script: Tze Chun; Cast: Cindy Cheung, Michael Chen, Crystal Chiu
OCTOBER 19 7PM 21 1:15PM DOLE
DEAR LEMON LIMA / GIGANTE
24 29TH HAWAII INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
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