2016 Colorado Dragon Film Festival Schedule

NOTE: The first Colorado Dragon Film Festival was a great success in May — Watch for news about the 2017 CDFF!


Tickets are now available at the King Center Box Office at the Auraria Campus, 855 Lawrence Way, Denver, 80204. Special Opening Night VIP Reception and Screening is $30 each; Individual films are $8 day/$10 evening shows, and $6 children, seniors & students with ID.


Friday, May 20

Special VIP Reception & Screening of “Uzumasa Limelight” with entertainment, light Japanese refreshments — 6:00 pm Reception, 7:30 screening. BREAKING NEWS: DIRECTOR KEN OCHIAI WILL ATTEND THE RECEPTION AND SCREENING

The screening and Ken Ochiai’s appearance was made possible
with the support of Japan Foundation Los Angeles


The film centers an aged movie extra that specializes to be killed in samurai movies without ever being lit by the limelight. Using Charlie Chaplin’s film Limelight as an underlying theme, the admirable story of Seiichi Kamiyama dealing with a new generation and fading craftsmanship is told with melancholy and soul.

Saturday, May 21

“Wolf Children” — 10:00 am

“Wolf Children” is a staggeringly beautiful animated feature film from director Mamoru Hosoda (“Summer Wars”). This epic cinematic anime achievement follows Hana, a woman who falls in love with a Wolf Man and gives birth to two half-human, half-wolf children. After the tragic death of her beloved, Hana seeks refuge in rural town where she attempts to build a life for herself and her children. NEW: Come early to the screening and your children can make their own Wolf Ears for free to wear during the movie! This film is sponsored by Raval Facial Aesthetics.

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“Plastic Paradise: The Great American Garbage Patch” — 1:00 pm

“Plastic Paradise” is a documentary that will make you think about how we live our lives today. Every single piece of plastic that has ever been created since the 19th century is still somewhere on our planet. So if it never goes away, where does it go? Angela Sun explores the truth about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and its effect on wildlife on Midway.

“Winning Girl” — 3:00 pm

“Winning Girl” is an inspirational documentary that follows the four-year journey of a female teenage judo and wrestling phenomenon from Hawaii who’s vying for world championship gold so she can compete in the Olympics.

“Uzumasa Limelight” — 5:00 pm

If you missed this wonderful and wistful film on Opening Night, here’s your chance to see it. Or your chance to see it again! The film, based on a true story, follows an aging actor who has played samurai who gets killed in film after film, who finds inspiration at the end of his career. DIRECTOR KEN OCHIAI WILL RETURN TO SPEAK ABOUT THE FILM FOLLOWING THE SCREENING.

“Awesome Asian Bad Guys” — 7:30 pm

Co-starring veteran actress Tamlyn Tomita (as herself), “Awesome Asian Bad Guys” is an awesome action comedy about two offbeat filmmakers reuniting the Asian bad guys from action films from the 1980s and ’90s, to carry off one impossible mission.

Sunday, May 22

“Changing Season: On the Masumoto Family Farm” — 12:00 pm

Sponsored by Sakura Foundation

Presented by Sakura Foundation

This moving documentary captures a transitional year-in-the-life of famed farmer, slow food advocate, and sansei (third generation Japanese American) David “Mas” Masumoto, and his compelling relationship with daughter Nikiko, who returns to the family farm with the intention of stepping into her father’s work boots. Mas’ hopes and hesitations for the future are shored up with his daughter’s return, as the family must navigate the implications of Mas’ 60th birthday and triple bypass surgery. The film includes moments of Nikiko’s razor sharp meditations on her family’s interment during WWII and her role as a queer, progressive farmer in California’s Central Valley. READ AN INTERVIEW WITH MAS AND NIKIKO MASUMOTO.

“Off the Menu: Asian America” — 2:00 pm

Filmmaker Grace Lee visits kitchens, factories, temples, and farms of Asian Pacific America to explore people’s connection to food and community. Following the screening of “Off the Menu,” you’ll be able to sample sushi from Kokoro!




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