Slideshow: Season 16 Asian Pop Up Cinema Opens with Aaron Kwok & Japan Cinema Showcase

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Aaron Kwok on the APUC Red Carpet, March 14, 2023.

CHICAGO – Excitement was in the air in the first week of Season 16 for the Asian Pop Up Cinema (APUC). It began on March 14th, 2023, with a Pre-Launch Special Event … an appearance from Hong Kong film and music superstar Aaron Kwok and the North American Premiere of his new film “Where the Wind Blows.” That was followed by the Opening weekend Japan Cinema Showcase, and an appearance by the actress Nahana for her new film “She is Me, I Am Her.”

Aaron Kwok is one of the best and brightest in Hong Kong, both as a pop singer and actor. He came in especially to represent “Where the Wind Blows” for the Asian Pop Up Cinema, to rock star acclaim at the AMC New City Cinema in Chicago. He received APUC’s highest honor, the Award for Excellent Achievement in Film. The Japan Cinema Showcase began March 18th, 2023, with the spotlight on “She is Me, I am Her” at the AMC Evanston (Illinois). Appearing was popular Japanese actress Nahana, who received the Career Achievement Award, and the director of the film Mayu Nakamura.

Click “Next” and “Previous” to scan through the APUC Season 16 Opening Week slideshow or jump directly to individual photos with the captioned links below. All photos © Asian Pop Up Cinema Photos 1-4 and © Taylor Nettin for the Asian Pop Up Cinema Photos 5-11.

  1. APUC1: Aaron Kwok on the APUC Red Carpet, March 14, 2023.
  2. APUC2: APUC’s Award for Excellent Achievement in Film for Aaron Kwok.
  3. APUC3: Aaron Kwok at APUC’s North American Premiere of ‘Where the Wind Blows.’
  4. APUC4: Where the Wind Blows
  5. APUC5: Actress Nahana Ascends to Appear for ‘She is Me, I Am Her.’
  6. APUC6: Director Mayu Nakamura and Nahana for ‘She is Me, I Am Her.’
  7. APUC7: APUC presents the Career Achievement Award to Nahana.
  8. APUC8: Nahana meets fans at APUC Japan Cinema Showcase on March 18, 2023.
  9. APUC9:Maya Nakamura, journalist Mark Schilling and Nahana.
  10. APUC10: APUC Founder/Curator Sophia Wong Boccio and Nahana.
  11. APUC11: APUC’s Japan Cinema Showcase wraps up on March 22nd with ‘Umami.’

Season 16 of the Asian Pop-Up Cinema is through April 16th, 2023. For a complete overview on APUC, click SEASON 16
. senior staff writer Patrick McDonald

Editor and Film Critic/Writer

© 2023 Patrick McDonald,

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