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FLASHBACK Interview In Memoriam: Lee Sun-kyun Dies at Age 48

Lee Sun Kyun, APUC17 2023

CHICAGO – The world was rocked on December 27th, 2023, when the report came through that South Korean (SK) actor Lee Sun-kyun – who had a prominent role in the 2019 Oscar Best Picture “Parasite’ – had died from an apparent suicide in Seoul (SK), months after his appearance during Closing Night at Chicago’s Asian Pop-Up Cinema (APUC), where he represented his outrageous new comedy, “Killing Romance

APUC17: Interview with South Korean Actor Lee Sun Kyun of ‘Parasite’ and ‘Killing Romance’

Lee Sun Kyun, APUC17 2023

CHICAGO – Season 17 of Chicago’s Asian Pop-Up Cinema’s (APUC17) had their Closing Night on October 7th, 2023, with a special screening of “Killing Romance” … part of their South Korean Film Showcase … which included an appearance by SK movie star Lee Sun Kyun, who also had a prominent role in the Oscar Best Picture “Parasite.”

APUC17: South Korean 'Parasite' Actor Lee Sun-Kyun for ‘Killing Romance,’ Oct. 7, 2023

Killing Romance, APUC 2023

CHICAGO – Season 17 of Chicago’s Asian Pop-Up Cinema’s (APUC17) wraps up with a South Korean Cinema Showcase on October 6th-7th, 2023, featuring a special in-person appearance by actor Lee Sun-Kyun of the Oscar Best Picture “Parasite,” representing his new film “Killing Romance.” For appearance details and ticket info, click

APUC17: Afghanistan, Iran & Mongolia Spotlight for Sept. 23, 2023

CHICAGO – Week Three of Season 17 Chicago’s Asian Pop-Up Cinema’s (APUC17) will focus on some outside-the-norm Asian countries including Iran, Afghanistan and Mongolia, including in-person appearances. For details and ticket info, click APUC17.

Film News: Asian Pop-Up Cinema SEASON 17 Presents Hong Kong Weekend, Sep. 16-17, 2023

APUC Hong Kong 2023

CHICAGO – It’s Hong Kong Weekend for Season 17 Asian Pop-Up Cinema (APUC) on September 16th and 17th, 2023, and representing the films there will be actor and filmmaker appearances. APUC will honor three guests with a Pinnacle Career Achievement Award and two Bright Star Awards for up and coming actors.

Podtalk: Sophia Wong Boccio on Asian Pop-Up Cinema SEASON 17

CHICAGO – Fall film festivals begin this week with Season 17 of the Asian Pop-Up Cinema, curated by Executive Director/Founder Sophia Wong Boccio. Opening Night is Friday, September 8th, with the Japanese film “Yudo,” subtitled “The Way of the Bath,” directed by Masayuki Suzuki. For tickets and info, click APUC 17.

Film News: Season 16 Asian Pop Up Wraps Up with Taiwan Cinema Showcase, Apr. 15-16, 2023

APUC Taiwan Cinema Showcase

CHICAGO – A hugely successful Season 16 of Sophia’s Choice Asian Pop-Up Cinema concludes this weekend … April 15th & 16th … with four films from Taiwan, part of the Taiwan Cinema Showcase. For tickets and more information, click links to DAY OFF, MARRY MY DEAD BODY, GAGA and LOST IN FOREST. “Lost In Forest” includes an appearance and Q&A from director Johnny Chiang and featured actor Lee Kang Sheng.

Podtalk: Season 16 Asian Pop Up Cinema Presents ‘Lost Love’ on April 1st, 2023

Lost Love APUC 2023

CHICAGO – On April 1st (2:30pm), director Ka Sing Fung will represent the North American premiere of his film “Lost Love,” part of Season 16 for the Asian Pop-Up Cinema (APUC), with screenings at AMC New City in Chicago. The film, part of Hong Kong Cinema Showcase, will feature a Q&A moderated by Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com. Click HONG KONG for location and timing details, including for the rest of the films in the series, including “The Sparring Partner,” “Remember What I Forgot,” and “Port of Call.”

Interview: Season 16 Asian Pop Up Cinema Presents ‘A Guilty Conscience’ on March 31, 2023

CHICAGO – Season 16 of the Asian Pop Up Cinema (APUC) continues with the Hong Kong Cinema Showcase, with ‘A Guilty Conscience’ featuring appearances by an actress and director.

Podtalk: Sophia Wong Boccio on Asian Pop-Up Cinema SEASON 16

CHICAGO – The Asian Pop Up Cinema (APUC), a Chicago cultural institution, launched Season 16 this past week with a sensational pre-season event featuring Hong Kong superstar Aaron Kwok and the Japan Cinema Showcase. Wrapping up the showcase is “Unami,” CLICK HERE for details.

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  • Manhunt

    CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Dan Baker on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on March 21st, 2024, reviewing the new streaming series “Manhunt” – based on the bestseller by James L. Swanson – currently streaming on Apple TV+.

  • Topdog/Underdog, Invictus Theatre

    CHICAGO – When two brothers confront the sins of each other and it expands into a psychology of an entire race, it’s at a stage play found in Chicago’s Invictus Theatre Company production of “Topdog/Underdog,” now at their new home at the Windy City Playhouse through March 31st, 2024. Click TD/UD for tickets/info.

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