Happy Go Lucky Days

"Happy Go Lucky Days," new anime film based on the manga series by Takako Shimura, streams through Sept. 19 as part of APUC's "Japan Week" 

Now through September 19, Chicago’s Asian Pop Up Cinema (APUC) is presenting an eclectic selection of Japanese films that boast a fascinating diversity of styles and themes. Delivering on a mission to be ‘your passport to Asian Cinema,’ APUC is streaming the films so that they can be enjoyed from home, and all of them include English subtitles.

Created by both emerging and established filmmakers, the quartet of features includes a world premiere, two North American premieres, and one Chicago premiere.

Trails and additional information are below. For tickets and more, click here.


World Premiere

Happy-Go-Lucky Days

Japan’s new anime film based on the manga series by Takako Shimura.


Chicago Premiere

Life: Untitled

Adapted from her own stage play, Kana Yamada’s directorial debut is a multi-faceted portrayal of women’s lives intersecting with a Tokyo escort service.


North American Premiere

A Dobugawa Dream

Director Asato Watanabe’s tale of a young man in what could be described as a substitute family in this strange, surreal world of suburban Japan.


North American Premiere

Life Finds A Way

This feature by off-beat by director Hirobumi Watanabe will resonant with all the filmmakers having writer’s block and the tension between everyday life and being a filmmaker.


One of the 'strongest lineups' in years

Celebrating its 5th Anniversary, Asian Pop Up Cinema: Season 11 is presenting nearly two dozen movies and one of its strongest lineups with its first joint virtual and drive-in film festival running through October 10, 2020, with a Plus addition October 30-31 celebrating Halloween at the drive-in.

Pre-recorded “Filmmakers’ Talks” are included in the majority feature presentation with questionnaire provided by our virtual moderators Mark Schilling in Japan, Kevin Ma in Hong Kong and Ron Falzone in Chicago.

Fifteen international or U.S. premieres of films will be available online restricted for U.S. territory only during the festival in partnership with Festival Scope, Europe’s leading online film festival platform.


Director and Founder Sophia Wong Boccio

The Festival’s programming is selected by Sophia’s Choice (aka Festival Director and Founder Sophia Wong Boccio) who went the extra mile to spotlight an exciting lineup for moviegoers during the pandemic.

"With most film festivals going completely virtual in 2020, Asian Pop-Up Cinema will host a special CDC-compliant drive-in program (in addition to streaming movies) to remind us of the fun of watching films on a big screen with a live audience.” said Sophia Wong Boccio, Founder and Executive Director. “Secondly, Season 11 will include for the first time a large selection of rarely shown documentaries to nurture our audience with a strong dose of pure beauty — both humanitarian and cinematic.

Whether at the drive-in or online, the festival continues to deliver new and exciting cinema highlighting the best releases from top movie distributors in the Far East (and U.S).

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