The 2006 edition of the Asian Film Festival of Dallas (AFFD) was the first time I ever wrote about film for the public, so it has a special place in my heart. This year marks the 15th anniversay of the film festival and my 11th year attending, and it looks better than ever. AFFD 2016 opens this Thursday with the North American premiere of Samurai Hustle Returns and runs through the 21st of this month.
Check out some of the programming details below, including opening, centerpiece, and closing nght films, along with a few recommendations, and the full line-up and schedule.
Patryk Czekaj contributed to this story.
AFFD 2016 opens with the world premiere of Samurai Hustle Returns, the sequel to a criminally underrated period comedy from a few years ago. The first Samurai Hustle was a huge favorite of mine when it played the 13th edition of the festival and I'm glad to see them returning with the sequel.
Director: Katsuhide MOTOK
Premiere Status: World Premiere
In Edo period Japan, a system called "Sankin-Kotai" required feudal lords to spend every other year in residence in the capital city of Edo. Against all odds, Masaatsu Naito (Kuranosuke Sasaki), the leader of a small, poor clan, travels to Edo in just four days with his staff in order to fulfill this responsibility. But his mission doesn't end there. When some opposing leaders plan another nefarious conspiracy, Naito has to return to his land as soon as possible in order to save his castle.