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The 25th Filial Exemplar

Forced by his mother to dress and perform as his deceased sister, a young Chinese man grapples with how to express his true self, help his mother deal with grief, and prove that he’s the most filial son.

Leon Cheo

Leon Cheo is the creator, writer and director of the Emmy®-nominated short form series “People Like Us”. Most recently, he was selected for season two of the Hillman Grad / Indeed Rising Voices program in which he is mentored by Destin Daniel Cretton.

Presented as Part Of V11 – Int’l Narrative (5) – Mental Health

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Happy Ending

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24 min | Shoji yasui | | World Premiere | Japan | English
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Xing Yuchuan
Charles Pang, Huang Lei, Alyssa Leanne So
FeatureD on
2022 – 21st Tribeca Film Festival
2022 – 33rd Hong Kong Lesbian & Gay Film Festival
2023 – 49th Seattle Int’l Film Festival
2023 – 40th Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ+ Film Festival
2023 – 46th Asian-American International Film Festival
2023 – 5th Singapore Shorts
2023 – 19th HollyShorts
2023 – 43rd Hawaii International Film Festival ***embargoed***
2023 – 24th San Diego Asian Film Festival ***embargoed***

Festival passes

This year, VAFF 2023 FESTIVAL, screening programs in person and virtual will be organized into various series in order to better highlight the diverse content in our festival. These Series include Spotlight Series, Documentary Features Series, Narrative Features Series, Westcoast Shorts Series, Canadian Shorts Series, International Short Series, Animation Series, VAFF Industry Insight Series and Special Events.

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Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas

88 W Pender St 3rd floor, Vancouver, BC V6B 6N9

Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas

88 W Pender St 3rd floor, Vancouver, BC V6B 6N9