2013 SIFF Picks 5/24: Tai Chi Hero, About 111 Girls

Lindsey Scully / May 23, 2013

The 39th annual Seattle International Film Fest runs May 16 to June 9. With over 400 films, there’s a little something for everyone. But 400 is a HUGE number. So, lucky for you, SSG Music has sifted through the fixin’s to bring you a handful of film suggestions for each day of the festival. Be sure to check back each day for the suggestions of the day ahead!

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SSG Music SIFF Picks for May 24:

Tai Chi Hero | 1:30pm | SIFF Cinema Uptown


Tai Chi Hero centers around the fight between tradition and modern technology. The film is a sequel to Tai Chi Zero, and with rumors that the series will turn into a trilogy as well. Tai Chi Hero follows Lu Chan and the Chen Village in a steampunk-filled martial arts action movie. Chan and the village must use their secret Tai Chi fighting style to defend themselves against some well-equipped enemies. The comic-book styling and effects are quite similar in taste to 300 or Scott Pilgrim Vs The World, with the bulk being in CG. The film is high intensity and action-packed, with several moments that are light-hearted and made to get a laugh out of the audience. Be aware that this film does contain violence.


 About 111 Girls | 9:00pm | SIFF Cinema Uptown

About 111 Girls is a satirical film about 111 young women threatening suicide by way of cliff dive if they fail to find suitable suitors, and the government bureaucrat sent by the Iranian President to investigate. Set in a far-off corner of Kurdistan, the story centers around the lack of eligible bachelors for these young women due to the economic and political discord. Naturally, suicide over spinsters seems the only logical choice to these fair maidens. The bureaucrat is given the run around by just about everyone in the town, until finally he gets one young woman to open up about the truth of the suicide threat. In a film that discusses the need for female independence and respect, you’re sure to be engaged by this absurd satire.

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