Exploring the world of Asian cinema

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The San Diego Asian Film Festival's Spring Showcase screens a variety of films from all over the world. (Photo Courtesy of the Pacific Arts Movement)

Angelica Wallingford

The San Diego Asian Film Festival’s Spring Showcase is back for its fourth year and is set to begin April 17 at UltraStar Cinemas in Mission Valley.

The showcase will highlight Asian and Asian-American cinema with screenings of 11 films from nine countries and a live, sketch comedy, theatrical show.

This year the festival has partnered up with the Mo’olelo Performing Arts Company to host the San Diego premiere of the sketch comedy duo 18 Mighty Mountain Warriors on April 18.

Opening the showcase on April 17 will be “To Be Takei,” a documentary about actor and activist George Takei. Closing out the week on April 24 is the Japanese drama film “Like Father, Like Son,” a film about two sets of parents that discover that their sons were switched at birth.

Other films being screened include the romantic comedy “How to Fight in Six Inch Heels,” the documentary “AKA Dan” and the return of a festival favorite “Mystery Kung-Fu Theater.”

Scheduled to appear are actor George Takei, filmmaker and rapper Dan Matthews, director Ham Tran, actress Kathy Uyen and various cast and crew members of “How to Fight in Six Inch Heels.”

The Spring Showcase will be held from April 17 to 24 at UltraStar Mission Valley.

For the schedule and ticket prices, check out the festival’s Spring Showcase website: www.festival.sdaff.org/spring2014/