HBO announced on Jan. 31 the winners of the HBO Asian Pacific American Visionaries. The works of Dinh Thai, Tiffanie Hsu, and Jinyi Shao — who placed first, second, and third, respectively — will make their world premieres at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival in April.
Thai’s “Monday” is the story of a young drug dealer who finds himself struggling with the moral implications of his illicit profession. Hsu’s “Wonderland” explores the lonely and surreal world of a 12-year-old girl whose mother (played by Joan Chen) is a gambling addict. Shao’s “Toenail” finds a career-obsessed yuppie having to care for his ailing father on the eve of his big promotion.