San Diego Asian Film Festival's official karaoke competition featured many excellent performances, including a rendition of Prince's "1999" from SDAFF Executive Director Lee Ann Kim and a pitch-perfect Nirvana "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Quark Henares (Rakenrol). But the most-represented film of the night had to be Surrogate Valentine: a one-two-three-four punch from Lynn Chen (Pat Benatar's "Hit Me With Your Best Shot"), Goh Nakamura (Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get It On"), Chadd Stoops (Bon Jovi's "Living on a Prayer") and Dave Boyle (David Bowie's "Space Oddity"). But Asia Pacific Arts' unofficial favorite of the night had to be Phil Yu and his rendition of A-Ha's "Take On Me." Who knew Angry Asian Man could hit all those high notes -- and that he was such an awesome '80s dancer?
The competition was hosted by Leonardo Nam and judged by Joy Osmanski and Kimberly-Rose Wolter. Way after the official competition had ended, the karaoke spirit was kept alive by the boys of Instant Noodles, who serenaded the fading crowd with the likes of Aerosmith "Don't Want to Miss a Thing" and Air Supply's "All Out of Love."
For those who might not have gotten a chance to show off their skills that night, Asia Pacific Arts wanted to know: what is your go-to karaoke song? --Ada Tseng
Appearances by Hiram Chan (Salad Days), David Huynh (Bang Bang), Di "Moon" Zhang (I.aM.mE), David Chien (Salad Days), Vince Duque (Take a Mulligan), Travis Graham (New Heights), Kimberly-Rose Wolter (Knots), Anthony Kuan (Salad Days), Chris Kwak (New Heights), Lynn Chen (Surrogate Valentine), Emily Yoshida (Salad days), Goh Nakamura (Surrogate Valentine), Caroline Pho (Take a Mulligan), Byron Q (Bang Bang), Instant Noodles Crew, Pranidhi Varshney and Geeta Malik (Troublemaker), James Bak (Bang Bang), Patrick Wang (In the Family), Shelby Rabara (LXD)
Interviews by Ada Tseng, Rowena Aquino, and Mai Nguyen
Camera by Henry Chen and Brian Lam
Edited by Brian Lam
Thanks to the San Diego Asian Film Festival
APA video: SDAFF guests on their Dream Asian On-Screen Couple
APA video: SDAFF guests on their Signature Dance Moves
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