Last year, I had the honor of conducting a number of interviews of notable figures for a documentary celebrating East West Players’ 50th anniversary. One of the interviewees was Sumi Sevilla Haru, who came with a copy of her book, Iron Lotus: Memoirs of Sumi Sevilla Haru, and stacks of notes and historical archives in tow. I learned a lot about her groundbreaking work in support of Asian Americans and people of color in Hollywood. [...] Continue »
A Picture of You (2014) Jo Mei, Andrew Pang, Teyonah Parris, Lucas Dixon, Jodi Long. Directed by J.P. Chan. Written by J.P. Chan and Jo Mei. Kyle and Jen have just lost their mother, and now they are in her rural Pennsylvania house to pack away her things. It says something that neither calls the other by name through the first half of the film, both opting for, “Hey,” which is also the extent of [...] Continue »
8$ is a series which occasionally highlights interesting crowdfunding projects. Every day, the 8Asians team is inundated by many worthy pitches. We are unable to highlight every one that comes our way, or even the ones we might individually support. The projects selected for 8$ are not endorsements by 8Asians. (To be considered for 8$, we highly suggest you not harass the writers or the editors of 8Asians.) WHO: Boston Asian American Film Festival (BAAFF) empowers [...] Continue »
This one is a movie remake of an old Anime series. The story is pretty interesting, set in a time when humanity has colonized most of the galaxy, but with resources drained, the species is in decline. Many look back to Earth, wanting to re-inhabit it, but the small planet could not possible sustain the whole species at its vast size. A new species wide order has been formed, but a pirate named Harlock rebels [...] Continue »
We already know that Hello Kitty is not a cat, that Hello Kitty is also for men, that you can get pretty much anything you want emblazoned with Hello Kitty on it, and that if you need to get away that the only way to travel is on a Hello Kitty jet… but did you know that superheroes love Hello Kitty, too? Well, maybe that’s not totally true, but these photoshopped pictures make a really [...] Continue »
Don’t Know Yet (2013) Starring: James Kyson, Lisa Goldstein Kirsch. Written and directed by James Linehan. A guy in a car pulls over where a hitchhiker is standing on the roadside. “Where are you going?” asks the hitchhiker. “Uh, where are YOU going?” ask the driver. “Shouldn’t I be asking you?” “Are there rules to hitchhiking?” It turns out there are, but not very many, at least for this driver named Taylor (portrayed by James [...] Continue »
I actually was trying to get my hands on the new Appleseed Alpha movie, which looks amazing, but I accidentally bought this. I thought it wasn’t a big deal, since I really enjoy the Appleseed franchise, so I started to watch XIII. Big mistake. It’s supposed to be a two-movie set that combines they storyline 13 episode of a TV series into one. It was so painful to watch, not just because the story just [...] Continue »
EDITORS NOTE: See Mitchell’s 8Asians review of ‘A Letter to Momo’ GKIDS presents A Letter to Momo, opening September 5, 2014 at Landmark’s Opera Plaza Cinemas in San Francisco, and Landmark’s Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley. It will be presented in two language versions with different showtimes: in English language voice cast, and in Japanese with English subtitles. The second film by Hiroyuki Okiura (director of Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade and animator on Ghost in the [...] Continue »
A Letter to Momo (Momo e no Tegami) (2011) Japanese subtitled version: Karen Miyama, Yuka, Toshiyuki Nishida, Koichi Yamadera. English dubbed version: Amanda Pace, Stephanie Sheh, Fred Tatasciore, Dana Snyder. Directed and written by Hiroyuki Okiura. Twelve-year-old Momo has recently moved with her mother Ikuko from a condo in Tokyo to a tiny, rural island in Japan, where Ikuko grew up and where both try to deal with the recent death of Momo’s father. They [...] Continue »
8$ is a series which occasionally highlights interesting crowdfunding projects. Every day, the 8Asians team is inundated by many worthy pitches. We are unable to highlight every one that comes our way, or even the ones we might individually support. The projects selected for 8$ are not endorsements by 8Asians. (To be considered for 8$, we highly suggest you not harass the writers or the editors of 8Asians.) WHO: Arthur Chu was once a quiet [...] Continue »
Like everyone else this summer season, I’ve been listening to the Awesome Mix Vol. 1 and quoting one-liners from the movie Guardians of the Galaxy. One of my favorite lines to recall is from Drax the Destroyer: “NOTHING goes over my head!… My reflexes are too fast, I would catch it.” So I’ve been seeing a few comments here and there about there not being any Asian American representation on this summer blockbuster hit, and [...] Continue »
Actor Dante Basco, who played The Lost Boys’ leader Rufio opposite Robin Williams’ Peter Pan in Hook, published a video and blog tribute, bidding farewell to his former co-star. An excerpt from “Farewell to Robin Williams…“: I was lucky to work with him as an actor and witness first hand the magic of what made him a legend, the wit and other worldly improv skills. As well as see him single handedly put the morale [...] Continue »
Paulus Magus: Liberals like to look for reasons to be offended. It's hot they find purpose in life. – Why Are Asians Yellow?
Paulus Magus: Asians produce a type of melanin called phaeomelanin. Phaemelanin is yellow. Just as white people are not ivory, but peachy-to-bronze, so Asians are not crayola... – Why Are Asians Yellow?
Azus: From a Chinese perspective, the term 'yellow' was actually self-imposed when Westerners, primarily European, were carving out spheres of influence across the country. The Chinese... – Why Are Asians Yellow?