Category Archives: Movies

Pixar Makes “Float” and “Wind” Shorts Available to All during surge in Anti-Asian Hate

Pixar has made two Asian American themed shorts, Float and Wind, available on YouTube and free to all.  In statement on each of the shorts, Pixar explains why they did this: Pixar Animation Studios and the SparkShorts filmmakers of {FLOAT|WIND} … Continue reading

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Steven Yeun Makes Oscars History as First-ever Asian American Lead Actor Nominee

It’s 2021, and it’s about damn time that an Asian American has been nominated for an Oscar for lead actor: “Steven Yeun made history Monday morning with his Oscar nomination for his performance as Jacob, a Korean father who moves … Continue reading

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Documentary ‘Love Boat: Taiwan’ Now Available for Streaming – Rent or Buy!

As I had mentioned back in April 2019, the documentary Love Boat: Taiwan, was premiering at several film festival in May 2019 in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Taipei. It is finally available via streaming online on Vimeo – either … Continue reading

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Apple’s 2021 Chinese New Year Short: Nian

Every year, Apple releases a short film for Chinese New Year that is shot on an iPhone.  I really liked 2020’s Daughter, and this is year’s short called Nian is less serious but quite charming.  Nian is directed by Lulu … Continue reading

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A Short Review: Si

While the short Si was a finalist for the 2020 HBO Visionaries contest, I had some skepticism about it.  What about microaggressions could make a substantial film? Director Thomas Kim, in the interview above (some *spoilers* in it – I … Continue reading

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A Short Review: Fine China

As she says in the interview above, Tiffany So, the director of the Fine China short that was a finalist for the 2020 HBO Visionaries contest, loves musicals.  I do too, and so Fine China was a pleasant surprise.  I … Continue reading

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HBO APA Visionaries: 2020 Winners of Short Film Contest made available for Streaming

Every year, HBO sponsors a contest for Asian American short films and showcases the winners.  2020’s winners were recently made available for viewing on HBO Max after honoring them as part of the Virtual Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. … Continue reading

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The Joy Luck Club: Online Discussion with Author Amy Tan and Movie Cast on June 9

Before Crazy Rich Asians or Always be my Maybe, there was The Joy Luck Club in 1993.  Not many mainstream American movies before it and for a long time afterward had a majority Asian American cast.  Some Asian Americans really … Continue reading

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8mm Review: Netflix’s ‘Tigertail’ – A Taiwanese Journey to an Unfulfilled American Dream (Spoilers)

I’m a bit late getting to this, but I did watch ‘Tigertail‘ when it premiered on Netflix on April 10th. Tigertail was written, produced and directed by Alan Yang (most known for his work on Netflix’s ‘Master of None.’). The … Continue reading

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CAAMFest Online: Heritage at Home – May 13-22, 2020

When I first moved to the San Francisco Bay Area and then eventually discovered the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (SFIAAFF), now known as CAAMFest (CAAM = Center of Asian American Media), is one of my favorite annual … Continue reading

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8mm Review: Filmmaker Alice Wu Returns with Netflix’s ‘The Half of It’

The Half of It was released by Netflix on May 1st and is about: “When smart but cash-strapped teen Ellie Chu agrees to write a love letter for a jock, she doesn’t expect to become his friend — or fall … Continue reading

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Asian American Movies to Watch during the Coronavirus Lockdown

Northwest Asian Weekly suggested these “Asian American-y” movies to watch during the lockdown.  Author Stacy Nguyen says that some of them are good and some aren’t so good, but she got something out of them and put them into her … Continue reading

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