Category Archives: Movies

CAAMFest 2024: A Great Divide – Post Screening Q & A

I had seen A Great Divide last fall at the Silicon Valley Asian Pacific FilmFest (SVAPFF). I enjoyed the film and would at least see it again at CAAMFest if only to see director Jean Shim to say hi. As … Continue reading

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CAAMFest 2024: Light of the Setting Sun

Going into this film, I didn’t know much about Light of the Setting Sun except from the CAAMFest program description: “Candid conversations meet photographic scenes, as the details of violence begin to take shape, and we witness how deep the … Continue reading

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CAAMFest 2024: “Home Court” – The Basketball Journey of Ashley Chea

Director Erica Tanamachi, Producer Jenn Lee Smith, Executive Producer Diane Quon, and Writer/Editor Jean Kawahara Home Court was one of the CAAMFest 2024 films I was most excited to screen: “Ashley Chea is a Cambodian American basketball phenom. Home Court, … Continue reading

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DÌDI (弟弟) Official Trailer Released

It seemed funny that we talked about Sean Wang and his movie DÌDI (弟弟) but we never included a trailer.  We can remedy that as the official trailer from Focus Features has just come out.  Like the main character in … Continue reading

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SF Film Festival Talk: Filmmaking Bay Area and “Dìdi (弟弟)” – with Sean Wang

One of the things I love about film festivals is that you can learn more about the film or filmmaker, usually during a post-screening Q&A. With the SF Film Festival, they also had talks with the filmmaker separate from the … Continue reading

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SF Film Festival Opening Night: Sean Wang’s ‘Dìdi (弟弟)’

I had the great honor of meeting filmmaker Sean Wang back in December 2023 screening his documentary short Nai Nai and Wài Pó and again in February 2024 after the short was nominated for an Oscar.  Because of that experience, … Continue reading

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‘Invisible Nation’ Sells to Abramorama – Premiering May 31

Last October, I was able to screen the documentary Invisible Nation – which I LOVED – about Taiwan at the Mill Valley Film Festival and at a special screening at Stanford University: “An Intimate Portrait of President Tsai Ing-wen fighting … Continue reading

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CAAMFest 2024 Returns May 9-19: Shining Light on Asian American Stories

The Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) recently announced its fully in-person program for CAAMFest 2024, which will take place May 9-19, 2024 in San Francisco and Oakland. This year’s festival will include over 35 programs that will spotlight film, … Continue reading

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Review of Netflix Japan’s “Our Secret Diary”

Directed by Kentaro Takemura, the main character of Japanese teen romance movie Our Secret Diary, high schooler Nozomi Kuroda (Hiyori Sakurada), is your classic Japanese shy girl next door who also adorably happens to be a bit of a closet … Continue reading

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Năi Nai & Wài Pó make it to the Oscars Red Carpet and into Vogue and GQ!

My family and I really enjoyed watching Nai Nai & Wài Pó . Even though the Sean Wang’s short did not win an Oscar, The Daughter shared with me that the real life Nai Nai and Wài Pó were big … Continue reading

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China’s Breakout Hit ‘YOLO’ Opening Friday, March 8th in North America

Since opening in China on February 10th, YOLO has grossed over $464.2 million at the Chinese box office and has become the highest-grossing film over the Lunar New Year holiday, retaining the #1 spot two weekends in a row. China’s … Continue reading

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Exclusive Interview with Awkwafina: “Kung Fu Panda 4” Coming March 8th

Awkwafina was in San Francisco recently as “Grand Marshall” for the annual San Francisco Chinese New Year Parade: “A massive crowd showed up to celebrate the Chinese New Year in San Francisco’s Chinatown on Saturday night as Hollywood actress and … Continue reading

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