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8mm Review: ‘Ms. Purple’

Ms. Purple Tiffany Chu, Teddy Lee, Octavio Pizano, and James Kang.  Written by Justin Chon and Chris Dinh.  Directed by Justin Chon. Kasie asks her brother Carey if he knows how she’s been getting by.  It’s an awkward moment; Kasie … Continue reading

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Constance Wu: The Leading Lady of Today

I sat patiently outside a suite in the Beverly Hills Four Seasons Hotel in one of the busiest cities–Los Angeles. I was preparing to sit down with one of the most prominent names in Hollywood today in preparation for the … Continue reading

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Film Review: ‘Blinded by the Light’

I’m not big Bruce Springsteen fan, but am a big fan of the film ‘Bend It Like Beckham,’ which Gurinder Chadha directed so I was definitely going to see ‘Blinded by the Light’ where Chadha is credited directing and being … Continue reading

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‘The Farewell,’ starring Awkwafina, Opens Nationwide August 2nd

To be honest, I was not really aware of the film ‘The Farewell‘ prior to a week to its opening in Los Angeles and New York City (opening July 12th), when I started seeing #GoldOpen type postings in those cities.  … Continue reading

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Asian American Commercial Watch: Audi Presents Science Fair

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-jGd8vPvjE This Audi Ad features Filipino American actor Jacob Batalon and Tom Holland play their characters from the movie  Spider-Man:  Far from Home.  Despite his sidekick role here and in the movie, I really enjoyed Spider-Man:  Far from Home, particularly … Continue reading

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For Beatles-singing star Himesh Patel, ‘Yesterday’ represents the future of film

I saw the film ‘Yesterday‘ on its opening weekend and enjoyed the film. What struck me though was when I saw the trailer, that the film had an Indian male lead with a white female counterpart who had unrequited love … Continue reading

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Three Hearts Home: A Story about Adoption, Diving, and Fish

Randy Kosaki is the NOAA’s Deputy Superintendent of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, a notable specialist in Marine Biology, and an adoptee. Three Hearts Home is a short film featuring the story of Kosaki finding and his biological mother and … Continue reading

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CAAMFest37: Joy Luck Club Anniversary Screening – Q&A

https://caamfest.com/2019/movies/joy-luck-club/ It was my great honor and pleasure to attend this year’s CAAMFest37’s 25th anniversary year screening (the film actually came out in September 1993) of The Joy Luck Club, with many of the actors present: “Come join us as … Continue reading

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CAAMFest37: Love Boat: Taiwan – Q&A after SF Premiere

It was my great honor to attend the San Francisco premiere of the documentary Love Boat: Taiwan at CAAMFest37: “Fearless, inventive and outspoken are a few words to describe CAAMFest37 Spotlight Honoree Valerie Soe. From the 80’s to now, Soe’s … Continue reading

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Netflix’s ‘Always Be My Maybe’ Coming May 30th Starring Ali Wong and Randall Park

I’ve only seen comedian Ali Wong as a stand up comic, either live in San Francisco or her two Netflix comedy specials, Baby Cobra and Hard Knock Wife, so I’m eager to see Wong as well as Randall Park co-star … Continue reading

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PBS: ‘‘An American Story: Norman Mineta’’ Airing on May 20th

Back in May of 2018, I had the great honor of screening the premiere of Norman Mineta & His Legacy: An American Story and meeting Mineta at CAAMFest36. The documentary is scheduled for national broadcast on PBS on Monday, May 20th at … Continue reading

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8mm Review: ‘Happy Cleaners’

Happy Cleaners (2019)Hyanghwa Lim, Charles Ryu, Yun Jeong, Yeena Sung. Written by Kat Kim, Julian Kim, and Peter S. Lee. Directed by Julian Kim and Peter S. Lee If it seems (and it does) that new Asian American filmmakers keep … Continue reading

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