Film and Television

South Korean celebration of ‘Squid Game’ Emmy wins subdued

SEOUL, South Korea — South Koreans shared congratulations on social media Sept. 13 for the multiple wins by “Squid Game” at the Emmy Awards, but the overall reaction was subdued as the country grows accustomed to its increasingly prominent role in global entertainment. From K-pop sensations BTS and BLACKPINK to the movie “Parasite” that won […]

Jo Koy’s ‘Easter Sunday’ puts Filipinos front and center

LOS ANGELES — For a comedy, Jo Koy’s new movie “Easter Sunday” had a lot of water works. The film was no ordinary job for the comedian and the rest of the cast. The magnitude of being on a mostly Filipino set led to happy cry-fests, Koy said. Emotions really hit when co-star Tia Carrere […]

Producer Janet Yang elected president of film academy

NEW YORK — Producer Janet Yang has been elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the group’s board of governors announced Aug. 2, making her the first Asian American to lead the film academy. Yang, the 66-year-old producer of “The Joy Luck Club” and “The People vs. Larry Flynt,” becomes the […]

Japanese American seniors tell stories through film

In keeping with a long-standing tradition of Asian elders passing down their stories to their children and grandchildren, Visual Communications, a Los Angeles-based Asian American media arts center, created Digital Histories, a project that provides Asian Pacific American older adults the unique opportunity to tell their stories — as directors of their own short films. […]

Activists help shape story in ‘Free Chol Soo Lee’

Chol Soo Lee is a little-known icon of Asian American solidarity whose difficult life inspired many to action. The “Free Chol Soo Lee” documentary film tells his story, as well as the pan-Asian movement that it inspired. The film will be the closing night feature at the Sacramento Asian Pacific Film Festival May 22. Lee, […]

Michelle Yeoh shows Asian immigrant women are ‘Everything’

  Michelle Yeoh was adamant about one script change before committing to “Everything Everywhere All At Once.” The main character’s name had to go. She was named Michelle as a love letter to her from the directors. “I’m like ‘No, no, no’ because I believe this person, this character that you’ve written so rich, deserves […]

Japan film ‘Drive My Car’ wins best international feature Oscar

LOS ANGELES (Kyodo) — Director Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s “Drive My Car” won best international feature at the 94th U.S. Academy Awards in Los Angeles on March 27, becoming the first Japanese film in 13 years to bag the prestigious Oscar for the category after having garnered a string of international accolades. “We’ve got it,” Hamaguchi said […]

‘Voices’ brings Hawai‘i story to life

Immediately after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, FBI agents appeared at Japanese American homes with guns and bayonets and began arresting Issei immigrants without cause and threw them in local jails. “They just grabbed him,” said Laura Miho, remembering how the FBI took her father, Koichi Iida. “We were all so scared. We […]

A story of many communities in ‘Manzanar Diverted’

Though known as a dusty desert and a site of injustice for Japanese Americans, filmmaker Ann Kaneko delved into the intricate history of water rights and the people of California’s Owens Valley in “Manzanar, Diverted: When Water Becomes Dust.” The documentary primarily focuses on the Paiute and Shoshone people who have lived in the region, […]

Four short films take artistic look at camp

Four short films at the 11th annual Films of Remembrance will highlight filmmakers’ artistic interpretations of the wartime experience of Japanese Americans during World War II. Under the Artistic Interpretations Shorts Program, the Nichi Bei Foundation will present “Hanami” (4 min., 2021) by Lisa Maeda; “An Uninterrupted View of the Sea” (15 min., 2020) by […]

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