Film and Television

Cameron Diaz Wouldn’t Kiss Jay Chou in “The Green Hornet”

My review of “The Green Hornet” is coming out in today’s issue of the Nichi Bei Weekly. I largely liked the film a whole lot more than most critics. From an API representation perspective, it was somewhat groundbreaking, though it stops short of doing something revolutionary. From the review: “The film even seems like it’s […]

If Pixar’s ‘Up’ Were Made in 1965

By Ivan Guerro.

Tim Kang: Almost the subject of Nikkei Heritage Science Issue Editor’s Note

In an early draft of my editor’s note for the science issue of Nikkei Heritage, I made mention of an Asian American actor who appeared in a Shell gasoline ad. It turns out said actor was Tim Kang, whom I recently interviewed for the Nichi Bei Weekly. Here’s the original draft, in which I make […]

Eric Mar VS Aasif Mandvi

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c San Francisco’s Happy Meal Ban www.thedailyshow.com Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor & Satire Blog</a> The Daily Show on Facebook San Francisco Supervisor Eric Mar appeared the other night on the Daily Show, which would have been fantastic if they weren’t completely unfair […]

More Thore!

“It seems that Marvel Studios believes that white people should have nothing that is unique to themselves.” Good point, Council of Conservative Citizens. First it was the water fountains, then the country clubs and then the presidency. Now comic book movie depictions of Norse Gods?! According to the Guardian, the CCC is calling for a […]

Behind the “Legend of Kamui” — Sampei Shirato

In a recent issue of Nichi Bei Weekly, I review the live action film adaptation of the “Kamui” manga series, a project that brings the work of Sanpei Shirato together with Kankuro Kudo and Yoichi Sai. The film, which was pretty ok, will be released on dvd and bluray on Dec. 28, conveniently timed so […]

Film sheds light on mother of Nikkei sculptor Noguchi

TOKYO — A film about the younger days of Japanese American sculptor Isamu Noguchi through the eyes of his mother has hit theaters across Japan. The film “Leonie,” directed by Japanese filmmaker Hisako Matsui, depicts the story of Noguchi and his American mother Leonie Gilmour, a journalist who fell in love with a Japanese poet […]

ENTERTAINMENT RE-ORIENTED: How far have we come? ‘Hawaii Five-O’ 40 years later

Any TV producer who wants to court Asian Pacific American viewership benefits from having a very low bar to hurdle. If an Asian character pops up in a sitcom and the proceeding 26 minutes aren’t full of lazy racism, it’s generally considered a small triumph. If you have a show with several Asian Pacific Islander […]

By Thor’s hammer! It’s Asano Tadanobu

Deciding that no property of theirs is too silly for a feature film adaptation, Marvel Films set about work on an adaptation of Thor, a comic book about a Norse god/alien/superhero who comes to earth to become superfriends with Captain America and the Hulk or something. The teaser trailer wouldn’t be something I’d mention here […]

ENTERTAINMENT RE-ORIENTED: A Kung Fu Christmas and the Impact of A-Pop

Just found out that a “Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special” recently aired and will air again this Saturday Nov. 27. Fortunately, it looks like more than a quick cash-in. Dustin Hoffman and Jack Black reprise their roles and, according to the Onion A.V. Club (one of the very few sites whose reviews I almost always […]

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