Netflix’s ‘Always Be My Maybe’ a groundbreaking film for Asian Americans and Hollywood

Sometimes the media revolution hits not with a bang, but in a sweet and subversive romantic comedy. Make no mistake. “Always Be My Maybe,” a recently released Netflix original starring Randall Park and Ali Wong, is one of the most culturally authentic mainstream films yet on Asian Americans. At the same time, “Always Be My […]

CAAMFest presents nuanced personal stories

The Center for Asian American Media’s CAAMFest 2019 returns to the Bay Area May 9, and includes venues in San Francisco and Oakland, Calif. The following short films screen in San Francisco. ‘Period Girl’Any number of documentaries could be made about Nadya Okamoto. At 21 years old, she’s already co-founded a nonprofit with more than […]

Hunger Games v. Battle Royale: Deja vu in simplification

No. No, no, no, no, no. For once, I will step out of my normal realm of being ironic and trite to give a solid argument on something that has been bothering me for the past few weeks. Hunger Games v. Battle Royale “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins and “Battle Royale” By Koushun Takami […]

A ‘Secret’ worthy of the Ghibli name

“The Secret World of Arrietty” (playing in theaters now, dubbed in English) is a new Studio Ghibli film, and neither Hayao Miyazaki nor Isao Takahata directed it. Animation fans know that this can be bad news; such Ghibli films have proved to be embarrassments to the esteemed studio. But fortunately that’s far from the case […]

‘I Am Bruce Lee’ to open in limited theaters in February

As a cultural icon for Asian American and mainstream audiences alike, Bruce Lee is considered an inspirational figure. The upcoming release of “I Am Bruce Lee,” which Canadian filmmaker Pete McCormack directed, explores Lee’s life through archival footage and interviews with people who were close to him. Lee, whose thinking was both revolutionary and controversial, […]

Asians nominated for Oscars

The 84th Academy Awards by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will air on Sunday, Feb. 26. Some 5,783 members will have cast their votes for the outstanding film achievements of 2011, with films from 63 countries. The awards ceremony will take place at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in […]

Harold and Kumar’s white Christmas

In comedy, there is a wide spectrum of realism. On the one end, you have films that stick to conventional plots with largely realistic people and situations, then throw in the occasional unlikely event or silly character; on the other end, you have films that will do whatever it takes for a laugh, bombarding the […]

Management of San Francisco Japantown theater changes hands

The San Francisco Film Society (SFFS) announced on June 22 that the New People Cinema, located in San Francisco Japantown’s New People building, will become a permanent home to the film society. The SFFS has been searching for a permanent home for its yearlong showings as well as its two-week long San Francisco International Film […]

NJAHS honors those who made ‘transformative’ contributions

The National Japanese American Historical Society’s (NJAHS) mission statement has changed since it began in 1981. In celebrating its 30th anniversary, NJAHS honored both the people it says have transformed the Japanese American cultural landscape, as well as the transformations the organization itself has experienced during the last three decades. NJAHS originated with a mission […]

‘Kaboom’: A college sex comedy sci-fi thriller

“Kaboom,” the new film from Gregg Araki, has been described as “sexy” and “silly.” It is certainly both of those things. However, it’s also suspenseful, thoughtful and surprisingly frightening.  The film is a college sex comedy sci-fi thriller and Araki does a graceful balancing act, with the disparate genre element — until he takes the […]

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