Once upon a time… I used to make films

Yeah, it was a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away. I made film. That’s me with the shorter hair, in the back row, that’s my cousin Mike next to me with the shortest hair in 1997. Our film Sunsets played the festival in SF, and I think that’s where this shot was taken.

That’s Chris Chan Lee on the left. He just came out with Undoing and made Yellow. Justin Lin next to him who made Shopping for Fangs and as you know many other films, including Fast and Furious 3, Rea Tajiri smiling – she made Strawberry Fields and lives on the east coast. Quentin Lee who co-made Shopping for Fangs on the bottom right. He’s still trucking along in cinema. Cousin Mike Idemoto was the lead in Charlotte Sometimes, and is slowly working on film projects. You can imdb search all of these folks to see what’s going on in their lives. It was a great time in 1997 – 11 years ago… I’m proud to say I was there, and it was the genesis of the current “wave” of Asian American films. Sunsets is all but forgotten now, the kids who are turning out feature projects on hi-def video have no idea what sound sync 16mm is all about. The BS we went through is still around for sure, but it’s a little bit better for everyone, I’m glad to have a part in that.

Here’s where that link exists.


  1. Inland Empirical
    07 February 08, 9:15pm

    I didn’t know Michael Idemoto is your cousin!

  2. Junkyard Sam
    08 February 08, 6:12pm

    Whoa- if you have any of your old film work it would be cool to see some of your clips, shots, or shorts. YouTube!!!

  3. G Money
    08 February 08, 7:05pm

    Im still waiting on the 10th anniversary DVD release holmes. With commentary!!!

  4. Anonymous
    15 February 08, 10:29pm

    Wow, you looked so handsome!

  5. gr
    15 February 08, 10:33pm

    That was then… yep mike’s my cousin. no DVD with no commentary, but if we watch it, I can give you a commentary.

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