I don’t call myself an artist even though I like art a lot, but I’m in the “Artist Spotlight”. Thanks Judy Lei CV: If there was one superpower the GIANT ROBOT can have, what would it be? EN: Our big bot is not a superhero. Rather, it is in the same ranks as a human being. If you look at it, all of them are named after regular human beings: the police officer, the fireman, the teacher, etc. just normal day-to-day people. We try to throw in some different element in it, like the Men In Black and pink ranger, but people don’t know that. In the end, all characters are created by human beings. (Asian Cinevision - Eric Nakamura) Instagram photos!
Film Festivals create photo ops and those make for weird photos. So here’s one of them that showed up in the Rafu Shimpo. I’m on the right not smiling. Yes, 1 shot, no smile, but I was having a decent time I think. Was I? There’s no mention of why we’re there, but we were and I guess Goh, cousin Mike (they star in Daylight Savings) and myself are Japanese American so here we are. It’s an honor regardless. They do mention the doc on photographer and friend, Mario Reyes along with other big points of the LAAPFF this year. Thanks Mikey Culross. (Rafu Shimpo – photo)
Another year rolls by. The LA Asian Pacific Film Festival has run through a week of film programming. Congrats to the folks who work on this festival. It’s looking up – way up. The closing night took place at the CGV Cinemas in Koreatown. The pics don’t do the event justice, but that’s my cousin Michael Aki who starred in the film, Daylight Savings. Yes, there are better photos of him, but these are iPhone specials! People dancing and Michael stares at who knows what. A starlet? Then it’s beer time. Chug.
Asian films to compete at Cannes. That’s Im Sang Soo above. “On Thursday the festival announced its lineup, which includes director Hong Sang-soo’s “In Another Country” and “The Taste of Money” from director Im Sang-soo. Mr. Hong’s feature “Hahaha” won the Prix Un Certain Regard at Cannes two years ago. Abbas Kiarostami, one of Iran’s most celebrated directors, will also compete for the top prize with “Like Someone in Love”. The drama, which takes place in Japan and has been getting some buzz on the Internet, focuses on the relationship between a young woman and an older man.” (WSJ – Cannes)