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Newport Beach Film Festival Asian Showcase – April 29th!

14th Annual Newport Beach Film Festival – Asian Showcase! All on April 29th. The Asian Showcase will feature the Regional Premieres of  Key of Life as the Japanese Spotlight, A Werewolf Boy as the Korean Spotlight, and One Mile Above as the Chinese Spotlight. Key of Life is a highly comedic tale of a down-and-out actor who decides to take over someone else’s life — only to find himself filling the shoes of an elite assassin. The mega-blockbuster from Korea, A Werewolf Boy, follows an elderly South Korean woman as she reflects on the time when her family took in a feral boy whose fierce loyalty resulted in a painful sacrifice. The film stars, Song Joong-Ki, Park Bo-young, and Yoo...

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Asian American Film Festival in Chicago

Greetings from Chicago Tim Hugh, one man bandleader of the Chicago Asian American Film Festival This is Tim Hugh and his dog Helga in his kitchen in Chicago. Tim has run the only Asian American Indie Film Fest (i.e. no “imports”) for 12 of the 17 years that it’s been in existence. In this picture, he’s a one man bandleader- running it solo, something I can relate to as a solo musician. I’m in town to promote my film “Daylight Savings” which premiered at SXSW this year, and will be the opening night film this year. Joining me at the screening will be Michael Aki who plays my cousin in the film. I met Mike at this very festival in...

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Write Up of Films After 3.11

A write up about films about 3.11 including Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom, Pray for Japan, but the writer does leave out the Shunji Iwai documentary, Friends After 3.11 (this is the link to our review). (NY Times – Films 3.11) The Oscar nominated Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom showed at the SFIAFF and although it’s a short, it’s a powerful look at the events that transpired. At first it was a distraction to see an angle of Cherry Blossoms, since it’s juxtaposition felt trite, but their beauty added a layer of hope and something to look forward to. Yes, in 2011 there were no mass drinking like in years past, but the cherry blossoms provided more of an observation of...

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Bruce Willis Eyes China

Bruce Willis sees the thousand screens and sees dollar signs. It’s obvious that a billion people want to watch movies and many of the huge middle class will see them in a theater. His film called Looper is a joint production that includes Chinese backing. This is getting to be old news and obvious, yet it’s still developing. Perhaps the idea is to join the brigade of being in theaters before it gets bootlegged! (Bloomberg – Bruce Willis)

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