Category Archives: Film

Aishwarya Rai: The Queen of Bollywood and “The Last Legion”

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Film star Aishwarya Rai seems to be all over the place these days even more so than normal if that’s actually possible.

From filming the Pink Pather 2 with Steven Martin, charming her way into Ben Kingsley’s heart, getting ready to be seen in a slew of more films like Ram Gopal Varma’s Sarkar Raj and Ashutosh Gowariker’s Jodha-Akbar – Aishwarya still has her pick of pretty much anything she wants to do – but then again maybe that’s why one of her nicknames is “The Queen of Bollywood”…

Check out the trailer for her new Hollywood movie The Last Legion also starring Colin Firth and Ben Kingsley

Michelle Yeoh – You’ve been knighted

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While this happened earlier this month it’s definitely still post worthy (and just in case you missed it…) – but the 45 year old actress received one of France’s highest civil honors, the medal of a Knight of the Legion, by French Ambassador Alain du Boispean for strengthening ties and mutual friendship between France and Malaysia (where she was born), through her stays and connections in the country – and for those that were wondering – yes – she’s also been Knighted in Malaysia.

John Cho Talks About Asian-American Actors in the US

Good article and interview with John Cho down at AsianPopcorn:

Korean-American actor John Cho, 35, has become a household name in the United States, especially for playing parts that don’t have to be played by an Asian. Yet, there remains a challenging upward climb for Asian Americans in Hollywood, according to the star.

“First it’s difficult being an artist, and it’s difficult being an actor, period, and it’s difficult being an Asian American actor. When I started acting… the community was largely Chinese American or Japanese American, so even then I felt like a minority in the minority,” he told reporters during a private interview at a Busan hotel, Tuesday.

Film watch: South Korean and Vietnamese Horror “Muoi”

This looks like it could be an interesting film although it hasn’t picked up distribution yet.

From Variety Asia Online:

Visually at the upper end of the K-horror spectrum, and scare-wise ranking about middle, Vietnam-set “Muoi” boosts formulaic ingredients with classy packaging and sturdy work by lead thesps Jo An and Cha Yereon. Capable helmer Kim Taekyung’s spooky tale about a writer getting more than she bargained for on a research trip to Vietnam marks the first-ever South Korea-Vietnam co-production. Results are encouraging enough to suggest there’s a lucrative V-horror category just waiting to be born.

View the trailer

H & M protest coverage and pics, Sakuran, and more Daniel Dae Kim

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Image of the H & M protest from The Daily Northwesternandcbs2chicago

H & M Protest Coverage

CBS

Protestors took aim at a well known clothing store on Michigan Avenue Saturday. A clerk at H & M is accused of verbally harassing a Filipino woman with racial slurs […]

Richards’ family says the alleged harassment was completely unprovoked.

“She’s a retired U.S. Air force nurse,” Los Banes said. “She works at Northwestern. She’s born and raised in Chicago and she speaks English perfectly fine.” 

The Daily Northwestern

A protest in front of the Magnificent Mile H&M department store, 840 N. Michigan Ave., added to the usual throng of shoppers and tourists Saturday […] Holding signs and shouting coordinated chants, such as “2-4-6-8, H&M discriminates” and “Hey hey ho ho, racist employees have got to go,” the protestors marched in a circle on the sidewalk from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Sakuran

There’s a good review in UCLA’s Asia Pacific Arts magazine about the film Sakuran:

It ain’t a man’s world in Mika Ninagawa’s Sakuran, one of the best films of the first half of 2007, which recently hit the top of the Japanese DVD rental charts. English readers: rev up those region-free players.

Mika Ninagawa’s Sakuran is a film which also functions as a love letter to Hollywood manqué Rob Marshall.

Here’s the trailer

View more information about the movie at the official site.

Daniel Dae Kim Interview From The Korea Times

Interview with Kim on being back in SK for the Pusan Film Festival

For actor Daniel Dae Kim, who shot to international stardom through the hit ABC TV series “Lost,” the walk on red carpet at the 12th Pusan (Busan) International Film Festival meant returning to his native town […]

“I know it’s a cliche but I really do feel lucky. You know in the States, for Asian-American actors there aren’t that many opportunities. To be on a show alone is lucky, but to be on a hit show that win awards and it’s recognized all over the world, that’s maybe once in a lifetime,” he said.  Despite the initial negative feedback, the actor has become almost a household name here as the popularity of American dramas, called “Mideu” here, have skyrocketed in recent years. “(Kim Yun-jin and I) are in a very fortunate position. I come to a place like this (PIFF), and I’m recognized by Korean fans, I consider myself very lucky,” he said.

John Woo’s “Blood Brothers”, Shu Qi and Daniel Wu

Talked about in a recent summer post, here’s the trailer for the new Shu Qi and Daniel Wu film Blood Brothers directed by Alex Tran.

For more information on the movie check out the official site.

Feast of Love and Goh Nakamura

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It’s always great to see someone who has been putting in the time break open and get into the view of a new and larger audience – and that’s even sweeter when it’s an Asian musician like Goh Nakamura who is on the soundtrack for the new movie Feast of Love with Morgan Freeman.

The song is called Daylight Savings and you can listen to a clip from it as well as buy it on Goh’s MySpace page. Learn more about Goh from his website site at www.gohnakamura.com.

You can also check out the MV for his song Embarcadero Blues