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Films: ‘Didi’s Dream’ is psychadelic, SIFF offers colorful Asian cinema

Films: ‘Didi’s Dream’ is psychadelic, SIFF offers colorful Asian cinema

Yayoi Lena Winfrey June 8, 2017 0

There are a lot of movies to be seen on SIFF screens through June 11. There are also several new theatrical releases

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Films: ‘After the Storm’ is extraordinary, real life in ‘Bad Rap,’ tragedy in ‘Angkor Awakens’

Films: ‘After the Storm’ is extraordinary, real life in ‘Bad Rap,’ tragedy in ‘Angkor Awakens’

Yayoi Lena Winfrey May 19, 2017 0

Fans of Japanese filmmaker Kore-eda Hirokazu will rejoice as the 43rd Seattle International Film Festival unspools his latest, After the Storm. A typhoon is headed straight to where Ryota’s (Abe Hiroshi) fragmented family lives in

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Films: ‘This Is Not What I Expected’ a rom-com for foodies, catch docs ‘Stories of a Generation’ and  ‘Halmoni’ online now

Films: ‘This Is Not What I Expected’ a rom-com for foodies, catch docs ‘Stories of a Generation’ and ‘Halmoni’ online now

Yayoi Lena Winfrey May 12, 2017 0

There’s an old saying that goes: the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. That is, if you’re an unmarried woman desperate to land a husband—an archaic concept that should be banished

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Wing Luke screening reexamines <em>Who Killed Vincent Chin?</em>

Wing Luke screening reexamines Who Killed Vincent Chin?

Yayoi Lena Winfrey May 3, 2017 0

Thirty-five years ago, a young Chinese American living in Detroit was beaten to death by two white, laid-off auto workers at Chrysler enraged over encroaching Japanese car manufacturers. Public outrage soon followed when the

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Films: Sex and violence in <em>The Prison</em> and <em>Cardinal X</em>

Films: Sex and violence in The Prison and Cardinal X

Yayoi Lena Winfrey April 9, 2017 0

A prevalent theme in mainstream South Korean movies these days seems to be unbridled violence. It’s almost as if plot has become secondary to blood spattering. In fact, amping up, the violence meter in

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‘Your Name (Kimi no Na Wa)’ a metaphysical film of hope

‘Your Name (Kimi no Na Wa)’ a metaphysical film of hope

Yayoi Lena Winfrey April 7, 2017 0

Currently the highest grossing anime feature worldwide, Your Name (Kimi no Na Wa) is based on a 1,000-year old poem by Ono no Komachi. In part, the lyrics read: “Before I slept I thought

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Film Reviews: <em>95 and 6 To Go</em> is charming, tension in <em>Anatahan</em>, <em>Apprentice</em>

Film Reviews: 95 and 6 To Go is charming, tension in Anatahan, Apprentice

Yayoi Lena Winfrey March 17, 2017 0

Filmed in 1953, in stark black and white, The Saga of Anatahan looks like a Twilight Zone episode taking place in a tropical jungle. And, just like that famous TV show, the lm’s rich

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<em>The Saga of Anatahan</em> and <em>Apprentice</em>

The Saga of Anatahan and Apprentice

Yayoi Lena Winfrey March 7, 2017 0

Filmed in 1953, in stark black and white, The Saga of Anatahan looks like a Twilight Zone episode taking place in a tropical jungle. And, just like that famous TV show, the film’s rich

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Films: Karyn Kusama invokes <em>Rosemary’s Baby, Happy Hour</em> a marathon viewing

Films: Karyn Kusama invokes Rosemary’s Baby, Happy Hour a marathon viewing

Yayoi Lena Winfrey March 3, 2017 0

Hapa Japanese filmmaker Karyn Kusama is known for her critically-acclaimed 2000 film, Girlfight, starring Michelle Rodriguez. Just 32 at the time, Kusama reportedly spent two years prior searching for financing because she refused to

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Films: Asian features at 40th Portland International Film Festival

Films: Asian features at 40th Portland International Film Festival

Yayoi Lena Winfrey February 21, 2017 0

This year, Seattle’s neighbor to the south is celebrating the 40th International Portland Film Festival with several outstanding Asian features. If you like long drives and big screen excitement, then grab some wheels, head

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