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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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<em>Tiger Hunter</em> reveals immigrants’ stories

Tiger Hunter reveals immigrants’ stories

Yayoi Lena Winfrey February 14, 2017 0

In Tiger Hunter, directed by Lena Khan, young Sami Malik (Danny Pudi) is so in awe of his father, a renowned tiger hunter in their Indian village, that he wonders if he can ever

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Films: Children’s Film Festival Seattle and Kung Fu Yoga

Films: Children’s Film Festival Seattle and Kung Fu Yoga

Yayoi Lena Winfrey February 7, 2017 0

Once again, the Children’s Film Festival Seattle presents a diverse collection of movies that adults can enjoy, too. From features to shorts, narratives to documentaries, below are some offerings by or about Asians and

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The old and the new meet in Hong Kong action cinema

The old and the new meet in Hong Kong action cinema

Yayoi Lena Winfrey December 10, 2016 0

Sky on Fire is a contemporary Hong Kong film featuring scientific advancements, technological breakthroughs, and lots of violent clashes among men in freshly-pressed business suits. On the other hand, Sword Master is a wuxia

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Films: Focus on Asia at the American Film Market

Films: Focus on Asia at the American Film Market

Yayoi Lena Winfrey November 23, 2016 0

An annual event held in sunny Santa Monica California, the American Film Market brings together exhibitors (filmmakers), distributors (buyers) and others that make it possible for an audience to eventually view a film onscreen—whether

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6th Annual Seattle Shorts Film Festival offers eclectic lineup

6th Annual Seattle Shorts Film Festival offers eclectic lineup

Yayoi Lena Winfrey November 12, 2016 0

Since 2011, the Seattle Shorts Film Festival has offered a lineup of eclectic, non-feature length movies. This year’s choices include several with Asian and Asian American actors and directors. In Creased, 18-year-old Kayla struggles

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Katsura Sunshine, Zenjiro: Sitting or standing, these guys are funny

Katsura Sunshine, Zenjiro: Sitting or standing, these guys are funny

Yayoi Lena Winfrey November 2, 2016 0

Holy synchronicity! At the same time Slovenian-Canadian Katsura Sunshine performs Japanese comic storytelling (called rakugo) in Seattle, Japanese national Zenjiro will also be in town telling jokes at a stand-up comedy competition. On November

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Films: SSAFF returns, <em>Sky Ladder</em> on Netflix is spectacular

Films: SSAFF returns, Sky Ladder on Netflix is spectacular

Yayoi Lena Winfrey October 26, 2016 0

Once again, it’s time for the Seattle South Asian Film Festival. This year’s selections, from Afghanistan, America, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Canada, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, include the following: Gardaab is the Urdu word

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