Susan Lieu, creator, performer, and mastermind of the “140 LBS” live show, was only in grade school when her mother died. Her mother went in for what was supposed to be routine plastic surgery, and did not come out.
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Playing a man who lives as a woman most of the time, a man who must convincingly pass as a woman to succeed in life, doesn’t come easy.
“A Silent Voice” hits the big screen in and around Seattle as one of the most widely-praised anime features in recent years — and from one of the very few female anime feature directors. It approaches the lives of the handicapped in Japan, what’s going right and wrong, and bullying issues to boot. It’s been supported by the Japanese deaf community. While I found the film uneven in its approach and its overall tone, it deserves attention and support for the following reasons.
By Andrew HamlinNORTHWEST ASIAN WEEKLY They prospered through most of the 20th century and into the 21st. They left their marks in theater, television, and philanthropy, but they’re best known for their films, which turned Chinese cinema, Hong Kong cinema, and eventually, world cinema, on its ear, creating standards and techniques still resonating after their […]
By Andrew HamlinNORTHWEST ASIAN WEEKLY Chang-dong Lee’s “Burning,” adapted from a short story by Japan’s Haruki Murakami, opens in a low-key fashion and moves along slowly. It runs more than two-and-a-half hours, and devotees of action, explosions, car chases, and fights might well come away disappointed. Stick with the film, though, and you’ll discover an […]
By Andrew Hamlin NORTHWEST ASIAN WEEKLY For Seattle actor E.J. Gong, the two last straws included one show review, and one parent-teacher conference. Gong, appearing in the new play “99 Tropes,” recalls a production of a play called “Shooting Star,” several years back. He asked the playwright for a change of character name, from a […]
By Andrew Hamlin NORTHWEST ASIAN WEEKLY When asked about her favorite part of Wing Luke’s new Asian science fiction exhibit, exhibit developer Mikala Woodward didn’t have to think long. The exhibit, explained Woodward, “Starts out in a teenager’s bedroom. A lot of people get interested in science fiction when they’re young, so a lot of […]
By Andrew Hamlin NORTHWEST ASIAN WEEKLY Once a year on a special night, a hundred demons and spirits come together and parade through the streets of Japan led by the powerful spirit known as Nurarihyon. The demons revel while people hide in their homes. If a human should cross paths with the parade, they will […]
By Andrew Hamlin NORTHWEST ASIAN WEEKLY Taiwanese director Guang-cheng Shie shot several short films, sometimes as a director, sometimes as a producer, writer or sound recordist. With his debut feature film “Bao Bao,” he brings us the sprawling story of a baby, four parents, and the strife, with heartbreak, it took to produce a single […]
By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly “On Happiness Road,” the animated debut feature film from Taiwanese director Hsin-Yin Sung, follows the flights of fancy from its main character, Hus-Chi Sung, known to everyone as Chi. The grand prize winner in the feature film category at the 2018 Tokyo Anime Award Festival, the film goes through […]