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“Selma” — Start talking and thinking

“Selma” — Start talking and thinking

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly He’s my oldest friend in the world and I love him like my own brother.  But I don’t think I’ll be talking to him for awhile.

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Posted in At the Movies, Vol 34 No 5 | 1/24-1/300 Comments

“The Taking of Tiger Mountain”

“The Taking of Tiger Mountain”

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly Tsui Hark’s latest mega-action film, “The Taking Of Tiger Mountain,” calls, roughly halfway through, for a man to wrestle a tiger.  Actually, the tiger comes out of nowhere in a snowy landscape, chases the man up a tree, chases him up and down and all around for a few […]

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Posted in At the Movies, Vol 34 No 4 | 1/17-1/230 Comments

“The Interview” — Rating: Zero stars (yes, zero stars)

“The Interview” — Rating: Zero stars (yes, zero stars)

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly The 2:30 p.m. screening of the year’s most controversial movie at Columbia’s Ark Lodge Cinemas didn’t feature any controversy.  Patrons filed in.  A man in a wheelchair struggled to find a place to park himself out of others’ way.  The cinema played a few charming old cartoons advertising the […]

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Posted in At the Movies, Vol 34 No 3 | 1/10-1/160 Comments

Time to watch some movies — Fish, robots, ghosts, and more…

Time to watch some movies — Fish, robots, ghosts, and more…

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly Ryōtarō Makihara’s “Hal:  The Movie” manages many turns in its hour-long running time: Some bright, some sinister, some funny, some eerie.  It starts with some fish being watched through a fish-eye lens, and for the remainder of the brief but beguiling narrative, the script, from Izumi Kizara, casts doubts […]

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Posted in At the Movies, Vol 34 No 3 | 1/10-1/160 Comments

BOOK RECS: Remembering family, new year must-reads

BOOK RECS: Remembering family, new year must-reads

Here are these month’s top book recommendations. The theme of these books is new beginnings. … For Mei and Grandpa Tu, that means making enough long-life noodles to feed everyone at the celebration. But these noodles aren’t just any noodles. Grandpa Tu’s noodles are magical. In addition to eating the noodles, they can be used to string kites, as jump ropes, and to catch clouds.

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 34 No 02 | 1/3-1/90 Comments

REVIEW: ‘Women Who Flirt’: A rom-com with wit

REVIEW: ‘Women Who Flirt’: A rom-com with wit

“Women Who Flirt,” directed by Pang Ho-Cheung, manages its triumph over rom-com clichés with wit, pluck, nonstop action, and the leavening of humor. But without Zhou Xun the whole would suffer a large hole, in the middle.

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Posted in At the Movies, Features 02, Reviews, Vol 34 No 02 | 1/3-1/90 Comments

Lilting, inversions, and stray dogs: Top 10 Asian movie selections of 2014

Lilting, inversions, and stray dogs: Top 10 Asian movie selections of 2014

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly I saw this year in Asian film as anime-heavy, but with a number of laudable live-action pictures in the bargain. Here are my picks for the Top 10 Asian Pacific American films for this year. 10. “Patema Inverted,” directed by Yasuhiro Yoshiura, starring Yukiyo Fujii, Nobuhiko Okamoto, and Shinya […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, At the Movies, Vol 34 No 1 | 12/27-1/020 Comments

All about action — Book recommendations

All about action — Book recommendations

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly Tiger By Wesley Robert Lowe Wesley Lowe Media At 28, Micah Keating is fresh out of law school and traveling back to Hong Kong to start his new law career at one of the country’s top firms. On his first day, Micah meets Brenda, the daughter of his boss, […]

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 33 No 50 | 12/6-12/120 Comments

Gaming, gender shifts, and a Samurai among Panthers

Gaming, gender shifts, and a Samurai among Panthers

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly In Real Life Written by Cory Doctorow, Illustrated by Jen Wang First Second, 2014 After a guest speaker visits her class at school, Anda joins the world of Coarsegold Online, a massively multiplayer role-playing game. She ends up spending most of her free time playing and for the naturally […]

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 33 No 46 | 11/8-11/140 Comments

Molding a character in 18 minutes

Molding a character in 18 minutes

By Alice Day Northwest Asian Weekly The University of Washington senior’s most personal creation to date, Auteur, by Tong-Yup Han, is an 18-minute short film about a director’s “solipsistic, self-destructive spiral” into descent and self-loathing when he is overlooked for an award. The film opens with the main character, Philip, at a film festival giving […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Reviews, Vol 33 No 46 | 11/8-11/140 Comments

“The Tale of the Princess Kaguya”

“The Tale of the Princess Kaguya”

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly Frequently in “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya,” anime director Isao Takahata’s first film in 14 years, the edges of the frame seem unfinished, fading into white.  This directs the viewer’s attention to the center of the frame, to whatever action, in whatever colors.  Then gradually, the frame fills […]

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Posted in At the Movies, Vol 33 No 45 | 11/1-11/70 Comments

Women in control — Reading recommendations

Women in control — Reading recommendations

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly Real Dangerous Girl By Kim Oh Editions Herodiade, 2013 As a teen and young adult, Kim Oh has worked hard, keeping her nose to the grindstone. Never mind that her boss McIntyre is one of the most corrupt men – if not the most  – in Los Angeles, who […]

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 33 No 42 | 10/11-10/170 Comments

No textbooks! — Books you will actually want to read

No textbooks! — Books you will actually want to read

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly Nisei Daughter By Monica Sone University of Washington Press, 2014 Growing up in Seattle in the 1920s and 1930s, Monica Sone constantly battled with her Japanese heritage and her American home. From the time she was 5 and told by her parents that she and her older brother Henry […]

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 33 No 38 | 9/13-9/190 Comments

“A Letter to Momo”

“A Letter to Momo”

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly Hiroyuki Okiura’s anime feature “A Letter to Momo” was seven years in the making, including the story, script, and storyboarding. It’s also the filmmaker’s first turn in the director’s seat since 1999’s “Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade.”  For all the planning, though, the film begins simply enough, with a medium-sized […]

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Posted in At the Movies, Vol 33 No 37 | 9/6-9/120 Comments

“Patema Inverted”

“Patema Inverted”

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly Yasuhiro Yoshiura’s “Patema Inverted,” an anime feature originally formatted as an original net animation in four sections, gives us a plaintive young heroine. It also includes a steadfast young hero, a charismatic villain to boo and hiss, and a lot of head-spinning visuals.  Beneath all that pizazz, sterner stuff […]

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Posted in At the Movies, Vol 33 No 37 | 9/6-9/120 Comments

August reading recommendations

August reading recommendations

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly Pioneer Girl By Bich Minh Nguyen Viking, 2014 Ever since she received the box set from her grandfather when she turned 8, Lee Lien has always loved Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “Little House on the Prairie” books.

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 33 No 33 | 8/9-8/150 Comments

Suzuki’s “K Missing Kings” elevates anime; “Love Child” documents tragedy

Suzuki’s “K Missing Kings” elevates anime; “Love Child” documents tragedy

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly “K Missing Kings,” an anime directed by Shingo Suzuki and coming to the Grand Illusion Cinema August 1st, begins in

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Posted in At the Movies, Vol 33 No 31 | 7/26-8/10 Comments

When love doesn’t go the way it’s supposed to

When love doesn’t go the way it’s supposed to

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly The Ballad of a Small Player By Lawrence Osborne Hogarth, 2014 Meet Doyle — or Lord Doyle, as he comes to be known among the casinos of Macau. Doyle’s not quite the English lord people believe he is. He’s actually a corrupt lawyer who embezzled millions from a wealthy […]

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 33 No 28 | 7/5-7/111 Comment

Festival brings South Asian films to Chinatown/ID

Festival brings South Asian films to Chinatown/ID

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly The Tasveer South Asian International Documentary Festival takes place on June 28 and June 29, sponsored by the local Tasveer organization. All films will be shown at the Wing Luke Museum in Seattle’s International District/Chinatown.

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Posted in At the Movies, Vol 33 No 27 | 6/28-7/40 Comments

Film shows what life in a wheelchair is like

Film shows what life in a wheelchair is like

By Sue Misao Northwest Asian Weekly Seattle is ranked number one among most livable U.S. cities for wheelchair users, according to a 2010 study by the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. Christopher Reeve, who died in 2004, was the actor best known for his lead roles in many of the “Superman” movies. In 1995, he […]

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Posted in At the Movies, Vol 33 No 27 | 6/28-7/40 Comments

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