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SIFF 2015 *DID* represent — A recap of featured Asian and Asian American films

SIFF 2015 *DID* represent — A recap of featured Asian and Asian American films

By Tiffany Ran Northwest Asian Weekly Few film festivals in the country can rival the diversity and caliber of films than our own Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF), which has for the past 41 years also spotlighted a wide range of Asian and Asian American films. This year, the themes touched on by Asian films […]

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Posted in At the Movies, Vol 34 No 25 | 6/13-6/190 Comments

“Everything Before Us”

“Everything Before Us”

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly Imagine your entire life governed by a number.  Imagine spending most of your entire life in an office waiting endlessly to change that number.  Imagine that even when you see a specialist, there’s no guarantee that you’ll be able to change that number to a better one.  In fact, […]

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Posted in At the Movies, Vol 34 No 25 | 6/13-6/190 Comments

Strange and strong couples — Connecting through work, awkwardness, and romance

Strange and strong couples — Connecting through work, awkwardness, and romance

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly The Girl Who Tweeted Wolf (Hobson & Choi: Case One) By Nick Bryan CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2014 On the first day of her work experience (similar to a job shadow or internship) at private detective John Hobson’s London office, 16-year-old Angelina Choi is asked to bring his business […]

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 34 No 24 | 6/6-6/120 Comments

This week at SIFF

This week at SIFF

“The Killing Fields of Dr. Haing S. Ngor” Reviewed by Tiffany Ran In one lifetime, Dr. Haing S. Ngor went from Cambodian refugee to Academy Award winner, author, and activist only to be gunned down outside of his home in Los Angeles in 1996. Not to be confused with original film where Ngor served as […]

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Posted in At the Movies, Vol 34 No 24 | 6/6-6/120 Comments

“Man Up” gets a thumbs down

“Man Up” gets a thumbs down

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly Just to clarify, Justin Chon’s “Man Up,” available now through Vimeo On Demand, isn’t the romance comedy of the same name being released this year, starring Simon Pegg and Lake Bell. And that’s too damn bad, because I would have rather watched that movie. I would have rather watched […]

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Posted in At the Movies, Vol 34 No 24 | 6/6-6/120 Comments

Seattle International Film Festival represents!

Seattle International Film Festival represents!

The Chinese Mayor Reviewed by Tiffany Ran In the last 1600 years, the city of Datong has degenerated from ancient cultural capital to one of China’s most polluted cities. “The Chinese Mayor” follows controversial mayor Geng Yanbo as he strives to revitalize Datong and lessen the city’s economic reliance on coal. In the process, Geng […]

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Posted in At the Movies, Vol 34 No 23 | 5/30-6/50 Comments

Around the world with best friends, twins, and con-artists — Books that will make you appreciate the journey

Around the world with best friends, twins, and con-artists — Books that will make you appreciate the journey

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly The extraordinary journey of the fakir who got trapped in an Ikea wardrobe By Romain Puertolas Alfred A. Knopf New York, 2015 When Ajatashatru (Aja) Oghash arrives in Paris, the first and only thing on his mind is to get to an Ikea. All the Indian fakir — or […]

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 34 No 22 | 5/23-5/290 Comments

SIFF kicks off with some “Seoul Searching”

SIFF kicks off with some “Seoul Searching”

This year’s Seattle International Film Festival includes an impressive number of Asian American selections, which assembles a collection that includes a Korean replicate that evokes John Hughes feel-good, historical Taiwanese brothels, and Tibetan archery. Check out some initial rundowns of reviews and previews below: “Seoul Searching” Reviewed by Daria Kroupoderova The title of Seoul Searching […]

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Posted in At the Movies, Features 21, Vol 34 No 21 | 5/16-5/220 Comments

“Man From Reno”

“Man From Reno”

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly Dave Boyle’s “Man From Reno” begins with a gray screen. Slowly, we see that the camera is aimed dead on at a car windshield in the rain, droplets snaking down. With the rain comes the fog, and through the fog comes a man, a car, another car, a sudden […]

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Posted in At the Movies, Vol 34 No 18 | 4/25-5/10 Comments

Surviving life after death

Surviving life after death

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly Dove Arising By Karen Bao Viking, 2015 Phaet Theta, a teenage girl of Chinese descent who has grown up on a colony on the moon, has only known one way of life, one of strict rules, military-like police and the law enforcement and the Committee — their governing body […]

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 34 No 15 | 4/4-4/100 Comments

Hold on — Series that keep you reading

Hold on — Series that keep you reading

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly Infiltrator By Peter Stone Amazon Digital Services, Inc., 2014 Ethan Jones and the remaining members of his ragtag team of foragers are back in the second installment of Stone’s Dystopian trilogy. The group is on their way back to Newhome, the post-apocalyptic Australian town where Ethan and his friends […]

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 34 No 11 | 3/7-3/130 Comments

Ghost stories — Books that will make you enjoy being scared

Ghost stories — Books that will make you enjoy being scared

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly Deadly Love By Wesley Robert Lowe Wesley Lowe Media, 2014 Five years ago, 20-year-old actress Jasmine Huang died in Beijing. She had asked her boyfriend Chris to rehearse with her for an audition for the role of a battered woman. She was convinced he needed to make the pain […]

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 34 No 8 | 2/14-2/200 Comments

“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, 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

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