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“The Wind Rises”

“The Wind Rises”

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly Master animator and director Hayao Miyazaki, co-founder of Studio Ghibli and the man who introduced anime features in America, has declared that “The Wind Rises,” a fictionalized biography of airplane designer Jiro Horikoshi, will be his last film. It is also his first and only film not explicitly directed […]

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Posted in At the Movies, Vol 33 No 13 | 3/22-3/280 Comments

Movie review: Fists of Legends

Movie review: Fists of Legends

By Jason Cruz Northwest Asian Weekly Mixed martial arts is the backdrop for this South Korean DVD release of the movie “Fists of Legend.” The 2013 sports drama, directed by Kang Woo-suk, is based on a popular South Korean web cartoon.

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Posted in At the Movies, Vol 33 No 11 | 3/8-3/140 Comments

The Rocket: A Laotian story

The Rocket: A Laotian story

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly The people and culture of Laos, a country heavily bombed by Americans during the Vietnam War, aren’t seen much in the English-speaking West. The Rocket, filmed in Laos but funded through Australia, pulls up the curtain on Laotian countryside life, with surprising and rich rewards. Directed by Kim Mordaunt, […]

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Posted in At the Movies, Vol 33 No 9 | 2/22-2/280 Comments

Film festival shares Asian experience

Film festival shares Asian experience

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly The Seattle Asian American Film Festival, previously the Northwest Asian American Film Festival, owes its previous and current existence to local Asian talent. “I was a loyal fan of the Northwest Asian American Film Festival,” recalls SAAFF co-director Kevin Bang,  “the previous iteration of SAAFF. NWAAFF ran from 2002 […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, At the Movies, Features, Vol 33 No 6 | 2/1-2/70 Comments

“Beyond Outrage”

“Beyond Outrage”

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly Takeshi Kitano’s film “Outrage” began with the writer/director/actor, also known as Beat Takeshi, waiting outside a bigwig yakuza meeting. His character, Otomo, was a low-level flunky, obliged to put his own feelings and aspirations aside as he waited for orders. The new film “Beyond Outrage” follows the first film […]

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Posted in At the Movies, Vol 33 No 4 | 1/18-1/240 Comments

The Top APA Movies of 2013

The Top APA Movies of 2013

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly 2013 brought us outstanding anime, almost-unbelievable documentaries, and inspiring narratives. Here are my picks for the Top 10 Asian Pacific American films new to Seattle for this year.

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Posted in At the Movies, Vol 33 No 2 | 1/4-1/100 Comments

“Space Battleship Yamato”

“Space Battleship Yamato”

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly “We’re oooooooooff in out-ter space/We’re leeaaving Moth-er Earth/To saaaaaaave the hum-an raaaace/Our Star Bla-zers!” This theme rang out, starting in 1979, in my friend Tom’s bedroom, my friend Sam’s den room, and through American televisions all over the country. “Star Blazers” was the first anime to be shown in […]

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Posted in At the Movies, Vol 32 No 51 | 12/14-12/200 Comments

“Finding Mr. Right”

“Finding Mr. Right”

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly As reported elsewhere in the Northwest Asian Weekly, the breakout Chinese romantic comedy “Finding Mr. Right” earned a Golden Key Award from the City of Seattle. It’s also taken in more than $81 million in its native country, making it one of the biggest Chinese/Hong Kong cinematic moneymakers in […]

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Posted in At the Movies, Vol 32 No 45 | 11/2-11/80 Comments

“In The Mood For Love”

“In The Mood For Love”

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly Set in 1962, “In The Mood For Love” tells the love story of a journalist, played by Tony Leung, and a secretary, played by Maggie Cheung, who end up living next to each other. The writer and the secretary both have spouses, but they grow alienated in their marriages. […]

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Posted in At the Movies, Vol 32 No 45 | 11/2-11/80 Comments

“Rashomon”

“Rashomon”

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly If you need me to tell you that there is no answer, as director Akira Kurosawa once said of his masterpiece, “Rashomon,” then I am telling you: There is no answer. Such a question would not come up these days of course; “Rashomon,” first released in 1950 and newly […]

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Posted in At the Movies, Vol 32 No 45 | 11/2-11/80 Comments

“Marine Boy: The Complete First Season”

“Marine Boy: The Complete First Season”

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly “There’s ‘Marine Boy,’” said Mom, poring over the TV listings. “You want to watch ‘Marine Boy’?” That was Mom, circa 1975. I was seven. Or it could have been circa 1978. I was 10. “Marine Boy,” originally created as “Kaitei Shōnen Marin” (“Undersea Boy Marine”) for Japanese kids in […]

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Posted in At the Movies, Vol 32 No 44 | 10/26-11/10 Comments

“Vampire” decidedly anti-”Twilighty”

“Vampire” decidedly anti-”Twilighty”

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly “Vampire,” from the celebrated Japanese director Shunji Iwai, takes to the opposite extreme in artistry. Iwai, in his first English-language film, wants to explore vampire nature, but he wants to do it in an anti-”Twilight” style. Tough, gritty, bloody, and smeary.

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Posted in At the Movies, Vol 32 No 44 | 10/26-11/10 Comments

‘Linsanity’ captures basketball star’s rise — Lin’s determination comes through in documentary

‘Linsanity’ captures basketball star’s rise — Lin’s determination comes through in documentary

By Jason Cruz Northwest Asian Weekly “Linsanity” chronicles the dramatic rise of professional basketball player Jeremy Lin. From benchwarmer to the toast of New York, the film identifies the trials and tribulations of the Taiwanese American’s fight to make it on a roster in the NBA. The film covers Lin’s childhood, his goal of playing […]

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Posted in At the Movies, Vol 32 No 42 | 10/12-10/180 Comments

Chinese hit ‘Finding Mr. Right’ will get Seattle’s Golden Key Award

Chinese hit ‘Finding Mr. Right’ will get Seattle’s Golden Key Award

By Staff Northwest Asian Weekly Chinese hit movie “Finding Mr. Right” not only connects two lonely hearts in Seattle, it has also connected Seattle with audiences in China. Since March, the film has rapidly hit $81 million in the Chinese box office, becoming the highest-grossing hit in recent years. “Finding Mr. Right” is a Seattle-set […]

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Posted in At the Movies, Vol 32 No 42 | 10/12-10/180 Comments

South Asian Film Festival explores love, comedy and f ilmmaking

South Asian Film Festival explores love, comedy and f ilmmaking

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly The 8th Annual Seattle South Asian Film Festival, presented by community organization Tasveer, brings together dozens of films from all over South Asia, from all genres, from horror to drama to film shorts. Three interesting selections are “Miss Lovely,” ‘The Rajini Effect.” and “Valley of Saints.” “Miss Lovely,” directed […]

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Posted in At the Movies, Vol 32 No 41 | 10/5-10/110 Comments

“Herb And Dorothy 50X50”

“Herb And Dorothy 50X50”

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly Megumi Sasaki, director of the new documentary “Herb and Dorothy 50X50,” started out at Japan’s NHK public broadcasting organization, working for its popular “Ohayo

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Posted in At the Movies, Vol 32 No 41 | 10/5-10/110 Comments

In ‘The Garden Of Words’

In ‘The Garden Of Words’

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly “The Garden Of Words” marks animator Makoto Shinkai’s fifth major work, and the only major criticism I can muster is that he doesn’t seem to like producing feature-length projects.  Of the five, only two, “The Place Promised In Our Early Days” and “Children Who Chase Lost Voices,” run long […]

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Posted in At the Movies, Vol 32 No 40 | 9/28-10/40 Comments

Wishing on ‘My Lucky Star’

Wishing on ‘My Lucky Star’

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly Dennie Gordon’s new Chinese thriller opens with music ripped note-for-note from the “James Bond Theme,” a clear sign that we’re in for an enjoyable, thrilling, but not terribly original ride. As the film progresses, the screenplay (by Amy Snow, Chris Chow, Hai Huang, and Yao Meng, from a story […]

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Posted in At the Movies, Vol 32 No 39 | 9/21-9/270 Comments

Taking on ‘The Grandmaster’

Taking on ‘The Grandmaster’

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly Longtime cult director Kar-wai Wong, legendary for such Hong Kong productions as “In The Mood For Love,” “Happy Together,” and “Days Of Being Wild,” probably wishes for a box office smash hit to supplement his longstanding critical acclaim. And with his latest film, “The Grandmaster,” a historical martial arts […]

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Posted in At the Movies, Vol 32 No 38 | 9/14-9/200 Comments

Two classics make their Blu-ray debuts

Two classics make their Blu-ray debuts

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly “Enter The Dragon” The young man was only 32 when he died. He’d been born in San Francisco and lived in Oakland, Hong Kong, and elsewhere, but his family chose to have him buried in Seattle, where he’d attended school and worked for Ruby Chow as a waiter. His […]

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Posted in At the Movies, Vol 32 No 36 | 8/31-9/64 Comments

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