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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

“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

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

“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

“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

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

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

SIFF coming to a close

SIFF coming to a close

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly This is the final weekend of the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF). Here are three preview picks for Asian films showing as the festival winds down.

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Posted in At the Movies, Vol 33 No 24 | 6/7-6/130 Comments

SIFF brings mystery and intrigue

SIFF brings mystery and intrigue

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly The Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF), running through June 8, brings more fascinating Asian films to town, many of them not available for viewing elsewhere. Here are three preview picks for the final week at SIFF.

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, At the Movies, Vol 33 No 23 | 5/31-6/60 Comments

More Asian offerings at SIFF

More Asian offerings at SIFF

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly The Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF), running from May 15 through June 8, always brings fascinating Asian films to our town, many of them not available for viewing elsewhere. Here are three preview picks for the following week at SIFF.

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Posted in At the Movies, Vol 33 No 22 | 5/24-5/300 Comments

SIFF’s opening delights

SIFF’s opening delights

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly The Seattle International Film Festival, running from May 15 through June 8, always brings fascinating Asian films to our town, many of them not available for viewing elsewhere. Here are three of my preview picks for the second week of the festival. “Beyond Beauty: Taiwan from Above” is one […]

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Posted in At the Movies, Vol 33 No 21 | 5/17-5/230 Comments

Seattle International Film Festival set to begin

Seattle International Film Festival set to begin

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly The Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF), running from May 15 through June 8, always brings fascinating Asian films to our town, many of them not available for viewing elsewhere. Here are three preview picks for the first few days of the festival: “Monsoon Shootout,” playing May 15, 17, and […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, At the Movies, Reviews, Vol 33 No 20 | 5/10-5/160 Comments

“Short Peace” — Three little films in one

“Short Peace” — Three little films in one

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly In 1995, anime director Katsuhiro Otomo masterminded an omnibus film called “Memories,” consisting of three unrelated segments from three directors, including Otomo himself. His master plan was to showcase emerging talent in anime. The other two directors were Tensai Okamura and Koji Morimoto, both of whom have gone on […]

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Posted in At the Movies, Vol 33 No 18 | 4/26-5/20 Comments

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