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“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

“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

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