We wrote about Hollywood Chinese about a year ago. The film went from coast to coast last year. Now, the 90 minute documentary gets its national premiere today as part of the American Masters series on PBS. Check your local listing for air times this week.
We can’t say enough about Hollywood Chinese. It covers everything from yellowface (like we have on the Last Airbender), stereotypes in movies, and the struggles of Chinese American breaking into Hollywood from both the actor and director point of views. The film includes interviews with Joan Chen, James Hong, David Henry Hwang, Nancy Kwan, Ang Lee, Christopher Lee, Justin Lin, Amy Tan, Wayne Wang, and BD Wong. This is a must see film.
If you like this film you will enjoy The Slanted Screen and Becoming American: The Chinese Experience.
Hollywood Chinese on PBS
Nanking is available on DVD, but now you can watch it FREE on Hulu. Nanking is a powerful reminder of the heartbreaking toll that war takes on the innocent, and a testament to the courage and conviction of a few individuals determined to act in the face of evil. The film tells the story of the Japanese invasion of Nanking, China in the early days of World War II and focuses on the efforts of a small group of unarmed Westerners who established a Safety Zone where over 200,000 Chinese found refuge. The events of the film are told through deeply moving interviews with Chinese survivors, archival footage, and chilling testimonies of Japanese soldiers, interwoven with staged readings of the Westerners’ letters and diaries as performed by Jurgen Prochnow, Woody Harrelson, Stephen Dorff, and Mariel Hemingway, among others. Look for Rosalind Chao and Michelle Krusiec in the film.
BTW – if you have Comcast, you can catch over 10 hours of Asian American programming exclusively through Comcast On Demand. Go to your Comcast On-Demand Menu, and all the programs are located in Top Picks > Asian Entertainment.
Nanking on Hulu
Crazy MMA footage of Jose Canseco vs Korean kickboxer Hong Man Choi in Japan for DREAM 9. The 44 year old Canseco got a couple good shots in on Hong Man Choi, but the match lasted 1 minute, 17 seconds. When you watch the footage, the 253.5-pound Canseco looks like a small guy against 7’2″ 330-pound Hong Man Choi aka “Techno Goliath”.
MMA match – Jose Canseco vs Korean kickboxer Hong Man Choi
Play a role in launching Asian-American stars of the future. A hip hop dance-off highlights this family-friendly dance and comedy competition where the audience gets to vote the winners.
Line up includes:
Dumbfoundead, Verseatile, tier2, 3Strykes Krew, Starstudded, Funky Soul & Asylum!
Watch the Bboy Battle & audience members can compete in the Freestyle Dance Contest for cash prizes!
Comedians include Gery Bednob, Rajiv Satyal, & Kevin Shea
Win FREE tickets to Kollaboration Hip Hop & Laugh-Off. Or
Buy your tickets here. More details here.
Kollaboration Hip Hop & Laugh-Off trailer