L.A. teenagers survive the treacherous world of peer pressure, drug dealers, juvenile hall and dysfunctional families. Kayla, an underprivileged Japanese American 16 year old (Nicole Bloom), endangers her promising future as an aspiring artist when she becomes involved with a drug dealer. It’s the first feature film from Writer/Director/Actor Lily Mariye, best known for 15 seasons on “ER” as Lily Jarvik. Look for it at a film festival near you.
Quentin Tarantino presents The Man With the Iron Fists, an action-adventure inspired by kung-fu classics as interpreted by his longtime collaborators RZA and Eli Roth. Making his debut as a big-screen director and leading man, RZA — alongside a stellar international cast led by Russell Crowe and Lucy Liu — tells the epic story of warriors, assassins and a lone outsider hero in nineteenth-century China who must unite to destroy the clan traitor who would destroy them all.
Since his arrival in China’s Jungle Village, the town’s blacksmith (RZA) has been forced by radical tribal factions to create elaborate tools of destruction. When the clans’ brewing war boils over, the stranger channels an ancient energy to transform himself into a human weapon. As he fights alongside iconic heroes and against soulless villains, one man must harness this power to become savior of his adopted people.
Blending astonishing martial-arts sequences from some of the masters of this world with the signature vision he brings as the leader of the Wu-Tang Clan and as one of hip-hop’s most dominant figures of the past two decades, RZA embarks upon his most ambitious, stylized and thrilling project to date.
Supercapitalist is a financial thriller about a young maverick New York hedge fund trader Conner Lee (Derek Ting) with uncanny analytic abilities who is sent to Hong Kong to orchestrate a mega deal that swiftly gets out of his control. With low interest rates, he takes the risk for the ultimate trade in a gamble to have money for life. How much will he sacrifice to get there? A Hong Kong enterprise? the love of his life? Everything?
This indie film was shot across 3 countries: USA(New York), Hong Kong, and Macau and stars Golden Globe Nominee Linus Roache (Law and Order, Batman Begins), Kenneth Tsang (Die Another Day, Rush Hour 2), Derek Ting, Richard Ng, Kathy Uyen, Lester Chan (Ang Lee’s Eat Drink Man Woman), & Michael Park (2 time Emmy Winner, As the World Turns).
The Asian Film Festival of Dallas celebrates its 11th year from Thursday, July 12 through Thursday, July 19, 2012 at the Landmark’s Magnolia Theatre in the West Village in Dallas, Texas. The festival begins with the Texas Premiere of Opening Night Film ACE ATTORNEY, from fabled director Takashi Miike. Adapted from the popular videogame series, the film pits an untested lawyer against his most powerful adversaries while trying to solve a decades-old murder. The Southwest Premiere of Centerpiece Film SAYA-ZAMURAI (SCABBARD SAMURAI) comes from the unique mind and talent of Director Hitoshi Matsumoto (BIG MAN JAPAN, SYMBOL) mixes offbeat humor with touching drama. This period tale follows a disgraced samurai who faces death in 30-days unless he can make the grieving son of a clan leader laugh. Matsumoto’s antics are given a delicate treatment as his character dreams up wildly imaginative ways to cheer the young lord. As the days pass, the local citizens soon rally behind him. Another Southwest Premiere, the Closing Night Film is the much anticipated South Korean science-fiction anthology DOOMSDAY BOOK, co-directed by Kim Ji-woon (I SAW THE DEVIL) and Yim Pil-sung (HANSEL AND GRETEL, ANTARCTIC JOURNAL). The film has three distinctly different chapters, including: a zombie apocalypse brought about by a single piece of trash; a meditation on being and existence thanks to a robot that has a surprising case of enlightenment; and the end of the world, due largely to a young girl’s internet activity. One of the most soughtafter Asian films this year, DOOMSDAY BOOK promises to surprise and even charm you as it shows the Mayans how things really work.
This year’s non-competition highlights include several of the AFFD’s exclusive North American Premieres: Derek Yee’s THE GREAT MAGICIAN, a period mystery that pits warlords, revolutionaries and a shady businessman against a visiting magician with a secret. The Simon Yam/Nick Cheung thriller NIGHTFALL offers up a catand-mouse game between a seasoned detective and a paroled murderer. LET’S GO! combines gritty crime thriller with wild action and superhero worship makes what could be one of the coolest hybrids in AFFD history. And, the debut feature from Jiayi Du, ONE MILE ABOVE, is the heartwarming and inspiring (true) tale of a young man’s trek to the highest point in Tibet on a bicycle.
Amidst the primetime screenings, midnights, feature competition categories, short film blocks and a new student short program, the AFFD has not forgotten about the classics and brings a trio of Japanese masterpieces from Janus Films to the big screen. Celebrating their 50th anniversaries are both Akira Kurosawa’s SANJURO and Masaki Kobayashi’s HARA KIRI; but also the 1968 horror/fantasy KURONEKO, brought to the AFFD in a new 35mm print that stunningly highlights the film’s brilliant artistic achievement.
Actress Sheetal Sheth stars in and co-produced the film “Reign”. In the movie, she plays the critical role of an Iraqi woman. Here’s more about the film:
On a deserted road in the Iraqi desert, three Marines are faced with a questionable mission that tests their service to the Marine Corps, commitment to each other and connection to humanity. Delano, Gates, and Sergeant Cooper grow restless as they hold a position above live rounds of ammunition used as bait for insurgents.
When the squad spots Iraqi travelers approaching the ammunition, a misunderstanding between the Marines and Iraqis escalates into immediate firefight leaving only a young Iraqi woman alive.
Adhering to their orders, Sergeant Cooper and Gates see no option for the woman, while Delano, torn by his conscience, faces a decision between his duty as a Marine and his empathy toward another human being.
Reign is the story of a war torn soldier’s struggle within himself to honor his duty without sacrificing his humanity.
How much of a soldier really survives?
Look for the film hitting the festival circuit soon.
Reign trailer with Sheetal Sheth
More about Sheetal Sheth
Sheetal Sheth burst onto the scene with raves in her debut film ABCD, playing the lead in a risky, memorable, and controversial role as a promiscuous young girl struggling with the ties of family and tradition. Since then, Sheetal has developed a reputation as a consummate professional with an unmatched work ethic and critical eye when choosing projects. She has starred in over 17 feature films; highlights include Wings of Hope for which she won the Best Actress Award at the Cinevue Film Festival, and American Chai which won the Audience Award at the Slamdance Film Festival.
Her breakout role, which she won after an extensive international casting search, was in Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World (2005) where she played the female lead opposite Albert Brooks in the Shangri-La Entertainment film, written and directed by Brooks and
released by Warner Independent. Sheetal played opposite Kal Penn and Mimi Rogers in Dancing with Twilight and was thrilled to join a stellar ensemble in the film, The Trouble with Romance directed by Gene Rhee. She also starred in I Can’t Think Straight, followed by the thriller First Fear with Sean Patrick Flanery, and The World Unseen, based on the novel about 1950’s apartheid in South Africa. Unseen premiered at The Toronto Film Festival and went on to win 11 SAFTA’s (South African equivalent to the Oscars) and international awards including 3 Best Actress film festival awards for Sheetal. Her latest films include Three Veils, Yes, We’re Open, The Wisdom Tree and Reign, the story of a soldier who is forever changed by an encounter with an Iraqi woman (played by Sheetal).
Sheetal has acted in venues from stage to voice-overs, music videos, pilots and guest starred on many television shows, her latest on Nip/Tuck, Royal Pains and NCIS: LA. She has also been on the cover of many magazines, featured in numerous articles and was the first Indian American to appear in Maxim magazine.
Sheetal graduated with honors from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in 1997 where she was an honored member of the Scholar’s Program. While at Tisch, she was selected to participate in AmeriCorps, President Clinton’s National Service program where she worked at an inner-city high school, developing progressive lesson plans, tutoring, and dealing with conflict resolution. Sheetal is invited as a guest speaker at national conferences around the nation and is known as much for being an actress as she is for being dedicated to community outreach and causes that are important to her.
Mashup artist Mike Relm remixed the Avengers trailer. Iron Man, Thor, Hawkeye, Captain America, Black Widow, Hulk, and Nick Fury get the Relm treatment. Massive destruction focused on the phrase “I have an army… We have a Hulk.”