By Andrew Hamlin NORTHWEST ASIAN WEEKLY A figure approaches from the other side of frosted glass. The light’s bright on the other side, but the audience can’t see who, or what, travels along the glass. Only the shadow, vague, with sharp edges from the glass, coming closer and closer. Kiyoshi Kurosawa loves the frosted glass […]
By John Liu NORTHWEST ASIAN WEEKLY The Foreigner is based on the action thriller novel “The Chinaman,” released in 1992 and written by Stephen Leather. The film was directed by Martin Campbell and written by David Marconi. Here is a quick warning. If you are interested in seeing this movie already, avoid reading any further […]
By John Liu NORTHWEST ASIAN WEEKLY As you may have guessed from the title, Chasing the Dragon is about drugs. This story is about the infamous Ng Sek-Ho (Donnie Yen), who emigrated from China with his buddies to make a name for himself in Hong Kong in the 1960s. After arriving, Ho and his buddies […]
By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly Filmmaker Mickey Lemle first started filming the Dalai Lama in 1991, for a documentary he called “Compassion In Exile.” He’s back now with a new film studying the changes in the world, the changes in the Dalai Lama, and the leader’s pondering of his own end, and beyond. Unfortunately, […]
By John Liu NORTHWEST ASIAN WEEKLY Just like my headline, the jokes in Ninjago try to be witty, but they just aren’t. What the heck is Ninjago and how do I pronounce it? That was my first question as I looked up Ninjago. Turns out it can go either way. It’s pronounced Nin-jaw-go when referring […]
By John Liu NORTHWEST ASIAN WEEKLY “First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers” debuted on Sept. 15 on Netflix. This is the first film that I’ve seen directed by Angelina Jolie. Her inspiration for this movie started 17 years ago while filming “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” in Cambodia. Angelina came upon a […]
By MARK KENNEDY AP Entertainment Writer Stop us if this sounds familiar: A tall, dark, bearded servant of rough breeding comes from far away to suddenly charm a grumpy, widowed Queen Victoria and thus upend Britain’s royal court at the turn of the 20th century. You were perhaps thinking of the film “Mrs. Brown,” starring […]
By Andrew Hamlin NORTHWEST ASIAN WEEKLY Director Steve James, the mastermind of award-winning documentary films such as “Hoop Dreams” and “Stevie,” knows that his new film works on a verbal level, at least as much as its visual level. Indeed, knock out the images from “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail” and the voices would tell […]
The first thing we see is a first person perspective of someone running around, shooting everyone with pinpoint precision, and stabbing multiple assailants. Blood sprays and limbs go flying in the air. Each goon is dispatched in spectacular style and barely scratches our hidden assassin.
After watching the movie, I am in consensus with Shannon Lee, daughter and CEO of Bruce Lee Company, who stated, “I think this film is a step backward for Asians in film, not to mention that the portrayal of Bruce Lee is inaccurate and insulting.