Happy Lunar New Year!
And get your mind out of the gutter ‘cause that’s an image of a monkey.
Thanks to everyone who came out to last night’s packed 10th anniversary screening of Fast & Furious: Tokyo Drift.
Our friend Phil Yu aka Angry Asian Man moderated a Q&A afterwards with director and YOMYOMF founder Justin Lin and actors Sung Kang (Han) and Leonardo Nam (Morimoto). Those who made it out to the event learned tidbits such as:
Han in Tokyo Drift is indeed a continuation of the Han character from Better Luck Tomorrow (also played by Sung). In BLT, Han was smoking all the time and in Tokyo Drift, he’s eating all the time—a by-product of him quitting smoking. Han appears in Tokyo Drift because that seemed like the most organic fit of all the BLT characters. In Justin’s previous film Annapolis, the character of Daric from BLT also appears as a naval cadet and is played in both films by Roger Fan.
It’s MLK Day 2016 and while much has changed for the better since Dr. King’s time, there are still constant reminders that we still have a ways to go. Most recently, this came in the form of this year’s Oscar nominations. Following on the heels of last year’s #OscarsSoWhite designation for the lack of nominees of color especially in the major categories, people are calling this year a repeat or a sequel if we want to employ film terms. And with critically-acclaimed works like STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON, CREED and BEASTS OF NO NATION being largely ignored, critics might have a point.
So curious to hear what people think of this issue, but more importantly–was there a “non-white” artist or project from 2015 that you thought was deserving of a nom but was ignored? And if you don’t want to limit your response to the world of film, you can also select stand-out work by artists of color in the other creative fields–TV, digital, theater, music, etc…
Looking ahead to the new year, what are your resolutions for 2016? Or if you don’t make resolutions, what do you hope to see/happen/experience in 2016 whether in your own life or in the world at large?
PHILIP: On a personal level, there are a couple of ideas for projects I’ve had for the past 20+ years and it looks like 2016 may be the year that those ideas will finally get a chance to potentially be realized. Who knows if they’ll actually happen but at least will get as good a shot as any to make them a reality. It’s too early to talk about what they are publically, but the great part is they are both YOMYOMF projects (one of which we’ve been developing with my fellow Offender DHH which has been exciting).
On a more macro level, the big thing I wish for, even more than peace on earth and an end to global warming, is that Donald Trump not get elected President. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again–I will gladly take anyone else over Donald Trump. I would rather have the bowel movement I shat out this morning be the next President than Trump. Come on, America, I have faith in you in 2016 to do the right thing.
Some of our readers have heard that Tony Award-winning writer and our fellow Offender David Henry Hwang was slashed in the neck during a random attack on Sunday night. Thanks to those who’ve written in and left messages on our social media asking if he’s OK.
Fortunately, David is expected to make a full recovery and is resting at home. Here’s a message he posted on his facebook page this morning:
Thanks to you all for your outpouring of support, love, and well-wishes!…
I was out getting groceries on Sunday around 9 pm. As I carried them home, I suddenly felt as if I’d been punched in the back of my head. I started home, but found myself unsteady on my feet, and realized I was bleeding from my neck. From Boy Scouts, I remembered one should put pressure on a wound, and did so, while I proceeded home, dropped off the groceries, then headed towards the ER a block away. My wife and daughter caught up with me along the way.
Today would have been the 75th birthday of the man himself, Bruce Lee.
Happy birthday to the legend!
(image via @BruceLee)
Hope all our readers have a Happy Halloween! And remember as you’re selecting your Halloween costume to avoid the offensive cultural appropriation.
Have fun out there tonight but be safe!
Regular readers of our blog know that YOMYOMF founder Justin Lin is directing the next installment of the Star Trek franchise entitled Star Trek Beyond up in Vancouver. Thanks to our friends at Omaze (shout out to founders Ryan and Matt!), you have a chance to win a trip up to the Vancouver set for a walk-on role or one of several additional chances to hang with Justin and the cast as they film while supporting some worthy causes at the same time.
You can click here to get more details and remember—real men don’t look back at explosions:
We officially premiered Help, our 360 degree live action short, at Google’s 2015 I/O Developer Conference in San Francisco. Directed by YOMYOMF founder Justin Lin (currently helming Star Trek Beyond in Vancouver), this is the very first live-action Google Spotlight Stories film. What makes the Spotlight Stories different from other VR projects is that it’s VR for your phone and other mobile devices. You don’t need special goggles or cardboard or anything besides your phone or tablet. And now the Spotlight Stories app is available for ios so you can watch Help for free on your iPhone or iPad. Just download the app here.
Not only is Help, the first live-action project of its kind, but because it’s a Justin Lin project, it’s a cinema-quality action film. In this case, the story of an alien that crash lands in L.A.’s Chinatown and the ensuing chase that takes place across downtown. Other YOMYOMFers who took part in the project include Sung Kang who plays a cop that pisses off the alien and Alex Vegh, Sal Gatdula, Philip W. Chung and David Chan playing creative roles behind the scenes.
Six years ago today, our YOMYOMF blog launched with this random but informative post about surviving plane crashes. And here we are. We have some major changes and announcements planned for 2015 so keep your eyes out for that. But to commemorate this birthday (since we can’t legally drink yet), here’s a poem by Winnie the Pooh creator A.A. Milne that seems appropriate: