Yeah, we miss Han too

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Who cried when the “family” was attending to Han’s funeral in FURIOUS 7? Yeah, me too. It was up there with the very touching tribute to Paul Walker at the end of the film and kudos for director James Wan for overcoming one of the biggest and most daunting challenges in crafting a big summer tentpole where your actor tragically dies midway through filming, and crafting a cohesive and fun ride after the fact, through the Hollywood magic.

And although FAST 7 was a lot of fun and worthy addition to the franchise, Han (and Giselle) were sorely missed. According to Buzzfeed’s chief film critic Allison Wilmore, who is so on point about Han Seoul-Oh and his overall contribution to the dynamic of the FAST series:

SXSW 2015 Coverage from The Daily Buzz including highlights from K-Pop Showcase

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The SXSW Conferences ended almost 10 days ago, and the press coverage is still trickling through. We already reported about the strong Asian American film representation at the SXSW Film Festival, including the world premieres of KTOWN COWBOYS and TWINSTERS among others, the real spotlight at SXSW is the massive music conference, which continues to overshadow both the film and interactive conferences, with over 2,000 bands from around the world congregating in Austin, officially and unofficially, to get noticed with the numerous fans and music reps who are there to see the next wave of potential superstars.

Watch Dave Boyle’s MAN FROM RENO opening this weekend

10533982_10155361625195158_4852046159908324785_nWith a headline that says “A Director who’s showing how easy it is to cast Asian actors” those are some fighting words! But, multicultural casting has been film director Dave Boyle’s M.O. who fell into Japanese culture when at the age of 19, this young Mormon was designated to go on his mission in Australia and preach the gospel to a close-knit overseas Japanese community. All of his films, five in total, feature some aspect of Japanese culture, via Japanese American characters who inhibit the same idiosyncratic and DIY traits that Boyle IRL inhabit. From his debut BIG DREAMS, LITTLE TOKYO to SURROGATE VALENTINE and DAYLIGHT SAVINGS, parts one and two of his DON’T LOOK BACK inspired films about lovable sad sack, indie musician Goh Nakamura, they’re all iterations of Boyle.

Film Festival Dispatch: Strong Asian American representation at SXSW 2015

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South By Southwest (SXSW) is the new Comic-con. A convergence of music, film, interactive, food, comedy, and everything else underneath the Sun, this massive series of conferences in one of the coolest cities in the US really showed its excess this year. Throw in TV in the mix, and SXSW has become the Howard Stern equivalent of “King of all media.” For many newbies, this did not disappoint, but for old timers like me, I long for the days when SX was a little smaller, weirder (this would be pre-Foursquare).

5 Asian Characters ‘Downton Abbey’ Can Work Into Its Final Season

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As you can tell from the photo above, the popular British TV series Downton Abbey isn’t the most diverse show around. But considering it’s set in the early 20th Century world of the British aristocracy and their servants, it’s hard to fault the program for being so white (aside from that one already-forgotten black recurring character from two seasons ago). However, with the recent announcement that next season will be Downton Abbey’s last, there’s still time to add a little bit of diversity with the inclusion of an Asian face or two. So to help creator/writer Julian Fellowes with this task, here are my suggestion for five Asian characters that could find their way to the Abbey:

1) CHINESE OPIUM ADDICT

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Frankly, I’m surprised the show hasn’t already used this trope—the Limehouse Chinatown district was known at that time for all sorts of illicit and immoral shenanigans and would be the perfect setting for Downton Abbey’s version of its “Chinatown episode”. Since Lady Edith continues to be the character that everyone shits on, she could run away from home because her illegitimate baby was taken away from her or Lady Mary got a pony and she didn’t or whatever slight she’s suffered that week. She finds her way to the Limehouse district where she is easily seduced by a nefarious Chinese opium addict/dealer who gets her hooked on the drug and plans to sell her as a sex slave.

CAAMFest 2015: An Interview with Wong Fu’s Philip Wang on directing AFTER US playing in FALLING shorts program

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YOMYOMF is a community co-presenter for CAAMFest, the annual San Francisco Asian American Film Festival, presented by the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM). The Festival kicks off today, March 12 and ends on March 22 in the East Bay. For the full film and events listing, and to buy tickets visit the official website.

We continue our CAAMFest Filmmaker Spotlight by interviewing Philip Wang, the director of the short film AFTER US, which is playing with other love themed shorts in a program called FALLING. Wang is also part of the Internet filmmaking powerhouse known as Wong Fu Productions.

Agents of SHIELD — Season 2, Episode 12 — “Who You Really Are” Review & Recap

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“Who You Really Are,” the 12th episode of this amazing season, delivered the goods. This was, perhaps, my favorite episode so far, because it struck a nice balance between the current SHIELD mythology, Skye’s struggle to hide her new powers, and a major MCU thread with Lady Sif’s second appearance on the show.

The episode starts on a beach in Portugal, where a bunch of teens are hanging out around a bonfire, singing songs, until a mysterious figure, holding a sword, walks out from the ocean. It’s Lady Sif, but she seems to have lost her memory and is asking “where kava is.” When one of the young lotharios tries to pick her up, she throws him across the beach.

CAAMFest 2015: An interview with HOLLOW director Ham Tran + Win a Pair of Free Tickets to the Screening!

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YOMYOMF is a community co-presenter for CAAMFest, the annual San Francisco Asian American Film Festival, presented by the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM). The Festival kicks off this Thursday, March 12 and ends on March 22 in the East Bay. For the full film and events listing, and to buy tickets visit the official website.

We continue our CAAMFest Filmmaker Spotlight by interviewing Ham Tran, the director of the Vietnamese horror film, HOLLOW. A relatively new genre in the burgeoning market of Vietnamese cinema, the film was a box office hit when it was released last summer in Vietnam.

CAAMFest 2015: An interview with SEOUL SEARCHING director Benson Lee

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This year we are a community co-presenter for CAAMFest, the annual San Francisco Asian American Film Festival, presented by the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM). The festival kicks off this Thursday, March 12, with ’80s set Korean American teen comedy SEOUL SEARCHING directed by Benson Lee (PLANET B-BOY, MISS MONDAY).

We saw the film at Sundance, where it had its world premiere, and really liked it! It was definitely one of many highlights in Park City and we’re stoked to be co-promoting this film for its Bay Area premiere!

So, we did a quick interview with Benson Lee, the writer-director of SEOUL SEARCHING and here’s what he has to say:

Win More CAAMFest Tickets for Opening Night Film SEOUL SEARCHING, Vietnamese horror HOLLOW, and FALLING Shorts Program w/ Wong Fu!

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You may have already read about our current promotional ticket giveaway for SEOUL SEARCHING, the Opening Night film of the 2015 CAAMFest (formerly the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival), which kicks off this Thursday, March 12. The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, where it earned great reviews. Remember that our SEOUL SEARCHING Opening Night ticket giveaway ends tomorrow, March 8 at NOON PST (don’t forget it’s daylight savings), so make sure to send those tweets of your favorite thing from the ’80s to win free tickets to this Korean American ode to John Hughes movies.

Do you live in the San Francisco area? We’re also giving away a couple pairs of tickets to two other CAAMFest film programs — A horror film set in Vietnam and a love themed shorts program featuring the latest short from Wong Fu Productions!

Quadrophenia And The Exaggerated Melancholy Of Youth

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Recently I’ve been rearranging and down sizing a lot my stuff, which meant getting rid of at least two of the six crates of vinyl records I own.  These days, I rarely take the trouble to pull them out of the sleeve, put them on the turntable, and lower the needle, as CDs and iPhone playlists have taken their place, but I came across a copy of The Who’s “Quadrophenia” I bought in high school, and it hit me like a freight train.

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They don’t make um like Leonard Nimoy anymore

2014 LA Asian Pacific Film Festival Opening Night Premiere Of "To Be Takei"

I had the great pleasure and honor of meeting Mr. Leonard Nimoy last year when I presented the film TO BE TAKEI at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. He was already ailing, with the possibility that we would have to make special arrangements at the venue to have his vehicle take him around back and he was going to enter via wheelchair and we would escort him to his seat.

But, he showed up, standing tall and walking, alongside his wife and assistant, and greeted staff and volunteers with grace. He still wanted to sneak through the back and not go on the red carpet. I assume, partly because the man was in pain but also, because it was George Takei’s night to shine, as the Festival presented the LA premiere of his documentary.