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Asians and Asian Americans in Film

American Pastime (2007)

Director: Desmond Nakano. Cast: Gary Cole, Leonardo Nam, Aaron Yoo, Masatoshi Nakamura, Judy Ongg, Sarah Drew, Jon Gries. Set against the Japanese-American internment camps during WWII, Japanese-American families, now faced with a country that doubts their loyalty, turned to baseball as a way to handle their plight and find the strength to stand up for themselves. Based on true events, also tells the story of a minor-leaguer and guard at the Topaz Internment Camp who, amidst all the conflict, is hoping for one last shot at the Major Leagues.

Americanizing Shelley (2007)

Directed by Lorraine Senna. Cast: Namrata Singh Gujral, Brad Raider, Ronreaco Lee, Shaheen Khan, Phillip Rhys, Wil Wheaton, Beau Bridges. Responding to a challenge thrown by the CEO of a Hollywood management company, a wanna-be Hollywood player from the deep South sets out to Americanize an Indian girl straight from the Himalayas. As he teaches her all about the American way of life and what it takes to be a Hollywood celebrity, he ends up learning a thing or two about his own life. 90 min.

Anita & Me (2002)

Directed by Metin Huseyin. Cast: Max Beesley, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Anna Brewster, Kathy Burke, Ayesha Dharker, Omid Djalili, Alex Freeborn, Lynn Redgrave, Zohra Segal, Meera Syal, Christine Tremarco, Chandeep Uppal, Mark Williams. Explore the world of 12-year-old Meena, who has moved to England with her Indian family. She is embarassed by her eccentric relatives and friends, and latches onto the town bad girl, rebellious Anita Rutter. Based on the novel by Meera Syal. 92 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Anna and the King (1999)

Director, Laurice Guillen. Cast: Jodie Foster, Chow Yun-fat, Bai Ling. English schoolteacher Anna Leonowens has traveled to Siam to educate the fifty eight children of King Mongkut. Each has preconceived ideas about the other's world. Amid the danger of political unrest, their growing respect for each other turns into romance. Special features: Commentary by Andy Tennant, five featurettes, television special, six deleted scenes, theatrical trailer, music video "How can I not love you" by Joy Enriquez, interactive menus, scene selection. 147 min.

Asian Stories (2006)

Director: Ron Oda, Kris Chin. Cast: James Kyson Lee, Kathy Uyen, Kirt Kishita, Lauren Mary Kim, Christopher Dinh, Luis Fernandez-Gil, Eric Hailey. A Chinese-American living in L.A. named Jim is deserted by his fiance. Adding insult to injury, she's left him just two weeks before Valentine's day, but after he's gotten the bills for the wedding and her $10,000 engagement ring. Looking to distract himself from his troubles, he invites his best friend to help him out of his depression, a Japanese ex-con who happens to be a hitman.

At Home with Desalojos Realtors (2004)

Directed and produced by Yaromil Fong-Olivares. Cast: Belia Mayeno-Sabedra, Nassima Kaddoura. A mock infomercial about the gentrification of San Francisco's Mission District. "Make yourself at home, but don't get too comfortable..." The filmmaker, a Dominican immigrant of Chinese decent, hopes to shed light on the dangers posed by gentrification. 4 min.

Baby (2008)

Director: Juwan Chung. Cast: David Huynh, Feodor Chin, Ron Yuan, Ryan Andres, Linn Ko, Christina Stacey, Tzi Ma, Kenneth Choi, Kenzo Lee, Dana Lee, Peter Cho. A motherless 11-year-old, raised by his alcoholic father, ends up in Juvenile Hall for manslaughter. After seven years in prison he re-enters society only to return to his former life. Only his childhood friends can offer him hope to turn his life around A tragic tale of an Asian youth's gang life in South East Los Angeles, set during the mid 80's to the early 90s. 100 min.

Bad Day at Black Rock (1954)

Directed by John Sturges. Cast: Spencer Tracy, Robert Ryan, Anne Francis, Dean Jagger, Walter Brennan, John Ericson, Ernest Borgnine, Lee Marvin, Russell Collins, Walter Sande. "Bad Day at Black Rock is both a tightly-written, suspenseful, dramatic action film (with film noirish qualities) and a western. On the surface, this American film classic is concerned with the themes of individual integrity, group conformity and complacency, and civic responsibility.

Bastards (1996)

Directed by Loc Do. Cast: Tuan Tran, Christopher Lance, Christopher Dalton, Tom Lui, Hiep Thi Le. Escaping Vietnam Tony and Tien, two Amerasian brothers abandoned by their American father, arrive in California to search for a better life. As Tien searches for his father, Tony embittered by the "American dream," takes refuge in a local gang of Amerasian kids and enters an underground world of drugs and crime in Little Saigon. Bonded by a similar past, this misfit gang ignites a new passion in Tony's life. 98 min.

Bend It Like Beckham (2002)

Directed by Gurinder Chadha. Cast: Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Anupam Kher, Archie Panjabi, Shaznay Lewis, Frank Harper, Juliet Stevenson. Eighteen year-old Jesminder's parents want her to be a nice, conventional Indian girl. But she just wants to play soccer like her hero, David Beckham. For Jess, that means kicking a ball around the local park with the lads until she's spotted by Jules, who invites her to join the local women's team. 112 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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