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Asians and Asian Americans in Film

Better Luck Tomorrow (2002)

Director, Justin Lin. Cast: Parry Shen, Jason Tobin, Sung Kang, Roger Fan, John Cho, Karin Anna Cheung, Jerry Mathers. Tells the story of a group of seemingly "perfect" Asian American high-school buddies who lead double lives. Ben is a perfectionist and overachiever engaged in a dizzying variety of school activities, volunteer work and the basketball team.

Bhaji on the Beach (UK, 1995)

Directed by Gurinder Chadha. Cast: Lalita Ahmed, Peter Cellier, Amer Chadha-Patel, Souad Faress, Tanveer Ghani, Jimmi Harkishin, Sarita Khajuria, Shaheen Khan, Rena Kochar, Surendra Kochar, Akbar Kurtha, Nisha Nayar, Zohra Segal, Mo Sesay, Kim Vithana. A comedy about a group of Indian women, living in England, who are brought together by a day at the beach. In the course of their day together , their ordinary lives become an extraordinary celebration. A unique look at female friendship. 100 min.

Big Trouble in Little China (1986)

Directed by John Carpenter. Cast: Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall, Dennis Dun, James Hong, Victor Wong, Kate Burton, Donald Li, Carter Wong, Peter Kwong, James Pax. Jack Burton is a big-talking, wisecracking trucker who goes beneath the streets of San Francisco's Chinatown to battle an army of spirits when his friend's fiancee is kidnapped. 99 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Bird of Paradise (1932)

Directed by King Vidor. Cast: Dolores Del Rio, Joel McCrea, Richard "Skeets" Gallagher, Bert Roach, John Halliday, Lon Chaney Jr. (Creighton Chaney). South Seas romantic adventure. Western playboy Joel McCrea falls for native beauty (played by Delores Del Rio, a Latina actress). 80 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
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Bird of Paradise (1932)

Directed by King Vidor. Cast: Dolores Del Rio, Joel McCrea, Richard "Skeets" Gallagher, Bert Roach, John Halliday, Lon Chaney Jr. (Creighton Chaney). A tale of South Seas romance in which an adventurer falls in love with a native girl. 80 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Bitter Tea of General Yen (1932)

Directed by Frank Capra. Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, Nils Asther, Toshia Mori, Walter Connolly, Lucien Littlefield, Richard Loo, Helen Jerome Eddy. An American missionary, Megan Davis, in attempting to rescue children from the brutality of China's Civil War, gets rescued/kidnapped by General Yen, a power hungry Chinese warlord. Eastern and Western philosophies collide, as do the characters. Megan wants to return to her fiance in Shanghai, but could it be that in spite of General Yen's heartless brutality, she's falling in love with him?

Black Widow (1947 serial)

Director, Spencer Gordon Bennet and Fred C. Brannon. Cast: Bruce Edwards, Virginia Lee, Joyce Winters, Carol Forman, Anthony Ward, Ramsay Ames. Madame Sombra (Carol Forman) wants to help her tyrannical father become emperor of Earth and will stop at nothing to achieve her goal. Under the guise of the treacherous Black Widow Gang, she embarks on a mission to steal America's top-secret atomic weapons. Luring her victims into her "web" disguised as a fortune-teller, Sombra the "Spider Woman" eliminates her enemies by injecting them with deadly spider venom.

Bollywood and Vine (1970)

Directors, Edward Jordon & Donald Farmer. Cast: Skye Aubrey, Jamey Schrick, J.R. Jones, Trish Dempsey. Bhuvan is a Hollywood bus driver obsessed with the idea of taking aging scream queen Delilah back home to Bollywood. When he finally meets her, he finds out that it is actually her son in drag. To help the romance, Delilah locks the two in the attic. 85 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Bombay Talkie (1970)

Director, James Ivory. A sophisticated American woman comes to Bombay and falls for two men involved in filmmaking in this affectionate, bemused view of Bollywood -- India's huge movie-making dream factory. Along the way she flees to an ashram to take up the spiritual life -- hilariously -- but eventually succeeds in destroying the marriage of one man and the careers of both. 110 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
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Bombs Over Burma (1943)

Directed by Joseph H. Lewis. Cast: Anna May Wong, Noel Madison, Leslie Denison, Nedrick Young. The Burma Road must be kept open for Allied troop convoys during WWII at any cost by a brave crew. After a surprise attack, the group suspects a traitor is among them. The beautiful Lin Yang, a Chinese girl who teaches school by day and spies for the Allies by night, is assigned to find out who is responsible for the leaking information to the Japanese. 65 min.

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