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Asians and Asian Americans in Film

Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)

Directed by Blake Edwards. Cast: Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Patricia Neal, Buddy Ebsen, Mickey Rooney. Features Mickey Rooney doing one of the most egregiously horrible "comic" impersonations of an Asian (Mr. Yunioshi) in the history of movies. 114 min. Online Access through LFLFC ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie DatabasePhotograph from this video

Brick Lane (UK / India, 2007)

Directed by Sarah Gavron. Cast: Tannishtha Chatterjee, Satish Kaushik, Christopher Simpson. Follows the life of Nazneen a young Muslim girl who leaves her Bangladeshi village after an arranged marriage at seventeen. She and her husband move to London's East End. There she tries to devote herself to duty and family, yet is drawn to Karim, a young hothead. The story is set in 1980s Britain, during a climate of rising racial tensions. Based on the novel by Monica Ali. 102 min.

Bride & Prejudice (2004)

Directed by Gurinder Chadha. Cast: Aishwarya Rai, Martin Henderson, Madira Babbar, Anupam Kher, Naveen Andrews, Namrata Shirodkar, Daniel Gillies, Indira Varma, Sonali Kulkarni, Nitin Ganatra, Ashanti. Based on Jane Austen's classic novel, Pride and Prejudice, with a Bollywood twist. In Ammritsar, the determined Mrs. Bakshi sets out to find matches for her four daughters. Second sister, Lalita, meets American Will Darcy - but is it love? 111 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Broken Blossoms or, The Yellow Man and the Girl (1919)

Directed by D.W. Griffith. Cast: Lillian Gish, Richard Barthelmess, Donald Crisp. Adapted from the story: The Chink and the child. A peace-loving young Chinese man (played by white actor, Richard Richard Barthelmess) in a London slum befriends a young girl brutally mistreated by her own father. 71 min. Online Access through LFLFC and Kanopy; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
Awards & Honors

Brothers in Trouble (1996)

Directed by Udayan Prasad. Paints a vivid portrait of the secret lives and loves of a group of illegal Pakistani immigrants in 1960's Britain. When Hussein, the leader of a house overcrowded with desperate, lonely men, brings home his British, pregnant girlfriend, the delicate balance that maintains the men's lives is undone. 98 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Bugs Bunny Nips the Nips(1944)

Animated short. Directed by Friz Freleng. "Bugs lands on a Japanese-held island. He tries to outsmart one Japanese soldier by dressing as Emperor Hirohito, but the soldier isn't fooled. He recognizes Bugs from his Warner Brothers films produced by Leon Schlesinger. Bugs has trouble with a tough sumo wrestler but is able to outwit him by dressing as a geisha. Bugs finally rids the island of Japanese by driving up in his ice cream truck (which plays music from The Magic Flute!) and selling each one an ice cream with a secret grenade surprise." 8 min.

Catfish in Black Bean Sauce (2000)

Directed by Chi Muoi Lo. Cast: Paul Winfield, Mary Alice, Chi Muoi Lo, Kieu Chinh, Lauren Tom, Sanaa Lathan, Tyler Christopher, George Wallace. Mai and her brother Dwayne were Vietnamese orphans in a refugee camp when an African-American couple adopted them 22 years ago. As an adult, Mai tracks down her mother and brings her to America for the first time. Now, after an emotional reunion, Dwayne and Mai face conflicting feelings over their identities and loyalites in this touching and funny look at what it means to be family. 119 min.

Chan is Missing (1982)

Directed by Wayne Wang. Set in San Francisco, this sleeper concerns a Chinese-American cab driver and his nephew, who discover their friend Chan Hung has disappeared with $4000 of their savings. 80 min. Video ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
Awards & HonorsNational Film Registry Selection

Charlie Chan

Black Magic (Meeting at Midnight)(1944)Directed by Phil Rosen. Cast: Sidney Toler, Mantan Moreland, Frances Chan, Joseph Crehan. Charlie Chan investigates a group of spiritualists, illusionists and hypnotists in this puzzling case where a string of apparent suicides -- and one murder -- occurs during a terrifying seance. 67 min.

Charlotte Sometimes (2002)

Director, Eric Byler. Cast: Jacqueline Kim, Michael Idemoto, Eugenia Yuan, Matt Westmore, Shizuko Hoshi, Kimberly-Rose Wolter. Shot on video in and around Los Angeles's bohemian Silver Lake district, Eric Byler's "Charlotte Sometimes" is a small, subtle character study about a young Asian-American, Michael (Michael Idemoto), who by day repairs cars and by night manages a small apartment building that belongs to his aunt.

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