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Asians and Asian Americans in Film

Enter the Dragon (1973)

Directed by Robert Clouse. Cast: Bruce Lee, Jim Kelly, John Saxon, Ahna Capri, Bob Wall, Shih Kien. Enter the Dragon takes Lee to the island fortress of a criminal warlord, whose martial arts academy covers up opium-smuggling and prostitution activities. To avenge the death of his sister, Lee infiltrates the stronghold and enters Han's brutal martial arts tournament--a breathtaking visual feast of competitions fusing skills in karate, judo, tai kwan do, tai chi chuan and hapkido, staged by Lee himself.

Ethan Mao (2004)

Directed by Quentin Lee. Cast: un Hee Lee, Raymond Ma, Julia Nickson, Kevin Kleinberg, David Tran, Jerry Hernandez.takes him in. After being tipped off by his younger brother that his family is going on a day trip on Thanksgiving Day, Ethan asks Remigio for a ride to his family house to get some of his belongings. Ethan and Remigio break into Ethan's family house, but are caught in the act and have no choice other than to hold his parents hostage.

Fish Bowl (2005)

Directed by Kayo Hatta. Cast: Mie Omori, Billy Lam, Jordan Mukai, Bill Ogilvie. In 1970's Hawaii, 11 year old Lovey is an outsider with an overactive imagination who must deal with not only a bad perm, but also the snotty yet seemingly perfect leader of the most popular clique at school and her menacing teacher who ridicules her for speaking Pidgin English. 28 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Flower Drum Song (1961)

Directed by Henry Koster. Cast: Nancy Kwan, James Shigeta, Benson Fong, Jack Soo, Juanita Hall, Miyoshi Umeki. This unforgettable Broadway smash, filled with memorable songs and brilliant dances, centers on a Hong Kong girl who comes to San Francisco for an arranged marriage to an Americanized nightclub owner who is already engaged to a sultry singer. Based on the novel by C.Y. Lee.

Footlight Parade

(1933) Featuring Ruby Keeler as Shanghai Lil

Foreign Ghosts (Canada, 1998)

Directed by Hunt Hoe. Cast: Bonnie Mak, Vaggos Evyenia, Camille Martinez, Waei Pai, Carl Alacchi, Robert van der Linden, Walter Bryant. A trilogy of interrelated stories about three young immigrant women in Montreal. May Li's mother arrives from China to live with her with preconceived ideas about all non-Chinese people. But after being rescued from a snowstorm by a black man she is forced to rethink her beliefs. Then there's Pepe, Anna's boyfriend, a hopeless womanizer who operates under a false identity.

Gandhi (1982)

Directed by Richard Attenborough. Cast: Ben Kingsley, Candice Bergen, Edward Fox, John Gielgud, Trevor Howard, John Mills, Martin Sheen. This film follows Gandhi's life from young lawyer through his historic struggle to free India from colonial rule. Winner of 8 Academy Awards, including Best picture, actor, director and screenplay. 149 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Giving Care (2008)

Directed by Clarissa de los Reyes. Cast: Banaue Miclat, Arthur Acu•241;a, Roger Batasta. In this short drama an undocumented caregiver must choose between going home to the Phillipines to attend her father's funeral or continue in her role as the one that everyone depends on. 11 min.

Go For Broke! (1951)

Directed by Robert Pirosh. Cast: Van Johnson, Gianna Maria Canale, Warner Anderson, Lane Nakano, Henry Nakamura, George Miki, Henry Oyasato. "Go for broke" was the combat slogan of one of World War II's most unusual fighting teams. The 442nd Regiment, comprised of Nisei--loyal Americans of Japanese ancestry--exhibits heroism far beyond the call of duty, overcoming the Nazis as well as the extreme prejudice of the white Americans who cannot accept "Japs" on their side.

Goodness Gracious Me (BBC Television, 1998-2000)

Produced by Anil Gupta; directed by Nick Wood. Cast: Sanjeev Bhaskar, Meera Syal, Kulvinder Ghir, Nina Wadia. A British television comedy series presenting a satirical exploration of racial stereotypes in Britain, as seen from an Indian point-of-view. With a stunning stream of sketches and songs presents series 1, 2, and 3 plus the special "Back where they came from." Originally presented on BBC television between 1998 and 2000. 580 min. (series 1 also on VHS )Information about this film from the Internet Movie Database

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