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Asians and Asian Americans in Film

Gran Torino (2008)

Directed by Clint Eastwood. Cast: Clint Eastwood, Bee Vang, Ahney Her, Christopher Carley, Brian Haley, Geraldine Hughes, Dreama Walker, Brian Howe, John Carroll Lynch, William Hill. Walt Kowalski is a grumpy, tough-minded widower who holds onto his prejudices despite the changes in his Michigan neighborhood and the world around him. He is a Korean War veteran whose prize possession is a 1972 Gran Torino he keeps in mint condition. When his neighbor, Thao, a young Hmong teenager, becomes pressured by his gang member cousin to steal Walt's Gran Torino, Kowalski sets out to reform the youth.

Green Hornet (1967)

Starring Bruce Lee, Van Williams, Wende Wagner, Lloyd Gough, Walter Brooke. When the crime syndicate decides to eliminate the Green Hornet's interference with their dirty deeds, Kato, his faithful companion and a Kung fu master, must battle Kung fu emissaries and mysterious aliens from outer space in order to save the world. 84 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Green Hornet (1967)

Cast: Van Williams, Bruce Lee, Wende Wagner, Lloyd Gough, Walter Brooke. Lloyd Bochner. Captain Midnight: Richard Webb, Sid Melton, Olan Soule. In the first feature the Green Hornet and his trusty sidekick and kung fu master, Kato, investigate deaths in which the murderer used a silent gun. In the second feature Captain Midnight flies into the desert in his "Silver Dart" airplane to investigate the discovery of the new element "thorium" which is believed to produce nuclear power. Second feature includes the original television commercials. 55 min.

Gung Ho (1986)

Directed by Ron Howard. Cast: Michael Keaton, Gedde Watanabe, George Wendt, Mimi Rogers, John Turturro. A young American auto exec persuades a Japanese auto firm to reopen his home town's defunct auto factory, but when the Japanese hire him to enforce their policies among his American co-workers, he goes from hero to zero in seconds flat. 112 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Gunga Din (1939)

Directed by George Stevens. Cast: Cary Grant, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Victor McLaglen, Sam Jaffe, Joan Fontaine. Cary Grant, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Victor McLaglen, Sam Jaffe, Joan Fontaine. Adventure story of three English soldier comrades battling the savage punjabs in India, and their lowly water-bearer, Gunga Din, who longs to be a soldier. Based on Rudyard Kipling's poem, Gunga Din.

Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay (2008)

Directed by Jason Friedberg & Aaron Seltzer. Cast: John Cho, Kal Penn, Rob Corddry, Jack Conley, Rogert Bart, Neil Patrick Harris, Danneel Harris, Eric Winter, Paula Garce;s, Jon Reep, Missi Pyle, Mark Munoz, James Adomian, Beverly D'Angelo. Harold and Kumar take an ill-fated flight to Amsterdam, but Kumar's suspicious-looking bong is mistaken for a bomb. Their arrest prompts a racist Homeland Security official to send the boys to indefinite lockup at Guantanamo Bay.

Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004)

Directed by Danny Leiner. Cast: John Cho, Kal Penn, Neil Patrick Harris, Anthony Anderson, Fred Willard. Two twenty-somthing stoner roommates, one a Korean-American investment banker, Harold and the other, an Indian-American medical school candidate, Kumar, go through a life changing journey. They are on a quest to satisfy their cravings for burgers and spend the night roaming the state of New Jersey in search of White Castle hamburgers running into one screwy obstacle after another. 88 min.

Hollywood Chinese: the Chinese in American Feature Films

Documents the representation and involvement of the Chinese in American cinema from the silent era to the 21st century. While celebrating their contributions to American filmmaking a haunting and telling undercurrent of racism and stereotypes weaves its way in, suggestive of the difficulties that Chinese men and women found working in Hollywood -- particularly in the early years.

Hollywood Party (1937)

Directed by Roy Rowland. A short music and comedy review. "The film's main drawback, however, is the premise--a group of white actors dressing up and acting like "Chinamen" (comedian Charley Chase is particularly embarrassing doing an awful Fu Manchu/Charlie Chan impersonation), including everyone from the band to the waiters. Leon Errol does his patented drunk routine but it doesn't seem to really have anything to do with the movie--it just involves him and a waiter for a minute or two and then they're gone--and a quartet of black singers does a clever "hum" of "Chinatown My Chinatown".

Impact (1949)

Directed by Arthur Lubin. Cast: Brian Donlevy, Ella Raines, Charles Coburn, Helen Walker. Featuring Anna May Wong as Su Lin, a maid. 111 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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