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East Asians & East Asian Americans in Film

In Between Days (USA / Canada / South Korea, 2006)

Director, So Yong Kim. Cast: Jiseon Kim, Taegu Andy Kang, Bokja Kim, Gina You, Mike Park, Virginia Wu. A teenager recently transplanted from South Korea to a snowbound Canadian city struggles to find her way in a strange land of new faces. In Between Days intimately portrays the joys and risks of first love and burgeoning adulthood with bracing and undeniable honesty. 81 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

International House (1933)

Directed by A. Edward Sutherland. Cast: W.C. Fields, George Burns, Gracie Allen, Peggy Hopkins Joyce, Rudy Vallee, Stuart Erwin, Sari Maritza, Col. Stoopnagle, Budd, Cab Calloway and his orchestra, Baby Rose Marie, Bela Lugosi, Lona Andre, Sterling Holloway, Franklin Pangborn, Edmund Breese, Lumsden Hare, the Girls in Cellophane. A zany scientist in China invents a radio you can see: television. Every country wants to buy the rights, so characters from around the world converge on China and collide into a free-wheeling double-dealing variety show. 108 min.

Iron & Silk (1990)

Directed by Shirley Sun. Cast: Mark Salzman, Pan Qingfu, Jeanette Lin Tsui, Vivian Wu. In this autobiographical film, Mark Franklin studies and practices martial arts for two years in China. In the process, he learns much about himself and traditional Oriental ways. 94 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie DatabaseReviews and articles: Maslin, Janet. "Iron and Silk." (movie reviews) New York Times v140 (Fri, Feb 15, 1991):C12(L), col 5, 14 col in.

Japanese War Bride (1952)

Directed by King Vidor. Cast: Shirley Yamaguchi, Don Taylor, Cameron Mitchell, Marie Windsor. A Korean War vet (Taylor) falls in love with a Japanese nurse (Yamaguchi) and brings her back to his California home as his wife. However, the neighboring farmers who still harbor anti-Japanese sentiments from World War II, try to break up their marriage. 91 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
See also:King Vidor bibliography

Japoteurs (1942)

Animated short. Director: Seymour Kneitel Superman vs. Japanese spies hijacking a new super-bomber. 9:05 min.

Java Head (1934)

Director, J. Walter Rubens. Cast: Anna May Wong, Elizabeth Allan, Edmund Gwenn, John Loder, Ralph Richardson. "In her final British star vehicle, Anna May Wong plays a Chinese princess who follows her new husband Gerrit, a young Englishman from a wealthy shipping family, back to 19th century Bristol. The husband's conservative family is scandalized by the arrival of his bride, whose sensational clothing and make-up stands in stark contrast to the restrained Victorian setting. They refuse to accept the stranger, preferring that Gerrit rekindle his courtship of Nettie, a local girl.

Joy Luck Club (1993)

Directed by Wayne Wang. Cast: Tsai Chin, Kieu Chinh, Lisa Lu, France Nuyen, Rosalind Chao, Lauren Tom, Tamlyn Tomita, Ming-Na Wen, Michael Paul Chan, Andrew McCarthy, Christopher Rich, Russell Wong, Vivian Wu. Now that her mother has died, a Chinese-American daughter has come to take her place in the social club founded forty years ago only to discover secrets her mother never shared with her family. Based on the novel by Amy Tan. Based on the novel by Amy Tan (New York: Putnam's, c1989.

Kung Fu. Season One (TV, 1972)

Contains the 90 minute pilot episode and all 15 episodes of the first season. Cast: David Carradine, Keye Luke, Philip Ahn, Barry Sullivan, Keye Luke, Philip Ahn. A television series about Kwai Chang Caine, a Shoalin Monk who is on the run after he killed the Chinese Emporer's nephew. The nephew had killed Caine's teacher in cold blood with a gun like a coward. Caine flees to American West both to escape retaliation and to search for his brother in order to settle down in this new land.

La Senorita Lee (1995)

Written & directed by Hyun Mi Oh. In this dramatic short, Jeanie Lee, a young Korean-American woman, pregnant by her recently departed Mexican boyfriend and about to be married to a dull, parentally-approved Korean doctor, is torn between conflicting cultural values. Her untimely pregnancy awakens powerful desires and memories in Jeanie, forcing her to choose between traditional family values and personal freedom. 25 min.

Lady and the Tramp (Walt Disney Pictures, 1955)

Directors, Clyde Geronimi Wilfred Jackson, et al. Voices: Peggy Lee, Barbara Luddy, Larry Roberts, Bill Thompson, Bill Baucon, Steve Freberg, Verna Felton, Alan Reed, George Givot, Dallas McKennon, Lee Millar. An animated musical about Lady, a lovingly pampered cocker spaniel, and Tramp, a jaunty freedom-loving mutt with a heart of gold, who share an enthralling romance and thrilling adventures.

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