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East Asians & East Asian Americans in Film

Perpetual Emotion 101

Bangs / a film by Carolynne Hew (8 min.) -- Mouse / a Greg Pak film (11 min.) -- Kung pao chicken / by Richard Kim (6 min.) -- Lessons in defensive driving / written and directed by Carla San Diego (6 min.) -- Fall 1990 / by Quentin Lee (35 min.) A collection of short dramas by emerging Asian American filmmakers. Bangs: Presents a young girl's drastic response to peer pressure and media standards of beauty. Mouse: A mouse hunt takes top priority over a heated discussion about pregnancy. Kung Pao Chicken: How a Chinese chef proves that the chopstick is mightier than the fork.

Peter Pan (1924)

Direced by Herbert Brenon. Featuring Anna May Wong as "Tiger Lily, Chieftainess of the Indians." 102 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Picadilly (1929)

Direced by E.A. Dupont. Cast: Anna Mae Wong, Jameson Thomas, Gilda Gray, Charles Laughton, Cyril Ritchard, Hannah Jones. "Just before making his talkie directorial debut with Atlantic, director E.A. DuPont dashed off the silent "backstage" drama Piccadilly. By the time the film was released in 1929, talking pictures had taken a firm hold of the British film industry, obliging DuPont to reshoot much of the picture with dialogue.

Picture Bride (1995)

Direced by Kayo Hatta. Cast: Youki Kudoh, Akira Takayama, Tamlyn Tomita, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa. In the early 1900's a young Japanese woman, leaving behind an unhappy past, goes to Hawaii as a mail order bride to marry a man she knows only through a photograph. Although she is disappointed when he turns out to be older than his picture indicated, she finds that life in this new land is more exciting and satisfying than she expected. 95 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Ping Pong Playa (2007)

Directed by Jessica Yu. Cast: J Jimmy Tsai, Khary Payton, Smith Cho, Peter Paige, Roger Fan, Jim Lau, Elizabeth Sung, Scott Lowell, Stephnie Weir. When a champion ping pong player gets hurt, his brother C-dub, a gansta-rapper wannabe, must face off against a devious rival player in the ping pong tournament of the year. With help from some unusual kids, C-dub just might be up to the challenge. Special features: Audio commentary with director/co-writer Jessica Yu and actor/co-writer Jimmy Tsia; "Warm-up drills" featurette; "Post-game" featurette; theatrical trailer. 96 min.

Porky's Movie Mystery (1944)

Animated short. Directed by Friz Freleng. In this parody of the "Mr. Moto" series, a mysterious phantom is causing trouble at the Warner Bros Studios. The police call in Mr. Motto (Porky Pig) to investigate.

Portrait in Black (1960)

Directed by Michael Gordon. Cast: Lana Turner, Anthony Quinn, Sandra Dee, John Saxon, Lloyd Nolan. Featuring Anna May Wong as Tani, a housekeeper. 113 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Pushing Hands (1992)

Directed by Ang Lee. Cast: Sihung Lung, Lai Wang, Bo Z. Wang, Deb Snyder, Haan Lee. A tai-chi master and widower moves from Beijing to a New York suburb to live with his only son. With a daughter-in-law who has no use for him and an ever-changing society, problems quickly arise. He is forced to call upon his tai-chi teachings and it's "pushing hands" to give him the balance needed to survive in this poignant and comic tale. 100 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
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Red Doors (2005)

Directed by Georgia Lee. Cast: Jacqueline Kim, Freda Foh Shen, Kathy Shao-Lin Lee, Elaine Kao, Mia Riverton, Sebastian Stan, Jayce Bartok, Rossif Sutherland, Tzi Ma. Red Doors tells the story of the Wongs, a bizarrely dysfunctional Chinese-American family living in the New York suburbs. When the father of the family suddenly disappears, it inspires life-changing perspectives in each of his three daughters who must individually examine her own understanding of the role and connection she has to the family.

Romeo Must Die (2000)

Directed by Andrzej Bartkowiak. Cast: Jet Li, Aaliyah, Isaiah Washington, Russell Wong, DMX, Delroy Lindo. In this modern day Romeo and Juliet, gravity-warping martial arts, cool visual effects and an all-star music track combine in a revved-up action movie. Rough-and-ready Han (Jet Li) shares an attraction with Trish O' Day (Aaliyah) even though their families are rivals in a fierce Oakland turf battle. The two also share plenty of danger as they try to find the real cause of the blood feud. 115 min.

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