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Sandy Eggans, nearby Southern Californians, and film buffs alike:
As one of the largest film exhibitions of its kind in North America with more than 150 films from 20 countries, this year’s Festival features exclusive North American and West coast premieres, screening locations throughout San Diego County, a lifetime tribute to FIVE FINGERS OF DEATH director Chung Chang-wha, and a Gala Awards Dinner.
I had the honor of serving as one of the judges of the SDAFF this year, and I promise there are many excellent films to see in this festival!
Gala Awards Dinner on Saturday, November 3, at Town & Country Hotel in Mission Valley (500 Hotel Circle North, San Diego, CA), presented by Wells Fargo. An estimated 700 community and business leaders, and celebrities including George Takei, will attend as the Festival announces its top films, plus a live auction with business class tickets on Japan Airlines, and special performances from ALLEGIANCE THE MUSICAL, Culture Shock, and Goh Nakamura. Proceeds benefit REEL VOICES for at-risk youth, and other year-round programs. Scheduled to emcee: comedian Randall Park.
Centerpiece film on Sunday, November 4 at UltraStar Mission Valley with the powerful narrative film, EDEN, starring Jamie Chung (Hangover 2, Sucker Punch) and Beau Bridges (The Descendants, Brothers & Sisters). EDEN is based on the true story of Chong Kim, a Korean American who was kidnapped into an international sex trafficking ring. Chung, Kim, and director Megan Griffiths are scheduled to attend.
Closing Night film on Sunday, November 9 at UltraStar Mission Valley with the West Coast Premiere of Japanese romantic comedy LOVE STRIKES!. With its nervy Edgar Wright dazzle, LOVE STRIKES! is a romantic comedy for the neurotics, the romantics, and the new media junkies. It’s for the men who want to see the most insecure versions of themselves score, and for the women who think it’s cute when nerdy guys squirm.
SDAFF pays tribute to Director Chung Chang-Wha with a Lifetime Achievement award. In 1972, Warner Bros. sought a film to capitalize on America’s excitement for TV’s Green Hornet and Kung Fu. Enter Chung Chang-wha, a 19-year veteran in the Korean film industry turning out spectacular melodramas, swordsplay films, and costume pictures. The result was FIVE FINGERS OF DEATH which, under Warners’ watch, became an international sensation that remained on the North American box office charts for nearly three months. For a foreign production in a xenophobic market, the film was an unprecedented success that precipitated a two-year kung fu craze. Today, it continues to be emulated in films like Kill Bill and The Man with the Iron Fists. Director Chung brought a jolt of energy to Hong Kong (and beyond) with his craft and his cosmopolitan smarts. For his art, for his passion, and for his imprint on world cinema, the San Diego Asian Film Festival is proud to award Chung Chang-wha its Lifetime Achievement Award.
As always, the San Diego Asian Film Festival premieres many of Asia’s hottest films. Notable North American Premieres include NUCLEAR NATION (Berlin Film Festival,Hong Kong International Film Festival), ARCHITECTURE 101 (one of the biggest Korean hits of the year), and CHA CHA FOR TWINS (Best Narrative Film, Taipei Film Festival). Major West Coast Premieres include the latest from the world’s top directors: Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s MEKONG HOTEL, Sion Sono’s THE LAND OF HOPE, Kim Jee-woon’s DOOMSDAY BOOK, and Yoshihiro Nakamura’s CHIPS. SDAFF is also proud to host the West Coast Premieres of some of the most talked-about discoveries on the international festival circuit: APPARITION (Philippines), SLEEPLESS NIGHT (South Korea), HENGE (Japan), LATE SUMMER (USA), MEMORIES LOOK AT ME (China).
￼Tickets can be purchased at the UltraStar Cinemas Mission Valley box office for 2 (Member $8.00 | General $11.50) starting today, November 2. Student/Military/Senior/and Group discounts are available.
For ticketing info, full film details, and schedule, please visit the SDAFF official website or contact 619.400.5911 | info@Pac-Arts.org
Jeremy Lin is bringing Linsanity to Houston (much to Jen’s delight), and to the cover of GQ magazine’s November issue. [GQ]
George Takei wrote in memory of Matthew Shepard for National Coming Out Day, which was October 11. [That Blog Is So Takei!]
Democratic candidate for Congress Tammy Duckworth and Republican congressman and Tea Party favorite Joe Walsh squared off in what became a heated debate on October 9. Duckworth is the challenger in the race to represent Illinois’ eighth congressional district. [Chicago Tribune]
As long as we’re talking about politics, you’ve already registered to vote, right? If you haven’t, please accept my official stamp of DISGRASIAN DISAPPROVAL and then go register already. [18 Million Rising]
New York taxi driver Mansoor Khalid is the sweetest man in town. Inspired by memory of his 2-year-old son, who died in April from heart disease, he keeps sweet treats to give to passengers of his “NYC Candy Cab.” [New York Daily News]
Our pal Molly Lambert is serious about her admiration for comedic actress Olivia Munn. [Grantland]
This is no laughing matter, though: some women in Hong Kong have died after having a beauty procedure that’s actually meant to treat cancer patients. [Jezebel]
Thank Apple and their new Maps app for showing us all where where Taiwan’s secret military installations are. [Shanghaiist]
British Sign Language signers will no longer use slanted eyes to indicate a Chinese person, nor point to their foreheads for a person from India. [Daily Mail]
So there’s this vest that will hug you whenever someone likes a photograph, video, or status update on your Facebook wall, and I want one, so somebody get me this for Christmas or my birthday, okay? [Melissakitchow.com]
Is it just me, or is this billboard advertising jewelry in India with, you know, an actual live lady trapped in a huge necklace, kinda creepy? [BuzzFeed]
Episode one of Eddie Huang’s video series for Vice, “Fresh Off the Boat,” is up, and it looks delicious and awesome. [YouTube]
Ashley Quach illustrated a beautiful tribute to her old college pal, Grace Lee, who is on life support after being diagnosed with a brain tumor. Until very recently, Lee wanted to be taken off life support in opposition to her parents’ wishes. [Sassquach]
“I doubt someone like Fisher would understand how her background made it easier for her to be a competitive college candidate in the first place.” An Ebony magazine op-ed considers affirmative action, discrimination, and Abigail Fisher, whose case against the University of Texas at Austin is currently being heard by the Supreme Court. [Ebony]
14 year old Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai is in stable condition after being shot in the head by Taliban gunmen last week. She was targeted for being a vocal supporter of education for girls in her country. [India Today]
While President Obama was the victor in the second presidential debate with GOP candidate Mitt Romney, Romney’s comment about requesting “binders full of women” is a viral hit on the internet. BuzzFeed rounded up their 23 best Twitter jokes. [BuzzFeed]
Filed under: 18 Million Rising, Abigal Fisher, Affirmative Action, Apple Maps, Ashley Quach, Awesome Asian Bad Guys, British Sign Language, crazy billboard in India, cuddle cafe, Eddie Huang, Facebook vest, Fisher v. Unive, Fresh Off the Boat, George Takei, Grace Lee, Intern Jasmine's Links of the Daysian, Malala Yousafzai, Mansoor Khalid, Melissa Chow, Mental Illness Awareness Week, Mic Nguyen, National Coming Out Day, NYC Candy Cab, Olivia Munn, Soneiya, SungEun Grace Lee, Taiwan, Tammy Duckworth
If this is what it is like to work for the legendary restauranteur Mr. Chow, sign me up for Camp Chow. [Nowness]
All the way with George Takei! Our favorite Star Trek cast member (original flava, of course) is going to be on the next season of “Celebrity Apprentice.” [Crushable]
Congratulations, Matthew Fox! You’re the latest White dude to save Japan on the big screen. We’ll be sending you a floral arrangement in the shape of Tom Cruise’s character from The Last Samurai. [Movieline]
The Japanese National Tourism Organization really wanted to fly 10,000 folks to Japan for free, but, alas, they cannot. [The Savvy Stews]
Our dreams of being Twitter besties with the one and only Wendi “Mrs. Rupert Murdoch” Deng have been dashed. The Twitter account @wendi_deng, which took Twitter by storm a few days ago was run by an imposter.[Gawker]
TWIN BABY POLAR BEARS!!! [The Awl]
Filed under: @wendi_deng, Celebrity Apprentice, George Takei, Intern Jasmine's Links of the Daysian, Japanese National Tourism Organization, Manny Pacquiao, Matthew Fox, Mr. Chow, Pacquiao Produce, Polar Bears, Twitter
Wonder what Yoko thinks of Herman Cain‘s pizza version of “Imagine.” Yup, you heard us. A pizza version of “Imagine.” [Daily Intel]
Gautam Raghavan is the new LGBT liaison in the White House Office of Public Engagement. [Metroweekly.com]
The Society of Professional Journalists urge newsrooms to stop using the terms “illegal alien” and “illegal immigrant”.[mije.org]
Amit Gupta of Photojojo has acute leukemia. Everybody, especially South Asians, please get tested to see if you’re a bone marrow match! [Laughing Squid]
Meanwhile, Sanrio came up with a Steve Jobs version of Hello Kitty. What? [Crunchyroll]
Super cool or super crazy? This dude in the Philippines totally got a bunch of plastic surgery so he’d look like Superman. [The Well Versed]
“She ran up the wall and made it look easy.” Internet, meet your new wall-climbing champion. [The Daily Mail]
William and Kate who?! JIGME + JETSUN 4-EVA! Congratulations to King Jigme of the Kingdom of Bhutan and his lovely bride. [Life]
Urban Outfitters selling “Navajo panties” is not only tasteless and offensive, it may also be illegal. [Racialicious]
Oh my! Star Trek alum and one of our favorite gaysians George Takei is going to be a contestant on the next season of Celebrity Apprentice. [The Advocate]
Filed under: acute leukemia, amit gupta, Bhutan, Celebrity Apprentice, gautaum raghavan, George Takei, Hello Kitty, Intern Jasmine's Links of the Daysian, Karen Tongson, LGBT, navajo panties, Steve Jobs, White House, White House Office of Public Engagement
KoreAm lists DISGRASIAN as one of the top 10 Asian American blogs in their November 2010 issue. YAYSIAN! [KoreAm]
Janice Min is the new editor of the Hollywood Reporter, and the cover of her first issue features a bevy of Oscar-worthy actresses. But, um, could somebody introduce Janice to some women of color? That cover’s as white as the Hollywood issue of Vanity Fair! [The Feed - Thanks, Erica!]
George Takei knows the word “douchebag”, and he knows how to use it when ripping Arkansas school board member and homophobe Clint McCance a new one. [YouTube]
The DISGRASIANtern wants some Hello Kitty Reeboks for DISGRASIANmas, please. [BuzzFeed]
If you don’t like calling Kim Jong-il “Dear Leader,” how about using one of his many nicknames like “Sun of Communist Future” or, um, “Glorious General, Who Descended From Heaven”? Wikipedia has a full list of his titles. [Wikpedia via kottke.org]
Filed under: a dictator by any other names is just as evil, Clint McCance is a douchebag, George Takei, Hello Kitty, Hollywood Reporter, Janice Min, Kim Jong Il, KoreAm, Reebok, The Trevor Project, top 10 Asian American blogs
Finally! Two men on TMGTL with truly sound, loving, smart relationship advice. And they just so happens to be the two halves of our favorite-favorite-FAVORITE couple, George Takei and Brad Altman:
Looks like these old truths haven’t changed!
1. Love requires sharing.
2. Love requires patience.
3. Even the best couples argue about wilted produce.
4. Trying to keep everything in context is important.
5. You have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find your prince or princess.
6. ALL THE BEST ONES ARE GAY OR TAKEN. Or in this case, BOTH!
Filed under: Advice, Brad Altman, Cute Couples, Did Somebody Mention Kissing? We're In, Gaysians, George Takei, Great Spouses, Hubbies, Husbands, Patience Is A Virtue, Produce, Sharing Is Hard, The Man's Guide To Love
I bonded with Phil (aka Angry Asian Man) this weekend over the decades we’ve spent crushing on Tamlyn Tomita. For me, Tamlyn is forever Kumiko from Karate Kid II, her film debut, with all of that wispy hair and that worried, downturned, but oh-so-pretty mouth. I’m pretty sure she’s the first Asian girl movie character I ever saw get the boy–albeit a skinny wuss who got his ass beat 12 times across three acts until the last 10 frames of the movie, but whatevs. Tamlyn has a Manchurian Candidate kind of effect on me, wherein I see her lovely face and then I break into an awful rendition of “The Glory of Love” that would most likely get me killed in Borneo.
Last night, Tamlyn had a cameo on the show we love to hate, Heroes, where she played Hiro’s mother, who dies when he’s a young child. And she looked goooooood. So good, in fact, that her playing the wife of George Takei seemed really creepy, as though George’s character had actually robbed the cradle. Tamlyn…what’s your secret, gurl?
William Shatner took a shatner on George Takei this week by posting an interview on YouTube discussing why he wasn’t invited to Takei’s recent wedding. Among the things Captain James T. Kirk said about Sulu were:
“There is such a sickness there. It’s so patently [mispronounced 'pay-tently' --ed.] obvious that there is a psychosis there.”
“You would think he had this epiphany and say – because he and I don’t have many years left in this world – ‘I wish him well. I’m so happy that I wish him well.’ But instead what he does is he makes this big deal about not inviting me to his wedding. If I was such a terrible force in his life – even some 40-odd years later, because I’ve not seen him – that I effect his marriage where he has to isolate it, what kind of sickness is going on in the man?”
“It’s sad. I feel nothing but pity for him.”
You can watch the full interview below:
In response, Takei told Entertainment Tonight that he had in fact invited Shatner to the wedding, calling The Shat’s video rant, “silliness.” And we’re inclined to believe George. Because he may not know how to sing fer shit, but he seems a whole lot less sick and psychotic than the puffy, suspenders-wearing, sausage-fingered weirdo-who-doth-protest-too-much in that video.
If these aren’t the cutest wedding photos we’ve ever seen, we’re not sure what are! Many, many, many congratulasians go out to George Takei and his handsome hubby Brad Altman on their recent nuptials! We foresee a future of lots and lots of super-duper happy years spent together in domestic bliss (although, speaking from personal experience, we must insert the caveat that sometimes domestic life is just “super” and not always so “duper”).
The happy daysians–resulting from last week’s California Supreme Court ruling that cleared the way for gay marriage–just keep on coming! George Takei announced on his blog over the weekend that he now plans to marry his partner of over two decades, Brad Altman–and even though we hate weddings we can’t help but get kinda weepy and super-sentimental about it.
Congratulasians, Takei and Altman! Can we please be invited to the wedding? We are great gift givers and willing to dance until the band loads out.
Filed under: Amazian Gaysians, Announcements, Brad Altman, Congratulasians, Cute Couples, Every Week is Gay Pride Week, George Takei, Gift Givers, Happy Daysians, The California Supreme Court, Weddings
CBS announced today that they will not be airing any more episodes of their new reality show, Secret Talents of the Stars, which first aired on Wednesday.
For those of you who missed the premiere, it featured George Takei singing the country classic, “On the Road Again.”
…But he can’t be faulted for the cancellasian! We don’t know about you, but we found his performance to be incredibly sweet and endearing, in addition to the fact that we loved his shirt and had no idea his voice had such a rich timbre. For what it’s worth, we simply love Takei–he kind of reminds us of our respective dads, who both actually have pretty damn good singing voices, too.
This performance was better suited for a party hosted by DISGRASIAN, set on a dimly lit stage in a K-town karaoke bar, and fueled by vodka and scotch. Don’t blame Takei for the death of Secret Talents. He didn’t art direct the stupid show. He just rocked it!
Page Six reported yesterday that Hank Azaria, who does multiple voices for The Simpsons, went on an internet talk show recently and claimed that The Simpsons no longer employs George Takei to do voiceovers because “he ‘creeped out the staff’ and kept calling one of the interns ‘sweetie.’”
HAYDEN: OMG. I am so uncomfortable right now.
GEORGE: What’s wrong, sweetie?
HAYDEN: It’s like creepy-crawlies are under my skin.
GEORGE: Oh, sweetie, you poor thing.
Is George Takei creepy? Hmm…I feel like we’re not getting the full story here from Page Six (imagine that). But about George calling one of the interns “sweetie,” isn’t that, for a gaysian, like, um…what am I trying to, um, say here…um…oh right!
Isn’t that like me saying, “um”?