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The San Diego Asian Film Festival Is Going On Now Through Nov. 9th

November 2nd, 2012 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

Sandy Eggans, nearby Southern Californians, and film buffs alike:

The 13th Annual San Diego Film Festival (SDAFF) is going on right now through Nov. 9th at the Mission Valley UltraStar Cinemas.

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!

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS:

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.

Jamie Chung in SDAFF's centerpiece film, EDEN

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.

Chung Chang-wha's FIVE FINGERS OF DEATH

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

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#Linsanity, The Valentine’s (Or VaLintine’s) Day Edition: Who Should Be Jeremy Lin’s Basketball Wife?

February 14th, 2012 | 10 comments | Posted by Jen

So Linsanity took, what, all of a week to sweep the nation? Now what?

If Jeremy Lin keeps playing the way he’s been playing, he’s going to have to negotiate a much bigger contract when he becomes an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. (Currently, he makes the league minimum.) But that’s for his sports agent to figure out.

And dude needs a place to live, since he’s currently–and adorably–crashing with his older brother Josh, who’s in dentistry school at NYU. But that’s for his real estate agent to figure out. Preferably after his sports agent figures out where Lin will be playing next year.

After all that, the next thing Lin ought to figure out is who his “And One” will be. Because nothing–apart from a lot of sparkly man-jewelry–says “I’ve arrived” in the NBA quite like a Basketball Wife, a boo to cheer you on when everyone else is, well, booing your sorry ass. And since it happens to be the holiday of bitterness, loneliness, cliched expressions of affection, flawed diamonds, deli flowers, teddy bears that give you allergies, cheap boxes of chocolates, and crying yourself to sleep, er, LOVE, I’ve taken it upon myself to be Jeremy’s matchmaker. (And, yes, my ten percent cut can totally come in the form of courtside seats.)

JAMIE CHUNG

Like it or not, at the moment, Jamie is arguably the most famous young Asian American Continue reading #Linsanity, The Valentine’s (Or VaLintine’s) Day Edition: Who Should Be Jeremy Lin’s Basketball Wife?

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BIRTHDAY CELEBRASIAN! Jamie Chung

April 8th, 2010 | 6 comments | Posted by Diana

Happy birthday to Jamie Chung, who is awfully cute, normal, pretty, zZzzzZzZ, and tan!

We hope you have a great year, Jamie, doing cute things with cool sorority girlfriends and having lots of fun! You’re so… um… pretty!

[Wikipedia: Jamie Chung]

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Balls

June 24th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

Hey–check out the new Dragonball movie poster:


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Thanks, Jasmine!

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"I’m an Aries."

February 15th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

Do any of you remember Jamie Chung from The Real World: San Diego a few years back?

That ok, we barely remember her either. If you do, perhaps what you best recall is that on the most boring season of The Real World ever, there was once the most boring reality cast member ever, and that, my friends was zzZzzJamiezzZzZzz.

You’ll be glad to know that Jamie hasn’t given up her average pursuit for fame since her lackluster television “debut,” and is still mowing her way through the challenging world of swimsuit modeling (Jen said today, “well, I guess that makes sense”) and acting.

Rest assured that her sound bytes haven’t gotten any more interesting:

“I like to show skin so LA is a perfect place for me.”

“I think I’m single because I’m really busy.”

“I go on a lot of auditions.”

“I travel a lot.”

“I’m an Aries.”

…but her Photoshop-enhanced, bulbous rack sure has.

Never one to leave a snoozer in the fray, wonderbread network ABC Family, led by Paul “Not Like Bruce” Lee, has jumped to the rescue. He recently announced the net’s new series, Samurai Girl, which will star Chung in a fascinating femme fatale role:


“Samurai Girl,” based on the popular young adult novels, centers on 19-year-old Heaven (Jamie Chung), a Japanese girl who learns that her adoptive father is the head of the Yakuza and possibly had her brother murdered. She leaves her family to train in the ways of the samurai and to plot against her father’s evil empire with the help of her new American friends.

So funny, How often do you find yourself singing while walking around the house: “Oh, I get by with a little help from my American friends?”

Man alive! We do believe that retarded tingles we get while reading the Samurai Girl short treatment are the only things keeping us awake. If Jen and I can keep our eyes open until the show premieres, we’ll be maybe sure to possibly watch an episode or two.

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Thanks, jRu!

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