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Some Early Fall 2015 Movie Previews

jackiechan compiled - Tue, 07/07/2015 - 19:30

Hey movie goers, as we are beyond halfway through the summer movie releases, let’s start looking ahead for fall movies.   Here are a few picks from the PCU Crew to keep an eye on releasing in September through early November.

 

No Escape – September 2, 2015

Ok, so how often do you see Owen Wilson do a serious portrayal? While you are counting, check out this trailer which features Wilson and Pierce Brosnan in the middle of a violent uprising with seemingly no way out.

Dragon Road – September 4, 2015

This movie will be one of the few that will release simultaneously in theaters and also Video on Demand. You can call it a new experiment that movie producers are working on to see if movie goers will try doing this instead of always going to the theater.  Starring Jackie Chan and John Cusak (yes…THAT John Cusak), this movie features the battle of the Silk Road trade route.   Adrian Brody plays a Roman general coming to claim the trade route with Chan and Cusack’s characters teaming up to defend it.

The Perfect Guy – September 11, 2015

First off, thank you movie gods, not another Madea movie.  This romantic and heartwarming movie, starring Sanaa Lathan, Morris Chestnut and Michael Ealy, looks at the issue of breaking up, starting over and learning to let go.  No…sorry, it’s not that simple.  Watch the trailer;  Lathan’s character, Leah Vaughn breaks up with one of those guys…the other goes psycho on Vaughn in this David Rosenthal thriller. Anybody got bets that the ex comes back to save the day?

Hotel Transylvania 2 – September 25, 2015

It’s a bit early for Halloween, but a nice movie for the little ones to see. Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez as well as a few others reprise their roles as Vlad (Mel Brooks) comes to town. Vlad has a few secrets to share and a few lives are turned upside down. Sounds like this should be a Thanksgiving movie.

Legend – October 2, 2015

Tom Hardy, along with…Tom Hardy, stars as Reggie and Ron Kray, twins who were the most notorious gangsters of the East End of London during the 50’s and 60’s. The film is based John Pearson’s book, The Profession of Violence: The Rise and Fall of the Kray Twins which came out in 1972 and nominated for an Edgar Allen Poe Award

The Martian – October 2, 2015

Two years ago Matt Damon starred as a man stranded on Earth trying to get off.  This go around he stars as an astronaut who gets stranded on Mars trying to get back to Earth! Afther the brouhaha of Exodus, I wonder if Ridley Scott well get the portrayal of Martians right? Just kidding, the real question will be can he pull people back in at all after last year’s media faux pas.

Pan – October 9, 2015

Speaking of faux pas, Warner Brothers caught heat for the Tiger Lilly casting in Pan.  But that’s a different story.  The question is what will make this movie so much better than the last few we have seen.  The last one in 2003, while it reviewed favorably, barely made its money back.  This movie which should have released this summer, was moved to the fall to avoid clashes with Ant-man and Mission Impossible.   Hopefully X-men alum Hugh Jackman as Blackbeard can help make this movie a success.

Crimson Peaks – October 16, 2015

Oh man, this looks good.  A gothic horror story filled with tragedy, heartbreak and death.  Tom Hiddleston stars in this movie with Mia Wasikowska who plays an author married to a man who is not who he appears to be.  This looks to be a great horror movie in time for Halloween…unless you are waiting for Jem and the Holograms.

The Last Witch Hunter – October 23, 2015

I have to be honest, this looks like this may have either a lot of camp or it may be really good. I mean, you have Elijah Wood, Michael Caine, but it stars Vin Diesel and directed by Breck Eisner, the same guy who directed Sahara. You remember that bomb, right? Well, this movie stars Diesel as a Witch Hunter trying to stop a plague from spreading in New York. I think I heard of this recently…The Strain maybe?  Nice visuals but looks to be a Redbox wait.

Spectre – November 6, 2015

Bond…James Bond.  Nothing more could be said beyond that if you are a 007 fan.  The 24th film starring Daniel Craig releases pitting Bond against a familiar foe from Ian Fleming’s books. Also I am hearing buzz that it may be a good idea to brush up on prior Bond films featuring Craig before seeing this one!

Peanuts – November 6, 2015

There is a high probability that a few days before many of us will have watched the Charlie Brown Halloween special for the eleventy-millionth time in our lives. While it’s a classic that has aged well, it’s kind of amazing that it’s taken this long to get a movie onto the big screen. but then, you have to consider that Charles Schulz ‘ estate did a lot to keep many people from milking and diluting the license.  For those that have little ones that can’t go see Spectre, this movie looks to be a great view right before the holidays sets in.

That should be enough movies to get you through the early fall.   Don’t worry, we didn’t forget about Paranormal Activity part forty, The Transporter Re-Tooled, The Visit and a few others as I can’t think of too many ways to say…”SAVE YOUR MONEY!”

What are some other movies you are looking forward to this fall?  List them below in the comments!

 

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R.I.P. Jerry Weintraub - HIS WAY Documentary

jackiechan compiled - Tue, 07/07/2015 - 07:31

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Today, we lost one of the last Hollywood Movie Moguls – Jerry Weintraub.

Unfortunately for me, I was never blessed to have met his acquaintance in person. However, like most music and movie buffs, I met him through his work as a promoter for Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley, producer of “Nashville”, “Diner”,  “The Karate Kid”  and the “Ocean” films with Brad Pitt, George Clooney and the rest of the gang.  Take a look below at the trailers for Nashville, Diner and Karate Kid 2 (which was remade a few years ago with Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan)

The Karate Kid 2 Trailer

Nashville Trailer

Diner Trailer

Shortly after the news spread in Hollywood about his passing, I ran acrsoss a documentary called “His Way” devoted specifically to life and career of Jerry Weintraub.

Weintraub loved show business and was the world’s greatest salesman (much like his Dad).  Of course, every great salesman knows the pitch is the heart of any successful sale and Jerry Weintraub could pitch like no other, making him an even greater storyteller.

What I learned in “His Way” is that Jerry and his second wife Jane (Morgan) Weintraub speak very candidly about their upbringing (him being Jewish and her not being Jewish), their “open” relationship and how their paths initially crossed.

Jerry Weintraub had no fear and was full of innovative, crazy ideas…making  him a millionaire many times over.  Ideas like cold-calling Colonel Tom Parker and convincing him to take Elvis on tour for a million dollars, a live-televised concert of Frank Sinatra  for ABC-TV – “The Main Event” and managing Grammy-winning folk-singer John Denver.

Many people weigh-in with stories like Irving Azoff, George Clooney, Ellen Barkin, Brad Pitt, Melvyn Weintraub, Susie Ekins, Terry Semel, Steven Soderbergh, Andy Garcia, Matt Damon,  Julia Roberts, Bryan Lourd, Jamie Weintraub, Julie Weintraub, Michael Weintraub, Former U.S. President GeorgeBush  and Former First Lady Barbara Bush, Jody Weintraub, James Caan, Elliot Gould…the list is endless.

The one movie Weintraub was unable to produce before his passing was a film about him, Elvis and Colonel Tom Parker.  Maybe his wish will be granted so that he may look down smiling knowing that he had one more story that was finally being told with the Weintraub “bravado” only he was known and loved for by his family, peers and constituents.

“His Way” can be seen now on HBO NOW, Google Play, Amazon Instant Video, Vudu and YouTube.com

R.I.P. Jerry and as Sinatra sings in one of his classic songs “…Oh what a life”.

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China's move toward restricting foreign NGOs spurs anxiety in many organizations

jackiechan compiled - Sun, 07/05/2015 - 23:14

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Chinese actor Jackie Chan, center, walks with officials in Katmandu, Nepal, last month during a relief program with the Chinese Red Cross. Chinese nonprofits are expanding their reach just as the government is considering a law to restrict foreign nonprofits working in China. (Bikram Rai, AFP/Getty Images)

By Julie Makinen
The Los Angeles Times

When a massive earthquake struck Nepal in April, Chinese nongovernmental organizations rushed in to provide help, making camp on the grounds of the national palace museum and distributing water, food and tents.

A Lions Club chapter in Guangdong province pitched in; so did the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation, among others.

But Chinese nonprofits are not just engaging with neighbors during disasters: They have helped build hospitals in Sudan and organized educational exchanges with African lawyers.

The nascent coming-out reflects China’s economic and social development, as well as a recognition that such activities are a means to enhance the country’s image.

But even as Chinese NGOs have started casting their gaze overseas, international nonprofits working in China are feeling a chill. Draft legislation under consideration could, for the first time, put foreign nonprofits under the direct supervision of China’s security apparatus and impose a range of restrictions. Among the proposed rules: requiring half of all staff to be Chinese and forbidding direct recruitment of volunteers.

The legislation apparently would cover philanthropic groups such as the Gates Foundation and Doctors Without Borders, environmental organizations such as Greenpeace, educational entities and nonprofit trade associations such as the U.S. Meat Export Federation and the Motion Picture Assn. Overseas entities such as orchestras and museums that want to do tours or other short-term activities in China would need consent from security officials.

China says the aim of the legislation is to bring foreign nonprofits out of a legal gray area; many are now essentially registered as businesses on the mainland because China has lacked clear national regulations for foreign NGOs (aside from a few dozen overseas foundations registered with the Ministry of Civil Affairs). The draft law “is part of our effort to rule the country according to law, and also part of our effort to align China with the international community,” Foreign Minister Wang Yi said in an interview.

Wang said the new law would not create obstacles to NGOs that are “dedicated to promoting exchanges and cooperation with the Chinese people in accordance with Chinese laws.” But the proposed legislation comes in wake of the establishment of a new National Security Council, the drafting of a new national security law, and rising government rhetoric warning against the pernicious influence of “Western values.”

The legislation says foreign NGOs must not endanger China’s “national unity, security or ethnic unity” nor “harm China’s national interests” nor “illegally engage in religious activities” and cannot raise money within China.

The proposal has inspired significant anxiety among foreign nonprofits — some of whom say they may be forced to curtail their activities or withdraw from China altogether — as well as many Chinese partner organizations, who worry that their overseas funding and professional support could be cut or criminalized.

Representatives of 10 major foreign nonprofits operating in China, contacted for comment, refused to be quoted by name or organization for fear of antagonizing Chinese authorities. “People are so skittish right now,” said Anthony J. Spires, an associate professor of sociology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong whose research focuses on civil society and NGOs in China. “It’s really a big deal.”

But 45 foreign trade groups and professional organizations, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Recording Industry Assn. of America and the American Bar Assn., wrote an unusual letter last month to Chinese authorities, warning that unless revised, the legislation would have a “significant adverse impact on the future of U.S.-China relations.”

Foreign industry associations, universities, environmental groups, science and technology groups and other NGOs, the 45 signees said, are key to businesses’ research, market development, information sharing, innovation and corporate philanthropy activities. The legislation would even seem to limit Chinese engineers from participating in international professional societies, it said.

As drafted, the law would “negatively impact the ability of companies to do business in China, as well as U.S.-China commercial and people-to-people exchanges,” said James Zimmerman, chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in China. “This is increasingly important as China globalizes and its companies and NGOs expand overseas.”
Exactly how many foreign NGOs operate in China is unclear; Spires put the number at 200 to 300, though some estimates range as high as 6,000. Fewer than 30 foreign foundations are registered with the Civil Affairs Ministry. China has more than 4,000 domestic foundations as well as 600,000 registered domestic NGOs, many of which have significant government participation, despite engaging in NGO-type activities.

The draft legislation calls for foreign entities in China with nonprofit parent organizations abroad to find a Chinese government agency to serve as their “sponsor”; the government is to publish a list of authorized sponsor agencies. But finding a sponsor may prove difficult, experts said, because government officials may be wary of vouching for a foreign entity.

“This would be a political risk, a personal risk” to one’s career, Spires said.

But more concerning, Spires said, was the possible “ripple” damage to links between Chinese civil society groups and foreign nonprofits — cutting off funding, inhibiting mentoring and closing off the exchange of ideas.

“The law basically would prohibit any entity in China from receiving funding or doing partnerships with any non-approved foreign NGOs,” said Huang Xuetao, a Chinese attorney who works with grass-roots organizations. Huang said she believes Communist Party authorities fear that foreign NGOs are promoting “Western values” and ideology.

“For Chinese authorities, this is a real threat; they view Western influence as undermining their role,” she said. “But from a legal point of view, it’s hard to regulate value systems. Laws can mostly only regulate actions.… So they have drafted this law to take away as much freedom as possible and hand it to police.”

A staff member of a foreign nonprofit who has 30 years of experience in China said she believed there were several triggers for the concern among Chinese authorities — including the U.S. surveillance activities revealed by Edward Snowden; the U.S. “pivot” to Asia; and last year’s “Occupy Central” pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, which some mainland Chinese authorities said were instigated or supported by foreign “black hands.”

“All of this has fed a real worsening of bilateral [U.S.-China] relations that is about the worst I’ve ever seen,” she said.

A monthlong comment period on the draft legislation ended in early June, but no Chinese or foreigners working in the sector expressed any optimism that major revisions would be made. Still, several said the real clarity will not come until Public Security authorities begin implementation and enforcement.

“It’s incredibly comprehensive in its approach,” one representative of a European-based nonprofit said. “But we need to see how much micromanagement they do. For example, when they say they want to review our plans yearly, does that mean general plans or something very specific? Nobody knows yet.”

julie.makinen@latimes.com

Tommy Yang in The Times’ Beijing bureau contributed to this report.

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"Wanna Get Away?": A Date Night Story

jackiechan compiled - Sun, 07/05/2015 - 00:28

In a family of nine, date nights are few and far between. But last night we were fortunate enough to escape the laundry piles, childish mayhem and screaming toddlers. We managed our escape by begging the grandparents to babysit. We emphatically promised perfectly behaved children that they could throw countless pieces of sliced cheese and ice cream bars at- which seems to be what these particular grandparents love to do.

With assurances of drooly kisses from a fat-cheeked baby, we suckered the old folks into an eight hour babysitting stint. Poor grey haired saps.

Offering waves, well wishes and silent prayers that they wouldn’t change their minds, my husband and I strolled confidently to the small car and headed downtown. It’s a rare thing to drive in a car like normal people do, instead of our oversized fifteen passenger van.

Our first stop was a ghetto my city likes to refer to as China Town.

“Can you see it from the window?” My husband asked.

Even looking down through the dirty window of a moving car, China Town was unmistakably recognizable. The buildings were covered in yellow Chinese graffiti, it smelled of noodles and Jackie Chan was in the alley whipping an entire masked gang with a trash can lid and a pair of chopsticks.

“Yeah,” I said. “I can see it.”

We met up with good friends and after rock-paper-scissors, entered into the most sweltering hot Chinese restaurant on the face of God’s green earth.

“Ohhhhh, uggh,” Our friend declared upon seeing the interior, “Well, the thing is, I hear the dirtier the restaurant, the better the food is.”

We took her word for it, which in hindsight may have been a mistake.  Although Dim Sum is currently one of our favorite styles of eating asian cuisine, I can now assure you, dear reader, that if the lighting is Dim, then there’s likely Sum-thing they are trying to hide.

The frantic waitress seated us at a clean table accompanied by metal chairs with ripped vinyl seats. She ran up and down the aisles, handing out laminated menus, then snatching them back to hand to new patrons. The Dim Sum was ordered from poorly shot photos and we took turns guessing which item had once been a jellyfish and which one just smelled like it.

Here is where I will say that we are no stranger to Dim Sum. The trick is to find a good Dim Sum restaurant. If you don’t, you might end up wondering if it was actually legal to serve what you just ate- which is what I wondered after I opened my semi-cracked fortune cookie and the message said “There’s a sucker born every minute.”

Date night had just begun.

After dinner we walked to the local ball park to take in a game. I haven’t been to a baseball game in close to ten years and since our city has one of the nicest stadiums in the country, I hit a game on occasion just to see what my tax dollars have paid for against my will.

My husband and I have entirely different motives. He goes to baseball games to watch a sporting event. I go to baseball games to watch people and to garnish fantastic writing material.

Our tickets were scanned, our bags searched, we were wand-ed at the metal detectors by glowing mini-light sabers and overzealous stadium guards. Finally, we were ushered to our seats.

The anthem played, the bats cracked.

A gal with fluorescent green hair, fishnet stockings and several facial piercings stood hugging a rail-thin guy decked out in black and white plaid. An adult sibling group sat directly in front of us and tried to feign interest in being there. A creepy old man sat behind us with two (very young) blonde beauties and tried desperately to schmooze them with his money and flowery words. As luck would have it, a screaming toddler sat directly to my left and gave her parents a run for their money while they tried to chomp on cheeseburgers the size (and cost) of Rhode Island.  Loud, boisterous drunks sat several rows back and blessed us with their eternal opinions on how much the umpire stunk.

My husband looked at me and grinned and who could blame him? This was our section; our little “family” of fellow comrades who would ride out with us the next three hours of emotional turmoil. They would be with us through the highs and lows; through the good calls and the bad plays; through the overpriced beer vendors and the seventh inning stretch.

Pitchers pitched, bats swung, runners ran. The home-town heroes hit home-runs far up into the grandstands. Money rained down from the sky as intoxicated fans on the level above us celebrated by gleefully tossing paper money out of their wallets onto the crowds below.

We ordered nachos with dripping-white cheese from a vendor in a yellow shirt; which took so long to arrive that they likely came straight from Mexico. We ate deep fried Churros that came with so much sugar they were served with a shot of insulin.

We sat chewing on red licorice and “boo-ed” as an embarrassed fan was forcibly removed from the stadium for interfering with a ball in play. This would have been the perfect time to place a SOUTHWEST AIRLINES commercial with the tagline “Wanna Get Away?” on the big screen and how they missed that golden comedic opportunity, I will never know.

Night fell.

We sang “Take me out to the ball game.” We did the wave. We danced and we cheered. The guy in front of us received angry text messages from a girlfriend he’d abandoned to attend the game. My husband, who insisted he wasn’t cold (and refused to bring a jacket), finally caved and draped a fuzzy blue blanket around his arms and tried not to give me the satisfaction.

To our shock and amazement, our team eeked out a victory and the crowds dispersed into the darkness. A Hippie bongo player sat on the sidewalk straddling his drum and beat out melodic rhythms while people maneuvered out of the stadium.

Like cattle, the crowd walked along as venders hocked leftover licorice ropes, bottles of overpriced hose water and JUMBO HOT DOGS which, after a long day in a germ infested water bath, had shriveled down to the size of cocktail weenies.

We marched to the car in the crisp night air, holding hands and moving swiftly along crowded roads. I had silly romantic visions of being swept away by my handsome man to a quiet street and having his love passionately declared under the starlight. Instead, he and I followed a crowd of inebriated college students and watched as an enraged man repeatedly beat a metal sign post with his fists.

The 4-passenger car carried us safely home.

The house was dark. The house was quiet. We dismissed the overwrought (and brave!) battle-worn grandparents. God bless them. We watched gratefully as they staggered toward the door. With torn clothing and hair askew, they left quickly without looking back.

I poured a glass of wine and prepared to sit in silence, which was the perfect time for the baby to offer a blood-curdling scream that curled our toenails and pierced deep into the dead of night.  Lights clicked on and curious, once-sleeping children began making their way to the hallway to see what the fuss was about. The baby responded to her impromptu party by throwing up 3 blocks of cheese, a blue duplo, 12 ice-cream bars and a rubber duck.

And those, my friends, are all the moments that make date night…truly magical.

 

*This post has been featured on For Every Mom

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The First Trailer For 'KUNG FU PANDA 3'

jackiechan compiled - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 01:57

Check out the very first trailer that DreamWorks Animations has released for their upcoming sequel, Kung Fu Panda 3 which can be seen down below!

The sequel hits theaters on January 29, 2016.

Continuing on his now legendary adventures of awesomeness, Po must face two hugely epic, but very different threats: one supernatural and the other a little closer to home. This chapter in the continuing adventures of Kung Fu Panda is directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson, who also helmed the worldwide hit Kung Fu Panda 2, and features a script by series writers Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger.

Jack Black returns as the voice of Po in the film alongside Gary Oldman, Dustin Hoffman, David Cross, Angelina Jolie, Michelle Yeoh, Mads Mikkelsen, Danny McBride, Lucy Liu, Seth Rogen, Jackie Chan, James Hong and Bryan Cranston.

The first two films of DreamWorks Animation’s critically-acclaimed Kung Fu Panda franchise opened in 2008 and 2011. Both films were honored with Academy Award nominations for Best Animated Feature Film. Together, they have generated approximately $1.3 billion at the worldwide box office.

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Dragon Blade 2015

jackiechan compiled - Sun, 06/28/2015 - 10:29

Dragon Blade 2015    Dragon-Blade_2

Ratings: 6.4/10

When corrupt Roman leader Tiberius arrives with a giant army to claim the Silk Road, Huo An teams up his army with an elite Legion of defected Roman soldiers led by General Lucius to protect his country and his new friends.

Director:

Daniel Lee Writer:

Daniel Lee Stars:

John Cusack, Jackie Chan,Adrien Brody

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Influence

jackiechan compiled - Sun, 06/28/2015 - 07:33

The 80’s and 90’s were probably the most pivotal time in my love for martial arts and it was due to movies.  When you’re a kid you don’t know that the fight scenes are all choreographed, and you don’t know that some of the actors don’t even know any real martial arts, but you don’t care.  You’re in it for the moves, for the good guy always winning and for the lessons wise old masters have to offer.

Bare in mind that this was all I had at the time.  There was no internet.  And my parents didn’t want me learning martial arts of any kind.  These films were my teachers.  They were my only connection to martial arts.  I would recreate the scenes.   I would take on a room full of thirty henchmen (these consisted of paper grocery bags randomly arranged around the house – they make a great sound when you kick them), then I’d make my way to the bosses lair and take him out.

There were probably 5 movies when I was a kid that most influenced me.  These 5 are not the best martial arts movies of all time, this is not that kind of list.  These are just movies that I watched over and over and over and they are movies that I fell in love with and that made me fall in love with martial arts.

5.  Enter the Dragon (10yrs old)Enter_the_dragon

There isn’t much I can say about this film that hasn’t already been said, or Bruce Lee for that matter.  But this movie influenced me a lot, as I’m sure it did for millions of American kids (and adults).  The thing that made it great was that Bruce was pretty much invincible.  He was more of a super hero than a martial artist.  He took on the entire temple, pretty much single handed.  The love of this film turned into research about Bruce Lee.  Now this was also before the internet so I had to research the old fashioned way, at the library.  I must have scrolled through a million miles of microfiche (if anyone remembers what that is) to read stories about him.  I had The Tao of Jeet Kune Do on loan for longer than I can remember.  I didn’t understand any of it (being 10 yrs. old) but I just loved holding it and flipping through the pages.  Oh, yeah and I did the Bruce Lee yells as much as I could.

4. American Ninja (8yrs old)

american_ninjaBefore you all start to laugh, this movie was so important to me for one reason and one reason only.  It introduced me to the Ninja.  Before this film I never knew what a ninja was. Once I saw one I was hooked.  I immediately wanted a ninja suit.  I bought a karate magazine and starred at the ninja suits for sale in the back, praying that my parents would buy me one (never happened).  This film also taught me that Americans could be martial artists.  I know it sounds silly, but again, as a little kid I thought that only Asians could be martial artists.  Between all the Bruce Lee movies and late night kung fu flicks it started to feel that way.  But then, one day you see this white guy put on a ninja suit (I think in this film he meditates and then after a puff of smoke the suit magically appears on him – but whatever)  and you think, ‘wow, I can do that too’.  Never did get a ninja suit.  And when you read as an adult that they may never have worn anything close to what we see in films the kid inside you cries a little.

3. Operation Condor (15yrs old)

Jackie Chan.  This man and this film blew me away.  Operation Condor holds a special place in my heart as it was the first Jackie Chan film I ever saw.  I got a job at a Chinese restaurant at 15 washing dishes.  One of the cooks there knew I liked martial arts films.  One night he asked me if I’d ever heard of Jackie Chan, I said no.  So after work one night they took me to a Chinese karaoke restaurant.  This place had a screen that played music videos to go along with the songs.  The cook got up and sang a Chinese song, and the video that played next to it was a montage of scenes from Jackie Chan movies.  I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.  The next day the cook gave me a VHS of Operation Condor.  The entire film was in Chinese, but it didn’t matter.  I must have watched that movie a thousand times before I returned it to him.  The fight choreography in this film got me interested not only in martial arts, but also in the idea of film making.  It made me want to not only be a martial artist, but to also work in film.

And I have to share my favorite scene from this film.  It is one of my favorite movie fights of all time.

2. Bloodsport (11yrs old)

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Bloodsport was a movie my parent’s hated that I watched.  The were a little conservative and the title alone gave them the shivers.  But man did I love this movie. I bought a VHS copy as soon as I saved up the money.  What this movie did for me was introduce me to the idea of other styles of martial arts.  I think at that time I only knew Karate and Ninjas.  I thought everything was karate.  Again, no internet and nobody I knew, knew any better.  So everything was karate until I watched Bloosport.  This film had the several Kung Fu guys, a Muay Thai guy, a Sumo guy, and, some sort of odd monkey style guy.  I wanted to know what these styles were.  So that meant another bike ride to the library and more microfiche.     On a side note this movie also led to me wasting money on future Jean Claude Van Damme films like Lionheart, Double Impact, Universal Soldier and so many more.  Kickboxer was probably the only other one that Van Damme did that I liked as a kid.

1. The Karate Kid  (7yrs old)Karate_kid

You’re lying if you tell me that after seeing this movie that you didn’t practice the crane kick over and over again.  You know you did.  We all did.  It was the move you did when your friends wanted to fake karate fight in the backyard.

But that aside, this film, more than any other sparked my interest in martial arts.  It was the first time I saw Karate.  You never forget your first.

I was one of those kids that got picked on in school.  So watching Daniel go though what he did gave me a little hope that I could turn things around for myself.  All I needed was a teacher.  I needed a Mr. Miyagi.  I never found one.  I sort of did in my 20s when I met my first Kung Fu teacher.  But as a kid I needed a Mr. Miyagi.  There was a small moment when I though I had.  I used to walk around and cut grass for neighbors.  There was a new development that had been built so I ventured over there to knock on some doors.  At one door an Asian man answered the door.  My heart started to race, was this it.  Is it him?  (man I was a dumb kid)  But before I could even ask if I could cut his grass he yelled ‘NO!’ and slammed the door in my face.  Dream crushed.

This film started it all for me and holds a special place in my heart.  I still love it to this day.  Even though the Crane Kick was just a figment of screenwriter Robert Mark Kamen’s imagination, with no ostensible basis in reality it doesn’t matter.  (Here is a great article on a breakdown of the Crane Kick if you’re interested).  This movie more than any other taught me the value of a good teacher, and what martial arts is for and that you should enter into karate or any other martial art seriously and with an open mind and open heart.  But most importantly, there is no half way.

As Miyagi teaches:

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Just Watched: Dragon Blade

jackiechan compiled - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 19:08
My hub and I were excited when Bel told us that Dragon Blade is waiting for us on Plex. This movie w
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Quote Challenge - Day 2 of 3

jackiechan compiled - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 20:43

Day 2 of Quote ChallengeI strongly believe in this one quote from the movie The Karate Kid. We all have our own set of challenges. While you are busy in your life, someone else is fighting a different battle in their life. There will be sunny days and there will be gloomy days. When we must have signed up for life, this would have been the agreement that each one of us would have accepted to agree – no exceptions!

When we are knocked down by life, who can pull us up? Yes, our family, friends, loved ones but most important person who can pull you up is YOU. If we choose to get back and get going, we will make the days in our life count. This may be tough but in my mind and heart, this is the right thing to do.

Thank you Madhavi and Corinne for nominating me for the 3-Day Quote Challenge and today it’s Day 2!

Want to know what is this 3-Day Quote Challenge? Here it is –

  • Post one of your favorite quotes(different quote on each day) on three consecutive days. The quote can be from your favorite book, author, or your own. –
  • Nominate 3 bloggers to challenge them – Today I nominate these awesome bloggers Sacha, Aseem and Lata
  • Thank the blogger, who nominated you.

 

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The American Battle Royale: “Kung Fu High School”

jackiechan compiled - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 09:23

If You Like…

  • Battle Royale
  • The Hunger Games
  • Harry Potter house-sorting
  • “Gangs of New York”

Then You’ll Like…

Kung Fu High School by Ryan Gattis

rageAre you a Jackie Chan fan? Bruce Lee? Jet Li? Tony Jaa? Countless other kung fu action movie stars? You’re not alone. I too indulged in many a Jackie Chan flicks as a kid and teen, and I’ve grown to respect these men even more knowing they did all their own stunt-work, even the more dangerous stuff. But how would you translate their fighting style into a book? How would you describe the tension, the moves?

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Kung Fu High School by Ryan Gattis.

Before “Games” Were Cool

When I say “Games” I’m mostly talking about dystopian competition stories, i.e. The Hunger Games or “Game of Thrones.” See, before these types of things became cool in my life, I found Kung Fu High School, a story about school that is so overrun with gang violence, it’s a shock that the place hasn’t been torn down. It’s a tale of kids killing each other, and being sorted into families that kill for each other to come out on top. Sound familiar, yet?

Illustration by Brandon Gattis. The book is full of Brandon's illustrations, showing weapons, armor, and more.

Illustration by Brandon Gattis. The book is full of Brandon’s illustrations, showing weapons, armor, and more.

This book is the story of Jen, a student at Good Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King High School, which has been dubbed by the young people of the town as “Kung Fu High School.” Why is that, you ask? Told from her voice, Jen explains that the students of this school are from impoverished parts of town, and what sets this school apart is its ridiculous social structure, if you can call it that. Once you’re “beat in” as a freshman, you’re sorted into one of the six “families” in the student body. They’re essentially gangs – Waves, Wolves, Runners, Whips, Fists, and Blades – protecting their own through various kinds of martial arts and street fighting. Preparing to go to school every morning is like going to war; not only do you pack protective gear and first aid, but you hide homemade weapons on your person too. Just in case.

Because of this segregation and dangerous environment, dojos sprang up around their town like “kung fu kapitalism” when kids started to wise up to the fact that they needed to know how to defend themselves: “Karate, Sumo, Judo, Aikido, Jujitsu…Hapkido, Tae Kwon Do…Muay Thai…Filipino Escrima, Vanilla Kickboxing, Krav Maga…” and the list goes on. In their school hierarchy, the top of the food chain is Ridley, a drug kingpin and the sole reason that school remains open (his younger brother Fred has “mental retardation,” so Ridley uses a lot of his resources to build the best Special Education program in the state. Kind of ironic.)

So that’s the set-up. The main plot of the story is that Jen’s cousin, Jimmy Chang, has been sent to live with her family, after a public incident where he beat up some thugs in the street. The catch is that Jimmy Chang is an undefeated kung fu champion from Hong Kong, and has promised his mother not to fight anymore. But as soon as he steps into Kung Fu High School he’s got a target on his back, and Ridley feels threatened. While trying to navigate the school year without being killed, Jimmy and Jen are also fighting against an internal battle, as some families fall and are swallowed up those loyal to Ridley.

What I enjoyed the most out of this gnarly story was Jen’s voice and how she was written. In fact, at first you don’t even know that she’s a girl until a few chapters in. The point of view is very conversational speak, gritty and full of slang, and I love it. You are a stranger in a strange town, and Jen is your guide, walking you through how to survive and what it takes. While it’s considered a writing faux pas to tell and not show, Jen does just that for many of the chapters and it works. After all, as readers we are dumped into this violent world without warning, and need a helping hand like hers to get around.

In terms of tone, it’s very Tarantino-esque: a reality that follows a different set of rules and is very violent, but throws in the odd chuckle every now and again to ground the audience. The characters are memorable and the survival instincts are palpable. It’s not your typical Hollywood action fight scenes either, where the heroes barely get a scratch or outwit their opponents at the last second. Think of the fights as Chris Pine’s Capt. James Kirk from the “Star Trek” reboot; remember how he was always getting his ass kicked in the beginning? He was a bloody mess, and that’s pretty much how all the characters are in this book. All the time. When the hell do they have time for actual  schoolwork, let alone graduating?

Not Your Average YA Novel

While Kung Fu High School may have passed under the radar for a lot of YA readers, I’ve found that this book has a bit of a cult following on the internet. No surprise, and I gladly join them. This book is gritty, bloody, and almost beautiful in how Jen describes the fight scenes she’s involved in. It’s true drama at it’s finest, straight from the streets and the hormones of high school, covered in bloody fists. While cartoonish at times in its depiction, I dare to say that it’s one of the more honest depictions of gang violence that I’ve ever read. Also, to pull a page from George RR Martin, some characters die that you didn’t expect to. Word of warning. It’s definitely a far cry from typical YA books, with dashing, talented heroines overcoming corruption, governments, and cliques. It really is the underrated American Battle Royale, and deserves a spot on your bookshelf.

There was one flaw, and I hate that it has to do with what makes this a YA novel to begin with. Not just that they’re teenagers, but that a romance is shoehorned in between the fight scenes and “family” intrigue. To make it worse, it falls under the purview of incest. Yes, Jen and Jimmy have feelings for each other, but they’re cousins. They’re aware of the fact that they are cousins, and fight their feelings, but ultimately they become intimate. While not explicitly described, it’s heavily implied. As I was reading, I had to tell myself to ignore the fact that it’s pretty much incest and keep turning the page. It’s nothing too on-screen, but it bothered me nonetheless.

However, this in no way detracts from how freaking awesome this book is. If you’re angry, sad, stressed or need to vent in some way and want to read something that won’t hit you back, pick up a copy of Kung Fu High School. Paperback copies are going for one cent on Amazon, so it’s a great investment.

Will Make You Feel Like: Picking a fight with a punching bag. Or a pillow.

Music to Listen to While Reading: Heavy metal

Publisher: Harcourt Books

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Joseph Fiennes To Star In 'Chariots Of Fire' Follow Up 'The Last Race'

jackiechan compiled - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 17:16
Joseph Fiennes is set to star in The Last Race, an unofficial follow-up to multi-award winning Brit
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China says economic losses from drug abuse hit $81 billion a year | Reuters

jackiechan compiled - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 15:11

China on Wednesday gave its first-ever assessment of the scourge of drug abuse, saying it caused annual economic losses of 500 billion yuan ($80.54 billion) and as many as 49,000 deaths last year.

China has intensified a crackdown on drugs as the rise of a new urban class with greater disposable income has fueled a surge in the numbers of drug addicts.

In its fight on drug abuse, the government arrested a string of celebrities, including the son of Hong Kong kungfu movie star Jackie Chan. Jaycee Chan, 32, was released in February, after serving a six-month jail sentence on drug charges.

China has more than 14 million drug users, Liu Yuejin, assistant minister of public security, told a news conference.

“The direct economic losses caused by drug use in the entire country have hit 500 billion yuan annually,” Liu said.

Drug abuse had killed at least 49,000 registered users by the end of 2014 and fueled a rise in crimes such as murder, abduction and rape, Liu added.

China’s share of synthetic drug users eclipsed heroin users for the first time last year, according to an annual report on the drug situation.

By the end of 2014, China had about 1.2 million users of methamphetamine, up almost 41 percent from a year earlier.

Two major overseas drug sources for China are southeast Asia’s “Golden Triangle,” where the borders of Myanmar, Thailand and Laos meet, and south Asia’s “Golden Crescent“, which includes Afghanistan and Pakistan, Liu said.

Heroin and methamphetamine are being smuggled into China’s southwestern province of Yunnan and region of Guangxi, which both border Southeast Asia, Liu added.

To fight this situation, China was strengthening law enforcement cooperation with Afghanistan, Pakistan, Myanmar and other countries, he said.

via China says economic losses from drug abuse hit $81 billion a year | Reuters.

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China says economic losses from drug abuse hit $81 billion a year

jackiechan compiled - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 15:49
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Authorities have intensified their crackdown on illegal drug use in China

. BEIJING | BY SUI-LEE WEE  Reuters

China on Wednesday gave its first-ever assessment of the scourge of drug abuse, saying it caused annual economic losses of 500 billion yuan ($80.54 billion) and as many as 49,000 deaths last year.

China has intensified a crackdown on drugs as the rise of a new urban class with greater disposable income has fueled a surge in the numbers of drug addicts.

In its fight on drug abuse, the government arrested a string of celebrities, including the son of Hong Kong kungfu movie star Jackie Chan. Jaycee Chan, 32, was released in February, after serving a six-month jail sentence on drug charges.

China has more than 14 million drug users, Liu Yuejin, assistant minister of public security, told a news conference.

“The direct economic losses caused by drug use in the entire country have hit 500 billionyuan annually,” Liu said.

Drug abuse had killed at least 49,000 registered users by the end of 2014 and fueled a rise in crimes such as murder, abduction and rape, Liu added.

China’s share of synthetic drug users eclipsed heroin users for the first time last year, according to an annual report on the drug situation.

By the end of 2014, China had about 1.2 million users of methamphetamine, up almost 41 percent from a year earlier.

Two major overseas drug sources for China are southeast Asia’s “Golden Triangle,” where the borders of Myanmar, Thailand and Laos meet, and south Asia’s “Golden Crescent”, which includes Afghanistan and Pakistan, Liu said.

Heroin and methamphetamine are being smuggled into China’s southwestern province of Yunnan and region of Guangxi, which both border Southeast Asia, Liu added.

To fight this situation, China was strengthening law enforcement cooperation with Afghanistan, Pakistan, Myanmar and other countries, he said.

“We have given them relatively large assistance with the aim of improving the capacity of these countries to combat drug crime and prevent, from the source, more drugs flowing into China,” Liu said.

State media have frequently referred to drug use as a form of moral corruption damaging society. China had successfully limited the spread of drugs, particularly opium, since the Communist Party took power in 1949. But the past few years have seen a resurgence.

Drug crimes carry harsh penalties in China, including death or life imprisonment in serious cases.

($1=6.2081 Chinese yuan renminbi)

(Reporting by Sui-Lee Wee; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

Zhang Mo, son of renowned actor Zhang Guoli, was sentenced earlier this year by a court in Beijing to six months in prison for drug offenses. Photo: Xinhua

The National Anti-drugs Committee revealed China had nearly three million registered drug abusers as of the end of 2014, 6.5 times more than in 2008. It estimated the actual number of drug abusers across the nation could exceed 14 million, or about one in a hundred of the population. (Beijing Times)

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2015 Asian American International Film Festival Lineup, July 23-Aug. 1

jackiechan compiled - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 03:10

aaiff-2015-picThe 38th Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF), presented by Asian CineVision, will run from July 23 – August 1, 2015 at various venues in Manhattan and Queens. As the nation’s first and longest running Asian American film festival, AAIFF 2015 celebrates the contributions of Asian and Asian Americans in media by showcasing new talent, highlighting local filmmakers and paying tribute to the trailblazers of the 21st century.

This year AAIFF 2015 features 10 days of Asian inspired film and food from the world’s most innovative Asian and Asian American artists. With over 50 films and videos from renowned filmmakers such as Oscar-winning filmmaker Ruby Yang and YouTube sensation WongFu Productions, AAIFF 2015 demonstrates the richness and diversity of Asian American voices in media.

OPENING NIGHT: MY VOICE, MY LIFE

AAIFF 2015 raises the opening night curtains with Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Ruby Yang’s feature film MY VOICE, MY LIFE. Following a group of under-privileged Hong Kong youngsters, MY VOICE, MY LIFE is the life affirming journey of self-discovery and growth as this group of misfits undergoes six-months of rigorous training to produce a musical on stage.

Ruby Yang's My Voice, My Life

Ruby Yang’s My Voice, My Life

MY VOICE, MY LIFE will screen on July 23rd at 7:00 p.m. at Asia Society.

CENTERPIECE PRESENTATION: SEOUL SEARCHING

Making its New York debut as AAIFF 2015’s Centerpiece presentation, SEOUL SEARCHING is a fun coming-of-age feature, chronicling the shenanigans and personal journeys of a group of international Korean teens sent to a government-sponsored summer camp for a crash course in Korean culture. Directed by award-winning Korean American filmmaker Benson Lee, and starring Justin Chon (TWILIGHT, 21 & OVER, REVENGE OF THE GREEN DRAGONS) and Jessica Van (THE GAMBLER), this John Hughes-inspired dramedy delivers a pitch-perfect tale of teenage angst, modernized with a stellar Asian and Asian American cast.

Seoul Searching

Seoul Searching

SEOUL SEARCHING will screen on July 25th at 7:30 p.m. at Cinema Village East.

CLOSING NIGHT: EVERYTHING BEFORE US

Known for their YouTube channel and variety of short films and videos, AAIFF 2015 will close with the New York premiere of EVERYTHING BEFORE US, the first feature film from Wong Fu Productions. EVERYTHING BEFORE US tells the unique story of two couples trying their best to maintain and strengthen their love while navigating around the rules of an organization that monitors all romantic relationships.The film stars actors Aaron Yoo (“The Tomorrow People,” Disturbia), Ki Hong Lee (Maze Runner, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”), Randall Park (The Interview, “Fresh off the Boat”), Brandon Soo Hoo (Tropic Thunder), Brittany Ishibashi (“Political Animals,” “Emily Owens M.D.”) and Victoria Park (Ravens Touch, Wine Club).

Everything Before Us

Everything Before Us

EVERYTHING BEFORE US will screen on August 1st at 8:00 p.m. at the Museum of the Moving Image.

SPECIAL PRESENTATION: ARTHUR DONG

Arthur Dong's Forbidden City U.S.A.  Choreographer Walt Biggerstaff with the chorus of Andy Wong's Chinese Skyroom, the first Chinatown nightclub in the world (San Francisco, 1937)! Photo courtesy of the Andy Wong Collection.

Arthur Dong’s Forbidden City U.S.A.
Choreographer Walt Biggerstaff with the chorus of Andy Wong’s Chinese Skyroom, the first Chinatown nightclub in the world (San Francisco, 1937)! Photo courtesy of the Andy Wong Collection.

Asian CineVision is honored to recognize Oscar®-nominated and three-time Sundance award-winning filmmaker Arthur Dong to the New York stage. A film visionary who has earned a multitude of prestigious awards for not only his work in film, but also for his public service, Dong is known for his prowess in utilizing the art of film as a means to investigate social issues and examine undisclosed parts of Asian American and LGBT history and identity. AAIFF 2015 is pleased to feature THE KILLING FIELDS OF HAING S. NGOR and FORBIDDEN CITY, U.S.A as well as a special on-stage conversation.

 Dr. Haing S. Ngor on location for “The Killing Fields.” Courtesy the Dr. Haing S. Ngor Archive

PHOTO: Dr. Haing S. Ngor on location for “The Killing Fields.” Courtesy the Dr. Haing S. Ngor Archive

July 25-26: #AAIFF2015 Spotlight on Arthur Dong- Screenings of THE KILLING FIELDS OF HAING S. NGOR and FORBIDDEN CITY, U.S.A, plus an on-stage conversation

AAIFF IN FLUSHING

AAIFF 2015 is excited to return to Queens. Known as one of fastest-growing Asian American communities in New York and for its diverse Asian food scene, AAIFF 2015 is bringing together neighborhood food trucks and local food purveyors for five days of free community events including a “Made in Flushing” program to highlight the influence Flushing has had on the Asian American film industry. Highlights include free screenings of REVENGE OF THE GREEN DRAGONS, SIMPLE LIFE and OFF THE MENU at Queens Botanical Garden and Flushing Town Hall.

NEW YORK CITY PREMIERES
Each year AsianCineVision looks to bring the best and brightest Asian and Asian American films to New York audiences, and this year is no exception. AAIFF 2015 is pleased to present the following New York City premieres.

FACTORY BOSS, directed by Zhang Wei, is a compelling look into the heart of China’s manufacturing culture. Based on Wei’s personal experiences in Shenzhen, FACTORY BOSS follows the global economic effect of the rising demand for cheap Chinese labor and the social issues surrounding its labor force. With increasing competition pushing profit margins to a razor thin line, the future of not only the business, but also of the workers rest heavily on the shoulders of factory boss, Lin Dalin.

Directed by Taiwanese-Argentine filmmaker Juan Martin Hsu, LA SALADA is a multicultural story about the experience of new immigrants in Argentina. Blending the stories of Korean, Taiwanese and Bolivian immigrants who are not exactly at home, yet no longer belong to the countries they were born in, LA SALADA captures the constant struggle with identity issues, social exclusion and the generation gap that many immigrants face today.

In addition to it’s New York debut, HENERAL LUNA, directed by Jerrold Tarog will make its World Premiere at AAIFF 2015. Following the life of one of Philippine history’s most brilliant military men, General Antonio Luna, HENERAL LUNA is the story of General Luna during the Philippine-American war, as he tries to lead his countrymen against colonial masters and rise above their own raging disputes to fulfill the promise of the Philippine Revolution.

dragonblade_us posterDRAGON BLADE, directed by Daniel Lee and starring Jackie Chan, John Cusack and Adrien Brody is a historical East meets West action film about the fight for the silk road. Set in China during the Han dynasty (206-220 AD), DRAGON BLADE follows Huo An (Chan), a Chinese commander who is framed and enslaved for a crime he didn’t commit. Crossing paths and eventually forming an unlikely alliance with Roman soldier Lucius (Cusack), the duo band together to rebel against the corrupt Roman leader, Tiberus (Brody).

Coming off its Official Selection at the Cannes Film Festival, A GIRL AT MY DOOR, directed by July Jung, follows Young-nam played by Doona Bae, a promising graduate of the police academy who has been transferred to a small seaside village due to misconduct. On her first day, she meets Dohee (Sae-ron Kim) a young girl and resident scapegoat dealing with abuse from her drunken stepfather. The two share encounters and after taking Dohee under her watch after the accidental death of Dohee’s grandmother, Young-nam’s past begins to come to light and their relationship begins to become more mysterious.

LIVE FROM UB, directed by Lauren Knapp, explores the small but vibrant rock scene in Mongolia’s capital, Ulaanbaatar (also called ‘UB’). By blending the story of one band creating original Mongolian rock with interviews from experts and Mongolian rock legends, LIVE FROM UB shows Mongolia through the eyes of its boldest musicians from the 1970s to today. These young Mongolians are defying the forces of globalization and using modern music to both explore and assert their own unique heritage. Like Mongolia at large, they are eager to be recognized beyond their borders, but without sacrificing their identity.

Comic Book Master Class with Greg Pak: Writer of action comics such as Batman, Superman and the Hulk, AAIFF 2015 features this in-depth workshop, lead by AAIFF alumni Greg Pak. Delving into the nuts and bolts of comic book making, using the 22 year development process of his newest creator-owned comic book, Pak will discuss a multitude of topics including the process of moving from filmmaking to comics, the challenges and joys of bringing Asian American characters to life and the practical work of making a comic book. The workshop will also give a sneak peek at Pak’s latest work.

To learn more about the full schedule of events, visit http://aaiff.org/2015.

Festival Ticket Information
Tickets for general admission are $14. Tickets for seniors (65+), students and handicapped (must present valid ID) are $12. Tickets for ACV members and Community Partners are $10.50. Tickets will be available for purchase on the AAIFF website on Tuesday, June 23, 2015. For Opening, Centerpiece, and Closing Night Events, please check website for ticket details.

General Festival Information
The Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF) is a presentation of Asian CineVision. The festival is a celebration of inspiring Asian and Asian American works in film and video from innovative artists around the world. AAIFF 2015 takes place July 23-August 1, 2015 in Manhattan and Queens. Manhattan venues include: Cinema Village East (181-189 2nd Avenue); Asia Society (725 Park Avenue); Museum of Chinese in America (215 Centre Street); Queens venues include: Museum of the Moving Image (36-01 35th Ave, Astoria); Queens Botanical Garden (43-50 Main Street, Flushing); and Flushing Town Hall (13735 Northern Boulevard, Flushing).

About Asian CineVision:
Asian CineVision (ACV) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit media arts organization devoted to the development, exhibition, promotion, and preservation of Asian and Asian American film and video.

cropped-lia-chang_photo-by-carlos-flores-3.jpg Lia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon and Taxman. She has guest starred on “One Life to Live,” “As the World Turns,” and “New York Undercover.” Lia is co-hosting AAFLTV’s “Focus on the Philippines“, Monday nights in June. She is profiled in Jade Magazine.

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6 Action Stars Who Attempted Singing Careers

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OMG! Katrina Kaif May Have Grabbed Her FIRST International Film ~ And It's a BIG ONE!

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Katrina Kaif

Katrina Kaif

So according to some reports, Katrina Kaif may have just grabbed her first international project, in other words: when celebs jet off to Hollywood. And I’ve heard it’s not a small project either. The actress, it has been said, will be starring alongside Jackie Chan in Kung Fu Yoga, and is to be directed by Stanley Tong. The film seems like a Indo-Chinese collaboration that was a result of an agreement signed between the two governments late last year. Apparently, Aamir Khan had a role in the film, but the actor had his film Dangal to concentrate on.

However, Katrina’s spokesperson has released a statement saying that the actress has yet to take a decision on the film – she has yet to confirm whether she will be doing it. The film will be pretty cool if kat can bring a slice of Bollywood to the film, agree?

Do you think Kat will say the big YES to star opposite Jackie Chan?

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Watch The First Action-Packed Trailer For "Dragon Blade" Staring Jackie Chan, John Cusack &amp; Adrien Brody

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“If you stand with us you will be butchered…”

Well, this just came up on our radar and although the action looks pretty epic we’re not sure how we feel about John Cusack and Adrien Brody as “action” stars.  All things considered, we’ll ALWAYS give folks the benefit of the doubt unit we see the film.  There is no denying that both John and Adrien are amazing actors so time will tell on this one.

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A massive success this year in its native China, “Dragon Blade” brings action spectacle on a grand scale to US audiences. Featuring an international cast led by Jackie Chan, John Cusack and Academy Award® winner Adrien Brody, the film features the fight for the Silk Road when East and West collide.

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When corrupt Roman leader Tiberius (Adrien Brody) arrives with a giant army to claim the Silk Road, Huo An (Jackie Chan) and his group of trained warriors teams up with an elite legion of defected Roman soldiers led by General Lucius (John Cusack) to maintain the delicate balance of power in the region.

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To protect his country and his new friends, Huo An gathers the warriors of thirty-six ethnic nations together to fight Tiberius in an incredible epic battle. The film is written and directed by Daniel Lee (“Black Mask”) and produced by Jackie Chan and Susanna Tsang.

This epic international success releases in select theaters & On-Demand on September 4th!

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DRAGON BLADE hits select theaters and On Demand Sept. 4

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Synopsis: A massive success this year in its native China, Dragon Blade brings action spectacle on a
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Chan-Cusack-Brody action epic "Dragon Blade" comes to the U.S. in September

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After a successful run in China this past February, the historical epic Dragon Blade, starring Jacki
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