Cinema Asia America – October Highlights

Cinema Asia America - October Highlights

October is an exciting month on Cinema Asian America, with a collection of must-see films that have already set the film world abuzz. Leading the way in our new releases is “Linsanity,” Evan Leong’s thrilling portrait of NBA point guard Jeremy Lin, who captivated the world through his sudden rise to fame with the New York Knicks, despite considerable odds. Also on tap is the directorial debut of actor Keanu Reeves, “Man of Tai Chi,” a China-set martial arts film starring stuntman Tiger Chen as a fighter whose Tai Chi skills land him in an underworld fight club. From Bollywood is the latest from mega star Shah Rukh Khan, “Chennai Express,” a road-trip romance co-starring Deepika Padukone, that has already become the highest grossing Bollywood film of all time. For our younger viewers, comes “Legend of Kung-Fu Rabbit” from China, a delightful animated film about a young rabbit who must defend his master against an evil panda! A special offering this month is a free, 90-minute address by the Dalai Lama, delivered in the fall of 2012 during a visit to the Kurukulla Center for Tibetan Buddhist Studies in Medford, Massachusetts.

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This month we also feature a focus on South East Asian American films, with a collection of stories from Hmong, Indonesian, Laoatian, Vietnamese and Cambodian American. Included in this special focus is the Oscar-nominated documentary, “The Betrayal – Nerakoun,” directed by Ellen Kuras and Thavisouk Pravasath, an intimate, personal history of Pravasath’s family’s extraordinary journey from Laos to America. Christopher Woon’s “Among B-Boys” explores the stories of young Hmong break dancers in California and Oklahoma, while Kathy Huang’s “Tales of the Waria” examines the lives of transgendered women in Indonesia. From Cambodian American filmmaker Socheata Poeuv is “New Year Baby,” a look at the secrets and hidden histories that accompanied her family’s escape from Cambodia during the Khmer Rouge years. From Vietnamese filmmakers come a quartet of moving stories. Duc Nguyen’s Emmy-Award winning “Bolinao 52” retells the dramatic history of a boat of refugees who were stranded on the high seas for more than a month while fleeing Vietnam in 1988, while Doan Hoang’s personal documentary explores her family’s separation during the fall of Saigon, and her attempt to reunite them. From the feature film front comes Stephane Gauger’s hip hop dance romance, “Saigon Electric” and Thanh Son Le’s bone-crunching martial arts film “Clash” starring Vietnamese American actor Johnny Nguyen.

New Releases:
Man of Tai Chi, Keanue Reeves
Legend of Kung-Fu Rabbit, Lijun Sun, China
Key of Life, Kenji Uchida, Japan
His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Linsanity, Evan Leong
Ek Thi Dayyan, Kannan Iyer
Chennai Express, Rohit Shetty

South East Asian American Films:
Among B-Boys, Christopher Woon
Tales of the Waria, Kathy Huang
The Betrayal – Nerakhoon, Ellen Kuras & Thavisouk Phravasath
Oh, Saigon, Doan Hoang
Bolinao 52, Duc Nguyen
Clash, Thanh Son Le
Saigon Electric, Stephane Gauger
New Year Baby, Socheata Poeuv

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