09/29/10 : Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War (2004)
10/13/10 : 24 City (2008)
12/01/10 : Confucius (2010)
01/26/11 : VC BEST OF THE SHORTS @ LMU
02/23/11 : Filmmaker Tad Nakamura screening three films
03/23/11 : Filmmaker Will Tiao screening
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
University Hall 1000
Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War (2004)
In the powerful tradition of Saving Private Ryan and Band of Brothers comes this box-office hit from Korea. From the director of Shiri comes the epic tale of two brothers. Jin-tae, a shoemaker, has worked tirelessly to provide money for the younger Jin-seok to go to college. But each of their hopes and dreams are shattered when both are forced to join the army against their will. Torn away from home and family, Jin-tae vows to protect Jin-seok despite the dangers–and the cost. In the searing crucible of battle, fate intervenes, forcing their bonds of faith, love and trust to be tested time and again in this suspense-filled, action-packed war drama.
Directed by Jia Zhangke, 24 City is a Chinese Drama released in 2008 that tells in part fiction, part documentary fashion the decades-spanning story of three factory women portrayed by Joan Chen (Lust, Caution), Lu Liping (Love Will Tear Us Apart), and Jia Zhangke’s usual leading lady Zhao Tao (Still Life). Set in the southwestern city of Chengdu, the film captures the sweeping changes of the past few decades through the fortunes and fallouts of three women of different times and places, and the factory that ties their lives together.
This Chinese film, released in January 2010, demonstrates how Confucius withstands both temptations and hardships, and is more than once forced to flee when another local war breaks out. Eventually, many years later, he is invited back to Lu, once again threatened by a political coup. But he agrees to return only as a teacher, refusing to involve himself in politics, and spends his declining years studying and collating the classics. History records that he died a disappointed man, but his work outlived the "Spring and Autumn Period" in which he lived and echoed through the dynasties to become the very bedrock of Chinese civilization. This film tells the story of the turbulent life and stirring times of the greatest sage and teacher ever known
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
VC BEST OF THE SHORTS @ LMU
A showcase of recent works by a sampling of locally and regionally-based artists of Asian Pacific descent. Ranging from comic to reflective, the works offers a snapshot of the wide range of expression from our creative community.
(Originally curated by Paola Mardo for Visual Communications)
Short Films will include:
BRIDES WANTED (USA, 2010)
Dir.: Michael Wong | Video, 5 min.
Jatesh, a 20-something Indian male must deal with his family and
culture face on, in the matters of traditional arranged marriage
customs. While he secretly dates girls against his parents wishes, his
parents are heavily pursuing the perfect future daughter in law.
JUNKO'S SHAMISEN (USA, 2010)
Dir.: Solomon Friedman | Video, 11 min.
A young Japanese orphan, and her mystical friend, exact poetic justice
on a malevolent samurai lord.
TO GET A DATE (USA, 2010)
Dir.: Jeannie Wong | Video, 7 min.
After a failed marriage and several bad relationships, Jeannie Wong
turns to her diverse group of friends to seek advice on how to get a
ONE YEAR (USA, 2010)
Dir.: John Raposas | Video, 13 min.
A couple's hidden side of a relationship is revealed during the course
of an argument on their one year anniversary celebration.
BLUE MOON DAY (USA, 2010)
Dir.: Rachel Tejada | Video, 4 min.
Set in the heart of Los Angeles' Chinatown, Jane is coping with a bad
day, which she hopes will only get better.
SPOUT (USA, 2009)
Dir.: Alex Munoz | Video, 18 min.
A motherless young boy and his aunt react to his father's dubious
choices in women, all presumably in line to replace his mum.
RECESSION LEMONS (USA, 2010)
Dirs.: Kristina Wong, D'Lo | Video, 10 min.
Times are tough for these two performance artists Kristina Wong and
D'Lo... so tough that they actually need to go get jobs... like...
real jobs.... Watch as they find real inspiration from Santa Monica's
Christie Bickerstaff and Liz Pritchard (The Lemonade Girls) who got
television press when they used their lemonade stand to network for
their dream jobs. Kristina and D'Lo thought: Let's turn our lemons
into lemonade too! But of course, copy catting their innocent idea
doesn't quite pan out as panned.
OLD MAN RAPS (USA, 2010)
Dir.: Patricio Ginelsa | Video, 5 min.
This music video collaboration between director Patricio Ginelsa and
Filipino American hip-hop artist Bambu serves as the sequel to the
award-winning music video CROOKS AND ROOKS.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Filmmaker Will Tiao screening Formosa Betrayed
Inspired by actual events. In the early 1980s, FBI Agent Jake Kelly (James Van Der Beek) investigates the murder of an Asian professor at a small college. Agent Kelly follows the fleeing killers to Taiwan, where he finds himself on a collision course with the FBI, the State Department, the Chinese Mafia, and the Government of the Republic of China -- in a land where the truth is not what it seems and the only people he can trust, cannot be trusted at all.
Will Tiao is a Taiwanese-American actor and producer. Born and raised in Manhattan, Kansas, he worked in the field of international politics before entering the Hollywood scene. Tiao worked as a Presidential Management Fellow under the Clinton administration and went on to become an international economist under the George W. Bush administration. However, in 2002 he decided to leave politics to pursue a career in entertainment.
Tiao has worked as an actor, producer, and writer for TV, film, and stage. His TV credits include MADtv (FOX), Yes, Dear (CBS), Untold Stories from the ER (TLC), Mind of Mencia (Comedy Central), The Winner (FOX) and the internet series Quarterlife.