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What’s Going On? Everything, All at Once By Ben Fong-Torres

Posted by Suzanne Kai - on Sunday, 08 May 2022

What’s Going On? Everything, All at Once By Ben Fong-Torres
What’s Going On? Everything, All at Once By Ben Fong-Torres MAY 8, 2022 With “Like a Rolling Stone: The Life and Times of Ben Fong-Torres” the documentary about me, now out today and streaming merrily along on Netflix, I’m officially in the film industry.  Actually, that’s been the case since last June, when the documentary, which stole its title from a popular column at Asian Connections created by director Suzanne Joe Kai's son Mike when he was 14, premiered at the...

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'Memoirs of a Geisha' star Ziyi Zhang nominated for Golden Globe

Posted by Lia Chang on Tuesday, 13 December 2005

Ziyi Zhang, who stars in the recently released "Memoirs of a Geisha," has been nominated for best actress in the 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Ziyi Zhang, who stars in "Memoirs of a Geisha," has been nominated for best actress in the 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards.

In the movie based on Arthur Golden's 1997 novel, Ziyi played a poor fisherman's daughter, Chiyo, who is sold to a geisha house or okiya, and through rigorous training becomes Sayuri, the top geisha in Kyoto during the pre-World War II era.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association comprises 86 voters, most of them freelance writers for foreign publications, while the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has 5,800 who are eligible to vote for the Oscars. The Golden Globes will be presented on Jan. 16, 2005 and televised on NBC.

Babel, Letters From Iwo Jima, Heroes and Lost Collect Multiple Asian Excellence Award Nominations

Posted by Lia Chang on Friday, 11 May 2007

Battlestar Galactica's Grace Park Announces the Nominees for the 2007 AZN Asian Excellence Awards

Los Angeles, CA (May 11, 2007) - At a press conference held yesterday in Los Angeles, Grace Park (Battlestar Galactica), co-host of the upcoming 2007 AZN Asian Excellence Awards presented by JCPenney, announced the nominees for this year's awards presentation. The show, which honors outstanding achievements of Asian and Asian Americans, will air on AZN Television on Monday, May 28 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.

The nominees are as follows:

Curse of the Golden Flower
Letters From Iwo Jima
The Namesake

Jet Li Fearless
Kal Penn The Namesake
Ken Watanabe Letters From Iwa Jima

Maggie Cheung Clean
Gong Li Curse of the Golden Flower
Rinko Kikuchi Babel
Tabu The Namesake

Naveen Andrews Lost
Daniel Dae Kim Lost
Masi Oka Heroes
B.D. Wong Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Kelly Hu In Case Of Emergency
Yunjin Kim Lost
Parminder Nagra ER
Sandra Oh Grey's Anatomy

Cindy Cheung Lady in the Water
Sharon Leal Dreamgirls
Maggie Q MI:III/Mission Impossible 3
Betty Sun Fearless

Roger Fan Annapolis
Sung Kang The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift
Dustin Nguyen Little Fish
Koji Yakusho Babel

James Kyson Lee Heroes
Rex Lee Entourage
Will Yun Lee Thief

Actor James Hong Celebrates his 79th Birthday Feb. 22

Posted by AC Team on Wednesday, 20 February 2008

AsianConnections salutes actor James Hong for his many successful career achievements and contributions as an advocate for more and better roles for Asian Americans in the entertainment industry.

James Hong, one of Hollywood's most prolific and versatile actors turned 79 February 22nd, and he's busy as ever.

Hong is a veteran actor with more than 450 appearances in feature films, television shows, and foreign productions spanning more than fifty years. He also is a film producer.

Among his diverse roles, James has acted in critically acclaimed films such as period drama "Chinatown" starring Jack Nicholson playing Faye Dunaway's butler, in the sci-fi thriller "Blade Runner" with Harrison Ford, as the voice of Chi Fu in Disney's "Mulan," and the character Lo Pan in cult classic "Big Trouble in Little China."

James talented voice acting can be heard this summer when Dreamworks' releases its animated feature film "Kung Fu Panda." He is part of an all-star voice-actor ensemble including Jack Black, Jackie Chan, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman and Lucy Liu.

James was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on February 22, 1929. His father emigrated from China to the U.S. via Canada and started a laundry business, later owning restaurants and an upscale club catering to Caucasian customers.

By the time James was 5, Hong's father felt his son was becoming "too Americanized" so he moved the family to Hong Kong where James could attend a Chinese elementary school.

When James was ten, the...

FAME HIGH & FIGHT LIFE documentaries screen at SF DOCFEST Nov 9-21 and in Berkeley Nov 9-15

Posted by AC Team on Wednesday, 24 October 2012

FAME HIGH & FIGHT LIFE documentaries screen at SF DOCFEST Nov 9-21 and in Berkeley Nov 9-15

October 24 2012

The 11th San Francisco Documentary Festival, known as SF DOC FEST opens in San Francisco (November 8-21), and in Berkeley (November 9-15). 

This year more than 50 films are featured from around the world. 

Bay Area filmmaker James Z. Feng screens his documentary FIGHT LIFE on the mixed-martial arts world. FIGHT LIFE chronicles the struggle in the lives of three local fights from the moment of victory every fighter chases to the devastating knockout in defeat. Click here to FIGHT LIFE's trailer.

Feng told NBC's Sunday Night Sport Show that he's maxed out his credit card to make this film happen. Feng says he wants to show mixed martial arts as a sport, "I think alot of people don't understand that MMA is a sport, they kind of look at it like its a gimmick..." "My goal is to get it to the world, and I'm going to do whatever it takes to make that happen if it means that I don't make a dime from this film so be it. Its not about the money, I've put my own life on the line for this film."

FAME HIGH documents the lives of four talented high school students (an actress, a dancer, a pianist and a songwriter) struggling to gain fame, credibility and a diploma from Los Angeles’ premiere performing arts high school. Directed by Berkeley native, Academy-award nominated documentary filmmaker Scott Hamilton Kennedy, FAME HIGH captures the drama, competition, heartbreak and triumph at the Los Angeles County HIgh School for the Arts, also known as "Fame High"...

Konrad Aderer 's "Rising Up: The Alams" Screens at NYC Grassroots Media Conference

Posted by AC Team on Friday, 29 February 2008

Konrad Aderer's short documentary "Rising Up: The Alams" is showing on March 2 in New York.

Konrad Aderer's short documentary "Rising Up: The Alams" is showing at the 5th annual Grassroots Media Conference on March 2 at 12:15 at Hunter College in New York.

The filmmaker introduces us to the Alams, a Bangladeshi family living in Coney Island, Brooklyn. Mohammed Alam, father to two young U.S.-born daughters, is one of 13,000 immigrants facing deportation as a consequence of Special Registration, a post-9/11 policy which targeted nationals of Muslim countries. But the Alams are not just victims. Learn how they fight back as members of South Asian community organization D.R.U.M. (Desis Rising Up and Moving).

The 5th annual Grassroots Media Conference - Speaking Truth To Power- Media Justice in Our Communities is co-sponsored by the Film and Media Studies Department, Hunter College/CUNY and will take place on from 9am-6pm on Sunday, March 2.

Session 2: 12:15pm - 1:45pm

Call for Change is a vibrant series of short documentaries about various communities of color in New York City. Each documentary opens a window into a different aspect of life in the city: a Palestinian-American voting for the first time;
Sikhs defending their civil rights to wear turbans and practice their religion; a Bangladeshi family fighting against deportation; domestic workers demanding better working conditions, and more.

*Q&A With the...