Wow, that last review was a long time coming! No, I did not spend 1 1/2 months working on a review for Il Mare. Rather, I have finalized my plans to enter into the Mass Communication and Media Arts PhD program at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and have begun plans to leave my southern residence for north of the Mason-Dixon line.
During my absence, however, lots of post-worthy stuff has been going on. Asian Film Awards, Hong Kong Film Awards, and lots of new movie releases (including my next review (probably), Ong-Bak 2). There’s also plenty of Asian entertainment news stateside! BoA failed at her English language album debut (rightfully so; the album is total crap), Hikaru Utada failed at her second attempt at an English language album (rightfully so as well, for this album is a downright festering turd of an album), and Zhang Ziyi totally failed at her attempt at some sort of creepy serial killer character in the divebomb that is The Horsemen. Never heard of it? I’m not surprised. And it certainly isn’t worth writing about, save for the two following sentences: “The Horsemen sucks. Go watch Se7en instead.” Yeah, Zhang Ziyi is about as creepy as a game of golf. Nevermind the racial implications of her evil dragon lady who seduces the unsuspecting white man. But not all is bad stateside. Star Trek returns with a vengeance, and it makes for what is, and what will be extremely hard to top as, the most engaging film of the summer. Returning with it is Hikaru Sulu, the venerable helmsmen and later Starfleet captain originally portrayed by George Takei, but this time portrayed by Korean-born John Cho. Also making waves this summer will no doubt be young Jordan Nagai, voicing the wilderness explorer Russel in Pixar’s new movie, Up. Major roles for Asians and Asian-Americans in summer blockbusters? That’s a good start.
Anyhoo, more reviews to come on Asian productions as well as thoughts on the above items.