Because I like watching Asian films, naturally I have become interested in learning the languages at least a bit. I’m terrible at languages so whatever learning I’ve done is mostly for fun, done on and off whenever I have the motivation.
I decided to write some initial thoughts on the similarities and differences between the languages. This is of course from an English perspective. I am most experienced with learning Chinese (having taken courses) and have only dabbled in the beginner aspects of Korean and Japanese via self study. I have learned a fair amount about the pronunciations but have not reached the stage where I can speak real sentences in Korean and Japanese. I have read about the basic “correct” sentence structure and grammar that isn’t actually spoken (i.e. devoid of honorifics and conjugations). I’ve begun learning about the different conjugations and how honorifics changes it. In fact, it is quite amazing how many free resources there are nowadays, including youtube which has many videos dedicated to language learning. Read the rest of this entry »
Chef Roy Choi is the host of Street Food where he talks with various entertainers and also a bit of food as well.
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Some nice drawings (at Doggie Drawings) of dogs grouped by their geographic origins.
Chinese Film distributor Golden Lion is releasing another Chinese film in theatres across North America. This one’s called The Golden Era directed by Ann Hui and starring Tang Wei. It’s a biopic about the life of influential female writer, Xiao Hong. It is also Hong Kong’s official entry for the Academy Awards for best foreign film. Check out the trailer below.
The Festival du Nouveau Cinema (October 8-19) will have a small but notable selection of East Asian films, some of which come from TIFF’s recent lineup. Update: I have seen the “The Tale Of Princess Kaguya” and I highly recommend it for animated fans and those who like Japanese folktales and traditional painting. Studio Ghibli does not disappoint with beautiful art direction and memorable characters. Read the rest of this entry »
Breakup Buddies, the Chinese comedy directed by Ning Hao will be playing at the Cineplex forum and other Cineplex theatres around Canada & USA starting October 3. Check out the trailer below.
I received this in the inbox recently,
“My name is Raymond C. Lai and I am an Asian-American filmmaker based in Los Angeles. I am writing you today to let you know about my unique and hilarious independent pilot At Your Convenience. It is a surreal, hybrid live-action/animated sitcom pilot which I directed and co-wrote with RANDALL PARK (ABC’s Fresh off the Boat, The Interview) and stars Park and DWAYNE PERKINS (Tosh.0, Late night with Conan O’Brien) as two best friends who own and operate a convenience store together.
It made it’s premier as an official selection at the prestigious New York Television Festival, picked up the Jury Prize at the Iron Mule Comedy Showcase, and screened as part of CAAMFest in SF, the San Diego Asian American Film Festival, was nominated for Video of the Week at Awardeo, and now been featured on Short of the Week, where they called it “absurd and refreshingly original.”
I thought that this project might be of interest to your site and its readers because of Randall Park’s rising star, and the show’s depiction of race, stereotypes, and perspective. Here’s a link: http://www.shortoftheweek.com/2014/09/20/at-your-convenience/“
I find Randall Park to be a pretty funny guy and that was proven true as well in this video, which was pretty funny and also plays around with stereotypes. Check it out below.