A KARATE KID TRIBUTE for Tamlyn Tomita’s Birthday

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Japanese-American actress Tamlyn Tomita turns 48 today. Tomita has had numerous Hollywood TV and movie roles such as Waverly Jong in The Joy Luck Club, Lieutenant Commander Tracy Manetti in JAG and guest roles on popular TV shows like Glee and Teen Wolf.

But let’s not forget about the iconic movie that first introduced us to Tomita in 1986, when she was just 20 years old. The Karate Kid, Part II had Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita reprise their roles as student and mentor in this martial arts sequel. Tomita played Kumiko, the young Daniel’s love interest.

To commemorate Tomita’s birthday and give you a blast from the past, we present to you photos and video clips from everyone’s favorite coming-of-age karate blockbuster. Wax on, wax off.

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See It Here: New Image, Film Teaser for Live-Action Version of “Kiki’s Delivery Service”

Though Hayao Miyazaki may be heading into retirement, the Japanese animator’s films, which include much-beloved titles such as Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro, have clearly made their way into the hearts of millions (including our own!).

To the delight of many, a still coming from the set of the live-action version (see below) of Kiki’s Delivery Service was released earlier this year, and since then, fans have been waiting anxiously for more information about this new take of the Studio Ghibli favorite.

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Much to our delight, a new image as well as a teaser has been released for the Takashi Shimizu-directed flick.

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The just-released film poster shows Kiki, played by actress (and former figure skater) Fūka Koshiba, smiling widely as  her black cat and best friend, Jiji, is in tow.  With smudges of dirt on her face, Koshiba already seems to embody the character’s precocious, yet lovable personality.  (We just have one qualm with the look though: while we think Koshiba looks absolutely adorable, we have to ask — where’s Kiki’s big red bow?!)

In this quick teaser, we’re placed in the shoes of the young witch-turned-mail courier as she zips through the skies.

One commenter on The Mary Sue translates the teaser:

Leaving on a journey from one’s [her?] hometown
Living in a strange town
Meeting people for the first time
New experiences
“Hope” and “Uncertainty” leaping/rising in one’s heart
A girl’s [or "girls' "] story

 

That famous work is finally made into a live-action movie

 

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Hi, [nice to meet you], I’m Kiki!

 

You/we can meet her!

 

Cute, no?  But unfortunately, American audiences may have to wait to see the movie.  Because while the film is slated for release in Japan next March, no US release dates have been announced.

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Proof That Chang Chen Looks Good Doing Pretty Much Anything

One of the stars of The Grandmaster, Taiwanese actor Chang Chen is definitely a movie star, in the best sense of the phrase. He’s been casted in a number of films, including Wong Kar-wai’s Happy Together, Three Times (for which he was nominated for the prestigious Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival), and the Ang Lee visual stunner, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

But besides being an incredible actor, we’ve come to notice that Chang Chen is one of those rare people that seems to be able look incredibly handsome pretty much all the time, during both the most exciting and banal of tasks.

What sorts of things, might you ask? Well, things like…

 

…taking a picture.
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…drinking water
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…riding a bike.
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…throwing a sweater over his shoulder.ChangC_4

…enjoying a cup of espresso.
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…sitting down in a room.
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…holding his face in his hands.
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…holding an umbrella.
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…and most impressively, getting ready to kick some butt in The Grandmaster.
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What’s your favorite Chang Chen look?

Event Recap: “The Grandmaster” Premiere in NYC

Yesterday morning, Zhang Ziyi made a guest appearance on Good Morning America in front of Times Square, New York. To counter the gloomy weather, Ziyi wore a stunning Vionnet Resort 2014 drop-waist ribbed dress.

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But that was only the beginning of the day. Despite the rain, Zhang Ziyi was all smiles because last night was the premiere of the much-anticipated Chinese martial arts film, The Grandmaster.

The film also stars Hong Kong Film Award winner Tony Leung Chiu-Wai (In the Mood for Love). Directed by Wong Kar Wai, The Grandmaster follows the life of legendary kung fu master, Ip Man (also known as the trainer of equally renowned Bruce Lee) during the chaotic time after the fall of China’s last dynasty.

Luckily, we won’t have to wait much longer to see this film. The Grandmaster will be released in theaters in Los Angeles and New York in on August 23rd and nationwide on August 30th.

Can’t wait that long?
Download Tony Leung’s Red Carpet Interview here
Catch Red Carpet photo’s here
And See Afterparty photo’s here

Photo Credit: AmandaScwab/StarTraksPHOTO
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Help Bring “Advantageous” To The Big Screen

Here’s your chance to support women of the API community in the Entertainment Industry. Jennifer Phang (Sundance Fest and Lab Alumna director-writer), Jacqueline Kim (actor, co-writer, producer) and Theresa Navarro (producer) are joining forces for the adaptation of  of ADVANTAGEOUS – an award-winning short film made for the ITVS FUTURESTATES online series. The short stars numerous API actors including Jacqueline Kim (CHARLOTTE SOMETIMES), 13-year-old Korean-American actress Samantha Kim, and Obie Award-winning actor James Urbaniak (THE VENTURE BROS, AMERICAN SPLENDOR)

“A sci-fi film set in a not-too-distant future, ADVANTAGEOUS is about a mother who must decide whether to undergo an extreme procedure in order to compete in an extremely difficult job market and provide a better education and future for her daughter. It deals with themes of feminism, family, education, and sacrifice.”

The short played at a number film festivals including Tribeca, CAAMFest and the San Diego Asian Film Festival, and won the Golden Reel Award at LA Asian Pacific Film Festival. After gaining much praise, it was developed into a feature-length script. This is where you come in.

The Kickstarter Crowdfunding Campaign aims to raise $30,000 to fund turning this short into a feature film. The campaign deadline is this Friday July 12th. If you’d like to see Advantageous make it to the big screen, click here to make a contribution!