Our favorite funnyman Randall Park graces the Personalities section of our Spring Issue, but one photo does not reflect the life the actor-comedian infuses into his flexible facial expressions. We know the Supah Ninjas star likes to improv so we concocted a series of scenarios for him, and photographer Carmen Chan produced the series of photos below.
We here at Audrey are huge fans of Lynn Chen. She made a red carpet and catwalk appearance at Audrey’s Night Out, and blogged about her experience here. Instead of participating in the debauchery of the after party, she went around posing with the vintage cars at the Petersen Automotive Museum. She is so refreshing!
Her turn as the uptight older sister to Karin Anna Cheung’s more … shall we say … morally carefree sister in The People I’ve Slept With (the title says it all) was classic, but if you want to see another side of Chen, you have to go get White on Rice, out on DVD today.
The disc is loaded with never-before-seen features, including a documentary film of the Japanese premiere, deleted scenes, and a voice cameo by legendary actor Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead, Spider-Man 3). White on Rice was born of collaboration between Dave Boyle (Big Dreams Little Tokyo) and lead actor Hiroshi Watanabe (Letters from Iwo Jima, The Last Samurai), who worked together in Boyle’s first film. “I knew right away [Watanabe] had the comic charisma to carry a lead role in a comedy. He’s the only guy who could pull of this role, and I’m proud of our work together on the film,” said Boyle.
The Honolulu Advertiser calls the film “A Satisfying Comedic Feast,” while the San Francisco Chronicle said the film was “A cinematic milestone.”
Check out our interview with Lynn Chen here. Chen plays the love interest of Jimmy, a misguided 40-year-old divorceé trying to navigate his way through a new life (and find a new wife) in America out of his sister’s basement.
For more information on the film, visit: http://whiteonricethemovie.com
To watch the first five minutes of the movie go to:
When Audrey Got Angry, an Awesome evening happened!
Thanks to everyone who made it out Saturday night to the opening weekend of The People I’ve Slept With for Audrey Gets Angry, a q&a and after party hosted by Audrey Magazine and Angry Asian Man. (And Lynn Chen for a blog shout-out afterwards, woot woot!)
We hope you had as fab an evening at Libertine on Sunset as we did!
Judging by the amazing turnout (packed house!), we’re pretty sure you did as well.
Stars Karin Anna Cheung and Lynn Chen will also be part of our star-studded lineup on the catwalk for Audrey’s Night Out.
Audrey hopes to see you at our next event!
If you have any pictures or stories of the night or comments on how to improve on our events, let us know! Share a comment below. Photos by Helen Wong, Andrea Krauss (and my iPhone).
Every year, there seems to be one majorly buzzed-about film with a heavy Asian American ensemble cast. This year, Quentin Lee’s The People I’ve Slept With is it. Starring Karin Anna Cheung and a slew of other sexies including Archie Kao, Randall Park and Lynn Chen, the film revolves around one woman’s frisky ways causing her to get knocked up without knowing who the babydaddy is. This is definitely not your typical Asian American romantic comedy. Which is why you should definitely check it out…With Audrey! And Angry Asian Man!
On August 28th, Audrey Gets Angry. Seriously. Let me explain.
The People I’ve Slept With will be playing in Los Angeles at the Laemmle Sunset 5 with a cast and crew Q&A moderated by Angry Asian Man’s Phil Yu. Following that, head on over to Libertine on Sunset, where Audrey is hosting an intimate after-party with the stars of the film. Karin Anna Cheung, Lynn Chen, Archie Kao, writer Koji Steven Sakai, producer Stanley Yung and director Quentin Lee are already slated to appear.
To attend, RSVP to email@example.com. If you attend the after party, you might even get a chance to win two VIP tickets to Audrey’s Night Out 2010— the hottest fashion event for the Asian American community.
So, to sum it all up, a night to watch the hottest AA film of the year, hang with the stars and possibly win tickets to another fabulous event? This could be better than sex.
Purchase movie tickets here.
After making its way around the film festival circuit, Quentin Lee’s The People I’ve Slept With is finally coming to a theater near you. The film releases in New York tomorrow, Friday, August 13, at Clearview Chelsea Cinemas, and then in Los Angeles on August 27 at Laemmle Sunset Five Theaters, and finally in San Francisco at the VIZ CINEMAS on September 3.
The People I’ve Slept With is a sexy, romantic story about Angela (Karin Anna Cheung of Better Luck Tomorrow), a young woman with a very active and passionate sex life. After every sexual conquest she makes keepsake “baseball cards” of each of her male partners. One day, Angela finds out she is pregnant and together with her gay best friend and co-worker Gabriel (Wilson Cruz of He’s Just Not That Into You, My So-Called Life) goes on a comical and raunchy hunt through her past hook-ups and dates to find her “baby daddy.” As Angela examines her frisky past, the answers she has been looking for reveal themselves in surprising ways.
Also co-starring with Cheung and Cruz are Archie Kao (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation), Lynn Chen (Lakeview Terrace, Saving Face) and screen legend James Shigeta (Flower Drum Song, The Crimson Kimono).
The film has found strong support with sold out festival screenings including the Hawaii International Film Festival, San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, and Outfest Fusion. It was also selected as the official Closing Night Presentation of the 2010 New York Asian American Film Festival this past July 21.
For more info, check out the website.
For all you lovers of celluloid, the film fest love continues. The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival kicks off tomorrow, April 29, and goes till May 8.
Some films we’ll definitely be watching:
The Actresses, May 8
Six big-time, multi-generational South Korean actresses come together on Christmas Eve for a once-in-a-lifetime Vogue magazine cover shoot. But with big entourages — and even bigger egos — in tow, anything can happen in this pseudo-documentary. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the Korean entertainment industry, touted as hallyu (or the Korean Wave), that is sweeping the world.
Starring Kim Ok-vin (Thirst), the ingénue du jour, and Choi Ji-woo (Winter Sonata), playing up her “ice queen” persona, The Actresses holds nothing back, from plastic surgery to alcoholism.
Au Revoir Taipei, April 29
Arvin Chen’s Au Revoir Taipei, starring Jack Yao and Amber Kuo, is an adventure-romance-caper film. Taking place on the streets and back alleys of Taipei, a lovesick dumpling vendor gets caught up in the eccentric and dangerous world of the Taipei mob.
And it’s not just films. There will be plenty of panels for those looking to break into filmmaking (or just to gawk at all the Asian American talent!).
Filmmaker Justin Lin (SHOPPING FOR FANGS, BETTER LUCK TOMORROW, FAST & FURIOUS, NBC’s COMMUNITY), along with other industry professionals, will be discussing the qualities they look for in filmmakers in a special panel called YOMYOMF.com’s Interpretations: So You Really Want to Make Films. Taking place on Sunday May 2, the panel will also be the launch of You Offend Me You Offend My Family’s INTERPRETATIONS, a short film initiative designed to put this knowledge to practical use, support emerging talent from the Asian American creative community, and give filmmakers a chance to share their unique perspectives and have their work evaluated by seasoned professionals with a breadth of experience in studio and independent film/television.
Get a complete schedule and ticket information here.
With Oscar buzz galore, it’s hard to think of anything other than Avatar or red carpet dresses. But it’s also film festival season, and there are tons of indie films to keep an eye out for.
One indie film that’s getting a lot of buzz, and not just among Asian Americans, is Quentin Lee’s The People I’ve Slept With.
Yes, just as the title implies, there’s lots of sex in this daring romantic comedy. Its heroine, Angela Yang (played by Karin Anna Cheung of Better Luck Tomorrow), loves her some sex and apparently she’s not so picky about with whom. She keeps baseball cards of her conquests — with nicknames like Mystery Man, 5-Second-Guy, Mr. Hottie — to keep them straight.
For Angela, it’s a great life … that is, until she finds herself pregnant. Thus begins the journey to find the baby daddy. More photos and the trailer after the jump.
It’s that time again. The nation’s largest showcase for new Asian American and Asian films, the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (SFIAAFF) kicks off tomorrow (March 11) until the 21st. And we’ve got free tickets for readers (keep reading for details).
Opening the festival is Today’s Special, a heartwarming, comedic ode to food and family and New York City. Starring The Daily Show‘s Aasif Mandvi, and directed by David Kaplan, his second feature, the film takes place in the steaming kitchens of New York City, sprinkled with old Bollywood songs, just for good measure. Both the director and Mandvi will make appearances at the screening.
The centerpiece film is Quentin Lee’s sexy romp of a film, The People I’ve Slept With. Lee, the film’s star Karin Anna Cheung and producer Stanley Yung are expected to make appearances. Check out our post on the film here.
The closing film is Bay Area native Arvin Chen’s Au Revoir Taipei, making its North American premiere. Starring Jack Yao and Amber Kuo, the adventure-romance-caper film takes place on the streets and back alleys of Taipei as a lovesick dumpling vendor gets caught up in the eccentric and dangerous world of the Taipei mob.
Other events you won’t want to miss include Directions in Sound, a multi-genre, multi-artist showcase of progressive, electro-clash sounds blowing up around the globe; a special outdoor screening of Bruce Lee’s Enter the Dragon, family-friendly festivals, and plenty of parties.
And now ten lucky winners get free tickets to The Message, playing on March 14. Comment here, and send an email with your mailing address to firstname.lastname@example.org, subject line: Free Tickets.
The Center for Asian America Media presents the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (SFIAAFF) every March. The SFIAAFF, the nation’s largest showcase for new Asian American and Asian films, annually presents approximately 120 works in San Francisco, Berkeley and San Jose. Since 1982, the SFIAAFF has been an important launching point for Asian American independent filmmakers as well as a vital source for new Asian cinema.
Get more info and buy tickets here.