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  • Happy Birthday Cameron Crowe!

    Posted by Suzanne Kai

    July 13, 2017 Happy Birthday Cameron Crowe! Thank you Cameron for sharing your amazing stories working with Ben Fong-Torres, your first editor at Rolling Stone for our documentary! The true life story behind "Almost Famous"! We've been working on a feature documentary film about the incredible life and times of Ben Fong-Torres, Rolling Stone magazine's first music editor. Both Ben and...

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  • ENTER TO WIN THESE HBO ASIA FILMS ON ANCIENT MARTIAL ARTS STORIES!

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    August 8, 2017

     

    ENTER TO WIN A 2-DVD SET OF FILMS BASED ON ANCIENT MARTIAL ARTS STORIES!

     

    HBO ASIA IS CELEBRATING ITS VERY FIRST CHINESE LANGUAGE PRODUCTION. YOU CAN WIN ONE OF THESE DVD SETS! 

     

    JUST EMAIL YOUR NAME AND EMAIL ADDRESS AND WRITE IN "HBO DVD CONTEST" TO INFO@ASIANCONNECTIONS.COM AND YOU COULD BE ONE OF TWO LUCKY WINNERS TO RECEIVE THESE DVD SETS! 

     

    THESE DVD'S ARE ALSO AVAILABLE FOR SALE NOW AS OF AUGUST 8, 2017! THIS CONTEST WILL END ON AUGUST 21, 2017!

     

    GOOD LUCK! - AC TEAM

     

    Considered to be the best fighters in southern China during the 19th century Qing dynasty, each of the “Ten Tigers of Canton” was a master of a unique martial arts style, from the “Hap Family Fist” to the “Bone Melting Palm.” Their stories have been embellished by folk legends and passed down from generation to generation, and now two of their stories will be brought to American audiences when HBO releases Master of the Drunken Fist: Beggar So and Master of the Shadowless Kick: Wong Kei-Ying on Blu-ray™ and DVD August 8th.

     

    Filmed in Hengdian, China, these films are HBO Asia’s very first Chinese-language productions and their first approach to the martial arts genre. The films are executive produced by acclaimed Hong Kong director Corey Yuen (The Transporter) and directed by Guo Jian-Yong, who previously choreographed the action sequences for Cradle 2 the Grave, Red Cliff, and the first three films in the Transporter franchise. 

     

    Master of the Drunken Fist: Beggar So. Born to a wealthy merchant in Canton, So Chan is pampered—but smart and ambitious—and about to become the Emperor's top Martial Arts Warrior. But when he finds himself dragged into a conspiracy between two political powers in the imperial court, he loses everything, including his family and almost his life. With the help of the beggar gang chief and his daughter—plus a healthy dose of Chinese liquor—So Chan grasps the full essence of the long lost martial art...

  • Happy Birthday Cameron Crowe!

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    July 13, 2017

    Happy Birthday Cameron Crowe!

    Thank you Cameron for sharing your amazing stories working with Ben Fong-Torres, your first editor at Rolling Stone for our documentary! The true life story behind "Almost Famous"!

    We've been working on a feature documentary film about the incredible life and times of Ben Fong-Torres, Rolling Stone magazine's first music editor. Both Ben and Cameron are as busy as ever!   Coming soon!     Suzanne Joe Kai Director/Writer/Producer  
  • Chinese protest ABC, Disney and Jimmy Kimmel

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    Photo by Together Visuals/Anthony Eng Alvarez

    November 9, 2013

    Protests from San Francisco to New York City erupted over late night show host Jimmy Kimmel on October 28 after airing a segment with Kimmel asking children their thoughts on world issues. In the segment, Kimmel asks how they would handle the $1 trillion-plus bill the U.S. owes China, a child made a comment about how the U.S. should 'kill everyone in China."

    The White House condemned the sketch in an statement online November 7, after a petition against Kimmel received more than 100,000 signatures.

    Protesters in Times Square on November 9 were captured on camera by New York based photographer Anthony Eng Alvarez. (Photo credit: Togerher Visuals/Anthony Eng Alvarez) 

     

    Related: 

    Asian Americans Protest Jimmy Kimmel by Katy Steinmetz, Time.com

    China wants Jimmy Kimmel to Apologize...For a Third Time by Laura Stampler. Time.com

    Chinese protest ABC, Disney and Jimmy Kimmel post by Together Visuals/Anthony Eng Alvarez

    Chinese Foreign Ministry tells ABC to respond to protesters' "Reasonable Demands" over Jimmy Kimmel Comedy Bit Deadline Hollywood

     

     

     

     

  • Sept. 24 - Oct. 27: Gettin’ The Band Back Together Featuring Manu Narayan, Alison Fraser, Mitchell Jarvis, Garth Kravits, Jay Klaitz and More at George Street Playhouse

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    Manu Narayan Photo by Lia Chang

    The George Street Playhouse kicks off its fortieth season with a new musical, Gettin’ The Band Back Together(formerly titledGarage Band), helmed by Tony Award-winner John Rando (Urinetown, GSP’s The Toxic Avenger). Gettin’ The Band Back Together, a rockin’ valentine to the Garden State, begins preview performances on Tuesday, September 24, at the George Street Playhouse, 9 Livingston Avenue in New Brunswick, NJ., and continues through Sunday, October 27. Opening night is set for Friday, October 4. Gettin’ The Band Back Togetheris performed by special arrangement with Davenport Theatrical Enterprises, Inc. and Roy Putrino.

    Mitchell Jarvis

    The cast of Gettin’ The Band Back Together includes Broadway veterans Manu Narayan (Bombay Dreams), Heather Brave (Circle of Friends), Evan Daves (The Coast of Utopia), Michelle Duffy (Leap of Faith), Ryan Duncan (Soul Doctor), two-time Tony nominee Alison Fraser (GSP’s Lend Me a Tenor, Gypsy on Broadway), Deidre Goodwin (A Chorus Line), Christopher Gurr (Memphisnational tour), Mitchell Jarvis (Rock of Ages), Jay Klaitz (High Fidelity), Garth Kravits (The Drowsy Chaperone), Adam Monley (Mamma Mia!), Emily McNamara (NEWsical the Musical), Tad Wilson (Wonderland), and Brandon Williams (TV’s “Entourage,” Stay at Home Dad).

    Alison Fraser

    Gettin’ The Band Back Together is the tale of Mitch – recently forty and cut loose from his job on Wall Street. Forced by finances to move back to his childhood home in Sayreville, NJ, Mitch – a fine musician thought to be the next Bon Jovi – reunites with his high school band mates in a high-stakes battle of the bands. Best buddies, old girlfriends, high school bullies who never grew up and one hot New Jersey momma make for fast times and the ultimate “do-over” for this Jersey Boy.

    Gettin’ The Band Back Togetherboasts a book by Ken Davenport and The Grundelshotz, with additional material by Sarah Saltzberg, and music...

  • André De Shields, Mary Zimmerman, Akash Chopra, Richard M. Sherman, Anjali Bhimani, Nehal Joshi and More Celebrate The Jungle Book Opening at Huntington Theatre

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    I had a grand time at Huntington Theatre Company’s opening night performance of the world premiere adaptation of Disney’s The Jungle Book, written and directed by Mary Zimmerman, which began previews on September 7, and opened on Wednesday, September 18, 2013, on the Huntington’s main stage, the Avenue of the Arts / BU Theatre, 264 Huntington Ave in Boston. Check out the photos from the afterparty held in the Scene Shop adjacent to the theater.

    Larry Yando (Shere Khan), Mary Zimmerman (Director/Playwright), André De Shields (Akela/King Louie) and Anjali Bhimani (Mother Wolf). Photo by Lia Chang

    Usman Ally (Bagheera) and his wife Malena Mai. Photo by Lia Chang

    The Jungle Book transfers from and is produced in association with Chicago’s Goodman Theatre where it was extended three times due to popular demand and is the company’s highest attended musical production in its history. The Huntington production features the entire original cast including Two-time Tony Award nominee André De Shields (Full Monty, Play On!, Ain’t Misbehavin’, The Wiz) as King Louie, Kevin Carolan as Baloo, Larry Yando (Candide) as Shere Kahn, Thomas Derrah (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom) as Kaa, Usman Ally as Bagheera and Akash Chopra and Roni Akurati as Mowgli.

    (L to R): Glory Curda (Little Girl), Roni Akurati (Mowgli), and Akash Chopra (Mowgli).(© Lia Chang)

    Nikka Graff Lanzarone (Peacock & Others), Alka Nayyar (Doe, Insect, and Monkey), Timothy Wilson (Wolf and others), Victor Wisehart (Wolf & Others), Govind Kumar (Wolf, Vulture, and others), Nehal Joshi (Rama (a wolf and others), Anjali Bhimani (Raksha (a wolf and others), Monique Haley (Insect and others), Jeremy Duvall (Insect and others), Ed Kross (Colonel Hathi and others), Geoff Packard (Lieutenant George, Giddha (a vulture), and others), Glory Curda (Little Girl), Nebi Berhane (Ensemble) round out the cast.

    L to R: Nebi Berhane (Wolf, others), Nikka Graff Lanzarone (Peacock, others), Andre De...

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