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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  
  • Ann Curry on America's Struggling Journalism Industry - "There is no possibility of a democracy without good journalism"

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    Note: July 29, 2017

    Journalist Ann Curry's comments back in 2013 are as current and urgent as ever.

    If anything, journalists are being challenged now more than ever. 

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    New York City

    Veteran broadcast journalist Ann Curry inspired and encouraged journalists to 'hang on.' She says while there is strain in the journalism industry there will also be opportuniity.

    Photo by Lia Chang for AsianConnections.com

    The  NBC network television reporter, anchor and international correspondent was the keynote presenter at the closing night gala of the Asian American Journalist Association's 23rd annual convention in New York City August 24, 2013.

    The seven-time Emmy award-winner, wife and mother of two opened the gala with her passionate commentary about the state of journalism.

    WPIX-TV's Arthur Chi'en introduced her to the audience. Here are excerpts of Curry's remarks (with more coverage of the convention to be posted soon):

    Arthur: Let's get right into it. What is the state of journalism?

    Ann: I think journalism is in a very interesting state of change. I say interesting because there is strain, and there is also opportunity.    People are very concerned about the future of journalism and yet did you know that enrollment in journalism schools is up? So there is this kind of awareness that there's an opportunity ahead.    Curry acknowledged the struggles of the journalism industry but said, "Rather than be afraid and close up,...open up to what is possible."     We don't know what it looks like. We do know it will be broad. I think that there is a great opportunity to be deep in terms of what we can report. So I am extremely excited about it. I think there will be an opportunity to put news in a place in a way that has never been done before in the history of journalism and this is an amazing time.    The struggle now is to get to that point. And as we struggle to get to that point, the companies that are used to doing journalism a...
  • Nobel Laureate Dr. Susumu Tonegawa with MIT scientists Xu Liu and Steve Ramirez create false memory in a mouse

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    A team led by Nobel Laureate Dr. Susumu Tonegawa, including scientists Drs. Xu Liu, Steve Ramirez, Pei-Ann Lin, Junghyup Suh, Michele Pignatelli, Roger L. Redondo and Tomas J. Ryan have reported in the journal Science that they have created a false memory in a mouse, a monumental discovery which sheds light on how such memories can form in human brains. 

    For the full report click here to the story by James Gorman of the New York Times.

    Dr. Tonegawa is the founder of the Picower institute for Learning and Memory, affiliated to the Riken-M.I.T. Center for Neural Circuit Genetics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

  • The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Invites Lucy Liu, Sandra Oh, Miyazaki Collaborator Joe Hisaishi, DP Michael Chin and others to become Members

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     Photo credit used by permission: Emmy Magazine, Lucy Liu

     Congratulations to all of the 2013 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences invitees.

    "These individuals are among the best filmmakers working in the industry today," said Academy President Hawk Koch. "Their talent and creativity have captured the imagination of audiences worldwide, and I am proud to welcome each of them to the Academy. Invitees who accept their invitation to join will be eligible to vote in the annual Oscars.

    The 276 invitees for 2013 include 12 names with Asian surnames that could be informally determined from the official Academy list. 

    The 2013 invitees include actors Lucy Liu and Sandra Oh, CEO of Warner Bros Entertainment Kevin Tsujihara, documentary filmmaker Michael Chin, and composer and music director Joe Hisaishi who is a frequent collaborator to animation director Hayao Miyazaki ("Ponyo,""Spirited Away").

    In 2012,  the overall list was 100 names shorter than 2013's. Only 7 people with Asian surnames made the 2012 list of 176 invitees including (Actor) Michelle Yeoh (“The Lady,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon"), (Cinematographer)  Larry Fong ("Super 8,” “300”), (Cinematographer) Toyomichi Kurita ("Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family," "Waiting to Exhale"), (Director) Wong Kar Wai (“My Blueberry Nights,” “In the Mood for Love”), (Music) Ryuichi Sakamoto (“Love Is the Devil,” “The Last Emperor”),  (Short Film/Feature Animation) Jennifer Yuh Nelson (“Kung Fu Panda 2,” “Madagascar”).

    The New York Times reports that the Academy had limited its membership numbers since 2004 by using quotas within its branches, but has now changed its guidelines to increase its membership and broaden diversity within its ranks. 

    The full 2013 list can be viewed at Oscars.org  The full 2012 list can be viewed here.

    2013 Academy invitees (with Asian surnames) include: (click here to the article.) (Click here to the complete 2013 list...

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