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The Launch Of 'Afro Samurai' Held The Geisha House

Dustin Nguyen Tuesday 27th January 2009 The launch of 'Afro Samurai' held the Geisha House Hollywood, California

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The Rebel Review


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History is full of ugly colonial abuses, from the British in America to the Belgians in the Congo. But nowhere did 20th century colonialism lead to more disastrous results then in Vietnam, where the French set out to modernize -- and loot -- the country... and ended up leaving nothing but disaster in their wake.

The Rebel takes a tightly focused look at the situation in 1922, when French arrogance is at its most extreme and impoverished rebels run wild trying to win back their land through sabotage, civil disobedience, and assassinations. The streets of Saigon are chaotic as rebels, led by the young and lovely Vo (Thanh Van Ngo), murder a French official right under the noses of his brutal security chief, the collaborator Sy (Dustin Nguyen), and Sy's dashing underling Cuong (Johnny Nguyen). When Vo is captured, Sy and Cuong torture her ruthlessly to find out the location of her group's hideout, but eventually Cuong takes pity on her (or does he?), switches sides (or does he?), and helps her escape back to her village.

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Finishing The Game Review


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Finishing the Game is a big fun goof, a gift from leading Asian-American director Justin Lin to all his actor buddies. Everyone from Ron Jeremy to the voice of George Takei puts in an appearance. Clocking in at a brisk 82 minutes (the DVD includes 20 minutes of subplots that Lin wisely chopped out of the final cut), it's one gag after another all the way through.

Set in 1978 and featuring a porntastic wocka-wocka-wocka guitar-driven soundtrack straight out of Shaft, the movie drops us into a smoggy Hollywood, where first-time director Ronney (Jake Sandvig) is setting out to complete The Game of Death, Bruce Lee's unfinished masterpiece. His goal is to shoot additional footage and splice it all together to help his producer dad make money off the Bruce Lee footage he's acquired.

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Little Fish Review


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Films about drugs and recovery are usually of two schools. Either they're about the comic situations that arise from discovering yourself underneath a drug haze or they're hard-nosed films about a family bonding in the face of getting over the addiction. These films vary in worth to the viewer, but rarely do they slip between those two categories. So, Rowan Woods' Little Fish sorta blindsided me in its direct dealings with the struggle to keep clean, seasoned with crime spices. Some might group it in the latter group, but there's something else going on here.

Tracy (Cate Blanchett) works as an assistant manager in a small video-rental store in Sydney, Australia. She is recovering from a heroin addiction and trying to get money together to co-open a computer-gaming center with her boss. She lives with her mom and every once-in-awhile, looks in on her father figure, Lionel (Hugo Weaving). On his birthday, her brother (Martin Henderson) brings back Jonny (Dustin Nguyen), her old flame when she was using. He claims to be going straight and things begin to bubble again. This is interrupted by the fact that both Lionel and Tracy's brother are in business (and in Lionel's case, a sexual relationship) with Bradley (Sam Neill, complete menace), a ruthless drug dealer who is trying to retire. Tracy's hold on sobriety is tested to unfathomable lengths, and her trust in both brother and John is shaken to the core.

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