|Index||2 reviews in total|
This is a really a fantastic, eye-opening, critical look at the history of
American media's images of Asian/-American women. I do NOT think it's
supposed to be a history of actresses (as a previous reviewer
I saw this in college and was blown away by the blatant archetypes (dragon lady v. lotus blossom), but also the subtle shifts in portrayal depending on how mainstream Americans feel about Asia. I valued the unknown attempts by actresses such as Anna Mae Wong to broaden their roles.
The most hilarious part was Asian American anchorwomen describing how broadcasters wanted to Connie Chung-ize them all. OK, almost as hilarious as the footage of Caucasian actors with taped eyelids, like Marlon Brando and Katherine Hepburn.
The only downside is that the documentary's 20 years old. I hope it gets updated soon.
This is must-see for all Asian American women, but would also be very entertaining/enlightening for everyone else.
This is a documentary about the history of Asian actresses in Hollywood.
Even today, we still need more positive roles to improve the perception of
Asian American women in the media. I liked the montage of images from
classic movies such as "The Good Earth" and "Flower Drum Song" that showed
the Chinese in a positive light. These images contrast with disturbing
clips of movies that portray Asians as evil villains. It was very sad
back then the few good Asian roles out there usually went to non-Asian
actresses wearing ridiculous heavy "oriental" makeup. However, rather
celebrating the efforts of pioneering actresses such as Anna May Wong and
Nancy Kwan, the documentary would rather run them into the ground. Also,
there was no mention of France Nuyen, another popular early Asian actress,
which I thought was a bit unfair. In many ways these actresses helped
the door" for the Asian actresses of today. So in summary, I would say it
was in an interesting but, disappointedly, a somewhat biased
|Plot summary||Ratings||Plot keywords|
|Main details||Your user reviews||Your vote history|