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From silent film star Sessue Hayakawa to Harold and Kumar Go to Whitecastle, the Slanted Screen examines the portrayal Asian men in film and television, and how new filmmakers are now re-defining age-old stereotypes. Includes interviews with actors Mako, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, James Shigeta, Dustin Nguyen, Will Yun Lee, Phillip Rhee, Tzi Ma, comedian Bobby Lee, producer Terence Chang, casting director Heidi Levitt and directors Gene Cajayon and Eric Byler. The film contains over 50 film clips of depictions of Asian American male characters from Hollywood films spanning almost a century. It asks why and how stereotypic portrayals continue to persist, and why the roles for Asian American men are diminishing while the Asian American population is increasing. Written by Jeff Adachi

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Profoundly sad....
15 September 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Unless you are a total jerk, it's hard to watch "The Slanted Screen" without a feeling of sadness. After all, for the most part, Asian parts in American films have been very, very limited. Either, in the old days, they were portrayed in very stereotypical terms by Westerners (such as Charlie Chan and Mr. Moto) or today they have been mostly absent or portray nice geeky folks or kung fu heroes. Asians playing PEOPLE--that has been a serious omission in films. So, as you hear many Asian actors and filmmakers talking about these limitations you can't help but feel for them. Fortunately, things have been getting better...to a point. I was surprised to see that audiences responded poorly even in recent years, for example, to a scene where the Asian hero kissed the non-Asian heroine--so they completely eliminated the romantic aspects of the film--yet it was "Romeo Must Die"--which was based on "Romeo and Juliet"! How can they de-sexualize this plot in order not to 'offend'?! Why is this acceptable but not acceptable if the characters were bi-racial with one white and the other black? A good question--and something you can't help but think as you watch these folks talk about the history of Asians in films and Asians in films today. The film is shown using film clips and lots of interviews and makes its point well. Worth seeing and thought-provoking---even if it is a bit depressing.


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