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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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Great Documentary
16 June 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Slanted Screen, The (2006)

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Extremely well-made documentary that takes a look at how Asians were shown in movies and TV. The film goes all the way back to the silent films of Sessue Hayakawa up to current films like Romeo Must Die. We gets clips from various white actors including Christopher Lee, Lon Chaney, Boris Karloff, Peter Lorre, Mickey Rooney and Bela Lugosi playing Asian characters and how these stereotypes caused studios not to hire Asian actors. We also get a rather heated debate on if Bruce Lee was good or bad for the Asian community. The film runs just under an hour and while I think the movie could have been improved with a longer running time, the director does a great job at tackling a lot of subjects within the running time. Mako, Jason Scott Lee, James Shigeta, Dustin Nguyen are among the actors interviewed and all of them tell some very strong stories of what it was like seeing whites playing Asian characters. A Hollywood insider said Asians keep getting bad roles simply because whites and blacks don't want to see them on the screen with bigger roles. This was true in the silent days and continue today so hearing someone actually say it is rather refreshing.


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