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The Slanted Screen (2006)

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 ... See full summary »

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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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An Unexamined Minority
17 June 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

From silent film star Sessue Hayakawa to "Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle", the Slanted Screen examines the portrayal Asian men in film and television, and how new filmmakers are now re-defining age-old stereotypes.

This documentary opened my eyes a bit, as I was not even familiar with the work of silent star Sessue Hayakawa. In fact, it never even occurred to me how much the Asian community was excluded from Hollywood.

So, Bruce Lee was the "James Dean" of the Asian community? I can see that. For years, there were whites playing Asians (typically nasty, villainous Asians) and even today racism against Asian stereotypes is more tolerated and "acceptable" than against other targets.


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