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Because the current chinese government is a pure dictatorship, it won't allow anyone to make any films exposing the dark side of the government. Therefore, the movies listed here will never be made in mainland China.
I hope that the chinese communist government will be overthrown by the people very soon! So directors will have the freedom to make good films just like these films.
The Maze Runner (2014)
finally, an Asian male actor was in a leading role!
Asians have been living in the USA since 1800's, but there is very few Asian males in any leading roles in any of the Hollywood films. most of the time, they were hired for comical effects, or as gongfu fighters, etc.
for that reason alone, i gave this film a 10. when the film first started, I thought that it was just another film about black and white people, I thought that the black actor will be the leader throughout the film. I was surprised that Lee Kihong (koreans are like Chinese, they put last name first.) was acting in most part of the film.
although i have to say that the storyline may appear illogical in some areas, it is just very entertaining. I truly enjoyed it. It is rare that this film gave me an out of this world experience. i can't wait to see part two.
Maybe someday someone will make a TV series for this film, who knows. It is kind of similar to the TV show - lost.
Slightly Single in L.A. (2013)
where are all the Asian people? lack of diversity.
Los angeles is a big metropolis, it has all kinds of people, all races, all languages, etc.
I posted a comment in the message board a while ago. Just recently, I found out that there are haters who flag any messages that they don't like. sometimes, people's posts got deleted automatically if it gets enough flags without being reviewed by any admins. several of my messages got deleted like that.
so today i checked this message board again to see if my message is still here. some people actually flagged my comment about this lack of diversity in this film,so it is not here any more. this message board is not an active board, it still has 2009 messages on the front page. what they did is just so wrong. i am not surprised at all. so i am writing this review so they can't report it any more.
the storyline is not interesting. and one big problem that i see with many Hollywood films is that they don't hire Asian actors whether it is about current or future time. this film happened in los angeles, but throughout this film, i didn't see any Asian faces! this is just plain and simple wrong. i don't even see Asian people in the background. when foreign people watch it, they probably think that los angeles is a big city with lots of white people, that is simply not the case. no wonder asians hardly ever won any Oscar awards, because they are never hired!
simon rex acted as a foreign Italian guy, but in reality, there are far more foreign-born Asian guys in los angeles. this film would feel more authentic if it had inter-racial dating. there are just too many white people films, so this one just doesn't stand out.
Hollywood will never hire any Asian actors if people are not even aware of this serious problem.
bad DVD cover, very emotional top gay film.
The DVD cover looked really uninteresting and ugly. i thought that it was just another gay film with some hot almost naked guys talking and doing something funny. I was planning to watch it in two nights, but once I started, I can't stop.
It feels as if those two boys were really in love. I wasn't sure if Tanner Cohen was really gay, but he looked like that he was really enjoying gay sex. hehe. both of them seemed to be good actors, they should do more films. they are totally talented.
Then the ending is a little bit sad. I guess that most of viewers probably want to scream at Tanner for making such a bad decision. And at the end, probably everyone wishes that they can really following this gay boy's online account. Too bad, it is only a film. This story is not real.
The sex scenes were a little too graphic for regular non-gay audiences. And the kissing at different places seem to be a little too much as if to fill the time for this film. If the director changed those two parts, I am sure that it could be an even better film just like the brokeback mountain.
scary, but simple. lack of diversity.
i didn't read the DVD cover before i watched the film. it is a scary film to be watched at night time, that is for sure.
i can't guess what it is all about, it gave me lots of goose bumps while watching it. when the film ended, i realized how simple the story line is. but it kept me in my seat until the end, it piqued my interest.
i enjoy watching it.
on the other hand, this film once again like other Hollywood films, it has no Asian characters. the only one in it was a naked "Japanese" woman, who can't even speak Japanese. actually, she didn't speak any common Asian language at all, i think that she just said whatever to make it sounded like Japanese.
it is supposed to happen in a college, but it has no Asian students in it. now these days, when you go to any colleges in the USA, you are bound to see a few asians. this film only has plenty of white people. when was the last time, you see two hot Asian couples having sex in a Hollywood film, etc?
Shanghai Calling (2012)
refreshing story, but not so exciting to watch, a few cliché lame jokes.
I think that there is only one similar film "outsourced" which was made a few years ago. So this story is very unique. It also has some semi- famous actors in it, but the story is not exciting. It is almost predictable.
And there are a few obvious problems in it. When it was shot in the streets of shanghai, it was so apparent that lots of people were watching while it was filmed. It instantly makes the audiences realizing that they are watching a fake film.
Second, the restaurant scene was so awkward, not funny at all. Because when he stood up, you can see that the rest of the tables were almost empty. Some of the jokes are just plain simple cliché and not funny.
There are plenty of expatriates living in Shanghai or other cities in China, I think that maybe one of them can write a real story. And the male protagonist doesn't even have any Chinese blood in him.
Born Rich (2003)
good intention, a little superficial, but well done!
I got this VHS tape (HBO demo-tape for Emmy consideration, air date: October 27th, 2003) from a yard sale, i don't remember watching it. As I was watching it, I sort of remembered that I have seen it before, I just didn't remember much about it.
While I was almost finished watching it, my 19-years-old VCR (made in November of 1995) stopped working! tragically, it doesn't make sense for me to buy a new one just to watch a few remaining VHS tapes that i still have. how ironic is that if this happened to one of those rich people in this show, i am sure that they will go buy a new vcr just to finish watching this tape. good thing, I found this on youtube, so I was able to finish watching it.
i didn't know that those kind of people exited until I watched this show. Sure, there are rich people, but i didn't know that there are children who are already super rich, who don't have to worry about money since day one.
Overall, this is a good show, but I felt that it was a little superficial. Also, Jamie Johnson didn't spend much time talking about himself. They could have talked a little bit more, and tell us more about their lives, such as if they have personal assistants, do they ever have to spend time cleaning their own rooms, buying groceries, just what they do as rich people everyday.
I enjoyed it.
Mai wei (2011)
sort of epic film with predictable results.
from the beginning of the film, it is already predictable that the main protagonists will not die. so no matter what he goes through, you already knew the end result.
then is it really possible for a female to use a gun to shoot down a warplane? i am not an expert, but it seems too unreal. then it seems that the only solution for her exit is to die. otherwise, her existence will interfere with the progress of the film.
It seems like an epic film with quite a few predictable story lines. these kind of things simply don't happen in real life. It didn't make me feel emotional.
Man of Steel (2013)
henry cavil is the wrong guy for the superman.
before i watched the film, i saw the superman pictures, i didn't think that he was the right for the film. I am not talking about his acting skills, only his look. now i have finally saw this film, i still don't think that he is the right superman.
The teenage clark kent has the typical cute handsome superman look, but henry cavil doesn't fit with the typical superman image (clean cut, cute, youthful) at all, he looks like he is from the dark side. he could play the counter part of the superman, but not superman himself. his hair looks greasy, his looks like over 30 instead of mid-20's superman.
most of the time, he looks like he is about to do something evil, instead of doing something good for the earth.
wrong guy for this film, although this film itself is good entertainment. it has some new concepts for this age old icon film. and it has so many big special effects that go by so fast that you want to rewind and watch them again.
Overall, I enjoyed watching it, but I hope that the next superman will be a new guy.
Ethan Mao (2004)
This was better than I expected.
i thought that this is just one of those low budget gay films with some nudity and weak stories. It was better than I expected.
It is clear that it had a low budget, that is why it didn't have much music in it,(if it had any, I certainly didn't get any impression), and the film visual quality is low. They did not use colored filter in front the lens, either. so it feels more like a TV show, instead of a film that you watch on big screen.
Sometimes, i felt that those people were acting, but not living in real life. It could be due to lack of music, or they were limited inside a house for a long time.
however, the story is not bad. Most gay films in the USA are about white males, this is a very rare film centered around an Asian gay male. When was the last time, so many Asian males all appeared in one film? for that reason alone, i totally support these kind of films.
Gali Gali Chor Hai (2012)
this is ridiculous, that is why it is so funny.
the first part was really funny, i sometimes rewind the DVD just to watch the funny scenes again. the ending is a little weak. they could have shown how that little fan got the protagonist in court, etc. the terrorist plot wasn't entirely related to corruption.
the older police should have won the best supporting actor award, he was also ridiculously funny.
i used to think that India films were mostly about marriages, but i have seen quite a few films that are actually about corruption, and other social problems, etc.
I enjoyed watching it very much.
And this is also added to my list of "Top Indian films about bureaucracy for all Chinese directors".