Watch It: Turner Classic Movies Delves into Expansive Library to Present Month-Long RACE AND HOLLYWOOD: ASIAN IMAGES IN FILM in June

Thursday, May 01, 2008

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Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will devote the month of June to an extensive, in-depth look at how Asians are depicted on film with RACE AND HOLLYWOOD: ASIAN IMAGES IN FILM. The festival comes on the heels of TCM’s highly successful 2006 look at African-American images in film and its 2007 examination of gay images in film. Joining TCM’s Robert Osborne to host RACE AND HOLLYWOOD: ASIAN IMAGES IN FILM will be Dr. Peter X Feng, editor of Screening Asian Americans and author of Identities in Motion: Asian American Film and Video.

In addition, several talented people from the world of film, literature and academia will take part in the festival, including filmmaker Wayne Wang, actress Ming Wen, writer Amy Tan, actress Rosalind Chao, actor George Takei, actress France Nuyen, actress Nancy Kwan, actor James Shigeta, actress Miiko Taka, film scholar Elaine Mae Woo, film producer Janet Yang and actress Lauren Tom.

“We have had an extremely positive response to our previous month-long festivals on African-American and gay images,” said Charles Tabesh, senior vice president of programming for TCM. “No other network has the collection of films and the abundance of behind-the-scenes material and footage that TCM has. We are very proud to be using the resources of the TCM library to look in-depth at how Hollywood has depicted Asian characters throughout the past century. And we are particularly thrilled to have Dr. Feng join Robert Osborne in guiding us through this fascinating topic.”

TCM’s RACE AND HOLLYWOOD: ASIAN IMAGES IN FILM festival will take place Tuesday and Thursday nights in June, beginning at 8 p.m. (ET). Each night’s collection of films will be centered on a particular theme, such as a look at the career of Anna May Wong, the legendary actress whose roles during the 1930s and 1940s ranged from victims to temptresses; a collection of detective films, including the long-running Charlie Chan series; an exploration of how movies have depicted interracial and intercultural relationships; an examination of Asian depictions in films made during and after World War II; and a look at contemporary Asians stars, such as Ming Wen and Jackie Chan. The festival will also feature discussions about the Hollywood practice of casting non-Asian actors and actresses in Asian roles.

Here's the schedule of movies:

Tuesday, June 3
Silent Films
8 p.m. The Cheat (1915) followed by Filipinos
Retreat From Trenches (1899)
9:45 p.m. Broken Blossoms (1919)
11 p.m. The Dragon Painter (1919)
12 a.m. Mr. Wu (1927)
1:45 a.m. The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1932)

Thursday, June 5
Anna May Wong
8 p.m. The Toll of the Sea (1922)
9 p.m. Old San Francisco (1927)
10:45 p.m. Piccadilly (1929)
12:45 a.m. Daughter of the Dragon (1931)
2 a.m. Shanghai Express (1932)

Tuesday, June 10
Asian Crime Fighters & Detectives
8 p.m. Charlie Chan at the Circus (1936)
9:30 p.m. Charlie Chan in Honolulu (1938)
10:45 p.m. The Scarlet Clue (1945)
12 a.m. Thank You, Mr. Moto (1937)
1:15 a.m. Daughter of Shanghai (1937)

Thursday, June 12
Pearl S. Buck
8 p.m. The Good Earth (1937)
10:30 p.m. Dragon Seed (1944)
1 a.m. China Sky (1945)
2:30 a.m. First Yank Into Tokyo (1945)

Tuesday, June 17
The Legacy of World War II
8 p.m. Go for Broke! (1951)
9:45 p.m. Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)
11:15 p.m. The Teahouse of the August Moon (1956)
1:30 a.m. Walk Like a Dragon (1960)

Thursday, June 19
Interracial & Intercultural Romance
8 p.m. Bridge to the Sun (1961)
10 p.m. China Doll (1958)
12 a.m. Sayonara (1957)
2:30 a.m. The World of Suzie Wong (1960)

Tuesday, June 24
Race Consciousness and the Civil Rights Era
8 p.m. The Crimson Kimono (1959)
9:30 p.m. The Mountain Road (1960)
11:30 p.m. Flower Drum Song (1961)
2 a.m. Enter the Dragon (1973)

Thursday, June 26
Contemporary Asian Images
8 p.m. Rush Hour 2 (2001)
10 p.m. The Joy Luck Club (1993)
12:30 a.m. The Killing Fields (1984)
3 a.m. Mr. Baseball (1992)