Cute Couple Alert:
I called Randall Park and Jae Suh the golden couple of the Asian Pacific Islander community. There’s no doubt that they’re an adorable couple. Randall can be seen in many a commercial as well as on hit show Supah Ninjas on Nickelodeon.
Randall also made news for snagging an NBC holding deal. Jae is an award-winning actor (Jae W. Suh on IMDB; there’s also a PGA golfer with the same name) who recently completed a film with Karin Anna Cheung, Greg Watanabe, Ewan Chung, and Feodor Chin, directed by Dominic Mah. The couple also appeared in a Wong Foo film, Too Fast, as well as Love, NY, a short film by Vincent Lin.
Coming up, the couple will host the San Diego Asian Film Festival’s Awards Gala on October 22. SDAFF runs October 20-28. One of my other outlets, Hyphen Magazine, posted a link to a video of a trailer the couple made. You can see it here.
While we’re on the subject of film festivals, there’s yet another Asian-focused festival on this fall, this one at Chapman University. The Busan West Asian Film Festival will run November 11-13 at Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, one of the premier film schools in the country.
One of the special guests is director Bong Joon-ho, writer and director of the hit Mother as well as the 2006 The Host and Memories of Murder. Mother and Memories of Murder were seen at the Korean Film Festival Los Angeles last year. The North American premiere for The Host in 3D will be at the Busan West Asian fest.
Another thanks to Hyphen for a report on Japan’s 2011 Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival recently held earlier this month. You can read a write-up here on Hyphen, or the complete article here. The film festival takes place every two years and is supported by the Japan Arts Council. A highlight of the festival this year was films focusing on the March 11 Great East Japan Earthquake.
The Sweet Thereafter’s director Atom Egoyan headed the jury for the International Competition.
Also due November 3 is the Vancouver Asian Film Festival. In its 15th year, VAFF runs November 3-6 at Cineplex Odeon International Village in Vancouver. Almost Perfect also opens the festival (as it does SDAFF) with Ajay Naidu’s Ash the Centerpiece film and Surrogate Valentine closing the fest. The latter film is up for a Gotham Independent Film Audience Award with online voting here.
VAFF is the oldest Asian film festival in Canada.
— Ken Choy