To Rush or Not to Rush
We've been looking for
information on the progress of The Scorpion
King, which is currently in production. There
are conflicting reports as to when it is coming out.
Scorpion may be one of the few films to have
persons of Pacific Islander descent in both the male
and female lead roles. Kelly Hu, who is part-Hawaiian,
plays Cassandra in the film, while The Rock aka
Dwayne Johnson is part-Samoan or 'afatasi' as they
say in the islands.
The film's story is centered around the first Pharaoh of
The publicity blitz is on for the Aug. 3 theatrical release of Rush Hour 2
starring Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker and Zhang Ziyi.
Another interesting tidbit about this film is that it marks the world debut for
Japanese pop queen Utada Hikaru who is featured on the soundtrack in
the single Blow My Whistle with Foxy Brown.
I hope our East Coast friends showed their love for our APA
filmmakers during the Asian American International Film
Festival 2001 in NYC. Among the films screened were
The Flip Side, The Motel and Wavetwisters.
Also stay tuned for the Ammy Awards sponsored by
aMagazine. The gala night presentations ceremony will happen
on Nov. 10 at the Orpheum Theater in LA.
Lucy Liu and Antonio Banderas
are in negotiations with Franchise Pictures
for starring roles in Ecks vs. Sever,
the world debut film for Thai director Kaos.
The film is set to start production this fall.
Director Kirk Wong of The Big Hit
fame is working with Artisan Entertainment
on an adaptation of the Marvel martial arts comic
Iron Fist. The film will likely start
filming around the end of this year or in early 2001 and
will star Ray Park.
Chinese basketball star Wang ZhiZhi might
soon challenge major league player Ichiro Suzuki
as the most popular Asian import in American sports.
The 7-foot-1 center has a Nike contract and was recently
hired by Beijing to help promote their Olympic bid.
Keep your eye out, we may see more Asian and Pacific
Islander star atheletes on the American scene as
sports programs in the Asia Pacific region continue to
See you next time!
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