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Big Trouble in Little Tokyo is a film series presented by JANM in partnership with Angry Asian Man, First Pond Entertainment, and Visual Communications. The series features specially-selected films by and about Asian Americans followed by intimate discussions with cast and crew.

2015 Events

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
6:00 PM

Big Trouble in Little Tokyo presents The Joy Luck Club (1993)

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6 p.m.: Light reception
7 p.m.: Screening
9:30 p.m.: Q&A

In this 1993 film adaptation of Amy Tan’s bestselling novel, a Chinese American daughter is asked to take her late mother’s place at a weekly mahjong game, where a group of immigrant women have been gathering to share their stories since immigrating to the United States following World War II. Having only a passing interest in her heritage at first, June eventually learns, along with the daughters of the three other mahjong players, to appreciate the struggles endured by the previous generation.

Directed by Wayne Wang and starring Ming-Na Wen, Tamlyn Tomita, Lauren Tom, and Rosalind Chao. Rated R.

The evening will begin with a light reception at 6 p.m., followed by the screening at 7 p.m. and a Q&A with director Wayne Wang, Tamlyn Tomita, and Rosalind Chao.

Pre-sale: $8 JANM and Visual Communications members, $10 general.
At the door (if available): $12 JANM and VC members, $15 general.

Big Trouble in Little Tokyo is a film series presented by JANM in partnership with Angry Asian Man, First Pond Entertainment, and Visual Communications.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
7:00 PM

Big Trouble in Little Tokyo presents Big Trouble in Little China (1986)

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This program is sold out.

Big Trouble in Little China (1986), whose title inspired that of this film series, is an action-adventure film set in San Francisco’s Chinatown. Kurt Russell plays a truck driver who gives a ride to a friend and suddenly finds himself embroiled in a supernatural battle between good and evil.

Directed by John Carpenter, the film received mixed reviews when first released but has since become a cult classic. Rated PG-13. Q&A with writer Gary Goldman and actors George Cheung, Peter Kwong, Al Leong, Gerald Okamura, James Hong, Jeff Imada, James Lew, and Lia Chang to follow screening.

Pre-sale: $8 JANM and Visual Communications members, $10 general.
At the door (if available): $12 JANM and VC members, $15 general.

Big Trouble in Little Tokyo is a film series presented by JANM in partnership with Angry Asian Man, First Pond Entertainment, and Visual Communications.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015
7:00 PM

Big Trouble in Little Tokyo presents The Curse of Quon Gwon: When the Far East Mingles with the West (1916-17)

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In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, JANM presents a rare screening of The Curse of Quon Gwon: When the Far East Mingles with the West (1916–17), a silent black-and-white film directed by Marion Wong.

The Curse of Quon Gwon is the earliest known film directed by an Asian American, and one of the earliest directed by a woman. Reflecting the filmmaker’s desire to present authentic Chinese culture to a Western audience, the movie features an all-Chinese cast and Chinese-style interior décor. The melodramatic storyline, which is typical of Western films from that era, is filled with romance and intrigue.

The evening will include a talk with Mai-Lon Gittelsohn and Dr. Greg Mark, descendants of star Violet Wong, and filmmaker Arthur Dong, who facilitated the restoration of the only known remaining portions of the historic film by the Academy Film Archive.

Pre-sale: $8 JANM and Visual Communications members, $10 general.
At the door (if available): $12 JANM and VC members, $15 general.

Learn about how this rare film was saved in this post on the JANM Blog!

Big Trouble in Little Tokyo is a film series presented by JANM in partnership with Angry Asian Man, First Pond Entertainment, and Visual Communications.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015
7:00 PM

Big Trouble in Little Tokyo presents Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle: Extreme Unrated Edition

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Directed by Danny Leiner, this raunchy 2004 comedy follows the life-changing (and mind-altering) journey of Korean American investment banker Harold (John Cho) and Indian American medical school candidate Kumar (Kal Penn).

Both underdogs, Harold and Kumar decide to spend what would have been an uneventful Friday night trying to satisfy an oddly intense urge for White Castle hamburgers. But finding a White Castle proves a difficult task, and the two friends wind up on an epic road trip.

Q&A to follow with the film’s writers Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg.

Pre-sale: $8 JANM and Visual Communications members, $10 general.
At the door (if available): $12 JANM and VC members, $15 general.

Big Trouble in Little Tokyo is a film series presented by JANM in partnership with Angry Asian Man, First Pond Entertainment, and Visual Communications.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015
7:00 PM

Big Trouble in Little Tokyo presents The Motel

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An underappreciated gem that premiered to strong reviews at the Sundance Film Festival, The Motel is the heartwarming story of an Asian American boy coming of age.

Thirteen-year-old Ernest Chin lives and works at an hourly-rate suburban motel. Alienated from his family, Ernest befriends Sam Kim, a troubled yet charismatic Korean man who checks in to the motel and teaches the fatherless boy the rites of manhood. This film is unrated.

This special 10th Anniversary screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Michael Kang (director/writer), Sung Kang (actor), Samantha Futerman (actor), Miguel Arteta (producer), and Gina Kwon (producer). There will be a cash bar reception at Far Bar after the program.

Pre-sale: $8 JANM and Visual Communications members, $10 general.
At the door (if available): $12 JANM and VC members, $15 general.

Big Trouble in Little Tokyo is a film series presented by JANM in partnership with Angry Asian Man, First Pond Entertainment, and Visual Communications.

 

 

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