I was privileged to be able to watch this movie in a theater nearby – it wasn’t even showing in too many theaters, but I was lucky to be close to one of the few theaters that it was showing in. I saw posters all over my college campus, and they made me interested in the movie, but not to the point where I actually did some research and wanted to see it, until, of course, I received the opportunity to watch it.
I want to first talk about the poster itself. There were so many plastered everywhere around campus, and I would just glance at them as I was passing by. I had always just assumed that it was an Asian movie because of the Asians in the picture, and the subtitle that said “This is (not) a foreign film). But of course, since I was always in a rush and just quickly looking at it, I only read “This a foreign film.” Way to state the obvious, I had thought. However, upon closer examination of the poster itself, I realized that it said: “This is NOT a foreign film” – wow. That speaks volumes already. Whoever made the movie already made a point without even making me watch the movie. I saw that I had assumed that the movie was an Asian one in an Asian language because all the actors and actresses on the poster were Asian. I did not even stop to think that it would be an Asian-American (why do we need to hyphenate these things anyways?) movie in the English language. I am all about increasing Asian-American awareness (and perhaps making it so that we don’t even need the hyphenated “Asian” in front of the “American,”), so it was quite eye-opening as an Asian myself, to also misjudge the movie just from the poster – it goes to show how I have let the mainstream media/thoughts affect my own.
So coming into the movie, I was pretty excited. For all the above reasons. And because I saw the trailer and that got me pumped up.
So let’s actually get to the movie now, shall we? View full article »