Reviews of the latest Asian American films


If you see one holiday film this year, put SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE on your list and see it now! This new film from hailed Brit director Danny Boyle opens this week in New York and Los Angeles and will open nationally around Thanksgiving.

SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE gushes with color and vibrancy and keeps you enthralled from start to finish, as we go through the life of Jamal and his brother Malik - two orphaned boys who grow up on the streets of Mumbai after their mother is killed by anti-Muslim faction. The film starts with 18 year old Jamal who is now one question away of being the champion on the uber-popular television show WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE? But, is he really that smart or is he a cheat?

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Smart storytelling and great cinematography and excellent performances from newcomers DEV PATEL (Jamal) and FRIDA PINTO (Latika) make SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE one of the major highlights in this year's theatrical cinematic offerings. Inspirational and full of life and love, this film is destined to be a classic. Even the younger Jamal, Latika and Malik actors are amazing. SLUMDOG JAMAL.jpg

SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE is distributed by Fox Searchlight and opens November 12 in New York and Los Angeles and other cities by Thanksgiving. Please check your local listings or go online to

By all means, do not miss this film. 7 Stars! LOL
Reviewed at 2008 AFI FEST


Here's a note from Grace Lee about "American Zombie," now playing in Los Angeles. The upshot -- the better the film does this week, the more likely it'll get picked up by theaters in other cities, so spread the word!

Just wanted to remind you that AMERICAN ZOMBIE is now playing at the Sunset 5 in Los Angeles. The Friday and Saturday night shows had sell-out crowds and the audience reaction has been great. We've even received some good reviews (see below from LA Times and LA Daily News)

This weekend is especially crucial to get good box office numbers in order for the film to expand, so if you are looking for something to do on Sunday, please come to the theater TODAY. You can even use the coupon for discounted tickets -- $6 for a movie? That's a bargain! AZ is a small indie movie, but it packs a lot of bite!

If you can't make it on Sunday, we are still playing until Thursday. And there will be a Q&A session after the 7:30pm show on Tuesday with me and some cast and crew as part of a special Slamdance-sponsored screening.

Thanks so much for your support of independent filmmaking!

Grace Lee

And here's an excerpt from the Los Angeles Daily News review:

But what starts out as a typically liberal plea for acceptance and equal rights slowly turns into something much darker, a metaphor for American paranoia at its hysterical worst - and, perhaps, its most justified. No one here gets out alive, or at least without being implicated in some kind of delusional prejudice, smug documentary filmmakers least of all. Lee and Solomon are hilariously passive-aggressive with one another ("Nobody wants to see `The Grace Lee Project 2,' " he says as the director keeps turning the camera on herself). And the key zombie players are all terrific, as are the film's funky/downscale L.A. locations.
Click here to read the whole thing.

"Incredible Hercules" #115, the climactic end of the first story arc featuring the Greek god and boy genius Amadeus Cho and written by Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente, has nabbed a slew of rave reviews from,,, and Here's an excerpt from the Newsarama review:

If it were just big, action-packed, melodramatic, funny fun The Incredible Hercules would still be well worth a reader's time, but co-writers Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente don't just stop there. This concludes the opening story arc of the Herc-hijacked book, and it does an incisive, even touching job of defining the characters of Hercules and Amadeus Cho. That it happens to also be a blast to read is just a bonus. This has very quickly become my favorite Marvel comic.
"Incredible Hercules" #115 hit stores on March 26. Tell your retailer to hold a copy for you today -- and preorder next month's "Incredible Hercules" #116!

All Reviews Entries

03.30.08A note from Grace Lee about "American Zombie"
03.30.08"Incredible Hercules" #115 -- and Amadeus Cho -- score rave reviews
03.30.082008.03.28 - Benson Lee's "Planet B-Boy" in SF, Berkeley, San Diego, and Washington
03.06.08Tons of Asian American (and Canadian and Australian) creators cited in Bookslut's Best of 2007 lists
02.19.08Comixtreme raves about "Incredible Hercules" #114 - and Amadeus Cho
02.18.08Hama's "Spooks" scares up rave reviews
02.15.08Byler's "Tre" opens in SF, gets rave from the SFBG
02.14.08Fred Chao's "Johnny Hiro" nabs rave reviews, interview
02.09.08BoingBoing digs "Good As Lily"