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During the year of 2002 (Part 2)

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Lucy Liu in Ecks vs. Sever


Studio: Warner Bros.
Director: Wych Kaosayananda
Screenwriter: Alan McElroy
Producers: Elie Samaha, Christopher Lee, Andrew Stevens, Kaos
Executive Producer: Tracee Stanley
Director of Photography: Julio Macat
Writers: Alan McElroy & Peter M.Lenkov
Cast: Gregg Henry, Antonio Banderas, Ray Park, Miguel Sandoval, Norm Sherry, Terry Chen, Aidan Drummond, Lucy Liu, Talisa Soto

In the deadly game of international espionage, an elite corps of anonymous operatives relentlessly battle in wars of proxy on behalf of their nation states. In a field dominated by high-tech tools, the most valuable asset is the human one - and the most prized of these is a lethally trained agent code-named Sever (Liu) - the perfect weapon.

When Sever inexplicably goes rogue, her former superiors embark on a global search to terminate her before she can reveal information that could alter the course of history.

Only the brilliant and dogged former FBI manhunter Jeremiah Ecks (Banderas) has the skills to capture her. Ecks, who resigned and guilt-ridden when his wife was killed in an explosion, is drawn to the chase by the possibility that Sever holds the secret to his wife's mysterious death.

During the course of their encounters, each realizes that the duo have a more serious problem stemming from a mysterious entity who has manipulated the two of them against each other. When Ecks and Sever come to terms with the fact that they're both employed by the same people, they form an uneasy alliance as they attempt to determine the truth about who has set them both up and what this enigmatic party's nefarious intentions might be. NOTE: Ecks Vs. Sever is the latest video game to be turned into a big-screen movie.

He (aka "Kaos") is a 28-year-old Thai director who made his homeland's equivalent of Titanic; Fah, which was at the time the highest budgeted Thai film of all time. It turned out to be a big hit and it was the vehicle that brought Kaosayananda to America and to direct Ecks vs. Sever.

He has proven he can write sci-fi action films (i.e. Spawn), that sell tickets, so his presence on the Ecks script is comforting. An amusing caveat here is that McElroy followed the movie about forsaken hell-spawn by writing Left Behind, a film with strong religious overtones (and financing) which are as diametrically opposed to Spawn as possible.

Lucy Liu

This 5'1" actress, born on December 2, 1967 from Chinese immigrant parents (mother is a biochemist. father is a civil engineer) in the Italian neighborhood of Queens New York, is best known for her role as Ling Woo in Ally McBeal (1998-2001).

Ally McBeal's "Ling" graduated from Stuyvesant High School in 1986 - a specialized public high school where one takes the same test is used for the highly regarded Bronx Science and Brooklyn Technical high schools. She attended New York University for one year, before transferring to University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, where she joined the Chi Omega sorority and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Asian Languages and Cultures. At one point, Liu worked as a waitress in Michigan

Lucy's acceptance of herself and as an Asian American, despite feeling alienated in her youth started her road to success. This confidence was seen when at an audition for a supporting role in Andre Gregory's adaptation of Alice in Wonderland landed her the lead role in the University of Michigan at Ann Arbour production. Her success was partly due to her fluency in Mandarin, and also because of her practice of Kali-Eskrima-Silat, an Indonesian martial art with crude forms of knife and sword fighting.

Lucy graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Asian languages and cultures while also studying acting, dance and voice. Lucy Liu

Her film work includes the following credits:

Lucy Liu
  • Ecks Vs. Sever (2002)
  • Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me." (cameo)
  • Shanghai Noon (2000)
  • Charlie's Angels (2000)
  • Play it to the Bone (1999)
  • Molly Star (1999)
  • Love Kills (1999)
  • Flypaper (1997)
  • City of Industry (1997)
  • Jerry Maguire
  • Shanghai Noon/ Tombstone (1993/2000)
  • Payback" with Mel Gibson
  • Elizabeth Shue's Molly
  • Mating Habits of Earthbound Humans
  • Guy
  • Bang
  • Tupac's Gridlock'd
  • Rhythm of Destiny (1992) - Hong Kong film featuring Danny Lee and Aaron Kwok
Lucy Liu


    Kung Fu Panda (2008)
  • Beautiful Asian Brides (2008)
  • Watching the Detectives (2007)
  • The Cleaner (2007)
  • Lucky Number Slevin (2006)
  • 3 Needles (2005)
  • Domino (2005)
  • Mulan II (2004)
  • Charlie Chan (2003)
  • Kill Bill (2003)
  • Charlie's Angels 2 (2003)
  • Party Monster (2003),
  • Company Man
  • Hotel (featuring includes Salma Hayek, David Schwimmer, Burt Reynolds, Julian Sands, Ornella Muti, Valeria Golino, Chiara Mastroianni, and Valentina Cervi)
  • "True Crime" directed by Clint Eastwood
Lucy Liu

Her television credits includes the following

  • Joey (2004 guest appearance)
  • The Simpsons - Episode "Goo Goo Gai Pan" (2006 guest appearance)
  • AFI's 2001 (100 years, 100 thrills)
  • High Incident
  • NYPD Blue
  • Johnny Quest
  • L.A. Law
  • THE X-FILES Lucy Liu
  • Pearl
  • Beverly Hills 90210
  • ER
  • Futurama
  • Nash Bridges
  • Hercules
  • Saturday Night Live
  • Home Improvement
  • Coach

Lucy's first exhibition of photographs entitled "Unraveling" was at the Cast iron Gallery in SoHo New York. "Unraveling" is comprised of three main bodies of work: a series of hand-tinted photographs taken on the streets of Hong Kong; portraits of hands and feet; and a mixed-media selection from the Pro-choice Movement.

Since she majored in Asian Languages in Culture at the University of Michigan, Asian art and history, with a mixture of American pop culture influence much of Liu's work.

General, hands and feet (subjects of the second portion of "Unraveling") are, in her view, "very sensual, very passionate -- there's something very expressive about hands and feet." She feels all of us "use our feet to maintain stability, as well as to root ourselves to the earth." We also use are hands, according to Liu, to express our deepest emotions, such as speaking and writing. Our hands are also the first parts of our bodies we use to feel, to touch.

In the final portion of her exhibition, Liu attempts to tell her story behind the abortion issue.

Liu hopes her artistic imagination will enable her to reach "beyond an Asian American perspective," and to eventually "exhibit work with no boundaries."

After the exhibit, she received an art grant to study in China during the year of 1993 and won considerable praise for her 19979 exhibit of mixed media photography in Venice California. Lucy Liu

Her theater credits include Numb, Redwood Curtain and M. Butterfly. She is also a member of the Met Theater Development Ensemble.

Lucy's work within the Asian Pacific American theater scene includes productions with the following theater groups: Lucy Liu

  • Pan Asian Repertory Theater
  • East West Players
  • David Henry Hwang's "M. Butterfly"
  • A Magazine's "Ammys" Award Show.

This recipient of 1999 SAG Award for "Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (Ally McBeal) and the first Asian American female to host "Saturday Night Live" is fluent in Mandarin.

Lucy initially auditioned for the role of Nelle Porter, which went to Australian actress Portia de Rossi. But Ally McBeal producer David Kelley liked Liu so much he created a character for her. "There were six women including myself, and I was the only woman of color," Liu said, recalling her audition. "And I thought, this is a joke, there's just no possible way I'm going to get this role."

When Liu got the call that de Rossi had the part, she didn't put much credence in the casting person's claim that Kelley liked her and that he'd write a role for her. "People say stuff all the time, especially in Hollywood," Liu said. "You don't think it's actually going to happen. And it did. And it happened quickly." Kelley later told Liu he liked her reading but thought she was too frigid. He had plans to make Nelle warmer over time.

Her breakthrough role came on September 21st 1998, on Fox's Ally Mcbeal in the Episode They Eat Horses Don't They. She took on the icy role of Ling Woo, an assertive plant manager (and ex-lawyer) suing a shock jock radio for sexual harassment.

On November 19th, 1998, Liu was to become really famous in an Ally McBeal episode. It's my party is the episode where she executed a deadly kiss with co-star Greg Germann. This piece of television history is what got her signed as a regular cast member.

As one of the few Asian Pacific American actors (male or female) that is achieving any degree of success, "The Guardian" article states "Lucy Liu may be a household name these days, but her relatively short career seems to embody many of the frustrations and contradictions of being an Asian-American woman in Hollywood.

In a Jane interview, she indicated that she was bisexual, saying, "I,/a>> think people sometimes get the wrong impression when they're like, 'Oh, well, so-and-so was straight and then she was gay, and now > she's straight again,' you know? But it's like, how many times do I have to kiss a woman before I'm gay? Everybody wants to label people. Sometimes you just fall in love with somebody, and you're really not thinking about what gender or whatever they happen to be. I think that if I happen to fall in love with a woman, everyone's going to make a big deal out of it. But if I happen to fall in love with a man, nobody cares."[

People are always going, "You are the most this and that Asian American actress." I just want to be considered an actress. You want to be acknowledged as a writer and an artist. I am not ashamed of who I am. Ethnicity is part of your culture and your blood. For me, I want to be the best person for the job — not the best color for the job. That to me would be the most ideal thing.


If you're a fan of Jackie Chan - click HERE for additional info


Director: David Dobkin
Screenwriters: Alfred Gough and Miles Millar
Producer: Jonathan Glickman, Roger Birnhaum and Gary Barber
Studio: Disney/Touchstone Pictures
Production company: Spyglass Entertainment
Cast: Jackie Chan,
Fann Wong, Owen Wilson, Donnie Yen,

PLOT: After taming the wild west in the comedy "Shanghai Noon," Chon Wang (Jackie Chan) and Roy O'Bannon (Owen Wilson) are back in the saddle, but off the range this time, they're out to settle a score in civilized London in the sequel, "Shanghai Knights."

When a Chinese rebel murders Chon's estranged father and escapes to England, Chon and Roy make their way to London with revenge on their minds. Chon's sister, Liu, has the same idea, and uncovers a worldwide conspiracy to murder the royal family but almost no one will believe her.

With the help of a kindly Scotland Yard Inspector and a 10-year-old street urchin, the acrobatic Chon gives Victorian Britain a kick in the pants as he attempts to avenge his father's death and keep the romance-minded Roy away from his sister.

Hilarious escapades and hair-raising adventure await our heroes, as they do for Big Ben, Madame Toussaud's, and the Convent Gardens what they did for the Old West.


If you're a fan of Asian Pacific American films - click HERE for additional infoBETTER LUCK TOMORROW

Director: Justin Lin
Writer: Justin Lin & Ernesto M. Foronda
Executive Producers: (Hudson River Entertainment (Gustavo Spoliansky and Michael Manshel)
Producer: Trailing Johnson Productions (Justin Lin, Julie Asato & Ernesto M. Foronda)
Co-Producer: Joan Huang for Cherry Sky Films
Music Supervisor: Ernesto M. Foronda
Director of Photography: Donna Tina Charles
Music: Michael Gonzales
Cast: Karin Anna Cheung, John Cho, Roger Fan, Sung Kang, Parry Shen, Jason Tobin

PLOT: Everyone knows a person like Ben - the perfect Asian American high school teen - extremely intelligent, a perfectionist, overachiever whose tunnel vision leads to nothing less than graduating at the top of the class and acceptance to the best Ivy League university.

This product of an upper middle class, conservative suburb of Orange County, California. As Ben struggles to achieve social success in high school, we discover his darker side. Along with two friends, Virgil, a brilliant yet awkward, overeager and socially inept misfit, and Virgil's cousin Han, a lost soul with more brawn than brains, Ben leads a double life of mischief and petty crimes that alleviate the pressures of perfection.

At the start of his high school freshman year, Ben befriends Daric, the senior valedictorian? Another archetypal overachiever and perfectionist. But Daric is somewhat odd. While being the most intelligent student in the class, he also seems to be the most volatile and dangerous. Behind his trusting and benevolent façade lies a lurking secret, a time bomb ready to explode.

With Daric at the helm, this group of misfit teens bands together into a suburban gang. As their adopted identity grows, Ben and the gang tumble into a downward spiral of excitement, excess, fun and growing danger. Ben's life careens out of control, into an intoxicating mix of sex, drugs and crime, leading to a surprisingly chaotic and violent end.

MARKETING: In its campaign, MTV targeted Asian American college campus groups but also reached out to its broader audience by making the movie look "Tarantino-esque" -- gritty, violent and real. The movie was sold not as an Asian American film, but as an American story starring Asian American actors.

FUTURE OF ASIAN AMERICAN CINEMA: Plus, no film can change the industry by itself, says Harry Lin, a veteran of Bay Area broadcasting who now is executive vice president of ABC's Web site,

``The movie industry is very conservative,'' Lin says. ``It's not proactive to change or trying to make waves. That's why independent film and cinema is so important: It's where change and risk occurs.''


It's total gross was three hundred ninety-eight thousand four hundred eighty nine dollars ($398,489) in just 13 theaters on its first weekend (3 days - Friday/April 11, Saturday/April 12 and Sunday/April 13! The gross sales has already exceeded the film's budget of $250,000!

This translated into a "Per Screen Average of $30,654! (which meant that the "Gross Box Office" total is $398,500 at 13 theaters in the first three days). This was the largest "per screen average" for any MTV Films!" (Note: As of April 15, 2003, it has grossed a total of $417,840.00!
"BLT" had the highest highest grossing per screen average across the nation during the weekend of April 11 - 13, 2003 with Asian Americans making up 70% of the audiences!
As of April 20, 2003, "Better Luck Tomorrow" has an estimated gross sales of $1,011,000 (apx.). The weekend gross figures from the weekend of April 18 - 20, 2003 was $515,000.
Better Luck Tomorrow, the first Asian American film acquired at the Sundance Film Festival, will hit theatres in 2003 - thanks to MTV Films' VP Michael Cole, which purchased domestic distribution rights to the film after its world premiere at the 2002 festival in Park City, Utah.
"BLT's success marks a turning point for MTV Films: It was the company's first acquisition ($500,000), and it controlled all of the marketing -- from posters to the TV advertising to the grass-roots campaign.

This was the largest "per screen average" for any MTV Films!" (Note: As of April 15, 2003, it has grossed a total of $417,840.00!

Angry Asian Men Daily Californian Ebert's TV Review & Trailer
KoreAm Journal Article Monkey Warplane L.A. Times (Daniel Yi)
Roger Fan Interview Review by Roger Ebert LA Times' "Story Behind BLT
SF Gate's Review MSN on BLT In the Minority, but hardly a Model
Pop Matter's Interview "Rotten Tomatoes" Reviews NY Times' Dave Kerr Review
Globe and Mail Review AP Review Review by Manohla Dargis
Asian Connection Washington Dispatch Review NY Times Review by Elvis Mitchell
Daily Texans Austin360.Com's Justin Interview MTV has "Luck"
Justin & Jon Moritsuga Int.    

Suchin Pak's Support BLT's 1st Four Minutes Letter from Director Justin Lin
Rober Ebert's Support FOX's "54321" Clip Justin Lin's Follow-up Letter
BLT's on ABC News Quicktime Movie Trailer Clip Justin Lin's "Thank You" Letter
Gene Cajayon's Support Character Spots & Trailer Parry Shen's Follow-up Letter
 Ben Fong-Torres' Support Short Scene  MTV
OC Register's Article BLT's Opening Theaters Parry's Role Offensive to Filipinos
BLT's E-Mail Campaign 1st Wk.s Figures - $398,489 BLT Breaking the Celluloid Ceiling
UCI Article Updated Figures Beyond Kung-Fu
"Monolid" Article First Week Accomplishments BLT Testing the Limits!
Chicago Sun Article BLT Tops All Movies BLT Going Beyond Buzz
Contra Costa Times Article April 25 Theater Openings Part of a teenage movie trend
U Film Article BLT Topped MTV's Expectations BLT Fan's "Take"
AsianWeek Article BLT is MTV Film's Best MTV on BLT
MetroActive Article BLT's 400 Theater Openings Pressue, Luck and Justin
Wall Street Journal  MTV Movie Special Entertainment Online on BLT
BLT on Show Biz PBS Documentary Even Leong's "Forging a Feature"
Trailer BLT's Place in History More Than Luck (Street Promotion)
BLT Perspectives AsAm Actors Still Knocking Pressure to Represent

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