[Rerun] Takeshi Kaneshiro’s Not Down With Hollywood’s Typecasting of Asian Actors

This makes me respect the 37-year-old (very) popular Japanese actor even more. I always knew he was smart, but this interview confirms his savvy when considering entering the Hollywood American market. He has no interest in it because he has no interest in being typecast into the same parts or “characters” as he states in the interview below. If you’ve seen any of his movies, you know that all of his characters are strong and masculine. Why should he come to Hollywood and be cast in a desexualized, nerdy or token role?

This echoes one of the previous posts about Rick Yune and why there should be no reason why he can’t be successful in Hollywood.

Top 6 Hottest Asian Actors In Hollywood

This great list I found on thats-all-folks.com picks the hottest 6 Asian actors in Hollywood, and it doesn’t disappoint! These actors are breaking barriers where it counts and reinventing the stereotypical Asian male image in America.

Ken Leung

Age: 41

Height: 5′ 7″

Date of Birth: January 21, 1970

Location: New York City, NY

Ancestry: Unknown

Family: Unknown

Filmography: Rush Hour (1998), The Family Man (2000), Artificial Intelligence: A.I. (2001), Vanilla Sky (2001), Red Dragon (2002), Saw (2004), Inside Man (2006), X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), Shanghai Kiss (2007), Saw V (2009).

TVography: Law & Order (1995, 2000, 2002), Oz (2001), The Sopranos (2007), Lost (2008-2010).

Previous lady friends: Unknown

Current love interest: Unknown

Why I love him? For Lost – He played Miles Straume, introduced early in the fourth season as a hotheaded and sarcastic medium who can talk to the dead. He came on the Island as a crew member from the freighter.

Fun Fact: The writers created the role of Miles specifically for Leung after seeing him guest star on The Sopranos. Leung was the only actor to read for the part. His name was chosen because it resembles the word “maelstrom”, another word for a powerful whirlpool.

Will Yun Lee


Age: 39

Height: 5′ 9″

Date of Birth: May 22, 1971

Location: Arlington, Virginia

Ancestry: Korean

Family: His mother’s name is Jing Ja Lee and his father Soo Wong Lee is a Taekwondo grandmaster.

Filmography: Die Another Day (2002), Torque (2004), Elektra (2005), The Seed (2008).

TVography: Witchblade (2000-2002), Law & Order (2004), CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2006), Fallen (2007), Bionic Woman (2007), Hawaii Five-O (2010).

Previous lady friends: Natassia Malthe

Current love interest: Married to Jennifer Birmingham (Soap Opera actress)

Why I love him? For Bionic WomanHe played Jae Kim, a specialized operations leader with the Berkut Group in charge of training and guiding the Bionic Woman. He was also romantically involved with Sarah Corvus, the previous Bionic Woman who had gone rogue after discovering she was dying.

Fun Fact: Majored in Political Science and minored in Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley.

John Cho


Age: 38

Height: 5′ 10″

Date of Birth: June 16, 1972

Location: Born in Seoul, South Korea and raised in Los Angeles, California

Ancestry: Korean

Family: His father was a minister in the Church of Christ.

Filmography: Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), American Beauty (1999), Bowfinger (1999), American Pie (1999), The Flinstones In Viva Rock Vegas (2000), American Pie 2 (2001), Solaris (2002), American Wedding (2003), Harold & Kumar Got To White Castle (2004), Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist (2008), Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay (2008), Star Trek (2009).

TVography: Charmed (1998), House, M.D. (2005), Grey’s Anatomy (2006), How I Met Your Mother (2007), Ugly Betty (2007), FlashForward (2009).

Current love interest: Married to Kerri Higuchi since 2006

Why I love him? Harold & Kumar Got To White Castle – He played Harold Lee, a young guy working in investment banking who got a late night craving for White Castle burgers. They go on a crazy adventures all the while high on marijuana.

Fun Facts – Lead singer of the Los Angeles-based band Left of Zed, which was recently renamed Viva La Union.

 

Daniel Dae Kim


Age: 42

Height: 5′ 9″

Date of Birth: August 4, 1968

Location: Born in Busan, South Korea and grew up in Easton, Pennsylvania

Ancestry: Korean

Family: Unknown

Filmography: The Jackal (1997), For Love of the Game (1999), Cradle 2 the Grave (2003), Momentum (2003), Hulk (2003), Spider Man 2 (2004), Crash (2004), The Cave (2005).

TVography: Law & Order (1994), All My Children (1995), Beverly Hills 90210 (1997), NYPD Blue (1997), Seinfeld (1998), Ally McBeal (1998), The Practice (1998), Party of Five (1998), Walker Texas Ranger (1999), Star Trek: Voyager (2000), Murder She Wrote (2000), Charmed (2001), CSI (2001), Angel (2001-2003), Without a Trace (2004), Star trek: Enterprise (2003-2004), ER (2003-2004), 24 (2003-2004), The Shield (2004), The Andromeda Strain (2008), Lost (2004-2010), Hawaii Five-O (2010-2011).

Current love interest:Married to Mia Kim and has two children with her.

Why I love him? For Hawaii Five O – He plays Chin Ho Kelly, a former Honolulu Police officer forced to resign after being falsely accused of corruption. Together with his cousin and his two buddies, he joined the Five-O task force, an elite state police unit set up by the governor of Hawaii to fight crime.

Fun Facts: While getting small parts in plays and writing and performing in an Improv comedy group, he seriously considered a career in investment banking.

Russell Wong


Age: 47

Height: 6’0″

Date of Birth: March 1, 1963

Location: Troy, New York

Ancestry: Chinese, French, Dutch

Family: His father, William Wong is a Chinese American restaurateur and mother is an American artist.

Filmography: The Joy Luck Club (1993), Hawaii Five-O (1997), Romeo Must Die (2000), Twisted (2004), The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008).

TVography: 21 Jump Street (1989), Touched by an Angel (1998), CSI (2004), Just Legal (2005), Numb3rs (2006), Nikita (2010).

Previous lady friends: Has a daughter by an African American dancer.

Current love interest: Married to former ballerina/ Hong Kong based designer Flora Cheong-Leen and has one daughter, Eja Robinson-Wong.

Why I love him? For The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor – He played General Ming Guo, the right hand man of the emperor of China who falls in love with the witch who knows the secret of immortality.

Fun Fact: While in college, Wong supported himself as a photographer and as a dancer, appearing in rock videos with David Bowie, Donna Summer and Janet Jackson.

Ian Anthony Dale


Age: 32

Height: 6’0″

Date of Birth: July 3, 1978

Location: Saint Paul, Minnesota

Ancestry: Japanese, French and English

Family: He has three brothers and a sister.

Filmography: Mr. 3000 (2004), The Bucket List (2007), The Hangover (2009).

TVography: Angel (2003), JAG (2003), Las Vegas (2004), Charmed (2004-2005), Day Break (2006-2007), Without a Trace (2007), Bones (2007), 24 (2007), Cold Case (2007), CSI: NY (2009), Dollhouse (2009), Criminal Minds (2006-2009), CSI: Miami (2009), CSI (2010), The Event (2010-2011).

Previous lady friends: Unknown

Current love interest: Unknown

Why I love him? For The Event – He plays Simon Lee – An alien who landed on earth near the end of World War II who is disguised as a CIA operative.

Bi Poses With “Mr. Richard”

Good morning and Happy Friday!

Our worker Bi is always on his grind, hustling out deals and hanging with the stars even up ’til his impending army enlistment this year. His latest tweet hints to a project that may be waiting for him when he joins civilian society once again in a few years:

Thanks to CloudUSA for the translation!
I couldn’t be happier~ I cannot tell you how glad I am..I’ve been offered a great deal, so I’ve met him~ That’s three years from now, so there’s going to be something that you might expect… with mr. Richard

He also conveniently posted the pic below for confirmation of the “mr. Richard” he was referring to. And in fact, it is Mr. Richard Gere, famed and seasoned Hollywood actor! How cool is this??

Jo Odagiri Challenges Himself

35-year-old Japanese thespian Jo Odagiri loves a good challenge and prefers making films outside of his native Japan so that his ego isn’t needlessly fed. I gotta respect that he doesn’t want to be coddled. Check out the interesting interview below where he so calmly, and so carefully discusses what attracted him to starring in the 2009 film “The Warrior and the Wolf”.

Wow, this guy is so cool. I’m talking James Dean cool! I don’t imagine he’ll want to challenge himself enough to cross over the pond to Hollywood, but then again, I don’t think I would really want him to. Yep, there is this on-going struggle within myself concerning talented Asian entertainers crossing over into Hollywood. I so badly want recognition and exposure for them, but I don’t want them to be chewed up and spit out by the Hollywood machine. And if they’re gonna be chewed up and spit out (ONLY IF), then by goodness, they should come out as top, A-list Hollywood actors.

But only the strongest mental candidates need apply. Hollywood ain’t for the faint of heart. I really think Bi would thrive. He’s got a tough, resilient mind, and I don’t think there’s anything he can’t handle. Kid’s been through a lot, and I’m not just referring to his pre-debut days. Ayy, anyway. Everyone have a great start to your week!

Karl Yune Is Still Here

This post is an attempt to remind the free world that Asian hotness (although mostly absent) does exist in Hollywood, but is sorely underdeveloped.

35-year-old Karl Yune is a Korean-American actor with stunning looks. As much as I would love to, I can’t really say much for his acting chops, because I haven’t really seen him in a role that has tested them. The movie short “Miracle Mile”, however, provided me an inkling of his talent, and I’m ready and raring for more! I watched “Miracle Mile” years ago, and if I find it, I’ll definitely pass it on to you all.

In the meantime, we’ll have to enjoy the photos below to satisfy are Karl Yune need. Karl also has a film coming out (Real Steel) in which I was disappointed that he was not even featured in the trailer. Wah! Don’t worry though Karl, we’ve got our eyes on you!

Is Jay Chou Poison?

Apparently, Cameron Diaz thinks so. I just don’t know what to make of this article. And I don’t know if Cameron is totally to blame or if she’s being made an example of. Either way, its weird that she reportedly wouldn’t kiss Jay in “The Green Hornet” film because “she felt the story would lead to a complexity she didn’t want to deal with“. What the?? I am really struggling with this one. She, as an A-list Hollywood actress, had the chance to help eradicate the sexless-Asian-male typecast, but instead she desisted! Do you think a sista would’ve acted out like that?? I think not!

Why do you think Cameron wouldn’t kiss Jay (pictured below)? Do you buy what this article is trying to say? Maybe there’s something deeper going on here, but I am certainly blind to it. I am just mystified. Talk to me.

Don't worry Jay: We would have NO problem kissing you!

K-Pop Idols Fight Back

DBSK has had enough

They are sick and tired of being exploited and mistreated. Three members of DBSK have told their former management company where they can stick their slave contracts. According to the Korea Times, Xiah, Mickey and Hero of DBSK have sued SM Management, claiming that the 10-year contracts were unfair and dictated nearly every aspect of their lives.

What exactly is a slave contract? The Korea Times describes them as “excessively binding”. “Boys Over Flowers” actress, Jang Je-Yeon (seen above), who took her own life last year, apparently found out the hard way. In a 7 page suicide letter, she wrote of the horrors she was required to endure under contract, namely acting as a sexual escort for a string of media and music executives. Taiwanese singer Estrella Lin (who was set to debut in South Korea) corroborated this by stating that she was also asked to provide sexual services for several bigwigs in the business. She also claimed that the majority of South Korean actors, actresses and singers are forced to “barter their bodies” in exchange for fame and fortune.

There is nothing good about what is happening, but this generation of k-pop idols are really standing up for themselves, and hopefully, this will help to lessen the corruption in the South Korean entertainment industry. I understand this is very common, so of course it will take time. Baby steps, I say. This reminds me of the legal battle that Bi won when he sued the group that managed him and five other boys in “Fanclub” for inhumane mistreatment.

Mind you, this is not in any way, shape or form isolated to the South Korean entertainment industry. Not by any stretch of the imagination. Prostitution and human exploitation have been around since the beginning of the human history. And sure, these South Korean execs may be gangsters and pimps, but Hollywood houses some of the biggest gangsters and pimps in the world. Just sayin’…