In December, we conclude a year-long exploration of stories from different Asian American communities each month, with a special focus on Pacific Islander films. In collaboration with Pacific Islanders in Communication, Cinema Asian America present a diverse grouping of stories from Maori, Samoan, and native Hawaiian communities. These include break-out hits like Nikki Caro’s “Whale Rider” and the independent favorite “Samoan Wedding” as well as the classic documentary “Then There Were None,” which explores the personal effects of colonization in Hawaii. Featured is the latest, enthralling documentary from Lisette Marie Flanary (Na Kamalei: The Men of Hula) “One Voice,” which tells the story of Honolulu’s Kamehameha Schools Song Contest through the eyes of the student song directors as they prepare to compete in a celebration of the revitalization of the Hawaiian language.
In our new release collection, a host of the year’s box office and critical hits make it to the small screen. In memory of the late actor Paul Walker, “Fast & Furious 6” arrives – a classic of the series and genre, and a showcase of his, and the ensemble cast’s talent. Wong Kar Wai’s long-awaited martial arts epic “The Grandmaster,” starring Tony Leung and Zhang Ziyi thrills through its action sequences and visual design, while the Sundance hit “Wajma (An Afghan Love Story)” is a stark, impassioned, romance drama set in contemporary Afghanistan. Japanese auteur Takeshi Kitano returns with his gang-land thrilled “Outrage 2,” and of course, for your holiday enjoyment, we bring back the Christmas classic, “A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas.” Happy holidays.