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2014 Seattle Asian American Film Festival

YEAR OF THE DRAGON

Directed by Quinn Brown, Troy Osaki

United States / 2016 / Spoken Word / 4 mins

Precedes:
A TASTE OF HOME

Northwest Film Forum Screen 1
February 26, 2017 12:00 pm

Description

Most people in Seattle know that our city has a special place in Bruce Lee’s legacy. The martial arts movie star lived, studied and trained here in his late teens and early 20s. These days, tourists visit his grave to honor the indelible mark he left on American film and television. But that’s only one side of Bruce Lee’s story. For most of his career, he was typecast and marginalized by Hollywood studios, deemed unfit for leading roles. In YEAR OF THE DRAGON, Seattle poet Troy Osaki channels the spirit of Lee in a powerful monologue, revisiting the challenges the action star faced as an actor of color. Along the way, Osaki unpacks the Asian American experience. At a time when issues of representation are in the headlines every day, YEAR OF THE DRAGON delivers a much-needed blow to the enduring prejudice of the film and television industry.


Director's Bio

Director Quinn Russell Brown is the digital editor of Columns Magazine, the alumni magazine of the University of Washington. Before coming to UW, he worked in the newsroom at the Everett Herald, where he produced award-winning short videos.

Troy Osaki is a poet, writer and law student in Seattle, Washington. As a fourth-generation Filipino-Japanese American, he uses words and images to explore his identity and empower his community.



Precedes

  1. A TASTE OF HOME

    Tay and Val / United States / 2016 / Documentary
    Ever wondered how the Chop Suey combo came about? How many ingredients are there in a Toisanese Joong? What's a joong anyway? Which came first, pasta or Chinese noodles? How did they ever insert those fortunes into the fortune cookies? Who eats picked pomelo peels? Miss Bakery Mon Hei's famous cocktail buns? Join host Val Tan as she travels through 100 years of Seattle Chinatown International District (SCID) in search of "A Taste Of Home, " the only documentary anthology featuring five of the oldest Chinese American food establishments in the SCID. See this neighborhood in a whole new perspective. Feast on yummylicious dishes innovated by its founding immigrants. Let's explore the unique flavors of Seattle Chinatown International District, and find your taste of home.

    Preceded by: DIGGING TO CHINATOWN, WHO KILLED DONNIE CHIN?, YEAR OF THE DRAGON


Dates & Times

Precedes:
A TASTE OF HOME

Northwest Film Forum Screen 1
February 26, 2017 12:00 pm