April 26, 1995
The Los Angeles premiere of the film "Picture Bride" will be held May 2 at 7:30 p.m. It will benefit Visual Communications and the Japanese American National Museum and be screened at the Directors Guild of American Theatre, 7920 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood. Shot in the sugar-cane fields of Hawaii, "Picture Bride" stars Youki Kudoh as a young Japanese woman who arrives in Hawaii to face the hardships of plantation life and wed a man (Akira Takayama) who bears little resemblance to his photograph.
August 26, 1991 |
"Showdown in Little Tokyo" (citywide) is the smart, fast-moving martial arts action-adventure you would expect from director Mark L. Lester, stylish and witty maestro of exploitation genres. Heroic Dolph Lundgren and humorous Brandon Lee are well-teamed as a pair of L.A. cops zeroing in on the Iron Claw, a Japanese yakuza (gangster) outfit about to flood the area with a lethal methamphetamine while using a local brewery and nightclub as a front for the operation.
June 17, 1991 |
"Kickboxer 2" (citywide) is better than "Kickboxer," the 1989 Jean-Claude Van Damme vehicle that spawned it. But you have to realize this is a relative judgment, since that first movie, with Van Damme and company twirl-kicking their way through Thailand, is widely regarded as a cinematic disgrace--albeit a very lucrative disgrace. Perhaps this is appropriate.
July 30, 1993 |
"Rising Sun" has gotten everything backward. Mystifying when it should be clear and clear when it should be mystifying, it is the murkiest, most unsatisfying of thrillers. And the biggest mystery of all is how a project that appeared to have so much going for it could have gone so determinedly astray. For the Michael Crichton novel "Rising Sun" (citywide) is based on was more than a top bestseller. Its story of how the investigation of an L.A.
May 5, 1995 |
Between 1907 and 1924 more than 19,000 Japanese women immigrated to Hawaii to marry Japanese sugar-cane workers. These couples knew little of each other beyond an exchange of photos. Drawing upon the actual experiences of many such women, some of them still living in their 90s, director Kayo Hatta and her sister and co-writer Mari have created the exquisite "Picture Bride," a gentle and eloquent tale of perseverance that blossoms finally into the most tender of love stories.
August 21, 1995 |
"Mortal Kombat," which thrives as an arcade game, an animated video and even a touring stage show, arrives on the big screen with terrific, high-energy panache. A martial arts action-adventure with wondrous special effects and witty production design, it effectively combines supernatural terror, a mythical slay-the-dragon, save-the-princess odyssey and even a spiritual quest for self-knowledge.