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.
September 25, 2010 |
The packet that arrived from the Hallmark Channel with the screener for "Hachi: A Dog's Tale" was topped by a faux hand-written note insisting, in an almost threatening manner: "This time you will cry for real. " It also included this odd statement: " Richard Gere has no explanation as to why the critically acclaimed film did not get a U.S. theatrical window. " True, the film has made more than $40 million worldwide, but after watching it, the explanation seems abundantly clear.
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.
August 25, 2000 |
It seems an odd question to propose about a gifted actor whose name is above the title in a major studio release, but seeing "The Art of War" makes you want to raise your hand and ask: "Whatever happened to Wesley Snipes?" It's not that Snipes hasn't been busy or successful. His "Blade," the publicity boasts, has grossed more than $150 million worldwide, and before that there have been films like "U.S. Marshals," "Money Train," "Drop Zone," "Demolition Man" and "Passenger 57."