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1.24.2008

undoing and the air I breathe opening this weekend



Making plans for the weekend? Here are a couple of movies to check out... Chris Chan Lee's indie noir drama Undoing is making its final U.S. theatrical run at The ImaginAsian Center in Los Angeles, starting tomorrow, January 25.

Cast and crew will be present at select screenings throughout the weekend for Q&A sessions, including Russell Wong, Leonardo Nam, Tom Bower, Julia Ling, Jose Zuniga, Mary Mara, Rain Chung and director Chris Chan Lee. Here's some information about this weekend's events:
FRIDAY and SATURDAY 7PM Q&A's following the screenings
Cast members scheduled to appear: Russell Wong, Tom Bower, Jose Zuniga, Leonardo Nam, Julia Ling, Mary Mara, Rain Chung and
Director Chris Chan Lee (Fri and Sat) & producers of the film. More to be announced soon!

Friday, January 25, 10pm - AFTER PARTY
*Come celebrate with the cast & crew of Undoing and get $5 off admission with your ticket stub
The Cabana Club
1439 Ivar Avenue
Hollywood, CA 90028
This event is hosted by Go Productions and co-sponsored by KoreAM Journal.

Saturday, January 26, 4pm - PRE-SCREENING RECEPTION
Come meet the cast & crew, then walk next door to see the 7pm screening with Q&A!
Jalisco Inn Bar (NEXT TO THE THEATER)
245 S Main St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
This event sponsored by CAPE, Drinks 'n Chatter, KoreAm Journal, Lodestone, Plan C Group, and Visual Communications.

Saturday, January 26, 10pm - AFTER PARTY
CAFE BLEU
3470 W 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 383-0180
This event is sponsored by KoreAm Journal, Drinks 'n Chatter, Plan C Group, Cape and Visual Communications
For more information about the Undoing release festivities, check out the event updates over at Facebook. To learn more about Undoing, go the website here.


Also opening this weekend is Jieho Lee's debut feature film, The Air I Breathe, "a noir-driven romantic crime story that is half inspired by the Wizard of Oz, and half inspired by an Asian belief that we are all connected through 4 emotions: happiness, pleasure, sorrow and love." That sounds like one crazy-ass movie. This will probably be the only time you'll ever see Sarah Michelle Gellar on this website.

Being an independent film, they were working with a relatively low budget, but managed to attract a pretty solid, high-profile cast that includes Forest Whitaker, Brendan Fraser, Andy Garcia, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Emile Hirsch, Kevin Bacon, Julie Delpy, Kelly Hu, John Cho and Clark Gregg. The movie opens at select theaters in Southern California and New York, and expands to other cities on February 8. Here's a statement from director Jieho Lee that's currently being forwarded around:
Dear Friends,

I hope this email finds you all well and starting off 2008 on a great note. As most of you know, my first feature film "The Air I Breathe" will be hitting theaters soon and I just wanted to give you all a warm shout and ask you to please come out and support the cause -- and of course, to help spread the word!!

The film is a low budget indie--but we were able to wrangle a pretty talented cast that includes Forest Whitaker, Brendan Fraser, Andy Garcia, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Emile Hirsch, Kevin Bacon, Julie Delpy, Kelly Hu, John Cho and Clark Gregg.

In a nutshell, it's a noir-driven romantic crime story that is half inspired by the Wizard of Oz, and half inspired by an Asian belief that we are all connected through 4 emotions: happiness, pleasure, sorrow and love. For a synopsis and more info on the film--please check out our website at: www.theairibreathemovie.com, and also www.myspace.com/officialairibreathemovie. On our website you'll find blogs, photos, our trailer and my director's statement (under director's blog) that'll help frame the film for you.

I'm not promising you Shakespeare, but it's been playing to sold-out theaters on the festival circuit and the audience reactions have been extremely gratifying. Our film launches next week on Friday, Jan 25 in NYC & SoCAL (LA, Burbank, Pasadena, Irvine, Orange and Santa Monica) -- and then wider on Feb 8 in other select cities. The more butts we get into theaters on opening weekend will determine how wide they release the film--so I'm pulling all my get-out-of-jail-free cards and imploring each and everyone of you to come out on Jan 25 (and bring your friends)!!!! As an indie, we have very little money for marketing--and the Writer's Strike has thrown a wrench in allot of our affordable promotional outlets--which all means that this film will live and die by the viral sword! So anything you can do to help spread the word will be incredibly helpful to us (I'm encouraging you all to BE that annoying mass e-mailer for once in your life because every hit counts...think of this as a good-karma chain mail.

You can find a list of venues /screenings on our website (that will be continually updated) and I will follow up this email on wednesday with a final last blurb with exact times -- but for a quick snapshot I'm enclosing the info below:

CALIFORNIA - JAN 25
1) In LA: Laemmle Sunset 5 Theater (Director/Writer Q&A's on Friday & Saturday)
2) In Burbank: AMC Burbank 30
3) In Pasadena: Laemmle One Colorado
4) In Orange: AMC 30 at The Block
5) In Irvine: Regal/Edwards Westpark
6) In Santa Monica: TBD

NYC - JAN 25
1) AMC Empire 25 Theater (Midtown)
2) AMC Village 7 Theater (Downtown)

REST OF THE COUNTRY - FEB 8
1) PORTLAND: The Regal Fox Tower
2) SAN DIEGO: AMC Fashion Valley 20
3) SAN FRANCISCO: Sundance Kabuki Theater
4) SEATTLE: Regal Meridan 16
5) CHICAGO: AMC Piper's Alley 4
6) AUSTIN TBD
7) Other Cities/States pending (AZ, FL, TX)

INTERNATIONAL: Unfortunately, I have not been informed about international venues yet--although I know for certain that it will be playing in Italy, England, Germany, France, Korea and India. I'm sure there are more countries (last I checked was months ago) so please look out for it!

Thank you all so much for your support--and apologies for the mass email. You are all the bedrock that keeps things real for me so remember that and tell a friend!!

Hope to see you all very soon, and much Love, Light and Laughter to everyone in the new year~*

Jieho
Hopefully, Jieho's plea will intrigue you enough to get you into that theater seat. I'm certainly interested in checking it out. To learn more about the movie, check out the website here, and visit the movie's MySpace page here.