visual communications presents 'movies that made a difference': yellow

If you're in Southern California, here's a cool free screening happening this week. As part of its monthly Movies That Made A Difference mini-series, Visual Communications presents Chris Chan Lee's 1997 debut feature Yellow. It's happening this Thursday, February 11 in Little Tokyo. Here are some details:

THURSDAY FEB. 11 | 7:30 PM
Visual Communications
120 Judge John Aiso Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Join us for the February installment of Movies That Made a Difference, featuring Chris Chan Lee's influential 1997 feature debut YELLOW, an entertaining ensemble comedy that follows eight Korean American kids.

Sin Lee, a high school senior, is held up while minding his parents' grocery store. Faced with the dilemma of replacing $1,500, Sin hits the streets of L.A. in hopes of digging up the cash before sunrise. Boasting a cast of new, young actors (including a young John Cho), YELLOW is an optimistic film, marking a new generation of independent and commercial filmmaking for Asian American talent.

A graduate of the USC School of Cinema, Chris Chan Lee has directed numerous music videos and episodic television in addition to his two features, YELLOW and UNDOING (2006).

I consider Yellow one of the most important Asian American independent films to come out of the 1990s. I remember it was one of the first times I'd ever seen a movie with young Asian Americans who looked and talked just like me. Back then, that was a pretty big deal. Hell, it's still a pretty big deal.

Talk about a blast from the past. It's been a long time since I've seen it, and I'm curious to see if it still holds up. Find out this Thurdsay at Visual Communications, I guess. For more information about the screening, go to the VC website here.

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