John’s MIFF blog – Johnny Racist

I was looking at the Melbourne International Film Festival program online and I saw this photo from Michael Kang’s gangland thriller West 32nd. It’s different from the one in the physical program, more dramatic I think.

My first thought was, “Wow, that woman looks exactly like Grace Park from Battlestar Galactica.”

My second thought was, “You racist pig! All Asian women look the same, do they? An actor in a Korean/New York crime drama must be the same person as the one in a Canadian-shot science fiction series because there’s obviously only one female Asian actor in the whole world. Surely if it was Grace Park her name would appear somewhere in the blurb, or in the information in the footer? Hang your head in shame, Johnny Racist!”

Then I read on IMDB that Grace Park is in West 32nd.

So what have we learned?

1. White middle-class guilt can be extremely potent, and

2. MIFF obviously isn’t expecting much of a Korean arthouse/Battlestar Galactica crossover audience.

This is what Grace Park looks like when she’s in a Battlestar Galactica promo shot with Lucy Lawless and Tricia Helfer.

And this is what she looks like if you take the original miniseries and turn it into an online comic. You can see the rest here.

West 32nd plays the Melbourne International Film Festival on Monday 4th August and Saturday  9th August, both screenings at 5.15pm

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4 Responses to John’s MIFF blog – Johnny Racist

  1. Anne-Marie says:

    But does she play multiple Sharon’s?

  2. Narrelle says:

    Now you’ve got me worrying that my impression that the same Korean actor I’ve seen in every single Korean film I’ve ever seen at MIFF is actually a different actor each time and I just can’t tell the difference. Unless he’s been in Battlestar Galactica.

    But no, a quick check of IMDB confirms that Kang-ho Song was indeed in all three of those Korean films. But not in BSG.

    I’m still trying to understand the lesson in all of this.

  3. Janet says:

    As someone who has watched an awful lot of Hong Kong films I can honestly say that over the period of time I’ve watched them the women have become less distinguishable. Particularly during the nineties. The generation after the likes of Josephine Siu Fong Fong, Maggie Cheung, Anita Mui and Michelle Yeoh are mostly interchangeable. Sad but true. They seem to be a mixture of Cantopop singers and ex models/Miss World entrants.

  4. outlandinstitute says:

    Michelle Yeoh should be in every film ever made. In fact, we should use digital technology to go back in time and insert her into every film ever made. Citizen Kane: stars Michelle Yeoh. Shaft: stars Michelle Yeoh. The Muppets Take Manhattan… you get the idea.

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