The roundup at the indispensible Angry Asian Man and the spoilerrific reviews at Ain't It Cool let me know that I didn't need to rush out to see the third installment of a movie based on a ride at Disney, which is fine, what with my not having actually seen the second movie and only 15 or so dvd minutes of the first. This might be shocking news to faire folks who witnessed my zeal with the game attached to this franchise, but you don't need to see the films to grock to how much fun it is to scream JACK SPARROW and then punch somebody in the arm.
But I was thinking of seeing the third one because of the addition of the Lovely And Wicked Talented Chow Yun-Fat. Yet, knowing how Angry Asian Man has been fretting about this movie almost since it was announced, I decided to wait and troll the reviews first. Good thing, too.
Ah, but I have forgotten Captain Sao Feng! Luxuriating in the hysterical chinoiserie of his exotic Singapore lair, this outrageous Oriental (played by Chow Yun-Fat) has been wedged into the Pirates panoply in order to exude colorful slant-eyed menace, enable the destiny of a white woman, then die. Impaled by one of the many large wood splinters incessantly flung about the narrative, Sao Feng bestows a totem of Super Piratehood to Miss Swann. Off she goes to join a reunion of the Super Pirates and fend off the snooty imperialists of the Dutch East India Company.
In one of the Ain't It Cool reviews, Chow's character is described as "rape-y."
I don't blame Chow. I, of course, blame society.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - International action star and heartthrob Chow Yun-Fat, who plays the pirate lord Captain Sao Feng in "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End," says he'd like to snag a leading-man role in a Hollywood drama or romance but is getting lost in translation.
"Honestly, I prefer (to do) more dramas. In American society ... Asian actors are not accepted as leading men," he said in an interview last week for the "Pirates" publicity tour. "Maybe we have to wait for a few more years."
The 51-year-old Hong Kong actor is known to Asian audiences as a cross between Cary Grant and James Bond, but in Hollywood he has had trouble moving beyond the period films like "Anna and the King" and martial arts fare like "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" that U.S. audiences know best.
"He has experienced a glass ceiling in Hollywood," said filmmaker Jeff Adachi, who explored the topic in his PBS documentary "The Slanted Screen."
"The tragedy is that there are roles that should be offered to Asian leading men but people are not used to seeing that ... so it's something that studios are not willing to invest in," Adachi said.
Sounds like a familiar lament, doesn't it? All I gotta say is I love my all-region dvd player.
Meanwhile, though I have been reading AAA for a couple of years now I have been remiss in adding it to the siderail. I have fixed that oversight. I highly encourage you to add Angry Asian Man to your daily news round-up, and if you visit his site soon, scroll down to the entry about the Marco Polo movie. I'm not gonna tell you what you'll discover because it's better this way. When I first heard about the casting I thought it was a joke. This is because I still hold on to Hope And Faith And Optimism. Obviously, I am an idiot.