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San Diego Asian Film Festival 2013

Posts by Dr. Craig D. Reid

Craig started off in the biz in 1979 as a stuntman/actor in Chinese Kung Films in Taiwan, the token white dude that got his butt kicked in by a different kung fu star every few months. A former writer for Rueters of Asia, he's written over 1000 articles for magazines (when they truly were in vogue), is an award winning screenwriter, was a fight choreographer in Hollywood for 10 years and his critically acclaimed first book The Ultimate Guide to the Martial Arts Movies of the 1970s was published by Black Belt Books 12/10.

  1. DOCUMENTED: The Ironic Story of Jose Antonio Vargas

    Posted November 15th, 2013 by Dr. Craig D. Reid in Uncategorized

      Screening a film about a non-documented alien (Documented) at the San Diego Asian Film Festival’s closing night, which is held in a popular city for UFOs and visitors from the border city of Tijuana, Mexico, there’s a chance some of the crowd may associate with the film’s quasi-hero, Filipino Amer-whatagain?, Jose Antonio Vargas, and may also know what it is to be an undocumented American…or as mainstream America chides…an illegal […]


    Posted November 14th, 2013 by Dr. Craig D. Reid in Uncategorized

    Last night, Singapore filmmakers Lynn Lee and James Leong’s cinematic accomplishment, The Great North Korean Picture Show, had it’s US premiere at SDAFF 2013 and provided a prodigious picture of pseudo-propaganda psychosis that outweighs the unrepentant rubbish recent American glory hunters are pawning to the US public. The film opens explaining that in 2008, they […]

  3. CONFESSION OF MURDER: Talk About a Book Deal

    Posted November 13th, 2013 by Dr. Craig D. Reid in Uncategorized

    Let me first begin that I really liked this film and to me, it’s one of the best Korean movies I’ve seen this year. Make no doubt about it, director Jung Byung-gil’s Confession of Murder, requires one to enter the theater with spare fingers and toes as the nail biting continues from start to finish. […]

  4. Zone Pro Site: The Moveable Feast – Funny Yummy Tummy in Taiwan

    Posted November 12th, 2013 by Dr. Craig D. Reid in Uncategorized

    For yesterday’s 2013 Veterans day celebration, some audience members watched two movies at the 14th Annual San Diego Film Festival in 6.5 hours: the four hour Filipino film Norte, The End of History (100+ people attended; although an award winning film at Cannes, only 200 people attended that screening); and the highest grossing Taiwanese film […]

  5. SEPARATED AT BIRTH: The Pandora Playgrounds of Two Korean American Twin Adoptees

    Posted November 11th, 2013 by Dr. Craig D. Reid in Uncategorized

    One can’t ignore the obvious, you’re Asian yet your parents are white or black. At what point in life do you realize that you’re different, that these are not your birth parents? How do you ask questions that you may or may not want to know the answers to? At some point, you check the […]

  6. IP MAN: THE FINAL FIGHT – The Real Ip Man

    Posted November 10th, 2013 by Dr. Craig D. Reid in Uncategorized

    “What the point of kung fu if you can’t help a friend?” The sad words and helpless look of Ip Man given to a close family friend that helped take care of the venerable wing chun kung fu teacher Ip Man during World War II, when the friend admitted to Ip that in order to […]

  7. SDAFF 2013: 7-UP, The Un-Cola — Un-Identified and Un-Beatable.

    Posted November 9th, 2013 by Dr. Craig D. Reid in Uncategorized

    When marketing against big wigs, 7-UP simply called themselves the Un-Cola, where front man Geoffrey Holder in a most beautiful Trinidadian twang proffered that cola is made from one nut but the un-cola is made from two nuts (lemon/lime), they’re bigger and juicier…he sips the drink…”marvelous, absolutely marvelous”…then fades into darkness with his patented haunting […]

  8. FINDING MR. RIGHT: Star Tang Wei Throws Caution to the Wind

    Posted November 8th, 2013 by Dr. Craig D. Reid in Uncategorized

    As is typical, opening night at the 14th Annual San Diego Film Festival dishes out a slight of hand film that is ply with layers, some obvious, some subliminal. Inspired by Nora Ephron’s Sleeping in Seattle… Finding Mr. Right (translated Chinese title Beijing Meets Seattle) is rife with surmise and surprise. On the surface, it’s […]


    Posted November 6th, 2013 by Dr. Craig D. Reid in Uncategorized

    It’s the 14th SDAFF, an event more solid than an ice cube at the North pole, which is very cool. Call me Old School, a traditionalist or a even dinosaur (BTW they lasted 165 million years; man should be so lucky), in preparation for the holiday season…SDAFF, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas for me and the New […]

  10. IP MAN Before SDAFF 2013: The Grandmaster

    Posted November 1st, 2013 by Dr. Craig D. Reid in Uncategorized

    In celebration of SDAFF 2014, my wife Silvia and I are sponsoring under our business name, Vivalachi Alternative Health and Wellness Services, the kung fu film Ip Man: The Final Battle. In leading up to this final film of the Ip Man franchise, I’d like to share with you all a review I wrote for on what I […]