Friday, February 22, 2013

Happy Birthday, James Hong!

This Friday is the birthday of Asian American actor James Hong!

He's been a massive part of the Asian American presence in Hollywood since he began his career that stretches back to at least 1954, (which is of course interesting to me because that was a very important year politically for Laos and Southeast Asia, but go figure).

Most of his work that came out in 2012 primarily his voice acting in video games, including Call of Duty: Black Ops II; Sleeping Dogs; Diablo 3; and World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria as Master Bruised Paw.

Master Bruised Paw is said to be a "pandaren master fighter located within the misty Paoquan Hollow of the Valley of the Four Winds." He helps players further their training in the game.

He also appeared in the films Junk and Safe which didn't exactly ignite the box office on fire, but it was work. On the plus side, he also does a great cameo in the catchy "David Lo Pan Style" parody of Psy's "Gangnam Style" video. Definitely worth a watch if you're a die-hard fan of Big Trouble in Little China.

This year we'll see the release of several interesting films that have been in production including RIPD, a supernatural cop film with Ryan Reynolds, whose work I enjoyed in Blade Trinity. I hope Reynolds catches a break soon! 

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