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PARTY explores modern Asian-America through the prism of New York's Asian party scene. PARTY focuses on the vibrant Korean party scene in Manhattan's Koreatown at 32nd Street. It features narration by Prof. Gary Okihiro (Columbia University) who comments on the current state of Asian-America. The filmmakers also focus on the controversial Tsunami Song, highlighting the effect of the racially-charged song on the Asian party scene. What does this scene say about Asian-American identity? SPECIAL FEATURES: 16x9 Anamorphic Presentation, Wide Screen, Chapter Selections, Audio Commentary, Director's Interview, Original Soundtrack, Still Gallery

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  • Directors: Francis Hsueh, Steven Hahn
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Pathfinder Home Ent.
  • DVD Release Date: March 20, 2007
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MQ53F4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #349,633 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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While this may be Hahn and Hsueh's first foray into filmmaking, PARTY hardly comes across as an amateur effort. The subject matter, interviews, cinematography, original music and editing of this documentary kept me interested throughout. Documenting a piece of the party scene for Korean and Chinese Americans in New York, PARTY explores a topic that I believe has not been covered in documentary film. It was enlightening and interesting for me as an individual who has not experienced this world. For those at the screening I attended who *are* familiar with the scene, it clearly struck a chord (for better and for worse), a mark of a worthwhile work of art.
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My attention span is not impressive. Most documentaries and cinematic stabs at intellect and insight bore the piss out of me; so it's worth noting that I saw this film at a screening and returned to purchase the DVD.

It's a very impressive effort for a couple of first-time filmakers (I'm sure we'll see more from them). The visuals and the soundtrack are stunning for a low budget film (in fact, I like to play the movie as background distraction when I entertain). Beyond that, substantively it's a worthwhile exploration of the Korean and Chinese American social scene in New York. As a white guy, it gave me insight and understanding that I would never gleen for myself, even living in NYC and being open minded. I simply would not have the access.

Interviews are very good, but one seems to drift a bit too long midmovie. Through Helen's (especially) perspective one can understand the complicated layers and intersection of youth, Korean American culture in a big city, coming of age, and what seems like a condemnation to isolation, at least to some extent. Definitely worth watching.
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The description makes the film seem as if it's about the dynamics of the party scene itself. While this topic is discussed in the film, it's more of an ancillary topic that goes to support their main focus of the film. The film itself is not so much about the party scene as it is about Asian-American identity, expressed through NYC's asian night life.
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The filmmakers, Steven and Francis, hit their mark with their debut film, Party. Party unpacks the "Asian" party scene in New York city. We enter the exclusive clubs, meet the people, and learn about their lives and motivations. Amidst this dizzying introduction to a scene of which most non-Asians are unaware, some partygoers reveal startlingly candid feelings about why come those these parties, what they're seeking, and many comment on their place as an Asian minority in America. The results are often unexpected and fracture many of our preconceived notions. Still, one parent, an immigrant from the 60s, remarks, "nothing much has changed, as far as I can see." Others are more banal and some appear even quite sad and pathetic. All in all, the filmmakers don't make any judgments but neither do they pull any punches. Everything is exposed, warts and all.

The cinematography, editing, score are uniformly excellent. Sometimes, I couldn't believe that this was their first film. I hear they are currently in production on their next film, a feature film set in New York city. If Party is any indication, these guys have a good future ahead of them.
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You can tell the director's spent a great deal of time and energy in researching this topic. Although this movie is focused primarily in NY, this occurs in every asian culture around the US, even here in TX. The movie does a great job showing the behind-the-scenes view of what really goes on in these parties that most people don't realize. It was an eye-opener and made me sympathize with the main characters struggle in life and acceptance. I look forward to the director's future projects...
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