WE GOT MOVES YOU AIN'T EVEN HEARD OF (PART ONE) BY ERICA CHO
“...by re-casting the filmmaker as the lead in The Karate Kid and its sequels of the 1980s, and alternately, by re-imagining teen idol Ralph Macchio as a lesbian icon, [We Got Moves] substitutes Paek's sexually ambiguous body for that of the Karate Kid (Ralph Macchio) to underscore both the flexibility and mutability of his image as a sexual icon for straight and queer viewers and to expose the ways in which the appeal of the Karate Kid movies rests upon the converging spectacles of homoerotic violence and masked orientalism… Like the visual substitutions enacted by the video, We Got Moves identifies teen fan culture as the space of queer subversion. ”
- Eve Oishi, Associate Professor in Cultural Studies, Claremont Graduate University
"Obsessed with eighties teen heartthrob Ralph Macchio aka The Karate Kid, a young Korean American faggotdyke takes a journey into Macchio’s pin-up androgyny and Hollywood’s All-American underdog fantasies." [synopsis written 1999]
1999 / VIDEO / Sound / 10:35 min
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PRESS & LINKS
Read an interview on Asian Masculinity between scholar Nguyen Tan Hoang and Erica Cho.
Women in the Director’s Chair (Chicago, IL)
Re/Callings: An Evening with Nguyen Tan Hoang at the San Francisco Cinematheque
F is for Phoney: Spurious Truth Claims and Documentary Style Conference at Pitzer College
San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival
VCFilmFest: Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film and Video Festival
It Takes One To Know One at Video In Gallery (CANADA)
Inside Out Festival (CANADA)
FIRST ANNUAL API Lesbian, Bisexual, Questioning, Gay, Transgender Youth Summit
Mirror, Mirror on the Screen at Momenta Art Gallery (NYC)
MIX: the New York Lesbian & Gay Experimental Film/Video Festival
TrannyFest: Transgender and Transgenre Cinema (USA)
Austin Gay and Lesbian Film International Film Festival
Counting Past 2: Performance, Video and Spoken Word with Transgender Nerve (CANADA)
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