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Raya and the Last Dragon features vocal
talents of Kelly Marie Tran, Awkwafina
Walt Disney Animation Studios is
premiering its latest movie. Raya and
the Last Dragon, on Friday, March 5
in theaters and on Disney+ with
The film tells the story of Raya, a
lone warrior who must track down
the last dragon to help save her
homeland of Kumandra from the
sinister Druun. Along the way, Raya
must learn that it takes more than a
dragon to save her homeland — traits
such trust and teamwork.
Raya and the Last Dragon features
the vocal talents of Kelly Marie Tran
as Raya; Awkwafina as Sisu, the last
dragon; Daniel Dae Kim as Chief
Benja, Raya’s father; Gemma Chan
as Namaari, Raya’s nemesis; Sandra
Oh as Virana (Namaari’s mother);
Years ago when research for the
movie was done, a group of
filmmakers and artists travelled to
Southeast Asia for inspiration. They
Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, and
Singapore to learn about the culture,
architecture, food, and atmosphere.
Once the group was back home,
they worked with cultural experts —
guists, architects, cultural experts,
martial artists, and anthropologists
— to be sure the film included
THE ONE WHO LEADS. Raya and the Last Dragon, which premieres March 5, draws inspi-
ration from multiple Southeast Asian cultures. (Images courtesy of Walt Disney Animation Studios)
Kumandra is a fictional world, it is
inspired by the connected cultures of
Drawing from multiple Southeast
Asian cultures was important to the
film creators, including the name of
the main character, Raya, which in
Malay means “celebration” and in
Thai means “the one who leads.”
To learn more, visit <www.
Experience the 44th edition of the Portland
International Film Festival at the drive-in or virtually
The 44th edition of the Portland International Film
Festival (PIFF) is, like many events nowadays, held
virtually or at the drive-in. The festival begins March 5
and ends March 14.
PIFF 44 features films from many countries, offering
viewers a broad multicultural medley of documentaries,
feature-length films, and shorts to satisfy nearly any
cinematic taste. Some of the movies were created in India,
Iran, Mongolia, Pakistan, the Philippines, South Korea,
Vietnam, and elsewhere.
Some of the feature films include Death of Nintendo,
Driveways, Faasla, The Shepherdess and the Seven Songs,
Who is Lun*na Menoh?, and Who’s On Top? LGBTQs
Summit Mt. Hood.
A few of the shorts are A Trip To Heaven, Anita, Bittu,
Kin, Misery Loves Company, Mountain Cat, Stray Dogs
Come Out At Night, and Trumpet.
Minari, Snowpiercer, and others are planned as part of
the drive-in program at Zidell Yards.
For more information, or to obtain a complete schedule
and film details, call (503) 221-1156 or visit <www.
Works by Yamamoto Masao on view beginning March 3
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During the month of March, PDX Contemporary Art is
presenting photographs by Japanese artist Yamamoto
Masao’s recent “Bonsai” and “Shizuka” series. The display
begins March 3 and ends March 27, 2021.
Traditionally found in a Japanese tatami room on a
tokonoma alcove, bonsai is an art form typically
appreciated as a way of bringing the natural beauty of the
outdoors into the home. Developed through thinking
about this long-standing Japanese tradition, Yamamoto
brought the bonsai out into the landscape to photograph.
Each bonsai, powerful in stance, is placed in a charged
and dynamic landscape, mixing the grandiose and the
In addition to the artist’s “Bonsai” and “Shizuka”
images, the gallery is also showing works from Masao’s
previously exhibitions — “A Box of Ku,” “Nakazora,” and
PDX Contemporary Art is located at 925 N.W. Flanders
Street in Portland. To learn more, call (503) 222-0063 or
Virtual Seattle Asian American Film Festival begins March 4
The ninth annual Seattle Asian American Film
Festival (SAAFF) kicks off virtually on March 4, 2021.
Through March 14, SAAFF is showcasing works by
Pacific Northwest Asian-American filmmakers, as well as
films from across North America that deal with
Asian-American and Pacific Islander people, issues, and
Feature films planned for the 2021 event include From
Here, The Girl Who Left Home, Goodbye Mother, The
World is Bright, Tokyo Hula, Curtain Up!, and Definition
Some shorts scheduled are Family Portraits, Queer AF,
Trace Your Roots, and Thrills, Chills, and Things Gone
To learn more about the festival schedule and live
events, or to buy tickets, visit <www.seattleaaff.org>.
Seiko Hashimoto takes over as Tokyo Olympic president
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later apologized, and Takahashi said
he did not feel harassed.
“About my reckless actions, I feel
regret for an action I took seven years
ago,” she said when asked about it.
“Back then as well as today, I am still
reflecting on myself and what I have
done — and what it has evolved into.”
Two other former Olympians were
also reported to have been in the
running for Mori’s job: Yasuhiro
Yamashita, the president of the
Japanese Olympic Committee who
won gold in judo in 1984, and Mikako
Kotani, who won two bronze medals
in synchronized swimming at the
1988 Seoul Olympics.
Kotani is the sports director for the
leadership is dominated by men, who
make up 80% of the executive board.
Japan began to roll out vaccines
late last month, a critical move that
might boost the Olympics. It is
several months behind Britain, the
United States, and other countries.
Widespread vaccination is unlikely
in Japan when the Olympics open on
July 23 with 11,000 athletes, followed
by the Paralympics on August 24
with 4,400 athletes. The plan is to
keep the athletes in a “bubble” at the
Athletes Village, at venues, and at
training areas. The IOC has said it
will not require “participants” to be
vaccinated, but is encouraging it.
In addition to the athletes, tens of
thousands of officials, media,
sponsors, and broadcasters will also
have to enter Japan. Many of them
will operate outside the “bubble” in
an Olympics that is driven by
television and the billions the IOC
receives from selling broadcast
The first challenge for Hashimoto
could be pulling off the torch relay
that begins March 25 in northeastern
Japan. It will crisscross the country
with about 10,000 runners, and end
at the opening ceremony in Tokyo.