Reviews of David Kitani's heartfelt homage to Tony Leung's eyes...
David-Kitani is the cool high school English teacher I never had. Actually I had some great high school English teachers, but none of them mentioned Tony Leung's dreamy eyes so I guess they weren't that great after all. The LaaF bonus feature showing of the extremely dramatic and intense afterschool special "The Wave" capped off a great night
- Julie Park and her enduring life motto,
"strength through community, strengh through discipline"
Through a highly effective compare and contrast, David-Kitani set up the cultural contexts gave rise to such different interpretations of essentially the same story. This theoretical groundwork allowed us to appreciate the cinematic importance of Tony Leung's eyes. David-Kitani took us to the far reaches of the East and then returned us to the depths of the West with his blazing re-enactment of Denzel Washington's eye-based performance. Also, was it just me or was the speaker really hot?
- J.Y. Son, objective and adoring fan
David Kitani's lecture gave me a new appreciation for Hong Kong cinema and eastern art in general. Having been raised in western culture, I have always learned that "more is more." But post-Kitani, I have come to appreciate the beauty found in restraint. The LaaF advice column was particularly moving. And yes, there is something quite sexy about our speaker.
- Miles Chen, SYTYCD super-fan
Each episode of LaaF reveals something about the speaker. In this case, David Kitani admitted his love for Tony Leung's eyes and I believe I have taken a liking to them myself. His lecture was an undoubtedly insightful explanation of eastern and western arts. What shocked me, however, was the advice column. Mr. Kitani also ingeniously incorporated humor into his lecture. After all, the event IS called LaaF...
- June Jeung, future bruin
David Kitani's lecture on the differences between Eastern and Western cinema insightfully began with contrasts of the cultures as reflected in their ancient arts, clearly delineating a historical disparity in the transmission of ideas and philosophies. It was a masterful stroke that provided the appropriate perspective from which LAAF attendees would watch and analyze the feature film, Infernal Affairs, which relies heavily upon unspoken communication.
Â Â The lecture further explored reasons why Asian films are often remade by American studios rather than released in their original forms; the ability of a Western viewership to comprehend the original works being a primary topic of discussion, in addition to the reality of a jingoistic comfort in disacknowledging Asian faces as befitting anything more than martial arts fare or demure geisha stereotypes.
Â Â Keen observations and stimulating conversation that were informative and funny solidified the LAAF series as one of the best ways to spend an evening in Los Angeles County.
- Jezreel Leung, totally bff with D.Kitani
I have been enlightened! Having just come back from a trip to the East where I had visited several museums of Eastern art, I could not have appreciated Mr. Kitani's insights more. In all the ways that I am still a torn hyphenated American at the age of 27, I appreciated his explicit comparisons of the East and West in art, poetry, and their notions of beauty and masculinity. And his advice column? I loved how Kitani-esque it was to to include the God-factor!
Â Twas deep and deeply funny.
- Jinna Hwang, a new secret fan of "the eyes"