Steven Yeun to produce and star in “The Aquariums of Pyongyang”

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Yo! I just caught this from Phil over at Angry Asian Man!

Steve Yeun, who stars as Korean American Glenn Rhee on AMC’s hit show The Walking Dead, has just announced his next project: a movie adaptation of Kang Chol-Hwan’s The Aquariums of Pyongyang: Ten Years In the North Korean Gulag.

I’ve already described Steve Yeun’s Glenn Rhee as the best contemporary Asian American male portrayal in pop culture, and have been following Yeun’s career for years. He’s been staying busy in the off-season between shooting for The Walking Dead, and was recently announced as the voice of Tony Chu in the upcoming cartoon adaptation of Chew, a witty comic book that uniquely stars a Chinese American protagonist.

I’m excited about Yeun’s involvement in Aquariums for two reasons.

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The problem with that Axe #KissForPeace Superbowl ad

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If you were watching that thrashing of the Denver Broncos by the Seattle Seahawks last night, chances are you caught Axe’s Superbowl ad, which suggested that world peace could be achieved through heterosexual love.

In the ad, four scenes representing international militarism and aggression are interspersed: 1) Iranian nuclear armament, 2) the Vietnam War, via the iconic helicopter scene of Miss Saigon, 3) North Korean mass conformity, and 4) the tank of Tiananmen Square, reimagined with Russian players. In all four scenes, the love of a woman prevents each of the men from military aggression, and the ad concludes with the insipid message:  “Make Love. Not War.”

And while that Coca-Cola ad — and the racist backlash against it — is probably going to grab all the headlines this post-Superbowl Monday morning, I gotta say: yes, this Axe ad was all sorts of wrong (video after the jump).

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