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Welcome to the White Rabbit Asian Cinema Club at Cal State East Bay.

The first thing Ivan Ha wants you to know is that the White Rabbit Asian Cinema Club, his free weekly film series at Cal State East Bay, is named after a certain brand of "sweet, creamy" white Chinese candy that comes wrapped in edible rice paper. Other than that, there's nothing sweet and creamy about the movies Ha is screening. Of the ten titles being shown in various video formats Thursday afternoons at 5 p.m. in Room MI 2002 of CSUEB's Meiklejohn Hall on the Hayward campus, all but two fit into the action-horror-gangster-martial-arts categories so beloved of college students.

Ha, a 22-year-old Chinese-American senior Mass Communications major from Oakland, was originally inspired by the Friday-night Hong Kong movies on Channel 26 in the early '90s, and by Jason Schwartzman's character in Rushmore -- the guy who "starts all these cool clubs." Later, Ha's mission evolved into convincing fellow students there's more to Asian film than just Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. That meant seeking out recent Korean cult hits like Jin-Gyu Cho's action comedy My Wife Is a Gangster and Jae-Yeon Yun's ghostly Wishing Stairs, as well as going into the vaults for the Jet Li historical fisticuffs of Fist of Legend (1994) and Ringo Lam's 1991 bit of Hong Kong ultra-violence, Full Contact -- which plays this Thursday, April 28.

Horror, especially phenomenally popular Japanese shockers such as Ju-on 2 (aka The Grudge 2 -- the straight-to-video version), Suicide Club, and Battle Royale, dominates White Rabbit's schedule, but don't jump to conclusions about Ha's taste for blood. As he explains it: "Once, there was a girl I liked, but all she watched were horror movies, but those weren't my thing. So I bought a whole lot of horror movies on eBay so that we could have something to talk about. It didn't work out, so that's why we have the scary movie nights, or else we'd never have it. I hate kung-fu movies, only a couple of them I can stand. I prefer action and comedy instead of drama."


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