- John van Druten's play, I Am A Camera, captured a specific moment in Weimar Germany. Adapted from Christopher Isherwood's two short novels, Goodbye to Berlin and Mr. Norris Changes Trains, his play was later transformed into the Kander and Ebb musical, Cabaret.
- Photo lineups are often used by law enforcement officers to help identify a suspect.
- Art museums now host major exhibitions of a photographer's work.
- No performing artist expects to have much of a without good head shots (check out the website for Broadway dancer Nick Adams for a good example).
- Today's digital technology has given the masses to the ability to photograph everything they see.
The film begins with Angela Yang (Karin Anna Cheung) pressing the "Record" button on her video camera and delivering a message to her new baby, Tiny, explaining how he came to be. The setup is simple: Angela is a proud slut, a hypersexual young Asian American woman who could give most sexually compulsive gay cock hounds some stiff competition.
- "Five-Second Guy" is no longer available.
- "Nice But Boring Guy" (Randall Park) is ecstatic to learn that he might be a father, but quickly turns into the dumbest stereotype of a romantic stalker.
- Angela's presumed-to-be-gay neighbor down the hall, Mr. Hottie, had sex with her on one very drunken occasion. Although he insists that he's straight, Mr. Hottie would much rather Angela lend him a helping hand with a minor detail.
- The man Angela thinks is probably the father, Jefferson Lee, has never told her what he does for a living. Perhaps that's because, although he would secretly like to become a chef, Jefferson (Archie Kao) is the spoiled scion an important Asian-American political dynasty and is currently running for local office. He's hot, humpy, handsome, and healthy. He's also engaged.
- Angela's ultraconservative sister, Juliet (Lynn Chen), is pushing for Angela to have the baby, marry whomever she thinks the father might be, and settle down to lead a respectable life.
- Their father (James Shigeta) is in a new relationship with a sexy Caucasian fitness fanatic named Becky (Stacey Rippy) and getting lots of sexual satisfaction late in life. After a very unhappy marriage to Angela's mother, Charlie Yang doesn't want his little princess to rush into anything that could ruin her life.
- Needless to say, Angela's best friend, Gabriel, wants her to stop procrastinating and get an abortion.
"How does a person function without any memory, especially in a time when everyone operates under a certain social norm, when history and memory form our identity and guide us to behave in a particular fashion? A person whose memories have been wiped clean -- stripped away from the individual memory (of his past with family and friends), the communal and cultural memory (of his city), and the collective memory (of humanity) -- has to start over like a brand new baby. Constructing his past through the memories of others, what would happen when he discovers that his past, like everyone else’s, is wrought with deceit? This film is not about the cause of his memory loss. I’m most interested in the effect: How does memory loss affect a person’s daily functions and behavior, the small moments?"Set during the 10th anniversary of Hong Kong's reunification with China, Fog follows Wai around Hong Kong as he searches for clues to his past. His initial attempts to speak with Jenny are stymied by his confusion and difficulty articulating his thoughts. Even after his mother intercedes on Wai's behalf, trying to communicate with Jenny is still a challenge.
- In 1885, Gilbert & Sullivan premiered a new operetta called The Mikado, which essentially transplanted British culture onto the citizens of the fictional town of Titipu.
- In 1898, John Luther Long published a short story called "Madame Butterfly."
- On March 5, 1900, David Belasco's one-act dramatic adaptation of the story opened in New York at the Herald Square Theatre and ran for 24 performances.
- Belasco's adaptation inspired Giacomo Puccini to compose Madama Butterfly (which had its world premiere on February 17, 1904 at Milan's legendary Teatro alla Scala).
- In her 1944 best-selling novel, Anna and the King of Siam, Margaret Landon wrote a fictionalized version of Anna Leonowens' experience teaching the 39 wives and 82 children of King Mongkut from 1862-1867.
- In 1946, a film version of Anna and the King of Siam starred Irene Dunne as Anna and Rex Harrison as Mongkut.
- In 1951, Rodgers & Hammerstein unveiled their musicalized version of the story, The King and I, on Broadway with Gertrude Lawrence as Anna and Yul Brynner as the King.
- In 1976, a daring new musical by John Weidman and Stephen Sondheim opened on Broadway at the Winter Garden Theatre. Starting with the arrival of Commodore Perry in 1853, Pacific Overtures chronicled the Westernization of Japan from the 1854 Convention of Kanagawa to modern times.
- In 1988, David Henry Hwang took Broadway by storm with his award-winning play, M. Butterfly.
- On September 20, 1989, Miss Saigon opened at the Theater Royal, Drury Lane in London. With music by Claude-Michel Schönberg and lyrics by Alain Boublil, the new musical updated the story of Butterfly to the Vietnam War, with a young woman abandoned by an American soldier.
“I started writing this play because I was fascinated by a 19th-century photograph of a rickshaw driver. As I continued to look at old photos of Japan, I found myself asking more questions. Who was behind the camera, and why were so many people in the West drawn to these pictures? I wanted to understand the relationship between what we see, what we think we see, and the truth.I love stage magic in the most literal sense. I love a surprising exit or entrance. I love when the space transforms or an actor transforms right on front of your eyes. The virtuosity of live theatre at its best is like nothing else. I'm fascinated by all the different ways you can tell a story on stage. The simple fact of live actors pretending to be somebody else in front of an audience who's pretending along with them is magical to me. It was magical to me when I was a kid, and it's still magical."
"She writes beautifully -- and incredibly visually -- about the limits of perception. We like to think that photographs are real; yet each one is artifice, a work of art that persuades us it represents reality. Similarly, in this mystery play, nothing and no one is quite what it seems. I enjoy how the plot challenges us to fit the disparate pieces of the puzzle together, and I trust the audience will as well.”
As the action ricochets back and forth over more than a century, Iizuka introduces us to an enigmatic cast of characters. In 19th century Yokohama:
- Edmund Hewlett (Danny Wolohan) is an American arms trader who looks down on the Japanese but has nevertheless managed to have a child with a Japanese woman.
- Isabel Hewlett (Kate Eastwood Norris) is Edmund's wife, a woman who never stops asking questions. Like her husband, she can show a remarkable lack of cultural sensitivity. She is fascinated by a picture she has seen of a man whose body is covered with tattoos.
- Andrew Farsari (Bruce McKenzie) is a gay American photographer working in Yokohama.
- Servant Girl (Teresa Avia Lim) is a Japanese woman employed by Farsari who understands English.
- Tattooed Man (Johnny Wu) is a rickshaw driver who is one of Farsari's models.
- Blind Monk (Johnny Wu) is another one of Farsari's models.
- Dmitri Mendelssohn (Bruce McKenzie) is a cynical gay art collector who has a spy camera embedded in the ring on one of his fingers.
- Kiku (Teresa Avia Lim) is a young woman hired by Dmitri to act as an interpreter. Although she doesn't remember her mother, her family history is most interesting.