Director: Lulu Wang
Producers: Anita Gou and Jane Zheng
Cast: Awkwafina, Tzi Ma, Diana Lin, Zhao Shuzhen, Lu Hong, Jiang Yongbo
Writer: Lulu Wang
Synopsis: A headstrong Chinese-American woman returns to China when her beloved grandmother is given a terminal diagnosis. Billi struggles with her family’s decision to keep grandma in the dark about her own illness as they all stage an impromptu wedding to see grandma one last time.
Why Open: Based on her true story, visionary Director Lulu Wang helms the Sundance favorite, starring 2018’s breakout star, Awkwafina.
Cast: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Cliff Curtis, Lori Pelenise Tuisano, Roman Reigns, Josh Mauga and John Tui
Synopsis: A spinoff of The Fate of the Furious, focusing on Johnson’s U.S. Diplomatic Security Agent Luke Hobbs forming an unlikely alliance with Statham’s Deckard Shaw.
Why Open: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is one of the only stars in the world who can still open a film. Plus, he’s one of us! Fast & the Furious is also one of the most lucrative film franchises in history, boasting past directors including Justin Lin and James Wan (whose turn at Furious 7 became a #WanBillion dollar film).
Writer: Mike Gan
Director: Mike Gan
Cast: Annie Q
Synopsis: The latest episode in Hulu’s horror anthology series, INTO THE DARK: SCHOOL SPIRIT, follows a group of social outcasts who are stuck in weekend detention are confronted by the school’s legendary hauntings.
Why Open: Mike Gan rewrote and directed the film, which now centers around ‘Erica Yang’, a disturbingly ambitious high school student who has to spend the day detention, ala ‘The Breakfast Club’. It’s one of the only slasher/horror films starring an Asian American character, centered around Asian American academic pressures.
Cast: Iko Uwais, Celia Au, Lawrence Kao, Tzi Ma, Lewis Tan, Byron Mann, Li Jun Li, JuJu Chan, Mark Dacascos, and more.
Synopsis: Wu Assassins follows Kai Jin, a young Chinatown chef in present day San Francisco, as he becomes entangled with the Chinese Triad’s pursuit of deadly ancient powers known as the “Wu Xing.” After an encounter with a mystical spirit, Kai reluctantly becomes the Wu Assassin, using his enhanced martial arts skills to recover supernatural powers from five modern day criminals threatening to use them to destroy the world.
Creator: Alexander Woo
Cast: Derek Mio, George Takei, Lee Shorten, Kiki Sukezane, Shinjo Usami, Naoko Mori, Miki Ishikawa
Director (Pilot): Josef Kubota Wladyka
Synopsis: “The Terror: Infamy,” helmed by showrunner Alexander Woo (“True Blood”), is a haunting and suspenseful series set in Japanese internment camps during World War II. The story centers on a series of bizarre deaths that haunt a Japanese-American community, and a young man’s journey to understand and combat the malevolent entity responsible. The series features a cast and crew with a number of personal connections to this historical time, starting with George Takei, who lived in two internment camps as a child, is on board as a series regular and consultant. The lead character is played by Derek Mio, a fourth generation Japanese American, whose grandfather lived on Terminal Island and was sent to Manzanar internment camp after Pearl Harbor. Mio also recently appeared in “Medal of Honor,” (Netflix docu-series) where he portrayed WWII Medal of Honor Recipient Hiroshi Miyamura. Adding to the deep connection to the story, director Josef Kubota’s grandfather was in Hiroshima when the atomic bomb dropped and managed to survive.
Director: Michele Josue
Synopsis: The Philippine jail known for a viral Michael Jackson dance video comes under the management of an ex-inmate, sparking controversy and criticism.
Director: Gurinder Chadha
Cast: Viveik Kalra, Kulvinder Ghir, Meera Ganatra
Synopsis: In 1987, during the austere days of Thatcher’s Britain, a teenager learns to live life, understand his family and find his own voice through the music of Bruce Springsteen.
Why Open: The Sundance hit, directed by the inimitable Gurinder Chadha, is the story of a Muslim teen in 1987 Britain who learns to live life, understand his family, and find his own voice through the music of Bruce Springsteen.
Director: Mike Gan
Writer: Mike Gan
Cast: Harry Shum Jr.
Synopsis: BURN follows a lonely, unstable gas station attendant Melinda (Tilda Cobham-Hervey), tired of being overshadowed by her more confident, outgoing co-worker Sheila (Suki Waterhouse). When the gas station is held at gunpoint by Billy (Josh Hutcherson), a desperate man in need of quick cash, Melinda finds an opportunity to make a connection with the robber, regardless of who gets hurt.