Jul 12 2019
The Farewell

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.

Aug 2 2019
FAST & THE FURIOUS PRESENTS: HOBBS AND SHAW

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).

Aug 2 2019
Into the Dark: School Spirit

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.

Aug 8 2019
Wu Assassins

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.

Aug 12 2019
The Terror: Infamy

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.

Aug 14 2019
Happy Jail

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.

Aug 16 2019
BLINDED BY THE LIGHT

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.

Aug 23 2019
Burn

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.