Cast: Manny Jacinto, Kara Wang, Raymond Lee
Synopsis: Pete “Maverick” Mitchell mentors a new generation of U.S. Navy fighter pilots.
Why Open: 3 of the 10 pilots are Asian!
Cast: Dwayne Johnson
Synopsis: Based on Disneyland’s theme park ride where a small riverboat takes a group of travelers through a jungle filled with dangerous animals and reptiles.
Cast: Henry Golding, Iko Uwais, Andrew Koji, Takehiro Hira, Haruka Abe
Synopsis: A G.I. Joe spin-off centered around the character of Snake Eyes.
Director: Chloe Zhao
Cast: Gemma Chan, Kumail Nanjiani, Dong-seok Ma
Synopsis: The saga of the Eternals, a race of immortal beings who lived on Earth and shaped its history and civilizations.
Why Open: The Eternals makes Chloe Zhao the first woman of color director for the world’s most lucrative franchise, the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Filmmakers: Adele Lim (Writer), Scott Sakamoto (Producer)
Cast: Cassie Steele, Awkwafina
Synopsis: Cassie Steele as Raya, a fearless and passionate warrior with a winning charm who is searching for the last dragon. Awkwafina as Sisu, a water dragon who is the last dragon left and can transform into a human form.
Producer: Nina Yang Bongiovi
Why Open: Powerhouse Producer Nina Yang Bongiovi, who has the most flawless track record in Sundance history for a creator who’s debut in competition, won, been acquired for theatrical distribution, then debuted to commercial and critical success, is back with her film on Stephon Marbury’s journey in China.
Synopsis: In 1988, the Japanese government drops an atomic bomb on Tokyo after ESP experiments on children go awry. In 2019, 31 years after the nuking of the city, Kaneda, a bike gang leader, tries to save his friend Tetsuo from a secret government project. He battles anti-government activists, greedy politicians, irresponsible scientists and a powerful military leader until Tetsuo’s supernatural powers suddenly manifest. A final battle is fought in Tokyo Olympiad exposing the experiment’s secrets.
Why Open: Adapted from the legendary books, Director Taika Waititi has assured us his adaptation will not be whitewashed.
Creator & Writer: Jenny Lee
Producer: James Shin (Scooter Braun Projects)
Synopsis: Described as Gossip Girl and 13 Reasons Why meets Crazy Rich Asians, Anna K is set between Manhattan and Greenwich, CT. It follows a Korean-American “it” girl caught between her picture-perfect, family-approved boyfriend and the guy who might just be her one true love, along with her high-flying cast of friends and family.
Why Open: Both its creator and producer are fervent enablers of more Asian stories that can successfully penetrate the mainstream.