Director: Jon M. Chu
Cast: Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh, Awkwafina, Gemma Chan, Lisa Lu, Ken Jeong, Chris Pang, Jimmy O. Yang, Ronny Chieng, Remy Hii, Nico Santos, Jing Lusi
Writer: Adele Lim
Synopsis: This contemporary romantic comedy, based on a global bestseller, follows native New Yorker Rachel Chu to Singapore to meet her boyfriend’s family.
Why Open: The first studio-backed film with an all Asian cast with Asian American leads in more than 25 years and highest-grossing romantic comedy in more than a decade, Crazy Rich Asians, based on the first of Kevin Kwan’s beloved trilogy, made critical, commercial, and cultural history under the direction of the pioneering Jon M. Chu.
Director: Aneesh Chaganty
Cast: John Cho, Michelle La, Joseph Lee, Sara Sohn
Writers: Aneesh Chaganty, Sev Ohanian
Producers: Sev Ohanian, Natalie Qasabian
Synopsis: David Kim becomes desperate when his 16-year-old daughter Margot disappears and an immediate police investigation leads nowhere. He soon decides to search the one place that no one else has — Margot’s laptop. Hoping to trace her digital footprints, David contacts her friends and looks at photos and videos for any possible clues to her whereabouts.
Why Open: The Sundance-adored, critically-acclaimed inventive thriller from under-30 Director, Aneesh Chaganty, and #StarringJohnCho became one of the year’s artistically-defining films. It was the third film that #GoldOpen officially supported.
Director: Lee Chang-dong
Cast: Ah-in Yoo, Steven Yeun, Jong-seo Jun
Writers: Jungmi Oh, Chang-dong Lee
Synopsis: Jong-soo runs into Hae-mi, a girl who once lived in his neighborhood, and she asks him to watch her cat while she’s out of town. When she returns, she introduces him to Ben, a man she met on the trip. Ben proceeds to tell Jong-soo about his hobby.
Why Open: The critically-acclaimed South Korean selection for the 91st Annual Oscars dazzles with a Korean cast under the directorial tutelage of the legendary Chang-dong Lee.
Director: James Wan
Cast: Jason Momoa, Ludi Lin
Producers: Walter Hamada, Chantal Nong
Synopsis: Once home to the most advanced civilization on Earth, the city of Atlantis is now an underwater kingdom ruled by the power-hungry King Orm. With a vast army at his disposal, Orm plans to conquer the remaining oceanic people — and then the surface world. Standing in his way is Aquaman, Orm’s half-human, half-Atlantean brother and true heir to the throne. With help from royal counselor Vulko, Aquaman must retrieve the legendary Trident of Atlan and embrace his destiny as protector of the deep.
Why Open: A hapa Pacific Islander lead with an international Australian Asian director made what was once a laughed-at-superhero into one of the coolest. Wan has also now become the only director in history to have two multi-billion dollar film franchises for two different studios (#WanBillion).
Cast: Utkarsh Ambudkar, Alice Lee
Synopsis: A woman living in New York takes control of her life–one block at a time.
Cast: Priyanka Chopra
Synopsis: New York City architect Natalie works hard to get noticed at her job but is more likely to be asked to deliver coffee and bagels than to design the city’s next skyscraper. And if things weren’t bad enough, Natalie, a lifelong cynic when it comes to love, has an encounter with a mugger that renders her unconscious, waking to discover that her life has suddenly become her worst nightmare — a romantic comedy — and she is the leading lady.
Director: Jia Zhangke
Cast: Zhao Tao, Xu Zheng, Liao Fan, Casper Liang
Qiao is in love with Bin, a local mobster.
During a fight between rival gangs, she fires a gun to protect him. Qiao gets five years in prison for this act of loyalty.
Upon her release, she goes looking for Bin to pick up where they left off.
Cast: Dev Patel, Anupam Kher
Synopsis: A gripping true story of humanity and heroism, HOTEL MUMBAI vividly recounts the 2008 siege of the famed Taj Hotel by a group of terrorists in Mumbai, India. Among the dedicated hotel staff is the renowned chef Hemant Oberoi (Anupam Kher) and a waiter (Academy Award-Nominee Dev Patel, Slumdog Millionaire) who choose to risk their lives to protect their guests. As the world watches on, a desperate couple (Armie Hammer, Call Me By Your Name and Nazanin Boniadi, “Homeland”) is forced to make unthinkable sacrifices to protect their newborn child.