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)
Synopsis: 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.
Director: Justin Lin
Cast: Sung Kang, Jason Tobin, Anna Sawai
Synopsis: Dominic Toretto and his crew join forces to battle the most skilled assassin and high-performance driver they’ve ever encountered — his forsaken brother.
Why open: #justiceforhan
Director: Destin Daniel Cretton
Cast: Simu Liu
Writer: Dave Callaham
Synopsis: Marvel’s first Asian superhero.
Director: Jon M. Chu
Synopsis: Explore three days in the New York City Dominican-American neighborhood of Washington Heights from Tony Award-winners Lin-Manuel Miranda and Qiara Alegria Hudes.
Why Open: The Latinx and Asian communities are the two most frequent movie-going populations in the country. Moreover, our struggles are highly concentric: we have the highest rate of immigration and multigenerational households of any group in the United States, creating multiple identities. And, while this may be out of turn to say, this feels like the Latinx community’s Crazy Rich Asians moment; we all know what that did for us–so let’s help ensure it for another deserving community.
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.