Director: Aneesh Chaganty
Writers: Aneesh Chaganty, Sev Ohanian
Producers: Sev Ohanian, Natalie Qasabian
Synopsis: A home-schooled teenager begins to suspect her mother is keeping a dark secret from her.
Why Open: High off their success from the critically-acclaimed, inventive thriller, SEARCHING, Aneesh, Sev, and Natalie are back with yet more suspenseful art.
Director: Cathy Yan
Cast: Ella Jay Basco, Ali Wong, François Chau
Writer: Christina Hodson
Synopsis: After splitting up with The Joker, Harley Quinn and three other female superheroes – Black Canary, Huntress and Renee Montoya – come together to save the life of a little girl (Cassandra Cain) from an evil crime lord.
Why Open: Cathy Yan is the first Asian Woman to direct a superhero film in history, after having incredible indie film and cross-continental success. In addition, she’s gone the length to cast a superiorly Asian cast in Ella, Ali, and Francois. Moreover, hapa Taiwanese writer, Christina Hodson, who recently penned the incredible Bumblebee, is writing Birds of Prey.
Cast: Yifei Liu, Jet Li, Li Gong, Donnie Yen, Jason Scott Lee, Rosalind Chao, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Tzi Ma, Roger Yuan, Jimmy Wong, Ron Yuan, Doua Moua, Yoson An, Chen Tang, and many more.
Synopsis: A young Chinese maiden disguises herself as a male warrior in order to save her father. A live-action feature film based on Disney’s ‘Mulan.’
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.
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.