Synopsis: The four nations of Air, Water, Earth, and Fire lived in harmony until the Fire Nation declared war. A century later, there is still no end in sight to the destruction, then, an Avatar named Aang discovers that he has the power to control the four elements. He joins forces with Katara, a Waterbender, and her brother, Sokka, to restore balance and harmony to their world.
Why Open: This one won’t be whitewashed.
Director: Tran Quoc Bao
Cast: Alain Uy,Ron Yuan, Jae Suh Park,Raymond Ma, Andy Le, Brian Le, Phillip Dang, Yoshi Sudarso, Peter Adrian Sudarso, Yuji Okamoto, Roger Yuan, Kieran Tamondong
Action Director/Choreographer: Ken Quitugua
Producer: Michael Velasquez, Al’n Duong, Yuji Okumoto
Writer: Tran Quoc Bao
Synopsis: A dead-beat dad, an insurance scammer, and an MMA coach find themselves in the middle of a gang war when they must avenge their Kung Fu master’s death but first… they need to call in sick at their 9-to-5’s.
Creator, Host, Producer: Lisa Ling
Synopsis: Award-winning journalist Lisa Ling goes on a gritty, breathtaking journey to the far corners of America.
Why Open: Lisa Ling, visionary journalist and long-time Asian icon, provides a thoughtful, inventive, and exposed examination of a world that needs it most.
Director: Danny Lee
Synopsis: A documentary investigating the U.S. opioid epidemic through the eyes and experiences of millennials.
Cast: Jimmy Wong, Constance Wu, John Cho, Jimmy O. Yang, Jackie Chan, Ian Chen, Natasha Liu Bordizzo, Will Yun Lee, and Bobby Lee.
Producer: Jackie Chan’s Sparkle Media, Qi Jianghong
Synopsis: A tale of discovering the greatest wish of all.
Why Open: In addition to starring a host of stellar Asian superstars, Sparkle Roll Media (Jackie Chan’s company) is producing.
Director: Diane Paragas
Story By: Diane Paragas
Cast: Eva Noblezada, Lea Salonga, Princess Punzalan
Producer: Diane Paragas, Cecilia Mejia, Rey Cuerdo, Orian Williams
Co-Producer: Jeremiah Abraham, Thea Kerman, Courtney Jones
Executive Producer: Karen Elizaga, Cinematografo Originals, Victoria Hsu
Synopsis: Rose, an undocumented Filipino girl, dreams of one day leaving her small Texas town to pursue her country music dreams. Her world is shattered when her mom suddenly gets picked up by immigration and Customs Enforcement. Rose, facing this new reality, is forced to flee the scene, leaving behind the only life she knows, and embarks on a journey of self-discovery as she searches for a new home in the honky tonk world of Austin, Texas.
Why Open: YELLOW ROSE is the first Filipino film acquired by Sony for theatrical release in the U.S.
Director: Justin Chon
Cast: Justin Chon, David So
Writer: Justin Chon
Producer: Alex Chi, James Yi, Ian Choe, Justin Chon and More
Synopsis: Eli and Daniel, two Korean American brothers who own a struggling women’s shoe store, have an unlikely friendship with 11-year-old Kamilla. On the first day of the 1992 L.A. riots, the trio must defend the store while contemplating the meaning of family and thinking about personal dreams and the future.
Why Open: The beloved Sundance hit was the first #GoldOpen-supported film, opened by Kevin Lin, Harpreet Rai, Andrew Chau, Albert Chen, Norman Liang, and Bing Chen.
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.