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: Jake Choi
Synopsis: This ensemble comedy follows a group of single parents as they lean on each other to help raise their 7-year-old kids and maintain some kind of personal lives outside of parenthood. The series begins when the group meets Will, a 30-something guy who’s been so focused on raising his daughter that he’s lost sight of who he is as a man. When the other single parents see just how far down the rabbit hole of PTA, parenting and princesses Will has gone, they band together to get him out in the dating world and make him realize that being a great parent doesn’t mean sacrificing everything about your own identity.
Cast: Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, Jean Yoon, Andrea Bang, Simu Liu
Writer: Ins Choi
Synopsis: The misadventures of a Korean-Canadian family running a convenience store.
Why Open: The synopsis gives it away 😉
Cast: Sherry Cola, Kara Wang, Ken Kirby
Writer: Lauren Moon
Director (of pilot): Jon M. Chu
Why Open: Sherry Cola is a series regular, in addition to several other AAPI supporting castmembers. The pilot episode was directed by Jon M. Chu. CAPE New Writers Fellowship alum Lauren Moon was a staff writer for Season 1.
Cast: Tamlyn Tomita, Christina Chang, Will Yun Lee, Jae-Beom Park, Daniel Dae Kim
Producers: Daniel Dae Kim, Rina Brannen
Synopsis: Shaun Murphy, a young surgeon with autism and Savant syndrome, is recruited into the surgical unit of a prestigious hospital.
Why Open: The #1 broadcast show of the year in 2018 was created by none other than the legendary Daniel Dae Kim and his 3AD production company.
Cast: Lana Condor, Benedict Wong
Synopsis: A coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of late 1980s counterculture, which follows a disillusioned teen recruited into a storied high school for assassins.
Creator, Writer, and Executive Producer: Maya Erskine
Cast: Maya Erskine
Synopsis: PEN15 is middle school as it really happened. Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle star in this adult comedy, playing versions of themselves as thirteen-year-old outcasts in the year 2000, surrounded by actual thirteen-year-olds, where the best day of your life can turn into your worst with the stroke of a gel pen.