The 81 Best Asian-American Movies of All Time
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The 81 Best Asian-American Movies of All Time — Between Crazy Rich Asians, The Farewell, and Always Be My Maybe in recent years, there’s been a surge in Asian-American representation on screens of all sizes. These films are milestones in what has been a long, continuous journey to be seen and heard in theaters and at home, and Rotten Tomatoes celebrates those contemporary hits and everything else that has come before them with the 81 Best Asian-American Movies.
To be Asian-American means a personal identity spread across a coalition of different countries. Under this umbrella is a wide range of Pacific Ocean cultures and histories, countries whose people have also found a new life in the United States. The movies in our guide reflect their experiences, from Korean (Columbus, Minari), Chinese (Saving Face), Singaporean (Shirkers), Japanese (To Be Takei), Filipino (The Debut), Vietnamese (Green Dragon), and more. South Asian-American films included are The Big Sick, The Namesake, and Meet the Patels.
Rotten Tomatoes selected movies where the Asian-American experience drives character and story, or had a significant impact on Asian-American audiences due to its casting, the filmmakers behind it, and for breaking representational ground (Searching, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before). The Asian-American experience is sometimes about traveling to a foreign “home” country, explored in movies like Always Tomorrow in Hong Kong, Go Back to China, and Cavite. And sometimes the experience is about coming to America and becoming citizens, as in Journey From the Fall or Tigertail. These stories start overseas, but are also set and shot in America, so we included those.
Director Justin Lin quit ‘Fast X’ after ‘major disagreement’ with Vin Diesel, says report — Citing multiple sources, The Hollywood Reporter reported that Lin had had enough of the constant script revisions, Vin Diesel’s behavior and the overall filming process.
On April 26, the Taiwanese American filmmaker announced via the film’s official Instagram account that he is no longer directing the 10th installment of the “Fast & Furious” franchise.
New details revealed that Lin’s departure was already brewing for months, according to The Hollywood Reporter, citing multiple sources.
The production reportedly saw several challenges, including the scrapping of an important, pre-secured location in Eastern Europe due to the war in Ukraine. At the time, it was already getting late in the process and the movie hadn’t cast one of its villains yet.
Also among Lin’s reported frustrations was the script, which he initially thought was settled prior to filming. However, Universal and Diesel, who was also a producer of the film, had other plans and even hired a writer to polish dialogue for some of the actors.
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