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Here is a list of famous and influential Asian-American movies, including film festivals.
Ancestors in the Americas
The online companion to the PBS series ANCESTORS IN THE AMERICAS by Loni Ding. Asian Americans are one of the fastest growing yet least known groups of immigrants in the United States. Join us for an exploration of their history and stories.
Its goal is to build an engaged, involved, active, and excited audience for Asian-American films through articles and reviews.
Asian-American International Film Festival
Important film festival in New York City. You can browse the site for links to New York Asian cinema resources.
Book of Rules (2001)
An independent feature film set to be released in August 2001. It's a comedic drama set in modern-day San Francisco. It's a time in the life of three Asian/Pacific-American roommates (and childhood friends) when their lives are starting to go separate ways.
Charlie Chan
This fictional character, created by Earl Derr Biggers debuted in films on TV on in the 60s although the films were released years earlier in the movie houses. The character worked for the Honolulu Police Department who was always at some remote location solving a crime.
Charlie's Angels (2000)
Showcases Lucy Liu as a private detective as part of a trio who are contracted by a mysterious wealthy patron to investigate crime. Pay attention to the different scenes such as a the Shiatsu massage and the Inspector to see Liu in action.
Chicago Asian-American Showcase
Annual festival showcasing movies, music, art and spoken word performances traditional held each Spring.
Come See the Paradise (1990)
This 1990 movie explores an interracial relationship between a Japanese-American woman and a white man during WWII.
The Corruptor (1999)
Movie starring Chow Yun-Fat as a cop in Chinatown with Mark Wahlberg as his partner. Typical story of conflict between triads and cops with lots of gunfire.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Tiger (2000)
This Taiwanese film directed by Ang Lee became the first Asian film to capture 10 Academy Awards nominations, the most for any Asian film. Ultimately the film won 4 awards including Best Foreign Language Film.
DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival
Official site to Washington, D.C.'s showcase of important and upcoming Asian Pacific American films.
The Flip Side (2001)
The first Asian-American film to be accepted at the Sundance Film Festival, this independent length feature film explores the Delacruz clan, a Filipino American family taking a humorous look at the identity crisis that many Filipino youth have, due to the lack of Filipino role models in the media.
I'm the One That I Want (2000)
Documents comedian Margaret Cho's acclaimed one-woman show. Following her path as America's first Asian woman with a sitcom of her own to America's first Asian ex-sitcom star with a drug problem and serious depression, Cho humourously deconstructs the ups and downs of one woman's struggle to know herself.
The Joy Luck Club (1993)
More information about this influential 1993 movie about mother and daughter relations in a Chinese-American family from the internet movie database.
Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film and Video Festival
Homepage with links to their showcase and ticket information with the ability to purchase online.
My America (... or honk if you love Buddha) (1996)
A PBS film by Renee Tajima-Peņa as she travels the United States to search for what it means to be Asian-American.
PBS Documentary: San Francisco's Chinatown (1997)
Information on the PBS documentary of San Francisco, California's chinatown. Make sure to click on the "Chinatown Resource Guide" for an excellent site about this culturally rich area.
Picture Bride (1995)
Tamlyn Tomita stars in this movie about Japanese picture brides, which are women who came from Japan to America to marry men they were placed in arranged marriages with.
Rabbit in the Moon (1999)
A very poignant PBS documentary about Japanese and Japanese-American internment during World War II in the U.S. The film does a great job exploring the issues these individuals faced via testimonials from survivors.
Replacement Killers (1998)
This movie came out in 1998 and was Chow Yun-Fat's debut in a Hollywood flick. The story isn't that good as well as some of the dialogue but there are plenty of action sequences to make up for it.
Romeo Must Die (2000)
This movie is a loosely adapted from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet but twisted to involve 2 families (African-American and Asian-American) fighting over a piece of Waterfront starring Jet Li and Russell Wong.
Rumble in the Bronx (1996)
Film starring Jackie Chan as an innocent sight-seer who comes to New York City to attend the wedding of his uncle. As usual, many mishaps happen to the main character allowing Chan to showcase his masterful stuntwork.
Rush Hour (1998)
This movie was the breakout film role for Jackie Chan which allowed American audiences to see his comedy and action sequences. It's the story of your Hong Kong cop trying to save a little girl but gets partnered with Chris Tucker.
Rush Hour 2 (2001)
Official website of the sequel to the 1998 action film of the same name and combines the talents of Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker.
San Diego Asian Film Festival
This festival took place between August 11-13, 2000 but still contains relevant links to important films.
San Francisco International Film Festival
Now in the process of accepting entries for 2001 but you can browse the site for excellent commentary on Asian film resources.
Shanghai Noon (2000)
Movie starring Jackie Chan featuring a supporting role by Lucy Liu. Takes place in the Western frontier of a gold mining town after a princess escapes a cloistered existence in China. Chan's character is sent officially to bring her back.
Snow Falling on Cedars (1999)
Official web site of this influential film by Universal Studios based on the award winning novel of a WWII Japanese-American experience in the Northwest USA.
Subway Cinema
A film programming and exhibition collective, its mission is to be the premiere launching pad for Asian films in New York City. Subway Cinema is committed to increasing exposure and appreciation for Asian films, which have been traditionally overlooked by mainstream American critics and distributors.
The Wedding Banquet (1993)
An excellent movie by Ang Lee which explores the situation of an Taiwanese gay male and what happens when his parents visit him in America.
The Workshop: Asian-American Filmmakers Collaborative
Formed in 1998, this New York based Asian-American organization is comprised of filmmakers who meet weekly to hone and share resources about Asian-American film. By creating a space for skills to be sharpened, new work to be created, and relationships to be fostered, they are promoting a flourishing new Asian American Cinema.

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