LOS ANGELES - To celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month in May, FOX’s free streaming service Tubi has curated a variety of movies and documentaries highlighting Asian American voices.
From Academy Award-nominated movies to films from Asian American directors to titles that prominently feature AAPI stories, there are many so options to choose from.
A Thousand Years of Good Prayers (2007) - Directed by Wayne Wang (Joy Luck Club)
"A woman moves from China to America to start over, When her father visits, they clash, exposing lies and family secrets from the Cultural Revolution."
Bitter Melon (2018) - Directed by HP Mendoza
"A Filipino-American family in San Francisco abused by an older brother get caught up in the youngest brother’s plan to murder him at Christmas."
Children of Invention (2010) - Sundance Film Festival selection
"Two young children living outside Boston are left to fend for themselves when their mother gets embroiled in a pyramid scheme and disappears."
Chu and Blossom (2015) - Featured in the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
"A coming of age comedy centers on an unlikely brotherhood between a pensive, awkwardly tall Korean foreign exchange student and a militant performance artist, both trapped together in a small town."
FOX’s free streaming service Tubi has curated a variety of movies and documentaries highlighting Asian American voices.
Go Back to China (2019) - Starring comedian Anna Akana, written/directed by Emily Ting
"After a spoiled rich girl blows through her trust fund, she is cut off by her father and forced to work for the family toy business."
I Will Make You Mine (2020) - Directed/written/produced by Lynn Chen, produced by Emily Ting
"Three women with various struggles in life, from fading dreams to infidelity at home, all share a complex romantic history with the same singer."
Love Arcadia (2014) - Featured in the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
"When a greedy estate developer sets her sights on his family’s bubble tea shop, a once-carefree teen finds himself on the front lines to defend it."
Miss India America (2015) - Featured in the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
"Ambitious Lily has only ever wanted to win, but when her boyfriend breaks up with her to date a beauty queen, she decides to enter Miss India America."
Model Minority (2012) - Written and directed by ER’s Lily Mariye; won 11 awards
"This gritty, sexually frank coming-of-age story has won 11 awards. Set in inner-city Los Angeles. Stars the immensely sympathetic newcomer Nichole Bloom in a compelling, cross-cultural, character-driven drama."
Ping Pong Playa (2007) - Directed by Jessica Yu
"A Chinese-American, gangster-rapping, basketball star wannabe has to change gears and save the family business in a kids’ ping pong tournament."
The Motel (2005) - Won Humanitas Prize in Sundance Film Festival; nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature
"Puberty sucks, and nobody knows it better than 13-year-old Ernest. As he watches guests come and go, Ernest finds himself forever stuck at his family's hourly-rate motel. He is forced to divide his time between taking orders from his overbearing mom, cleaning up after the miscreant quests staying at the motel, and longing for the girl of his dreams, 15-year-old Christine."
Today’s Special (2009) - Written by Aasif Mandvi (correspondent/comedian on The Daily Show)
"In this comedy, a chef at an upscale, Manhattan restaurant returns to the kitchen of his childhood to rescue the bankrupt family restaurant."
White Rabbit (2018) - Featured in the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival; Sundance Film Festival
"A bullied high school student starts having visions of a rabbit that he killed when he was a kid, soon putting him in a state where his imagination threatens to cause him to carry out violent acts."
A Bitter Legacy (2016) - Starring Tetsuden Kashima, Roger Daniels and Arthur Hansen
"A look into internment of Japanese-Americans before, during, and after WWII."
Hiro’s Table (2020) - Starring Hiroji Obayashi, Candice Obayashi and Yasuyo Obayashi
"A master chef moves from Japan to LA and turns a humble strip mall into a gourmet hotspot."
Kuma Hina (2015) - Starring Leo Anderson Akana, Haemaccelo Kalu and Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu
"A transgender Hawaiian teacher inspires a young girl to lead the school’s male hula team."
Margaret Cho: PsyCHO (2015) - Starring Margaret Cho
"Standup - Cho has frequently supported LGBT rights and has won awards for her humanitarian efforts on behalf of women, Asian Americans, and the LGBT community."
Mulberry Child (2011) - Starring Jian Ping, Lisa Xia and Jacqueline Bisset
"A trip to the 2008 Beijing Olympics opens a woman’s eyes to her mother’s childhood growing up during China’s Cultural Revolution."
Origin Story (2018) - Starring Kulap Vilaysack, Scott Aukerman and Casey Wilson
"Comedian Kulap Vilaysack traces her roots."
Ulam: Main Dish (2018) - Starring Alvin Cailan, Nicole Ponseca, Miguel Trinidad, Romy Dorotan and Amy Besa
"Featuring interviews from acclaimed Asian chefs and food writers."
Who is Arthur Chu? (2017) - Starring Scott J. Drucker and Yu Gu
"A documentary that follows "Jeopardy!" champ Arthur Chu as he battles dark forces on the Internet and attempts to create positive change."
With total view time surpassing 200 million hours of content streamed each month since April, Tubi has over 30,000 movies and television shows from over 250 content partners, including every major studio. The service gives fans of films and television programs an easy way to discover new content that is available completely free.
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