Asian-American feature films released in the US since the 1980s

by harrylin-812-205550 | created - 3 months ago | updated - 3 months ago | Public

In celebration [and response] to the August 2018 release of "Crazy Rich Asians", here is a list of feature films released in the past couple of decades that are Asian-American. By "Asian American", I mean: stars a mostly or significantly Asian-American cast (not Asian nationals) and is set mostly in America (the story doesn't transpire in Asia -- but I snuck in one Canada-set movie). I include South Asian Indians as "Asian Americans". Only feature-length movies released in cinemas (no TV series, no shorts, no documentaries).

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1. Double Happiness (1994)

PG-13 | 87 min | Drama, Romance

Twenty-two year old Chinese-Canadian Jade Li comes from a traditional Chinese family, who try to put on the perfect public persona at all cost so as to "save face". One primary part of this... See full summary »

Director: Mina Shum | Stars: Sandra Oh, Stephen Chang, Alannah Ong, Donald Fong

Votes: 997 | Gross: $0.76M

2. Dim Sum: A Little Bit of Heart (1985)

PG | 88 min | Comedy

In San Francisco, an immigrant Chinese widow welcomes the new year with some unhappiness: she's 62 now, she wants to make a trip to China to pay last respects to her ancestors, a fortune ... See full summary »

Director: Wayne Wang | Stars: Laureen Chew, Kim Chew, Victor Wong, Ida F.O. Chung

Votes: 339

3. Chan Is Missing (1982)

Not Rated | 80 min | Drama, Mystery

85 Metascore

Two cab drivers search San Francisco's Chinatown for the mysterious Chan, who disappeared with their $4000.

Director: Wayne Wang | Stars: Wood Moy, Marc Hayashi, Laureen Chew, Peter Wang

Votes: 936

4. Eat a Bowl of Tea (1989)

PG-13 | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A study in culture bridging, including ... a new US-born husband, trying to work within the traditional ways, a new China-born wife, eager to join the "dream" of America, two family-minded ... See full summary »

Director: Wayne Wang | Stars: Cora Miao, Russell Wong, Victor Wong, Siu-Ming Lau

Votes: 576 | Gross: $0.23M

5. Charlotte Sometimes (2002)

R | 85 min | Drama, Romance

72 Metascore

Michael, a young mechanic, is forced to choose between a daring tryst with an alluring stranger and the habitual comfort of his bittersweet obsession: his beautiful young tenant.

Director: Eric Byler | Stars: Jacqueline Kim, Eugenia Yuan, Michael Aki, Matt Westmore

Votes: 1,018 | Gross: $0.08M

6. Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004)

R | 88 min | Adventure, Comedy

64 Metascore

A Korean-American office worker and his Indian-American stoner friend embark on a quest to satisfy their desire for White Castle burgers.

Director: Danny Leiner | Stars: John Cho, Kal Penn, Ethan Embry, Rob Tinkler

Votes: 169,567 | Gross: $18.23M

7. Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay (2008)

R | 104 min | Adventure, Comedy

57 Metascore

After being mistaken for terrorists and thrown into Guantánamo Bay, stoners Harold and Kumar escape and return to the U.S., where they proceed to flee across the country with federal agents in hot pursuit.

Directors: Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg | Stars: John Cho, Kal Penn, Neil Patrick Harris, Rob Corddry

Votes: 123,178 | Gross: $38.09M

8. A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas (2011)

R | 90 min | Adventure, Comedy

61 Metascore

Six years after their Guantanamo Bay adventure, stoner buds Harold Lee and Kumar Patel cause a holiday fracas by inadvertently burning down Harold's father-in-law's prize Christmas tree.

Director: Todd Strauss-Schulson | Stars: Kal Penn, John Cho, Neil Patrick Harris, Patton Oswalt

Votes: 61,015 | Gross: $35.03M

9. Saving Face (2004)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

65 Metascore

A Chinese-American lesbian and her traditionalist mother are reluctant to go public with secret loves that clash against cultural expectations.

Director: Alice Wu | Stars: Joan Chen, Michelle Krusiec, Lynn Chen, Jin Wang

Votes: 8,880 | Gross: $1.19M

10. The People I've Slept With (2012)

Not Rated | 89 min | Comedy

45 Metascore

The People I've Slept With - a promiscuous woman who finds herself with an unplanned pregnancy and needs to figure out who the baby daddy is...NOW. Angela Yang loves sex. She loves it so ... See full summary »

Director: Quentin Lee | Stars: Karin Anna Cheung, Wilson Cruz, Archie Kao, Lynn Chen

Votes: 614

11. Mississippi Masala (1991)

R | 118 min | Drama, Romance

An Indian family is expelled from Uganda when Idi Amin takes power. They move to Mississippi and time passes. The Indian daughter falls in love with a black man, and the respective families... See full summary »

Director: Mira Nair | Stars: Denzel Washington, Sarita Choudhury, Roshan Seth, Sharmila Tagore

Votes: 4,340 | Gross: $7.31M

12. Americanese (2006)

Comedy, Drama, Romance

Long after their breakup, Chinese American Raymond Ding and Amerasian Aurora Crane struggle to let go. Torn apart by mismatched ideals, meddling friends, and the complexities of racial ... See full summary »

Director: Eric Byler | Stars: Chris Tashima, Allison Sie, Sab Shimono, Munda Razooki

Votes: 151

13. Red Doors (2005)

R | 90 min | Drama

60 Metascore

The Wongs struggle to cope with life, love, and family dysfunction in the suburbs of New York.

Director: Georgia Lee | Stars: Tzi Ma, Jacqueline Kim, Elaine Kao, Freda Foh Shen

Votes: 973

14. Yes, We're Open (2012)

79 min | Comedy, Romance

A couple experiment with having an open relationship.

Director: Richard Wong | Stars: Lynn Chen, Parry Shen, Sheetal Sheth, Kerry McCrohan

Votes: 88

15. Half-Life (2008)

Not Rated | 106 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

As troubling signs of global cataclysms accelerate, a brother and sister react to their father's desertion and the powerful presence of their mother's new boyfriend.

Director: Jennifer Phang | Stars: Sanoe Lake, Julia Nickson, Leonardo Nam, Ben Redgrave

Votes: 433

16. Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (1993 Video Game)

T | Action

Martial arts action is defined by only one man: Bruce Lee! Now enter the world of Dragon for the ultimate martial arts showdown...authentic fierce brutal. It's a jeet kune do fight to the ... See full summary »

Votes: 32

17. Better Luck Tomorrow (2002)

R | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

67 Metascore

A group of over-achieving Asian-American high school seniors enjoy a power trip when they dip into extra-curricular criminal activities.

Director: Justin Lin | Stars: Parry Shen, Jason Tobin, Sung Kang, Shirley Anderson

Votes: 8,518 | Gross: $3.80M

18. Eat with Me (2014)

Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

When Emma moves in with her estranged, gay son, the pair must learn to reconnect through food where words fail, and face the foreclosure of the family's Chinese restaurant and a stubborn fear of intimacy.

Director: David Au | Stars: Sharon Omi, Teddy Chen, Nicole Sullivan, Aidan Bristow

Votes: 1,088

19. Close Call (2004)

Not Rated | 93 min | Action, Crime, Drama

In Los Angeles, the young Jenny has a nice childhood with her Korean parents Joanne and David Kim. However, after the divorce of her parents, the judge gives her custody to her selfish ... See full summary »

Director: Jimmy Lee | Stars: Annie Lee, Philip Moon, Jan Devereaux, Jeff Fahey

Votes: 116

20. Ping Pong Playa (2007)

PG-13 | 96 min | Comedy, Sport

55 Metascore

A kid dreams of playing professional basketball in order to escape his dead-end job, living in the suburbs, his bossy older brother and running his Mom's ping pong classes.

Director: Jessica Yu | Stars: Jimmy Tsai, Andrew Vo, Khary Payton, Jim Lau

Votes: 2,844 | Gross: $0.08M

21. The Sensei (2008)

Not Rated | 95 min | Action, Drama, Sport

In 1985 Colorado, a long-absent woman, proficient as a black belt in martial arts, returns home where she agrees, secretly, to train a bullied gay teen.

Director: Diana Lee Inosanto | Stars: Diana Lee Inosanto, Keith David, Melissa Taylor, Shane Weingardt

Votes: 337

22. Picture Bride (1994)

PG-13 | 94 min | Drama, Romance

Riyo marries a man more than twice her age. She is devastated and labors in the sugar cane field. At the end she is able to love her husband.

Director: Kayo Hatta | Stars: Yûki Kudô, Akira Takayama, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Tamlyn Tomita

Votes: 1,019 | Gross: $1.24M

23. Finishing the Game: The Search for a New Bruce Lee (2007)

Not Rated | 84 min | Comedy

46 Metascore

Bruce Lee's shocking death left legions of stunned fans and a legacy of 12 minutes from his unfinished Game Of Death. Undeterred, studio executives launched a search for his replacement chronicled here through the eyes of five aspiring thespians who find out what the real game is.

Director: Justin Lin | Stars: Roger Fan, Dustin Nguyen, Sung Kang, Josh Diamond

Votes: 1,713 | Gross: $0.05M

24. The Motel (2005)

Not Rated | 75 min | Comedy, Drama

70 Metascore

Thirteen-year-old Ernest Chin lives and works at a sleazy hourly-rate motel on a strip of desolate suburban bi-way. Misunderstood by his family and blindly careening into puberty, Ernest ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Kang | Stars: Jeffrey Chyau, Sung Kang, Jade Wu, Samantha Futerman

Votes: 1,264 | Gross: $0.05M

25. Tui shou (1991)

Not Rated | 105 min | Comedy, Drama

All the while, Master Chu tries to find his place in the foreign American world.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Sihung Lung, Lai Wang, Bozhao Wang, Deb Snyder

Votes: 3,133 | Gross: $0.15M

26. The Wedding Banquet (1993)

R | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

To satisfy his nagging parents, a gay landlord and a female tenant agree to a marriage of convenience, but his parents arrive to visit and things get out of hand.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Winston Chao, May Chin, Ah-Lei Gua, Sihung Lung

Votes: 12,441 | Gross: $6.93M

27. The Joy Luck Club (1993)

R | 139 min | Drama

84 Metascore

The life histories of four Asian women and their daughters reflect and guide each other.

Director: Wayne Wang | Stars: Tamlyn Tomita, Rosalind Chao, Kieu Chinh, Tsai Chin

Votes: 13,793 | Gross: $32.86M



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