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Films with Asian Americans

Alright I have to do a review on how films, novels, music perceive Asians in American (stereotypes) and I decided to do a film review, however my professor said that I couldn't do The Joy Luck Club. Now the only other options have are Sixteen Candles, The Karate Kid, Breakfast at Tiffany's and Better Luck Tomorrow becuase these are the only films that I know starring Asian Americans. Can somewhat recommend some other ones preferrably independent/arthouse films?

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The films can also star yellowface actors...

Yellowface - nonAsians playing an Asian role, who face are painted yellow and eyes taped.
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Umm...what about movies with Bruce Lee, Jet Li, Jackie Chan and Chow Yun Fat? Then there's Kurosawa and Toshiro Mifune films. You're gonna have to be a little more descriptive.
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The Debut is one that comes to mind although I have not seen it.
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Tia Carrera movies.
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You could also check out Kobe Tai's films.
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Big Trouble In Little China?

And stretching it a bit, You Only Live Twice, James Bond becomes Asian (odds are thats not gonna fly)

Originally posted by lesterlong
You could also check out Kobe Tai's films.

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He mentioned Better Luck Tomorrow already.
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Originally posted by Fandango
He mentioned Better Luck Tomorrow already.
Completely missed it, edited my post.
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Umm...what about movies with Bruce Lee, Jet Li, Jackie Chan and Chow Yun Fat? Then there's Kurosawa and Toshiro Mifune films.
Oh yeah...I forgot about the Kung-fu stereotypes, but a whole bunch of people are most likely going to do this. Maybe I'll look up some Kurosawa and Toshiro Mifune films.

The Debut is one that comes to mind although I have not seen it.
Saw it in the theaters and liked the films, but again, I know people who are going to be doing this films, although this is possibly the film that I can relate to most.

You could also check out Kobe Tai's films.
Funny....

What about Better Luck Tomorrow?
Or Big Trouble In Little China?
Didn't like Better Luck Tomorrow, but Big Trouble In China I'm already considering! Thanks!
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I think The Perfect Score is interesting in the way it portrays its Asian-American character, Roy (who is, by the way, the most fleshed-out character in the movie).
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My suggestion is "The Cable Guy" No Asians, but it's sterotypical.

My brother's been shot! I think it was an Asian Gang or something. They were speaking another language.... I think it was....Asian.
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Originally posted by lesterlong
Umm...what about movies with Bruce Lee, Jet Li, Jackie Chan and Chow Yun Fat? Then there's Kurosawa and Toshiro Mifune films. You're gonna have to be a little more descriptive.
Asian Americans that are born here? Or immigrants? Because the only Asian born American on that list is Bruce Lee and the rest only work here and live elsewhere.

You can also check out Mark Dacascos.
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Originally posted by hey
The films can also star yellowface actors...

Yellowface - nonAsians playing an Asian role, who face are painted yellow and eyes taped.
Love is a Many Splendored Thing, Teahouse of the August Moon, lots of 50's movies for this type. Check out this thread for more: http://dvdtalk.com/forum/showthread....hreadid=344055

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The Wedding Banquet (not on DVD, unfortunately)

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Any movie with Lucy Liu. She's of Asian decent thus an Asian American.
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Originally posted by tenaciousdave
My suggestion is "The Cable Guy" No Asians, but it's sterotypical.
Eh?
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Check out Versus: Director's Cut! Great flick.
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Eat, Drink, Man, Woman ... Pushing Hands ... The Corruptor are some that come to mind off hand.
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Look into the careers of Anna May Wong (An Asian American star from the silent era) and

Victor Sen Yung who played one of Charlie Chan's sons in the movies but is best known for playing Hop Sing on Bonanza

It's not on DVD, but in 1961 Hollywood produced a musical called Flower Drum Song that featured a mostly Asian American cast.

The 1951 movie Go For Broke told the story of the Japanese American soldiers of the 442nd infantry. This movie is available on DVD.

Also since Bruce Lee was born in the US, you could also consider Enter the Dragon.
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Originally posted by mrhan
Asian Americans that are born here? Or immigrants? Because the only Asian born American on that list is Bruce Lee and the rest only work here and live elsewhere.

You can also check out Mark Dacascos.
Asian Americans have alot of meaning, so really if it's Asians who immigrated, Asians born here, Hapas, etc, you name it....it should be ok.

BTW thanks for all your recommendations guys and I'll be sure to look into them!
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Also since Bruce Lee was born in the US, you could also consider Enter the Dragon.
Along w/ that "Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story" might be useful.

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