Asian American Films

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1. Better Luck Tomorrow (2002)

R | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

67 Metascore

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

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

Votes: 9,609 | Gross: $3.80M

2. 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: 11,027 | Gross: $1.19M

3. 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: 3,008 | Gross: $0.08M

4. The Namesake (2006)

PG-13 | 122 min | Drama

82 Metascore

American-born Gogol, the son of Indian immigrants, wants to fit in among his fellow New Yorkers, despite his family's unwillingness to let go of their traditional ways.

Director: Mira Nair | Stars: Kal Penn, Irrfan Khan, Tabu, Jacinda Barrett

Votes: 20,102 | Gross: $8.66M

5. 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: 748

6. Seoul Searching (2015)

TV-MA | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

63 Metascore

In 1986, a group of foreign born Korean teenagers attend a summer camp in South Korea.

Director: Benson Lee | Stars: Justin Chon, Jessika Van, In-Pyo Cha, Teo Yoo

Votes: 1,611 | Gross: $0.02M

7. 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: 1,370 | Gross: $0.05M

8. 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: 166

9. White on Rice (2009)

PG-13 | 83 min | Comedy

45 Metascore

Forty-year-old Jimmy is growing up, or at least he's getting older. While mooching the upper bunk of his ten-year-old nephew's bed, he enjoys the never-ending generosity of his sister Aiko,... See full summary »

Director: Dave Boyle | Stars: Hiroshi Watanabe, Nae, Mio Takada, Lynn Chen

Votes: 531 | Gross: $0.07M

10. West 32nd (2007)

86 min | Action, Crime, Drama

When John Kim, an ambitious young lawyer, takes on a pro bono case to exonerate a fourteen-year-old boy from a first degree murder charge, he finds a world he never knew existed in the underbelly of Manhattan - the Korean underworld.

Director: Michael Kang | Stars: John Cho, Jun Kim, Jun-ho Jeong, Grace Park

Votes: 483

11. Today's Special (2009)

R | 99 min | Comedy

57 Metascore

In this super-feel-good foodie comedy, young Manhattan chef Samir rediscovers his heritage and his passion for life through the enchanting art of cooking Indian food.

Director: David Kaplan | Stars: Aasif Mandvi, Dean Winters, Kevin Corrigan, Aarti Mann

Votes: 6,465 | Gross: $0.40M

12. Asian Stories (2006)

Not Rated | 98 min | Comedy, Drama

Jim, the cheapest Chinese American dude in LA, has recently been left by his fiancĂ©, Katherine two weeks before their wedding on Valentine's Day. In order to ease his pain, he asks his ... See full summary »

Directors: Ron Oda, Kris Chin | Stars: James Kyson, Kathy Uyen, Kirt Kishita, Allen Achterberg

Votes: 110

13. Finishing the Game (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: 1,811 | Gross: $0.05M

14. The Grace Lee Project (2005)

68 min | Documentary

63 Metascore

Is your name Grace Lee? Do you think you are the only Grace Lee? Did you know there are quite a few of you? Oh yes, it is true. There are many of you and they are all over. They are mostly ... See full summary »

Director: Grace Lee | Stars: Grace Lee, Aldo Velasco

Votes: 129 | Gross: $0.01M

15. 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: 107

16. Seeking Asian Female (2012)

Not Rated | 82 min | Documentary

Two strangers -- an elderly American man and a young Chinese woman -- pursue a marriage brokered by the internet, but they get more than they bargained for when she moves across the Pacific... See full summary »

Director: Debbie Lum

Votes: 277

17. 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: 1,087 | Gross: $0.08M

18. The Slanted Screen (2006)

60 min | Documentary

From silent film star Sessue Hayakawa to Harold and Kumar Go to Whitecastle, the Slanted Screen examines the portrayal Asian men in film and television, and how new filmmakers are now ... See full summary »

Director: Jeff Adachi | Stars: Frank Chin, Daniel Dae Kim, Bobby Lee, Jason Scott Lee

Votes: 251

19. Hollywood Chinese (2007)

90 min | Documentary

Hollywood Chinese is a captivating look at cinema history through the lens of the Chinese American experience. Directed by triple Sundance award-winning filmmaker, Arthur Dong, this ... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Dong | Stars: Turhan Bey, Joan Chen, Tsai Chin, Stephen Gong

Votes: 119

20. To Be Takei (2014)

Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary, Biography

66 Metascore

A look at the many roles played by eclectic actor/activist George Takei, whose wit, humor and grace have helped him to become an internationally beloved figure and Internet phenomenon with 7-million Facebook fans and counting.

Director: Jennifer M. Kroot | Stars: George Takei, Brad Takei, Walter Koenig, William Shatner

Votes: 1,520 | Gross: $0.05M

21. You Don't Know Jack: The Jack Soo Story (2009)

60 min | Documentary

The film tells Jack Soo's story through a montage of film and television clips, rare footage, interviews with family members, friends, co-workers, and others who knew him best. From his ... See full summary »

Director: Jeff Adachi | Stars: Adam Driver, Max Gail, Alvin Ing, Hal Kanter

Votes: 36

22. Crazy Rich Asians (2018)

PG-13 | 120 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

74 Metascore

This contemporary romantic comedy, based on a global bestseller, follows native New Yorker Rachel Chu to Singapore to meet her boyfriend's family.

Director: Jon M. Chu | Stars: Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh, Gemma Chan

Votes: 155,490 | Gross: $174.53M

23. MDMA (2017)

Not Rated | 98 min | Crime, Drama

60 Metascore

In 1984, the most powerful drug dealer on the west coast was a 19 year old coed. Based on actual events.

Director: Angie Wang | Stars: Annie Q., Francesca Eastwood, Pierson Fode, Scott Keiji Takeda

Votes: 690

24. The Farewell (I) (2019)

PG | 100 min | Comedy, Drama

89 Metascore

A Chinese family discovers their grandmother has only a short while left to live and decide to keep her in the dark, scheduling a wedding to gather before she dies.

Director: Lulu Wang | Stars: Shuzhen Zhao, Awkwafina, X Mayo, Hong Lu

Votes: 57,225 | Gross: $16.88M

25. Go Back to China (2019)

95 min | Drama

51 Metascore

When spoiled rich girl Sasha Li blows through most of her trust fund, she is cut off by her father and forced to go back to China and work for the family toy business.

Director: Emily Ting | Stars: Anna Akana, Richard Ng, Lynn Chen, Kelly Hu

Votes: 757

26. To All the Boys I've Loved Before (2018)

TV-14 | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

64 Metascore

A teenage girl's secret love letters are exposed and wreak havoc on her love life.

Director: Susan Johnson | Stars: Lana Condor, Noah Centineo, Janel Parrish, Anna Cathcart

Votes: 96,673

27. Always Be My Maybe (2019)

PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy, Romance

64 Metascore

Everyone assumed Sasha and Marcus would wind up together except for Sasha and Marcus. Reconnecting after 15 years, the two start to wonder - maybe?

Director: Nahnatchka Khan | Stars: Ali Wong, Randall Park, James Saito, Michelle Buteau

Votes: 50,706

28. Almost Perfect (I) (2011)

Not Rated | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A 30-something career woman tries to find the balance between her demanding family and her perfect new boyfriend.

Director: Bertha Bay-Sa Pan | Stars: Kelly Hu, Christina Chang, Natalie Gold, Roger Rees

Votes: 80

29. Linsanity (2013)

PG | 89 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

52 Metascore

The life story of basketball sensation, Jeremy Lin.

Director: Evan Jackson Leong | Stars: Jeremy Lin, Daniel Dae Kim, Ming Yao, Pablo Torre

Votes: 1,958 | Gross: $0.30M

30. 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: 1,085

31. Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (2016)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary

73 Metascore

A small financial institution called Abacus becomes the only company criminally indicted in the wake of the United States' 2008 mortgage crisis.

Director: Steve James | Stars: Thomas Sung, Hwei Lin Sung, Cyrus Vance Jr., Matt Taibbi

Votes: 2,771 | Gross: $0.10M

32. Bad Rap (2016)

82 min | Documentary, Music

Four Asian-American rappers run into tough obstacles as they try to make it big in Hip Hop, a genre rooted in black culture.

Director: Salima Koroma | Stars: Awkwafina, David Lee, Richard Lee, Jon Park

Votes: 180

33. Meet the Patels (2014)

PG | 88 min | Documentary, Comedy, Romance

70 Metascore

An Indian-American man who is about to turn 30 gets help from his parents and extended family to start looking for a wife in the traditional Indian way.

Directors: Geeta V. Patel, Ravi Patel | Stars: Ravi Patel, Geeta V. Patel, Champa V. Patel, Vasant K. Patel

Votes: 3,335 | Gross: $1.69M

34. Off the Menu: Asian America (2015)

Not Rated | 56 min | Documentary

What exactly does food reflect about Asian Pacific Americans? This film grapples with how family, tradition, faith, and geography shape our relationship to food. Off the Menu takes ... See full summary »

Director: Grace Lee

Votes: 13

35. Tyrus (2015)

73 min | Documentary, Animation, Biography

TYRUS examines the life and work of pioneering Chinese American artist Tyrus Wong. Beginning with his arrival to the immigration detention center at Angel Island in 1919, nine year old ... See full summary »

Director: Pamela Tom | Stars: Tyrus Wong, Don Hahn, Sonia Mak, Kim Wong

Votes: 90

36. Vincent Who? (2009)

40 min | Documentary, Short, Crime

In 1982, Vincent Chin was murdered in Detroit by two white autoworkers at the height of anti-Japanese sentiments. His killers, however, got off with a $3,000 fine and no jail time. Outraged... See full summary »

Director: Tony Lam | Stars: Tanzila Ahmed, Angelo Ancheta, Jay Chen, Curtis Chin

Votes: 27

37. Who Killed Vincent Chin? (1987)

82 min | Crime, Documentary

This film recounts the murder of Vincent Chin, an automotive engineer mistaken as Japanese who was slain by an assembly line worker who blamed him for the competition by the Japanese auto ... See full summary »

Directors: Christine Choy, Renee Tajima-Pena

Votes: 215

38. Golden Gate Girls (2013)

90 min | Documentary, Biography, History

Surprising or not, the first female director of Southern China was a San Francisco native and an open lesbian. Esther Eng, 1914-70, was a true pioneer. She made 11 Cantonese language films:... See full summary »

Director: S. Louisa Wei | Star: Esther Eng

Votes: 20

39. Children of Invention (2009)

Not Rated | 86 min | Drama

67 Metascore

Two young children living illegally in a model apartment outside Boston are left to fend for themselves when their hardworking mother disappears.

Director: Tze Chun | Stars: Cindy Cheung, Michael Chen, Crystal Chiu, Stephen Gevedon

Votes: 632 | Gross: $0.01M

40. Dim Sum Funeral (2008)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama

A story about a group of estranged Chinese-American siblings who reunite after the death of their mother.

Director: Anna Chi | Stars: Bai Ling, Steph Song, Talia Shire, Russell Wong

Votes: 621

41. The Joy Luck Club (1993)

R | 139 min | Drama

84 Metascore

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

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

Votes: 15,942 | Gross: $32.86M

42. The Princess of Nebraska (2007)

Not Rated | 77 min | Drama

The story of a pregnant Chinese girl's life in the U.S. Based on the the short story by Yiyun Li.

Director: Wayne Wang | Stars: Li Ling, Brian Danforth, Minghua Tan, Zhi Hao Li

Votes: 325

43. Year of the Fish (2007)

96 min | Animation, Fantasy, Romance

53 Metascore

A rotoscope-animated modern-day Cinderella story set in the underbelly of New York's Chinatown.

Director: David Kaplan | Stars: Tsai Chin, Ken Leung, Randall Duk Kim, An Nguyen

Votes: 281

44. Combination Platter (1993)

Not Rated | 84 min | Drama

The story of one man desperately trying to obtain a green card by marrying an American woman.

Director: Tony Chan | Stars: Jeffrey Lau, Coleen O'Brien, Chit-Man Chan, Colin Mitchell

Votes: 165

45. A Leading Man (2013)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama

When a young and talented Chinese American actor is fired from a starring role on a television show, he attempts to salvage his career by entering into a romantic relationship with a successful casting director.

Director: Steven J. Kung | Stars: Jack Yang, Heather Mazur, Pat Tsao, Bruno Oliver

Votes: 49

46. Love Boat: Taiwan (2019)

63 min | Documentary, History

LOVE BOAT: TAIWAN looks at the Taiwan Love Boat, where college-aged Taiwanese Americans get closer to their history, their culture and each other.

Director: Valerie Soe

Votes: 5