Creator, Host, Producer: Lisa Ling
Synopsis: Award-winning journalist Lisa Ling goes on a gritty, breathtaking journey to the far corners of America.
Why Open: Lisa Ling, visionary journalist and long-time Asian icon, provides a thoughtful, inventive, and exposed examination of a world that needs it most.
Director: Justin Chon
Cast: Justin Chon, David So
Writer: Justin Chon
Producer: Alex Chi, James Yi, Ian Choe, Justin Chon and More
Synopsis: Eli and Daniel, two Korean American brothers who own a struggling women’s shoe store, have an unlikely friendship with 11-year-old Kamilla. On the first day of the 1992 L.A. riots, the trio must defend the store while contemplating the meaning of family and thinking about personal dreams and the future.
Why Open: The beloved Sundance hit was the first #GoldOpen-supported film, opened by Kevin Lin, Harpreet Rai, Andrew Chau, Albert Chen, Norman Liang, and Bing Chen.
Director: Jon M. Chu
Cast: Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh, Awkwafina, Gemma Chan, Lisa Lu, Ken Jeong, Chris Pang, Jimmy O. Yang, Ronny Chieng, Remy Hii, Nico Santos, Jing Lusi
Writer: Adele Lim
Synopsis: This contemporary romantic comedy, based on a global bestseller, follows native New Yorker Rachel Chu to Singapore to meet her boyfriend’s family.
Why Open: The first studio-backed film with an all Asian cast with Asian American leads in more than 25 years and highest-grossing romantic comedy in more than a decade, Crazy Rich Asians, based on the first of Kevin Kwan’s beloved trilogy, made critical, commercial, and cultural history under the direction of the pioneering Jon M. Chu.
Director: Aneesh Chaganty
Cast: John Cho, Michelle La, Joseph Lee, Sara Sohn
Writers: Aneesh Chaganty, Sev Ohanian
Producers: Sev Ohanian, Natalie Qasabian
Synopsis: David Kim becomes desperate when his 16-year-old daughter Margot disappears and an immediate police investigation leads nowhere. He soon decides to search the one place that no one else has — Margot’s laptop. Hoping to trace her digital footprints, David contacts her friends and looks at photos and videos for any possible clues to her whereabouts.
Why Open: The Sundance-adored, critically-acclaimed inventive thriller from under-30 Director, Aneesh Chaganty, and #StarringJohnCho became one of the year’s artistically-defining films. It was the third film that #GoldOpen officially supported.
Director: Lee Chang-dong
Cast: Ah-in Yoo, Steven Yeun, Jong-seo Jun
Writers: Jungmi Oh, Chang-dong Lee
Synopsis: Jong-soo runs into Hae-mi, a girl who once lived in his neighborhood, and she asks him to watch her cat while she’s out of town. When she returns, she introduces him to Ben, a man she met on the trip. Ben proceeds to tell Jong-soo about his hobby.
Why Open: The critically-acclaimed South Korean selection for the 91st Annual Oscars dazzles with a Korean cast under the directorial tutelage of the legendary Chang-dong Lee.
Director: James Wan
Cast: Jason Momoa, Ludi Lin
Producers: Walter Hamada, Chantal Nong
Synopsis: Once home to the most advanced civilization on Earth, the city of Atlantis is now an underwater kingdom ruled by the power-hungry King Orm. With a vast army at his disposal, Orm plans to conquer the remaining oceanic people — and then the surface world. Standing in his way is Aquaman, Orm’s half-human, half-Atlantean brother and true heir to the throne. With help from royal counselor Vulko, Aquaman must retrieve the legendary Trident of Atlan and embrace his destiny as protector of the deep.
Why Open: A hapa Pacific Islander lead with an international Australian Asian director made what was once a laughed-at-superhero into one of the coolest. Wan has also now become the only director in history to have two multi-billion dollar film franchises for two different studios (#WanBillion).
Cast: Jake Choi
Synopsis: This ensemble comedy follows a group of single parents as they lean on each other to help raise their 7-year-old kids and maintain some kind of personal lives outside of parenthood. The series begins when the group meets Will, a 30-something guy who’s been so focused on raising his daughter that he’s lost sight of who he is as a man. When the other single parents see just how far down the rabbit hole of PTA, parenting and princesses Will has gone, they band together to get him out in the dating world and make him realize that being a great parent doesn’t mean sacrificing everything about your own identity.
Cast: Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, Jean Yoon, Andrea Bang, Simu Liu
Writer: Ins Choi
Synopsis: The misadventures of a Korean-Canadian family running a convenience store.
Why Open: The synopsis gives it away 😉