Asian-American feature films released in the US since the 1980sby harrylin-812-205550 | created - 17 Aug 2018 | updated - 21 Aug 2018 | 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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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 »
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 »
Votes: 589 | Gross: $0.23M
5. Charlotte Sometimes (2002)
R | 85 min | Drama, Romance
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.
Votes: 1,020 | Gross: $0.08M
6. Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004)
R | 88 min | Adventure, Comedy
A Korean-American office worker and his Indian-American stoner friend embark on a quest to satisfy their desire for White Castle burgers.
Votes: 176,926 | Gross: $18.23M
R | 114 min | Adventure, Comedy
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.
Votes: 127,777 | Gross: $38.09M
8. A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas (2011)
R | 90 min | Adventure, Comedy
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.
Votes: 63,805 | Gross: $35.03M
9. Saving Face (2004)
R | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A Chinese-American lesbian and her traditionalist mother are reluctant to go public with secret loves that clash against cultural expectations.
Votes: 9,445 | Gross: $1.19M
10. The People I've Slept With (2012)
Not Rated | 89 min | Comedy
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 »
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 »
Votes: 4,524 | 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 »
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.
17. Better Luck Tomorrow (2002)
R | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
A group of over-achieving Asian-American high school seniors enjoy a power trip when they dip into extra-curricular criminal activities.
Votes: 8,807 | 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.
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 »
20. Ping Pong Playa (2007)
PG-13 | 96 min | Comedy, Sport
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.
Votes: 2,892 | 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.
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.
Votes: 1,040 | Gross: $1.24M
Not Rated | 84 min | Comedy
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.
Votes: 1,732 | Gross: $0.05M
24. The Motel (2005)
Not Rated | 75 min | Comedy, Drama
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 »
Votes: 1,275 | Gross: $0.05M
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.
Votes: 13,295 | Gross: $6.93M