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Vanessa Hudgens wants to make a movie about the struggles her immigrant Filipino mom faced

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Hollywood star Vanessa Hudgens recently revealed that she dreams of one day developing a movie about her mother’s experience as a Filipino immigrant in the U.S.

A story worth sharing: Hudgens, who graces this month’s cover of Glamour UK, shared in an interview with the magazine that she would like to create a film about the challenges that her mom, Gina Guangco-Hudgens, faced after moving to the U.S. at the age of 25.

Chinese film depicting the ‘War to Resist American Aggression’ may be 2021’s world box office king

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A new war film commissioned by the Chinese government is raking in a record amount of money at the Chinese box office and is en route to becoming the world’s top-grossing film of 2021.

What the movie is about: The “Battle at Lake Changjin” is a three-hour-long epic that depicts the brutal 17-day battle between China’s People’s Volunteer Army (PVA) and the U.S. X Corps in North Korea during the Korean War.

‘Shang-Chi’ becomes only the third movie of the COVID-19 era to reach $400 million globally

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After reaching $200 million domestically, “Shang-Chi and the Legends of the Ten Rings” has surpassed the $400-million barrier, making it only the third Hollywood movie to reach the milestone during the COVID-19 era.

The achievement: The 25th installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe made a total of $401 million globally last week, making it the third movie after “Godzilla vs. Kong” and “Fast and Furious 9” to garner that much money during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to We Got This Covered.

‘No Time to Die’ director Cary Fukunaga says ‘a lot of people upset’ no matter who plays Bond after Daniel Craig

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Cary Fukunaga is the second filmmaker of Asian descent and the first Asian American to direct a James Bond movie with “No Time to Die,” and he hopes his involvement in the franchise inspires young people to break into filmmaking.

Lee Tamahori, a filmmaker of Maori ancestry, directed “Die Another Day” in 2002. But in an interview with NextShark, Fukunaga said he does not think of himself as special for his racial identity.

‘Blue Bayou’ director Justin Chon responds to accusations he appropriated Korean adoptee Adam Crapser’s story

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Director, actor and writer Justin Chon is facing accusations from Korean adoptees and an adoptee advocacy group that claim he appropriated Korean adoptee Adam Crapser’s story.

Crapser’s statement: On Sept. 17, Chon’s film “Blue Bayou” hit theaters across the country after it received a glowing reception from Asian stars who attended its premiere a few days prior. 

With a staggering box office total of nearly $200M, ‘Shang-Chi’ is officially the biggest film of 2021

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“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” which features Marvel Studio’s first leading Asian superhero, is now the biggest movie of 2021 and the pandemic era, in the U.S. 

Power figures: The film, which stars Simu Liu as the titular superhero, took in $13.3 million in its fourth weekend and overtook fellow Marvel film “Black Widow” as the year’s domestic box office leader, reported CNN

Taiwanese star Chang Chen impressed with Timothée Chalamet speaking Mandarin lines ‘perfectly’ in ‘Dune’

Dune star Chang Chen impressed by Timothee Chalamet

Chang Chen, who rose to fame in Ang Lee’s “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” is praising one of his co-stars for their Mandarin skills in the upcoming science-fiction epic, “Dune.”

Speaking Mandarin: Chen told CNA Lifestyle in an interview that accepting the role of Dr. Wellington Yueh, the personal physician for the Atreides family, in the latest live-action adaptation of Frank Herbert’s novel was an “easy decision.”

First Asian American ‘James Bond’ director Cary Fukunaga shares his pride in being the ‘other’

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Cary Joji Fukunaga, the first American director to helm a James Bond film with the upcoming “No Time To Die,” recently shared his pride in having a multiracial background. 

On being the “other”: The Japanese American filmmaker revealed in an interview with Hollywood Reporter that his growing up in a multiracial, working-class family household in Oakland shaped the global perspective in his filmmaking. 

‘My heart bled for them’: Director Justin Chon’s ‘Blue Bayou’ aims to change the fate of American adoptees facing deportation

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In a shotgun home in the Louisiana bayou, a Korean adoptee’s small-town world is rocked when he finds out that in the 30 years he’s lived in America, he is not considered a citizen and is at risk of deportation.

Justin Chon, the writer, director and star behind “Blue Bayou” plays the character Antonio LeBlanc, a financially struggling New Orleans-based tattoo artist who was adopted from South Korea when he was 3. The film peers into the lives of Antonio and his pregnant wife Kathy, played by Alicia Vikander, as parents of Kathy’s young daughter from a previous marriage.

Asian stars pour support for Justin Chon’s deportation tearjerker ‘Blue Bayou’ at LA Premiere

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Many Asian celebrities showed up on Tuesday to support the Los Angeles premiere of Justin Chon’s deportation drama “Blue Bayou” at the DGA Theater Complex.

What the film is about: The movie follows the story of Louisiana bayou-raised character Anthony LeBlanc, a Korean American adoptee whose life was turned upside down after an altercation at a grocery store, as he struggles to keep his family together while facing possible deportation, NBC News reported.

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