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

blue bayou justin chon adoptees deportation

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.

Simu Liu plays a one-eyed samurai in Netflix anime ‘Bright: Samurai Soul’ set in feudal Japan

Bright Samurai Soul will have Simu Liu voice the main character

“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” star Simu Liu is set to voice the lead character for the English dub version of the upcoming Netflix anime film “Bright: Samurai Soul.”

Same universe: Based in the world of David Ayer’s 2017 Netflix movie “Bright,” starring Will Smith and Joel Edgerton, “Bright: Samurai Soul” is set in Japan during the end of the Shogunate and the beginning of the Meiji period, according to Deadline.

‘Kate’ actress responds to ‘Asian killing spree’ criticism, says her intention was to pay ‘homage to Japan’

Kate star calls movie an homage to Japan

Actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead has responded to the criticisms her latest film “Kate” has been receiving online.

Immediate backlash: As soon as the trailer for the Netflix film emerged last month, it received heavy criticism for its premise involving a white woman going on an “Asian killing spree” in Japan, NextShark previously reported. 

Simu Liu reveals he gave his parents ‘a lot of crap’ growing up for giving him an Asian name

Simu Liu hated name

Like many Asians living in countries where English is spoken by a majority of the population, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” star Simu Liu says revealed it took him a lot of time and patience before he could learn to appreciate his name.

A common insecurity: In a new interview, Liu, who is Chinese Canadian, admitted he did not like the name his parents had given him when he was growing up. At the time, he “would have given anything” to anglicized it.

Ex-Disney star Dylan Sprouse spends 6 months learning Mandarin for Chinese film debut

Dylan Sprouse stars in Chinese film

People are stunned to see actor Dylan Sprouse join the Chinese entertainment industry as a new trailer for an upcoming film shows the former Disney Channel star playing a foreign prince.

About the movie: The Chinese film, “The Curse of Turandot,” is a fantasy romance movie adapted from an Italian opera by Giacomo Puccini, according to Deadline.

Doua Moua to star in self-written Hmong American drama ‘The Harvest’

Doua Moua is starring in "The Harvest."

“Mulan” actor Doua Moua will star in the independent film “The Harvest,” a Hmong American family drama based on his own screenplay.

What to know: “The Harvest,” which Moua wrote in 2009, follows an estranged son who comes home to help his ailing Hmong father and ends up setting off “a chain of events that affects the lives of his entire family.” The script made it to the 2019 CAPE (Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment) List and is a 2017 Academy Nicholl Fellowship semifinalist.

‘We should be proud and unapologetic’: ‘Shang-Chi’ stars celebrate film’s impact on the AAPI community

Shang Chi stars talk to NextShark

The stars of “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” discussed the lack of AAPI representation in Hollywood, celebrating AAPI culture and why this film is important in our community in an exclusive interview with NextShark. 

“Celebrating Asian-ness”: Actors Simu Liu, Awkwafina, Meng’er Zhang and director Destin Daniel Cretton came together to create an anticipated hit movie that is a “celebration of who we are,” said Cretton in the interview. 

Legendary martial artist Sonny Chiba passes away at 82 due to COVID complications

Japanese actor and legendary martial artist Shin’ichi “Sonny” Chiba, who inspired countless film icons including director Quentin Tarantino, passed away at the age of 82. 

What happened: On Thursday, Chiba’s management company announced that Chiba, an action superstar popularly known for his role in “Kill Bill,” had passed away due to complications with COVID-19, according to NPR.

Lela Lee’s ‘Angry Little Girls’ headed for TV and film adaptations

Lela Lee "Angry Little Girls"

“Angry Little Girls,” the 2000 webcomic from actress, cartoonist and writer Lela Lee, is being adapted into a new television series and several movies.

About the brand: “Angry Little Girls,” whose roots can be traced to a 1994 video called “Angry Little Asian Girl,” follows Kim, a 6-year-old Korean American girl angered by gender and racial stereotypes. For the upcoming adaptations, Lee has partnered with Gamechanger Films, according to Deadline.

‘Hard pass’: Netflix’s ‘Kate’ criticized for having a white protagonist who’s out to ‘kill Asians’

Protagonist aiming at Asian guy

A number of social media users are saying no to a new action-adventure film from Netflix after learning that its white protagonist is headed for an Asian murder spree.

What’s it about: “Kate,” which releases on Sept. 10, centers on a “ruthless criminal operative” who was poisoned and left with less than 24 hours to exact revenge on her enemies. In the process, she forms an “unexpected bond” with the daughter of one of her past victims.