Asian American Film 101 by Michael Kang

In honor of Crazy Rich Asians' watershed moment, here's a compilation of significant films in Asian-American history as collected by Michael Kang (Korean-American director of The Motel) that I've found to be the most comprehensive on the Internet. Here's what he had to say:

"A very subjective list of 101 Asian American films that hold some kind of meaning to me. I define 'Asian American' here loosely. These are films either made by, about, with or concerning Asian Americans.

There are a lot of very good Asian American films missing from the list but I tried to keep the list to the films that made some kind of impact on me (sometimes not a positive one at that)."

His notes are included from the original list from 2012 are included. In addition, here's his list of the top Asian-American narrative feature filmmakers.

Here's a centralized database of all my other lists on Letterboxd.

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  • The House Without a Key
  • The Good Earth
  • Flower Drum Song
  • Enter the Dragon
  • The Way of the Dragon
  • The Kentucky Fried Movie
  • Up in Smoke
  • Star Trek: The Motion Picture
  • Shogun
  • Chan Is Missing
  • They Call Me Bruce?
  • Sixteen Candles
  • Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
  • The Karate Kid
  • Revenge of the Nerds
  • The Last Dragon
  • The Goonies
  • Year of the Dragon
  • Gung Ho
  • Big Trouble in Little China
  • Who Killed Vincent Chin?
  • Full Metal Jacket
  • The Last Emperor
  • Do the Right Thing
  • Black Rain
  • Life is Cheap... But Toilet Paper Is Expensive
  • New Jack City
  • Mississippi Masala
  • Mr. Baseball
  • The Lover
  • Combination Platter
  • Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story
  • Menace II Society
  • The Wedding Banquet
  • The Ballad of Little Jo
  • The Joy Luck Club
  • Swimming with Sharks
  • Mod Fuck Explosion
  • Fargo
  • Too Much Sleep
  • Strawberry Fields
  • Face/Off
  • One Night Stand
  • Sunsets
  • The Replacement Killers
  • Too Tired to Die
  • Hundred Percent
  • Shopping for Fangs
  • Yellow
  • Mulan
  • Three Seasons
  • Life Tastes Good
  • Disoriented
  • Girlfight
  • The Debut
  • Shanghai Noon
  • Autumn in New York
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  • Charlie's Angels
  • Face
  • Better Luck Tomorrow
  • Charlotte Sometimes
  • Tomorrow Never Dies
  • Bend It Like Beckham
  • Robot Stories
  • Kill Bill: Vol. 1
  • Torque
  • Sideways
  • Saving Face
  • Mysterious Skin
  • The Motel
  • The Grace Lee Project
  • Red Doors
  • Conventioneers
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Punching at the Sun
  • Journey from the Fall
  • The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift
  • The Departed
  • American Zombie
  • Owl and the Sparrow
  • Tie a Yellow Ribbon
  • West 32nd
  • The Air I Breathe
  • The Rebel
  • Knocked Up
  • Step Up 2: The Streets
  • Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay
  • Ping Pong Playa
  • Gran Torino
  • Sin Nombre
  • Up
  • The Hangover
  • G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
  • Ninja Assassin
  • The Last Airbender
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
  • Kung Fu Panda 2
  • Fireflies in the Garden
  • 4 Wedding Planners