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My advice to young people, young Asian Americans, that want to get into the film industry
is to prove that you are worth it. I constantly get phone calls/faxes/letters from
Asian American actors /filmmakers that want me to help them.
When I take a look at their films or things that they have written, THEY ARE TERRIBLE!
First of all, you've got to be GOOD
. . . then you have a chance to make it.
Terrance Chang (From "The Slanted Screen")

Films, television and theater often are the vision of their respective directors. Listed below is the fast-growing number of visionaries from the Asian/Asian Pacific American communities who have made their respective mark(s) in the American entertainment world.

  • GREGG ARAKI - one of the angriest, most unconventional, and relentlessly intriguing voices in independent cinema. "Mysterious Skin" is his 2005 offering.
  • GURINDER CHADHA - She's directed award-winning documentaries for the BFI, BBC and Channel Four. Her films include Bhaji on the Beach, What's Cooking?, Bend It Like Beckham and her 2005 film of Bride and Prejudice. Her husband is Paul Mayeda Berges.
  • HENRY CHAN - a Film/TV director who was the principal director for Brandy's "Moesha" (on UPN) along with working on Scrubs, The King of Queens, Lizzie McQuire, Soul Food, Brothers Garcia, Girlfriends and The Parkers. Henry won a Primetime Emmy Award for outstanding editing on "The Cosby Show."
  • BOB CHIN - director is a member of the AVN Hall of Fame
  • CHRISTINE CHOY - Director of Visionary Documentaries such as "Who Killed Vincent Chin?"
  • DEAN DEVLIN - His credits include Independence Day, Godzilla and 2005's Flyboys.
  • ARTHUR DONG - His career as a documenetary filmmaker spans over thirty decades and over 100 films
  • DAVID HENRY HWANG - Playwright and Tony Award-winning Author. He often works with a wide spectrum of composers such as Howard Shore. Listen to his interview by clicking HERE.
  • WYCH KAOSAYANANDA - Thai version of John Woo brings his talents to Ecks vs. Sever thriller with Lucy Liu and Antonio Banderas
  • TAKESHI KITANO - his gangster-style films are a favorite with American audiences.
  • ANG LEE - talented Taiwan-born director winning critically-acclaim and awards. Read an interview by clicking HERE.
  • PO CHI LEONG - UK native who’s directed 10+ feature films, in both English and Chinese.
  • JUSTIN LIN - Orange native, who was born in Taiwan, produced/directed Better Luck Tomorrow, Vertigo Entertainment's Strangers, Vertigo/Universal Pictures' Oldboy, Touchstone's Annapolis and Universal Pictures' Fast and Furious 3.
  • DEEPA MEHTA - Canadian-based filmmaker Deepa Mehta was born in Amritsar, India in 1949 recently completed Sam & Me, episode of George Lucas' Young Indiana Jones Chronicles and Camilla, Fire Earth & Water.
  • ISMAIL MERCHANT - With longtime collaborators James Ivory as director and Ruth Prawer Jhabvala as screenwriter, Merchant not only adapted great books by Henry James, E.M. Forster and V.S. Naipaul, but also helped establish the careers of a new wave of renowned English actors, including Hugh Grant ("Maurice"), Helena Bonham-Carter ("A Room with a View") and Emma Thompson ("Howards End"). He leaves a long-lasting legacy in film history.
  • TAKASHI MIIKE - Filmmaker enjoys cult status in his native Japan and made Time magazine's Top 10 list of non-Hollywood directors in 1998
  • AMON MIYAMOTO - He is the first Japanese citizen to direct a Broadway show, the Stephen Sondheim-John Weidman musical "Pacific Overtures," with B. D. Wong.
  • KEN MOK - Fast-rising producer/director whose credits include All American Girl, Making the Band, UPN's Top Model and VH-1's remake of the Partridge Family
  • MIRA NAIR - Highly acclaimed director from India directed Salaam, Bombay and Monsoon Wedding!
  • YASUJIRO OZU - director is regarded by filmmakers, historians and critics as an all-time-great filmmaker. Among Ozu's admirers are such internationally renowned auteurs as Jim Jarmusch, Stanley Kwan, Aki Kaurismaki, Claire Denis, Hou Hsiao-Hsien and Wim Wenders.
  • DANNY & OXIDE PANG CHUN - Born in Hong Kong in 1965, the Pang twins have directed, separately or together, a half-dozen films: crime stories, thrillers, psychological dramas, comedies. But they will always be known for their ghosts, specifically those that haunted their best-known film, "The Eye," which came out in 2002. It told the story of a young blind woman who has her sight restored by a surgical procedure and soon realizes that her new corneas also allow her to see ghosts.
  • CHAN-WOOK PARK - won international acclaim, the Grand Prix at Cannes in 2004 and industry accolades for his movie "Old Boy," which featured the memorable scene of a man who celebrates his release from imprisonment and vents his anger by stuffing his mouth with a squirming octopus.
  • YUEN WO PING - widely acclaim Chinese choreographer, now directing films
  • DAVID REN - David Ren, is a directorial prodigy who also writes his own scripts. He has already been compared to such cinematic idols such as Woody Allen and John Favreau (Elf, Swingers). David was born on the streets of New York to an immigrant Asian family. His artistic abilities and brilliance were apparent even at an early age. In his teens, David was accepted to the prestigious Bronx High School of Science. While still a teenager, he started working as a screenwriter and was accepted to yet another prestigious school; The Professional Children's School of New York. It was at this school that his teachers were able to shape and evolve the ambitious future director. (Some of David's better known classmates included: Scarlett Johansson, Jena Malone, and Kieran Culkin.) At the age of 20, David wrote and directed his debut "big budget" feature film, "Shanghai Kiss", starring Ken Leung (Rush Hour, Red Dragon, Inside Man, and X-men 3), Kelly Hu (X-men 2, Scorpion King), Hayden Panettiere (Remember the Titans, Joe Somebody, Raising Helen, Ice Princess), Joel David Moore (Dodgeball, Art School Confidential), Byron Mann (Red Corner, The Corruptor), Summer Altice, Timothy Bottoms, and the immortal James Hong.
  • CHEN SHI-ZHENG - Chen first won acclaim at his New York's Lincoln Center opulent production of "The Peony Pavilion."
  • M. NIGHT SHYAMALAN - This talented native of India has various hits such as Sixth Sense, Unbreakable and Signs.
  • ONDI TIMONER - Grammy-nominated director/producer filmed the documentaries "The Nature of the Beast" and "Dam Nation." She created VH-1's "Sound Affects" and directed music videos for artists such as the Dandy Warhols and Lucinda Williams.
  • JOHNNIE TO (Kei-fung) - Made some of the most critically acclaimed films of recent Hong Kong cinema, Creative Director of China Star Entertainment, developed the "Hundred Years of Film" initiative and heads his own film production company, Milkyway Image.
  • STANLEY TONG - Stuntman/stunt coordinator-turned-director/martial arts director/story writer from Hong Kong
  • WAYNE WANG - this director has done pictures such as Joy Luck Club, Chan is Missing, Dim Sum, Last Holiday and others
  • WONG KAR-WAI - this "Director's Director" signature moves have rapidly been assimilated over the past decade. Even if you have never seen a Wong Kar-wai film, you would recognize his style. The melancholy of loss and separation that pervades Wong's work (i.e. 2046, In the Mood for Love, Days of Being Wild and Eros) would seem to come naturally. Wong asks a lot of his audience, mainly because he is more interested in an expressive cinema than in conventional narratives. The result is that his films (along with his musical choices) are more powerful and rewarding with multiple viewings. He is Hong Kong's "Poet of Regret."
  • JAMES WAN - Co-Producer/Writer of the Indie Hit film "Saw" The first "Saw," which cost about $1.2 million to make, opened at
    $18.3 million in the U.S. and Canada and ended up grossing $102.9 million worldwide. Right after its opening, Lions Gate greenlighted "Saw II," a $4-million production that generated worldwide ticket sales of $144.1 million a year later. "Saw" is the most lucrative franchise at the independent studio of Lion's Gate. The picture, produced for less than $10 million, grossed $34.3
    million in three days in the U.S. and Canada, according to studio estimates Sunday. It outperformed last year's "Saw II" to become the studio's biggest opener ever, and the industry's top R-rated opening this year. "Saw III" opened at 3,167 locations and averaged $10,830 per theater — the highest among wide releases. The audience was estimated at 69% under age 25 and skewed slightly male.
  • ELIZABETH WONG - Wrote plays such as Letters to a Student Revolutionary, The Happy Prince, The Play Formerly Known as The Happy Prince, Explorator-yum, China Doll, The Concubine Spy and Kimchee and Chitlins.
  • ALICE WU - Director/Writer/Producer of "Saving Face" - 1st film bankrolled by Hollywood since "Joy Luck Club."
  • ZHANG YIMOU - first Chinese director to be recognized by the Motion Pictures Academy as one of cinema's most talented and influential directors with films such as Raise the Red Lantern, Ju Dou, Not One Less, The Road Home, Hero and House of Flying Daggers.
  • JESSICA YU - She's a filmmaker based in Los Angeles. She won the 1997 Academy Award for Best Documentary Short for "Breathing Lessons: The Life and Work of Mark O'Brien"
  • RONNY YU - Hong Kong-born director involved with prominent American films
  • CORY YUEN - is an acknowledged master of martial arts cinema

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