May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month – a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. The term Asian and Pacific Islander represents an enormous cultural influence on our country. This year, as part of the celebration, AFN will present movies starring Asian actors who have contributed significantly to American film culture. Included are Lucy Liu, Jackie Chan, Michelle Yeoh, Jet Li and Tamilyn Tomita.
Additionally AFN will present two premiere feature films starring Hawaiian Islander Janel Meilani Parrish, best known for playing Mona Vanderwaal on the ABC Family series Pretty Little Liars. She shares the screen with Sun Kang, Samantha Quan, Mia Riverton and Ryan Greer in 4 Wedding Planners and One Kine Day.
Kimberly-Rose Ka’iulani Wolter, Hawaiian born and raised, wrote and stars in 4 Wedding Planners. Kim’s first feature film, TRE, which she produced, wrote and starred, was released in 2008 and received a Special Jury Prize at the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival.
During the Month, look for Friday nights to be reserved for features highlighting a famous Asian actor. Watch for commemorative movie premieres on Wednesdays and Saturdays as well.
Shanghai Noon – Friday May 3rd 7:00pm
A Chinese guard travels to the Wild West to rescue a kidnapped princess. After teaming up with a train robber, the unlikely duo takes on a Chinese traitor and his corrupt boss. Stars Lucy Liu, Jackie Chan, Owen Wilson
Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle – Friday May 3rd 9:05pm
The Angels investigate a series of murders that occur after the theft of a witness protection profile database. Stars, Lucy Liu, Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz.
The Lady – PREMIERE
Saturday, May 4th 7:00pm
The story of Aung San Suu Kyi as she becomes the core of Burma’s democracy movement, and her relationship with her husband, writer Michael Aris. Stars Michelle Yeoh, David Thewlis.
4 Wedding Planners – PREMIERE
Wednesday, May 8th 7:00pm
Matriarch Miriam runs a failing wedding planning business in Hawaii. When eldest daughter Lily rejects her boyfriend’s marriage proposal, she returns home for family support. Will Lily be able to help her mother and two half-sisters, Twinny and Hoku get their business back on track before it’s too late? Stars Janel Meilani Parrish, Sung Kang, Illeana Douglas.
The Karate Kid – Friday May 10th 7:00pm
Work causes a single mother to move to China with her young son; in his new home, the boy embraces kung fu, taught to him by a master. Stars Jackie Chan, Jaden Smith, Taraji P. Henson.
Shanghai Knights – Friday May 10th 9:35pm
When a Chinese rebel murders Chon’s estranged father and escapes to England, Chon and Roy make their way to London with revenge on their minds. Stars Jackie Chan, Owen Wilson.
One Kine Day – PREMIERE
Wednesday May 15th 7:00pm
Amidst the beauty of Hawaii, hidden from the touristic beaches of Waikiki, Ralsto, a laidback 19 year old Hawaiian skateboarder is faced with the dilemma of a pregnant teen girlfriend. Stars Ryan Greer, Janel Meilani Parrish.
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon – May 17th 7:00pm
Two warriors in pursuit of a stolen sword and a notorious fugitive are led to an impetuous, physically-skilled, teenage nobleman’s daughter, who is at a crossroads in her life. Stars Michelle Yeoh, Yun-Fat Chow.
Two Shadows – PREMIERE
Wednesday, May 22nd 7:00pm
Long Beach hipster wannabe Sovanna receives a cryptic letter from Cambodia claiming that her long-lost brother and sister are still alive. She travels to her birthplace alone to seek out her two siblings. With guidance from a quirky motorbike driver, Sovanna launches her search into the dark corners of Cambodia. Upon discovering a girl who may or may not be her real sister, Sovanna is ensnared into an increasingly dangerous situation, pitting her in a tug-of-war between her own personal safety, and her compassion for a stranger. Stars Sophea Pel, Lida Lang, Polo Doot.
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor – May 24th 7:00pm
In the Far East, Alex O’Connell, the son of famed mummy fighters Rick and Evy O’Connell, unearths the mummy of the first Emperor of Qin — a shape-shifting entity cursed by a witch centuries ago. Stars Jet Li, Brendan Fraser, Maria Bello.
The Forbidden Kingdom – May 24th 9:05pm
A discovery made by a kung fu obsessed American teen sends him on an adventure to China, where he joins up with a band of martial arts warriors in order to free the imprisoned Monkey King. Stars Jet Li, Jackie Chan, Michael Angarano.
Come See the Paradise – May 31st 7:00pm
The story of a man who comes to Los Angeles in 1936, gets a job at a movie theatre in Little Tokyo and falls in love with the boss’s daughter, Lily Kawamura. When her father finds out, he is fired and forbidden ever to see her again. But together they escape to Seattle. When the war breaks out, the authorities decide that the Japanese immigrants must live in camps like war prisoners. Stars Tamlyn Tomita, Dennis Quaid.
Joy Luck Club – May 31st 9:25pm
Four young Chinese women born in America and their respective mothers born in feudal China, explore their past through flashbacks to help them understand their difficult mother/daughter relationships. Stars Tamlyn Tomita, Rosalind Chao.
Only the Brave – May 31st 12:00am
A portrait of war and prejudice into the hearts and minds of the forgotten heroes of WWII – the Japanese-American 100th/442nd. In 1941, when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, overnight Japanese Americans were put into internment camps for the duration of the war. Determined to prove their loyalty, 1400 Japanese Americans successfully petitioned the government to serve becoming the 100th Infantry Battalion. Stars, Tamlyn Tomita, Lane Nishikawa, Greg Watanabe.