The Top Asian United States of American Narrative Feature Filmmakers

For your edutainment, here is a list of all the Asian Americans who have made a narrative feature film. The list is limited to people of Asian decent who are at least 1.5 or 2nd generation US resident/citizen and who have made at least one narrative feature film that can be verified (e.g. IMDB, official website, festival screening, etc.)

Examples of filmmakers not included in the list:

ex. 1: Ang Lee (The Incredible Hulk) is not included because he spent his formative years in Asia.
ex. 2: Julia Kwan (Eve and the Firehorse) is not included because she is Canadian.
ex. 3: Rena Tajima (Who Killed Vincent Chin) is not included because she makes documentaries.
ex. 4: Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) is not included because he is not Asian nor American.

If we combined all the co-directing efforts and hapas, we hover around 100 total. Pretty inspiring. These are the pioneers. The Film Committee of 100 so to speak.

BTW many of these films are available on DVD — get to know your history and support Asian American film!

Help me if I missed anyone.

THE LIST (in alphabetical order)

  1. NARHEE AHN “Purity”
  2. STEVE AKAHOSHI “Hollywood Vampyr”
  3. FRANCISCO ALIWALAS “Disoriented”
  4. GREGG ARAKI “Mysterious Skin”
  5. BERNARD BADION “Leave It To Chance”
  6. DARSHAN BAGHAT “Karma Local”
  7. RAMIN BAHRANI “Man Push Cart”
  8. JAMES BAI “Puzzlehead”
  9. DANTE BASCO (with co-directors Darion, Derek and Dion Basco) “Naked Brown Men”
  10. DARION BASCO (with co-directors Dante, Derek and Dion Basco) “Naked Brown Men”
  11. DEREK BASCO (with co-directors Dante, Darion and Dion Basco) “Naked Brown Men”
  12. DION BASCO (with co-directors Dante, Darion and Derek Basco) “Naked Brown Men”
  13. RODDY BOGAWA “Some Divine Wind”
  14. JAMES BOSS “White Wall
  15. Q. ALLAN BROCKA “Boy Culture”
  16. TONY BUI “Three Seasons”
  17. TIMOTHY LINH BUI “Green Dragon”
  18. ERIC BYLER “Charlotte Sometimes”
  19. GENE CAJAYON “The Debut”
  20. CHRISTOPHER AD. CASTILLO “The Sky Is Falling”
  21. GARY CHAN      “In My Life”
  22. JAY CHANDRASEKHAR “Supertroopers”
  23. ARVIN CHEN “Au Revoir Taipei”
  24. HUY CHHENG      “Sweet and Sour”
  25. TIMOTHY CHEY “Fakin’ Da Funk”
  26. ADAM CHIN “Maladaptive”
  27. KRIS CHIN (with co-director Ron Oda) “Asian Stories (Book 3)”
  28. TANUJ CHOPRA “Punching At The Sun”
  29. JON CHU “Step Up 2 The Streets”
  30. TZE CHUN “Children of Invention”
  31. ISAAC CHUNG “Munyurangabo”
  32. JUWAN CHUNG “Baby”
  33. MARK DECENA “Dopamine”
  34. NEILL DELA LLANA (with co-director Ian Gamazon) “Cavite”
  35. JOY DIETRICH “Tie A Yellow Ribbon”
  36. DAYYAN ENG “Waiting Alone”
  37. PATRICK EPINO “Mr Sadman”
  38. CARY FUKUNAGA “Sin Nombre”
  39. IAN GAMAZON (with co-director Neill Dela Llana) “Cavite”
  40. NISHA GANATRA “Chutney Popcorn”
  41. STEPHANE GAUGER “Owl and the Sparrow”
  43. CELLIN GLUCK “Sideways (サイドウェイズ)”
  44. PHILIP KAN GOTANDA “Life Tastes Good”
  45. MANISH GUPTA “Indian Fish In American Waters”
  46. VU T. THU HA “Kiều”
  47. STEVEN HAHN “Pretty To Think So”
  48. GREGORY HATANAKA “Until The Night”
  49. KAYO HATTA “Picture Bride”
  50. JAMES WONG HOWE “Go, Man, Go!”
  51. GEORGE HUANG “Swimming With Sharks”
  52. JAMES HUANG “The Perfect Party”
  53. TOM HUANG “Freshmen”
  54. INSUNG HWANG “Justify”
  55. CECILIA HYOUN (with co-director Sara Hyoun) “Score!”
  56. SARA HYOUN (with co-director Cecilia Hyoun) “Score!”
  57. MICHAEL IDEMOTO (with co-director Eric Nakamura) “Sunsets”
  58. AMYN KADERALI “Kissing Cousins”
  59. JOSEPH KAHN “Torque”
  60. MICHAEL KANG “The Motel”
  61. SO YONG KIM “In Between Days”
  62. SUNG H. KIM “Book of Rules”
  63. ERIC KOYANAGI “Hundred Percent”
  64. DUANE KUBO (with co-director Robert Nakamura) “Hito Hata: Raise the Banner”
  65. NATHAN KUROSAWA “The Ride”
  66. KARYN KUSAMA “Girlfight”
  67. JOHN WOOTAK KWON “Always Be Boyz”
  68. STAN LAI “Feixia Ahda”
  69. RINGO LE “Saigon Love Story”
  70. BENSON LEE “Miss Monday”
  71. CHRIS CHAN LEE “Yellow”
  72. DENNIS LEE “Fireflies In The Garden”
  73. GRACE LEE “American Zombie”
  74. JIEHO LEE “The Air I Breathe”
  75. JOHN H. LEE “The Cut Runs Deep”
  76. FAY ANN LEE “Falling For Grace”
  77. GEORGIA LEE “Red Doors”
  78. ABRAHAM LIM “Roads and Bridges”
  79. JUSTIN LIN “Better Luck Tomorrow”
  80. DAVID MACQUILING “Too Much Sleep”
  81. BRIAN T. MAEDA “Buddha Heads” (a.k.a. “Savage boys”)
  82. EDWARD J. MALLILLIN “Brown Soup Thing”
  83. STEVEN E. MALLORCA “Slow Jam King”
  84. RICO MARTINEZ “Desperate”
  85. PAUL MAYEDA BERGES “The Mistress of Spices”
  86. ANURAG MEHTA “Amercan Chai”
  87. HP MENDOZA “Fruit Fly”
  88. ANNE MISAWA “Eden’s Curve”
  89. RON MORALES “Santa Mesa”
  90. JON MORITSUGU “Mod Fuck Explosion”
  91. JIMMY T. MURAKAMI “Battle Beyond the Stars”
  92. MIRA NAIR “Mississippi Masala”
  93. ROBERT NAKAMURA (with co-director Duane Kubo) “Hito Hata: Raise the Banner”
  94. ERIC NAKAMURA (with co-director Michael Idemoto) “Sunsets”
  95. DESMOND NAKANO “White Man’s Burden”
  96. STANN NAKAZONO (with co-driector Dom Magwili) “Much Adobo About Nothing”
  97. CHARLIE NGUYEN “The Rebel”
  98. MIKE NGUYEN “My Little World”
  99. LANE NISHIKAWA “Only The Brave”
  100. RON ODA (with co-director Kris Chin) “Asian Stories (Book 3)”
  101. STEVEN OKAZAKI “Living On Tokyo Time”
  102. GREG PAK “Robot Stories”
  103. BERTHA BAY SA PAN “Face”
  104. PIYUSH DINKER PANDYA “American Desi”
  105. SUNMIN PARK “Too Pure”
  106. LEENA PENDHARKAR “Raspberry Magic”
  107. JENNIFER PHANG “Half-Life”
  108. LOU DIAMOND PHILIPS “Dangerous Touch”
  109. ROD PULIDO “The Flip Side”
  110. ALBERT PYUN “The Sword and the Sorcerer”
  111. EDWARD AKIRA (ED) RADTKE “Bottomland”
  112. BEN REKHI “Waterborne”
  113. DAVID REN (with co-director Kern Konwiser) “Shanghai Kiss”
  114. GENE RHEE “Trouble With Romance”
  115. PHILLIP RHEE “Best of the Best 3: No Turning Back”
  116. GRACE ROWE “I Am That Girl”
  117. DAVID RUIZ “Proctor”
  118. RYAN SHIRAKI “Home of Phobia”
  119. M. NIGHT SHYAMALAN “Praying With Anger”
  120. MORA MI-OK STEPHENS “Conventioneers”
  121. REA TAJIRI “Strawberry Fields”
  122. IWAO TAKAMOTO (with co-director Charles A. Nichols) “Charlotte’s Web’’
  123. HAM TRAN “Journey from the Fall”
  124. SANDY TUNG “Across The Track”
  126. VICTOR VU “Spirits; First Morning”
  127. WAYNE WANG “Chan Is Missing”
  128. JAMES WONG “The One”
  129. MICHAEL WONG “Li Cheng (aka Miles Apart)”
  130. RICHARD WONG “Colma: The Musical”
  131. ALICE WU “Saving Face”
  132. SAMSON YI “Cats and Mice”
  133. JESSICA YU “Ping Pong Playa”
  134. DAVID YUN (with co-director Laura Zaylea) “Hold The Sun”

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