Happy May! I hope you’ve gotten all your Justin Timberlake jokes out of the way, because the entire month is better spent celebrating Asian Pacific American heritage. Starting back in 1977 here in California, AAPIH Month was founded to celebrate and highlight the traditions, cultures and histories of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders here in the states. Dope right? Well, since we deal in movies here, I figured we’d put together a chill ass flixtape to contribute to the celebrations.
Into The Badlands
Currently in its second season, Into the Badlands is basically slavery-meets-kung-fu-flicks-meets-game-of-thrones. Yes, seriously. Plantation-bound killer Sonny (Daniel Wu) is loyal to his Baron (see: slavemaster) until he becomes embroiled in a power struggle/finds out about a young boy’s secret. Things get messy and, dare I say, footsy, as the plot pans out. Lots of ass-kicking, political theater and red leather. Get into it!
Master of None
This show took the world by storm when it first came out. And by “the world,” I mean couches and Netflix & Chill sessions from Oakland to the Bronx. Anyway. In anticipation of the second season dropping this month, I figured you’d want a reminder to enjoy Aziz Ansari’s fictive artisanal adventures in New York.
Writing the book that this film is based on nearly got Salman Rushdie shmurdered. Good thing he wasn’t eh? A reimagining of the book, this movie concerns itself with India’s exit from British rule. If you haven’t read the book, this is a great way into the narrative, and potentially get hooked on Salman Rushie’s work.
If you’re a film geek, you’ve probably seen this film in a textbook. The good news is it doesn’t suck and it isn’t too high-minded. Whale Rider focuses on a young Maori girl who’s tasked with preserving her family’s legacy whilst being seen as unfit because she’s female. Gender may not be real broh, but the power of this story is.
The Dead Lands
The fact that this film has steadily stayed on Netflix’s roll gives me hope. A 2014 film, it centers on one young Maori man’s mission to save his people. By partnering with a pretty dope warrior, he’s able to kick ass all over while coming into his own manhood. What’s not to love here, exactly?
Train to Busan
South Korean cinema rarely disappoints. I’ve told you this already. In this case, a regular day on a commuter train goes horribly wrong when zombies attack! That’s about as much as I know about this movie, because I’m waiting to watch it this weekend. Adam however, heavily recommends it. I trust Adam. Don’t you?
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