Summer is underway and that could only mean many things for movie-lovers: popping some popcorn, sipping on soda and watching the newest films on the theater screens with free air condition. You have to get your cool air somehow, somewhere when the thermostat hits over 90 degrees so why not spend it by checking out new releases. What’s so great about this summer is we will be seeing more and more Asian American faces-whether it be in giant blockbusters or starring in small indies.
Larry Crowne, July 1
Need a little breather from the action filled movies? Let the comedy-drama Larry Crowne calm your adrenaline. Tom Hanks plays Larry Crowne, who goes back to college after getting fired from his job. He finds friendship in his classmates and love in his professor, played by Julia Roberts. Japanese American George Takei also appears in the movie (and in our summer issue!).
Transformers: Dark of the Moon, July 1
Korean American comedian Ken Jeong is having a big movie year. After his reprisal of his role as Mr. Chow in The Hangover Part II, his fans can next catch him in Michael Bay’s Transformers: Dark of the Moon. After learning of a Cybertronian spacecraft hidden on the Moon, the Autobots must race against their enemies, the Decepticons, to find it and learn its secrets.
Zookeeper, July 8
Jeong next shows up in the starry cast (Kevin James, Rosario Dawson and Leslie Bibb) of the comedy film, Zookeeper. The animals of Franklin Park Zoo plan to help their zookeeper win the heart of his dream girl, but to do so they must first break their code of silence. James’ real-life wife, Filipina American actress Steffiana De La Cruz, also stars in the film.
Horrible Bosses, July 8
Three friends plan the murder of their bosses in this star-filled comedy starring Jason Bateman, Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell, Kevin Spacey, and 30 Rock‘s Maulik Pancholy, who is of Indian descent.
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, July 15
Directed by Chinese American Wayne Wang (The Joy Luck Club) and starring Audrey Summer ’11 cover girl, Chinese actress Li Bing Bing (The Forbidden Kingdom) and South Korean Gianna Jun (My Sassy Girl), Snow Flower and the Secret Fan will be the movie to see with your moms and girlfriends this summer. It follows the story of two girls who formed a friendship during 19th century China.
Rise of The Planet of the Apes, August 5
It’s an experiment gone wrong when a scientist enhances the intelligence and physical skills of many apes, causing a war between those apes and the humans in Rise of the Planet of the Apes. James Franco plays the scientist while Indian actress Freida Pinto plays a primatologist named Caroline.
Far Away Eyes, August 8 (Hong Kong)
No summer is complete without seeing a movie about assassins. Korean American actor Will Yun Lee and Japanese actor Hiro Hayama stars in Far Away Eyes, a movie about four assassins who have unfinished business to settle with each other. A modern Hong Kong becomes their backdrop for their suspenseful meeting.
30 Minutes or Less, August 12
Indian American Aziz Ansari brings his comedic chop in 30 Minutes or Less. He plays Chet, the ex-best friend of pizza delivery guy Nick (The Social Network‘s Jesse Eisenberg) who is kidnapped by two criminals and then forced to rob a bank within 30 minutes. Despite their fall out, Chet ends up helping his former buddy in trying to complete the robbery. Dilshad Vadsaria (Greek) plays Nick’s love interest.
Amigo, August 20
Some of the Philippines’ most talented veterans — Joel Torre, Bembol Roco, Ronnie Lazaro, Rio Locsin and Irma Adlawan — breathe life into the story of the Philippines-American war in 1900. Directed by John Sayles, Amigo centers on a character named Rafael Dacanay (Torre) who must deal with the American troops and the Filipino patriots.
Which summer movie are you hoping to catch?