The Asian Cinematic Influence: Celebrate AAPI Heritage Month on AMC+
To celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, we've put together a collection of films and series that honor the Asian Cinematic Influence in front of and behind the camera. Our picks below are a mix of documentaries, movies both serious and light-hearted based on real-life events, a thriller featuring a luminary from The Walking Dead, and a TV series hosted by an Asian-American icon that investigates the spooky and the weird.
Check out some selected highlights below and head over to AMC+ now to subscribe and view the entire collection by the end of the month.
Director David Siev filmed his Cambodian Mexican American family in 2020 in rural Bad Axe, Michigan and the result is Bad Axe, a documentary about his family's fight to keep their restaurant and American dream alive in the face of a pandemic, Neo-Nazis, and generational scars from the Killing Fields. Bad Axe won an Audience Award and Special Jury Recognition for Exceptional Intimacy in Storytelling at South by Southwest in 2022. The documentary is newly available on AMC+.
True Terror with George Takei
This series hosted by George Takei (The Terror: Infamy) takes a deep dive into some of the most bizarre and sensational unsolved mysteries in world history, like the severed feet of the Salish Sea in British Columbia, the Mothman of West Virginia, and devil's footprints in Devon, England. Binge all six episodes on AMC+.
Two Korean-American brothers who own a struggling women's shoe store have an unlikely friendship with an 11-year-old Black girl named Kamilla. On the first day of the 1992 Los Angeles riots, which were provoked by the acquittal of four police officers in the beating of Rodney King, the trio must defend the store while contemplating the future. The film also spotlights the tensions between Koreans, Blacks, and Latinos in South Los Angeles. Justin Chon wrote, directed, and starred in this 2017 drama. Stream Gook now on AMC+.
Finishing the Game
Bruce Lee's 1973 death left legions of stunned fans and a legacy of 12 minutes – including an iconic fight scene between Lee and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar – from his unfinished film, Game of Death. It also inspired this mockumentary from Justin Lin (Fast & Furious, Better Luck Tomorrow) that's about studio executives launching the search for the martial arts legend's replacement and also explores the representation of Asian Americans in the media. Watch Finishing the Game now on AMC+.
Fired from his law firm, a man (The Walking Dead fan favorite Steven Yeun) and a former client (Samara Weaving) must fight for their lives when a mysterious virus causes employees to become violent and aggressive. They join forces to reach the executives on the top floor and settle the score once and for all. The horror movie also stars Dallas Roberts, who played Milton in Season 3 of The Walking Dead. Watch Mayhem now on AMC+.
Want more? Don't forget about The Karate Kid, the story of Daniel Russo and his sensei Mr. Miyagi using karate to overcome the odds, and its first sequel, The Karate Kid Part II. Plus, don't miss horror/action films such as Ring and Train to Busan, the 2011 thriller The Housemaid and so much more. Head over to AMC+ now to subscribe and see our AAPI Heritage Month collection in full.