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Director Patrick Chen Receives 2022 NYSIFF Special Mention and 2022 QWFF Best Director for a Narrative Short Nomination; Queens World Film Festival will Screen A FATHER’S SON at MoMi Redstone on Nov. 4

Patrick Chen’s Chinatown noir thriller A Father’s Son, a short film/pilot based on characters from Henry Chang’s 90’s NYPD Detective Jack Yu crime series novels, will screen at Queens World Film Festival on Friday, November 4 at The Museum of the Moving Images (Redstone Theater), 36-01 35th Ave, Astoria, NY 11106 at 7:15pm. The film is also available on demand with the Silicon Valley Asian Pacific Filmfest from October 28 – November 6, 2022.
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This program will screen four other shorts including In Sickness & In Health, Two Wongs, ELEVATE and In the Valley of the Moon and will be followed by a Q & A with the filmmakers.
Patrick Chen and Ronny Chieng. Photo by Lia Chang

A Father’s Son,  an official selection of the New York Shorts International Film Festival, screened at Cinema Village in New York on October 26. Our star, Ronny Chieng (Crazy Rich Asians, “The Daily Show,” Netflix’s “Asian Comedian Destroys America”), who stars as Detective Jack Yu, was in the house. Click here for the full lineup. The film recently garnered a 2022 NYSIFF Festival Special Mention. 

Chen has also been nominated for Best Director for a Narrative Short by the Queens World Film Festival.

Photo by Lia Chang
Filmmakers Patrick Chen, Spencer Roth-Rose, Ajai Vishwanath, Michael Markham attend 2022 NYSIFF at Cinema Village on October 26, 2022. Photo by Lia Chang
Henry Chang. Photo by Lia Chang
Wing Lee, Henry Chang and Jinny Chung. Photo by Lia Chang
Patrick Chen and Ronny Chieng. Photo by Lia Chang
Henry Chang, Wing Lee, Ronny Chieng, Patrick Chen and Lia Chang
Patrick Chen, Karen Ng and Henry Chang. Photo by Lia Chang
Henry Chang, Wing Lee, Patrick Chen, Gigi Thai. Photo by Lia Chang

A Father’s Son also stars Tzi Ma (Rush Hour, The Farewell, Mulan, Tigertale) as Krang Li, Perry Yung (“The Knick,” “Warrior,” “Boogie”) as Jack’s father, Wang Kei Yu, and Kathleen Kwan as Lai Jean Li.

Perry Yung and Ronny Chieng in A FATHER’S SON. Photo by Lia Chang

The cast also features Christopher Randolph as Captain Salvatore Marino, Wai Ching Ho as Soo Hing Li, Cathy Salvodon as Crystal Jones, Adam Lim as Billy Bo, Tim Liu as Officer Dennis Wong.

Ronny Chieng, Wai Ching Ho, Tzi Ma, Kathleen Kwan and Madelyn Bae.  Photo by Lia Chang

Set in the early ’90s when local street gangs terrorized Manhattan’s Chinatown, the story centers on Detective Jack Yu –  torn between his identity of his community and the NYPD, Detective Jack Yu delivers news of a son’s murder to the victim’s parents at the height of a gang turf war in Manhattan’s Chinatown.

Boston Asian American Film Festival VOD (10/21-10/31): Purchase tickets.

November 4, 2022 at 7:15pm

A Father’s Son at Queens World Film Festival at 7:15pm

The Museum of the Moving Images (Redstone Theater)

36-01 35th Ave, Astoria, NY 11106 Purchase tickets.

VOD (11/20-12/04): coming soon

Congratulations to our fearless leader, Director Patrick Chen, who has been nominated for Best Director for a Narrative Short by the Queens World Film Festival.

VOD 10/28-11/6

Silicon Valley Asian Pacific Filmfest Click here to watch online.

Credits for teaser trailer include Patricia Ma (Editor),  Phil Choe (Colorist), William Hsieh (Sound Designer), David Bettencourt (Graphics Designer),  Mike J. Kelly (Music) and Film Composer  CHOPSmusic.

The creative  team includes music by Scott Chops Jung, Cinematography by Jason Chew, Film Editing by Xiaoya Ma, Production Design by Wing Lee, Costume Design by Vera Chow, Makeup Artists Glenda Remo Jinks and Jiamin Zhou, Belén Orsini (1st Assistant Director), Yixin Cen (2nd Assistant Director), Set Dresser Jinny Chung, Assistant Art Directors Melody Wong and Hu Yawen, Boom Operator and Sound Mixer Sebastian Hoist, Sound Designer/Supervisor William Hsieh, Fight Choreographer Lang Yip, Lia Chang (Still Photographer), Cindy Chen (1st Assistant Camera), Derrick Chen (2nd Assistant Camera), Arseniy Grobovnikov (Gaffer), Manoj Gurung (Gaffer), Brittany Jeffrey (Key Grip), Jason H. Kim (Key Grip), Bruna Lacerda (1st Assistant Camera), Brandon Lee (2nd Assistant Camera), Justine Onne (Key Grip), Samon (Grip), Chris Ungco (Steadicam Operator), Shannon Ko (Script Supervisor),  David Bettencourt (Campaign Manager), Joe Chan (Dialect Coach), Grayson Chin (Key Production Assistant) and Oliver Chiu (Production Assistant).

Tzi recently received the 2022 Canada China International Film Festival Best Supporting Actor Award for A Father’s Son. 

Colorwebmag.com: ‘A Father’s Son’: Chinatown Takes Center Stage In New Trailer Starring Ronny Chieng, Tzi Ma, and Perry Yung  A Father’s Son Kickstarter

Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2022 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at backstagepasswithliachang@gmail.com.

Patrick Chen’s A FATHER’S SON, Starring Tzi Ma, Ronny Chieng, Perry Yung and Kathleen Kwan, Screens at Boston Asian American Film Festival (10/21), New York Shorts International Film Festival (10/26), Queens World Film Festival (11/4) and on Demand with Silicon Valley Asian Pacific Filmfest (10/28-11/6)

Patrick Chen’s Chinatown noir thriller A Father’s Son, a short film/pilot based on characters from Henry Chang’s 90’s NYPD Detective Jack Yu crime series novels is screening at the Boston Asian American Film Festival (10/21), New York Shorts International Film Festival (10/26), Queens World Film Festival (11/4) and will be available on demand with the Silicon Valley Asian Pacific Filmfest from October 28 – November 6, 2022.

A Father’s Son stars Tzi Ma (Rush Hour, The Farewell, Mulan, Tigertale) as Krang Li, Ronny Chieng (Crazy Rich Asians, “The Daily Show,” Netflix’s “Asian Comedian Destroys America”) as Detective Jack Yu, Perry Yung (“The Knick,” “Warrior,” “Boogie”) as Jack’s father, Wang Kei Yu, and Kathleen Kwan as Lai Jean Li.

Perry Yung and Ronny Chieng in A FATHER’S SON. Photo by Lia Chang

The cast also features Christopher Randolph as Captain Salvatore Marino, Wai Ching Ho as Soo Hing Li, Cathy Salvodon as Crystal Jones, Adam Lim as Billy Bo, Tim Liu as Officer Dennis Wong.

Ronny Chieng, Wai Ching Ho, Tzi Ma, Kathleen Kwan and Madelyn Bae.  Photo by Lia Chang

Set in the early ’90s when local street gangs terrorized Manhattan’s Chinatown, the story centers on Detective Jack Yu –  torn between his identity of his community and the NYPD, Detective Jack Yu delivers news of a son’s murder to the victim’s parents at the height of a gang turf war in Manhattan’s Chinatown.

October 21, 2022 at 8:30pm

Boston Asian American Film Festival

Emerson Paramount Center, 559 Washington St, Boston, MA 02111

Lineup Purchase tickets.

VOD (10/21-10/31): Purchase tickets.

October 26, 2022 at 4pm

New York Shorts International Film Festival

Cinema Village 22 E. 12th Street, New York, NY 10003

Lineup

VOD: N/A

November 4, 2022 at 7:15pm

Queens World Film Festival

The Museum of the Moving Images (Redstone Theater)

36-01 35th Ave, Astoria, NY 11106

Lineup Purchase tickets.

VOD (11/20-12/04): coming soon

Congratulations to our fearless leader, Director Patrick Chen, who has been nominated for Best Director for a Narrative Short by the Queens World Film Festival.

Photo by Lia Chang

VOD 10/28-11/6

Silicon Valley Asian Pacific Filmfest

Lineup

Credits for teaser trailer include Patricia Ma (Editor),  Phil Choe (Colorist), William Hsieh (Sound Designer), David Bettencourt (Graphics Designer),  Mike J. Kelly (Music) and Film Composer  CHOPSmusic.

The creative  team includes music by Scott Chops Jung, Cinematography by Jason Chew, Film Editing by Xiaoya Ma, Production Design by Wing Lee, Costume Design by Vera Chow, Makeup Artists Glenda Remo Jinks and Jiamin Zhou, Belén Orsini (1st Assistant Director), Yixin Cen (2nd Assistant Director), Set Dresser Jinny Chung, Assistant Art Directors Melody Wong and Hu Yawen, Boom Operator and Sound Mixer Sebastian Hoist, Sound Designer/Supervisor William Hsieh, Fight Choreographer Lang Yip, Lia Chang (Still Photographer), Cindy Chen (1st Assistant Camera), Derrick Chen (2nd Assistant Camera), Arseniy Grobovnikov (Gaffer), Manoj Gurung (Gaffer), Brittany Jeffrey (Key Grip), Jason H. Kim (Key Grip), Bruna Lacerda (1st Assistant Camera), Brandon Lee (2nd Assistant Camera), Justine Onne (Key Grip), Samon (Grip), Chris Ungco (Steadicam Operator), Shannon Ko (Script Supervisor),  David Bettencourt (Campaign Manager), Joe Chan (Dialect Coach), Grayson Chin (Key Production Assistant) and Oliver Chiu (Production Assistant).

Tzi recently received the 2022 Canada China International Film Festival Best Supporting Actor Award for A Father’s Son. 

Colorwebmag.com: ‘A Father’s Son’: Chinatown Takes Center Stage In New Trailer Starring Ronny Chieng, Tzi Ma, and Perry Yung  A Father’s Son Kickstarter

Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2022 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at backstagepasswithliachang@gmail.com.

Video: BACKSTAGE PASS with Lia Chang – A Night Out with A FATHER’S SON Star Tzi Ma at AAIFF45 airs at 3:30 (PST)/6:30pm EST

Updated: 9/4/22

Lia Chang, co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, has launched her latest venture,  BACKSTAGE PASS with Lia Chang, an Arts and Entertainment program produced weekly at the studios of MNN.org.

Lia Chang. Photo by Daniel K. Isaac

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer, an award-winning filmmaker, and a photo activist and documentarian, who lifts up and amplifies BIPOC communities and artists and the institutions that support them.

Lia Chang and Tzi Ma. Photo by Karen Lee.

The second episode of BACKSTAGE PASS with Lia Chang, executive produced and hosted by Lia, will air on Sunday, September 4 at 3:30 pm (PST)/6:30 pm (EST) on FIOS 34, RCN 83, Spectrum 56/1996 and MNN 2 .

Henry Chang, Tzi Ma and Patrick Chen. Photo by Lia Chang

In Episode 2, Lia covers the New York premiere of Patrick Chen’s Chinatown noir thriller A Father’s Son, a short film/pilot based on characters from Henry Chang’s 90’s NYPD Detective Jack Yu crime series novels.

Updated: For those who missed the episode, you can watch it below.

A Father’s Son stars Tzi Ma (Rush Hour, The Farewell, Mulan, Tigertale) as Krang Li, Ronny Chieng (Crazy Rich Asians, “The Daily Show,” Netflix’s “Asian Comedian Destroys America”) as Detective Jack Yu, Perry Yung (“The Knick,” “Warrior,” “Boogie”) as Jack’s father, Wang Kei Yu, and Kathleen Kwan as Lai Jean Li.

Tzi Ma in a scene from A FATHER’S SON. Photo by Lia Chang

Tzi Ma is currently shooting his third season of The CW’s “Kung Fu,” in Vancouver, but he was able to spend 48 hours in New York for the premiere and more.

Tzi Ma,  Shannon Dang and Kheng Hua Tan in Kung Fu, Photo: Kailey Schwerman/The CW
Perry Yung and Ronny Chieng in A FATHER’S SON. Photo by Lia Chang

The cast also features Christopher Randolph as Captain Salvatore Marino, Wai Ching Ho as Soo Hing Li, Cathy Salvodon as Crystal Jones, Adam Lim as Billy Bo, Tim Liu as Officer Dennis Wong.

Ronny Chieng, Wai Ching Ho, Tzi Ma, Kathleen Kwan and Madelyn Bae.  Photo by Lia Chang

Set in the early ’90s when local street gangs terrorized Manhattan’s Chinatown, the story centers on Detective Jack Yu –  torn between his identity of his community and the NYPD, Detective Jack Yu delivers news of a son’s murder to the victim’s parents at the height of a gang turf war in Manhattan’s Chinatown.

Below are highlights of Tzi’s 48 hours.

August 12, 2022 – 10am – NB Wing Wong Restaurant in NY Chinatown.

What do you do when you land in New York in the morning? If you are Tzi Ma, you  head to NB Wing Wong Restaurant in New York Chinatown to have a “Chinese Breakfast” with your cast and crew.

Jinny Chung, Wing Lee, Henry Chang, Tzi Ma, Lia Chang, Gloria Sangirardi Jung, Joey Orlando, Shuhei Kinoshita, Jason Chew, Patrick Chen, Tim Liu at NB Wing Wong in New York on August 12, 2022. Photo by Lia Chang

August 13 – 1:30pm – Flor De Mayo We met up again on Saturday afternoon for a Peruvian/Chinese feast at Flor De  Mayo to nourish and fortify ourselves prior to the closing night of the AAIFF45 at Asia Society.

Vic Huey, Henry Chang, Wing Lee, Jinny Chung, Tzi Ma and Lia Chang at Flor De Mayo in New York on August 13, 2022. Photo by Lia Chang

5:00 pm – Asia Society for photos prior to the screening.

AAIFF45 volunteers and the welcoming committee of the closing night of the Film Festival at Asia Society New York on August 13, 2022. Photo by Lia Chang
Our official A FATHER’S SON poster for cast and crew to sign. Photo by Lia Chang
Tzi Ma and John Woo, Executive Director, AsianCinevision. Photo by Lia Chang
Henry Chang, Wing Lee, John Woo, Tzi Ma. Photo by Lia Chang
Henry Chang, Lia Chang, Wing Lee, John Woo, Tzi Ma. Photo by Jinny Chung.
Tzi Ma and John Woo. Photo by Lia Chang
Tzi Ma. Photo by Lia Chang
Tzi Ma. Photo by Lia Chang
Tzi Ma. Photo by Lia Chang
Tzi Ma. Photo by Lia Chang
Tim Liu. Photo by Lia Chang
Dave Chan. Photo by Lia Chang
Wing Lee and Jinny Chung. Photo by Lia Chang
Henry Chang. Photo by Lia Chang
Adam Lim and his wife, Staci Chen. Photo by Lia Chang
Dave Chan and Mark Liberman. Photo by Lia Chang
OCA members and Tzi Ma. Photo by Lia Chang
Tim Liu and Tzi Ma. Photo by Lia Chang
Gloria Sangirardi Jung and Tzi Ma. Photo by Lia Chang
Lia Chang, Tzi Ma, Wing Lee, Rachel Cooper. Photo by Carina Evangelista
1st row: Wing Lee, David Henry Hwang, Eva Hwang. 2nd Row: Jessica Hagedorn, Prof. Ava Chin and Tzi Ma. Photo by Lia Chang
Wai Ching Ho, Karen Lee and Henry Chang. Photo by Lia Chang
A guest and Andrea Louie. Photo by Lia Chang
Joey Orlando, Tim Liu and Shuhei Kinoshita. Photo by Lia Chang

Credits for teaser trailer include Patricia Ma (Editor),  Phil Choe (Colorist), William Hsieh (Sound Designer), David Bettencourt (Graphics Designer),  Mike J. Kelly (Music) and Film Composer  CHOPSmusic.

Jason Chew. Photo by Lia Chang

The creative  team includes music by Scott Chops Jung, Cinematography by Jason Chew, Film Editing by Xiaoya Ma, Production Design by Wing Lee, Costume Design by Vera Chow, Makeup Artists Glenda Remo Jinks and Jiamin Zhou, Belén Orsini (1st Assistant Director), Yixin Cen (2nd Assistant Director), Set Dresser Jinny Chung, Assistant Art Directors Melody Wong and Hu Yawen, Boom Operator and Sound Mixer Sebastian Hoist, Sound Designer/Supervisor William Hsieh, Fight Choreographer Lang Yip, Lia Chang (Still Photographer), Cindy Chen (1st Assistant Camera), Derrick Chen (2nd Assistant Camera), Arseniy Grobovnikov (Gaffer), Manoj Gurung (Gaffer), Brittany Jeffrey (Key Grip), Jason H. Kim (Key Grip), Bruna Lacerda (1st Assistant Camera), Brandon Lee (2nd Assistant Camera), Justine Onne (Key Grip), Samon (Grip), Chris Ungco (Steadicam Operator), Shannon Ko (Script Supervisor),  David Bettencourt (Campaign Manager), Joe Chan (Dialect Coach), Grayson Chin (Key Production Assistant) and Oliver Chiu (Production Assistant).

Brandon Lee, Bruna Lacerda, Grayson Chin, Jason Chew, Ken Lin, Shuhei Kinoshita, Joey Orlando, Adam Lim, Yixin Cen, Tzi Ma, Karen Lee, Sean Lau, Wing Lee, Henry Chang, Patrick Chen, Phil Nee, Tim Liu, Rozina Leong. Not Pictured: Dave Chan, Wai Ching Ho and Mark Liberman at the NY Premiere of A FATHER’S SON at AAIFF45 at Asia Society in New York on August 13, 2022. Photo by Lia Chang

7:15pm The 45th Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF45), presented by Citi, and a production of Asian CineVision (ACV) in association with Asia Society, honored New York City’s Chinatown with nods to ACV’s roots in its “ChinatownBeat” programming on August 13. Each film in this block was directed by an ACV alum filmmaker. In addition to A Father’s Son, the block included the New York premiere of Curtis Chin’s new documentary film, DEAR CORKY, which honors the legacy of ACV pioneer and community activist, Corky Lee who documented the APA community for over 50 years, and  a screening of the groundbreaking documentary about AAPI activism in the 1970s, FROM SPIKES TO SPINDLES, by Christine Choy — one of ACV’s founders.

John Woo, Executive Director, Asian Cinevision. Photo by Lia Chang
Corky Lee and Geoff Lee. Photo by Lia Chang

Tzi recently received the 2022 Canada China International Film Festival Best Supporting Actor Award for A Father’s Son and dedicated it to his long time friends Corky Lee and Geoff Lee, who we lost in 2021 and 2022 respectively. They both appear in A Father’s Son.

Tzi Ma. Photo by Lia Chang
Kayla Wong, AAIFF45 Festival Director. Photo by Lia Chang

9:30pm – 9:50pm Q & A Professor Ava Chin moderated a Q & A with filmmaker J. T. Takagi (representing Director Christine Choy), filmmaker Curtis Chin, filmmaker Patrick Chen and Henry Chang. 

J.T. Takagi, Prof. Ava Chin, Filmmakers Curtis Chin and Patrick Chen. Photo by Lia Chang
Patrick Chen and Henry Chang. Photo by Lia Chang
Patrick Chen and Henry Chang. Photo by Lia Chang
Patrick Chen and Henry Chang. Photo by Lia Chang
The AAIFF45 Closing night audience. Photo by Lia Chang
The AAIFF45 Closing night audience. Photo by Lia Chang
Henry Chang and Patrick Chen. Photo by Lia Chang
J.T. Takagi, Prof. Ava Chin, Filmmakers Curtis Chin and Patrick Chen, Henry Chang, Kayla Wong, AAIFF45 Festival Director. Photo by Lia Chang
Patrick Chen and Kayla Wong, AAIFF45 Festival Director. Photo by Lia Chang
John Woo and Patrick Chen. Photo by Lia Chang
Carina Evangelista, Deputy Director, Global Artistic Programs and Deputy Director, Asia Society Museum and Tzi Ma. Photo by Lia Chang
Tzi Ma. Photo by Lia Chang
Tzi Ma. Photo by Lia Chang
David Henry Hwang and Tzi Ma. Photo by Lia Chang
David Henry Hwang, Rachel Cooper and Tzi Ma. Photo by Lia Chang
Wing Lee and David Henry Hwang. Photo by Lia Chang
David Henry Hwang. Photo by Lia Chang
Joey Orlando. Photo by Lia Chang
Alex Chester-Iwata and Lia Chang. Photo by Joey Orlando
Tzi Ma and Patrick Chen. Photo by Lia Chang
Mei Chan, Tzi Ma and a guest. Photo by Lia Chang
Adam Lim, Kayla Wong, Amy Chang, Yixin Cen. Photo by Lia Chang
Brandon Lee, Yixin Cen, Bruna Lacerda and Jason Chew. Photo by Lia Chang
Yao King, Tzi Ma and a guest. Photo by Lia Chang
Shuhei Kinoshita, Tzi Ma, Phil Nee and Wing Lee. Photo by Lia Chang
Karen Lee, Dave Chan and Lia Chang. Photo by Joey Orlando. Photo by Lia Chang
Shunei Kinoshita and Joey Orlando. Photo by Lia Chang
Filmmakers Curtis Chin and Patrick Chen. Photo by Lia Chang
Ken Lin. Photo by Lia Chang
Ken Lin and Sean Lau. Photo by Lia Chang
Jason Chew, Patrick Chen and Wing Lee. Photo by Lia Chang
Henry Chang and Karen Lee. Photo by Lia Chang

11:00pm The cast and creative team met up again at Asia Roma for our afterparty, courtesy of Tzi Ma.

The cast and crew at Asia Roma in New York Chinatown at the afterparty for A FATHER’S SON on August 13, 2022. Photo by Lia Chang .

Colorwebmag.com: ‘A Father’s Son’: Chinatown Takes Center Stage In New Trailer Starring Ronny Chieng, Tzi Ma, and Perry Yung  A Father’s Son Kickstarter

Since its start, AAIFF has played an important role in screening innovative cinema, encouraging socially conscious storytelling, and honoring APA independent artists. About the Asian American International Film Festival The Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF) is proudly known as “The First Home to Asian American Cinema.” Organized by Asian CineVision, it’s the first and longest-running festival dedicated to showcasing the moving image work by media artists of Asian descent for and about the Asian diaspora experience. The Festival takes place in New York City, the second-largest Asian-American market in the U.S. Every year, AAIFF attracts audiences from all five boroughs of New York City, the tri-state region, and around the world.

About Asian CineVision Asian CineVision (ACV) is a media arts nonprofit devoted to the development, exhibition, promotion, and preservation of Asian and Asian American experiences through storytelling. Our mission is to nurture and grow the community of makers and lovers of Asian and Asian American independent film, television, and digital.

Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2022 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at backstagepasswithliachang@gmail.com.

A Night Out with A FATHER’S SON Star Tzi Ma at AAIFF45

Tzi Ma in a scene from A FATHER’S SON. Photo by Lia Chang

Tzi Ma is currently shooting his third season of The CW’s “Kung Fu,” in Vancouver, but he was able to spend 48 hours in New York, where he attended the New York premiere of Patrick Chen’s Chinatown noir thriller A Father’s Son, a short film/pilot based on characters from Henry Chang’s 90’s NYPD Detective Jack Yu crime series novels.

Tzi Ma,  Shannon Dang and Kheng Hua Tan in Kung Fu, Photo: Kailey Schwerman/The CW

A Father’s Son stars Tzi Ma (Rush Hour, The Farewell, Mulan, Tigertale) as Krang Li, Ronny Chieng (Crazy Rich Asians, “The Daily Show,” Netflix’s “Asian Comedian Destroys America”) as Detective Jack Yu, Perry Yung (“The Knick,” “Warrior,” “Boogie”) as Jack’s father, Wang Kei Yu, and Kathleen Kwan as Lai Jean Li.

Perry Yung and Ronny Chieng in A FATHER’S SON. Photo by Lia Chang

The cast also features Christopher Randolph as Captain Salvatore Marino, Wai Ching Ho as Soo Hing Li, Cathy Salvodon as Crystal Jones, Adam Lim as Billy Bo, Tim Liu as Officer Dennis Wong.

Ronny Chieng, Wai Ching Ho, Tzi Ma, Kathleen Kwan and Madelyn BaeActors Ronny Chieng, Wai Ching Ho, Tzi Ma, Kathleen Kwan and Madelyn Bae. Photo by Lia Chang

Set in the early ’90s when local street gangs terrorized Manhattan’s Chinatown, the story centers on Detective Jack Yu –  torn between his identity of his community and the NYPD, Detective Jack Yu delivers news of a son’s murder to the victim’s parents at the height of a gang turf war in Manhattan’s Chinatown.

Below are highlights of Tzi’s 48 hours.

August 12, 2022 – 10am – NB Wing Wong Restaurant in NY Chinatown.

What do you do when you land in New York in the morning? If you are Tzi Ma, you  head to NB Wing Wong Restaurant in New York Chinatown to have a “Chinese Breakfast” with your cast and crew.

Jinny Chung, Wing Lee, Henry Chang, Tzi Ma, Lia Chang, Gloria Sangirardi Jung, Joey Orlando, Shuhei Kinoshita, Jason Chew, Patrick Chen, Tim Liu at NB Wing Wong in New York on August 12, 2022. Photo by Lia Chang

August 13 – 1:30pm – Flor De Mayo

We met up again on Saturday afternoon for a Peruvian/Chinese feast at Flor De  Mayo to nourish and fortify ourselves prior to the closing night of the AAIFF45 at Asia Society.

Vic Huey, Henry Chang, Wing Lee, Jinny Chung, Tzi Ma and Lia Chang at Flor De Mayo in New York on August 13, 2022. Photo by Lia Chang

5:00 pm – Asia Society for photos prior to the screening.

AAIFF45 volunteers and the welcoming committee of the closing night of the Film Festival at Asia Society New York on August 13, 2022. Photo by Lia Chang

Our official A FATHER’S SON poster for cast and crew to sign. Photo by Lia Chang

Tzi Ma and John Woo, Executive Director, AsianCinevision. Photo by Lia Chang

Henry Chang, Wing Lee, John Woo, Tzi Ma. Photo by Lia Chang

Henry Chang, Lia Chang, Wing Lee, John Woo, Tzi Ma. Photo by Jinny Chung.

Tzi Ma and John Woo. Photo by Lia Chang

Tzi Ma. Photo by Lia Chang

Tzi Ma. Photo by Lia Chang

Tzi Ma. Photo by Lia Chang

Tzi Ma. Photo by Lia Chang

Tim Liu. Photo by Lia Chang

Dave Chan. Photo by Lia Chang

Wing Lee and Jinny Chung. Photo by Lia Chang

Henry Chang. Photo by Lia Chang

Adam Lim and his wife, Staci Chen. Photo by Lia Chang

Dave Chan and Mark Liberman. Photo by Lia Chang

OCA members and Tzi Ma. Photo by Lia Chang

Tim Liu and Tzi Ma. Photo by Lia Chang

Gloria Sangirardi Jung and Tzi Ma. Photo by Lia Chang

Lia Chang, Tzi Ma, Wing Lee, Rachel Cooper. Photo by Carina Evangelista

1st row: Wing Lee, David Henry Hwang, Eva Hwang. 2nd Row: Jessica Hagedorn, Prof. Ava Chin and Tzi Ma. Photo by Lia Chang

Wai Ching Ho, Karen Lee and Henry Chang. Photo by Lia Chang

A guest and Andrea Louie. Photo by Lia Chang

Joey Orlando, Tim Liu and Shuhei Kinoshita. Photo by Lia Chang

Lia Chang and Tzi Ma. Photo by Karen Lee.

Credits for teaser trailer include Patricia Ma (Editor),  Phil Choe (Colorist), William Hsieh (Sound Designer), David Bettencourt (Graphics Designer),  Mike J. Kelly (Music) and Film Composer  CHOPSmusic.

Jason Chew. Photo by Lia Chang

The creative  team includes music by Scott Chops Jung, Cinematography by Jason Chew, Film Editing by Xiaoya Ma, Production Design by Wing Lee, Costume Design by Vera Chow, Makeup Artists Glenda Remo Jinks and Jiamin Zhou, Belén Orsini (1st Assistant Director), Yixin Cen (2nd Assistant Director), Set Dresser Jinny Chung, Assistant Art Directors Melody Wong and Hu Yawen, Boom Operator and Sound Mixer Sebastian Hoist, Sound Designer/Supervisor William Hsieh, Fight Choreographer Lang Yip, Lia Chang (Still Photographer), Cindy Chen (1st Assistant Camera), Derrick Chen (2nd Assistant Camera), Arseniy Grobovnikov (Gaffer), Manoj Gurung (Gaffer), Brittany Jeffrey (Key Grip), Jason H. Kim (Key Grip), Bruna Lacerda (1st Assistant Camera), Brandon Lee (2nd Assistant Camera), Justine Onne (Key Grip), Samon (Grip), Chris Ungco (Steadicam Operator), Shannon Ko (Script Supervisor),  David Bettencourt (Campaign Manager), Joe Chan (Dialect Coach), Grayson Chin (Key Production Assistant) and Oliver Chiu (Production Assistant).

Brandon Lee, Bruna Lacerda, Grayson Chin, Jason Chew, Ken Lin, Shuhei Kinoshita, Joey Orlando, Adam Lim, Yixin Cen, Tzi Ma, Karen Lee, Sean Lau, Wing Lee, Henry Chang, Patrick Chen, Phil Nee, Tim Liu, Rozina Leong. Not Pictured: Dave Chan, Wai Ching Ho and Mark Liberman at the NY Premiere of A FATHER’S SON at AAIFF45 at Asia Society in New York on August 13, 2022. Photo by Lia Chang

7:15pm

The 45th Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF45), presented by Citi, and a production of Asian CineVision (ACV) in association with Asia Society, honored New York City’s Chinatown with nods to ACV’s roots in its “ChinatownBeat” programming on August 13.

Each film in this block was directed by an ACV alum filmmaker. In addition to A Father’s Son, the block included the New York premiere of Curtis Chin’s new documentary film, DEAR CORKY, which honors the legacy of ACV pioneer and community activist, Corky Lee who documented the APA community for over 50 years, and  a screening of the groundbreaking documentary about AAPI activism in the 1970s, FROM SPIKES TO SPINDLES, by Christine Choy — one of ACV’s founders.

John Woo, Executive Director, Asian Cinevision. Photo by Lia Chang

Corky Lee and Geoff Lee. Photo by Lia Chang

Tzi recently received the 2022 Canada China International Film Festival Best Supporting Actor Award for A Father’s Son and dedicated it to his long time friends Corky Lee and Geoff Lee, who we lost in 2021 and 2022 respectively. They both appear in A Father’s Son.

Tzi Ma. Photo by Lia Chang

Below is my second episode my BACKSTAGE PASS WITH LIA CHANG series, which will air in the final week of August on MNN.org.

Kayla Wong, AAIFF45 Festival Director. Photo by Lia Chang

9:30pm – 9:50pm Q & A
Professor Ava Chin moderated a Q & A with filmmaker J. T. Takagi (representing Director Christine Choy), filmmaker Curtis Chin, filmmaker Patrick Chen and Henry Chang. 

J.T. Takagi, Prof. Ava Chin, Filmmakers Curtis Chin and Patrick Chen. Photo by Lia Chang

Patrick Chen and Henry Chang. Photo by Lia Chang

Patrick Chen and Henry Chang. Photo by Lia Chang

Patrick Chen and Henry Chang. Photo by Lia Chang

The AAIFF45 Closing night audience. Photo by Lia Chang

The AAIFF45 Closing night audience. Photo by Lia Chang

Henry Chang and Patrick Chen. Photo by Lia Chang

J.T. Takagi, Prof. Ava Chin, Filmmakers Curtis Chin and Patrick Chen, Henry Chang, Kayla Wong, AAIFF45 Festival Director. Photo by Lia Chang

Patrick Chen and Kayla Wong, AAIFF45 Festival Director. Photo by Lia Chang

John Woo and Patrick Chen. Photo by Lia Chang

Carina Evangelista, Deputy Director, Global Artistic Programs and Deputy Director, Asia Society Museum and Tzi Ma. Photo by Lia Chang

Tzi Ma. Photo by Lia Chang

Tzi Ma. Photo by Lia Chang

David Henry Hwang and Tzi Ma. Photo by Lia Chang

David Henry Hwang, Rachel Cooper and Tzi Ma. Photo by Lia Chang

Wing Lee and David Henry Hwang. Photo by Lia Chang

David Henry Hwang. Photo by Lia Chang

Joey Orlando. Photo by Lia Chang

Alex Chester-Iwata and Lia Chang. Photo by Joey Orlando

Tzi Ma and Patrick Chen. Photo by Lia Chang

Mei Chan, Tzi Ma and a guest. Photo by Lia Chang

Adam Lim, Kayla Wong, Amy Chang, Yixin Cen. Photo by Lia Chang

Brandon Lee, Yixin Cen, Bruna Lacerda and Jason Chew. Photo by Lia Chang

Yao King, Tzi Ma and a guest. Photo by Lia Chang

Shuhei Kinoshita, Tzi Ma, Phil Nee and Wing Lee. Photo by Lia Chang

Karen Lee, Dave Chan and Lia Chang. Photo by Joey Orlando. Photo by Lia Chang

Shunei Kinoshita and Joey Orlando. Photo by Lia Chang

Filmmakers Curtis Chin and Patrick Chen. Photo by Lia Chang

Ken Lin. Photo by Lia Chang

Ken Lin and Sean Lau. Photo by Lia Chang

Jason Chew, Patrick Chen and Wing Lee. Photo by Lia Chang

Henry Chang and Karen Lee. Photo by Lia Chang

11:00pm The cast and creative team met up again at Asia Roma for our afterparty, courtesy of Tzi Ma.

The cast and crew at Asia Roma in New York Chinatown at the afterparty for A FATHER’S SON on August 13, 2022. Photo by Lia Chang .

Colorwebmag.com: ‘A Father’s Son’: Chinatown Takes Center Stage In New Trailer Starring Ronny Chieng, Tzi Ma, and Perry Yung 

A Father’s Son Kickstarter

Since its start, AAIFF has played an important role in screening innovative cinema, encouraging socially conscious storytelling, and honoring APA independent artists.

About the Asian American International Film Festival
The Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF) is proudly known as “The First Home to Asian American Cinema.” Organized by Asian CineVision, it’s the first and longest-running festival dedicated to showcasing the moving image work by media artists of Asian descent for and about the Asian diaspora experience. The Festival takes place in New York City, the second-largest Asian-American market in the U.S. Every year, AAIFF attracts audiences from all five boroughs of New York City, the tri-state region, and around the world.

About Asian CineVision
Asian CineVision (ACV) is a media arts nonprofit devoted to the development, exhibition, promotion, and preservation of Asian and Asian American experiences through storytelling. Our mission is to nurture and grow the community of makers and lovers of Asian and Asian American independent film, television, and digital.

Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2022 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at backstagepasswithliachang@gmail.com.

Watch: Tzi Ma Receives Canada China International Film Festival Best Supporting Actor Award for A FATHER’S SON

Congratulations to Tzi Ma on receiving the Canada China International Film Festival Best Supporting Actor Award for Patrick Chen’s short film, A FATHER’S SON, a Chinatown noir thriller, which tells the tale of Jack Yu, a Chinese American detective in the heart of New York Chinatown.  The short film/pilot is based on characters from Henry Chang’s 90’s NYPD Detective Jack Yu crime series novels, and also stars Ronny Chieng, Perry Yung and Kathleen Kwan.

Below is Tzi’s acceptance speech.

 

A Father’s Son will have its New York Premiere on Saturday, August 13 at 7:00pm at the 45th Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF45), presented by Citi, and a production of Asian CineVision (ACV) in association with Asia Society. The closing night program will honor New York City’s Chinatown with nods to ACV’s roots in its “ChinatownBeat” focus.

Each film in this block is directed by an ACV alum filmmaker. In addition to A FATHER’S SON, the block includes the New York premiere of Curtis Chin’s new documentary film, DEAR CORKY, which honors the legacy of ACV pioneer and community activist, Corky Lee who documented the APA community for over 50 years; and a screening of the groundbreaking documentary about AAPI activism in the 1970s, FROM SPIKES TO SPINDLES, by Christine Choy — one of ACV’s founders.

AAIFF45 will also honor Jean Tsien, a veteran documentary editor, executive producer, and story consultant who has been working in documentary film for 40 years. Her notable editing credits
include: the 2001 Academy Award nominated film, SCOTTSBORO: AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY; three Peabody Award-winning films: MALCOLM X: MAKE IT PLAIN, TRAVIS, and SOLAR MAMAS; and the 2020 Primetime EMMY winner for Outstanding Documentary, THE APOLLO. Most recently, she was editor and producer of AAIFF45’s Opening Night film, FREE CHOL SOO LEE, and producer of HIDDEN LETTERS, which premiered at the 2022 Tribeca Film Festival. She is also a member of American Cinema Editors and a Governor of the Documentary Branch of the Academy. For her courageous, visionary work, she is this year’s recipient of The Asian American Media Award.

Since its start, AAIFF has played an important role in screening innovative cinema, encouraging socially conscious storytelling, and honoring APA independent artists. Honoring the Festival’s 45th Anniversary, AAIFF45 features special presentation retrospective screenings with Third World Newsreel of THE CHINATOWN FILES, HERE TO STAY, and FRECKLED RICE, and co-presents an outdoor screening of MAN PUSH CART on August 11 with the Museum of the City of New York.

Rounding out the special presentations is the “Selective Memory Has No Bounds: Yes, Martial Law Did Actually Happen” program, guest-curated by visual and media artist, educator, and curator
Angel Velasco Shaw. This year marks the 50th anniversary of Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos’ declaration of martial law and the program includes two documentary films to educate
and remind global citizens of this dark era in Philippine history.

As a longtime collaborator of Asian CineVision (ACV), Shaw reflects on her association with ACV: “AAIFF played a big role in raising my consciousness about racial and ethnic-based identity issues. Self-identification as an Asian American artist, filmmaker, and cultural activist became the greatest source of power from which I create from. Over the 37 years of working with ACV, AAIFF has continued to nurture and showcase talent from diverse Asian American
independent filmmakers, actors, and producers generation after generation.”

Tickets

AAIFF Closing Screening + Reception

$60.00

Click here for ticketing and more information.

The closing screening will take place at the Asia Society and Museum, after which there will be a filmmaker Q&A and reception. Please join us as we humbly honor those who built our Asian American community and carry on their legacy.

Proceeds from this event will be used to cover festival costs, such as venue rental and production costs. We are a media arts non-profit still feeling the effects of the past two years with many others in the arts community. We so appreciate your generosity as we continue making our way through this new world.

*We request that all Festival goers wear a mask covering their nose and mouth during screenings and when not actively eating and drinking. For more information, please take a look at the AAIFF45 Community Agreement.*
Below is my BTS coverage of A FATHER’S SON

Ronny Chieng. Photo by Lia Chang

A Father’s Son stars Tzi Ma (Rush Hour, The Farewell, Mulan) as Krang Li, Ronny Chieng (Crazy Rich Asians, “The Daily Show,” Netflix’s “Asian Comedian Destroys America”) as Detective Jack Yu, and Perry Yung (“The Knick,” “Warrior,” “Boogie”) as Jack’s father, Wang Kei Yu.

Wai Ching Ho, Ronny Chieng, Tzi Ma, Madelyn Bae and Kathleen Kwan. Photo by Lia Chang

The cast also features Kathleen Kwan as Lai Jean Li, Christopher Randolph as Captain Salvatore Marino, Wai Ching Ho as Soo Hing Li, Cathy Salvodon as Crystal Jones, Adam Lim as Billy Bo, Tim Liu as Officer Dennis Wong.

Perry Yung and Ronny Chieng. Photo by Lia Chang

Set in the early ’90s when local street gangs terrorized Manhattan’s Chinatown, the story centers on Detective Jack Yu –  torn between his identity of his community and the NYPD, Detective Jack Yu delivers news of a son’s murder to the victim’s parents at the height of a gang turf war in Manhattan’s Chinatown.

Tim Liu, Adam Monley, Garth Kravits, Ronny Chieng, Christopher Randolph, Jermaine Smith, Tony Edgerton and P.J. Max. Photo by Lia Chang

Sean Lau, Joey Michael Orlando and Simon Song. Photo by Lia Chang

Credits for teaser trailer include Patricia Ma (Editor),  Phil Choe (Colorist), William Hsieh (Sound Designer), David Bettencourt (Graphics Designer),  Mike J. Kelly (Music) and Film Composer  CHOPSmusic.

“A Father’s Son” cast and crew on location at Hop Kee in New York Chinatown. Photo by Patrick Chen

Thank you Hop Kee (21 Mott St.) and the Lee family for supporting and feeding the production. (L-R) Corky Lee, Ronny Chieng, Mr. Lee (owner), Peter Lee (manager), Tzi Ma, Henry Chang, Patrick Chen. Photo by Lia Chang

Caption: A Father's Son - Day 3 (L-R) Vera Chow, Yixin Cen, Wing Lee, Henry Chang, Alvin Tsang, Cindy Chen, Glenda Jenks, Justine Onné, Arseniy Grobovnikov, Joey Orlando, Michael Tow, Melody Wong, Jason Chew, Dave Chan, Ronny Chieng, Partick Chen, Ken Lin, Simon Song, Shing Ka, Belen Orsini. Photo by Lia Chang
Caption: A Father’s Son – Day 3 (L-R) Vera Chow, Yixin Cen, Wing Lee, Henry Chang, Alvin Tsang, Cindy Chen, Glenda Jinks, Justine Onné, Arseniy Grobovnikov, Joey Orlando, Michael Tow, Melody Wong, Jason Chew, Dave Chan, Ronny Chieng, Partick Chen, Ken Lin, Simon Song, Shing Ka, Belen Orsini. Photo by Lia Chang

Ronny Chieng. Photo by Lia Chang

On location at Cpc Central in New York Chinatown. Photo by Lia Chang

The creative  team includes music by Scott Chops Jung, Cinematography by Jason Chew, Film Editing by Xiaoya Ma, Production Design by Wing Lee, Costume Design by Vera Chow, Makeup Artists Glenda Remo Jinks and Jiamin Zhou, Belén Orsini (1st Assistant Director), Yixin Cen (2nd Assistant Director), Set Dresser  Jinny Chung, Assistant Art Directors Melody Wong and Hu Yawen, Boom Operator and Sound Mixer Sebastian Hoist, Sound Designer/Supervisor William Hsieh, Fight Choreographer Lang Yip, Lia Chang (Still Photographer), Cindy Chen (1st Assistant Camera), Derrick Chen (2nd Assistant Camera), Arseniy Grobovnikov (Gaffer), Manoj Gurung (Gaffer), Brittany Jeffrey (Key Grip), Jason H. Kim (Key Grip), Bruna Lacerda (1st Assistant Camera), Brandon Lee (2nd Assistant Camera), Justine Onne (Key Grip), Samon (Grip), Chris Ungco (Steadicam Operator), Shannon Ko (Script Supervisor),  David Bettencourt (Campaign Manager), Joe Chan (Dialect Coach), Grayson Chin (Key Production Assistant) and Oliver Chiu (Production Assistant).

Ronny Chieng and Chen Xi Hao. Photo by Lia Chang

New York Chinatown. Photo by Lia Chang

The Detective Jack Yu team is very grateful for the community support including Mei Chan of Asia Roma, NB Wing Wong and the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory.

Congratulations Ronny Chieng on your Netflix special on the set of “A Father’s Son.” Photo by Lia Chang

Geoff Lee, Scott Chops Jung, Henry Chang and Victor Huey. Photo by Lia Chang

Colorwebmag.com: ‘A Father’s Son’: Chinatown Takes Center Stage In New Trailer Starring Ronny Chieng, Tzi Ma, and Perry Yung 

A Father’s Son Kickstarter

About the Asian American International Film Festival
The Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF) is proudly known as “The First Home to Asian American Cinema.” Organized by Asian CineVision, it’s the first and longest-running festival dedicated to showcasing the moving image work by media artists of Asian descent for and about the Asian diaspora experience. The Festival takes place in New York City, the second-largest Asian-American market in the U.S. Every year, AAIFF attracts audiences from all five boroughs of New York City, the tri-state region, and around the world.

About Asian CineVision
Asian CineVision (ACV) is a media arts nonprofit devoted to the development, exhibition, promotion, and preservation of Asian and Asian American experiences through storytelling. Our mission is to nurture and grow the community of makers and lovers of Asian and Asian American independent film, television, and digital.

Films submitted and screened at the festival are eligible to participate in our National Tour program, bringing Asian diaspora stories to broader audiences across North America through a
rental service for cultural and educational institutions.

Thank You
The 45th Asian American International Film Festival is made possible with support from Citi, LIFEWTR, Asia Society, Mayor’s Office of Media And Entertainment, Third World Newsreel, The
Corky Lee Photographic Justice Exhibit Organizing Committee, OCA, SAG-AFTRA, Tamiment-Wagner Collections, NYU Special Collections, Final Draft, Chowbus, NYU A/P/A, and the many friends of ACV.

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Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2022 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at backstagepasswithliachang@gmail.com.

New York Premiere of Patrick Chen’s short film, A FATHER’S SON Starring Tzi Ma, Ronny Chieng,  Perry Yung and Kathleen Kwan to Screen with Curtis Chin’s DEAR CORKY, and Christine Choy’s FROM SPIKES TO SPINDLES on the Closing Night of the 45th Annual AAIFF at Asia Society on Aug. 13

The 45th Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF45),
presented by Citi, and a production of Asian CineVision (ACV) in association with Asia Society, will honor New York City’s Chinatown with nods to ACV’s roots in its “ChinatownBeat” programming on Saturday, August 13 at 7:00p.m.

Each film in this block is directed by an ACV alum filmmaker. The block includes the New York premiere of Curtis Chin’s new documentary film, DEAR CORKY, which honors the legacy of ACV pioneer and community activist, Corky Lee who documented the APA community for over 50 years; the New York premiere of Patrick Chen’s short film, A FATHER’S SON, tells the tale of Jack Yu, a Chinese American detective in the heart of New York Chinatown starring Tzi Ma, Ronny Chieng,  Perry Yung and Kathleen Kwan; and a screening of the groundbreaking documentary about AAPI activism in the 1970s, FROM SPIKES TO SPINDLES, by Christine Choy — one of ACV’s founders.

AAIFF45 will also honor Jean Tsien, a veteran documentary editor, executive producer, and story consultant who has been working in documentary film for 40 years. Her notable editing credits
include: the 2001 Academy Award nominated film, SCOTTSBORO: AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY; three Peabody Award-winning films: MALCOLM X: MAKE IT PLAIN, TRAVIS, and SOLAR MAMAS; and the 2020 Primetime EMMY winner for Outstanding Documentary, THE APOLLO. Most recently, she was editor and producer of AAIFF45’s Opening Night film, FREE CHOL SOO LEE, and producer of HIDDEN LETTERS, which premiered at the 2022 Tribeca Film Festival. She is also a member of American Cinema Editors and a Governor of the Documentary Branch of the Academy. For her courageous, visionary work, she is this year’s recipient of The Asian American Media Award.

Since its start, AAIFF has played an important role in screening innovative cinema, encouraging socially conscious storytelling, and honoring APA independent artists. Honoring the Festival’s 45th Anniversary, AAIFF45 features special presentation retrospective screenings with Third World Newsreel of THE CHINATOWN FILES, HERE TO STAY, and FRECKLED RICE, and co-presents an outdoor screening of MAN PUSH CART on August 11 with the Museum of the City of New York.

Rounding out the special presentations is the “Selective Memory Has No Bounds: Yes, Martial Law Did Actually Happen” program, guest-curated by visual and media artist, educator, and curator
Angel Velasco Shaw. This year marks the 50th anniversary of Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos’ declaration of martial law and the program includes two documentary films to educate
and remind global citizens of this dark era in Philippine history.

As a longtime collaborator of Asian CineVision (ACV), Shaw reflects on her association with ACV: “AAIFF played a big role in raising my consciousness about racial and ethnic-based identity issues. Self-identification as an Asian American artist, filmmaker, and cultural activist became the greatest source of power from which I create from. Over the 37 years of working with ACV, AAIFF has continued to nurture and showcase talent from diverse Asian American
independent filmmakers, actors, and producers generation after generation.”

Tickets

AAIFF Closing Screening + Reception

$60.00

Click here for ticketing and more information.

The closing screening will take place at the Asia Society and Museum, after which there will be a filmmaker Q&A and reception. Please join us as we humbly honor those who built our Asian American community and carry on their legacy.

Proceeds from this event will be used to cover festival costs, such as venue rental and production costs. We are a media arts non-profit still feeling the effects of the past two years with many others in the arts community. We so appreciate your generosity as we continue making our way through this new world.

*We request that all Festival goers wear a mask covering their nose and mouth during screenings and when not actively eating and drinking. For more information, please take a look at the AAIFF45 Community Agreement.*
Below is my BTS coverage of A FATHER’S SON

Red Rope Productions presents the Chinatown noir thriller A Father’s Son, a short film/pilot based on characters from Henry Chang’s 90’s NYPD Detective Jack Yu crime series novels, directed by Patrick Chen.

Ronny Chieng. Photo by Lia Chang

A Father’s Son stars Tzi Ma (Rush Hour, The Farewell, Mulan) as Krang Li, Ronny Chieng (Crazy Rich Asians, “The Daily Show,” Netflix’s “Asian Comedian Destroys America”) as Detective Jack Yu, and Perry Yung (“The Knick,” “Warrior,” “Boogie”) as Jack’s father, Wang Kei Yu.

Wai Ching Ho, Ronny Chieng, Tzi Ma, Madelyn Bae and Kathleen Kwan. Photo by Lia Chang

The cast also features Kathleen Kwan as Lai Jean Li, Christopher Randolph as Captain Salvatore Marino, Wai Ching Ho as Soo Hing Li, Cathy Salvodon as Crystal Jones, Adam Lim as Billy Bo, Tim Liu as Officer Dennis Wong.

Perry Yung and Ronny Chieng. Photo by Lia Chang

Set in the early ’90s when local street gangs terrorized Manhattan’s Chinatown, the story centers on Detective Jack Yu –  torn between his identity of his community and the NYPD, Detective Jack Yu delivers news of a son’s murder to the victim’s parents at the height of a gang turf war in Manhattan’s Chinatown.

Tim Liu, Adam Monley, Garth Kravits, Ronny Chieng, Christopher Randolph, Jermaine Smith, Tony Edgerton and P.J. Max. Photo by Lia Chang

Sean Lau, Joey Michael Orlando and Simon Song. Photo by Lia Chang

Credits for teaser trailer include Patricia Ma (Editor),  Phil Choe (Colorist), William Hsieh (Sound Designer), David Bettencourt (Graphics Designer),  Mike J. Kelly (Music) and Film Composer  CHOPSmusic.

“A Father’s Son” cast and crew on location at Hop Kee in New York Chinatown. Photo by Patrick Chen

Thank you Hop Kee (21 Mott St.) and the Lee family for supporting and feeding the production. (L-R) Corky Lee, Ronny Chieng, Mr. Lee (owner), Peter Lee (manager), Tzi Ma, Henry Chang, Patrick Chen. Photo by Lia Chang

Caption: A Father's Son - Day 3 (L-R) Vera Chow, Yixin Cen, Wing Lee, Henry Chang, Alvin Tsang, Cindy Chen, Glenda Jenks, Justine Onné, Arseniy Grobovnikov, Joey Orlando, Michael Tow, Melody Wong, Jason Chew, Dave Chan, Ronny Chieng, Partick Chen, Ken Lin, Simon Song, Shing Ka, Belen Orsini. Photo by Lia Chang
Caption: A Father’s Son – Day 3 (L-R) Vera Chow, Yixin Cen, Wing Lee, Henry Chang, Alvin Tsang, Cindy Chen, Glenda Jinks, Justine Onné, Arseniy Grobovnikov, Joey Orlando, Michael Tow, Melody Wong, Jason Chew, Dave Chan, Ronny Chieng, Partick Chen, Ken Lin, Simon Song, Shing Ka, Belen Orsini. Photo by Lia Chang

Ronny Chieng. Photo by Lia Chang

On location at Cpc Central in New York Chinatown. Photo by Lia Chang

The creative  team includes music by Scott Chops Jung, Cinematography by Jason Chew, Film Editing by Xiaoya Ma, Production Design by Wing Lee, Costume Design by Vera Chow, Makeup Artists Glenda Remo Jinks and Jiamin Zhou, Belén Orsini (1st Assistant Director), Yixin Cen (2nd Assistant Director), Set Dresser  Jinny Chung, Assistant Art Directors Melody Wong and Hu Yawen, Boom Operator and Sound Mixer Sebastian Hoist, Sound Designer/Supervisor William Hsieh, Fight Choreographer Lang Yip, Lia Chang (Still Photographer), Cindy Chen (1st Assistant Camera), Derrick Chen (2nd Assistant Camera), Arseniy Grobovnikov (Gaffer), Manoj Gurung (Gaffer), Brittany Jeffrey (Key Grip), Jason H. Kim (Key Grip), Bruna Lacerda (1st Assistant Camera), Brandon Lee (2nd Assistant Camera), Justine Onne (Key Grip), Samon (Grip), Chris Ungco (Steadicam Operator), Shannon Ko (Script Supervisor),  David Bettencourt (Campaign Manager), Joe Chan (Dialect Coach), Grayson Chin (Key Production Assistant) and Oliver Chiu (Production Assistant).

Ronny Chieng and Chen Xi Hao. Photo by Lia Chang

New York Chinatown. Photo by Lia Chang

The Detective Jack Yu team is very grateful for the community support including Mei Chan of Asia Roma, NB Wing Wong and the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory.

Congratulations Ronny Chieng on your Netflix special on the set of “A Father’s Son.” Photo by Lia Chang

Geoff Lee, Scott Chops Jung, Henry Chang and Victor Huey. Photo by Lia Chang

Colorwebmag.com: ‘A Father’s Son’: Chinatown Takes Center Stage In New Trailer Starring Ronny Chieng, Tzi Ma, and Perry Yung 

A Father’s Son Kickstarter

About the Asian American International Film Festival
The Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF) is proudly known as “The First Home to Asian American Cinema.” Organized by Asian CineVision, it’s the first and longest-running festival dedicated to showcasing the moving image work by media artists of Asian descent for and about the Asian diaspora experience. The Festival takes place in New York City, the second-largest Asian-American market in the U.S. Every year, AAIFF attracts audiences from all five boroughs of New York City, the tri-state region, and around the world.

About Asian CineVision
Asian CineVision (ACV) is a media arts nonprofit devoted to the development, exhibition, promotion, and preservation of Asian and Asian American experiences through storytelling. Our mission is to nurture and grow the community of makers and lovers of Asian and Asian American independent film, television, and digital.

Films submitted and screened at the festival are eligible to participate in our National Tour program, bringing Asian diaspora stories to broader audiences across North America through a
rental service for cultural and educational institutions.

Thank You
The 45th Asian American International Film Festival is made possible with support from Citi, LIFEWTR, Asia Society, Mayor’s Office of Media And Entertainment, Third World Newsreel, The
Corky Lee Photographic Justice Exhibit Organizing Committee, OCA, SAG-AFTRA, Tamiment-Wagner Collections, NYU Special Collections, Final Draft, Chowbus, NYU A/P/A, and the many friends of ACV.

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Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2022 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at backstagepasswithliachang@gmail.com.

Focus Features to Release Eddie Huang’s Boogie, Starring Taylor Takahashi, Taylour Paige, Pamelyn Chee, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Alexa Mareka, Mike Moh, Perry Yung, and Pop Smoke on Mar. 5

From acclaimed writer, producer and restauranteur Eddie Huang comes his directorial debut Boogie, the coming-of-age story of Alfred “Boogie” Chin, a basketball phenom living in Queens, New York, who dreams of one day playing in the NBA. While his parents pressure him to focus on earning a scholarship to an elite college, Boogie must find a way to navigate a new girlfriend, high school, on-court rivals and the burden of expectation.

(L-R) Actor Pop Smoke, director Eddie Huang and actor Taylor Takahashi on the set of their film ‘Boogie’. Source: Nicole Rivelli / Focus Features
Perry Yung. Photo by Lia Chang

Huang, who wrote the best-selling Fresh Off the Boat: A Memoir, both directed and wrote the screenplay for Boogie starring Taylor Takahashi, Taylour Paige, Pamelyn Chee, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Alexa Mareka, Mike Moh, Perry Yung, and Pop Smoke. Producers are Josh Bratman of Immersive Pictures, Josh McLaughlin of Wink Productions, and Michael Tadross. Rafael Martinez is an executive producer.

Photos: Seasons 1 and 2 of “Warrior” Are Now Streaming on HBO MAX; UASE Interview with Cast Members Perry Yung and Henry Yuk

HBO MAX is now streaming Seasons 1 and 2 of  “Warrior,” based on the writings of martial arts legend Bruce Lee.

Andrew Koji. Photo: David Bloomer/Cinemax

Filmed in Capetown, South Africa, “Warrior” was produced for CINEMAX by Perfect Storm Entertainment, Tropper Ink Productions and Bruce Lee Entertainment; created and executive produced by Jonathan Tropper. Justin Lin and Danielle Woodrow executive produce on behalf of Perfect Storm Entertainment. Shannon Lee executive produces for Bruce Lee Entertainment. Executive produced by Brad Kane and co-executive produced by Richard Sharkey. The pilot was directed and executive produced by Assaf Bernstein.

Jason Tobin, Andrew Koji. Photo by David Bloomer/Cinemax

“Warrior” is a gritty, action-packed crime drama set during the brutal Tong Wars of San Francisco’s Chinatown in the second half of the 19th century during the time of the Old West. The series follows Ah Sahm (Andrew Koji), a martial arts prodigy who emigrates from China to San Francisco under mysterious circumstances. After proving his worth as a fighter, Ah Sahm becomes a hatchet man for the Hop Wei, one of Chinatown’s most powerful tongs (Chinese organized crime family).

Perry Yung. Photo by David Bloomer/Cinemax

Befriended by Wang Chao (Hoon Lee), a fixer and profiteer in Chinatown, Ah Sahm is taken under the wing of Young Jun (Jason Tobin), the hard-partying son of the Hop Wei’s leader, Father Jun (Perry Yung), who is facing an imminent opium war with a rival tong. As he is indoctrinated in the rules of Chinatown gangs, Ah Sahm wins the confidence of a canny brothel madam, Ah Toy (Olivia Cheng), revealing to her the true intentions of his journey to America.

Olivia Cheng, Hoon Lee. Photo: Graham Bartholomew/Cinemax

Over the course of the season, Ah Sahm crosses boundaries inside and outside Chinatown, bringing him into contact with tong rivals Mai Ling (Dianne Doan), a beautiful and ruthless Chinese woman who has achieved a position of power in one of the tongs, and Li Yong (Joe Taslim), a tong lieutenant and Gung Fu master. As violence erupts, Sergeant “Big Bill” O’Hara (Kieran Bew) and Richard Henry Lee (Tom Weston-Jones), a transplanted southerner and rookie cop, are tasked with forming a Chinatown squad.

Meanwhile, working-class leader and tough Irishman Dylan Leary (Dean Jagger) is fighting for all Irish laborers by trying to inflict as much damage as possible on the Chinese immigrants he says are stealing their jobs. Amidst the strife, power-hungry San Francisco Mayor Samuel Blake (Christian McKay) and Deputy Mayor Walter Buckley (Langley Kirkwood), who has his own political aspirations, engage in widespread corruption, while the mayor’s young wife, Penny (Joanna Vanderham), finds herself trapped in a loveless marriage. Season two follows rival Chinatown Tongs as they fight for dominance amidst the growing anti-Chinese fervor that threatens to destroy them all.

Starring Andrew Koji (“Fast & Furious 6”) as martial arts prodigy Ah Sahm, WARRIOR also features series regulars Kieran Bew (“The Street”), Celine Buckens (“War Horse”), Olivia Cheng (“Marco Polo”), Dianne Doan (“Vikings”), Dean Jagger (HBO’s “Game of Thrones”), Langley Kirkwood (“Invictus”), Hoon Lee (CINEMAX’s “Banshee”), Christian McKay (“Me and Orson Welles”), Joe Taslim (“A Night Comes For Us”), Jason Tobin (“The Fast & the Furious: Tokyo Drift”), Joanna Vanderham (“The Paradise”), Tom Weston-Jones (“Copper”), Perry Yung (CINEMAX’s “The Knick”) and Henry Yuk as Long Zii.

Henry Yuk and Dianne Doan. Photo by David Bloomer/Cinemax

Season two series regulars include Dustin Nguyen (also directing episode 6; “21 Jump Street”), Chen Tang (“Mulan”), Miranda Raison (“Artemis Fowl”) and recurring series regular Maria Elena Laas (“Vida”).

Dustin Nguyen. Photo by David Bloomer/Cinemax

Chen Tang, Maria Elena Laas, Jason Tobin, Andrew Koji. Photo by Graham Bartholomew/Cinemax

On New Year’s Day, Justin Lin posted on Instagram

“Six years ago, Shannon Lee shared with me an eight page treatment by her late father Bruce Lee about a show called “Warrior,” along with notes and sketches from his personal diary. Together, we committed to bringing those pages to life. I still consider that moment to be one of the highlights of my career. 

Justin Lin. Photo by Lia Chang
Justin Lin. Photo by Lia Chang

Like all worthwhile journeys the one with “Warrior” has been filled with stories of overcoming obstacles. When we were told recreating 1800’s San Francisco with our budget was impossible, we found a studio and an amazing crew in South Africa whose craftsmanship is one of the highlights of the show. In Jonathan Tropper, we not only found the perfect creative partner but an amazing storyteller who had a natural connection with Bruce Lee’s vision and his relentless push to challenge every convention. And after almost a year’s search, we were lucky to be joined by a group of one of the most talented and committed casts I’ve ever worked with. 50 years after Bruce Lee conceived the idea, I think we made a show he would be proud of.

Chen Tang, Jason Tobin, Andrew Koji. Photo by Graham Bartholomew/Cinemax

The reason I’m writing this is that we need your help with our last obstacle. Though we were able to complete two seasons of WARRIOR, the network it was on will no longer be producing original content.

Olivia Cheng and Dianne Doan. Photo by David Bloomer/Cinemax

The good news is that “Warrior” is now available on @hbomax and on all @hbo platforms. All I’m asking is for you to share some time with us. Check out the show. It’s an immersive world filled with compelling characters and powerful stories. If you’re a fan of action or the martial arts genre, you’ll definitely enjoy it. And if you like it, please share with friends and on social media. That’s it.

Andrew Koji and Dianne Doan. Photo by David Bloomer/Cinemax

Right now there are no plans for season 3 and beyond, but speaking for everyone on the “Warrior” creative team, we still have a lot more stories to tell.

Joe Taslim and Dianne Doan. Photo: David Bloomer/Cinemax

Our goal is to keep building our community and if enough people share our passion, we’ll be able to keep our journey and Bruce Lee’s vision alive and thriving.”

UASE Interview with Perry Yung and Henry Yuk

Perry Yung and Henry Yuk. Photo by Lia Chang

Ric Meyers moderated an interview featuring Perry Yung (Father Jun) and Henry Yuk (Long Zii) who star as the 2 leaders of the rival Chinatown gangs, The Hop Wei and Long Zii at the Urban Action Showcase and Expo in New York in 2019.

Perry Yung is an actor and musician who works in experimental theater and commercial television and film. He is also a traditionally trained Japanese shakuhachi bamboo flute craftsman who leads flute making mediation workshops in zen monasteries across America. Since 2009, he has been producing La Mama’s Family Playdate Series to show the importance of acknowledging and embracing heritage. Perry has been a member of La Mama’s Great Jones’ Repertory group since 1993 and is a founding member of the SLANT Performance Group. He can be seen on HBO/Cinemax’s WARRIOR tv series based on original writing by Bruce Lee. He was fan favorite Ping Wu on Steven Soderbergh’s “The Knick” and has guest starred on “Gotham,” “The Blacklist,” “Blue Bloods”… to name a few. Principle roles in films include Condemned, Jade Pendant and John Wick: Chapter 2.

Henry Yuk is a native New Yorker from Brooklyn, and has worked extensively with Pan Asian Rep (including Yellow Fever, Teahouse, Yellow is My Favorite Color, as well as with NAATCO (The Cherry Orchard, You Can’t Take It With You, Awake and Sing!) and Ma-Yi Theatre Co. (The Square, No Foreigners Beyond This Point). His film work includes Brooklyn Lobster (with Danny Aiello), Kundun (directed by Martin Scorsese) and the cult classic, The Last Dragon. His TV work includes “The Sopranos,” “Cosby,” various “Law and Order” episodes. He most recently appeared as Yang in Marvel’s “Iron Fist” and as Long Zii in “Warrior” on Cinemax. www.henryyuk.com.

CAPE and Cinemax Present WARRIOR Panel Discussion with Chen Tang, Dustin Nguyen, Jason Tobin, Olivia Cheng, Perry Yung, Moderated by Michael Tow

Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2021 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com

CAPE and Cinemax Present WARRIOR Panel Discussion with Chen Tang, Dustin Nguyen, Jason Tobin, Olivia Cheng, Perry Yung, Moderated by Michael Tow

Join CAPE, Cinemax and the cast of WARRIOR in celebration of the Season 2 premiere on Friday, October 2 at 6pm PT / 9pm EST as Michael Tow moderates a panel featuring cast members Chen Tang, Dustin Nguyen, Jason Tobin, Olivia Cheng, and Perry Yung.

The drama series WARRIOR begins its ten-episode second season on October 2nd, exclusively on CINEMAX. Based on the writings of martial arts legend Bruce Lee, WARRIOR was created by and is executive produced by Jonathan Tropper (CINEMAX’s “Banshee”) under Tropper Ink Productions, executive produced by Justin Lin (director of “Star Trek Beyond” and “Fast & Furious 9”) for Perfect Storm Entertainment and executive produced by Shannon Lee for Bruce Lee Entertainment. The series will be available on demand and on MaxGo.com. WARRIOR is a gritty, action-packed crime drama set during the brutal Tong Wars of San Francisco’s Chinatown in the late 19th century. The series follows Ah Sahm (Andrew Koji), a martial arts prodigy who emigrates from China to San Francisco under mysterious circumstances. After proving his worth as a fighter, Ah Sahm becomes a hatchet man for the Hop Wei, one of Chinatown’s most powerful Tongs (Chinese organized crime family). Season two follows rival Chinatown Tongs as they fight for dominance amidst the growing anti-Chinese fervor that threatens to destroy them all. 

Perry Yung. Photo by Lia Chang
Perry Yung. Photo by Lia Chang

The second season of WARRIOR features returning series regulars Kieran Bew (“The Street”), Celine Buckens (“War Horse”), Olivia Cheng (“Marco Polo”), Dianne Doan (“Vikings”), Dean Jagger (HBO’s “Game of Thrones”), Andrew Koji (“Snake Eyes”), Langley Kirkwood (CINEMAX’s “Banshee”), Hoon Lee (CINEMAX’s “Banshee”), Christian McKay (“Me and Orson Welles”), Joe Taslim (“A Night Comes For Us”), Jason Tobin (“Fast & Furious 9”), Joanna Vanderham (“Eddie & Sunny”), Tom Weston-Jones (“Dickensian”) and Perry Yung (CINEMAX’s “The Knick”). New season two series regulars include Dustin Nguyen (also directing episode 6; “21 Jump Street”), Chen Tang (“Mulan”), Miranda Raison (“Artemis Fowl”) and recurring series regular Maria Elena Laas (“Vida”).

WARRIOR is produced for CINEMAX by Perfect Storm Entertainment, Tropper Ink Productions and Bruce Lee Entertainment; created and executive produced by Jonathan Tropper. Justin Lin and Andrew Schneider executive produce on behalf of Perfect Storm Entertainment. Shannon Lee executive produces for Bruce Lee Entertainment. Executive produced by Brad Kane and Richard Sharkey. Co-executive produced by Kenneth Lin, Evan Endicott and Josh Stoddard.

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Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2020 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com

Season 2 of Cinemax drama series WARRIOR, based on the writings of Bruce Lee, debuts on October 2

The drama series WARRIOR begins its ten-episode second season on October 2nd, exclusively on CINEMAX. Based on the writings of martial arts legend Bruce Lee, WARRIOR was created by and is executive produced by Jonathan Tropper (CINEMAX’s “Banshee”) under Tropper Ink Productions, executive produced by Justin Lin (director of “Star Trek Beyond” and “Fast & Furious 9”) for Perfect Storm Entertainment and executive produced by Shannon Lee for Bruce Lee Entertainment.

The series will be available on demand and on MaxGo.com.

WARRIOR is a gritty, action-packed crime drama set during the brutal Tong Wars of San Francisco’s Chinatown in the late 19th century. The series follows Ah Sahm (Andrew Koji), a martial arts prodigy who emigrates from China to San Francisco under mysterious circumstances. After proving his worth as a fighter, Ah Sahm becomes a hatchet man for the Hop Wei, one of Chinatown’s most powerful Tongs (Chinese organized crime family). Season two follows rival Chinatown Tongs as they fight for dominance amidst the growing anti-Chinese fervor that threatens to destroy them all.