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Movies that Honor AAPI Characters & Voices


In honor of AAPI Heritage month, we’ve collected 32 films that are perfect for your next movie night. Scroll below – and don’t forget the popcorn!

Everything Everywhere All at Once

Starring: Michelle Yeoh, Ke Huy Quan, Stephanie Hsu, Jamie Lee Curtis

The Oscar-winning film follows an aging Chinese immigrant who is swept up in an insane adventure, where she alone can save the world by exploring other universes connecting with the lives she could have led.

Turning Red

Starring: Rosalie Chiang, Sandra Oh, Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, Orion Lee
Disney Pixar

Thirteen-year-old Mei is experiencing the awkwardness of being a teenager with a twist — when she gets too excited, she transforms into a giant red panda.


Starring: Steve Yeun, Yeri Han, Youn Yuh-jung, Alan S. Kim


A Korean American family moves to an Arkansas farm in search of its own American dream. Amidst the challenges of this new life in the strange and rugged Ozarks, they discover the undeniable resilience of family and what really makes a home.

Crazy Rich Asians

Starring: Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh, Awkwafina
Warner Bros.

A young professor, unaware of her boyfriend's wealthy heritage, accompanies him to a friend's wedding in Singapore.


Starring: Auli'i Cravalho, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Jemaine Clemant, Nicole Scherzinger
Walt Disney Studios

Moana, an adventurous Polynesian teenager inexplicably drawn to the ocean, sets out on a daring journey to save her island's people, reluctantly joined by once-mighty demigod Maui. Together, the two voyage across the open ocean on an action-packed adventure.

The Farewell

Starring: Awkwafina, Tzi Ma,Zhao Shu-zhen, Diana Lin

Over the objections of her parents, a Chinese American woman returns to China after her grandmother has been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, which is kept as a secret from the matriarch.

Finding Ohana

Starring: Kea Peahu, Alex Aiono, Lindsay Watson, Ke Huy Quan

A summer in rural O‘ahu takes an exciting turn when two Brooklyn-raised siblings discover a journal leading them to long-lost treasure and an epic adventure which reconnects them to their Hawaiian heritage.

Mogul Mowgli

Starring: Riz Ahmed, Anjana Vasan, Aiysha Hart, Nabhaan Rizwan
BBC Film

A British Pakistani rapper is on the cusp of his first world tour, but is struck down by an illness that threatens to derail his big break.

Fire Island

Starring: Joel Kim Booster, Bowen Yang, Matt Rogers, James Scully

An unapologetic, modern day rom-com inspired by Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice centers around two best friends who set out to have a legendary week-long summer vacation with the help of cheap rosé and a cadre of eclectic friends.


Starring: Tzi Ma, Christine Ko, Lee Hong-Chi, Hayden Szeto

While trying to get closer to his daughter, a man reflects back on his life and journey from Taiwan to America.


Starring: Song Kang-ho, Park So-dam, Choi Woo-shik, Jang Hye-jin

All unemployed, Ki-taek's family takes a peculiar interest in the wealthy and glamorous Parks, until the families get entangled in an unexpected incident.

The Big Sick

Starring: Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Ray Ramano, Holly Hunter
Amazon Studios

Pakistan-born comedian Kumail Nanjiani and grad student Emily Gardner fall in love but struggle as their cultures clash. When Emily contracts a mysterious illness, Kumail finds himself forced to face her feisty parents, his family's expectations, and his true feelings.

Tokyo Story

Starring: Chishū Ryū, Haruko Sugimura, Chieko Higashiyama

Shochiku Co., Ltd.

A retired couple travel to Tokyo to visit their son, daughter and widowed daughter-in-law.

Raya and and the Last Dragon

Starring: Kelly Marie Tran, Awkwafina, Gemma Chan, Daneil Dae Kim
Walt Disney Studios

Long ago, in the fantasy world of Kumandra, humans and dragons lived together in harmony. But when an evil force threatened the land, the dragons sacrificed themselves to save humanity. Now, 500 years later, that same evil has returned and it’s up to a lone warrior, Raya, to track down the legendary last dragon to restore the fractured land and its divided people.


Starring: Taika Waititi, James Rolleston, Te Aho Aho Eketone-Whitu
Unison Films

Boy, an 11-year-old child and devout Michael Jackson fan who lives on the east coast of New Zealand in 1984, gets a chance to know his absentee criminal father, who has returned to find a bag of money he buried years ago.

The Joy Luck Club

Starring: Tsai Chin, Kieu Chinh, Lisa Lu, France Nuyen,
Buena Vista Pictures

The early lives of four elderly Chinese women and their American-born daughters are told during an intense game of family mahjongg.

Always be my Maybe

Starring: Randall Park, Ali Wong, Keanu Reeves, Daniel Dae Kim

A pair of childhood friends, Sasha and Marcus, are reunited as adults and end up falling for each other despite their differences.

Pather Panchali

Starring: Subir Banerjee, Kanu Banerjee, Karuna Banerjee, Uma Dasgupta

Government of West Bengal

An Impoverished priest, dreaming of a better life for himself and his family, leaves his rural Bengal village in search of work.

Bend it like Beckham

Starring: Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Anupam Kher

Fox Searchlight

Jesminder "Jess" Bhamra is the 18-year-old daughter of Punjabi people Sikhism living in Hounslow, London. Jess is infatuated with football, but because she is a woman, her conservative family won't let her play.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Starring: Simu Liu, Awkwafina, Meng'er Zhang, Fala Chen
Marvel Studios

Shang-Chi must confront the past he thought he left behind when he is drawn into the web of the mysterious Ten Rings organization.

Harold and Kumar go to White Castle

Starring: John Cho, Kal Penn, Neil Patrick Harris
New Line Cinema

Two stoner friends embark on a quest to satisfy their desire for White Castle burgers.

Blinded by the Light

Starring: Viveik Kalra, Hayley Atwell, Rob Brydon, Kulvinder Ghir
Warner Bros.

In 1987, during the height of Margaret Thatcher's Britain, a Muslim teenager named Javed learns to live life, understand his family and new culture, as well as find his own voice through the music of Bruce Springsteen.

In the Mood for Love

Starring: Tony Leung, Maggie Cheung
Universal Pictures

Two neighbors form a strong bond after both suspect extramarital activities of their spouses. However, they agree to keep their bond platonic so as not to commit similar wrongs.


Starring: Ro Mereani Adi Tuimatanisiga, Ar-Ramadi Longopoa Ar-Ramadi Longopoa, Betsy Lania Luitolo Betsy Lania Luitolo, Agnes Pele Agnes Pele
Brown Sugar Apple Grunt Productions

The story of one woman's journey of empowerment through culture plays out across several Pacific nations and various incarnations.

Spirited Away

Starring: Rumi Hiiragi, Miyu Irino, Mari Natsuki, Takeshi Naito
Studio Ghibli

During her family's move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches and spirits, a world where humans are changed into beasts.

Mississippi Masala

Starring: Denzel Washington, Sarita Choudhury, and Roshan Seth

Mirabai Films

After Mina's Indian family is ousted from their home in Uganda, they relocate to Mississippi to start a new life where she falls for a young carpet cleaner, despite the protests of their families over their racial difference.


Starring: Yifei Liu, Donnie Yen, Tzi Ma, Jason Scott Lee
Walt Disney Pictures

Masquerading as a male soldier to protect her father and tested every step of the way, Mulan must harness her inner-strength and embrace her true potential.

Over the Moon

Starring: Cathy Ang, Phillipa Soo, Ken Jeong, John Cho

Fueled by memories of her mother, resourceful Fei Fei builds a rocket to the moon on a mission to prove the existence of a legendary moon goddess.

The Namesake

Starring: Kal Penn, Tabu, Irrfan Khan, Sahira Nair
Fox Searchlight Pictures

The struggles of first-generation immigrants from the East Indian state of West Bengal to the United States, and their American-born children .

Lilo & Stitch

Starring: Daveigh Chase, Tia Carrere, Kevin McDonald, David Ogden Stiers
Walt Disney Pictures

A young and parentless girl adopts a 'dog' from the local pound, completely unaware that it's supposedly a dangerous scientific experiment that's taken refuge on Earth and is now hiding from its creator and those who see it as a menace.


Disney Pixar

A woman suffering from empty nest syndrome gets a second shot at motherhood when one of her handmade dumplings comes alive.

Sanjay’s Super Team

Disney Pixar

Inspired by Patel's own childhood, the short follows the daydream of a young Indian boy, bored with his father's religious meditation, who imagines Hindu gods as superheroes.

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