Films featuring black-and-Asian friendships/collaborations
This documentary by Ben Wang and Mike Cheng chronicles the life of Richard Aoki, a third-generation Japanese American who became one of the founding members of the Black Panther Party in 1966. For a review, see Honoring Richard Aoki on BlackVoices.
American actor Omar Epps stars in this Japanese gangster movie about brotherhood transcending blood. Director Takeshi Kitano also appears as the titular yakuza big brother who enters the life of a young Japanese man in America. But as the gang wars turn deadlier and the body count rises, Kitano's most enduring bond turns out to be not with his brother, but with his brother's buddy, played by Omar Epps.
Cradle 2 the Grave
Jet Li and DMX co-star in action film about a Taiwanese intelligence agent and an American diamond robber who become unlikely allies when the robber's daughter is kidnapped by a gangster who wants to get his hands on valuable black diamonds.
In Steve Wang's buddy flick/road movie, innocent bystander Kadeem Hardison and fleeing fugitive Mark Dacascos are forced to endure each other's company as they dodge villains together. But their unwilling partnership eventually develops into an uneasy alliance. For more, see ColorQ Review: Drive.
The Harimaya Bridge
This 2009 film by Aaron Woolfolk tells the story of Daniel Holder, a black American man whose estranged son had moved to Japan. When Mr Holder's son is killed in a traffic accident, he travels to Japan to retrieve his son's belongings, and inadvertently discovers his son's Blasian family.
In this Senegalese film directed by Djibril Diop Mambety, a wealthy woman Linguerre visits her home village to take revenge on a former lover who betrayed her decades ago. Linguerre, forced into a life of hardship and prostitution by her lover's lies, had traveled the globe and become fabulously rich. She returns home to her impoverished rural village accompanied by Toko, her Japanese chauffeur and bodyguard. Although the relationship between Linguerre and Toko is not central to the story, Toko is a watchful, silent presence throughout the film. In one scene, she is seen reading a Japanese book to Linguerre.
The Karate Kid
Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith star in this 2010 remake of the Karate Kid.
Nafas, an Afghani Canadian, reenters Afghanistan after receiving a suicidal letter from her sister. Arranging for transportation proves to be an extremely difficult endeavour, and Nafas finds herself negotiating with different traveling companions and guides for each leg of the journey. On her way, she encounters an ally in an African American sojourner, a former Islamic radical who renounced violence in favor of helping people as a doctor. At great personal risk, he brings Nafas part way to Kandahar by donkey cart, trying to elude the attention of the Taliban by posing as a married couple...
This 2007 action film stars Jamie Foxx as a FBI special agent sent to Saudi Arabia on a mission . There, he forms a professional relationship with Saudi counter-terrorism expert General Faris Al Ghazi (Ashraf Barhom). The two become friends, but... For more, see ColorQ Review: The Kingdom.
Sammo Hung and Arsenio Hall star in this CBS TV series about the adventures of an African American cop and his Chinese exchange partner from the Shanghai police department. For more, see ColorQ Review: Martial Law.
The Matrix trilogy
Key supporting characters are The Oracle, an elderly black woman, and Seraph, an East Asian man. Gloria Foster and Mary Alice play The Oracle, and Taiwanese martial artist Collin Chou plays her bodyguard, Seraph. For more, see ColorQ Review: The Matrix Series.
The Other Final
A documentary film about the soccer match between Bhutan and Montserrat, the two lowest-ranked teams in the world. Players from the Caribbean island nation of Montserrat travel to the Himalayan country of Bhutan to play 2250 metres above sea level. For more, see The Other Final official site.
Remembering Wei Yi-fang, Remembering Myself
This autobiographical short film recounts an African American woman's experience living as an expatriate in Taiwan for 6 years. For more, see 'Remembering Wei Yi-fang, Remembering Myself' on Women Make Movies.
The Rush Hour trilogy
Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker partner up as Inspector Lee and Detective Carter to fight crime with quick kicks and fast talk. For more, see ColorQ Review: Rush Hour 2.
Jet Li and Morgan Freeman costar in this film about a blind African American piano tuner who takes in a emotionally stunted, developmentally delayed man who had been raised solely to be a gangster's enforcer.
A French film about a team of minority French youth - subSaharan African, North African, and Asian - who use their parkour skills to steal from the rich to give to the poor.
Movies with black-and-Asian couples
Akira's Hip Hop Shop
Akira, a Japanese national with a love for hip hop, tries to make it as a small business owner in the U.S. But when his parents back home hear of his relationship with a black woman Daphne, they express strong disapproval. Daphne's friends also trivialize and mock her relationship with an Asian man. Will the couple be able to overcome their differences and stay together?
A project combining Japanese animation and American voice talent, Afro-Samurai is based on the work of Japanese comic book artist Takashi Okazaki. The titular character Afro meets a mysterious woman Okiku who rescues him after he is wounded in battle. But are Okiku's intentions and affections sincere? Or is there more to her kindness than meets the eye?
In "Final Flight of the Osiris", one of the shorts in Animatrix, a black man Thadeus and an East Asian woman Jue flirt during a sexy virtual reality sword duel.
The Art of War
Wesley Snipes plays a UN secret operative framed for a crime he did not commit. A Chinese translator, played by Marie Matiko, is the only person who believes he is innocent. For more, see ColorQ Review: The Art of War
The Art of War III: Retribution
In this 2009 film, Anthony "Treach" Criss replaces Wesley Snipes as Agent Neil Shaw, an American secret operative sent to Korea by the U.N. to prevent the North Koreans from acquiring nukes from the Russians. During a botched observation mission, Shaw is forced to rescue a Korean facilitator, Sun Yi, in the hopes that she can provide more information on the deal between the North Koreans and the Russians. Sun Yi claims ignorance of the nuclear negotiations. Although Shaw is initially suspicious of her, he lets his guard down after the two bond over a series of narrow escapes from assassins...
Catfish in Black Bean Sauce
A Vietnamese adoptee raised by black parents is happily engaged to a black woman (Sanaa Lathan), but his family and romantic life is thrown into turmoil when his Vietnamese biological mother comes to the U.S. For more, see ColorQ Review: Catfish in Black Bean Sauce
Barbershop: The TV Series
Episodes 2-3 of Season 1 features a brief relationship between female lead Terri and Michael, an Asian American store manager. Michael is not a recurring character and Terri ultimately ends up with someone else.
Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella
In Disney's live action verson of Cinderella, Brandy Norwood stars in the title role, and Filipino American newcomer Paolo Montalban plays the Prince.
In "The Red's Shoes", Season 8 Episode 18 of the TV series Diagnosis Murder, the female lead Amanda (played by Victoria Rowell, who also wrote the story), meets Chang Teh, a handsome, talented dancer from China. Chang is seeking asylum in the U.S. when one of his Chinese colleagues mysteriously dies. An attraction blossoms between Chang and Amanda, and Amanda offers to marry Chang when his application for asylum is denied. But she finds out later that Chang is not the innocent victim he appears to be...
Fakin' Da Funk
Julian, an Asian adoptee raised by black parents, tries to woo the (black) girl of his dreams. Problem is, she is more knowledgable about East Asian culture and language than he is, so Julian tries to 'fake it' to impress her. In the meantime, Brandon, a black youth from South Central LA, makes fun of a Chinese exchange student May Li (played by Margaret Cho). But May, whose English is not quite at a level at which she could understand Brandon's insults, persists in being friendly, leading to a shift in their relationship. For more, see ColorQ Review: Fakin' Da Funk.
African American student Nicole meets Abe, a Chaldean American, at their university. They fall in love but their friends and families clash over racial stereotypes and misconceptions about the Other commmunity. For more, see ColorQ Review: Forbidden Fruit.
A Good Day to be Black & Sexy
This 2008 independent film directed by Dennis Dortch follows the interactions of several couples, including a BMAW couple, in modern day LA. For more information, visit the official site.
The Life and Times of Juniper Lee
Juniper, a strong, active Chinese American heroine, is the central character in this cartoon series. Her love interest is a black boy Marcus Conner, whom she hopes to marry when they grow up.
Denzel Washington and Sarita Choudhury star in this Mira Nair film about an Indian American woman who falls in love with an African American carpet cleaner, to the disapproval of her relatives. For more, seeColorQ Review: Mississippi Masala.
New York Undercover
In the "Don't Blink" episode of New York Undercover, Afro-Latina cop Nina goes undercover to track down Chen, a Chinese hitman, but finds herself developing feelings for the violent yet sensitive criminal. For more, see ColorQ Review: New York Undercover.
Jamaican British actress Naomi Harris stars opposite Korean popstar Rain in this action/adventure film directed by James McTeigue. Raizo, a ninja on the run, and Mika, a Europol agent, team up to take down the shady Ozunu clan.
Robot Stories is a collection of four shorts by Greg Pak. The fourth short is about the relationship between an old Asian American potter and his already-dead-and-digitized African American wife. For more, see ColorQ Review: Robot Stories.
Romeo Must Die
Set in Oakland, CA, "Romeo Must Die" is a modern adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, with black and Chinese gangs embroiled in a turf war. Aaliyah and Jet li play the star-crossed couple who, each having lost relatives to the violence, seek an end to the gang war.
Rumble in the Bronx
This Jackie Chan movie has a black woman/Chinese man couple among the minor characters - Chan's uncle Bill and his wife. Another minor black-man-Asian-woman duo appears in the form of an Asian American FBI agent and her African American commanding officer. For more, see ColorQ Review: Rumble in the Bronx.
Seoul II Soul
Korean American filmmaker Hak J. Chung's documentary about an engaging Korean/African American family. The Yates family consists of the father, a black Korean war veteran, his war bride and their three grown children. For more, see Seoul II Soul in Filmaker's Library.
Taken from Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story
Based on a true story about an African American woman who travels to South Korea to reclaim her son from her Korean ex-husband, this movie stars Taraji Henson. For more, see Taken From Me on Lifetime.com.
Zulu Love Letter
In this South African film, the protagonist Thandi, an embittered reporter who suffered torture during apartheid, divorced her husband Moola, a sympathetic Asian Indian. They both maintain a relationship with their daughter Manji. But when Thandi becomes involved in a quest to locate the remains of a young woman murdered by police 13 years ago, she may be putting her daughter and ex-husband in danger. For more, see Zulu Love Letter (California Newsreel review).
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