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We YOMYOMF’ers at Blockbuster Showdown tend to look for the Asian roles in the big summer movies (which let’s face it, are the only movies enough people see these days for an Asian character to make an impression into larger pop culture), and I figured, since we’re probably gonna end up seeing all these films anyways, might as well have a prep guide. The full title of this list should be, Asian Actors & Characters To Watch For In 2017 Summer/Event/Tentpole Movies That I’m Aware Of Right Now. Please feel free to add or expand in comments. 

KONG SKULL ISLAND March 10 

According to IMDB, Tian Jing, Miyavi, Dat Phan, Eugene Cordero, and Cynthy Wu are in it. It is unknown at this time whether they are trampled, eaten, or prized by Kong. 

LIFE March 24 

Hiroyuki Sanada plays one of the astronauts. I’ll mention that in the latest trailer for LIFE, a cheap Asian-dude-emasculation joke is the very first thing that happens. Other than that, it looks pretty neat.

GHOST IN THE SHELL March 31 

The non-Asian person in the lead is a well-covered topic, but I’d almost go see GHOST IN THE SHELL just for Takeshi Kitano appearing in a big American film. Beat is the best! But still not going to see GHOST IN THE SHELL. 


F8 OF THE FURIOUS April 14 

One of our favorite YOMYOMF-related franchises returns with another highly clever title and…not a lot of prominent Asians listed in the cast? Oh, I mean, the Rock, but the Rock is the Rock. And the other lead character is named Dominic, so F8 is still cool with me. 

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 May 5 

Dave Bautista returns as Drax the Destroyer, and Pom Klementieff debuts as Mantis! 

WONDER WOMAN June 2 

Samantha Jo and Mayling Ng are listed in the cast at IMDB, playing, presumably…Amazons? Let’s root for them to be in the final cut! 

SPIDERMAN: HOMECOMING July 7 

At the very least, this Ned Leeds dude, and also Kenneth Choi as Principal Morita (a nice callback to the CAPTAIN AMERICA series).

THE EMOJI MOVIE August 4 

Ehhh. I dunno…it is called The Emoji Movie. #CulturalAppropriationOnFleek 

THE NINJAGO MOVIE September 22 

See above.
(Oh, but Olivia Munn, Jackie Chan, and Kumail Nanjiani provide voices in this one. But could someone please tell Lego, and the world, that Ninjas! Are! Japanese! Ninjas are Japanese. They’re not “general Asian thing.” Ninjas are very Japanese.) 

BLADE RUNNER 2049 October 6 

Hey, apparently Dave Bautista is in this one too! Good one, Dave! You’re a legend, Dave. 

THOR: RAGNAROK November 3 

Tadanobu Asano returns as Hogun the Grim! And in general, they have done a commendable job of rounding out the Asgardian supporting characters with People of Color in non-traditionally POC roles. Because Asgard is down like that.

JUSTICE LEAGUE November 17 

Justice League Things Learned From Looking At Its IMDB Page Part I: 

– Did you know Jason Momoa is married to Lisa Bonet? Aquaman is married to Lisa Bonet! 

– Apparently Lex Luthor has a new Asian female bodyguard played by Suan-Li Ong. At least they are being consistent with Lex’s specific bodyguard fetish. Hopefully he doesn’t blow her up this time. 

– The Themyscirans/Amazons of Asian descent may or may not be in the final cut.

STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI December 15 

You are darn tooting that Kelly Marie Tran is in the next Star Wars film playing…somebody! Who? Don’t know, almost don’t care. More important to me is, will she have one of the lame Star Wars names (like Admiral Statura wtf, so phoned-in, that name) or one of the cool, TOTALLY ASIAN-IFIED NAMES that Star Wars uses to indicate that THIS PERSON IS A REALLY IMPORTANT CHARACTER. 

Han. Rei. Poe. Ren. Jin. Do I need to continue? 

And I would really like to see Jessika Pava return as Blue 3, too.

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