Cobra Kai Season 5 Recalls An Awesome Movie You Probably Haven’t Seen

Before Hollywood actually committed itself to presenting more diverse stories on the big screen with projects like “Crazy Rich Asians” or “Easter Sunday,” Asian and Asian American filmmakers thrived on YouTube. Without major studio backing, these crafty creators adopted a DIY attitude, told their own stories, and released them online. Plus, with the help of film festivals around the country like CAAMFest and the New York Asian Film Festival, there was a chance that their passion projects could actually make it to the big screen. So back in 2014, that’s exactly what Patrick Epino and Stephen Dypiangco did.

Known collectively as the National Film Society, the duo decided to try their hand at making a feature-length film. But they didn’t just want to honor the Asian American experience that was barely represented in mainstream media at the time. Epino and Dypiangco also wanted to irreverently pay homage to the ’80s and ’90s action movie villains that always happened to be Asian. Performers like Okumoto, Al Leong from “Die Hard,” “Lethal Weapon,” and “Big Trouble in Little China,” or George Cheung from “Rambo 2,” “Robocop 2,” “Lethal Weapon 4,” and “Rush Hour” didn’t always get their flowers for being so awesome.

But with “Awesome Asian Bad Guys,” which assembled a crew of these bad guy actors to take down a nefarious mob boss, NFS would finally give them said flowers and more. And in addition to the directors themselves and their team, their movie also features other prominent stars like Randall Park, Tamlyn Tomita, and Dante Basco who continued to grind and blaze the trail for the next generation of Asian American Hollywood to thrive.

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