The web series, AWESOME ASIAN BAD GUYS will be making its world premiere at CAAMFest 2014. AWESOME ASIAN BAD GUYS brings together some of pop culture's favorite Asian villains from the '80s and '90s in a web series to celebrate their awesomeness. The series stars Dante Basco (HOOK), Tamlyn Tomita TOMITA (KARATE KID PART 2, TRUE BLOOD), and Yuji Okumoto (KARATE KID PART 2). You can back AWESOME ASIAN BAD GUYS on Kickstarter
Nonetheless, CAAMFest takes place between March 13-23 is the largest Asian and Asian American festival featuring film, food and music. There are a couple of events in our film programming that would possibly appeal to you.
Bad guys are awesome. Especially Asian ones. When we were growing up in the 80s and 90s, we’d always see hard-hitting Asian bad guys in flicks like Die Hard, Bloodsport, and Karate Kid 2. These badasses were often cooler than the heroes they fought, but they’d usually have a 2-minute lifespan before they were mortally wounded or beaten to a pulp. It really sucked that you barely saw them on screen and rarely got to know them. That got us thinking... How cool would it be to expand upon this largely ignored slice of pop culture history by following a motley crew of Asian bad guys on their own action-packed adventures? Incredibly cool, right? So we raised $54,000 on Kickstarter and made it - AWESOME ASIAN BAD GUYS! Join us as we celebrate their badassery!
Patrick and Stephen are two filmmakers who form the National Film Society, an upstart new media production company and YouTube channel. While shooting one of their weekly YouTube vlogs, Tamlyn Tomita breaks in and implores them to assemble the Awesome Asian Bad Guys (AABGs), a crew of old Asian movie villains, to help her avenge her sister’s murder and take down the most notorious crime boss in all of LosAngeles, Aaron Takahashi. Patrick and Stephen agree to help Tamlyn and set off to round up these old washed up actors, and after scouring all parts of Los Angeles, they end up with the legendary Al
Leong, Yuji Okumoto, George Cheung and a 9-year-old girl / martial arts prodigy named Jet Li. They reluctantly accept actor Randall Park onto their squad as well. However, as soon as the AABGs start training, everything falls apart. Old rivalries and resentment amongst the old actors come to the surface, and the infighting forces Patrick and Stephen to break up altogether.
With the mission in jeopardy, Aaron and his right-hand man, Dante Basco, accidentally shoot and seriously injure Stephen’s wife. With his own sense of vengeance, Stephen rejoins Patrick and the rest of the team.
The AABGs decide to go after Aaron at his first annual “Asian America's Got Talent” talent show, but soon find out that his plan is to kill all the Asian American talent so that he can get all of the (limited number of) Asian American TV and movie roles to himself. The AABGs must figure out a way to stop Aaron before it’s too late.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL FILM SOCIETY: The National Film Society is a new media studio co-founded by filmmakers Patrick Epino and Stephen Dypiangco, who’ve decided to take their talents to YouTube. With a uniquely brainy and offbeat style, they produce original content, collaborate with talented creators and make fun of each other as much as possible. Part of PBS Digital Studios.
Dante Basco as Dante
George Cheung as George
Jasmin Currey as Jet Li
Stephen Dypiangco as Stephen
Patrick Epino as Patrick
Al Leong as Al
Yuji Okumoto as Yuji
Randall Park as Randall
Aaron Takahashi as Aaron
Tamlyn Tomita as Tamlyn
Patrick Epino Patrick is a filmmaker and digital content producer. After writing and directing his first feature film, Mr. Sadman, starring Scoot McNairy (Argo) and Tim Kang (The Mentalist), he co-founded the National Film Society, a new media studio and PBS web series. He's also co-creator of Awesome Asian Bad Guys, an action-comedy web series crowdfunded by over $54,000 raised on Kickstarter. It was the first ever web series selected for IFP’s Film Week’s Project Forum. Patrick is a graduate of the University of Chicago and earned his MFA in Cinema from San Francisco State University.
Stephen Dypiangco Stephen is an independent filmmaker who writes, directs and produces narrative films, documentaries and online videos. His new media production company the National Film Society has been featured by PBS, Filmmaker Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, GigaOM and Indiewire. As a Producer of Marketing and Distribution, Stephen’s recent projects include the Oscar-winning short film God of Love and the feature documentary How To Live Forever. Stephen is an alum of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and NYU’s graduate film program.
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