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I don't know much about Steven Kung, but I applaud his gallant efforts in producing a film that challenges the very system that he is a part of and also pays his bills. When asked how he came up with the idea for the script, Steve answered verbatim what many Asian Americans have been contesting all along.
”I originally came to Hollywood because I was sick of seeing Asian men in particular emasculated in front of the camera...No one was making the films that would portray Asian American men in a more well-rounded way. I'm 35 now and this still hasn't come so I'm like, you know, things aren't entirely socially equal, and let's make a film about that.”Now the lead actor Jack Yang is a good looking guy. He sort of reminds me of the Batman animated version of Bruce Wayne with longer hair. Although that says absolutely nothing about his acting abilities, if he actually has the talent and is getting rejected left and right from Hollywood casting directors consistently then it's obvious that what he's experiencing parallels the "soft bigotry of low expectations" that plagued Jeremy Lin. In other words, he's a benchwarmer, a 3rd string, B-Movie actor. You can see from his portfolio on IMDB Yang's been in a quite a few Hollywood films and TV series, but rarely, if ever, as the leading male character.
During the interview Yang even drops the words "bamboo ceiling", a phrase Asian Americans are all too familiar with unfortunately. And if you're not, may I suggest you take a look here. You can tell the interviewer looks a bit uncomfortable as he asks Yang questions about forgone opportunities because of his ethnicity. Its awkward, but glad to see those kinds of questions were asked.
I hope this is really is a good flick with some actual substance and quality acting as opposed to movie that is whiny about the inequalities rampant in Hollywood.
Keep your eyes out for "A Leading Man".