The film, which opens Aug. 15, is an extreme rarity – the first movie from a major Hollywood studio with Asian-Americans at its center since “The Joy Luck Club” in 1993. According to a study released by the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, 4.8 percent of speaking characters in Hollywood films in 2017 were Asian.
Facing declining viewership, the Academy of Motions Pictures Arts and Sciences has created a popular film award category. The move led questions over the category well-reviewed blockbusters such as "Black Panther" would fall under.
The Lincoln Center in New York will highlight 36 films shot by 23 female cinematographers to explore the perspectives of women behind the camera. Only 4 percent of cinematography society members are women.