I believe a movie is not about just having a great actor, story, and director. These are just for us film makers. But for the audience, they want more, they want everything we want but on top of that, they want to see a star. Not an actor or actress, a movie star.
As an Asian man, we’ve got plenty of movie stars from Japan, Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan, China, and India. But as an Asian American man, where is my true Asian American movie star?
So instead I jump straight into the Hollywood dream, I stay in the San Gabriel Valley and I try to build from the ground up. I created two programs, one is called Auteur 5 and the other is called Express Star Maker program. The goal is to search for very young, early age Asian American talent in the community and build a long term partnership with them. Stars are not made over night but this is just the beginning of our journey.
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My name is Jimmy Duong, I am a film director, producer and president of...nah...lets skip the IMDb intro.
My name is Jimmy Cuong Chi Duong. I was born in Vietnam in 1976, came to the United State, San Jose in 1987 at the age of 11 with my parent. After a few months we moved to L.A. We settled there until my high school year before moving again to the San Gabriel Valley, I have loved it ever since. Why? Because every where, every Chinese supermarket or plaza, they all have a Chinese video rental store! My all time most favorite movie is Police Story starring Jackie Chan and Maggie Cheung. This film introduced me to the Hong Kong cinema and many Chinese TV shows. I was influenced by actors and actress like Jackie Chan, Andy Lau, Maggie Cheung, Chow Yuen Fat, Vivian Chow and Steven Chow. During my teenage years I wasn’t really fond of the Hollywood film at all. Never liked much of God of Father, Star Wars, Boyz n the Hood or Rocky until later in my adult life then I began to appreciate these film. And why didn’t I like them in the beginning? Because I didn't know these actors. They are very new to me.
Lets fast forward, some how, some where, sometime I became a film maker. Making Asian American films is easy, but figuring out how to return the investors money is not.
My biggest dream one day is to see Asian American actors and actress that influence me, inspire me, like the same way those Hong Kong actors did back in my teenager days. I try to look for Asian American films to watch and turns out I don't like it. They are equally talented and they have beautiful stories. But why?
Because I don't know these actors. They are very new to me. And when I wanted to watch more of their movies, there are none. My famous Hong Kong idol star Andy Lau at least has more then 100 feature films to his name and half of them he die in the movie. You get the picture!