Name me a single raunchy R-rated comedy prior to 2022, starring Asian leads. Okay, you probably said the Harold and Kumar trilogy. But what about Asian women? That becomes a bit more challenging. It’s hard to find many Apatow-level comedies outside of Bridesmaids and Girls Trip even led by female ensembles or directed by female filmmakers, let alone a predominantly Asian one. But we now finally have one in Joy Ride.Continue reading “NOC Review: Strap in for a Smart, Sweet, and Hilarious ‘Joy Ride’”
Joy Ride is just as much a celebration of friendship as it is of finding your identity and family. And all of that is seen through the Asian lens. So while there may be cultural specificities, there’s a universal story that should resonate with audiences abroad.Continue reading “‘Joy Ride’ Cast and Crew on Being Unapologetically Funny and Changing the Narrative”
It’s the last day of AAPI Heritage month, Lionsgate gifted audiences with special character posters from their new comedy, Joy Ride. The posters speak for themselves on each of their unique personalities. The four main characters consists of Audrey (Ashley Park), the responsible one; Lolo (Sherry Cola), the mouthy fun one; Kat (Stephanie Hsu), the almost-famous one; and, Deadeye (Sabrina Wu), the chaotic — and unexpected — one.Continue reading “‘Joy Ride’ Celebrates Individuality with Character Posters”
Following in the footsteps of buddy comedies like Rough Night and Girl’s Trip, we are getting to see a new spin on friends going on one of those unforgettable trips where everything seems to go hilariously wrong. Directed by Crazy Rich Asians and Raya and the Last Dragon scribe Adele Lim, Lionsgate has released the red band trailer for Joy Ride.Continue reading “Adele Lim Takes All-Star Asian American Cast on a Hilariously Raunchy ‘Joy Ride’”
It’s about damn time Asian women get their own raunchy comedy!Continue reading “First Look at Adele Lim’s R-Rated Comedy ‘Joy Ride’”
Raya and the Last Dragon is being celebrated for being the first Southeast Asian-inspired story produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios. Set in the fantasy world of Kumandra, where long ago humans and dragons coexisted in harmony. After an evil force called the Druuns threatened the land, the dragons sacrificed themselves to save humanity with the creation of the Dragon Gem. Raya’s family are the Guardians of the Dragon Gem and must protect the gem at all costs. When conflict arises within the clans, the same evil returns and causes a path for destruction. It is up to Raya (Kelly Marie Tran) to track down the legendary last dragon Sisu (Awkwafina) to restore the fractured land and defeat the evil surrounding it.Continue reading “Osnat Shurer, Adele Lim, and Fawn Veerasunthorn Keep ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ Authentic”
One year after Crazy Rich Asians was released to the world, Keith and Dominic look back at the film’s legacy on this week’s Hard NOC Life.