HBO Max Launches Collection On May 1 In Celebration Of Asian American And Pacific Islander Heritage Month

HBO Max will promote its Asian American and Pacific Islander Voices collection to celebrate Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month starting May 1. The collection will amplify the streamer’s wide breadth of Asian American & Pacific Islander stories and talent by featuring curated content available on the platform, in addition to the three winning films from the HBO Max Asian Pacific American Visionaries Short Film Competition directed by up-and-coming AAPI directors.

The hours of curated programming include our impressive slate of Max Originals such as “The Sex Lives of College Girls,” “Tokyo Vice,” “Take Out with Lisa Ling” and “House of Ho;” well known and iconic hits such as “In the Mood for Love,” “Crazy Rich Asians,” “Aquaman,” and “Bend It Like Beckham,” as well as Warner Brothers streaming exclusive “Moonshot.” In addition to the Asian American & Pacific Islander Voices collection, HBO Max’s collection pages also include Anime and More Global Animation, an anime-centric page which also includes content from Studio Ghibli. 

During this year’s AAPI Heritage Month, HBO Max will launch the Ani-May initiative, which includes a celebration of iconic anime moments old and new, fashion from Asian animation, Cartoon Network’s “Adventure Time” and other episodes influenced by anime. In addition, an original meditative rainfall video from Makoto Shinkai’s “Weathering With You,” and a new Adult Swim episode of “Ambient Swim” inspired by ’90s anime will be featured.

Now in its sixth year and with Poppy Liu from the Max Original Series “Hacks” serving as the 2022 ambassador, HBO Max’s Asian Pacific American Visionaries Short Film Competition showcases the work of emerging filmmakers of Asian and Pacific Islander descent. The top three winning films will premiere at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival on May 6th. In addition, HBO Max will host special screenings in both Los Angeles and New York City of the 2022 APA Visionaries Short Film Competition winners with receptions to follow. The LA event, inspired by Asian night markets, will host several local Asian Pacific American-owned food vendors and various goods from Asian Pacific American businesses. 

This year’s theme is titled “Power of Love,” with submissions centering around Asian Pacific American perceptions of love in their relationships, friendships, or families. The top three winning films will be available to stream as part of the collection after the premiere in addition to previous year’s winners “Neh,” “Lonely Blue Night,” “Fine China,” “Si” and “Unmothered.” 

Below is a list of curations that will be included in the collection: 

MOVIES

  • 21 & Over, 2013 (HBO)
  • APA Visionaries Short Film Winners – (Coming Soon)
  • All My Life, 2021 (HBO)
  • Aquaman, 2018
  • Bend It Like Beckham, 2003 (HBO)
  • Blinded by the Light, 2018 (HBO)
  • Boogie, 2021 (HBO)
  • Chungking Express
  • Coffee Shop Names, 2021
  • Cradle 2 The Grave
  • Crazy Rich Asians, 2018
  • Drive My Car, 2021
  • Fine China, 2020 (HBO)
  • Gensan Punch
  • Happy Together, 1997
  • Howl’s Moving Castle, 2004
  • In the Mood for Love, 2000
  • In the Same Breath, 2021 (HBO)
  • Kiki’s Delivery Service, 1989 
  • Lonely Blue Night, 2020 (HBO)
  • Malignant, 2021 (HBO)
  • Meet the Patels, 2015
  • Moonshot, 2022
  • Mortal Kombat, 2021 (HBO)
  • My Neighbors the Yamadas, 1999
  • National Lampoon’s Van Wilder 2: The Rise of Taj, 2006 (HBO)
  • Neh, 2021 (HBO)
  • Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki, 2016
  • One Night in Bangkok, 2020
  • Princess Kaiulani, 2010 (HBO)
  • Promare, 2019
  • Rampage, 2018
  • Rashomon, 1950
  • Ride Your Wave, 2019
  • Romeo Must Die, 2000
  • Rush Hour Trilogy, (1998,2000,2007)
  • San Andreas, 2015
  • Seven Samurai, 1956
  • Sherlock Holmes and the Great Escape, 2021 (HBO)
  • Si, 2020 (HBO)
  • Snitch, 2013 (HBO)
  • Spirited Away, 2001
  • The Accidental Spy, 2002 (HBO)
  • The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness, 2013
  • The Matrix Resurrections – 5/10
  • The Night is Short, Walk on Girl, 2017
  • The Personal History of David Copperfield, 2020 (HBO)
  • The Problem with Apu, 2017
  • The Raid: Redemption, 2012 (HBO)
  • Unmothered, 2021 (HBO)
  • Weathering With You, 2019

SERIES

  • Adventure of the Ring (Taiwan), 2020
  • Awkwafina is Nora from Queens, 2020
  • Ballers (HBO)
  • Dream Raider (Taiwan), 2020
  • Family Style, 2019
  • Fast Foodies, 2021
  • Fena: Pirate Princess 5/6
  • Folklore, 2019 (HBO)
  • Food Lore, 2020 (HBO)
  • Food Wars! Shokugeki No Soma, 2019
  • Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, 2016
  • Grace, 2018 (HBO)
  • Grisse, 2019 (HBO)
  • Halfworlds, 2017 (HBO)
  • House of Ho, 2020
  • Invisible Stories, 2020 (HBO)
  • Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!, 2020
  • Kung Fu, 2021
  • Miss Sherlock, 2018 (HBO)
  • On the Job, 2021
  • Our Flag Means Death, 2022
  • Ravi Patel’s Pursuit of Happiness, 2020
  • Sent, 2018 (HBO)
  • Sort Of, 2021
  • Starstruck, 2021
  • Station Eleven, 2021
  • Take Out with Lisa Ling, 2022
  • The Sex Lives of College Girls, 2021
  • The World Between Us, 2019 (HBO)
  • Tokyo Vice, 2022
  • Trinity of Shadows (Taiwan), 2021
  • Warrior, 2019 (HBO)
  • Wellington Paranormal, 2018
  • Who’s By Your Side (Taiwan) 5/12
  • Your Lie in April, 2014

COMEDY

  • 21 & Over, 2013 (HBO)
  • Adventures of the Ring
  • Ahir Shah: Dots, 2021
  • Awkwafina is Nora from Queens
  • Ballers (HBO)
  • Bend it Like Beckham, 2003 (HBO)
  • Coffee Shop Names, 2021
  • Crazy Rich Asians, 2018
  • Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!
  • Meet the Patels, 2015
  • Moonshot, 2022
  • My Neighbors the Yamadas, 1999
  • National Lampoon’s Van Wilder 2: The Rise of Taj, 2006 (HBO)
  • Neh, 2021 (HBO)
  • Our Flag Means Death
  • Ravi Patel’s Pursuit of Happiness
  • Rose Matafeo: Horndog, 2020
  • Sent (HBO)
  • Sort Of
  • Starstruck
  • The Accidental Spy, 2002 (HBO)
  • The Misadventures of Romesh Ranganathan
  • The Night is Short, Walk on Girl, 2017
  • The Personal History of David Copperfield, 2020 (HBO)
  • The Rush Hour Nested Franchise
  • The Sex Lives of College Girls
  • Wellington Paranormal

ANIMATION

  • Death Note
  • Earwig and the Witch, 2020
  • Erased, 2013 (HBO)
  • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma
  • From Up on Poppy Hill, 2011
  • Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
  • Howl’s Moving Castle, 2004
  • Hunter x Hunter
  • In/Spectre
  • Inuyasha
  • Jujutsu Kaisen
  • KONOSUBA – God’s blessing on this wonderful world!
  • Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress
  • Kiki’s Delivery Service, 1989
  • Kill La Kill
  • Kiznaiver
  • Mob Psycho 100
  • My Neighbor Totoro, 1988
  • My Neighbors The Yamadas, 1999
  • Namoo, 2021
  • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, 1984
  • Noblesse
  • Ocean Waves, 1993
  • Only Yesterday, 1991
  • Pom Poko, 1994
  • Ponyo, 2008
  • Porco Rosso, 1992
  • Princess Mononoke, 1997
  • Promare, 2019
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica
  • Re:Zero-Starting Life in Another
  • Ride Your Wave, 2019
  • Rokka Braves of the Six Flowers
  • Spirited Away, 2001
  • The God of High School
  • The Night is Short, Walk on Girl, 2017
  • The Promised Neverland
  • We Baby Bears
  • We Bare Bears

DC 

(Highlighting Asian American creators such as Fan Cathy Yan, Jay Oliva, and Sam Liu)

  • All-Star Superman, 2011
  • Batman and Harley Quinn, 2017
  • Batman vs. Robin, 2015
  • Batman: Assault on Arkham, 2014
  • Batman: Bad Blood, 2016
  • Batman: Gotham by Gaslight, 2017
  • Batman: Soul of the Dragon, 2021
  • Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 1, 2012
  • Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 2, 2012
  • Batman: The Killing Joke, 2016
  • Batman: Year One, 2011
  • Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn), 2020
  • Catwoman: Hunted: (available 5/10)
  • Green Lantern: The Animated Series, 2011
  • Justice League Dark, 2017
  • Justice League vs. Teen Titans, 2016
  • Justice League vs. The Fatal Five, 2019
  • Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, 2010
  • Justice League: Gods and Monsters, 2015
  • Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, 2013
  • Justice League: War, 2014
  • Reign of the Superman, 2019
  • Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay, 2016
  • Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, 2010
  • Superman: Red Son, 2020
  • THOR: TALES OF ASGARD, 2022 (HBO)
  • Teen Titans: The Judas Contract, 2017
  • The Death of Superman, 2018
  • Wonder Woman: Bloodlines, 2019

ACTION

  • Aquaman, 2018
  • Conan the Barbarian
  • Cradle 2 The Grave,
  • Doom, 2005 (HBO)
  • Grisse (HBO)
  • Hanzo the Razor: Sword of Justice, 1972
  • Hanzo the Razor: Who’s Got the Gold?, 1974
  • Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, 2012
  • Kill!, 1968
  • Kung Fu
  • Lady Snowblood, 1973
  • Lady Snowblood: Love Song of Vengeance, 1974
  • Mortal Kombat, 1995
  • Mortal Kombat, 2021 (HBO)
  • One Night in Bangkok, 2020
  • Police Story II, 1988
  • Police Story, 1985
  • Promare, 2019
  • Rampage, 2018
  • Romeo Must Die, 2000
  • Samurai Trilogy 1: Musashi Miyamoto
  • Samurai Trilogy 2: Duel at Ichijoji Temple
  • Samurai Trilogy 3: Duel at Ganryu Island
  • San Andreas, 2015
  • Seven Samurai, 1956
  • Snitch, 2013 (HBO)
  • The 47 Ronin Part One, 1941
  • The 47 Ronin Part Two, 1941
  • The Accidental Spy, 2002 (HBO)
  • The Green Hornet, 2011
  • The Man With The Iron Fists
  • The Matrix: Resurrections – 5/10
  • The Mummy Returns, 2001 (HBO)
  • The Raid: Redemption, 2012 (HBO)
  • The Rush Hour Trilogy Nested Franchise
  • The Scorpion King, 2002 (HBO)
  • Unleashed (HBO)
  • War, 2007 (HBO)
  • Warrior (HBO)
  • Yojimbo, 1961

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