Aside from the ongoing pandemic, the past year has been tumultuous with intensified discrimination towards people of colour in the United States. The rising number of AAPI hate crimes, as well as inhumane treatment towards the Black and Latino community, wielded Americans to come together and speak up. The support from other countries was overwhelming too, as seen on social and mass media.
Somehow, this propelled the Tony and Grammy-winning producer Jhett Tolentino to helm the makings of a new script by his friend Mike Ang and turn it into a film. Entitled, Asian Persuasion, the film is scheduled to begin production next year and will be putting Asian-American characters and cast members at the forefront.
But this is not a protest film. Rather, it is an endearing romantic-comedy film that Tolentino and Ang hope the international audience would appreciate and love as they do with Hollywood films of the same genre. We chatted with the Iloilo-born acclaimed producer about the film and its confirmed cast, as well as his thoughts on Asian representation in Hollywood.
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