Everything Everywhere All at Once and the Intimate Public of Asian American Cinema

Jason Coe*

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Abstract

The multiple Academy Award winning sci-fi absurdist multiverse film Everything Everywhere All At Once (Daniels, 2021) uses transpacific film genre conventions to represent the possible life variations of its Asian American immigrant family protagonists. An exception to the seeming incommensurability of commercial feature filmmaking and the anti-capitalist and anti-racist traditions of Asian American cinema, the film highlights how the conventions of transpacific genre films condition the intimate public of Asian American audiences. To be legible as an Asian American, the film shows, is to be attuned to the conventions of its dominant, often hegemonic and repressive, representations. By illustrating how genre conventions condition the sense of belonging amongst its Asian American protagonists, the film offers new ways of imagining and relating with Asian America Cinema.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-45
Number of pages11
JournalFilm Quarterly
Volume76
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2023

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  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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