Epic AABG Origin Story

The idea of Awesome Asian Bad Guys originated from a 2-minute video we made on our National Film Society YouTube channel on October 18, 2011 in which we celebrated our favorite unsung villains — the Asian bad guys who’d be totally badass for a few minutes, have little to no dialogue, then get killed by the hero.

For decades, awesome Asian bad guys have kicked butt in excellent, awful and cheesy movies. The National Film Society honors their favorite Asian bad guy heroes and their sweet mustaches.

Assembling the Team

When we decided to make the web series, we brought on Phil Yu, the man behind the Angry Asian Man blog, as executive producer, Milton Liu as our writer/producer and Diana Williams as producer.

We also started assembling some of the cast, including Aaron Takahashi, Randall Park, Tamlyn Tomita and Al Leong. As you can see in this video, it took some convincing. Just a little.


Phil’s passion, however, was evident from the start.

Kickstarter

We ran a Kickstarter campaign to raise $50,000 and thanks to everyone’s support we were able to raise $54,132. Here’s our campaign page.

This is our Kickstarter pitch video. We had A LOT of fun making it. Way too much.


We put a lot of work into our campaign and even went to New York to promote it and spread the word. In general, we did a lot of Google Hangout telethons, sang and rapped badly, and took a lot of shots of hard liquor for money:


We even got some help from our friends, like Yuji Okumoto:


And Al Leong:


After the campaign was successfully funded, we shared what we learned with our fans and followers:

It’s Go Time!

Then came production. We continued preparing for our shoot by finalizing cast, crew, equipment, locations, resources, etc.

IFP Film Week

After wrapping the shoot, we were chosen by IFP as the first ever web series to take part in their Emerging Storytellers Project Forum. It was an honor and a great experience. We met some amazingly smart and talented people. Here’s a Filmmaker Magazine article on it.

The Premiere

We found out we were going to premiere Awesome Asian Bad Guys at CAAMFest in San Francisco and Oakland to a couple of packed houses. We had an unbelievable time at both shows.


And here is our opening title sequence:

What’s Next?

We’ll likely have a few more festival screenings, but we’re currently working hard to get Awesome Asian Bad Guys out to you guys. For those of you who have been with us along the way, we thank you for your support, your patience and for being on this journey with us.

We’re looking forward to keeping it going!

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