Patrick Epino and Stephen Dypiangco are a pair of Los Angeles-based filmmakers who want to bring joy to your life. Consider: an action-comedy Web series involving some of your favorite Asian baddies, such as characters from Karate Kid 2 and basically every movie Al Leong’s done.
If that’s something you might be interested in, check out their Kickstarter, Awesome Asian Bad Guys, which needs just over $18,000 in three days to reach its goal of $50,000. Founders of the new media studio National Film Society (I secretly hope that’s a play off “National Honor Society”), Epino and Dypiangco describe their project as “a cross between The Expendables and Dumb & Dumber” — with badass Asians, of course. Which is just about perfect.
When we were growing up in the 80’s and 90’s, we’d always see hard-hitting Asian bad guys in flicks like Die Hard, Bloodsport, and Karate Kid 2. These badasses were often cooler than the heroes they fought, but they’d usually have a 2-minute lifespan before they were mortally wounded or beaten to a pulp. It really sucked that you barely saw them on screen and rarely got to know them. That got us thinking…
How cool would it be to expand upon this largely ignored slice of pop culture history by following several Asian bad guys on their own action-packed adventures?
Check out their funny Kickstarter videos, embedded. Between this and Chinafornia, we think we’ll be spending more time watching shows on the Web next year.