Words matter. These are the best Jon M. Chu Quotes, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.
Hollywood listens to money and to controversy.
When I was growing up, Asians weren’t known for dancing. I knew all my older aunts and uncles did, like, ballroom dancing and stuff. And then you saw all those dance crews, like Quest and Jabbawockeez, and now they’re, like, known for dance.
I love 3-D, and for certain movies it can be really great, and for certain movies it can be poison.
I love Chinese movies.
‘Black Panther’ is a phenomenon – it is all right in its own thing.
I get a lot of emotion from my family and my friends. I think it’s just communicated in a different way. When my family feeds me, they’re saying they love me. They pick me apart to show that they care. One look from my mother says so much.
I don’t want to be the Asian filmmaker; I just want to be a filmmaker. I want to be Spielberg. I want to be Tim Burton.
It’s called ‘Crazy Rich Asians,’ but it’s really not about crazy rich Asians. It’s about Rachel Chu finding her identity and finding her self-worth through this journey back into her culture. Which, for me as a filmmaker, exploring my cultural identity is the scariest thing.
Stephen Chow is one of my favorite filmmakers, and so groundbreaking.
I had to see if I’m a real filmmaker. I mean, I have proven myself in movies and franchises, but am I an artist? Can I contribute something to a medium that I love so much?
When you’re the only Asian in the room, the last thing you want to do is to point out you’re Asian. And be the Asian dude.
I love ‘Dr Strangelove.’
Representation means having characters with layers, showing them as human beings, so we can relate or have mixed emotions for that character.
Things happen in weird, serendipitous ways.
I took tap classes growing up.
I loved ‘The Social Network.’ I think it’s one of those movies that will stand the test of time.
I like to dance, but I’m not a dancer.
I always told myself after ‘Jem,’ I don’t want fear to change my choices.
When I was finishing ‘Now You See Me 2,’ I remember thinking about exploring the Asian-American identity side of my brain.
Each dancer has a different dialect that they speak.
Once you see dance as a weapon – and everyone has a different weapon – it makes dance really interesting.
Everyone who shoots dance sequences does it in a different way. Everyone who shoots fight sequences does it in a different way.
I just feel so lucky to tell stories and make up stories and share them with people.
I think that true love, fairy tales, the positive messages of positive stories – I don’t think those ever die. Sometimes we like to hide them in sarcasm or irony, but they are still there, and they still move us.
Maybe I’m not the right person to do it… but I’ve learned that I have some power to help stories be told the way they naturally need to be told.
Fear is a destruction of creativity.
It’s weird because movie-making, and especially movie theaters, have always been so old-school, and it wasn’t until 3-D that a lot of them were forced to have digital projectors and even digital distribution.
I don’t understand why we’re all connected wirelessly via a little machine that goes in our pocket, to everybody in the world, and you have to have reels for a movie.
I think a lot of people, even if you’re not Asian, you go to your place of origin where your family comes from, and you get this sense of, ‘Wow – people look like me and talk like me and treat me like their son in the stores and like a cousin in the restaurants.’
The American culture is pursue your own happiness, follow your dreams. The Chinese side is sacrifice everything for your family; it’s all about the group. Those conflicting ideas were always a battle in my head.
My parents came to San Francisco when they were probably 19 or 20, in the mid-’60s.
I’ve gotten scholarships from the Asian-American Directors Guild of America society and things like that, and those things helped me, even if I didn’t realize how much.
I remember going to Taiwan for the first time and… I didn’t realize that everyone looked like me here and what that’d feel like.