DIDI Trailer Promises an Asian-American Coming of Age Movie Set in 2008

DIDI Trailer Promises an Asian-American Coming of Age Movie Set in 2008

Jonah Hill had released a coming-of-age movie about skater kids in the 90s with Mid90s back in 2018, and now it looks like Focus Features wants to give us the same kind of story, only set in the late ‘00s.

Check out the trailer for DIDI from director Sean Wang:

Here’s the official description:

Dìdi (弟弟) is written and directed by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Sean Wang. The film is set in 2008 in the Bay Area, and is a funny, irreverent, and affecting ode to first-generation teenagers navigating the joy and chaos of adolescence as seen through the lens of a 13-year-old Taiwanese American boy, played by Izaac Wang (Good Boys, Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon).

The movie actually premiered on Sundance Film Festival this year and had received the US Dramatic Audience Award and the US Dramatic Special Jury Award for Best Ensemble Cast.

It’s also worth noting that “DIDI” (弟弟) in Chinese means “younger brother”.

Though the setting does look like Mid90s with the old-timey music, friends goofing around, pubescent romance, and skating, DIDI does set itself apart by telling the story of a child of immigrant parents having to grow up in America while their parents had a different culture.

It kind of looks like a more serious version of Hulu’s PEN15, but that show can get pretty serious when it needs to be and it also had an interesting lens on the Asian-American experience of growing up in the ‘00s.

Hopefully DIDI manages to wow everyone when it releases in theaters later this year. DIDI comes to cinemas on July 26.

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