Alan Yang’s Directorial Debut ‘Tigertail’ Tells a Timely Immigrant Story

With cinemas closed for the foreseeable future and scores of highly anticipated theatrical releases postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, “Master of None” co-creator Alan Yang’s feature directorial debut “Tigertail” is one of the few movies available to viewers craving fresh films to cope with life in lockdown.The highly personal project, which hits Netflix April 10, tells a version of Yang’s father’s immigration story through the character of Pin-Jui, a factory worker who leaves behind a budding romance in the Taiwanese village of Tigertail for an arranged marriage that takes him to the Bronx.

Unfolding mostly in Taiwanese and Mandarin, it comes at a time when the pandemic has evoked ugly racism toward Asians around the world.“I just hope that this film can act as a bridge for audiences that may not know Asian Americans very well,” says Tzi Ma, who stars as the older Pin-Jui.

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