Since EEAAO debuted at last year's SXSW Film Festival, the hype was off the charts. Everyone praised the tremendous acting, from iconic Michelle Yeoh finally getting the leading role that showcased all of her many talents, to reviving the career of former child actor Ke Huy Quan, to breakout talent Stephanie Hsu who had already endeared herself to fans of Nora is Awkwafina from Queens (hi Shu Shu!), to once again proving the resilience of Hollywood journeyman James Hong.
But it wasn't just the acting that had everyone discussing the film as an instant classic. The story of an overlooked, overworked immigrant mother, daughter and wife resonated across cultures. The film truly meant everything to everyone all at once (which we wrote about here), and quickly became the highest rated film on Letterboxd, surpassing Academy Award winner Parasite.