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New HBO Max collection to celebrate family, love and Asian animation

What do the melancholic alleys of “In the Mood for Love” and the joy-filled football pitches of “Bend It Like Beckham” have in common? You can see both locations, along with those of several other Asian and Pacific Island series and films, in HBO Max’s new collection starting May 1.

Starting on the first day of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, HBO Max will launch the Asian American and Pacific Islander Voices Collection, a platform for the streaming service to highlight AAPI content and voices. The diverse lineup will feature HBO Max originals like “Take Out With Lisa Ling” and “The Sex Life of College Girls,” as well as hit movies like “Drive My Car,” “Crazy Rich Asians,” and even animated additions like “Spirited away.” In fact, HBO Max will launch a new initiative, titled Ani-May, to celebrate Asian animation, featuring an original video of Makoto Shinkai’s meditative rain (“Weathering With You”) and “Ambient Swim” inspired by the anime from 90s forthcoming.

In addition to several other series and films in the Asian American and Pacific Islander Voices collection, the top three winners of HBO Max’s 2022 Asian Pacific American Visionaries short film competition will be available to stream in this collection after their premiere at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival on May 6. The three films will also screen in Los Angeles and New York, and the Los Angeles event will feature an Asian Night Market-inspired reception filled with AAPI-owned businesses.

So for your next night out, check out HBO Max’s Asian American and Pacific Islander Voices collection to catch your favorite AAPI content from then and now!