Hallyu can help move the needle in Hollywood

Korean-American actor John Cho says the Korean wave of hit shows and pop bands from South Korea may help improve Asian representation on screen

In 2016, the #StarringJohnCho meme photoshopped the Korean-American actor's face onto a series of famous movie posters. The point was to highlight just how rarely Asians get to play the lead in Hollywood.

Now, the Star Trek (2009) actor has a starring role in a new Netflix space western, Cowboy Bebop, based on a popular anime about a group of bounty hunters travelling the galaxy.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 23, 2021, with the headline 'Hallyu can help move the needle in Hollywood'. Subscribe