(CBS Local)– Director and writer Alan Yang has been involved in some of the best shows on television the last 10 years.
The Emmy Award winner was a writer and actor on “Parks & Recreation,” and co-created one of the first Netflix original series with Aziz Ansari called “Master Of None.” On Friday, April 10, Yang premieres his next project, a Netflix movie called “Tigertail.” The 36-year-old wrote and directed the deeply personal film based off his father’s immigration story when he came from Taiwan to the United States.READ MORE: SoFi Stadium Looking To Fill More Than 3,000 Part-Time Positions With Job Fairs Being Held This Month
“I had the idea four or five years ago, it’s been a long time in the making,” said Yang in an interview with CBS Local’s DJ Sixsmith. “I always wanted to write and direct a movie, but I wanted it to be something I was really passionate about. The subject matter is very personal, it’s loosely based off my Dad’s story and about his journey from Taiwan to America. It’s a universal story. It’s not just about Asian people or immigration, it’s about lost love, regret, and a father and daughter connecting.”
Yang added that his father did voiceovers at the beginning and end of the movie. While every immigrant story is different, there were a few things that the director and writer wanted to emphasize in his Netflix movie.
“One thing I noticed in my family is that my parents were taught as kids that strength is stoicism and being brave and being humble and not necessarily expressing your emotions that a lot of people in America feel like its normal to,” said Yang. “The movie is a little bit about telling the people you care about that you love them. The idea that it’s never to late to connect to them. It’s kind of a different relationship in Asian households.”READ MORE: Feds: Mustafa Qadiri Of Irvine Used $5 Million In Fraudulent PPP Loans To Buy Ferrari, Bentley, And Lamborghini
While Yang’s movie is dramatic and moving, he’s known for his great comedic work in “Parks & Recreation” and “Master Of None.” The director will never forget being a young professional in the “Parks & Recreation” writers room.
“The best part was being able to learn,” said Yang. “I started on that show as a baby writer. I was 25 or whatever and by the end of the show, I was helping to direct and running the room and playing in a rock band with Chris Pratt on the show was really fun too.”
“Tigertail” premieres on Netflix on Friday, April 10.MORE NEWS: 2 More Drivers Report Windows Being Shattered On SoCal Freeways
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