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Things We Saw Today: John Cho Stars in Netflix’s Animated Film Wish Dragon

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This week, John Cho set fandom hearts aflame with his Spike Spiegel-inspired hair in the latest video from Netflix’s upcoming live-action Cowboy Bebop series. But before Bebop, Cho stars in a new animated film that premieres this weekend on Netflix.

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Cho stars in Sony Pictures Animation’s Wish Dragon, which follows Din (Jimmy Wong), a working-class college student with big dreams but small means, and Long (John Cho), a cynical but all-powerful dragon capable of granting wishes. The two set off on a hilarious adventure through modern day Shanghai in pursuit of Din’s long-lost childhood friend, Lina (Natasha Liu Bordizzo).

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Cho was asked about his involvement in Asian-themed animated films like Over the Moon and Mirai. Cho replied, “It’s partially what I’m asked to do, but also I would like to put Asian animated characters into the world, especially into American culture, which is my culture. All my work has been informed by what I saw as a kid and my desire to please myself as a kid. Sometimes when I was younger, I would get a lot of roles or I would get auditions that were, “Well, is this a stereotype or not?” and my litmus test was always, “What would I as a kid think? Would I appreciate this or would I resent it?” And, so I suppose in some ways the animation stuff would be for my kids, but also for myself as a kid.”

Have you seen Wish Dragon yet? What did you think?

(via EW, image: Sony Pictures Animation)

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Chelsea was born and raised in New Orleans, which explains her affinity for cheesy grits and Britney Spears. An pop culture journalist since 2012, her work has appeared on Autostraddle, AfterEllen, and more. Her beats include queer popular culture, film, television, republican clownery, and the unwavering belief that 'The Long Kiss Goodnight' is the greatest movie ever made. She currently resides in sunny Los Angeles, with her husband, 2 sons, and one poorly behaved rescue dog. She is a former roller derby girl and a black belt in Judo, so she is not to be trifled with. She loves the word “Jewess” and wishes more people used it to describe her.

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