Boogie (2021 Film) Information

Boogie (Focus Features) is an upcoming drama film by writer, producer and restauranteur Eddie Huang.  Huang is the creator of the ABC sitcom Fresh Off the Boat.  This is his film directorial debut. 

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Cast

Taylor Takahashi as Alfred “Boogie” Chin
Taylour Paige as Eleanor
Jorge Lendeborg Jr. as Richie
Bashar “Pop Smoke” Jackson as Monk

Synopsis of the film

The story follows Alfred Chin.  He is a basketball phenom living in Queens, New York.   His dream is to one day play in the NBA.

In the film, he has to find a way to navigate a new girlfriend, high school, on-court rivals and the burden of expectation.

Pop Smoke plays Monk.  He is the basketball rival of main character.


Statement from Eddie Huang

I’m always unpacking my personal stuff in my work.  The reason why I wanted to make this movie is because I come from a family with a history of domestic violence.

I had nothing in common with the main characters besides the fact that they grew up with domestic violence and they became deviant themselves and lashed out at the world.  This was a defining moment because it dawned on me that you could talk about this stuff. I decided everything I would do going forward would address aspects of my own family situation.

Boogie’s situation with his mother was completely my dynamic at home growing up.  I still have a lot to uncover and understand about my relationship to my parents and culture and how it contrasts with American values and society, and I think by continuing to examine this friction in my work, my audience will see a reflection of themselves.


Release date

The movie is set to be released on March 5, 2021.

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