We're Not All Ninjas: The Podcast

We're Not All Ninjas is a movie review podcast focusing on Asian American Representation in Hollywood Films. Hosted by Melissa Slaughter, Rachel Liu, and Alex Chester Music by Ryan Majoris
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Jun 12, 2018

Our Ocean's 8 episode will come out later. But in the meantime, we got an interview with star on the rise, Awkwafina! Besides Ocean's 8, her latest album, "In Fina We Trust", dropped a few days ago. And next she's starring in Crazy Rich Asians

So hear her here before she blows up this summer! 

"In Fina We Trust" is out now on Spotify, Itunes and anywhere music can be found. Ocean's 8 is in theatres now. 

May 31, 2018

HB Studio had a panel and we moderated! We talk Sierra Boggess in West Side Story, creating new works, and actors asking the question "Am I right for this role?" Big thanks to panelists Annie Henk, Tonilyn Sideco, and Peter J. Kuo, sound engineer Alexandra Chludzinska, and The New School.

HB Studio Panel:

Sierra Boggess and West Side Story 

Linda Park and Cat On A Hot Tin Roof

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf and the Edward Albee Estate: 

May 8, 2018

We. Are. Not. Okay! We talk about the latest Avengers installment.  Rachel cries it out, Melissa lives in corrections corner, and Alex is plain mad. Is Wong a stereotype? Is Mantis more than meets the eye? Is there gonna be an Amadeus Cho movie? Find out in this episode! Spoilers start at 13:27

We also breakdown the Crazy Rich Asians trailer and Black Panther. 


Keep It (43:47):

Mantis and her original portrayal: 

Mantis and Submissive Asian Women: 


Apr 26, 2018

We all watched a bunch of movies in March. Let's celebrate one of our favorites, Tomb Raider starring Into the Badlands' Daniel Wu! Plus a shoutout to our favorite Hapa, Lewis Tan. See how Tomb Raider does on the Abacus, and hear what movies we're excited about. 

Apr 11, 2018

We had so many movies to watch in March! We review some faves/dislikes, before moving on to Wes Anderson's Isle of Dogs. Find out how we rate it on the Abacus! 

LA Times' Justin Chang piece:

Vulture's Emily Yoshida Piece:

Honest Trailers Every Wes Anderson Movie Ever:  

Mar 13, 2018

Awards season is officially over! We wanted to watch the Oscars and give our own thoughts to the biggest award show of the year. We talk Shape of Water, 3 Billboards, Call Me By Your Name, Abicus: Small Enough To Jail, and so much more! Big thanks to special guest Anne Hu (Cake).  

Feb 14, 2018

We're back! On Valentine's Day, we talk about Melissa's OTP, the lovely and talented Kelly Marie Tran, and why fan boys are in such a tizzy over TLJ. Featuring a tribute to the late Carrie Fisher. 

Nov 21, 2017

We put out 10 episodes, had some great guests and talked about some great (and not-so-great movies.) This is the end of Season 2, and we talk about all the things we're thankful for! Thanks, everyone! 

Nov 14, 2017

Comedian Jes Tom and Melissa sit down to talk about their Ghost In The Shell PSA (the viral video from this spring), their shared Japanese Internment history, and the responsibility of artists. 

Nov 7, 2017

It's a bonus with special guest Anna Suzuki! We talked the controversy surrounding director Ana Lily Amipour, rabbit cafes, and reclaiming the name of the Jewish American Princess. 

Oct 31, 2017

We break down Ana Lily Amirpour and her summer movie starring Jason Momoa and Keanu Reeves. We have varying opinions but boy are they strong! With special guest Anna Suzuki (AZN-POP!) 



Oct 24, 2017

It's a Big Sick Bonus! We talk about growing up in Asian-American families, interracial relationships, model minorities, and how there are no Asian on SNL. 

Oct 17, 2017

Kumail Nanjiani shared his true life love story and we are here for it! We talk interracial dating, immigrant parents, relationships between the North and South, and who would play us in the story of our lives. 

Read Emily's Lenny Letter about the experience at Girlfriend In A Coma

Oct 10, 2017

Chung Tsang and Mark Singh from KAFFNY (short for Korean American Film Festival New York) joined us this week! We talk about their upcoming film festival in Brooklyn on Saturday, October 14th. The festival features films about food, fashion, migration, and more. Filmmakers from around the world will be showcased, and the guys discuss some pretty amazing films. RSVP to their free screening on ethical fashion, or use discount code NOTNINJA50 for 50% off! Check out their website for more information:

Oct 3, 2017

Spider-man: Homecoming was a summer hit, but not without it's controversies. We talk Miles Morales, Jacob Batalon as the Asian Sidekick, and Tom Holland interviewing in Korea. All with the help of special guest, Joy Regullano. See her in Filipino AF at UCB LA on October 13th! Tickets on sale here:

Sep 26, 2017

Anne Hu, New York based Editor and film director sits down with us to discuss her short Cake ( We talk horror films, the Museum of Sex, internet trolls, her Washington Post article, and much more! 


Washington Post, An Asian Sex Robo Aims to Challenge Stereotypes (


Sep 19, 2017

In our first bonus episode of Season 2, we talk about Jake Gyllenhaal, animal sex, and Obama's War Room picture. 

TW (5:40) for the slaughterhouse scene, and forced animal breeding, as well as rape scene choreography.  

We're Not All Ninjas is a proud member of Hard NOC Media. 

Sep 12, 2017

After a shakey Cannes start, Okja hit Netflix early this summer. We break down the plot, director Bong Joon-Ho, Steven Yuen portrayal of K, that slaughterhouse scene and more, with the help of special guest Eunice Bae. 


Steven Yuen's Vulture Article:

Sep 11, 2017

Season 2 is here! Catch up on what's you've missed, what we'll be discussing this season, and what we're totally gonna skip (coughDeathNotecough). 

We're Not All Ninjas is now a part of Hard NOC Media, a podcast collective focused on producers of color. Like Hard NOC Media on Facebook and Twitter. And remember to subscribe, rate and review this podcast on Itunes! 

Jul 3, 2017

In our final episode of Season 1, we have Will Choi (Drunk Monk Podcast) and Keiko Agena (Gilmore Girls; 13 Reasons Why.) They produce and host a monthly all Asian American variety show at UCB and this year made their NYC premiere! We talk comedy, representation, casting and more! 

Jun 27, 2017

Filmaker, producer, and a founding member of the Taiwanese American Film Festival, Roxy Shih, sat down with Rachel in LA. They talk, they laugh a lot, and talk some more about film, representation, and inspiration. 

The Taiwanese American Film Festival is on July 8th in Los Angeles. Tickets are on sale now!


Jun 20, 2017

Happy Pride Month! In honor of our friends in the LGBTQ+ community, we  (and guest Orville Mendoza) watched Spa Night. Spa Night is the directorial debut of Andrew Ahn, and was featured at Sundance in 2016. This indie flick is more than a coming out story. It's about family, immigrants, class, and more. 

Jun 13, 2017

This week, we talk in depth about Asian American Poverty in Power Rangers, as well as just how fun and silly this franchise can be. 


Jun 7, 2017

That's right! We watched the latest Power Rangers reboot. And guess what? We don't regret it! This episode we talk about cutie pie Ludi Lin, filling a diversity quota, and using Power Rangers to promote Asian male role models. 

May 30, 2017

We're back with guest, actor Orville Mendoza (@orviactor). We talk Vin Diesel, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and Orville's current gig, a sold out production of Stephen Sondheim's Pacific Overtures with Classic Stage Company. 

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