WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY Jon Moritsugu
PRODUCED BY Andrea Sperling
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER Tim Innes
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR Erica Marcus
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY Todd Verow
PRODUCTION DESIGNER Jennifer Gentile
SERIES EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS James Schamus, Alberto Garcia, Marlina Gonzalez
MUSIC BY The Birthday Party, Void, Sugarshock, Monte Cazazza, Michelle Handelman, Brian Burman
NEW YORK TIMES, Mike Hale, 6-17-2015
“Father Knows Best” meets “Pink Flamingos”… a post-punk soap opera about an Asian American family that single-handedly shatters the clean-cut, hard-working image of the model minority.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, 11-1-1994
Jon Moritsugu’s TERMINAL USA – a take-off on American sit-coms – focuses on a squabbling drug-taking Asian-American clan that gives new meaning to the term dysfunctional.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, 1-27-1995
Fans of John Waters-type excess shouldn’t miss TERMINAL USA.
ROLLING STONE, Jay Martel, 12-15-1994
Jon Moritsugu turns the American sit-com family on its head with TERMINAL USA, a post-punk, psychedelic picnic brimming with wholesome depravity.
VARIETY, David Rooney, 2-1994
Jon Moritsugu talked about TERMINAL USA in the first issue of Giant Robot, and the movie is amazing to this day. With the biggest budget but least ambition of any of his works – and I mean that as a compliment – it was made for TV and stars Asian-American mainstays Ken Narasaki and Sharon Omi (of course, Amy Davis steals the show).
GIANT ROBOT, Eric Nakamura, 5-2009
NEW YORK POST, V. A. Musetto, 3-1-2009
Toronto Film Festival
Rotterdam Film Festival
Goteberg Film Festival
Copenhagen Film Festival
The Fringe Fest , Australia
Musee d’Art Moderne, Paris
Institute of Contemporary Arts, London
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, SF
Stanford University, Palo Alto
SF Asian American Film Festival
TERMINAL USA aired on PBS Television in 150+ markets in 1994-95.