Actor Tzi Ma talks about how THE FAREWELL went from indie movie darling to internationally distributed hit. Tzi discusses his support for Asian-American independent film projects, his role in upcoming Disney live-action film MULAN, and the importance of promoting diverse stories. (Intro: Learning to Coexist)
Tzi Ma is a Hong Kong American character actor whose theater, film, and television series appearances span over 40 years. Tzi Ma was born in Hong Kong and immigrated to the United States at a young age. He honed his craft in many of the off-Broadway and regional theaters shows, and worked with acclaimed playwright David Henry Hwang and Eric Overmyer in “FOB”, “The Dance and the Railroad”, and “In Perpetuity Throughout the Universe”, the latter two plays specifically written for him. His first acting role on the screen was in Ullie Lommel’s cult jet-set film “Cocaine Cowboys” alongside Jack Palance and Andy Warhol in 1978. In the 90’s, Tzi appeared in films such as “RoboCop 2”, “Rush Hour”, and “Dante’s Peak”. In the early 2000’s, Tzi had guest roles on a number of television series, including “Nash Bridges”, “Walker, Texas Ranger”, “ER”, and “Law and Order”. From 2005-2007, he played Cheng Zhi in the television series “24”. In the mid to late 00’s, Tzi had roles in “Grey’s Anatomy”, “NCIS: Los Angeles”, “Hawaii Five-0”, “Once Upon A Time”, and “Veep”. In 2016, He played General Shang in Denis Villeneuve’s science fiction film “Arrival”. In 2019, Tzi starred in “The Farewell” alongside Awkwafina and played Mr. Young in the Netflix Original Series “Wu Assassins”. In 2020, He will portray Hua Zhou in the live action remake of Disney’s “Mulan”. Tzi is also a firm believer in supporting indie films, particularly involving Asian-Canadian or Asian-American writers, directors, and producers and has appeared in independent films such as “Red Doors”, “Formosa Betrayed”, and “Meditation Park”.