Myles Yaksich


Myles Yaksich

/ Director

Residence U.S.

My Story


While on a long-haul flight from Shanghai to New York, a despondent, American lawyer becomes seduced by the enchanting stories of a wise, Chinese woman sitting beside him; unleashing feelings he had tried to bury deep inside.

  • Myles Yaksich
  • Myles Yaksich
  • Cindy Lu
  • Jennie Lew Tugend
    Free Willy, Lethal Weapon
  • Matthew Knowles
    Key Cast
    “Charles Harris”
    Asura, Love Me If You Dare, Bond of Justice
  • Cindera Che
    Key Cast
    “Auntie Ling”
    Fresh of the Boat, LaLa Land, Crazy Ex Girlfriend, Walk of Shame
  • Kara Wang
    Key Cast
    “Young Auntie Ling”
    Jane the Virgin, Shanghai Calling
  • Jonathan Stanton
    Key Cast
    “Shu Zhen”
    Aloha Haha, CSI
  • Yadira Pascault Orozco
    Key Cast
    Mujeres Rompiendo el Silencio, Lo Que Callamos Las Mujeres

  • Film Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    19 minutes 59 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 31, 2018
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Film Language:
    Chinese, English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, Alexa
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  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:

We are honored to submit “Poppies” to this year’s festival, a cross-cultural tale that follows the relationship of a young American and an elderly Chinese woman, who meet on a flight from Shanghai to New York. Based upon the first time writer/director’s own experiences, living and working in South East Asia for nearly a decade.

The film features Matthew Knowles (“Asura”), Cindera Che (“Tiger Tail”, “La La Land”), Kara Wang (“Top Gun: Maverick”) and introduces Jonathan Stanton. Produced by Cindy Y. Lu and executive produced by Jennie Lew Tugend, Justing Wong and Kevin Lin, the film is writer/director, Myles Yaksich, directorial debut, and inspired by his time living and working in Asia in finance.

The film premiered at the academy qualifying LA Shorts Fest, and has won over 25 awards from more than 30 festivals across multiple countries, including China, Germany, Spain, Canada and the US.



My Filmography

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My Award

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