Happy Hapa Films
A female owned production company
started by Multi-Hyphenate writer/performer
dedicated to bringing poignant Asian and diversity stories to the big and small screen, as well as the stage.
Thank you for visiting us! Anzu Lawson
Dear John, Why Yoko?
Feature Film & Broadway Musical
An all original 28 song musical movie about John Lennon & Yoko Ono's soul contract to raise the consciousness of the world, at a cost... told for the first time, from Yoko's perspective
**Screenplay AND Book for stage are available
Harlots & Hooligans - TV
A one hour serialized TV drama, set in Prohibition-Era Los Angeles. Told through the eyes of histories ethnically diverse yet dangerous women and LGBT gangsters of the 1920's (Black, Chinese, Native-American, Latin.) Murder, music and gin.
The Rub - TV
Asian "Insecure" meets the Women of "Entourage,"... had they been allowed to speak.
A 30 minute R-rated single-camera comedy about a struggling Asian comic turned reluctant massage therapist to the stars, forcing her to navigate her way through the under belly of Hollywood with a broken moral compass & a Motley Crue of friends with agendas.
The Viking & The Pendulum- Short
A short film about karmic debt between two souls that have lost their way and the only way out is death.
A One Woman Show
After debuting to rave reviews in August, DEAR YOKO was also an Official Selection at 2019 Binge Fringe Festival, SoloFest 2020, and the 2020 Crazy Woke Asian Festival.
Based on Lawson’s own life, DEAR YOKO unveils the personal history of multi-generational racism and non-acceptance as a young Asian girl growing up in white-washed America and patriarchal Japan. This emotionally-charged intimate story reveals how the iconic Japanese-American artist, singer and peace activist, Yoko Ono, lead Lawson to discover how to finally live her life authentically.
Blood and Candy
A Drama/Comedy -In the tone of Lady Bird meets Baby Driver
About an ingenious 17 year old savant, named Joey who goes on a wild hunt, with his (fast talking East Indian) best friend named Rafi, to find a sister he never knew he had, in hopes that she is a bone marrow match for their much-older estranged father Jack, who has stage 3 Leukemia.
Set against the backdrop of True Romance like set pieces and highly charged comedy banter in the vein of 48 hours/Midnight Run.
The heart of this story is about giving and getting second chances at life.
Geisha School Drop Out
A Broad Comedy Action film in the vein of AUSTIN POWERS meets ELF with a Geisha twist.
FULL MOON KILL
Feature Film & TV Pilot Script ala: Black Mirror
A superstitious recluse leads a logical cop to his sons serial killer using unconventional methods.