After America’s ban against the immigration of Chinese women is lifted, Wah Gay (Victor Wong) sends his son (Russell Wong) back to China to find his betrothed (Cora Miao) in this delightful ethnic comedy about an arranged marriage gone awry. Though it’s also a love match, when the couple returns to America, the challenge of making a living, adjusting to a new life and a womanizing gambler (Eric Tsang) threaten their union.
Born in Hong Kong and based in America, director Wayne Wang studied photography, film, TV and painting in the US before landing several directorial assignments in his homeland (these included the Chinese episodes of Robert Clouse’s “The Golden Needles” in 1974 and a popular TV show based on “All in the Family”). He returned to the US and scraped together $22,000 to complete “Chan is Missing” (1982), a hip, Zen-inspired San Francisco detective story which also carefully dissected prevailing Oriental stereotypes. This landmark independent film became a critical and commercial success for its rare, authentic slice of Asian-American life in a sometimes wildly comic narrative that straddled genres. The film remains an inspirational touchstone for Asian-American filmmakers attempting to get their voices heard in the American cinema.
Wang’s second film, “Dim Sum: A Little Bit of Heart” (1984), again centered on San Francisco’s Chinese-American community. The film playfully yet poignantly… read more