Two cabbies search San Francisco’s Chinatown for a mysterious character who has disappeared with their $4,000. Their quest leads them on a humorous, if mundane, journey which illuminates the many problems experienced by Chinese-Americans trying to assimilate into contemporary American society.
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This was a rather awesome debut film from Wayne Wang. Overall, the film was very enjoyable, and it dealt with the interesting issue of Chinese identity in America, while being disguised as a thriller. I am glad I was finally able to see some of his work.
Not a perfect film, but such an accurate, succinct summation of my experience as a Chinese American. It's hopefully enlightening to others, and sobering that few films since have been able to do the same.
Deeper than its "delightful" reputation suggests, though there's plenty of breeze to the narrative. Yes, it's warm and satisfying to watch a story about Asian Americans that doesn't paint them as mysterious or magical or model or weak -- it's also sad that this is such an outlier in American cinema. But for 1.25 hours, we get a lovely depiction of SF's Chinatown filled with tough, smart, wayward, messy characters.