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Chan Is Missing (1982)

Not Rated | | Drama, Mystery | 4 June 1982 (USA)
Two cab drivers search San Francisco's Chinatown for the mysterious Chan, who disappeared with their $4000.

Director:

Wayne Wang

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Wood Moy ... Jo
Marc Hayashi Marc Hayashi ... Steve
Laureen Chew Laureen Chew ... Amy
Peter Wang Peter Wang ... Henry the Cook
Presco Tabios Presco Tabios ... Presco
Frankie Alarcon Frankie Alarcon ... Frankie
Judi Nihei Judi Nihei ... Lawer
Ellen Yeung Ellen Yeung ... Mrs. Chan Hung
George Woo George Woo ... George
Emily Woo Yamasaki Emily Woo Yamasaki ... Chan's Daughter Jenny (as Emily Yamasaki)
Virginia Cerenio Virginia Cerenio ... Jenny's Friend
Roy Chan Roy Chan ... Mr. Lee
Leong Pui Chee Leong Pui Chee ... Mr. Fong
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Storyline

Two cabbies search San Francisco's Chinatown for a mysterious character who has disappeared with their $4000. 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. Written by Rick Ferncase <ferncase@chapman.edu>

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Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Cantonese

Release Date:

4 June 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chan Sumiu See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$20,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono
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Trivia

Picked by Entertainment Weekly magazine as one of the "50 Greatest Independent Films" in a special supplement devoted to independent films that was only distributed to subscribers in November 1997. See more »

Quotes

Jo: This mystery is appropriately Chinese: what's not there seems to have just as much meaning as what is there.
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Connections

References Dragnet 1967 (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

Grant Avenue
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Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Sung by Pat Suzuki at the end
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They Call It Whimsical
6 January 2017 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

Two cabbies search San Francisco's Chinatown for a mysterious character who has disappeared with their $4000. 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.

It is widely recognized as the first Asian-American feature narrative film to gain both theatrical distribution and critical acclaim outside of the Asian American community. And come to think of it, this seems right -- where are all the "Asian" films? We have plenty of kung fu imports, but where are the home-grown efforts? Where is the Asian equivalent of a "blaxploitation" subgenre? Anyway, this is a fun film that blends mystery, comedy and social commentary. I haven't had the pleasure to go to San Francisco or its Chinatown, but films like this make it all the more appealing.


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