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Combination Platter (1993)

Not Rated | | Drama | January 1993 (USA)
The story of one man desperately trying to obtain a green card by marrying an American woman.

Director:

Tony Chan
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1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeffrey Lau ... Robert
Coleen O'Brien Coleen O'Brien ... Claire
Chit-Man Chan
Colin Mitchell Colin Mitchell ... Benny
Kenneth Lu Kenneth Lu ... Andy
Thomas K. Hsiung Thomas K. Hsiung ... Mr. Lee
Jia Fu Lin Jia Fu Lin
Ellen Synn Ellen Synn
Nathanel Geng Nathanel Geng
Peter Kwong ... Stanley
Eleonora Kihlberg Eleonora Kihlberg
James DuMont ... James
Lu Yü Lu Yü
Bozhao Wang
Vincent H.H. Kuo Vincent H.H. Kuo
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The story of one man desperately trying to obtain a green card by marrying an American woman.

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hong Kong - New York See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Bluehorse Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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poignant
23 October 2006 | by goodnewsforyouSee all my reviews

I am amazed at the many reviewers at amazon who don't like it... then it strikes me, that is precisely what the movie is about!

A Chinese illegal immigrant (Robert) who is seriously worried about survival and staying on in America - like all immigrants including legal ones like myself.

An American woman (Claire) for whom life is about self-fulfillment including a casual romance.

When these two worlds meet, grapple and try to come to terms, it comes apart.

The Chinese man works as a waiter in a restaurant and there are true vignettes of Chinese restaurant life.

Unwittingly perhaps, the director let on that many Chinese are not very truthful or in their culture it is not valued highly. When Robert (our hero) decides to come clean and honestly tell Claire what he wants, she doesn't recognize it because of the white lies he has told before.

Unfortunately the reviewers at amazon are unable to appreciate the subtleness and some sadness - much like real life. They are like Claire in the movie.

Great movie - could replace Chinese with Indian, Hispanic etc and would in many places still be accurate.


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