A soldier comes home from the war expecting a warm welcome, but he finds that his wife had taken in a lodger during his absence, and now she and his somewhat dingy daughter seem to be paying much more attention to the lodger than to him.
Fantastic improbabilities, happenstance and the undying bridge of love are part of this romantic fantasy about an Inuit who crosses years, oceans and the ravages of WWII to find his ... See full summary »
Jason Scott Lee,
An American soldier stationed in England is ready to go on his honeymoon with his new wife when his ex-wife, a gorgeous blonde, shows up and insists that they're still married. His two ... See full summary »
In Shakespeare's classic play, the Montagues and Capulets, two families of Renaissance Italy, have hated each other for years, but the son of one family and the daughter of the other fall desperately in love and secretly marry.
After WW2, former RAF airman Clem Morgan joins a gang of black-market smugglers-thieves but when a robbery goes wrong, Clem is caught , framed for a policeman's murder, and is sent to prison where he plots his escape and revenge.
The TV show that Wang is interviewed on throughout the movies is called "Eye on East Hills with Jon Howard." The actor playing Jon Howard bears a strong resemblance to Ron Howard, star of 'Happy Days'. See more »
The Whistle Song
Written by Salvador Rey Nagel (PRS) and Alejandro Llovet Puigmarti (PRS)
Performed by The Pinker Tones (as The Pinkertones)
Pulbished by Condones Nacionales / Nettwerk One Music (Canada) Ltd
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Uneven comedy that illustrates immigrant attitudes
Ping-pong Playa is very funny at times and very uncomfortable at other times. The lead Chinese-American character Christopher Wang (pronounced Wong) or C-dub is hilarious when he does his gangsta routine. He is also very "Ghetto", quite racist and all too authentic.
The plot itself is very Karate kid lite, done on a low after-school movie budget but is pleasant enough.
But most Asian, or other minorities for that matter can relate to C-dub and both laugh and cringe. The way Caucasians are depicted is over the top but does reflect some of the frustration at the old-school-tie attitudes that are still running things - even when they are trying to be benevolent. Sadly, we have all experienced those unintentional incredibly ignorant remarks from people like the tournament director. If you are from Hong Kong or one of the former British colonies then you'd know what C-dub was sayin'...
This might have been less cringe-worthy if it had gotten out of the American immigrant self-imposed apartheid ghetto mentality. But then again maybe that works better as (un)intentional irony.
Overall, not great but it did precede things like Outsourced which deal with similar themes. C-dub's rapping is very funny (as is the Cantonese hip-hop - so bad that I'm glad they didn't translate it...) and it does give insight into Asian-American attitudes and prejudices.
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