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Hollywood Chinese (2007)

Hollywood Chinese is a captivating look at cinema history through the lens of the Chinese American experience. Directed by triple Sundance award-winning filmmaker, Arthur Dong, this ... See full summary »

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Arthur Dong

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Arthur Dong
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Credited cast:
Turhan Bey ... Himself
Joan Chen ... Herself
Tsai Chin ... Herself
Stephen Gong Stephen Gong ... Himself
James Hong ... Himself
David Henry Hwang ... Himself
Nancy Kwan ... Herself
Ang Lee ... Himself
Christopher Lee ... Himself
Justin Lin ... Himself
Lisa Lu ... Herself
Luise Rainer ... Herself
James Shigeta ... Himself
Amy Tan ... Herself
Wayne Wang ... Himself
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Hollywood Chinese is a captivating look at cinema history through the lens of the Chinese American experience. Directed by triple Sundance award-winning filmmaker, Arthur Dong, this documentary is a voyage through a century of cinematic delights, intrigues and treasures. It weaves together a wondrous portrait of actors, directors, writers, and movie icons who have defined American feature films, from the silent era to the current new wave of Asian American cinema. At once entertaining and enlightening, Hollywood Chinese reveals long-untold stories behind the Asian faces that have graced the silver screen, and weaves a rich and complicated tapestry, one marked by unforgettable performances and groundbreaking films, but also by a tangled history of race and representation. Written by Louise Rosen Ltd.

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USA

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English

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2 May 2008 (USA) See more »

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Brilliant --
23 November 2012 | by JNagaryaSee all my reviews

Brilliant film history revealing that there was a thriving Chine film industry, alongside -- and outside -- the Caucasian Hollywood film industry. One is angered by the exclusion -- not only because non-white, but also by the casting of others than Chinese as Chinese.

And one is moved by the dilemma of contemporary American-born Chinese filmmakers: Chinese audiences want to see White folks; American audiences want to see Chinese folk -- but from China.

A must for those interested in film history, and larger cultural history, and how money is more important that talent, than life itself.

Not to be missed for those who are held by the view that these sorts of issues are "no big deal" for those affected by them. And those affected by them are all of us.


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