Chan Is Missing
|Chan Is Missing|
|Directed by||Wayne Wang|
|Produced by||Wayne Wang|
|Written by||Wayne Wang
|Music by||Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo|
|Editing by||Wayne Wang|
|Distributed by||New Yorker Films|
|Release dates||April 24, 1982|
|Running time||80 minutes|
Chan Is Missing is a 1982 film directed by Wayne Wang, which tells the story of two taxi drivers searching the streets of San Francisco's Chinatown for the man who ran off with their money. It stars Wood Moy, Marc Hayashi and Laureen Chew.
The movie was written by Isaac Cronin and Wayne Wang, directed by Wang and dedicated to Wong Cheen (or Wong Ch'ien or Hwang Qian). It is one of the first major American film productions in which Chinese Americans are portrayed in a realistic fashion, using many non-actors, in contrast with other films in which Chinese and Chinese Americans are portrayed in predictable and limited roles based on stereotypes. The movie is considered a seminal work of Asian American Cinema. The song playing at the beginning of the movie is by Sam Hui. Its Mandarin Chinese name is Jia Jia Re Chao.
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 living at the margins of contemporary American society.
Awards and recognitions
- In 1995, Chan Is Missing was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".
- In 1982, it won the Best Experimental/Independent Film from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.
- Wayne Wang -- He Made The Year's Unlikeliest Hit: Wayne Wang By TONY CHIU. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 30 May 1982: D17.
- Canby, Vincent (April 24, 1982). "MOVIE REVIEW:Chan Is Missing (1982)". New York Times. Retrieved 2 May 2010.
- "Images – Asian America Through the Lens". Retrieved 2009-06-16.
- Chan Is Missing: A Film By Wayne Wang, With Introduction and Screen Notes by Diane Mei Lin Mark (Honolulu: Bamboo Ridge Press, 1984), ISBN 0-910043-06-X
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