Chan Is Missing

Chan Is Missing

DVD - 2006
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Two cabbies search San Francisco's Chinatown for a mysterious character who has disappeared with their $4000. Their quest to figure out what happened to Chan and their missing cash leads them on a journey that illuminates the pitfalls of Chinese-Americans trying to assimilate into contemporary American society.
Publisher: Port Washington, NY : Koch Lorber Films : Distributed by KOCH Vision, [2006]
ISBN: 9781417200962
1417200960
Branch Call Number: DVD Chan 7-DAY 1982
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 80 min.) :,sd., b&w ;,4 3/4 in.

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zacharywm
Mar 14, 2015

How do Chinese Americans assimilate into American culture? Do they give up their heritage, do they denounce their political leanings, do they listen to rock music? Chan is missing, but no one is able to paint a consistent picture of who he is. Chan is the embodiment of cultural assimilation. He seems to be filled with contradictions and inconsistencies of our preconceived notions. The movie is effective as a low budget black & white film, starring non-actors in San Francisco's Chinatown during the early eighties.

Unclose Sep 02, 2014

A great indie film... It's full of heart and teems with plenty of real characters --plus a lot of funny improv by its two leads. It carries on like a page-turning mystery novel --only it paces itself. The work deals with how complex individuals can be when culture is added to the mix; the variation of opinions about an individual depending on who you ask. The film offers insight into Asian-American immigrant and identity struggle in America during the 80's, as well as a generous glimpse into Chinese politics and thinking. It was also shot in B&W --something I think contributed to its depth.

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jnewday
Aug 26, 2012

Slow moving and enigmatic, this amble through Chinatown and its locals gives an inside view of life as Asian in a city inside a city.

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