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The Adventures of Dr, Fu Manchu (TV, 1956)
Cast: Glenn Gordon, Lester Matthews, Clark Howat, Carla Balenda. Based on the story by Sax Rohmer. The golden god of Dr. Fu Manchu / writer, Richard Landru director, Franklin Adreon -- The master plan of Dr. Fu Manchu / writer, Arthur Orloff ; director, William Witney. Television dramas about the villainous Chinese master criminal Dr. Fu Manchu and his nemesis Sir Nayland Smith. 60 min. Video/C 8283

All American Girl(TV, 1994-1995)
Cast: Margaret Cho, Maddie Corman, Judy Gold, Amy Hill, Ashley Johnson, Clyde Kusatsu, Jodi Long, J.B. Qwon, Sam Seder, B.D Wong. A television show about a very Westernized Korean-American girl delightfully at odds with her traditional but screwy family in San Francisco. Contents: Disc 1. Mom, Dad, this is Kyle ; Submission: Impossible ; Who's the boss? ; Yung at heart -- Disc 2. Redesigning women ; Booktopus ; Mommie nearest ; Take my family, please ; Exile on Market Street -- Disc 3. Ratting on Ruthie ; Educating Margaret ; Loveless in San Francisco ; Malpractice makes perfect ; The apartment -- Disc 4. Notes from the underground ; Venus de Margaret ; A night at the Oprah ; Pulp sitcom ; Young Americans. Originally broadcast as a television series 1994-1995. ca. 7 hrs. 30 min. DVD X2454

Cassinelli, Sarah Moon. "If we are Asian, then are we funny?": Margaret Cho's All-American Girl as the First (and Last?) Asian American Sitcom." Studies in American Humor, 2008, Vol. 3 Issue 17, p131-144, 14p UC users only

American Fusion (2005)
Directed by Frank Lin. Cast: Esai Morales, Sylvia Chang, Pat Morita, Collin Chou. Yvonne is a divorced middle-aged Chinese immigrant who thinks her life is over, doomed to spend the rest of her days as a slave to her large and eccentric family. Suddenly, romance enters her life and Yvonne gets a long deferred chance for true love. Cultures collide as she falls for the last person a Chinese family would ever accept, Jose, a Mexican-American dentist. A warm-hearted satire of ethnic stereotypes and family relationships providing nonstop laughs. 94 min. DVD X872
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American Pastime (2007)
Director: Desmond Nakano. Cast: Gary Cole, Leonardo Nam, Aaron Yoo, Masatoshi Nakamura, Judy Ongg, Sarah Drew, Jon Gries. Set against the Japanese-American internment camps during WWII, Japanese-American families, now faced with a country that doubts their loyalty, turned to baseball as a way to handle their plight and find the strength to stand up for themselves. Based on true events, also tells the story of a minor-leaguer and guard at the Topaz Internment Camp who, amidst all the conflict, is hoping for one last shot at the Major Leagues. Special features: "Go for broke: behind American pastime" making-of featurette; theatrical trailer. 105 min. DVD 8668
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Asian Stories (2006)
Director: Ron Oda, Kris Chin. Cast: James Kyson Lee, Kathy Uyen, Kirt Kishita, Lauren Mary Kim, Christopher Dinh, Luis Fernandez-Gil, Eric Hailey. A Chinese-American living in L.A. named Jim is deserted by his fiance. Adding insult to injury, she's left him just two weeks before Valentine's day, but after he's gotten the bills for the wedding and her $10,000 engagement ring. Looking to distract himself from his troubles, he invites his best friend to help him out of his depression, a Japanese ex-con who happens to be a hitman. However, Jim's cure for depression involves hiring his hitman friend to kill him before Valentine's Day arrives. Special features: Optional audio commentary with filmmaker and cast ; theatrical trailer ; "Behind the film festivals" film festival screenings short (9 min.) ; stills gallery. 98 min. DVD X398
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At Home with Desalojos Realtors(2004)
Directed and produced by Yaromil Fong-Olivares. Cast: Belia Mayeno-Sabedra, Nassima Kaddoura. A mock infomercial about the gentrification of San Francisco's Mission District. "Make yourself at home, but don't get too comfortable..." The filmmaker, a Dominican immigrant of Chinese decent, hopes to shed light on the dangers posed by gentrification. 4 min. DVD X7017

Baby (2008)
Director: Juwan Chung. Cast: David Huynh, Feodor Chin, Ron Yuan, Ryan Andres, Linn Ko, Christina Stacey, Tzi Ma, Kenneth Choi, Kenzo Lee, Dana Lee, Peter Cho. A motherless 11-year-old, raised by his alcoholic father, ends up in Juvenile Hall for manslaughter. After seven years in prison he re-enters society only to return to his former life. Only his childhood friends can offer him hope to turn his life around A tragic tale of an Asian youth's gang life in South East Los Angeles, set during the mid 80's to the early 90s. 100 min. DVD X3445
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Bad Day at Black Rock (1954)
Directed by John Sturges. Cast: Spencer Tracy, Robert Ryan, Anne Francis, Dean Jagger, Walter Brennan, John Ericson, Ernest Borgnine, Lee Marvin, Russell Collins, Walter Sande. "Bad Day at Black Rock is both a tightly-written, suspenseful, dramatic action film (with film noirish qualities) and a western. On the surface, this American film classic is concerned with the themes of individual integrity, group conformity and complacency, and civic responsibility. It can also be seen as a powerful, allegorical indictment of the Hollywood blacklist, created during the climate of suspicion and fear of the 1950s McCarthy era. The message of director John Sturges' taut and influential film can be interpreted with different levels of meaning, but predominantly as the tense portrayal of a one-armed stranger who intrusively has arrived in a half-forgotten desert town filled with ruffians. Over a twenty-four hour period, he finds himself unwelcome and facing several ominous characters, animosity, collective guilt, hypocrisy, and bigotry. The film builds suspense by withholding information about the visitor's mysterious mission, and by creating a who-dun-it mystery regarding the hostile town's secret. Eventually, he learns the town's dark secret, and fulfills the promise he made to present a posthumous Congressional Medal of Honor for heroism to the farming father of a Japanese wartime buddy who had saved his life in World War II on the battlefields of Italy." [Filmsite] 81 min. DVD 3926; vhs 999:745
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Kaufman, Millard. "A Vehicle for Tracy: The Road to Black Rock." Hopkins Review, vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 70-88, Winter 2008 UC users only
Lovell, Glenn. Escape artist : the life and films of John Sturges / Glenn Lovell. Madison, Wis. : University of Wisconsin Press, c2008. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.S779 L68 2008)
Saxton, Alexander. "The Racial Trajectory of the Western Hero." Amerasia Journal; 1984, Vol. 11 Issue 2, p67-80, 14p UC users only
Streamas, John. "'Patriotic Drunk': To be Yellow, Brave, and Disappeared in Bad Day at Black Rock." American Studies ; Spring/Summer2003, Vol. 44 Issue 1/2, p99-114, 16p
Sturken, Marita. "Absent Images of Memory: Remembering and Reenacting the Japanese Internment." In: Perilous memories : the Asia-Pacific War(s) / edited by T. Fujitani, Geoffrey M. White, and Lisa Yoneyama. Durham [N.C.] : Duke University Press, 2001. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; Anthropology DS777.53 .P44 2001)

The Ballad of Little Jo (1993)
Director, Maggie Greenwald. Cast: Cast: Suzy Amis, Bo Hopkins, Ian McKellen, David Chung, Rene Auberjonois, Carrie Snodgress. Based on a true story, this is the tale of Josephine Monaghan, a young woman of the mid-19th century who is thrown out of her parents' home after being seduced by the family's portrait photographer and giving birth to an illegitimate child. Josephine quickly learns that young, female, pretty, and alone are a bad combination for life in the wild west. In her desperation to survive, Josephine disguises herself as "Jo", a young man, and struggles to make a life for herself in a dingy frontier mining town. Can "Little Jo" live and love without revealing his/her secret? David Chung plays an old west Chinese miner (Tinman Wong) who is rescued from a lynch mob by Little Jo (Suzy Amis). The pair end up as lovers. 122 min. DVD 2308
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Brower, Sue. ""They'd Kill Us if They Knew": Transgression and the Western." Journal of Film and Video 62:4 (Winter 2010) UC users only
Chen, Chiung Hwang. "Feminization of Asian (American) Men in the U.S. Mass Media: An Analysis of The Ballad of Little Jo." Journal of Communication Inquiry 1996 20(2): 57-71. UC users only
Modleski, Tania. "Our Heroes Have Sometimes Been Cowgirls: An Interview with Maggie Greenwald." Film Quarterly, vol. 49, no. 2, pp. 2-11, Winter 1995 UC users only
Modleski, Tania. "A Woman's Gotta Do ... What a Man's Gotta Do? Cross-Dressing in the Western." Signs, vol. 22, no. 3, pp. 519-44, Spring 1997 UC users only
Natharius, David; Dobkin, Bethami A. "Feminist Visions of Transformation in The Ballad of Little Jo, The Piano, and Orlando." Women and Language, vol. 25, no. 1, pp. 9-17, Spring 2002 UC users only

The Best of Slant. Vol. 1
Features seven eclectic short animated and live action films from emerging Asian-American directors. How to do the Asian squat (2002) / directed by Daniel Hsia -- Lilo and me (2003) / directed by Kip Fulbeck -- Maritess vs. the Superfriends (2002) / directed by Dino Ignacio -- A little bit different (2005) / directed by Lynn Okimura -- Profiles in science (2002) / directed by Wes Kim -- I pie (A love story) / directed by Nobu Adilman -- How to make kimchi according to my kun-uma (2003) / directed by Samuel Kiehoon Lee -- Slip of the tongue (2005) / directed by Karen Lum. 61 min. DVD X252

Better Luck Tomorrow (2002)
Director, Justin Lin. Cast: Parry Shen, Jason Tobin, Sung Kang, Roger Fan, John Cho, Karin Anna Cheung, Jerry Mathers. Tells the story of a group of seemingly "perfect" Asian American high-school buddies who lead double lives. Ben is a perfectionist and overachiever engaged in a dizzying variety of school activities, volunteer work and the basketball team. When an article is published in the school paper indicating that Ben's true role on the team is to add a touch of ethnic diversity, he quits the team and becomes involved in a world of petty crime and material excess - a free-wheeling lifestyle that soon takes a downward spiral, leading to an unexpected, violent end. 100 min. DVD 2268
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Big Trouble in Little China(1986)
Directed by John Carpenter. Cast: Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall, Dennis Dun, James Hong, Victor Wong, Kate Burton, Donald Li, Carter Wong, Peter Kwong, James Pax. Jack Burton is a big-talking, wisecracking trucker who goes beneath the streets of San Francisco's Chinatown to battle an army of spirits when his friend's fiancee is kidnapped. 99 min. DVD X34
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Bird of Paradise(1932)
Directed by King Vidor. Cast: Dolores Del Rio, Joel McCrea, Richard "Skeets" Gallagher, Bert Roach, John Halliday, Lon Chaney Jr. (Creighton Chaney). South Seas romantic adventure. Western playboy Joel McCrea falls for native beauty (played by Delores Del Rio, a Latina actress). 80 min. DVD 7636; vhs 999:249
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Hershfield, Joanne. "Race and Romance in "Bird of Paradise"." Cinema Journal 373 [Spring 1998] 3-15 UC users only

Bitter Tea of General Yen(1932)
Directed by Frank Capra. Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, Nils Asther, Toshia Mori, Walter Connolly, Lucien Littlefield, Richard Loo, Helen Jerome Eddy. An American missionary, Megan Davis, in attempting to rescue children from the brutality of China's Civil War, gets rescued/kidnapped by General Yen, a power hungry Chinese warlord. Eastern and Western philosophies collide, as do the characters. Megan wants to return to her fiance in Shanghai, but could it be that in spite of General Yen's heartless brutality, she's falling in love with him? A moody, beautifully atomospheric, sensitively performed film of a tragic tale of unrequited love. 78 min. vhs 999:2185
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Black Widow (1947 serial).
Director, Spencer Gordon Bennet and Fred C. Brannon. Cast: Bruce Edwards, Virginia Lee, Joyce Winters, Carol Forman, Anthony Ward, Ramsay Ames. Madame Sombra (Carol Forman) wants to help her tyrannical father become emperor of Earth and will stop at nothing to achieve her goal. Under the guise of the treacherous Black Widow Gang, she embarks on a mission to steal America's top-secret atomic weapons. Luring her victims into her "web" disguised as a fortune-teller, Sombra the "Spider Woman" eliminates her enemies by injecting them with deadly spider venom. vhs 999:1250
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Bombs Over Burma(1943)
Directed by Joseph H. Lewis. Cast: Anna May Wong, Noel Madison, Leslie Denison, Nedrick Young. The Burma Road must be kept open for Allied troop convoys during WWII at any cost by a brave crew. After a surprise attack, the group suspects a traitor is among them. The beautiful Lin Yang, a Chinese girl who teaches school by day and spies for the Allies by night, is assigned to find out who is responsible for the leaking information to the Japanese. 65 min. DVD 9156
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Anna May Wong bibliograpy

Bonanza
1960's television western program. Cast: Dan Blocker, Michael Landon, Lorne Greene, Pernell Roberts. For MRC holdings, SEE TV videography

A regular character of the series is the cook Hop Sing, played by veteran actor Victor Sen Yung. "Hop Sing was the Cartwright family's cook on the US television series Bonanza which ran on the NBC network from 1959-73. Victor Sen Yung played the Chinese immigrant. Although the character may have promoted some Chinese-American stereotypes, such as his being a servant (an economic niche also shared by African Americans in the American South), he is not commonly cited as an offensive use of Asian characters. The Chinese were historically marginalized in the labor market of the American west into niches where they would not compete with Caucasians. Marlo Thomas was also cast as a Chinese in one episode, and other prominent Chinese Americans would also be cast on Bonanza. During the western's fourteen year run, just two episodes centred around the character. The first dealt with Hop Sing saving Little Joe from a false murder charge via the ancient science of fingerprinting or (as Hop Sing referenced) "chops". The second episode, written by Michael Landon, dealt with Caucasian biases against Asians in the 1880s, when Hop Sing fell in love with a white woman." [Wikipedia].

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Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
Directed by Blake Edwards. Cast: Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Patricia Neal, Buddy Ebsen, Mickey Rooney. Features Mickey Rooney doing one of the most egregiously horrible "comic" impersonations of an Asian (Mr. Yunioshi) in the history of movies. 114 min. DVD 936; vhs 999:703
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The Brides of Fu Manchu(UK / West Germany, 1966)
Director, Don Sharp. Cast: Christopher Lee, Douglas Wilmer, Heinz Drache, Marie Versini. Christopher Lee returns as Sax Rohmer's insidious Asian villain Fu Manchu. Fu Manchu and his army of henchmen are kidnapping the daughters of prominent scientists and taking them to his remote island headquarters. Instead of asking for ransom, Fu demands that the fathers help him to build a death ray, which he intends to use to take over the world. But Fu's archenemy, Nayland Smith of Scotland Yard, is determined not to let that happen. Based on the story "The bride of Fu Manchu" by Sax Rohmer. 80 min. DVD 7860
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Broken Blossoms or, The Yellow Man and the Girl (1919)
Directed by D.W. Griffith. Cast: Lillian Gish, Richard Barthelmess, Donald Crisp. Adapted from the story: The Chink and the child. A peace-loving young Chinese man (played by white actor, Richard Richard Barthelmess) in a London slum befriends a young girl brutally mistreated by her own father. 71 min. DVD 1543; DVD 42; vhs 999:57
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National Film Registry Selection

Catfish in Black Bean Sauce (2000)
Directed by Chi Muoi Lo. Cast: Paul Winfield, Mary Alice, Chi Muoi Lo, Kieu Chinh, Lauren Tom, Sanaa Lathan, Tyler Christopher, George Wallace. Mai and her brother Dwayne were Vietnamese orphans in a refugee camp when an African-American couple adopted them 22 years ago. As an adult, Mai tracks down her mother and brings her to America for the first time. Now, after an emotional reunion, Dwayne and Mai face conflicting feelings over their identities and loyalites in this touching and funny look at what it means to be family. 119 min. DVD 1799
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Chan is Missing (1982)
Directed by Wayne Wang. Set in San Francisco, this sleeper concerns a Chinese-American cab driver and his nephew, who discover their friend Chan Hung has disappeared with $4000 of their savings. 80 min. Video DVD 4972; vhs 999:56
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Charlie Chan

Black Magic (Meeting at Midnight)(1944)
Directed by Phil Rosen. Cast: Sidney Toler, Mantan Moreland, Frances Chan, Joseph Crehan. Charlie Chan investigates a group of spiritualists, illusionists and hypnotists in this puzzling case where a string of apparent suicides -- and one murder -- occurs during a terrifying seance. 67 min. DVD 2705
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Charlie Chan at the Circus (1936)
Directed by Harry Lachman. Cast: Warner Oland, Keye Luke, George Brasno, Olive Brasno, Francis Ford, Maxine Reiner. When the esteemed detective takes his honorable wife and all twelve children on an outing to the circus, he soon discovers that the main attraction is a baffling case of murder. With the help of his eldest son, Chan investigates. 72 min. DVD 6774
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Charlie Chan at the Olympics (1937)
Directed by Harry Lachman. Cast: Warner Oland, Katherine DeMille, Pauline Moore, Allan Lane, Keye Luke, C. Henry Gordon, Layne Tom. This mystery pits Charlie Chan against international spies who are using the Berlin Olympic games as the perfect cover for cold-blooded murder. The detective is aided by his son who just happens to be on the U.S. swim team. 77 min. DVD 6775
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Charlie Chan at the Opera (1936)
Directed by Bruce Humberstone. Cast: Warner Oland, Boris Karloff, Keye Luke, Charlotte Henry, Thomas Beck, Margaret Irving. Charlie Chan investigates two murders on the opening night of an opera. The prime suspect is the husband of the star of the opera, himself a talented singer who recently escaped from the insane asylum where he had suffered from amnesia for years. 68 min. DVD 6776
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Charlie Chan at the Race Track (1936)
Directed by Bruce Humberston. Cast: Warner Oland, Keye Luke, Helen Wood, Thomas Beck, Alan Dinehart, Gavin Muir. Equestrian adventure in which the renowned detective Charlie Chan must untangle the murder of a racehorse owner by an international gambling ring. 70 min. DVD 6773
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Charlie Chan in Egypt (1935)
Directed by Luis King. Cast: Warner Oland, Pat Paterson, Rita Cansino (Hayworth), Stepin Fetchit. Charlie Chan is hired to find an archeologist when he disappears during the excavation of ancient treasures in Egypt. 72 min. DVD 5744
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Charlie Chan in London (1934)
Directed by Eugene Forde. Cast: Warner Oland, Drue Leyton, Raymond Milland, Mona Barrie. To investigate a young woman's claim that her brother has been framed for murder, Chan invites himself to a stately English manor, where guests gathering for a fox hunt unwittingly harbor the real killer! 79 min. DVD 5743
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Charlie Chan in Paris (1935)
Directed by Lewis Seiler. Cast: Warner Oland, Mary Brian, Thomas Beck, Erik Rhodes. Chan battles an entire conspiracy filled with multiple murders - wherein the prime suspect seems to have committed crimes in three places at once. 71 min. DVD 5745
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Charlie Chan in Shanghai (1935)
Directed by James Tinling. Cast: Warner Oland, Irene Hervey, Charles Locher, Russell Hicks, Keye Luke. Chan visits China, the country of his honorable ancestors, only to encounter a murder and an opium ring. 71 min. DVD 5746
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The Chinese Cat (1944)
Directed by Phil Rosen. Cast: Sidney Toler, Mantan Moreland, Joan Woodbury, Benson Fong, Ian Keith. When Charlie (Sidney Toler) begins investigating the murder of Leah Manning's father, a cutthroat gang of gem thieves comes after him. 65 min. DVD 2702; VHS 999:1244
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The Jade Mask (1945)
Directed by Phil Rosen. Cast: Sidney Toler, Mantan Moreland, Edwin Luke, Hardie Albright. When an eccentric scientist is murdered, the government sends in Charlie Chan to find a missing top secret formula and catch a killer, using one important clue: a broken piece of a jade mask. 66 min. DVD 2706
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Murder Over New York (1940)
Director Harry Lachman. Cast: Sidney Toler; Marjorie Weaver; Ricardo Cortez; Donald MacBride. Charlie Chan (Sidney Toler) attends a police convention and winds up tangling with saboteurs who are knocking Allied planes out of the air. 65 min. vhs 999:416
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The Scarlet Clue (1945)
Directed by Phil Rosen. Cast: Sidney Toler, Mantan Moreland, Edwin Luke, Hardie Albright. Charlie Chan must stop a murderous thief who'll let nothing -- not even show business -- stop him from stealing top-secret radar plans. 65 min. DVD 2704
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The Secret Service.(1944)
Directed by Phil Rosen. Cast: Sidney Toler, Mantan Moreland, Gwen Kenyon Arthur Loft. During World War II Chan becomes a secret service agent assigned to find the killer of an inventor of a top-secret device which would protect U.S. forces from German U-boats. 65 min. DVD 2707
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The Shanghai Cobra.(1945)
Directed by Phil Karlson. Cast: Sidney Toler, Mantan Moreland, Benson Fong, James Cardwell, Joan Barclay. Charlie Chan faces off against an escaped con from Shanghai who's been killing his victims with cobra venom so he can rob a government vault of its valuable contents: highly toxic radium. 64 min. DVD 2703
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The Cheat (1915)
Directed by Cecil B. DeMille. Cast: Fannie Ward, Jack Dean, Sessue Hayakawa. "Richard Hardy, a hardworking stockbroker, labors overtime to keep up with the ruinous bills incurred by his beautiful but irresponsible wife Edith, a venal, spoiled socialite who is impervious to his pleas for fiscal restraint. Acting on what she believes to be an insider information, she impulsively embezzles $10,000 from the Red Cross charity she chairs for a stock tip. When she finds the money has been lost, she desperately turns to a Japanese ivory trader with whom she has been thoughtlessly flirting and persuades him to replace the money in exchange for an assignation. When her husband's long-awaited business deal finally materializes, she desperately tries to withdraw from their agreement by replacing the money. Angered and disappointed with her resistance to his advances, he uses a branding device to mark her shoulder as his property. Feeling violated, Edith shoots him in the shoulder and leaves. In order to protect his wife's reputation, Richard confesses to the crime and faces trial for attempted murder." [IMDB] 55 min. DVD 3574; also DVD 628; vhs 999:1074
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The Cheat (1931)
Directed by George Abbott. Cast: Tallulah Bankhead, Harvey Stephens, Irving Pichel, Jay Fassett, Ann Andrews. Love, lust, possession, money, social standing, and addiction. Elsa Carlyle is impulsive and a gambler; though loved by her husband Jeff, she's spoiled and selfish, concerned with social standing. Meanwhile, Jeff wants to keep a lid on spending while he completes business deals that could make them rich. One night, on a hunch, she bets and loses big at a casino, then she doubles her problems with more impulsive decisions. Hardy Livingston, a wealthy Casanova just back from the Orient, makes a play for her. Elsa dallies with Hardy, but soon, his insistence and her dire financial affairs seem destined to lead to adultery. Who's the cheat? The cheat violated the Production Code's strictures against miscengenation, sadism, white slavery and rape. 68 min. DVD X1621
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Charlotte Sometimes (2002)
Director, Eric Byler. Cast: Jacqueline Kim, Michael Idemoto, Eugenia Yuan, Matt Westmore, Shizuko Hoshi, Kimberly-Rose Wolter. Shot on video in and around Los Angeles's bohemian Silver Lake district, Eric Byler's "Charlotte Sometimes" is a small, subtle character study about a young Asian-American, Michael (Michael Idemoto), who by day repairs cars and by night manages a small apartment building that belongs to his aunt. Michael, a young mechanic, is forced to choose between a daring tryst with an alluring stranger (Jacqueline Kim) and the habitual comfort of his bittersweet obsession, his beautiful young roommate. "Like almost every domestic drama with an Asian connection, ''Charlotte Sometimes'' has been compared to the work of Yasujiro Ozu, the Japanese master of emotional understatement. But ''Charlotte Sometimes'' seems closer in spirit to the work of the French filmmaker Eric Rohmer, sharing his fascination with courtship rituals among the young and the paradoxes of desire." [Kehr, Dave. NY Times, August 8, 2003]85 min. DVD 8153
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Chinatown After Dark (1931)
Director, Stuart Paton. Cast: Carmel Myers, Rex Lease, Billy Gilbert, Barbara Kent, Edmund Breese, Frank Mayo. In Shanghai, an American Ralph Bonner is entrusted with an ancient Chinese dagger which he must transport to San Francisco. Hidden within the dagger is an extraordinarily beautiful gem which leads to many close calls for Bonner as the evil dragon-lady Madame Ying Su conspires through kidnap and murder to obtain the dagger. The comedian Billy Gilbert provides comic relief as a hapless sneezing cop. 50 min. DVD X3396
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Chu Chin Chow (1934)
Director, Walter Forde. Featuring Anna May Wong as Zahret, a slave girl. See Images of Arabs and the Middle East

Combination Platter (1993)
Directed by Tony Chan. Cast: Jeffrey Lau, Coleen O'Brien, Lester "Chit-Man" Chan, Colin Mitchell, Kenneth Lu, Thomas K. Hsiung, Jia Fu Lin, Ellen Synn, Nathanel Geng. Robert is an illegal Chinese immigrant living in America and working as a waiter in a Chinese restaurant. In desperate need of a Green Card, he sets out to arrange a fake marriage with an American woman. Winner of Best Screenplay, 1993 Sundance Film Festival. DVD X890; vhs 999:1639
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Andrews, David. 'Combination Platter': take one restaurant, add salt and spice. (Tony Chan's first feature film) New York Times v143, sec2 (Sun, Oct 31, 1993):H18(N), pH18(L), col 5, 20 col in.
Maslin, Janet. Combination Platter. (movie reviews) New York Times v142 (Sat, March 27, 1993):12(N), 11(L), col 3, 11 col in.; v143 (Thu, Nov 4, 1993):C22(L), col 1, 9 col in.

Come See the Paradise.(1990)
Directed by Alan Parker. Cast: Dennis Quaid, Tamlyn Tomita, Sab Shimono, Shizuko Hoshi. Set against the background of a controversial period in American history, the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, Come See The Paradise is the love story of an Irish-American man and a beautiful Japanese-American woman. 133 min. DVD 5644; vhs 999:1400
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Crash (2004)
Directed by Paul Haggis. Cast: Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle, Matt Dillon, Jennifer Esposito, William Fichtner, Brendan Fraser, Terrence Howard, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Thandie Newton, Ryan Phillippe, Larenz Tate. A car accident brings together a group of strangers in Los Angeles in this provocative, unflinching look at the complexities of racial tolerance in contemporary America. 113 min. DVD 4298
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The Crimson Kimono (1959)
Directed by Samuel Fuller. Cast: Victoria Shaw, Glenn Corbett, James Shigeta, Anna Lee, Paul Dubov. Caucasian and Japanese-American Korean War army buddies Corbett and Shigeta now work side by side in the LA homicide squad. When stripper Gloria Pall is murdered, they are sent to investigate. Both are smitten by the lovely Victoria Shaw, who is implicated in the crime. Corbett becomes jealous of Shigeta, who is deeply hurt, feeling that Corbett's animosity is borne of racism. Their friendship, and the central romance, is resolved after the detectives bring the murderer to heel in Los Angeles' Little Tokyo. Film takes a daring look at interracial romance at a time when it was still a hot-button issue. 81 min. DVD X2350
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Marchetti, Gina. "Tragic and Transcendent Love: Sayonara and The Crimson Kimono." In: Romance and the "Yellow Peril": Race, Sex, and Discursive Strategies in Hollywood Fiction / Gina Marchetti. pp. 125-57. Berkeley: University of California Press, c1993. (UCBAsianAmer PN1995.9.A8 M37; UCB Main PN1995.9.A78 M37 1993; UCB Moffitt PN1995.9.A78 M37 1993)

Daughter of the Tong (1939)
Directed by Bernard B. Ray. Cast: Evelyn Brent, Grant Withers, Dorothy Short, Dave O'Brien, Richard Loo. This crime drama in which a Chinese dragon lady rules a group of waterfront smugglers celebrates the courageous deeds of the F.B.I. and the dedication of its director, J. Edgar Hoover. DVD X4362
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Day of Independence (2003)
Directed by Chris Tashima. Cast: Derek Mio, Marcus Toji, Chris Tashima, Keiko Kawashima, Gina Hiraizumi. Set in a Japanese relocation camp during WWII, this fact-based story chronicles the journey of an American family torn apart by forced incarceration, a father's decision that challenges his son to find strength, and ultimately his son's triumph through courage, sacrifice and the All-American game of baseball. 27 min. vhs 999:3731
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Dim Sum. (1985)
Directed by Wayne Wang. A charming, delightful comedy about a Chinese-American family in contemporary San Francisco trying to maintain a link to their cultural heritage while confronted with the changing world around them. DVD 4971; vhs 999:99
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Double Happiness. (1995)
Directed by Mina Shum. Cast: Sandra Oh, Stephen M.D. Chang, Alannah Ong, Donald Fong, Frances You. East clashes with West and generations collide in this comedy about a young Chinese-Canadian woman struggling to appease her old-fashioned father, and at the same time pursue her modern dreams. 87 min. DVD 7470
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The Dragon Painter (1919)
Director, William Worthington. Cast: Sessue Hayakawa, Tsuru Aoki, Edward Peil, Toyo Fujita. Hayakawa plays Tatsu, a wild youth living in the mountain forests of Japan, spending all his time painting. Although Tatsu creates beautiful art, local villagers believe that he is insane, as he claims that he has a beloved princess fiancee who has been turned into a dragon. When an renowned-but-aging artist hears of the young hermit's talent, Tatsu is brought to civilization with the hope that he will both become the student of the old artist and marry the elderly man's daughter to continue the family lineage and traditions. Special features: 1921 comedy short, Screen snapshots with Sessue Hayakawa, Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle and Charles Murray ; stills gallery of illustrations from original novel ; stills gallery of Herbert G. Ponting's photos of turn-of-the century Japan ; stills gallery of archival photos and correspondence notes of Hayakawa and Aoki ; gallery of promotional materials from the original production. 53 min. DVD 9553
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Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story(1993)
Director, Rob Cohen. Cast: Jason Scott Lee, Lauren Holly, Nancy Kwan, Robert Wagner, Michael Learned, Ric Young. True story of the kung-fu king Bruce Lee based on the biography by his widow that dwells not on his mysterious death but his inspirational life and improbable rise to stardom from the streets of Hong Kong. Reveals the life of the man behind the legend, his awesome martial arts fighting skills, passionate romance, and spiritual triumph over demons from without ... and within. Based on the book "Bruce Lee, the man only I knew" by Linda Lee Cadwell. 120 min. DVD 7842
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Dragon Seed(1944)
Based on the novel by Pearl S. Buck. Features an all-star cast of white actors playing Chinese peasants: Katharine Hepburn, Walter Huston, Aline MacMahon, Akim Tamiroff, Turhan Bey, Hurd Hatfield, J. Carroll Naish, Agnes Moorehead, Henry Travers, Robert Bice, Robert Lewis, Frances Rafferty, Jacqueline de Wit. A peaceful village in China is invaded by the Japanese prior to World War II. The men in the village choose to adopt a peaceful attitude toward their conquerors. But Jade is a headstrong young woman who intends to stand up to the Japanese whether her husband Lao Er approves or not. She even goes so far as to learn to read and to handle a weapon, so that she may be properly equipped for both the psychological and physical combat. Jade's attitude spreads to the rest of the village, convincing even the staunchest of male traditionalist that the Japanese can be defeated only by offering a strong united front-male and female. Alas, there are a few Quislings in their midst, notably avaricious merchant Wu Lien, who learns all too late the terrible cost of collaboration. DVD 7607; vhs 999:711
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Drifters (Er di) (Taiwan / China, 2003)
Directed by Wang Xiaoshuai. Cast: Duan Long, Shu Yan, Wang Zhilang, Zhao Yiwei, Tang Yang. A Chinese man feels pulled between his responsibilities in America where he has fathered a son, and China where he has fallen in love with an opera singer. 120 min. DVD 6319
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Eat a Bowl of Tea (1989)
Directed by Wayne Wang. In New York's Chinatown of the late 1940's, young Ben Loy, fresh out of the service, has his whole life spread out before him - including a job, an apartment and a marriage arranged by his father. Based on Louis Chu's novel of the same name (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1979, c1961. UCB AsianAmer PS3553.H8 E15 1979 *c7 copies; UCB Bancroft p PS3553.H776 E3 1979; UCB Moffitt PS3553.H7 E3 1979; New York: Carol Publ. Group, 1990, c1961. UCB Main PS3553.H7 E3 1990)DVD 2471; VHS 999:394
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Enter the Dragon(1973)
Directed by Robert Clouse. Cast: Bruce Lee, Jim Kelly, John Saxon, Ahna Capri, Bob Wall, Shih Kien. Enter the Dragon takes Lee to the island fortress of a criminal warlord, whose martial arts academy covers up opium-smuggling and prostitution activities. To avenge the death of his sister, Lee infiltrates the stronghold and enters Han's brutal martial arts tournament--a breathtaking visual feast of competitions fusing skills in karate, judo, tai kwan do, tai chi chuan and hapkido, staged by Lee himself. 25th Anniversary special features: 1973 behind-the-scenes documentary: Location: Hong Kong with Enter the Dragon, original theatrical trailer, an exclusive, all-new documentary Bruce Lee: In His Own Words and an all-new introduction by Linda Lee Cadwell. Bonus DVD features: Feature length audio commetary by producer Paul Heller; three documentaries: "Blood and steel: making of Enter the dragon," " Bruce Lee: in his own words," and a 1973 behind-the-scenes featurette; Linda Lee Cadwell interview gallery and home movie footage: Backyard workout with Bruce. 102 min. DVD 9944; vhs 999:2229
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Ethan Mao (2004)
Directed by Quentin Lee. Cast: un Hee Lee, Raymond Ma, Julia Nickson, Kevin Kleinberg, David Tran, Jerry Hernandez.takes him in. After being tipped off by his younger brother that his family is going on a day trip on Thanksgiving Day, Ethan asks Remigio for a ride to his family house to get some of his belongings. Ethan and Remigio break into Ethan's family house, but are caught in the act and have no choice other than to hold his parents hostage. In the following increasingly desperate hours, Ethan, his family and Remigio are forced to confront their unresolved conflicts between each other. As the tension between Ethan and his family escalates, their inner demons and family secrets unravel in this suspenseful drama. 87 min. DVD 5358
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The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu (US /UK, 1980)
Directed by Piers Haggard; Richard Quine (uncredited); Peter Sellers (uncredited). Cast: Peter Sellers, Helen Mirren, Sid Caesar. Inspector Nayland Smith matches wits with the nefarious 168-year-old Fu Manchu, who plots to kidnap a member of the royal family in order to get the diamonds needed to manufacture his elixir of youth. 100 min. DVD X6036
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[Flash Gordon](1930s)
Flash Gordon battles the Ming the Merciless and other terrible aliens. See Serials videography for holdings

Barshay, R. "Ethnic stereotypes in Flash Gordon." Journal of Popular Film and Television Vol III nr 1 (Winter 1974); p 15-30
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Flower Drum Song(1961)
Directed by Henry Koster. Cast: Nancy Kwan, James Shigeta, Benson Fong, Jack Soo, Juanita Hall, Miyoshi Umeki. This unforgettable Broadway smash, filled with memorable songs and brilliant dances, centers on a Hong Kong girl who comes to San Francisco for an arranged marriage to an Americanized nightclub owner who is already engaged to a sultry singer. Based on the novel by C.Y. Lee. Special features: A classic evolves: from print to stage to screen; Faces of the east : casting Flower drum song; The songs of Flower drum song; An all-access pass to the sets and costumes of Flower drum song; The legacy of Rodgers and Hammerstein; feature commentary with actress Nancy Kwan and film historian Nick Redman. DVD 6548; vhs 999:537
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Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

Lewis, David H. Flower drum songs : the story of two musicals Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., c2006. (Main Stack ML410.R6315.L48 2006; Moffitt ML410.R6315.L48 2006)
Ma, Sheng-mei. "Rodger's and Hammerstein's "Chopsticks" musicals.(Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein; "The King and I," "Flower Drum Song" and "South Pacific")(Critical Essay)." Literature-Film Quarterly 31.1 (Jan 2003): 17-26. UC users only
McConachie, Bruce A. "The 'Oriental' Musicals of Rodgers and Hammerstein and the U. S. War in Southeast Asia." Theatre Journal v46.n3 (Oct 1994): pp385(14). (7770 words) UC users only

The Forbidden City (1918)
Directed by Sidney A. Franklin. Cast: Norma Talmadge, Thomas Meighan, E. Allyn Warren, L. Rogers Lytton, Reid Hamilton. San-san, the daughter of a Chinese mandarin is sentenced to death for her secret marriage to an American official. In her husband's absence, her father gives her to the emperor, who kills her when she has the American's "white" child. Talmadge plays the dual role of San-san and her daughter Toy, who is raised in the Emperor's palace. 55 min. DVD X4476; vhs 999:3783
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Foreign Ghosts (Canada, 1998)
Directed by Hunt Hoe. Cast: Bonnie Mak, Vaggos Evyenia, Camille Martinez, Waei Pai, Carl Alacchi, Robert van der Linden, Walter Bryant. A trilogy of interrelated stories about three young immigrant women in Montreal. May Li's mother arrives from China to live with her with preconceived ideas about all non-Chinese people. But after being rescued from a snowstorm by a black man she is forced to rethink her beliefs. Then there's Pepe, Anna's boyfriend, a hopeless womanizer who operates under a false identity. Tanya, a beautiful woman from the Dominican Republic, waits tables in a college bar hiding away from a disturbing, secret past. Their stories dramatize the cultural confusion of different groups of immigrants in the big city. 133 min. DVD 6498
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The Geisha Boy (1958)
Directed by Frank Tashlin. Cast: Jerry Lewis, Marie McDonald, Sessue Hayakawa, Barton MacLane. The Great Wooley and his lop-eared partner Harry Hare plan to dazzle audiences with magical feats during their USO tour of Japan and Korea. An orphaned Japanese boy is drawn out of his shell by the magicians humor and caring. 98 min. vhs 999:2205
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The General Died at Dawn(1936)
Directed by Lewis Milestone. Cast: Gary Cooper, Madeleine Carroll, William Frawley, Dudley Digges, Akim Tamiroff, Porter Hall. O'Hara, an American soldier of fortune, tries to foil the ambitions of General Yang (Akim Tamiroff), a ruthless warlord who plans to take over the provinces of northern China. Exotic settings, captivating performances and extraordinary cinematography power this thrilling tale of double crosses. Screenplay: Charles G. Booth (story); Clifford Odets. 99 min. DVD 4754
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Chung, Hye Seung. "Contrasting cases of Sino-U.S. Censorship Debates: MGM's The Good Earth and Paramount's The General Died at Dawn." In: Hollywood Asian : Philip Ahn and the politics of cross-ethnic performance / Hye Seung Chung. Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 2006. (Full text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks; Asian American Studies PN1995.9.A78 C58 2006)
Oehling, Richard A. "Hollywood and the Image of the Oriental, 1910-1950-Part II" Film & History; Sep1978, Vol. 8 Issue 3, p59-67, 9p UC users only

Go For Broke! (1951)
Directed by Robert Pirosh. Cast: Van Johnson, Gianna Maria Canale, Warner Anderson, Lane Nakano, Henry Nakamura, George Miki, Henry Oyasato. "Go for broke" was the combat slogan of one of World War II's most unusual fighting teams. The 442nd Regiment, comprised of Nisei--loyal Americans of Japanese ancestry--exhibits heroism far beyond the call of duty, overcoming the Nazis as well as the extreme prejudice of the white Americans who cannot accept "Japs" on their side. In this historically based drama a bigoted lieutenant rides the Nisei hard in basic training, creating enormous hostility-- but also resulting in a highly-disciplined fighting force that proves to be a major factor in the liberation of Italy and France. DVD 2879; vhs 999:1150
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Fujitani, T. "Go for Broke, the Movie: Japanese American Soldiers in U. S. National, Military, and Racial Discourses." In: Perilous memories : the Asia-Pacific War(s) / edited by T. Fujitani, Geoffrey M. White, and Lisa Yoneyama. Durham [N.C.] : Duke University Press, 2001. (Anthropology DS777.53.P44 2001; Main Stack DS777.53.P44 2001)

The Good Earth (1937)
Directed by Sidney Franklin. Cast: Paul Muni, Luise Rainer, Walter Connolly, Tilly Losch, Charley Grapewin, Jessie Ralph. Set in China, this is a drama about a simple peasant farmer (Paul Muni in yellow face) who grows rich with the help of his faithful wife. Tragedy follows as he betrays his family and neglects the earth he had worshipped. Based on the novel of same title by Pearl Buck. 138 min. DVD 5074; vhs 999:1682
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Chung, Hye Seung. "Contrasting cases of Sino-U.S. Censorship Debates: MGM's The Good Earth and Paramount's The General Died at Dawn." In: Hollywood Asian : Philip Ahn and the politics of cross-ethnic performance / Hye Seung Chung. Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 2006. (Full text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks; Asian American Studies PN1995.9.A78 C58 2006)

A Great Wall (USA / China, 1985)
Directed by Peter Wang. Cast: Peter Wang, Sharon Iwai, Kelvin Han Yee, Li Qinqin, Wang Xiao, Hu Xiaoguang, Shen Guanglan This moving and humorous story chronicles the return of Leo Fang and his American-born wife and son to his native China and provides a comical insight into the cultural clashes between traditional Chinese families and Chinese-American families. Fang and his family are met with many curious and intimate questions on subjects ranging from money to sex. 103 min. DVD 7395; vhs 999:196
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Green Hornet (1967)
Cast: Van Williams, Bruce Lee, Wende Wagner, Lloyd Gough, Walter Brooke. Lloyd Bochner. Captain Midnight: Richard Webb, Sid Melton, Olan Soule. In the first feature the Green Hornet and his trusty sidekick and kung fu master, Kato, investigate deaths in which the murderer used a silent gun. In the second feature Captain Midnight flies into the desert in his "Silver Dart" airplane to investigate the discovery of the new element "thorium" which is believed to produce nuclear power. Second feature includes the original television commercials. 55 min. vhs 999:1240
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Green Hornet (1967)
Starring Bruce Lee, Van Williams, Wende Wagner, Lloyd Gough, Walter Brooke. When the crime syndicate decides to eliminate the Green Hornet's interference with their dirty deeds, Kato, his faithful companion and a Kung fu master, must battle Kung fu emissaries and mysterious aliens from outer space in order to save the world. 84 min. vhs 999:1241
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Gung Ho (1986)
Directed by Ron Howard. Cast: Michael Keaton, Gedde Watanabe, George Wendt, Mimi Rogers, John Turturro. A young American auto exec persuades a Japanese auto firm to reopen his home town's defunct auto factory, but when the Japanese hire him to enforce their policies among his American co-workers, he goes from hero to zero in seconds flat. 112 min. DVD 1772
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The Heathen Chinese and the Sunday School Teacher (Biograph, 1904)
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Hollywood Party(1937)
Directed by Roy Rowland. A short music and comedy review. "The film's main drawback, however, is the premise--a group of white actors dressing up and acting like "Chinamen" (comedian Charley Chase is particularly embarrassing doing an awful Fu Manchu/Charlie Chan impersonation), including everyone from the band to the waiters. Leon Errol does his patented drunk routine but it doesn't seem to really have anything to do with the movie--it just involves him and a waiter for a minute or two and then they're gone--and a quartet of black singers does a clever "hum" of "Chinatown My Chinatown". Even for the "unenlightened" 1930s, this short really pours on the stereotypes about Asians, especially Chinese." [IMDB] 21 min, Included on DVD 5074

Impact.(1949)
Directed by Arthur Lubin. Cast: Brian Donlevy, Ella Raines, Charles Coburn, Helen Walker. Featuring Anna May Wong as Su Lin, a maid. 111 min. vhs 999:2209
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In Between Days (USA / Canada / South Korea, 2006)
Director, So Yong Kim. Cast: Jiseon Kim, Taegu Andy Kang, Bokja Kim, Gina You, Mike Park, Virginia Wu. A teenager recently transplanted from South Korea to a snowbound Canadian city struggles to find her way in a strange land of new faces. In Between Days intimately portrays the joys and risks of first love and burgeoning adulthood with bracing and undeniable honesty. 81 min. DVD 9616
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International House(1933)
Directed by A. Edward Sutherland. Cast: W.C. Fields, George Burns, Gracie Allen, Peggy Hopkins Joyce, Rudy Vallee, Stuart Erwin, Sari Maritza, Col. Stoopnagle, Budd, Cab Calloway and his orchestra, Baby Rose Marie, Bela Lugosi, Lona Andre, Sterling Holloway, Franklin Pangborn, Edmund Breese, Lumsden Hare, the Girls in Cellophane. A zany scientist in China invents a radio you can see: television. Every country wants to buy the rights, so characters from around the world converge on China and collide into a free-wheeling double-dealing variety show. 108 min. vhs 999:2209
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Iron & Silk (1990)
Directed by Shirley Sun. Cast: Mark Salzman, Pan Qingfu, Jeanette Lin Tsui, Vivian Wu. In this autobiographical film, Mark Franklin studies and practices martial arts for two years in China. In the process, he learns much about himself and traditional Oriental ways. 94 min. vhs 999:550
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Maslin, Janet. "Iron and Silk." (movie reviews) New York Times v140 (Fri, Feb 15, 1991):C12(L), col 5, 14 col in.
Salamon, Julie. "Iron and Silk." (movie reviews) Wall Street Journal (Thu, March 7, 1991):A12(W), A12(E), col 3, 4 col in.

Japanese War Bride(1952)
Directed by King Vidor. Cast: Shirley Yamaguchi, Don Taylor, Cameron Mitchell, Marie Windsor. A Korean War vet (Taylor) falls in love with a Japanese nurse (Yamaguchi) and brings her back to his California home as his wife. However, the neighboring farmers who still harbor anti-Japanese sentiments from World War II, try to break up their marriage. 91 min. vhs 999:1658
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Marchetti, Gina. "Japanese war brides: domesticity and assimilation in Japanese war bride and Bridge to the sun." In: Romance and the "yellow peril" : race, sex, and discursive strategies in Hollywood fiction / Gina Marchetti. Berkeley : University of California Press, c1993. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Asian American Studies PN1995.9.A8 M37 )

Java Head(1934)
Director, J. Walter Rubens. Cast: Anna May Wong, Elizabeth Allan, Edmund Gwenn, John Loder, Ralph Richardson. "In her final British star vehicle, Anna May Wong plays a Chinese princess who follows her new husband Gerrit, a young Englishman from a wealthy shipping family, back to 19th century Bristol. The husband's conservative family is scandalized by the arrival of his bride, whose sensational clothing and make-up stands in stark contrast to the restrained Victorian setting. They refuse to accept the stranger, preferring that Gerrit rekindle his courtship of Nettie, a local girl. Cultural differences come between the young couple when the husband rejects his wife's religious faith and confesses his love for Nettie. This film is notable for its frank depiction and implicit critique of the fetishizing of Asian women." [from Philip Leibfried. "Anna May Wong: First Asian American Star!"] vhs 999:1251
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Joy Luck Club (1993)
Directed by Wayne Wang. Cast: Tsai Chin, Kieu Chinh, Lisa Lu, France Nuyen, Rosalind Chao, Lauren Tom, Tamlyn Tomita, Ming-Na Wen, Michael Paul Chan, Andrew McCarthy, Christopher Rich, Russell Wong, Vivian Wu. Now that her mother has died, a Chinese-American daughter has come to take her place in the social club founded forty years ago only to discover secrets her mother never shared with her family. Based on the novel by Amy Tan. Based on the novel by Amy Tan (New York: Putnam's, c1989. UCB AsianAmer PS3570.A2 J6; UCB Bancroft PS3570.A48 J6 1989; UCB Main PS3570.A48 J69 1989; UCB Moffitt PS3570.A48 J6 1989) DVD 3151; vhs 999:1042
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The Jury (BBC TV, 2001)
Directed by Pete Travis. Cast: Stuart Bunce, Gerard Butler, Sonnell Dadral, Nicholas Farrell, Michael Maloney, Helen McCrory, Nina Sosanya, Sylvia Syms, Antony Sher, Derek Jacobi. A young schoolboy is murdered and his schoolmate is arrested. But was he just arrested because he was Sikh, or is he really the killer? The jury must look through the racism and media attention behind the trial and seek the truth. 350 min. DVD 2524

The Karate Kid (1984)
Directed by John G. Avildsen.. Cast: Ralph Macchio, Noriyuki "Pat" Morita, Elisabeth Shue. Daniel, a fatherless teenager, arrives in Los Angeles from the East and faces the difficult task of making friends. He becomes the object of bullying by a gang of karate students when he strikes up a relationship with Ali, the gang leader's ex-girlfriend. Daniel asks Miyagi, a master of martial arts, to help him learn karate. Daniel then prepares himself both mentally and physically for the fight of his life. 127 min. DVD 8815
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Kung Fu. Season One(TV, 1972)
Contains the 90 minute pilot episode and all 15 episodes of the first season. Cast: David Carradine, Keye Luke, Philip Ahn, Barry Sullivan, Keye Luke, Philip Ahn. A television series about Kwai Chang Caine, a Shoalin Monk who is on the run after he killed the Chinese Emporer's nephew. The nephew had killed Caine's teacher in cold blood with a gun like a coward. Caine flees to American West both to escape retaliation and to search for his brother in order to settle down in this new land. However, he cannot help but continually run into trouble from gun fighters and others as they oppress the innocent, while bounty hunters pursue the price on his head. Against this, he has his Kung-fu martial arts skill which proves to be devastatingly effective in this gun-dominated land. Special features: Two new original documentaries: "From Grasshopper to Caine: creating Kung Fu" and "The tao of Kwai Chang Caine: production and beyond."Originally produced for television in 1972. 780 min. DVD 7107
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Lady From Chungking (1943)
Director: William Nigh. Cast: Anna May Wong, Harold Huber, Mae Clarke, Rick Vallin, Paul Bryar. Anna May Wong stars as the brave leader of Chinese guerillas who organizes a group of farmers to battle the invading Japanese in pre-Pearl Harbor World War II. 68 min. DVD X5125
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Let's Get Tough (1942)
Directed by Wallace Fox. Cast: The East Side Kids (The Bowery boys), with Leo Gorcey, Bobby Jordan, Huntz Hall, "Sunshine Sammy" Morrison, Gabriel Dell, Bobby Stone, Tom Brown, Florence Rice, Robert Armstrong, Philip Ahn. The East Side Kids (Leo Gorcey and Hunts Hall) help the home front when they take on a Japanese spy ring. A lousy B movie, but particularly notable for its particularly virulent anti-Japanese sentiments. DVD 4097
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Living on Tokyo Time (1986)
Directed by Steven Okazaki. Cast: Minako Ohashi, Ken Nakagawa, Kate McConnell, Judy Nihel, Mitzie Abe, Bill Bonham. In this drama a rock guitarist with no talent feels little connection to his Japanese heritage until he marries a Japanese girl who wants to stay in America but maintain a Sushi attitude. vhs 999:396
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Goodman, Walter. "Living on Tokyo Time." (movie reviews) New York Times v136 (Fri, Aug 14, 1987):18(N), C20(L), col 3, 27 col in.

Long Life, Happiness and Prosperity (Fu lu shou) (2002)
Directed by Mina Shum. Cast: Sandra Oh, Ric Young, Chang Tseng, Russell Yuen, Donald Fong, Christina Ma, Alannah On, Valerie Tian, Tsai Chin. Twelve-year-old Mindy Ho inexpertly tries Taoist magic to find her mother a boyfriend and fix her mother's financial situation and seemingly hopeless romantic prospects. Mindy's misdirected charms appear to cause an aging security guard to lose his job and a local butcher to win the lottery. The guard, the butcher and her mother's stories all intersect, bound together by Mindy's attempts at magical intervention. 91 min. DVD 5073
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Lost Horizon (1937)
Directed by Frank Capra. Cast: Ronald Colman, Jane Wyatt, John Howard, Margo, Thomas Mitchell, Edward Everett Horton, Sam Jaffe. Fleeing war-torn China, a small planeload of people are hijacked to an idyllic valley in the Himalayas where time has virtually stopped. There Conway, a British diplomat, falls in love with a beautiful woman, and is asked to remain in Shangri-La as its new leader. Based on the novel by James Hilton. 134 min. DVD 302; vhs 999:2704
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Love is a Many-splendored Thing (1955)
Directed by Henry King. Cast: William Holden, Jennifer Jones, Torin Thatcher, Isobel Elsom, Virginia Gregg, Murray Matheson. A widowed Eurasian doctor (William Holden) and an American war correspondent stationed in Hong Kong begin an intensely passionate affair, but when the journalist is transferred to Korea where war has broken out, tragedy strikes. Based on the novel: A many-splendored thing / by Han Suyin. 102 min. DVD 4840
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M. Butterfly (1993)
Directed by David Cronenberg. Cast: Jeremy Irons, John Lone, Barbara Sukowa, Ian Richardson. Inspired by a true story a French diplomat and a Beijing Opera star carry on a love affair over 20 years until the diplomat discovers he cannot believe anything about the beguiling singer. He learns she is a spy and that is not the only secret she hides. DVD X4308; vhs 999:1115
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A Majority of One(1961)
Directed by Mervyn LeRoy. Cast: Rosalind Russell, Alec Guinness, Ray Danton, Madlyn Rhue, Mae Questel, Marc Marno, Gary Vinson, Sharon Hugueny. A gentle love story about a Japanese businessman (played by Alec Guinness) and widower, and a Jewish Brooklyn widow (Rosalind Russell) who meet in Toyko. But before a happy ending can ensue, they must learn again the lessons of tolerance, kindness and forgiveness. Based on the play by Leonard Spigelgass. 149 min. DVD X2918
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The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932)
Directed by Charles Brabin. Cast: Boris Karloff, Lewis Stone, Mirna Loy, Jean Hersholt. The evil Chinese doctor patiently awaits to discover Gengis Khan's tomb. When British scientists discover the tomb, Fu captures and tortures them one by one. But an unsuspected traitor has other plans for the doctor. DVD 6521; vhs 999:1242
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Cohen, Michael. "The Detective as Other: The Detective versus the Other." In: Diversity and detective fiction/ edited by Kathleen Gregory Klein. pp: 144-57. Bowling Green, OH : Bowling Green State University Popular Press, c1999. (Main Stack PS374.D4.D58 1999)
Marchetti, Gina. "From Fu Manchu to M. Butterfly and Irma Vep: cinematic incarnations of Chinese villainy." In: Bad : infamy, darkness, evil, and slime on screen / edited by Murray Pomerance. Albany : State University of New York Press, c2004. (The SUNY series, cultural studies in cinema/video (Main Stack PN1995.9.E93.B33 2004)

Midnight Faces. (1926)
Directed by Bennett Cohen. Cast: Francis X. Bushman, Jr., Jack Perrin, Kathryn McGuire, Edward Peil, Charles Belcher. An eerie mansion within the Florida bayou country is the setting for this silent suspense film that features a young heir, a frightened damsel, a scheming lawyer, strange servants and an inscrutable Oriental. DVD X4872; vhs 999:1254
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Mr. Moto

Mr. Moto in Danger Island (1939)
Director,Herbert I. Leeds. Cast: Peter Lorre, Jean Hersholt, Amanda Duff, Warren Hymer, Richard Lane, Leon Ames, Douglas Dumbrille. Danger has a special sparkle when Mr. Moto heads to Puerto Rico to put a stop to the glut of contraband diamonds that are flooding the world's jewel market. 80 min. DVD 7545
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Mr. Moto Takes a Chance (1938)
Director, Norman Foster. Cast: Peter Lorre, Rochelle Hudson, Robert Kent, J. Edward Bromberg, Chick Chandler, George Regas, High Priest, Fredrik Vogeding, Al Kikume, Gloria Roy, James B. Leong. Posing as an archeologist, Mr. Moto meets a lady from British Intelligence and together they discover the location of a hidden munitions base in the darkest jungles of Asia. 63 min. DVD 5912
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Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation (1939)
Director, Norman Foster. Cast: Peter Lorre, Joseph Schildkraut, Lionel Atwill, Virginia Field, John King, Iva Stewart. Mr. Moto heads to Egypt to thwart a criminal mastermind determined to steal the priceless crown of the Queen of Sheba. 63 min. DVD 7543
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Mr. Moto's Gamble (1938)
Director, James Tinling. Cast: Peter Lorre, Keye Luke, Dick Baldwin, Lynn Bari, Douglas Fowley, Jayne Regan, Harold Huber, Maxie Rosenbloom. Mr. Moto comes out fighting when a brutal boxing match turns into cold-blooded murder. Assisted by detective-in-training Lee Chan, Moto sets out to track down the killer based on a single ominous clue: a poisoned boxing glove. 72min. DVD 7544
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Mr. Moto's Last Warning (1939)
Director, Norman Foster. Cast: Peter Lorre, George Sanders, Robert Coote, John Carradine, Virginia Field, Ricardo Cortez. The great Japanese detective (played by a Hungarian) finds himself up to his neck in murder--and clues--and has to handle a seemingly endless crew of dangerous suspects. DVD 7542
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Mysterious Mr. Moto (1939)
Directed by Norman Foster. Cast: Peter Lorre, Mary Maguire, Henry Wilcoxon, Erik Rhodes, Harold Huber, Leon Ames. Mr. Moto has himself imprisoned on Devil's Island so he can help his cellmate escape and thereby get the goods on a gang of international killers. 63 min. DVD 5911
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Thank You, Mr. Moto (1937)
Director, Norman Foster. Cast: Peter Lorre, Thomas Beck, Pauline Frederick, Sidney Blackmer, John Carradine, Jayne Regan. Mr. Moto heads to China on a quest for seven ancient scrolls that reveal the location of Genghis Khan's tomb -- crypt filled with fabulous treasure. But Moto isn't the only one stalking the scrolls -- so is a shadowy band of thieves. 67 min. DVD
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Think Fast, Mr. Moto (1937)
director, Norman Foster. Cast: Peter Lorre, Virginia Field, Thomas Beck, Sig Ruman, Murray Kinnell, John Roges, Lotus Long, George Cooper, J. Carrol Naish, Frederick Vogeding. The first installment of the classic Mr. Moto detective series. When his import/export business is infiltrated by international diamond smugglers, Mr. Moto must follow a trail of clues littered with beautiful women, glittering gems and deadly assassins. 66 min. DVD 5914
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Phantom of Chinatown. (1941)
Directed by Phil Rosen. Cast: Keye Luke, Lotus Long, Grant Withers. In this early mystery thriller when a noted scientist is murdered and his great discovery stolen, Mr. Wong, the resourceful San Francisco based detective, searches for his killer through many harrowing perils. Based on the "James Lee Wong" series in Collier's Magazine written by Hugh Wiley. 62 min. DVD X5349; DVD 125; vhs 999:1232
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The Fatal Hour (1940)
When Captain Street's friend is murdered, he enlists the help of Mr. Wong who uncovers a smuggling ring on the San Francisco waterfront and unmasks the killer. 68 min. DVD 125
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Doomed to Die (1940)
Cast: Boris Karloff, Marjorie Reynolds, Grant Withers, William Stelling. DVD 125
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The Mystery of Mr. Wong (1939)
Cast: Boris Karloff, Dorothy Tree, Grant Withers, Craig Reynolds, Ivan Lebedeff. A priceless sapphire has been stolen and smuggled out of China. Prophecy has it that anyone who takes the stone is doomed to die so in an atmosphere of doom the receiver of the stone throws a party with Mr Wong as one of the guests. 69 min. DVD 125
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Mr. Wong in Chinatown (1939)
Cast: Boris Karloff, Marjorie Reynolds, Grant Withers, Huntley Gordon, George Lynn. When Mr. Wong (Boris Karloff) discovers that a Chinese princess has been murdered in his apartment, he uncovers an international plot to sell guns and ammunition to China. DVD 125; vhs 999:1246
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Mr. Wong, Detective (1938)
Cast: Boris Karloff, Grant Withers, Maxine Jennings, Evelyn Brent. Once again, Boris Karloff dons his cornball Asian makeup: There's an ingenious poison gas killer on the loose who uses gas bombs that explode when triggered by certain sounds. Mr. Wong must find the killer in this first of the famous Mr. Wong film series. DVD 125; vhs 999:1247
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Rimoldi, O.A. "The detective movies of the 30s & 40s." Films in Review; Vol.XLIV nr.5-6 (May-Jun 1993); p.164-173

My Geisha (1962)
Directed by Jack Cardiff. Cast: Shirley McLaine, Yves Montand, Edward G. Robinson. "Occasionally amusing comdey. McLaine is movie star who tries the hard way to convince husband-director Montand that she's right for his movie." (Maltin, 1993). She does this by impersonating a geisha--complete with horrendous accent and taped-back eyes. DVD 6811; vhs 999:1352

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"East-West twain find a meeting in MacLaine.: training for My geisha." Life, February 17 1961, Vol. 50, p91-96, 6p
Marchetti, Gina. "The return of the butterfly: the geisha masquerade in My geisha and 'An American geisha'." In: Romance and the "Yellow Peril": Race, Sex, and Discursive Strategies in Hollywood Fiction / Gina Marchetti. pp. 125-57. Berkeley: University of California Press, c1993. (UCBAsianAmer PN1995.9.A8 M37; UCB Main PN1995.9.A78 M37 1993; UCB Moffitt PN1995.9.A78 M37 1993)
Sheppard, W. Anthony. "Cinematic Realism, Reflexivity and the American 'Madame Butterfly' Narratives." Cambridge Opera Journal Vol. 17, No. 1 (Mar., 2005), pp. 59-93 UC users only
Watson, William Van. "The Metacinematic Butterfly: Giacomo Puccini, Shirley Maclaine, and Jack Cardiff's My Geisha." RLA: Romance Languages Annual, vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 407-13, 1998

Mr. Wu (1927)
Directed by William Nigh. Cast: Lon Chaney, Louise Dresser, Renée Adorée, Ralph Forbes, Anna May Wong. Raised by his grandfather to adhere to the ancient laws of China, Mandarin Wu is a strict authoritarian. However, he is a doting father to his beautiful daughter Nang Ping. Nang Ping is to be married to a man of her father's choosing, a man she does not even know. But she falls in love with a dashing British visitor to China, Basil Gregory. Basil informs Nang Ping that he must return to Britain with his family, but she surprises him with the revelation that she carries his child. Wu learns of his daughter's dishonor and lets the ancient laws of China lead him relentlessly toward tragedy.Based on the play by Henry Maurice Vernon and Harold Owen. 90 min. DVD X6048
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The Motel (2005)
Directed by Michael Kang. Cast: Jeffrey Chyau, Sung Kang, Jade Wu, Samantha Futerman, Alexis Chang, Stephen Chen. Chinese-American adolescent Ernest works after school cleaning rooms at the dingy motel owned by his bossy mother. A Korean-American playboy drifter helps Ernest come out of his shell, encouraging him to pursue an older girl he has a crush on. Ernest absorbes life lessons about girls, bullies, baseball and success. 76 min. DVD 6928
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My Niagara.
Directed by Helen Lee. Cast: Melanie Tanaka, William Shin, George Anzai. "Grasping the texture of half-expressed desire, this beautifully drawn drama evokes the complex dislocations of an Asian American woman. Shadowed by the death of her mother, Julie Kumagai's life with her widower father is marked by pained, turbulent exchanges. Indifferent to a break-up with her boyfriend and the lure of a long-planned trip, she finds some refuge in her workplace where meets Tetsuro, a young Korean man newly emigrated from Japan who is obsessed with all things American. But together they discover no easy resolutions." 40 min. Video/C 4807

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Old San Francisco (1927)
Directed by Alan Crosland. Cast: Dolores Costello, Warner Oland, Charles Emmett Mack, Josef Swickard, Anna May Wong, Anders Randolf, Angelo Rossitto. In this romance set in the days when 'Frisco was the Paris of America, the action careens from rancho to saloon to secret Chinatown dungeon with a recreation of the earthquake of 1906 as the finale. 89 min. DVD X2085
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Rogin, Michael. "Making America home: Racial masquerade and ethnic assimilation in the transition to talking Pictures." Journal of American History; Dec92, Vol. 79 Issue 3, p1050-1077, 28p UC users only

Only the Brave (2005)
Director: Lane Nishikawa. Cast: Lane Nishikawa, Jason Scott Lee, Mark Dacascos, Yuji Okumoto, Tamlyn Tomita, Jeff Fahey, Pat Noriyuki Morita, Guy Ecker. Inspired by the historic rescue of the Texan "lost battalion" by the all-Nisei 100th/442nd Regimental Combat Team who endured he Inspired by the historic rescue of the Texan "lost battalion" by the all-Nisei 100th/442nd Regimental Combat Team who endured heavy casualties, this film captures the tragedies and sacrifices of these courageous Japanese Americans, who had to overcome great prejudice and injustice to themselves and their families. 100 min. DVD X1213
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Oriental Evil (1950)
A rare low-budget mystery set in Japan with stereotypical images of orientals but with good performances. Roger, a Brit living in Japan hooks up with a Cheryl, a woman who has arrived in the country to try to prove that her dead brother's import company was not mixed up in opium smuggling. Cheryl must track down the shadowy "Thomas Putnam" who holds the key to the mystery. Roger gradually wins Cheryl's confidence while keeping his unscrupulous business practices hidden but his world starts to fall apart as the Japanese god of fate inexorably catches up with him in a bloody climax. 67 min. vhs 999:2761
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Outside the Law (1921)
Directed by Tod Browning. Cast: Lon Chaney, Priscilla Dean, Ralph Lewis, E. A. Warren, Wheeler Oakman. Lon Chaney plays a dual-role, as a kind-hearted Confucian and also as a murderous underworld figure. The two characters represent light and darkness, weighing upon the conscience of the film's protagonist, Molly, who must choose between them. 75 min. DVD X4285; vhs 999:3594
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Perpetual Emotion 101
Bangs / a film by Carolynne Hew (8 min.) -- Mouse / a Greg Pak film (11 min.) -- Kung pao chicken / by Richard Kim (6 min.) -- Lessons in defensive driving / written and directed by Carla San Diego (6 min.) -- Fall 1990 / by Quentin Lee (35 min.) A collection of short dramas by emerging Asian American filmmakers. Bangs: Presents a young girl's drastic response to peer pressure and media standards of beauty. Mouse: A mouse hunt takes top priority over a heated discussion about pregnancy. Kung Pao Chicken: How a Chinese chef proves that the chopstick is mightier than the fork. Lessons in defensive driving: An ordinary trip to the DMV becomes a downward spiral into spiritual gridlock. Fall 1990: Two young men are determined not to let dramatically different pasts dictate their future together. Video/C 999:3794

Peter Pan (1924)
Direced by Herbert Brenon. Featuring Anna May Wong as "Tiger Lily, Chieftainess of the Indians." 102 min. DVD 239
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Picadilly (1929)
Direced by E.A. Dupont. Cast: Anna Mae Wong, Jameson Thomas, Gilda Gray, Charles Laughton, Cyril Ritchard, Hannah Jones. "Just before making his talkie directorial debut with Atlantic, director E.A. DuPont dashed off the silent "backstage" drama Piccadilly. By the time the film was released in 1929, talking pictures had taken a firm hold of the British film industry, obliging DuPont to reshoot much of the picture with dialogue. American screen favorites Anna May Wong and Gilda Gray (the girl who popularized the "shimmy dance") head the cast, the former as Shosho, a dishwasher in the London nightclub where the latter, cast as dancer Mabel Greenfield, performs nightly. Jealous of Mabel's dancing partner Victor Smiles (Cyril Ritchard), club owner Wilmot (Jameson Thomas) fires Victor, whereupon business drops off dramatically. In desperation, Wilmot takes Shosho out of the kitchen and puts her on stage, where she scores a big success. Feeling threatened by Shosho, Mabel heads to her rival's apartment with blood in her eye. A shot rings out, Shosho falls dead, and Mabel is accused of murder. But during the trial, it turns out that Shosho was done in by her Chinese sweetheart Jim (Kim Ho Chang). In his first feature film appearance, Charles Laughton performs an outrageous bit as a rowdy night club patron; also seen in a minuscule role is young Ray Milland. The talkie version of Piccadilly wasn't released in the U.S. until 1932." (Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide) 109 min. DVD 3597
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Picture Bride (1995)
Direced by Kayo Hatta. Cast: Youki Kudoh, Akira Takayama, Tamlyn Tomita, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa. In the early 1900's a young Japanese woman, leaving behind an unhappy past, goes to Hawaii as a mail order bride to marry a man she knows only through a photograph. Although she is disappointed when he turns out to be older than his picture indicated, she finds that life in this new land is more exciting and satisfying than she expected. 95 min. DVD X4402; vhs 999:1378
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Ping Pong Playa (2007)
Directed by Jessica Yu. Cast: J Jimmy Tsai, Khary Payton, Smith Cho, Peter Paige, Roger Fan, Jim Lau, Elizabeth Sung, Scott Lowell, Stephnie Weir. When a champion ping pong player gets hurt, his brother C-dub, a gansta-rapper wannabe, must face off against a devious rival player in the ping pong tournament of the year. With help from some unusual kids, C-dub just might be up to the challenge. Special features: Audio commentary with director/co-writer Jessica Yu and actor/co-writer Jimmy Tsia; "Warm-up drills" featurette; "Post-game" featurette; theatrical trailer. 96 min. DVD X852
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Portrait in Black (1960)
Directed by Michael Gordon. Cast: Lana Turner, Anthony Quinn, Sandra Dee, John Saxon, Lloyd Nolan. Featuring Anna May Wong as Tani, a housekeeper. 113 min. vhs 999:1339
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The Princess of Nebraska(2007)
Directed by Wayne Wang. Cast: Ling Li, Brian Danforth, Pamelyn Chee, Patrice Binaisa. An 18-year-old Chinese woman thinks twice about aborting her baby when she travels from Nebraska to the streets of San Francisco to confront her lover's male friend. Based on the short story by Yiyun Li. Bonus features: interview with Yiyun Li, Sasha video diaries, "Ling and Yan Yan"- a day in the life of young Chinese women, photo gallery. 80 min. DVD X4934
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Pushing Hands (1992)
Directed by Ang Lee. Cast: Sihung Lung, Lai Wang, Bo Z. Wang, Deb Snyder, Haan Lee. A tai-chi master and widower moves from Beijing to a New York suburb to live with his only son. With a daughter-in-law who has no use for him and an ever-changing society, problems quickly arise. He is forced to call upon his tai-chi teachings and it's "pushing hands" to give him the balance needed to survive in this poignant and comic tale. 100 min. DVD X4874; vhs 999:1339
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Sheng-mei Ma. "Ang Lee's Domestic Tragicomedy: Immigrant Nostalgia, Exotic/Ethnic Tour, Global Market." Journal of Popular Culture, vol. 30 no. 1. 1996 Summer. pp: 191-201.

Red Doors (2005)
Directed by Georgia Lee. Cast: Jacqueline Kim, Freda Foh Shen, Kathy Shao-Lin Lee, Elaine Kao, Mia Riverton, Sebastian Stan, Jayce Bartok, Rossif Sutherland, Tzi Ma. Red Doors tells the story of the Wongs, a bizarrely dysfunctional Chinese-American family living in the New York suburbs. When the father of the family suddenly disappears, it inspires life-changing perspectives in each of his three daughters who must individually examine her own understanding of the role and connection she has to the family. At the same time, the Wongs learn to live their own lives outside the invisible fences of their home. 90 min. DVD 6927
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Romeo Must Die(2000)
Directed by Andrzej Bartkowiak. Cast: Jet Li, Aaliyah, Isaiah Washington, Russell Wong, DMX, Delroy Lindo. In this modern day Romeo and Juliet, gravity-warping martial arts, cool visual effects and an all-star music track combine in a revved-up action movie. Rough-and-ready Han (Jet Li) shares an attraction with Trish O' Day (Aaliyah) even though their families are rivals in a fierce Oakland turf battle. The two also share plenty of danger as they try to find the real cause of the blood feud. 115 min. DVD 6141
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Beltrán, Mary C. "The New Hollywood Racelessness: Only the Fast, Furious, (and Multiracial) Will Survive." Cinema Journal, vol. 44, no. 2, pp. 50-67, 2005 Winter UC users only
Kim, James. "The legend of the white-and-yellow Black man: global containment and triangulated racial desire in Romeo Must Die." Camera Obscura, no. 55 (2004): 150-79 UC users only
Marchetti, Gina. "Romeo Must Die: Interracial Romance in Action." In: The persistence of whiteness : race and contemporary Hollywood cinema / edited by Daniel Bernardi. London : New York : Routledge, 2008. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; Comparative Ethnic Studies PN1995.9.M56 P47 2008)

The Sand Pebbles. (1966)
Directed by Robert Wise. Cast: Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough, Richard Crenna, Candice Bergen, Marayat Andriane, Mako, Larry Gates. Engineer Jake Holman arrives aboard the gunboat U.S.S. San Pablo, assigned to patrol a tributary of the Yangtze in the middle of exploited and revolution-torn 1926 China. His cynical nature soon clashes with the "rice-bowl" system which runs the ship and the uneasy sybiosis between Chinese and foreigner on the river. Hostility towards the gunboat's presence reaches a climax when the boat must crash through a river-boom and rescue missionaries upriver at China Light Mission. Special features: Disc 1: commentary with director Robert Wise and actors Candice Bergen, Mako, and Richard Crenna; isolated soundtrack with commentary by music producer Nick Redman, film music historian Jon Burlingame, and Lem Dobbs, film historian and screenwriter of The limey and Dark city. Disc 2: Introductions by Robert Wise and Richard Zanuck; the Making of The Sand Pebbles featurettes: Weighing anchor; cast & characters; Rough seas; McQueen on deck; sound & image; A worthy vessel ; side bars: Steve McQueen remembered, Robert Wise in command, China 1926; from the Fox vault: A ship called San Pablo, narrated by Richard Attenborough; The secret of the San Pablo, narrated by Richard Crenna; radio documentaries narrated by Richard Attenborough: Changsha Bund and the Streets of Taipei; A ship called San Pablo; radio spots; original theatrical trailer; still galleries; MAD Magazine's The Sand Pebbles. 2 videodiscs (183,196 min.) DVD 7841
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Saving Face (2004)
Directed by Alice Wu. Cast: Joan Chen, Michelle Krusiec , Lynn Chen, Jin Wang, Guang Lan Koh, Jessica Hecht, Ato Essandoh. Wilhelmina is a Chinese-American lesbian and a young surgeon who has kept her sexual orientation secret from her conservative Chinese community in New York. But when her widowed mother becomes pregnant and is kicked out by her own parents, Wil suddenly has to juggle her mother's secrets with her own. Wil has a new romance with Vivian who is a ballet dancer and the daughter of Wil's boss. 98 min. DVD 6142
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Metzger, Sean. "Saving Face, or the Future Perfect of Queer Chinese/American Cinema?" In: Futures of Chinese cinema: technologies and temporalities in Chinese screen cultures / edited by Olivia Khoo and Sean Metzger. p223-240, 17p Full-text available online (UC Berkeley users only)
Wong, Nicholas. "Saving Face: Unveiling or Covering Up Asian American Experiences?" Asian Cinema; Fall/Winter2010, Vol. 21 Issue 2, p254-267, 14p,
Sayonara (1957)
Directed by Joshua Logan. Cast: Marlon Brando, Patricia Owens, Red Buttons, Ricardo Montalban, Martha Scott, Miyoshi Umeki, James Garner, Miko Taka. An American Air Force major on leave in Japan after the Korean War falls in love with a Japanese actress. When they declare their love openly, they find themselves scorned equally by both the Japanese and Americans. DVD 8433; vhs 999:1351
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The Secret Game (1917)
Directed by William C. DeMille. Cast: Sessue Hayakawa, Florence Vidor, Jack Holt, Charles Ogle. "A wartime drama of intrigue, directed by Cecil B. DeMille's older brother, that is notable for the heroic depiction of a Japanese agent, played by Sessue Hayawaka (Bridge on the River Kwai)--striking in an era when "yellow peril" films had already become common." [Facets catalog] DVD 1016
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Secrets of Wu Sin (1932)
A crime drama in which a suicidal writer is given a fresh start by a newspaper editor who assigns her a story that takes her into the heart of San Francisco's Chinatown to investigate a smuggling ring involving the illegal immigration of Chinese workers. 61 min. vhs 999:1256
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7 Faces of Dr. Lao (1963)
Directed by George Pal. Cast: Tony Randall, Barbara Eden, Arthur O'Connell, Noah Berry, Jr. An elderly Chinese magician comes into a small western town facing a crisis of identity. He puts on a show filled with mythic characters who force the townspeople to review their values and lives. After transforming the townspeople he leaves town. The film received an "honorary Oscar" for the makeup wizardry of William Tuttle. Based on the novel The circus of Dr. Lao by Charles C. Finney. 100 min. DVD 9736
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La Senorita Lee (1995)
Written & directed by Hyun Mi Oh. In this dramatic short, Jeanie Lee, a young Korean-American woman, pregnant by her recently departed Mexican boyfriend and about to be married to a dull, parentally-approved Korean doctor, is torn between conflicting cultural values. Her untimely pregnancy awakens powerful desires and memories in Jeanie, forcing her to choose between traditional family values and personal freedom. 25 min. vhs 999:218

Shadow of Chinatown (1936)
Director, Bob Hill. Cast: Bela Lugosi ; Herman Brix, Joan Barclay, Luana Walters, Maurice Liu. In San Francisco's Chinatown a mad scientist, Victor Poten (Bela Lugosi), commandeers a gang of ruthless thugs and is in cahoots with the evil Sonya Rokoff, a stunning Eurasian beauty who instigates all sorts of heinous acts in her determination to ruin her competition, the merchants of Chinatown. Poten and Sonya are pitted against intrepid reporter, Joan Whiting and her stalwart hero, Martin Andrews, who faithfully rushes to rescue her when her aggressive and inquisitive nature lands her in the hottest of water. Fifteen episodes, approximately 18 minutes each. DVD 612; VHS 999:1249
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Shadows (1922)
Directed by Tom Forman. Cast: Lon Chaney, Harrison Ford, Marguerite De La Motte. Yen Sin, a Chinese laundryman (Lon Chaney), drifts into a little fishing village in the wake of a storm which takes the life of one of the leading fishermen of the village. Shortly thereafter, the new minister marries the fisherman's widow but when Yen Sin discovers a plot to blackmail the minister he must step forward to unmask the real villain. Film is a fascinating document encapsulating the widely shared misconceptions and stereotypes about Asian Americans that flavored the Hollywood melodrama of the early 1900's. DVD X4285; vhs 999:1253
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Maurice, Alice. "What the Shadow Knows: Race, Image, and Meaning in Shadows (1922)." Cinema Journal. Spring 2008. Vol. 47, Iss. 3; pg. 66, 24 pgs

Shanghai Express (1932)
Directed by Josef Von Sternberg. Cast: Marlene Dietrich, Clive Brook, Anna May Wong, Warner Oland, Eugene Pallette. After being jilted by Clive Brook, Marlene Dietrich becomes known as Shanghai Lily, a notorious adventuress. During the Chinese civil war, the couple meet on a train which is attacked by Chinese rebels. Dietrich becomes involved with a rebel leader in order to save the man she still loves. Includes original theatrical trailer. DVD X2068; vhs 999:932
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Furthman, Jules. Morocco, and Shanghai Express; Two Films by Josef von Sternberg. London, Lorrimer [1973]. Series title: Classic film scripts no. 40. (UCB Main PN1997.M75 F8)
Gallagher, Brian. "The Production of Value and the Process of Exchange in Sternberg's Shanghai Express." Michigan Academician. 26(1):133-46. 1994 Winter

Shanghai Gesture (1941)
Directed by Josef Von Sternberg. Cast: Gene Tierney, Victor Mature, Ona Munson, Walter Huston, Phyllis Brooks, Albert Bassermann, Maria Ouspenskaya. A film masterpiece of corruption and degradation long suppressed and censored. The terraced pit of Mother Gin Sling's gambling room with the whirling roulette wheel at the core, is her domain. The gamblers are her creatures in this melodrama of decadence and sexual guilt that uses Oriental motifs as a cypher for all that is unknowable. From the play by John Colton (Main Stack PS3505.O374.S5 1926). 97 min. DVD 2998; vhs 999:1257
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Shopping for Fangs (1997)
Directed by Quentin Lee, Justin Lin; writers, Dan Alvarado, Quentin Lee, Justin Lin.. Cast: Radmar Agana Jao, Jeanne Chin, Clint Jung, Peggy Ahn, Lela Lee & John Cho. Two stories involving Asian-Americans in Southern California's San Gabriel Valley "discovering their dark sides" intersect in this post-modern, anti-consumerism feature. Katherine is a mild-mannered, unhappy young wife who is suffering from blackouts that result in extended periods of lost time. After one such episode, she realizes that she's lost her cellular phone and begins receiving suggestive phone calls, photographs and come-ons from free-spirited, blonde lesbian Trinh, a waitress at the Go-Go Cafe. Katherine's husband, self-absorbed body builder and successful businessman Jim Lee works with a payroll accountant, Phil who believes that he may be a werewolf. 99 min. DVD 7525
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Singapore Sue (1932)
Directed by Casey Robinson. Cast: Anna Chang, Joe Wong, Cary Grant, Pickard's Chinese Syncopaters. Musical short. Four sailors enter a Singapore dive, meet a Chinese girl from Brooklyn, and find there's more to her than meets the eye. 10 min DVD 544; vhs 999:1693

Sixteen Candles (1984)
Directed by John Hughes. Cast: Molly Ringwald, Paul Dooley, Carlin Glynn, Justin Henry, Michael Schoeffling, Haviland Morris, Gedde Watanabe, Blanche Baker, Anthony Michael Hall. It's Sam's sweet sixteen birthday and no one in her family remembers the important occasion. She's an average teen who endures creepy freshmen, spoiled siblings, confused parents and the beautiful blonde who stands between her and the boy of her dreams. Features actor Gedde Watanabe as the buffoonish character Long Duc Dong. "While Watanabe played an upper management businessman in Gung Ho, these characteristics appear in his portrayal of a visiting Chinese high school student in Sixteen Candles. Described by normal American teenagers as "totally bizarre" and "a very weird Chinese guy," Long Duck Dong remains idiotically cheerful. His hair parted down the middle, he uses two forks as chopsticks and makes other errors. Chinese gongs accompany his appearance on screen. When he does learn to party, he does it by dancing with his head enveloped in the ample bosom of a White woman twice his size." [Amy Kashiwabara, "Vanishing Son: The Appearance, Disappearance, and Assimilation of the Asian-American Man in American Mainstream Media." (UCB student paper) 92 min. DVD 6139
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Snow Falling on Cedars (1999)
Directed by Scott Hicks. Cast: Ethan Hawke, James Cromwell, Richard Jenkins, Youki Kudoh, James Rebhorn, Sam Shepard, Rick Yune, Max von Sydow. "Carl, a fisherman in the waters off Washington state, has been found dead, drowned in his own nets, but with a serious head wound. Was he murdered? Post-war anti-Japanese sentiments are still running high, and a murder suspect is found in the local Japanese-American community in the form of Kabuo, another fisherman, who had a grudge against Carl's family. Ishmael, the small town's newspaperman, may have the information that would acquit Kabuo, but can he ever put his jilted love for Hatsue (Kabuo's wife) aside?" [Internet Movie Database] 128 min. DVD 6132
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Sophie.
Cast: Monique Dami Lee, Elizabeth Lee, John Shin, Satya Lee, Charlie S. Lee. A somber, disquieting portrait of a Korean American family trapped in the miserable grasp of an abusive, alcoholic patriarch, told from the point of view of Sophie, a girl in the family. Written & directed by Helen Haeyoung Lee. 2002. 29 min. Video/C MM1124

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Son of the gods (1930)
Director, Frank Lloyd. Cast: Richard Barthelmess, Constance Bennett, Dorothy Mathews, Barbara Leonard, James Eagle, Frank Albertson, Mildred Van Dorn, King Hoo Chang, Geneva Mitchell, E. Alyn Warren, Ivan Christie, Anders Randolf. Sam Lee, reared by a wealthy Chinese merchant in San Francisco's Chinatown, is tolerated in college only because of his money. Determined to prove himself, he works his way to the Riviera, where he meets Allana, a sophisticated American girl. She falls hopelessly in love with him and refuses to hear anything of his past or background; however, when she learns he is Chinese, she denounces him. Sam returns home, heartbroken, to see his dying father. Through Eileen, his dearest friend, he learns that he was orphaned by white parents. The repentant Allana returns to the United States, and the lovers are happily reunited. Based on: Son of the gods / Rex Beach. 90 min. DVD X6459
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Surplus (2000)
Director, Joy Dietrich. Cast: Jinho Jang, Sharon Ho, Linnea Robinson, Jeanette Zhu, Gigi Jhong. In this dark and haunting film on patriarchy and poverty and their human cost for a Korean family, a farmer struggling to feed his family, must decide on a course of action to fend off starvation. On many levels, the film is about the abandonment of children, the tragic by-product of poverty and hard-pressed parents. The filmmaker, a Korean adoptee, draws insightful parallels with the film to the growing pains of the Korean American adoptee community. Written and directed by Joy Dietrich. 23 min. Video/C MM1123

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Take Out (2004)
Directed by Sean Baker, Shih-Ching Tsou. Cast: Charles Jang, Jeng-Hua Yu, Wang-Thye Lee, Justin Wan. A day in the life of Ming Ding begins as a pair of hammer-wielding loan sharks come to the door of Ming's squalid apartment. Their ultimatum is as simple as it is virtually impossible to fulfill: Give them $800 by the evening or the debt will be doubled. With the family he supports half a world away, Ming has a single rain-soaked shift at his job in which to pay off his thuggish creditors as he anonymously and almost wordlessly delivers Chinese food on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Special features: Audio commentary with directors Sean Baker and Shih-Ching Tsou and actor Charles Jang ; cast and crew interviews ; two deleted scenes ; Charles Jang's audition for Ming Ding ; theatrical trailer ; stills gallery. 87 min. DVD X2215
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Teahouse of the August Moon (1956)
Directed by Daniel Mann. Cast: Marlon Brando, Glenn Ford, Machiko Kyo. Okinawa 1946- occupied by American troops whose assignment is to bring democracy to the inhabitants. The captain in charge is a well-meaning but inept loser, and faces a wily Asian interpreter (Marlon Brando! Can you dig it?!) and a determined geisha girl, along with villagers who know how to take advantage of foreign occupation! Special DVD features: Vintage featurette Operation Teahouse; Marlon Brando movie trailer gallery. Based on the play by John Patrick, adapted from the novel by Vern Sneider. (New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1952. NRLF B 3 342 249; The Teahouse of the August Moon / Vern Sneider. New York: Putnam, 1951. NRLF $B 105 525)DVD 8493; vhs 999:536
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The Thief of Bagdad (1924)
Directed by Raoul Walsh. Featuring Anna May Wong. See Images of Arabs and the Middle East

Thousand Pieces of Gold (1990)
Director, Nancy Kelly. Cast: Rosalind Chao, Dennis Dun, Michael Paul Chan, Chris Cooper. The true story of a young Chinese woman torn from her homeland and forced to survive in frontier America. An innocent woman in an Idaho mining town's thriving bordello, Lalu rebels and pays a terrible price for her fight against racism and sexism. Wagered as a piece of property, Lalu is handed over to her new owner, Charlie, who opens the door to a whole new life for Lalu--and for himself. 105 min. Based on the biographical novel by Ruthanne Lum McCunn ( UCB Bancroft PS3563.C353 T5; UCB Main PS3563.C353 T51 1981b; UCB Moffitt PS3563.C353 T5. vhs 999:886
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Cheung K.. "Self-Fulfilling Visions In The 'Woman Warrior' And 'Thousand Pieces Of Gold'" (Kingston,Maxine,Hong And Mccunn,Ruthanne,Lum) Biography-An Interdisciplinary Quarterly, 1990 Spring, V13 N2:143-153.
Terry, Patricia. "A Chinese Women in the West: 'Thousand Pieces of Gold' and the Revision of the Heroic Frontier." Literature-Film Quarterly v22, n4 (Oct, 1994):222 (5 pages).

A Thousand Years of Good Prayers (2007)
Director, Wayne Wang. Cast: Faye Yu, Henry O, Vida Ghahremani, Pasha Lychnikoff. A Chinese man who travels to America to see his divorced daughter remarry cannot complete his journey when he realizes a generational and geographical divide has developed between them. Based on a short story by Yiyun Li. 83 min. DVD X6367
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Tiger Bay (UK, 1934)
Director, Elder Wills. Cast: Anna May Wong, Henry Victor, Lawrence Grossmith, Margaret Yarde, René Ray. Anna May Wong plays the beautiful and heroic Liu Chang, dancer and proprietor of a rowdy cafe who fights to save a young woman from a gang of thuggish sailors. 70 min. DVD 5127
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The Tong Man (1919)
Director, William Worthington. Cast: Sessue Hayakawa, Helen Jerome Eddy, Mare Robbins,Toyo Fujita, Jack Abbe. "Hatchet man" Hayakawa is in love with a merchant's daughter. He is ordered to kill the merchant but instead does his best to save him in this story about opium and the Chinese Mafia. 58 min. DVD 1376; vhs 999:1182

"Seeking creative control over his films, Japanese American actor Sessue Hayakawa established Haworth Pictures in 1918. (See also The Dragon Painter, December 4.) The first year out, he produced and starred in The Tong Man, a somewhat incendiary melodrama set in San Francisco's Chinatown. The story concerns a Tong hatchetman who refuses to murder his sweetheart's father. All manner of criminal activity-murder, extortion, drug dealing, kidnapping-transpires in this action-packed version of Romeo and Juliet whose delicate heroine is played by Helen Jerome Eddy, an obviously Anglo actress. The Tong Man's mismanagement of cultural imagery is ironically undercut by the subtle but daring possibility that a non-white leading man could win the love of a Caucasian actress. Nevertheless, the questionable depiction of Chinese culture caused an uproar in the community; an injunction against the film's exhibition was sought by San Francisco's Six Companies, and denied." [Pacific Film Archives - Banned in the USA]

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Trader Tom of the China Seas (1954 TV serial)
Performers: Harry Lauter, Aline Towne, Lyle Talbot, Victor Sen Yung, Robert Shayne, Fred Graham. Episodes of the 1954 television adventure thriller series in which a daring island trader and a shpwrecked beauty work as undercover agents to protect Bumatra and help the United Nations safeguard the Asian corridor. vhs 999:1230

The Wedding Banquet (Hsi Yen) (1993)
Directed by Ang Lee. A comedy about the relationship between a gay Asian American and his Taiwanese parents. In New York, the Taiwanese half of the gay couple hopes to end his parents' matchmaking by announcing that he's engaged. What he doesn't count on is that they'll fly in to meet the bride and plan the nuptials. 109 min. vhs 999:122
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West 32nd (2007)
Director, Michael Kang. Cast: John Cho, Jun Kim, Grace Park, Jane Kim, Jun-ho Jeong. After hustling his way onto a homicide case inside New York's gritty Korean underworld, attorney John Kim finds himself thrust into a sordid world of hard realities and moral compromises when he is taken under the wing of a ruthless Korean gangster. Special features: Filmmaker audio commentary ; deleted scenes ; "Leave me to dream" music video ; production gag reel ; interview "Getting naked with Mike and Ed" ; theatrical trailer. 87 min. DVD X2171
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Western Avenue (Wesuton Aebinyu) (1993)
Director, Kil-soo Chang. Cast: Soo-yeon Kang, Chong Po-sok, Johnny Yoon. A Korean family immigrates to the United States in hopes of a better life but soon encounter prejudice and dicrimination. The film opens looking at the problems experienced by the children of the family which runs a liquor store in black Los Angeles and then moves on to the difficulties they all experience during the riots of 1992. 120 min. vhs 999:3499
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When East Meets East
When an aspiring Chinese actress is told in an audition "You should be more Chinese," she is confused. What exactly does it mean to be "more Chinese" for people of Asian descent who have relocated to or were born in North America? This genre-breaking documentary explores the issues of ethnic and cultural identity through interviews with some of today's most prominent Asian and Chinese American filmmakers, actors and actresses in the United States, Canada, Taiwan and China: Wayne Wang, Clara Law, William Ging Wee Dere, Yan Cui, Sandra Oh, Ning Ying, Peggy Chiao, Chen Kuo-Fu, Ho Ping, Teddy Robin, Keith Lock, Janet Yang. Excerpts from films: Double happiness -- Joy Luck Club -- Chinese chocolate -- Temptation of a monk -- Moving the mountain -- Dim Sum -- Small pleasures -- For fun -- Treasure Island -- "18". (199-?). 53 min. Video/C 6924

World of Suzie Wong (1960)
Directed by Richard Quine. Cast: William Holden, Nancy Kwan, Sylvia Syms, Michael Wilding. A struggling transplanted American artist, living in Hong Kong, who's down on his luck meets a beautiful Chinese prostitute who captures his heart. Together, they test the strength of true love. Based on Richard Lakin Mason's novel by the same name (UCB Main PR6025.A793 W6 1957). 119 min. DVD 2721; vhs 999:538
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Hanawa, Yukiko. "The world of Suzie Wong and M. Butterfly: race and gender in Asian America." Radical History Review, Winter 1996, Issue 64, p12-18, 7p
Marchetti, Gina. "White Knights in Hong Kong: Race, Gender, and the Exotic in Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing and The World of Suzie Wong." Post Script: Essays in Film and the Humanities, vol. 10 no. 2. 1991 Winter. pp: 36-49.
McDonogh, Gary W.; Wong, Cindy Hing-Yuk. "Orientalism abroad: Hong Kong readings of The world of Suzie Wong." In: Classic Hollywood, classic whiteness / Daniel Bernardi, editor. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c2001. (Full text available online (UCB users only); Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.M56 C59 2001)

The Wrath of the Gods (1914)
Director, Reginald Barker. Cast: Sessue Hayakawa, Tsuru Aoki, Frank Borzage, Kisaburo Kurihara. Features Hayakawa as the patriarch of a family carrying a curse. Tsuru Aoki marries American sailor Frank Borzage (a curly-haired fellow before he turned director), despite a family curse that causes volcanoes to 'empty their bowels' when daughters marry. Concludes with a lynch mob on the trail of the lovers and the father, who has converted to Christianity, followed, of course, by a volcanic eruption. Special features: 1921 comedy short, Screen snapshots with Sessue Hayakawa, Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle and Charles Murray ; stills gallery of illustrations from original novel; stills gallery of Herbert G. Ponting's photos of turn-of-the century Japan; stills gallery of archival photos and correspondence notes of Hayakawa and Aoki; gallery of promotional materials from the original production. 60 min. DVD 9553
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The Year of the Dragon (1988)
Cast: George Takei, Pat Suzuki. From the play by Frank Chin of the same name, this televised production looks at the comfortable stereotypes concerning Asian-Americans. A working class Chinese-American man, Fred Eng, is in torment over his divided loyalties to America and China, which explode on Chinese New Year (The Year of the Dragon). Directed by Russell Treyz & Postman Paget. Originally broadcast on the PBS television series Theatre in America, January 15, 1975. 89 min. DVD X6134; vhs Video/C 7579

Marchetti, Gina. "Conclusion: the postmodern spectacle of race and romance in Year of the dragon." In: Romance and the "yellow peril" : race, sex, and discursive strategies in Hollywood fiction p. 202-21. Berkeley: University of California Press, c1993. (Main Stack PN1995.9.A78.M37 1993; Moffitt PN1995.9.A78.M37 1993)

Representations of Asians in Animated Cartoons

Bugs Bunny Nips the Nips(1944)
Animated short. Directed by Friz Freleng. "Bugs lands on a Japanese-held island. He tries to outsmart one Japanese soldier by dressing as Emperor Hirohito, but the soldier isn't fooled. He recognizes Bugs from his Warner Brothers films produced by Leon Schlesinger. Bugs has trouble with a tough sumo wrestler but is able to outwit him by dressing as a geisha. Bugs finally rids the island of Japanese by driving up in his ice cream truck (which plays music from The Magic Flute!) and selling each one an ice cream with a secret grenade surprise." 8 min. [IMDB] DVD 2443; vhs 999:840

China Plate (1931)
Animated short. Directed by Wilfred Jackson. Disney Studios. The emperor's musicians play their instruments (and a stray cat) while the ladies of the court dance. Meanwhile, the children fish and play. But soon, the children anger the emperor, who gives chase. And the whole story was told in a plate. DVD 947

The Chinaman (1920)
Animated short. Gaggle of babbling animal characters as Chinese laundrymen; also offers a bit of anti-Semitic humor in the form of a hook-nosed Jewish customer who goes to the laundry to have his filthy beard cleaned. DVD 5456

Chinaman's Chance (1933)
Animated cartoon. Directed by Ub Iwerks. Flip the Frog and his trusty hound sidekick are on the trail of an escaped Fu-Manchu-like criminal named Chow Mein. The chase turns into a nightmare complete with crocodile pits and sundry opium-induced hallucinations. DVD 2355

Chinese Laundary Blues (1920)
Animated short. Directed by Dave Fleischer. DVD 2440

Japoteurs (1942)
Animated short. Director: Seymour Kneitel Superman vs. Japanese spies hijacking a new super-bomber. 9:05 min. DVD 3064; DVD 2440; vhs 999:2143

Lady and the Tramp (Walt Disney Pictures, 1955)
Directors, Clyde Geronimi Wilfred Jackson, et al. Voices: Peggy Lee, Barbara Luddy, Larry Roberts, Bill Thompson, Bill Baucon, Steve Freberg, Verna Felton, Alan Reed, George Givot, Dallas McKennon, Lee Millar. An animated musical about Lady, a lovingly pampered cocker spaniel, and Tramp, a jaunty freedom-loving mutt with a heart of gold, who share an enthralling romance and thrilling adventures.

One of the most well-recognized racist symbols perpetuated by Disney is the portrayal of Siamese cats in Lady and the Tramp. Like stereotypical Asians, they are buck-toothed and have slanted eyes, and speak in ridiculously exaggerated accents that bear little, if any, resemblance to actual Thai speech patterns. They were portrayed as cunning, manipulative, and evil. DVD 132; VHS 999:1958

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Mr. Wong (2004)
Hilariously funny animated comedy featuring the beloved and well-known character Mr. Wong. Join the adventures of our hero, Mr. Wong, an 85 year old Chinese houseboy and our heroine, Miss Pam, his white devil employer as they romp through their acid-coated, sugar-centered world in search of kicks, friendship and maybe even love. Created, written and produced by Pam Brady and Kyle McCulloch. 80 min. DVD 7560

Porky's Movie Mystery(1944)
Animated short. Directed by Friz Freleng. In this parody of the "Mr. Moto" series, a mysterious phantom is causing trouble at the Warner Bros Studios. The police call in Mr. Motto (Porky Pig) to investigate. vhs 999:2143

Scrap the Japs (Popeye)(1942)
Animated short. Directed by Seymour Kneitel. Popeye is relegated to swabbing the deck on an aircraft carrier and other mundane chores, which he does in creative ways. Suddenly, a bomb drops on the ship from a cloud, and all pilots (including Popeye) scramble. Popeye eventually discovers that the "cloud" is a piece of wood camouflaging a Japanese plane, and he shoots it down. The pilot lands on a "Japanese Scrap Repair Ship" where his plane is instantly rebuilt, but Popeye lands soon after, and with the help of some spinach, makes short work of that ship and heads for the Japanese aircraft carrier nearby. He fights off the crew, using them to punch a "V" in the side of the ship, then opens it like a sardine can. At the end, he tows the captured crew in a giant birdcage made out of the scrap boats. DVD X2482
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Tokio Jokio(1943)
Animated short. Directed by Norm McCabe. "A "captured" Japanese newsreel. Civilian defense shows an aircraft spotter painting spots on aircraft and a fire prevention HQ that already burned down. Kitchen Hints shows the construction of a sandwich from bread and meat ration cards. Poisonalities in the News shows Yamamoto walking on stilts and boasting of plans for the White House, contrasted with the room reserved for him: an electric chair. A submarine, launched 3 weeks ahead of schedule, is still being built. A plane's new landing gear is a little man on a tricycle. A minesweeper uses a giant broom. ." 8 min. [IMDB] DVD 2443; DVD 2444; vhs 999:840

You're a Sap, Mr. Jap (Popeye)(1942)
Animated short. Directed by Dan Gordon. Popeye's sailing out in the Pacific, spoiling for a fight with the Japanese. He comes across what looks a Japanese fishing boat, but, just before Popeye lets loose with the old fists, the Japs offer him a peace treaty. Popeye's all for peace, but are the Japanese men of their word? DVD 2440; also DVD X2482; vhs 999:840
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Movies with Actors Playing in Yellowface

"'A Certain Slant': A Brief History of Hollywood Yellowface by Robert Ito (via Bright Lights Journal)

In chronological order. See section above for plot description.

The Forbidden City (1918) vhs DVD X4476; vhs 999:3783
Featuring Norma Talmadge as San San

Broken Blossoms (1919)DVD 1543; DVD 42; vhs 999:57
Featuring Richard Barthelmess as Cheng Huan

Outside the Law (1920)vhs 999:3594
Featuring Lon Chaney as Ah Wing

Shadows (1922) vhs 999:1253
Featuring Lon Chaney as Yen Sin,'The Heathen'

Midnight Faces (1926) DVD X4872; vhs 999:1254
Featuring Edward Peil Sr. as Suie Chang

Chinatown After Dark (1931) DVD X3396; vhs 999:1255
Featuring Carmel Myers as Madame Ying Su; Barbara Kent as Lotus; Laska Winters as Ming Fu

Mr. Wu (1927)DVD X2085
Featuring Lon Chaney as Mr. Wu and Mr. Wu's grandfather; Renée Adorée as Wu's daughter, Wu Nang Ping

Old San Francisco (1927)DVD X2085
Featuring Warner Oland as the ruthless Chris Buckwell, who is actually half-Chinese himself and has a secret passageway in his cellar that enables him to travel underground to Chinatown, where he assumes a Chinese persona.

Bitter Tea of General Yen(1932) vhs 999:2185
Featuring Nils Asther as Gen. Yen

The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932)DVD 6521; vhs 999:1242
Featuring Boris Karloff as Dr. Fu Manchu; Myrna Loy as Fah Lo See

Footlight Parade (1933) DVD 5318; vhs 999:713
Featuring Ruby Keeler as Shanghai Lil

Flash Gordon series
Featuring Charles Middleton as Ming the Merciless

Charlie Chan series (1934-1945) SEE section above for holdings
Featuring Warner Oland and Sidney Toler as Charlie Chan

The General Died at Dawn (1936) DVD 4754
Featuring Akim Tamiroff as Gen. Yang

The Good Earth (1937)DVD 5074; vhs 999:1682
Featuring Paul Muni as Wang; and others.

Lost Horizon (1937) DVD 302; vhs 999:2704
Featuring Sam Jaffe as High Lama

Mr. Moto series (1937-1939)SEE section above for holdings
Featuring Peter Lorre as Mr. Moto

Mr. Wong series (1938-1941) SEE section above for holdings
Featuring Boris Karloff as James Lee Wong

Lady from Chungking (1942) DVD X5125
Featuring Harold Huber as General Kaimura; Ted Hecht as Lieutenant Shimoto

Dragon Seed(1944) DVD 7607; vhs 999:711
Featuring Katharine Hepburn as Jade Tan; Walter Huston as Ling Tan, and others

Black Widow (1947 serial)vhs 999:1250
Featuring Carol Forman as Sombra, The Black Widow

Love is a Many-splendored Thing (1955)DVD 4840
Featuring Jennifer Jones as Dr. Han Suyin

The Adventures of Dr. Fu Manchu (TV, 1956) Video/C 8283
Featuring Glen Gordon as Dr. Fu Manchu

Teahouse of the August Moon (1956)DVD 8493; vhs 999:536
Featuring Marlon Brando as Sakini

Sayonara (1957) DVD 8533; vhs 999:1351
Ricardo Montalban as Nakamura

A Majority of One (1961) DVD X2918
Featuring Alex Guiness as Japanese businessman Koichi Asano

My Geisha (1962) DVD 6811; vhs 999:1352
Featuring Shirley MacLaine as Yoko Mori

Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) DVD 936; vhs 999:703
Featuring Mickey Rooney as Mr. Yunioshi

My Geisha (1962) DVD 6811; vhs 999:1352
Featuring Shirley MacLaine as Yoko Mori

Manchurian Candidate (1962) DVD 1078; vhs 999:406
Featuring Henry Silva as Chunjin

7 Faces of Dr. Lao (1963) DVD 9736
Featuring Tony Randall as Dr. Lao

The Brides of Fu Manchu(UK / West Germany, 1966) DVD 7860
Featuring Christopher Lee as Dr. Fu Manchu

You Only Live Twice(UK, 1967) DVD 6780
Featuring Sean Connery (James Bond) facial surgery in order to pass for Japanese.

Kung Fu. Season One(TV, 1972)DVD 7107
Featuring David Carradine as Kwai Chang Caine

The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu (1980) DVD X6036
Featuring Peter Sellers as the evil Dr. Fu Manchu

The Year of Living Dangerously (1982) DVD X3102; vhs/C 999:782
Featuring Linda Hunt as male Chinese dwarf Billy Kwan

South Asians/South Asian Diaspora

ABCD (1999)
Directed by Krutin Patel. This is the story of an Indian family living in the suburbs of New Jersey. Anju is a widow who believes in tradition and is reluctant to accept the mores of American society. Her main goal is to see that her two children get married to respectable Indian partners. Raj is the "good son", engaged to a devoted and traditional Indian girl. While Nina is the wild child, rebelling against her mother and all Indian customs. Both of the childrens' lives are changed dramatically when they find themselves attracted to a person that they least expected. 103 min. DVD 2627
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American Desi (2001)
Directed by Piyush Dinker Pandya. College freshman Krishna Reddy, who has never cared for his East Indian-American cultural heritage, looks forward to a new life on campus but is surprised to find that he has been assigned Indian roommates. Through his new experiences, he struggles to understand the side of himself he has always turned his back on in order to fit in. 100 min. DVD 2893
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Americanizing Shelley (2007)
Directed by Lorraine Senna. Cast: Namrata Singh Gujral, Brad Raider, Ronreaco Lee, Shaheen Khan, Phillip Rhys, Wil Wheaton, Beau Bridges. Responding to a challenge thrown by the CEO of a Hollywood management company, a wanna-be Hollywood player from the deep South sets out to Americanize an Indian girl straight from the Himalayas. As he teaches her all about the American way of life and what it takes to be a Hollywood celebrity, he ends up learning a thing or two about his own life. 90 min. DVD 9330
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Anita & Me (2002)
Directed by Metin Hüseyin. Cast: Max Beesley, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Anna Brewster, Kathy Burke, Ayesha Dharker, Omid Djalili, Alex Freeborn, Lynn Redgrave, Zohra Segal, Meera Syal, Christine Tremarco, Chandeep Uppal, Mark Williams. Explore the world of 12-year-old Meena, who has moved to England with her Indian family. She is embarassed by her eccentric relatives and friends, and latches onto the town bad girl, rebellious Anita Rutter. Based on the novel by Meera Syal. 92 min. DVD 6659
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Bend It Like Beckham (2002)
Directed by Gurinder Chadha. Cast: Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Anupam Kher, Archie Panjabi, Shaznay Lewis, Frank Harper, Juliet Stevenson. Eighteen year-old Jesminder's parents want her to be a nice, conventional Indian girl. But she just wants to play soccer like her hero, David Beckham. For Jess, that means kicking a ball around the local park with the lads until she's spotted by Jules, who invites her to join the local women's team. 112 min. DVD 1948
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Macdonald, Myra. "British Muslims, memory and identity: Representations in British film and television documentary." European Journal of Cultural Studies; Aug2011, Vol. 14 Issue 4, p411-427, 17p UC users only

The Bengali Night (La nuit Bengali)(France / Switzerland / UK, 1988)
Directed by Nicolas Klotz. Cast: Hugh Grant, Supriya Pathak, Shabana Azmi, Anne Brochet, John Hurt. Allan is a British engineer who becomes entangled in a forbidden romance with his Indian employer's eldest daughter, Indira. As their passion ignites, the East-meets-West clash of cultures leads to surprising and tragic consequences. Based on a true story. Based on the novel by Mircea Eliade. 115 min. DVD X1750
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Bhaji on the Beach(UK, 1995)
Directed by Gurinder Chadha. Cast: Lalita Ahmed, Peter Cellier, Amer Chadha-Patel, Souad Faress, Tanveer Ghani, Jimmi Harkishin, Sarita Khajuria, Shaheen Khan, Rena Kochar, Surendra Kochar, Akbar Kurtha, Nisha Nayar, Zohra Segal, Mo Sesay, Kim Vithana. A comedy about a group of Indian women, living in England, who are brought together by a day at the beach. In the course of their day together , their ordinary lives become an extraordinary celebration. A unique look at female friendship. 100 min. DVD X6285; vhs 999:1331
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Macdonald, Myra. "British Muslims, memory and identity: Representations in British film and television documentary." European Journal of Cultural Studies; Aug2011, Vol. 14 Issue 4, p411-427, 17p UC users only

Bollywood and Vine (1970)
Directors, Edward Jordon & Donald Farmer. Cast: Skye Aubrey, Jamey Schrick, J.R. Jones, Trish Dempsey. Bhuvan is a Hollywood bus driver obsessed with the idea of taking aging scream queen Delilah back home to Bollywood. When he finally meets her, he finds out that it is actually her son in drag. To help the romance, Delilah locks the two in the attic. 85 min. DVD 5349
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Bombay Talkie (1970)
Director, James Ivory. A sophisticated American woman comes to Bombay and falls for two men involved in filmmaking in this affectionate, bemused view of Bollywood -- India's huge movie-making dream factory. Along the way she flees to an ashram to take up the spiritual life -- hilariously -- but eventually succeeds in destroying the marriage of one man and the careers of both. 110 min. DVD 2899
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Bhatt, Nisith Nalin. "Bombay Talkie." Amerasia Journal 22.n2 (Fall 1996): 169(5).
Gooneratne, Yasmine "Satirical Semi-Colon: Ruth Prawer Jhabvala's Screen Play for Bombay Talkie." The Journal of Indian Writing in English, vol. 8, no. 1-2, pp. 177-181, Winter 1980.

Brick Lane (UK / India, 2007)
Directed by Sarah Gavron. Cast: Tannishtha Chatterjee, Satish Kaushik, Christopher Simpson. Follows the life of Nazneen a young Muslim girl who leaves her Bangladeshi village after an arranged marriage at seventeen. She and her husband move to London's East End. There she tries to devote herself to duty and family, yet is drawn to Karim, a young hothead. The story is set in 1980s Britain, during a climate of rising racial tensions. Based on the novel by Monica Ali. 102 min. DVD X1115
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Bride & Prejudice (2004)
Directed by Gurinder Chadha. Cast: Aishwarya Rai, Martin Henderson, Madira Babbar, Anupam Kher, Naveen Andrews, Namrata Shirodkar, Daniel Gillies, Indira Varma, Sonali Kulkarni, Nitin Ganatra, Ashanti. Based on Jane Austen's classic novel, Pride and Prejudice, with a Bollywood twist. In Ammritsar, the determined Mrs. Bakshi sets out to find matches for her four daughters. Second sister, Lalita, meets American Will Darcy - but is it love? 111 min. DVD 4541
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Brothers in Trouble (1996)
Directed by Udayan Prasad. Paints a vivid portrait of the secret lives and loves of a group of illegal Pakistani immigrants in 1960's Britain. When Hussein, the leader of a house overcrowded with desperate, lonely men, brings home his British, pregnant girlfriend, the delicate balance that maintains the men's lives is undone. 98 min. vhs 999:2343
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The Buddha of Suburbia (UK, TV, 1993)
Directed by Roger Michell. Cast: Naveen Andrews, Brenda Blethyn, Roshan Seth, David Bamber. Karim is the son of an assimilated Indian businessman in London. When his Zen-obsessed father becomes the guru of the swinging suburban scene, Karim is swept up into the world of theater, art, drugs, rock and roll and sexual exploration. Based on the novel by Hanif Kureishi. 215 min. DVD 8772
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Chutney Popcorn (1999)
Directed by Nisha Ganatra. Cast: Mahdur Jaffrey, Sakina Jaffrey, Nick Chinlund, Jill Hennessy, Cara Buono, Ajay Naidu, Alisa Mast, Pricilla Lopez. Lisa and Reena are in love, but when Reena agrees to become a surrogate mother for her childless sister, the cultural divide between Reena's Indian family and their lesbian lifestyle hits home. A heartfelt comedy about the cultural struggles between immigrant parents and their Americanized children and the strength of family ties. 92 min. DVD 800
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Arora, Anupama. "Rituals of Queer Diaspora in Nisha Ganatra's Chutney Popcorn." South Asian Popular Culture, Apr2007, Vol. 5 Issue 1, p31-43, UC users only
Ghosh, Monica. "What you hear..., what you see... that's not all you get." Asian Cinema, 2002, Vol. 13 Issue 2, p24-38, 15p
West, Dennis; West, Joan M. "Dishing Up Comedy Spiced with Chutney." Cineaste, 2001, Vol. 26 Issue 2, p38, 3p, UC users only

The Drum (UK, 1938)
Directed by Zoltan Korda. Cast: Sabu, Raymond Massey, Valerie Hobson, Roger Livesey, David Tree, Desmond Tester, Francis L. Sullivan. Set in the India of the British Raj. All the Indians are portrayed as untrustworthy, plotting to overthrow their British masters. The only 'loyal' Indian is Prince Azim (Sabu) who goes into hiding with Colonial forces after his nefarious uncle murders his maharaja father. Based on the novel by A. E. W. Mason. 96 min. DVD X7333
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East is East (1999)
Directed by Damien O'Donnell. Cast: Om Puri, Jimi Mistry, Raji James, Linda Bassett, Archie Panjabi, Emil Marwa. Two English bachelors just want to have the time of their lives, but their plans run into a rough spot when their traditional Pakistani father (George "Genghis" Khan) secretly arranges their marriages. 96 min. DVD 3388
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Elephant Boy (UK, 1937)
Directed by Zoltan Korda. Cast: Sabu, W. E. Holloway, Walter Hudd, Allan Jeayes, Bruce Gordon, D.J. Williams, Hyde White, As Kipling's Toomai of the elephants, a small native (Sabu) who claims to know the congregating place of the elephant hordes, leads a British hunting expedition through the jungle with his pachyderm pal, instantly becoming a legend. Based on the novel "Toomai of the elephants" by Rudyard Kipling. 82 min. DVD X7334
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The Emperor of Peru (France | Canada, 1982)
Directed by Fernando Arrabal. Cast: Mickey Rooney, Anick, Jonathan Starr, Ky Huot Uk, Monique Mercure, Guy Hoffmann. This charming story follows two siblings, Toby and Liz whose family temporarily decides to foster a young Cambodian boy, Hoang. The three children soon discover a crippled railroad engineer in the woods who sparks a string of fantasies and wild ideas which culminate in their decision to restore an abandoned train so they can go to Cambodia to reunite the boy with his family. 81 min. DVD X2899
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Gandhi (1982)
Directed by Richard Attenborough. Cast: Ben Kingsley, Candice Bergen, Edward Fox, John Gielgud, Trevor Howard, John Mills, Martin Sheen. This film follows Gandhi's life from young lawyer through his historic struggle to free India from colonial rule. Winner of 8 Academy Awards, including Best picture, actor, director and screenplay. 149 min. DVD 927; vhs 999:1749
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Goodness Gracious Me(BBC Television, 1998-2000)
Produced by Anil Gupta; directed by Nick Wood. Cast: Sanjeev Bhaskar, Meera Syal, Kulvinder Ghir, Nina Wadia. A British television comedy series presenting a satirical exploration of racial stereotypes in Britain, as seen from an Indian point-of-view. With a stunning stream of sketches and songs presents series 1, 2, and 3 plus the special "Back where they came from." Originally presented on BBC television between 1998 and 2000. 580 min. DVD 3793 (series 1 also on VHS Video/C 8527)
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Gunga Din(1939)
Directed by George Stevens. Cast: Cary Grant, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Victor McLaglen, Sam Jaffe, Joan Fontaine. Cary Grant, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Victor McLaglen, Sam Jaffe, Joan Fontaine. Adventure story of three English soldier comrades battling the savage punjabs in India, and their lowly water-bearer, Gunga Din, who longs to be a soldier. Based on Rudyard Kipling's poem, Gunga Din. Special DVD features: Commentary by historian Rudy Behlmer; making of documentary on location with Gunga Din; 1939 theatrical trailer; 1957 re-release trailer; Porky Pig Looney Tunes cartoon: The Film Fan. 117 min. DVD 8900
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Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

Chapman, James Cull, Nicholas J. "America's Kipling: Gunga Din (1939)." In: Projecting Empire : Imperialism and Popular Cinema I.B.Tauris, 2009 (Full text available online [UCB users only])
Chowdhry, P. "Villains and Loyalists: Constructing Colonial Concerns in Gunga Din (1939)." Indian Historical Review January/July 2002 vol. 29 no. 1-2 145-197 UC users only
Jacobs, Lea. "The B film and the problem of cultural distinction." Screen; 1992, Vol. 33 Issue 1, p1-13, 13p
Jaher, Frederic Cople; Kling, Blair B. "Hollywood's India: The Meaning of RKO's 'Gunga Din'." Film & History 38:2 (Fall 2008) p. 33-44 UC users only
Leibfried, Philip. Rudyard Kipling and Sir Henry Rider Haggard on screen, stage, radio, and television / by Philip Leibfried. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, c2000. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PR4858.F55 L45 2000)
Thronley, Davinia. "Conceptions of Empire: Three Colonial War Films." Quarterly Review of Film and Video, vol. 21, no. 2, pp. 107-17, Spring 2004UC users only

The Guru (2002)
Director, Daisy von Scherler Mayer. Cast: Heather Graham, Marisa Tomei, Jimi Mistry, Michael McKean, Dash Mihok, Emil Marwa, Ronald Guttman, Malachy McCort, Christine Baranski. A porn queen takes a young Indian man under her wings to learn the tricks of the sex trade. But when her student inadvertently becomes a celebrity "sex guru", it catapults him into a wildly outrageous version of the American dream. 94 min. DVD 1636
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Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay (2008)
Directed by Jason Friedberg & Aaron Seltzer. Cast: John Cho, Kal Penn, Rob Corddry, Jack Conley, Rogert Bart, Neil Patrick Harris, Danneel Harris, Eric Winter, Paula Garcés, Jon Reep, Missi Pyle, Mark Munoz, James Adomian, Beverly D'Angelo. Harold and Kumar take an ill-fated flight to Amsterdam, but Kumar's suspicious-looking bong is mistaken for a bomb. Their arrest prompts a racist Homeland Security official to send the boys to indefinite lockup at Guantanamo Bay. Once there, they watch as beefy guards sexually subjugate 'enemy combatants.' The guys manage to get away and make it back to the U.S., hoping the well-connected fiancé of Kumar's old girlfriend, Vanessa, can get them out of their mess. During a dangerous odyssey to Texas, Harold and Kumar have encounters with the Ku Klux Klan, a one-eyed, inbred monster, and old friend Neil Patrick Harris, who drags the boys to a brothel stop that goes terribly wrong. Special features: Original theatrical version; "Dude, change the movie" version; audio commentary by directors Hayden Schlossberg and John Hurwitz, with 'President Bush;' audio commentary by Kal Penn, John Cho, directors Hayden Schlossberg and John Hurwitz, plus "the real Harold." 107 min. DVD X3360
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Beale, Lewis. "Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay." Film Journal International, Jun2008, Vol. 111 Issue 6, p41-42, 2p UC users only
Hamid, Rahul. "Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay." Cineaste, Fall2008, Vol. 33 Issue 4, p57-58, 2p UC users only
Miller, Henry K. "Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay." Sight & Sound, Aug2008, Vol. 18 Issue 8, p63-64, 2p UC users only
Seja, Nina. "No laughing matter? Comedy and the politics of the terrorist/victim." Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies, Apr2011, Vol. 25 Issue 2, p227-237, 11p UC users only

Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004)
Directed by Danny Leiner. Cast: John Cho, Kal Penn, Neil Patrick Harris, Anthony Anderson, Fred Willard. Two twenty-somthing stoner roommates, one a Korean-American investment banker, Harold and the other, an Indian-American medical school candidate, Kumar, go through a life changing journey. They are on a quest to satisfy their cravings for burgers and spend the night roaming the state of New Jersey in search of White Castle hamburgers running into one screwy obstacle after another. 88 min. DVD 3373
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The Kumars at no. 42 (BBC Television, 2001)
Written by Richard Pinto, Sharat Sardana, Sanjeev Bhaskar; directed by Lissa Evans. Cast: Sanjeev Bhaskar, Vincent Ebrahim, Indira Joshi, Meera Syal. In this British television sit-com the Kumars, a fictional immigrant family, have bulldozed their back garden to build a studio for their spoilt son Sanjeev, who fancies himself a celebrity chat show host. Each week, celebrity guests partake in the unique Kumar experience: a thorough interrogation by the entire family. 70 min. Video/C 8527
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Love + Hate (UK / Ireland, 2005)
Directed by Dominic Savage. Cast: Tracy Brabin, Samina Awan, Tom Hudson, Nichola Burley. Looks at race relations in working class northwest England as seen through the stories of 17-year-old Naseema, a second generation British-Pakistani Muslim who falls for her white racist colleague, and her elder brother Yousif, whose attitudes to race, religion and women are called into question. 82 min. DVD 9396
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Masala. (1991)
Directed by Srinivas Krishna. A black comedy about the god Krishna, summoned to earth by an old woman, a young ex-junkie named Krishna who is coping with the death of his family in a plane crash, and what happens when their paths cross. 105 min. vhs 999:981
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Mississippi Masala. (1991)
Directed by Mira Nair. In this interracial love story, an African American businessman falls for a beautiful Indian immigrant who's family was expelled from Uganda under the reign of dictator, Idi Amin. As their love grows they must deal with shock and outrage from both families. 118 min. Video DVD 2107; vhs 999:1201
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Mistress of Spices. (USA / UK, 2005)
Directed by Paul Mayeda Berges. Cast: Aishwarya Rai, Dylan McDermott, Nitin Ganatra, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Caroline Chikezie, Anupam Kher. Tilo is an immigrant from India, and a shopkeeper, who is also the "Mistress of Spices." The spices which she gives to her customers help them to satisfy their needs and desires. But then her life changes when she "breaks all the rules" by falling in love with Doug, an American man. Based on the novel by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. 95 min. DVD 8106
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Khushu-Lahiri, Rajyashree; Rao, Shweta. "India on a Platter: A Study of Gurinder Chadha and Paul Mayed Berges's Cinematic Adaptation of The Mistress of Spices" Postcolonial Text, vol. 4, no. 2, pp. [13 pages], 2008
Stables, Kate. "The Mistress of Spices." Sight & Sound, June 2006, Vol. 16 Issue 6, p62-63, 2p UC users only

Monsoon Wedding (2002)
Directed by Mira Nair; featuring Naseeruddin Shah, Lillete Dubey, Shefali Shetty, Vijay Raaz, Tilotama Shome, Vasundhara Das, Parvin Dabas, Kulbhushan Kharbanda. Love, lust and hope envelop an upper middle-class Indian family and their world-wide guests as they celebrate for four days the arranged marriage of their daughter to an East Indian man from Texas. Special features: The making of "Monsoon wedding"; feature commentary with Mira Nair ; theatrical trailer. 115 min. DVD 1346
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My Beautiful Laundrette (1986)
Directed by Stephen Frears; starring Saeed Jaffrey, Roshan Seth, Daniel Day Lewis, Gordon Warnecke. Set in the Pakistani community in south London, the film focuses on two youths--Johnny, a working-class white, and Omar, a Pakistani. Together they operate a laundrette, which Omar inherits from his uncle. While Johnny looks upon the laundrette as a life line on which to salvage his self-respect, Omar sees it as just the beginning step on the road to riches. Based on Hanif's Kureishi novel. (UCB Main PR6061.U68 M9 1996; PN1997 .M8871 1986) DVD 1635; vhs 999:431
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My Own Country (1998)
Directed by Mira Nair. A small-town doctor, making the adjustment of coming from India to the rural town of Johnson City, Tennessee, must win the acceptance and trust of his community when the town's first documented case of AIDS is reported. Based on true events, this a powerfully moving story of one doctor's brave search for home and belonging. 106 min. vhs 999:2758
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My Son the Fanatic (UK | France, 1999)
Directed by Udayan Prasad. Cast: Om Puri, Rachel Griffiths, Stellan Skarsgård, Akbar Kurtha, Gopi Desai. Parvez, a cab driver who left Pakistan for Great Britain in search of a better life must choose between his relationship with his disinterested wife, his increasingly Islamic fundamentalist son and his friendship with a prostitute who provides him support and tenderness he does not experience within his own family. 87 min. DVD 9114; vhs 999:2649
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The Namesake (India / USA, 2006)
Directed by Mira Nair. Cast: Kal Penn, Tabu, Irrfan Khan, Jacinda Barrett, Zuleikha Robinson. The American-born son of Indian immigrants feels pulled between his ethnic heritage and his desire to assimilate, especially after becoming involved with two very different women. 122 min. DVD 9254
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Nina's Heavenly Delights (UK, 2006)
Directed by Pratibha Parmar. Cast: Laura Fraser, Art Malik, Ronnie Jhutti, Veena Sood, Shelley Conn. A young woman must take over her father's Indian restaurant and compete in The Best of the West Curry Competition. When Nina then falls in love with the beautiful Lisa, she begins to question a world that has been thrown into sudden turmoil. Now she wonders if her feelings will ever be reciprocated and if they are, what will this mean for Nina and her family? 94 min. DVD 8743
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Sammy and Rosie Get Laid (1987)
Directed by Stephen Frears. Cast: Shashi Kapoor, Frances Barber, Claire Bloom, Ayub Khan Din, Roland Gift, Wendy Gazelle. London's out of control in the punked-out Eighties and Rosie's radical politics land her in everyone's bed but Sammy's - but if they want to inherit Rafi's fortune, they'll have to come up with the grandchild he wants. 97 min. vhs 999:3575
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Seducing Maarya (1999)
Directed by Hunt Hoe. A recently widowed Indo-Montrealer restaurant owner arranges for Maarya to marry his son. Maarya soon discovers that not only is his son gay, but that the father is falling in love with her. She also has some issues with her past that come to light among all this conflict. 107 min. DVD 1707
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The Simpsons
One of the regular characters on the animated TV series The Simpsons is Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, is an immigrant from India. Apu is the proprietor of the Kwik-E-Mart. His wife is named Manjula. His mother arranged his marriage to Manjula in the episode "The Two Mrs. Nahasapeemapetilons." Apu has eight children named Anoop, Gheet, Nabendu, Poonam, Pria, Sandeep, Sashi, and Uma, born in "Eight Misbehavin'." Apu was almost deported once, thanks to Homer Simpson and Proposition 24, in "Much Apu About Nothing" (DVD 4864). Other installments featuring Apu include: "Homer and Apu" (DVD 4290); Short Films About Springfield (DVD 2864); For complete listing, See TV videography

Touch of Pink (2003)
Directed by Ian Iqbal Rashid. Cast: Jimi Mistry, Kyle MacLachlan, Suleka Mathew, Kristen Holden-Reid, Veena Sood, Brian George, Liisa Repo-Martell, Raoul Bhaneja. Alim seems to have it all: a great career, a handsome boyfriend, and a personal guide in the spirit of Cary Grant. Living thousands of miles from his mother Nuru and his Indian family in Toronto, he can keep his lifestyle hidden. But when Alim's conservative mom decides to pay an impromptu visit, with the intention of dragging her son to a big fat monsoon wedding and getting him matched up with a "nice girl," the spirit of Cary Grant suddenly becomes indispensable. 91 min. DVD 3430
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West Is West (1997)
Directed by David Rathod. Cast: Ashutosh Gowariker, Heidi Carpenter, Pearl Padamsee, Rex Delgado. In this romantic comedy Vikram arrives from Bombay to find his college plans have fallen through. He winds up staying in a hotel in the Tenderloin District where he meets and falls for Sue, a bohemian artist who works at a local movie theater. With his visa running out, Vikram resorts to desperate measures including a bungled burglary attempt and an impromptu curbside wedding. The musical finale of this cheeky cross-cultural comedy is a rousing homage to Bollywood. Special features: two early shorts by David Rathod, "Henry's River" (7 min.) and "Distant Traveller" (11 min.) ; "San Francisco: Then and Now" - a video documentary by David Rathod detailing the differences between San Francisco in the punked-out 1980s and now; short documentary about the cast; original press kit; stills gallery. 80 min. DVD X5519; vhs 999:1921
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Yasmin (Germany | UK, 2004)
Directed by Kenneth Glenaan. Cast: Archie Panjabi, Renu Setna, Steve Jackson, Syed Ahmed, Shahid Ahmed. In this drama set before and after the events of 9/11, a young Muslim woman living in Britain campaigns for the release of her immigrant husband from his detainment in a holding centre. After September 11th, the prejudice she experiences in her job and the treatment of common people forces her to reevaluate her life and take sides. 81 min. DVD X5377
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Macdonald, Myra. "British Muslims, memory and identity: Representations in British film and television documentary." European Journal of Cultural Studies; Aug2011, Vol. 14 Issue 4, p411-427, 17p
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Southeast Asians/Southeast Asian Diaspora

Alamo Bay (1985)
Directed by Louis Malle. Based on true events, Shang, a shrimper and a veteran of the Vietnam War, like many of his friends, feels bitter resentment towards the refugees who have settled in the Gulfs' port towns and threaten their livelihood. Shang's mistress, Glory, is a courageous woman who must choose between the rights of those who have fled a warring land and her love for Shang. 99 min. vhs 999:847

American Adobo (2001)
Director, Laurice Guillen. Cast: Christopher de Leon, Dina Bonnevie, Ricky Davao, Cherry Pie Picache, Paolo Montalban, Randy Becker, Keesha Sharp, Gloria Romero. A story of five filipino American friends living in New York City, conflicted with their life choices and destinies, as they party away - sharing laughs, secrets, recipes and romance. An uniquely American story about what it means to be an immigrant in a land where it seems everyone is searching for an identity. 103 min. DVD 1656

Anna and the King (1999)
Director, Laurice Guillen. Cast: Jodie Foster, Chow Yun-fat, Bai Ling. English schoolteacher Anna Leonowens has traveled to Siam to educate the fifty eight children of King Mongkut. Each has preconceived ideas about the other's world. Amid the danger of political unrest, their growing respect for each other turns into romance. Special features: Commentary by Andy Tennant, five featurettes, television special, six deleted scenes, theatrical trailer, music video "How can I not love you" by Joy Enriquez, interactive menus, scene selection. 147 min. DVD 525
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Bastards (1996)
Directed by Loc Do. Cast: Tuan Tran, Christopher Lance, Christopher Dalton, Tom Lui, Hiep Thi Le. Escaping Vietnam Tony and Tien, two Amerasian brothers abandoned by their American father, arrive in California to search for a better life. As Tien searches for his father, Tony embittered by the "American dream," takes refuge in a local gang of Amerasian kids and enters an underground world of drugs and crime in Little Saigon. Bonded by a similar past, this misfit gang ignites a new passion in Tony's life. 98 min. vhs 999:2438
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The Beautiful Country (2004)
Directed by Gene Cajayon. Cast: Nick Nolte, Tim Roth, Bai Ling, Temuera Morrision, Damien Nguyen. In Vietnam Binh has grown up not knowing his parents, an American soldier and a Vietnamese woman. In an effort to find a better life he searches for his mother in Saigon but eventually heads for New York City. The film lingers on the rigors of the voyage: the sampan, the Malaysian detention camps, the illegal refugee ship, and the underground economy with near slavery in New York City. It finally opens up when Binh leaves New York for Houston still hoping to find his father. Special features: Commentary with director Hans Petter Moland; interviews with Nick Nolte, Bai Ling, Damien Nguyen, director Hans Petter Moland and screenwriter Sabina Murray. 125 min. DVD X1897
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The Debut (2001)
Directed by Gene Cajayon. Cast: Dante Basco, Tirso Cruz, III, Eddie Garcia, Darion Basco, Dion Basco, Derek Basco, Gina Alajar, Bernadette Balagtas, Joy Bisco. Ben, a Filipino-American teenager, is soon to graduate from high school. Currently, most of his family is preoccupied with an elaborate coming-out party being thrown for Ben's sister Rose. Ben isn't too thrilled about having to attend, so he invites his best friends Rick and Doug. To their surprise, Rick and Doug find themselves having a great time getting a glimpse of Filipino culture, and Ben meets a pretty girl named Annabelle. 88 min. DVD 3198
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The Delta (1997)
Directed by Ira Sachs. Performer: Shayne Gray, Thang Chan, Rachel Zan Huss, Colonious Davis. Set in Memphis, Tennessee the film focuses on Lincoln Bloom, an affluent white 17-year-old youth, whose surface straightness is a mask for an interest in gay cruising and peep-show sex. At an all-night movie house, Lincoln meets Minh, a twenty-something poor Amerasian immigrant, the son of an Afro-American soldier and a Vietnamese woman. Minh is openly gay and in love with Lincoln. They take a spur-of-the-moment trip down the Mississippi on Lincoln's father's cabin cruiser. But their romance is doomed because of the different ages, races, cultures and classes involved. 85 min. DVD 1325
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Dumbarton Bridge (1999)
Directed by Charles Koppelman. Cast: Tom Wright, Esperanza Catubig, Daphne Ashbrook. John Shed leads a withdrawn and solitary life in a small town south of San Francisco where he works on the salt ponds. He takes little pleasure in life and rarely ventures out with his white live-in girlfriend Belinda. When Minh, Shed's half-Vietnamese daughter arrives, he reacts with callous disregard for her welfare. Belinda invites Minh to live with them. Shed's bitterness and heavy drinking prompt Belinda to move out. Through a series of difficult steps, father and daughter come to terms with their own and each other's ethnicity and find ways to reassert their identity. Shed meets with a black support group and Minh finds her own sense of belonging with the help of a Vietnamese American social worker. 113 min. DVD 4307
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Giving Care (2008)
Directed by Clarissa de los Reyes. Cast: Banaue Miclat, Arthur Acuña, Roger Batasta. In this short drama an undocumented caregiver must choose between going home to the Phillipines to attend her father's funeral or continue in her role as the one that everyone depends on. 11 min. DVD X2234

Gran Torino (2008)
Directed by Clint Eastwood. Cast: Clint Eastwood, Bee Vang, Ahney Her, Christopher Carley, Brian Haley, Geraldine Hughes, Dreama Walker, Brian Howe, John Carroll Lynch, William Hill. Walt Kowalski is a grumpy, tough-minded widower who holds onto his prejudices despite the changes in his Michigan neighborhood and the world around him. He is a Korean War veteran whose prize possession is a 1972 Gran Torino he keeps in mint condition. When his neighbor, Thao, a young Hmong teenager, becomes pressured by his gang member cousin to steal Walt's Gran Torino, Kowalski sets out to reform the youth. Drawn against his will into the life of Thao's family, Walt is soon taking steps to protect them from the gangs that infest their neighborhood. 116 min. DVD X1622
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Journey from the Fall (2006)
Directed by Ham Tran. Cast: Kieu Chinh, Long Nguyen, Diem Lien, Jayvee Mai The Hiep, Khanh Doan, Cat Ly, Nguyen Thai Nguyen. Despite his allegiance to the toppled South Vietnamese government, Long Nguyen decides to remain in Vietnam. Imprisoned in a Communist re-education camp, he urges his family to make the escape by boat without him. His wife, son, and mother embark on the arduous ocean voyage in the hope of reaching the U.S. and freedom. Based on the true stories of Vietnamese refugees who fled after the fall of Saigon, April 30, 1975, and on the Vietnamese who stayed behind. 135 min. DVD X1882
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The King and I (1956)
Directed by Walter Lang. Cast: Deborah Kerr, Yul Brynner, Rita Moreno, Martin Benson, Terry Saunders, Rex Thompson. Music, Richard Rodgers; book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. An English schoolteacher finds herself at odds with the King when she is the teacher at the royal court in Siam in the 1860s. 133 min. DVD 606; VHS 999:696
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Awards

Academy Awards - Best Actor (Yul Brynner)
Golden Globes - Best Motion Picture - Musical/Comedy; Best Motion Picture Actress - Comedy/Musical (Deborah Kerr)
National Board of Review, USA - Best Actor (Yul Brynner)

Houston, K. ""Siam Not So Small!": Maps, History, and Gender in "The King and I"." Camera Obscura no. 59 (2005) p. 72-117 UC users only
Klein, Christina. "Musicals and modernization : The king and I." In: Cold War orientalism: Asia in the middlebrow imagination, 1945-1961 / Christina Klein. Berkeley : University of California Press, 2003. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks; Asian Am Studies; Moffitt DS33.4.U6 K55 2003)
Ma, Sheng-mei. "Rodger's and Hammerstein's "Chopsticks" musicals.(Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein; "The King and I," "Flower Drum Song" and "South Pacific")(Critical Essay)." Literature-Film Quarterly 31.1 (Jan 2003): 17-26. UC users only

Lolo's Child (2003)
Directed by Promeo Candido. Lolo's Child is the award-winning feature directorial debut of Filipino-Canadian Romeo Candido, who also stars and composes the film's soundtrack. Cast: Romeo Candido, Jayson Ray Camat, Stephanie Comilang, Caesar Fajardo. Lolo's Child is the award-winning feature directorial debut of Filipino-Canadian Romeo Candido, who also stars and composes the film's soundtrack. Inspired by his father's death Junior embarks on composing the soundtrack to his life. After a two year exile, Junior comes home to bury his father, to bury his childhood and to bury the memories that drove him away. Upon his return he discovers that his absence has left his old world unaffected. Jason his childhood nemesis, his longtime love, Sarah and his history of abuse and anguish all remain as he left it ... unresolved. Special features: Director's audio commentary; making-of featurette; deleted scenes; music video "Meditations for the restless" ; music video Lolo's child; multi-media performance: The balikbayan : "North American boy" ; original movie trailer. 80 min. DVD 8268
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Lumpia (2003)
Directed by Patricio Ginelsa, Jr. Cast: Carlos Baon, Francis Custodio, Edward Baon, Elizabeth Mendoza, Dennis Custodio. Takes you back to the late-90's when tension is at an all-time high in Fogtown High School. James and his misfit pack of friends become the targets of ridicule for the CREW, a bunch of thugs who have invented a new fad of (gulp!) F.O.B. bashing! But only one hero stands in their way... a silent avenger who delivers justice one deep-fried lumpia at a time! With James falling for his classmate Kelly, will such a fighter be enough to ward off the one enemy that threatens to obliterate all? Special features: Cast and crew audio commentary; 4 music videos featuring Pacifics, InnerVoices, 10.01, and Janice Aranas; deletes scenes; making-of Lumpia featurette; TV spots and trailer; blooper reel; old short film: "The green magician"; "Bastos!" the uncensored version; The Lumpia experience. 81 min. DVD 8260
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Nanay (2005)
Directed by Clarissa de los Reyes. Cast: Olga Natividad, Stephanie Schmiderer. In this short drama a Filipino nanny, left alone with the infant she cares for, attempts to recapture her lost motherhood. 5 min. DVD X2235

Pacific Islanders

Bird of Paradise (1932)
Directed by King Vidor. Cast: Dolores Del Rio, Joel McCrea, Richard "Skeets" Gallagher, Bert Roach, John Halliday, Lon Chaney Jr. (Creighton Chaney). A tale of South Seas romance in which an adventurer falls in love with a native girl. 80 min. DVD 7636; vhs Video/C 999:249
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Cobra Woman(1944)
Directed by Robert Siodmak. Cast: Maria Montez, Jon Hall, Sabu, Edgar Barrier. Upon discovering his fiancée Tollea has been kidnaped, Ramu and his friend Kado set out for a Pacific isle where all strangers are to be killed on arrival and the inhabitants, who are frequently sacrificed to an angry volcano god, worship the cobra. The island is ruled by Tollea's evil twin Naja, the Cobra Woman, who, besides having designs on her new prisoner Ramu, also desires to eliminate any competition from her benevolent sister.71 min. DVD X3927
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Robert Siodmak bibliography
Fischer, Lucy. "Two-Faced Women: The "Double" in Women's. Melodrama of the 1940s." Cinema Journal; Fall83, Vol. 23 Issue 1, p24-43, 20p UC users only
Waller, Genevieve. "Cobra Woman." Quarterly Review of Film & Video, Oct2010, Vol. 27 Issue 5, p379-381, 3p UC users only

Fish Bowl (2005)
Directed by Kayo Hatta. Cast: Mie Omori, Billy Lam, Jordan Mukai, Bill Ogilvie. In 1970's Hawaii, 11 year old Lovey is an outsider with an overactive imagination who must deal with not only a bad perm, but also the snotty yet seemingly perfect leader of the most popular clique at school and her menacing teacher who ridicules her for speaking Pidgin English. 28 min. DVD 6921
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The Hurricane (1937)
Directed by John Ford. Cast: Dorothy Lamour, Jon Hall, Raymond Massey, Mary Astor, C. Aubrey Smith. The simple, peaceful life on a South Pacific island is disrupted, not only by a vindictive governor but also by a violent typhoon. 103 min. 999:1243
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Cassano, Graham. ""The Last of the World's Afflicted Race of Humans Who Believe in Freedom" : Race, Colonial Whiteness and Imperialism in John Ford and Dudley Nichols's The Hurricane (1937)." Journal of American Studies, Feb2010, Vol. 44 Issue 1, p117-136, 20p
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Fitzsimmons, Lorna. "Contra colonialism: Turning the edge in Ford's The Hurricane." Literature/Film Quarterly. 2003. Vol. 31, Iss. 1; p. 57 UC users only

The Idol Dancer (1920)
Directed by D.W. Griffith. Cast: Richard Barthelmess, Clarine Seymour, Creighton Hale, George MacQuarrie. A drunken Yankee beachcomber befriends a half-caste native girl scorned by the villagers in this Griffith epic set in the South Seas. A tale of love and adventure which ends in a rousing climax. 76 min. vhs 999:1919
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Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)
Directed by Frank Lloyd. Cast: Clark Gable, Charles Laughton, Franchot Tone, Herbert Hundin, Eddie Quillan, Dudley Digges, Donald Crisp. The time is in the late 1700's and Fletcher Christian leads a mutiny on the high seas against the tyrannical disciplinarian Capt. Bligh when the underfed overflogged sailors can no longer take the brutality. DVD Special features: "Pitcairn Island today"--1935 MGM short; 'Mutiny on the Bounty' wins 1935 Academy Award (1936 newsreel); theatrical trailers. 133 min. DVD 4631; vhs 999:600
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Awards
Academy Award - Best Picture

Dening, Greg. "'Captain Bligh' as Mythic Cliché: The Films." In: Screening the past: film and the representation of history / edited by Tony Barta. Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 1998. (Full text available online [UCB users only]; MAIN: PN1995.2 .S38 1998)
Hark, Ina Rae. "Movies and the Resistance to Tyranny." In: American cinema of the 1930s : themes and variations / edited by Ina Rae Hark. New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c2007. (Full text available online (UCB users only); Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.U6 A85735 2007)
Solomon, Jon. "Celluloid Bountys." Archaeology. May 1999. Vol. 52, Iss. 3; pg. 41, 1 pgs
Sturma, Michael. "Women, the Bounty, the movies." Journal of Popular Film & Television. Summer 1995. Vol. 23, Iss. 2; p. 88 (6 pages) UC users only

Mutiny on the Bounty (1962)
Directed by Lewis Milestone. Cast: Marlon Brando, Trevor Howard, Richard Harris, Hugh Griffith, Richard Haydn, Tarita, Percy Herbert. In 1787, the HMS Bounty sets out on a journey that will take it through perilous seas to a tropical paradise--and into history as one of the most ill-fated vessels ever to sail for King and country. Special features: Alternate prologue and epilogue sequences not seen theatrically; New featurette "After the cameras stopped rolling: the journey of the Bounty"; 4 vintage featurettes: "Story of the HMS Bounty", "Voyage of the Bounty to St. Petersburg", "Tour of the Bounty", "1964 New York World's Fair promo"; New digital transfer from restored 65mm elements; Marlon Brando movies trailer gallery. 185 min. DVD 8107
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Solomon, Jon. "Celluloid Bountys." Archaeology. May 1999. Vol. 52, Iss. 3; pg. 41, 1 pgs
Sturma, Michael. "Women, the Bounty, the movies." Journal of Popular Film & Television. Summer 1995. Vol. 23, Iss. 2; p. 88 (6 pages) UC users only

Son of Fury: The Story of Benjamin Blake (1942)
Directed by John Cromwell. Cast: Tyrone Power, Gene Tierney, George Sanders, Frances Farmer, Elsa Lanchester, Kay Johnson, Roddy McDowall, John Carradine. Set in the 19th century, the illegitimate son of a British aristocrat, Benjamin Blake, is forced into servitude by a wicked uncle. As a rebellious young man, Benjamin falls for a beautiful aristocrat and is beaten as punishment. Fleeing his tyrannical uncle, Benjamin stows away on a ship and lands on an idyllic South Pacific island. There he romances an exotic native beauty and earns a fortune diving for pearls with a fellow shipmate. But Benjamin's enchanted paradise becomes his prison as he yearns for revenge. When a ship arrives, bound for England, Benjamin steps aboard, heading home to seek the title and inheritance that are his. 98 min. DVD 8306
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South Pacific (1958)
Directed by Joshua Logan. Cast: Rossano Brazzi, Mitzi Gaynor, John Kerr, Ray Walston, Juanita Hall, France Nuyen, Russ Brown. Set in the Pacific theater during World War II, this musical film explores the theme of racial prejudice in two parallel stories; that of a Navy nurse's love for a plantation owner with two Eurasian children, and a Marine lieutenant's love for a native woman. Based on the novel Tales of the South Pacific by James A. Michener. Adapted from the play South Pacific by Ricahrd Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan. 150 min. DVD 506; VHS 999:738
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Tabu: A Story of the South Seas (silent, 1931)
Directed by F.W. Murnau, and Robert Flaherty. Shot in Tahiti, the story tells of a goreous native girl who is declared to be sacred by her tribe, and what happens when she defies them and falls in love with a man. 82 min. DVD 1327; 999:1243

Documentaries About Asian Representation in the Movies

Hollywood Chinese: the Chinese in American Feature Films
Documents the representation and involvement of the Chinese in American cinema from the silent era to the 21st century. While celebrating their contributions to American filmmaking a haunting and telling undercurrent of racism and stereotypes weaves its way in, suggestive of the difficulties that Chinese men and women found working in Hollywood -- particularly in the early years. As a historical footnote, Dong also makes film history by rediscovering and editing in footage from what is alleged to be the first Asian-American film ever made: the 1916 "The Curse of Quon Gwon," directed by Marion Wong.

Contents: Disc 1. Movie magic -- Cinematic memories -- Early Chinese images -- Chinatowns -- Movie: "The Curse of Quon Gwon" / Marion Wong (1916) -- Lotus blossom & Grandview films -- The good earth -- Anna May Wong -- Dragon seed -- Charlie Chan -- Fu Manchu -- Actor's dilemma -- World War II -- James Wong Howe -- Suzie Wong -- The last emperor -- Flower drum song -- Career paths -- Kung Fu -- James Hong -- Chan is missing -- The Joy Luck Club -- M. Butterfly -- The virility card -- Xiu Xiu -- Chinese from Asia -- Better luck tomorrow -- Progress and prospects. Disc 2. Special features (3 hrs, 30 min.): Vingate trailers ; Flower Drum Song world premiere news footage ; Early silents: Scene in a Chinese restaurant (1903, 0:17) -- Scene in San Francisco Chinatown (1900, 00:33) -- "That Chink at Golden Gulch" / director, D.W. Griffith (1910, 14 min.) -- "The heathen Chinese and the Sunday school teachers (1904, 2:46) ; Soundies: "Chinatown, my Chinatown" (2:43) -- "Where's the chicken in the Chicken chow mein" (2:47) -- "Wise man say" (2:55) ; Gallery of movie memorabilia from pre-1950s films ; interview outtakes with the stars of Hollywood Chinese. Director, writer, Arthur Dong. 2007. 89 min. DVD X5860

No Hop Sing, No Bruce Lee: What Do You Do When None of Your Heroes Look Like You?
Various Asian Americans relate how they had to assimilate and adapt to a dominant white society in America. Asian American actors discuss ethnic identity, mass media stereotyping and their subservient roles in the mass media. Film excerpts and actor interviews: Danger Island, Peter Lorre -- Year of living dangerously, Linda Hunt -- Auntie Mame, Yuki Shimoda -- Pink Panther strikes again, Herbert Lom -- Seinfeld, Dom Magwili -- Sixteen candles, Gedde Watanabe -- Bonanza, Victor Sen -- Green Hornet, Bruce Lee -- Flash Gordon, Max von Sydow -- Hook, Dante Basco -- Big trouble in Little China, Dennis Dun, James Hong -- Kung Fu, David Carradine -- American ninja, Guich Koock -- Fiendish plot of Fu Manchu, Peter Sellers -- Under the rainbow -- Seven faces of Dr. Lao, Tony Randall -- Marlow, Bruce Lee -- Terror of the Tong, Christopher Lee -- Karate Kid, Pat Morita -- Teahouse of the August Moon, Marlon Brando. c1998. 28 min. Video/C 7022

Renee Tajima Reads Asian Images in American Film.
Discussion of the stereotyping of Asians and Asian-Americans in American films, particularly the passive Asian woman and the monolithic Asian masses who do not seem to have individual identity. Dist.: Paper Tiger TV. 1984. Video/C 2579

The Slanted Screen
From silent film star Sessue Hayakawa to Harold & Kumar Go to Whitecastle, The slanted screen explores the portrayals of Asian men in American cinema, chronicling the experiences of actors who have had to struggle against ethnic stereotyping and limiting roles. The film presents a critical examination of Hollywood's image-making machine, through a fascinating parade of 50 film clips spanning a century. Special features: A tribute to Mako (8 min.) ; "Influencing the image makers" : Oct. 5, 2006 panel discussion at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (45 min.) 2006. 61 min. DVD 6998

When East Meets East
When an aspiring Chinese actress is told in an audition "You should be more Chinese," she is confused. What exactly does it mean to be "more Chinese" for people of Asian descent who have relocated to or were born in North America? This genre-breaking documentary explores the issues of ethnic and cultural identity through interviews with some of today's most prominent Asian and Chinese American filmmakers, actors and actresses in the United States, Canada, Taiwan and China: Wayne Wang, Clara Law, William Ging Wee Dere, Yan Cui, Sandra Oh, Ning Ying, Peggy Chiao, Chen Kuo-Fu, Ho Ping, Teddy Robin, Keith Lock, Janet Yang. Excerpts from films: Double happiness -- Joy Luck Club -- Chinese chocolate -- Temptation of a monk -- Moving the mountain -- Dim Sum -- Small pleasures -- For fun -- Treasure Island -- "18". (199-?). Dist.: Films Media Group. 53 min. Video/C 6924

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