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Asians and Asian Americans in Film

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.

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.

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.

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.

Cobra Woman(1944)

Directed by Robert Siodmak. Cast: Maria Montez, Jon Hall, Sabu, Edgar Barrier. Upon discovering his fiance;e 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.

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. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie DatabaseReviews and articles:

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. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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