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Asians and Asian Americans in Film

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. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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.

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.

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. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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.

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. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
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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.

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. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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