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East Asians & East Asian Americans in Film

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.

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.

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. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
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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. Online Access through LFLFCCredits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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