UC Berkeley Library

East Asians & East Asian Americans in Film

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.

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 ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

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.

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.

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.

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