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East Asians & East Asian Americans in Film

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

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

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. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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.