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East Asians & East Asian Americans in Film

Ethan Mao (2004)

Directed by Quentin Lee. Cast: un Hee Lee, Raymond Ma, Julia Nickson, Kevin Kleinberg, David Tran, Jerry Hernandez.takes him in. After being tipped off by his younger brother that his family is going on a day trip on Thanksgiving Day, Ethan asks Remigio for a ride to his family house to get some of his belongings. Ethan and Remigio break into Ethan's family house, but are caught in the act and have no choice other than to hold his parents hostage.

Flower Drum Song (1961)

Directed by Henry Koster. Cast: Nancy Kwan, James Shigeta, Benson Fong, Jack Soo, Juanita Hall, Miyoshi Umeki. This unforgettable Broadway smash, filled with memorable songs and brilliant dances, centers on a Hong Kong girl who comes to San Francisco for an arranged marriage to an Americanized nightclub owner who is already engaged to a sultry singer. Based on the novel by C.Y. Lee.

Footlight Parade

(1933) Featuring Ruby Keeler as Shanghai Lil

Foreign Ghosts (Canada, 1998)

Directed by Hunt Hoe. Cast: Bonnie Mak, Vaggos Evyenia, Camille Martinez, Waei Pai, Carl Alacchi, Robert van der Linden, Walter Bryant. A trilogy of interrelated stories about three young immigrant women in Montreal. May Li's mother arrives from China to live with her with preconceived ideas about all non-Chinese people. But after being rescued from a snowstorm by a black man she is forced to rethink her beliefs. Then there's Pepe, Anna's boyfriend, a hopeless womanizer who operates under a false identity.

Go For Broke! (1951)

Directed by Robert Pirosh. Cast: Van Johnson, Gianna Maria Canale, Warner Anderson, Lane Nakano, Henry Nakamura, George Miki, Henry Oyasato. "Go for broke" was the combat slogan of one of World War II's most unusual fighting teams. The 442nd Regiment, comprised of Nisei--loyal Americans of Japanese ancestry--exhibits heroism far beyond the call of duty, overcoming the Nazis as well as the extreme prejudice of the white Americans who cannot accept "Japs" on their side.

Green Hornet (1967)

Starring Bruce Lee, Van Williams, Wende Wagner, Lloyd Gough, Walter Brooke. When the crime syndicate decides to eliminate the Green Hornet's interference with their dirty deeds, Kato, his faithful companion and a Kung fu master, must battle Kung fu emissaries and mysterious aliens from outer space in order to save the world. 84 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Green Hornet (1967)

Cast: Van Williams, Bruce Lee, Wende Wagner, Lloyd Gough, Walter Brooke. Lloyd Bochner. Captain Midnight: Richard Webb, Sid Melton, Olan Soule. In the first feature the Green Hornet and his trusty sidekick and kung fu master, Kato, investigate deaths in which the murderer used a silent gun. In the second feature Captain Midnight flies into the desert in his "Silver Dart" airplane to investigate the discovery of the new element "thorium" which is believed to produce nuclear power. Second feature includes the original television commercials. 55 min.

Gung Ho (1986)

Directed by Ron Howard. Cast: Michael Keaton, Gedde Watanabe, George Wendt, Mimi Rogers, John Turturro. A young American auto exec persuades a Japanese auto firm to reopen his home town's defunct auto factory, but when the Japanese hire him to enforce their policies among his American co-workers, he goes from hero to zero in seconds flat. 112 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Hollywood Party (1937)

Directed by Roy Rowland. A short music and comedy review. "The film's main drawback, however, is the premise--a group of white actors dressing up and acting like "Chinamen" (comedian Charley Chase is particularly embarrassing doing an awful Fu Manchu/Charlie Chan impersonation), including everyone from the band to the waiters. Leon Errol does his patented drunk routine but it doesn't seem to really have anything to do with the movie--it just involves him and a waiter for a minute or two and then they're gone--and a quartet of black singers does a clever "hum" of "Chinatown My Chinatown".

Impact (1949)

Directed by Arthur Lubin. Cast: Brian Donlevy, Ella Raines, Charles Coburn, Helen Walker. Featuring Anna May Wong as Su Lin, a maid. 111 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database