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East Asians & East Asian Americans in Film

Mr. Moto

Mr. Moto in Danger Island (1939)Director,Herbert I. Leeds. Cast: Peter Lorre, Jean Hersholt, Amanda Duff, Warren Hymer, Richard Lane, Leon Ames, Douglas Dumbrille. Danger has a special sparkle when Mr. Moto heads to Puerto Rico to put a stop to the glut of contraband diamonds that are flooding the world's jewel market. 80 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database Mr. Moto Takes a Chance (1938)Director, Norman Foster. Cast: Peter Lorre, Rochelle Hudson, Robert Kent, J.

Mr. Wong

Directed by William Nigh, except as noted. Phantom of Chinatown. (1941)Directed by Phil Rosen. Cast: Keye Luke, Lotus Long, Grant Withers. In this early mystery thriller when a noted scientist is murdered and his great discovery stolen, Mr. Wong, the resourceful San Francisco based detective, searches for his killer through many harrowing perils. Based on the "James Lee Wong" series in Collier's Magazine written by Hugh Wiley. 62 min.

Mr. Wong (2004)

Hilariously funny animated comedy featuring the beloved and well-known character Mr. Wong. Join the adventures of our hero, Mr. Wong, an 85 year old Chinese houseboy and our heroine, Miss Pam, his white devil employer as they romp through their acid-coated, sugar-centered world in search of kicks, friendship and maybe even love. Created, written and produced by Pam Brady and Kyle McCulloch. 80 min.

Mr. Wu (1927)

Directed by William Nigh. Cast: Lon Chaney, Louise Dresser, Renee, Ralph Forbes, Anna May Wong. Raised by his grandfather to adhere to the ancient laws of China, Mandarin Wu is a strict authoritarian. However, he is a doting father to his beautiful daughter Nang Ping. Nang Ping is to be married to a man of her father's choosing, a man she does not even know. But she falls in love with a dashing British visitor to China, Basil Gregory. Basil informs Nang Ping that he must return to Britain with his family, but she surprises him with the revelation that she carries his child.

My Geisha (1962)

Directed by Jack Cardiff. Cast: Shirley McLaine, Yves Montand, Edward G. Robinson. "Occasionally amusing comdey. McLaine is movie star who tries the hard way to convince husband-director Montand that she's right for his movie." (Maltin, 1993). She does this by impersonating a geisha--complete with horrendous accent and taped-back eyes. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
See also:
"East-West twain find a meeting in MacLaine.: training for My geisha." Life, February 17 1961, Vol. 50, p91-96, 6p

My Niagara

Directed by Helen Lee. Cast: Melanie Tanaka, William Shin, George Anzai. "Grasping the texture of half-expressed desire, this beautifully drawn drama evokes the complex dislocations of an Asian American woman. Shadowed by the death of her mother, Julie Kumagai's life with her widower father is marked by pained, turbulent exchanges. Indifferent to a break-up with her boyfriend and the lure of a long-planned trip, she finds some refuge in her workplace where meets Tetsuro, a young Korean man newly emigrated from Japan who is obsessed with all things American.

Old San Francisco (1927)

Directed by Alan Crosland. Cast: Dolores Costello, Warner Oland, Charles Emmett Mack, Josef Swickard, Anna May Wong, Anders Randolf, Angelo Rossitto. In this romance set in the days when 'Frisco was the Paris of America, the action careens from rancho to saloon to secret Chinatown dungeon with a recreation of the earthquake of 1906 as the finale. 89 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
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Only the Brave (2005)

Director: Lane Nishikawa. Cast: Lane Nishikawa, Jason Scott Lee, Mark Dacascos, Yuji Okumoto, Tamlyn Tomita, Jeff Fahey, Pat Noriyuki Morita, Guy Ecker.

Oriental Evil (1950)

A rare low-budget mystery set in Japan with stereotypical images of orientals but with good performances. Roger, a Brit living in Japan hooks up with a Cheryl, a woman who has arrived in the country to try to prove that her dead brother's import company was not mixed up in opium smuggling. Cheryl must track down the shadowy "Thomas Putnam" who holds the key to the mystery. Roger gradually wins Cheryl's confidence while keeping his unscrupulous business practices hidden but his world starts to fall apart as the Japanese god of fate inexorably catches up with him in a bloody climax. 67 min.

Outside the Law (1921)

Directed by Tod Browning. Cast: Lon Chaney, Priscilla Dean, Ralph Lewis, E. A. Warren, Wheeler Oakman. Lon Chaney plays a dual-role, as a kind-hearted Confucian and also as a murderous underworld figure. The two characters represent light and darkness, weighing upon the conscience of the film's protagonist, Molly, who must choose between them. 75 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database