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East Asians & East Asian Americans in Film

Saving Face (2004)

Directed by Alice Wu. Cast: Joan Chen, Michelle Krusiec , Lynn Chen, Jin Wang, Guang Lan Koh, Jessica Hecht, Ato Essandoh. Wilhelmina is a Chinese-American lesbian and a young surgeon who has kept her sexual orientation secret from her conservative Chinese community in New York. But when her widowed mother becomes pregnant and is kicked out by her own parents, Wil suddenly has to juggle her mother's secrets with her own. Wil has a new romance with Vivian who is a ballet dancer and the daughter of Wil's boss. 98 min.

Sayonara (1957)

Directed by Joshua Logan. Cast: Marlon Brando, Patricia Owens, Red Buttons, Ricardo Montalban, Martha Scott, Miyoshi Umeki, James Garner, Miko Taka. An American Air Force major on leave in Japan after the Korean War falls in love with a Japanese actress. When they declare their love openly, they find themselves scorned equally by both the Japanese and Americans. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Scrap the Japs (Popeye) (1942)

Animated short. Directed by Seymour Kneitel. Popeye is relegated to swabbing the deck on an aircraft carrier and other mundane chores, which he does in creative ways. Suddenly, a bomb drops on the ship from a cloud, and all pilots (including Popeye) scramble. Popeye eventually discovers that the "cloud" is a piece of wood camouflaging a Japanese plane, and he shoots it down.

Secrets of Wu Sin (1932)

A crime drama in which a suicidal writer is given a fresh start by a newspaper editor who assigns her a story that takes her into the heart of San Francisco's Chinatown to investigate a smuggling ring involving the illegal immigration of Chinese workers. 61 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Shadow of Chinatown (1936)

Director, Bob Hill. Cast: Bela Lugosi ; Herman Brix, Joan Barclay, Luana Walters, Maurice Liu. In San Francisco's Chinatown a mad scientist, Victor Poten (Bela Lugosi), commandeers a gang of ruthless thugs and is in cahoots with the evil Sonya Rokoff, a stunning Eurasian beauty who instigates all sorts of heinous acts in her determination to ruin her competition, the merchants of Chinatown.

Shadows (1922)

Directed by Tom Forman. Cast: Lon Chaney, Harrison Ford, Marguerite De La Motte. Yen Sin, a Chinese laundryman (Lon Chaney), drifts into a little fishing village in the wake of a storm which takes the life of one of the leading fishermen of the village. Shortly thereafter, the new minister marries the fisherman's widow but when Yen Sin discovers a plot to blackmail the minister he must step forward to unmask the real villain.

Shanghai Express (1932)

Directed by Josef Von Sternberg. Cast: Marlene Dietrich, Clive Brook, Anna May Wong, Warner Oland, Eugene Pallette. After being jilted by Clive Brook, Marlene Dietrich becomes known as Shanghai Lily, a notorious adventuress. During the Chinese civil war, the couple meet on a train which is attacked by Chinese rebels. Dietrich becomes involved with a rebel leader in order to save the man she still loves. Includes original theatrical trailer. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
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Shanghai Gesture (1941)

Directed by Josef Von Sternberg. Cast: Gene Tierney, Victor Mature, Ona Munson, Walter Huston, Phyllis Brooks, Albert Bassermann, Maria Ouspenskaya. A film masterpiece of corruption and degradation long suppressed and censored. The terraced pit of Mother Gin Sling's gambling room with the whirling roulette wheel at the core, is her domain. The gamblers are her creatures in this melodrama of decadence and sexual guilt that uses Oriental motifs as a cypher for all that is unknowable. From the play by John Colton (Main Stack PS3505.O374.S5 1926). 97 min.

Shopping for Fangs (1997)

Directed by Quentin Lee, Justin Lin; writers, Dan Alvarado, Quentin Lee, Justin Lin.. Cast: Radmar Agana Jao, Jeanne Chin, Clint Jung, Peggy Ahn, Lela Lee & John Cho. Two stories involving Asian-Americans in Southern California's San Gabriel Valley "discovering their dark sides" intersect in this post-modern, anti-consumerism feature. Katherine is a mild-mannered, unhappy young wife who is suffering from blackouts that result in extended periods of lost time.

Singapore Sue (1932)

Directed by Casey Robinson. Cast: Anna Chang, Joe Wong, Cary Grant, Pickard's Chinese Syncopaters. Musical short. Four sailors enter a Singapore dive, meet a Chinese girl from Brooklyn, and find there's more to her than meets the eye. 10 min ;