“It was a crazy enthusiastic response across the country,” said Wang. “I think [the film] struck a cord with people, because they had never seen real Chinese characters before, they were all Fu Manchus, butlers, laundryman, Suzie Wongs [“The World of Suzie Wong” was a popular novel and movie from the late ’50s], so this was really different.”

Every element in the movie illustrates its underlying concerns: identity and assimilation among Asian-Americans, sociolinguistics, and what one character in the tale describes as "cross-cultural misunderstandings."

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Vincent Canby of The New York Times said in his review that "Chan Is Missing is not only an appreciation of a way of life that few of us know anything about; it's a revelation of a marvelous, completely secure new talent."[6]

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Wang makes Chan Is Missing to a similar recipe-the film is imbued with, and is entirely about, Chinese-ness, but adopts a quintessentially American form, the film noir mystery.

The life histories of four Asian women and their daughters reflect and guide each other.

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The story of Hong Kong, from New Year's Day to June 30th, 1997, when the British left their colony and turned it over to the People's Republic of China.

“That idea worked really well with this story, so in a practical way I ended up focusing on that aspect and abandoned some of the original idea,” said Wang.

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It makes Wang sad that what his film tapped into 34 years ago didn’t bring any real change to there being more Asian American characters in indie films, pointing to Justin Lin’s 2002 “Better Luck Tomorrow” as rare example.

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This meant putting an emphasis on what is off-screen, in this case the missing Chan, and what you don’t see.

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A 35mm Restoration of “Chan Is Missing” is playing at The Metrograph in New York through Sunday. Director Wayne Wang will be there in person for a Q&A following the 7pm screening tonight.

Second, there is also an eclectic cast of other Chinese American characters that Steve and Jo encounter while looking for Chan. That includes Henry, the cook, who wears a Samurai Night Fever T-shirt while singing "Fry Me to the Moon" as he stir-fries in the kitchen. Both Chan and the film's characters suggest that Chinese America, is also impossible to easily summarize or characterize.

“It’s vital that young filmmakers make the films they want to make and take chances,” said Wang. “I was saying this to Jim [Jarmusch], his films were so different and so clearly structured in a way that was not telling the story in a Hollywood way.  If you are going to do a film for $20,000, take all the chances, have interesting stories to tell, but you don’t have to use that same predictable language.”

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“I just wanted to make it, my hope was that it’d play on college campuses and festivals,” Wang told IndieWire in a recent interview. “It came from that ‘rob a bank if necessary’ mentality I think is somewhat missing today.”

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Two cabbies search San Francisco's Chinatown for a mysterious character who has disappeared with their $4000. Their quest leads them on a humorous, if mundane, journey which illuminates the many problems experienced by Chinese-Americans trying to assimilate into contemporary American society. Written by Rick Ferncase <ferncase@chapman.edu>

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It was, as you say a few years before “Stranger than Paradise” – but it was also a few years AFTER Jarmusch’s “Permanent Vacation” – you can set any arbitrary starting date you like.

The book is a collection of stories about life in modern China and the United States.

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But of course there was no established indie scene, nor should there be. Once something is “established” it’s no longer really indie, now, is it?

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