UNDERGROUND USA: INDIE CINEMA OF THE 80s - Chan is Missing (w/ filmmaker Wayne Wang in person!)

Director/producer/editor/co-writer Wayne Wang invites us inside a community unrepresented on the big screen with the first Chinese-American feature-length narrative film to achieve broad critical acclaim outside of the Asian-American community. Equal parts The Third Man, culturally-aware allegory and quiet indie comedy, Chan is Missing cracks open the doors to residences and businesses in San Francisco’s Chinatown (and, by association, all American Chinatowns) for a diverse presentation of not just a single, unseen character, but a heretofore untapped swath of the American population. As two taxi drivers search for the illusory “Chan” (perhaps a real person? Perhaps a wink and a nod toward fictional detective Charlie Chan?), Wang pauses to appreciate the humor inherent in cross-cultural misunderstandings and explore the complicated history of Chinatown and its politics. Made in the golden age of American indies for $22,000, Chan is Missing is a much-anticipated–and essential–late inclusion to our massive Underground USA series.

Dir. Wayne Wang, 1982, 35mm, 80 min.

Watch the Cinefamily original trailer!