11 movies

The Farewell

July 12, 2019

A headstrong Chinese-American woman returns to China when her beloved grandmother is given a terminal diagnosis. Billi struggles with her family's decision to keep grandma in the dark about her own illness as they all stage an impromptu wedding to see grandma one last time.

The Joy Luck Club

September 8, 1993

Through a series of flashbacks, four Chinese women born in America and their respective mothers born in feudal China explore their pasts.

Somewhere Between

August 24, 2012

Questions of race, identity and heritage are explored through the lives of young American women growing up as adoptees from China. These four distinct individuals reflect on their experiences as members of transracial families.

Slaughter in San Francisco

August 16, 1974

A Chinese-American cop, skilled in martial arts, battles the most powerful criminal gang in San Francisco that is responsible for the death of his partner.

The Color of Fear

April 30, 1994

Eight North American men, two African American, two Latinos, two Asian American and two Caucasian, were gathered by director Lee Mun Wah for a dialog about the state of race relations in America as seen through their eyes. The exchanges are sometimes dramatic, and put in plain light the pain caused by racism in North America.

This is the oldest known Chinese-American movie and one of the earliest films to have a female director. The story appears to be one of a young "Westernized" Chinese couple living in America and the cultural clash they experience with the man's traditional family. The movie has no surviving intertitles (if it ever had any), so there's room for interpretation. Formally premiering in 1917, this film did not thereafter receive commercial distribution.

Sausalito

April 20, 2000

Ella is a divorced Chinese American taxi driver who spends her days ferrying people around the roads of Sausalito, San Francisco. After work, she spends time with her 8-year old son, Scott. Ella meets Mike at Sky House, an infamous pick-up joint. Awkward strangers at first, they nonetheless find passion and what they want in each other.

Yellow Face

June 8, 2013

A YouTube adaption of David Henry Hwang's play about race, identity, politics, and casting.

Mad Fire, Mad Love

February 1, 1939

A restless Chinese sea captain makes a stopover in Hawaii. While ashore, the captain befriends a Hawaiian-Chinese family and, at the mother's request, teaches Chinese to her children. He falls in love with the daughter (Siu Fei Fei) although he must soon depart with his ship. Eventually he returns, "rescuing her from the natives," and takes her back to China.

Golden Gate Girls

April 1, 2013

The film traces the life and times of Esther Eng, a San Francisco native known as Hong Kong’s first “directress.” She directed 10 Cantonese talkies.

On the anniversary of the last time he saw his sister, Kevin embarks on a search for answers and self-discovery navigating his memories; remembering the possibility that his sister was a time traveler.

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