Asian American ’80s
Dim Sum: A Little Bit of Heart
Directed by Wayne Wang • 1985 • United States
Starring Laureen Chew, Kim Chew, Victor Wong
Wayne Wang’s follow-up to his watershed indie CHAN IS MISSING is a family portrait that gracefully combines the director’s signature gentle humanism and eye for poignant detail. Offering another fresh perspective on San Francisco’s Chinese American community, Wang takes a bittersweet look at the generational pas de deux between an aging immigrant widow and her devoted daughter, torn between filial duty and her own desires. Soulfully performed by an ensemble including real-life mother and daughter Kim and Laureen Chew and Victor Wong, the Yasujiro Ozu–inspired DIM SUM: A LITTLE BIT OF HEART is as lovingly made as the home-cooked cuisine it celebrates.
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A Great Wall
Directed by Peter Wang • 1986 • United States, China
Starring Peter Wang, Kelvin Han Yee, Sharon Iwai
This delightful comedy was the first American feature shot in the People’s Republic of China. When San Francisco computer programmer Leo Fang (cowriter and director Peter Wang) is passed over fo...
Living on Tokyo Time
Directed by Steven Okazaki • 1987 • United States
Starring Minako Ohashi, Ken Nakagawa, Mitzi Abe
In this offbeat, charmingly lo-fi romantic comedy, a young Japanese woman (Minako Ohashi) trying to find herself in America enters into a marriage of convenience with an aimless Japanese American pu...
West Is West
Directed by David Rathod • 1987 • United Kingdom
Starring Ashutosh Gowariker, Heidi Carpenter, Pearl Padamsee
Handsome and broke, Vikram (played by Ashutosh Gowariker, future director of the Oscar-nominated LAGAAN: ONCE UPON A TIME IN INDIA) arrives from Bombay to find his college plans have fal...