Directed by Wayne Wang

Directed by Wayne Wang

3 Episodes

With his 1982 indie breakthrough CHAN IS MISSING—a noir-inflected comic mystery set in San Francisco’s Chinatown—Wayne Wang became the first Asian American director to achieve widespread critical recognition, paving the way for a pioneering and eclectic career that helped introduce Chinese American stories to mainstream cinema. Exploring issues of assimilation, identity, and generational conflict, this trio of playful, insightful films from Wang’s extraordinary 1980s output overflow with both tender humor and deep emotion, drawing on influences ranging from the French New Wave and Yasujiro Ozu to old-fashioned Hollywood musicals and romantic comedies in order to capture a wide variety of immigrant experiences.

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Directed by Wayne Wang
  • Wayne Wang Interview

    Episode 1

    This conversation between director Wayne Wang and critic and programmer Dennis Lim was filmed in 2021.

  • Chan Is Missing

    Episode 2

    Directed by Wayne Wang • 1982 • United States
    Starring Wood Moy, Marc Hayashi, Laureen Chew

    Wayne Wang burst on the American indie scene with this revelatory breakthrough feature, the first film by an Asian American director to gain widespread attention. Toying cannily with the conventions of fi...

  • Dim Sum: A Little Bit of Heart

    Episode 3

    Directed by Wayne Wang • 1985 • United States
    Starring Laureen Chew, Kim Chew, Victor Wong

    Wayne Wang celebrates Chinese American food, family, and culture in this bittersweet portrait of a widowed mother (Kim Chew) living in San Francisco. After a fortune teller predicts her imminent death, she...