Three Starring Anna May Wong

Three Starring Anna May Wong

3 Episodes

The first Chinese American movie star, a Jazz Age style icon, and an undeniably magnetic screen presence, Anna May Wong both defied the prejudices of her time and languished under them, charting a trailblazing career at a time when Asian characters were still typically played by white actors in yellowface, while often finding herself reduced to “exotic” and stereotypical roles unworthy of her talents. Nevertheless, her cool glamor elevated every project she appeared in, as seen in this selection of films from her heyday in the 1920s and 1930s, including her finest on-screen hour, PICCADILLY, an ultrastylish silent sizzler and one of a string of films that Wong made in England and Europe, where she found the kind of serious dramatic roles that had eluded her in Hollywood.

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Three Starring Anna May Wong
  • Piccadilly

    Episode 1

    Directed by E. A. Dupont • 1929 • United Kingdom
    Starring Gilda Gray, Anna May Wong, Jameson Thomas

    After many years of supporting roles in Hollywood, Anna May Wong left for Europe in search of better work—and with this stylish silent masterpiece from E. A. Dupont (VARIETÉ) she found what is wi...

  • Daughter of the Dragon

    Episode 2

    Directed by Lloyd Corrigan • 1931 • United States
    Starring Anna May Wong, Warner Oland, Sessue Hayakawa

    Introduction: This film has been programmed as part of the series Hollywood Chinese, a survey on the history of Chinese representation in American cinema, curated by filmmaker Arthur Dong. He ...

  • King of Chinatown

    Episode 3

    Directed by Nick Grinde • 1939 • United States
    Starring Anna May Wong, Akim Tamiroff, J. Carrol Naish

    Introduction: This film has been programmed as part of the series Hollywood Chinese, a survey on the history of Chinese representation in American cinema, curated by filmmaker Arthur Dong. He no...