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 for a promotion, he calls it quits and moves his family to stay with his sister in Beijing. Leo nostalgically searches for the traditional China he left behind, while his son (Kelvin Han Yee) charms his cousins with his seemingly wild Western ways. The culture clash develops in unexpected, hilarious directions—all coming to a head in a climactic ping-pong battle.