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Chan Is Missing (1982)

Chan Is Missing (1982)




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Robbed of $4000 by the elusive Chan Hung, a pair of cabdrivers attempt to track down the thief through the seamier portions of San Francisco's Chinatown.
Art House & International , Comedy
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New Yorker Films

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Judi Nihei
as Lawyer
Judy Nihei
as Lawyer
Peter Wang
as Henry, the Cook
Presco Tabios
as Presco
Ellen Yeung
as Mrs. Chan
George Woo
as George
Virginia Cerenio
as Jenny's Friend
Roy Chan
as Mr. Lee
Leung Pui Chee
as Mr. Fong
Isaac Cronin
as Narrator
Wayne Wang
as Narrator
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Critic Reviews for Chan Is Missing

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (2)

A classic, albeit unsolvable, brainteaser.

Full Review… | September 7, 2016
Village Voice
Top Critic

Wang makes Chan Is Missing to a similar recipe-the film is imbued with, and is entirely about, Chinese-ness, but adopts a quintessentially American form, the film noir mystery.

Full Review… | September 15, 2016
Film Comment Magazine

Every element in the movie illustrates its underlying concerns: identity and assimilation among Asian-Americans, sociolinguistics, and what one character in the tale describes as "cross-cultural misunderstandings."

Full Review… | June 1, 2006

what develops isn't a mystery, but rather a look at the city from the inside out.

January 20, 2006

By no means great, but an astonishing achievement for $20,000.

September 9, 2004
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A delight.

Full Review… | January 9, 2004
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Audience Reviews for Chan Is Missing


Independent noir-ish movie from the early 80s made by a Chinese American director with an entirely Chinese American cast, and taking place in San Fransisco's Chinatown, about a taxi driver who begins a search for his friend who has disappeared with his money (which was supposed to be used for his cab license). He ends up on a fruitless amateur investigation learning that his friend may not have been all that he thought he was, and could've possibly been mixed up with a murder and fled back to China. The movie is also notable for giving a lot of insights into Chinese American culture, and the little intricacies within. t is a good little movie, I liked it, despite a few shortcomings from some of the clear amateurs in the cast...but with smaller indie films? That is often pretty forgivable for me, particularly if the movie has heart, a story, and is trying it's best.

Ken Scheck
Ken Scheck

This movie wasn't exactly what I expected or wanted to see, but it was okay. You learn a lot about Chinese Americans, Chinatown, and culture clashes. I liked that part, and the little bits of humor strewn about. What I didn't like was the ending.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer


This is the type of grainy, black and white indie film that never gets made anymore. While the mystery at the center of the story leaves many questions unanswered, this is a refreshing look at working class Asian Americans.

Nick Murphy
Nick Murphy

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