Combination Platter (1993)





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Movie Info

Tony Chan and Edwin Baker wrote this low-budget drama about a family of Chinese-Americans who operate a modest Chinese restaurant in Queens, New York.
Art House & International , Drama
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Arrow Releasing


Jeffrey Lau
as Robert
Kenneth Lu
as Andy
Thomas Hsiung
as Mr. Lee
Ellen Synn
as Jennie
Nathaniel Geng
as Glasshead
Jia Fu Liu
as Dishwasher
Peter Kwong
as Stanley
Lu Yu
as Chef Chan
Bo Z. Wang
as Chef Fong
Vincent H. H. Kuo
as Chef Tsui
Kwan Chack Lau
as Spareribs
Juliet Leong
as Michelle
Doug Rand
as Joey I
Sean Grover
as Joey II
Ann D'Agnillo
as Cranky Customer
Shira Levin
as Cranky Customer
Luke Valerio
as Immigration Officer
Susan Sterman
as Immigration Officer
Larry Weissman
as Immigration Officer
Joe Pantano
as Immigration Officer
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Critic Reviews for Combination Platter

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (1)

small, but very enjoyable

February 11, 2005

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July 5, 2005

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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Top Critic

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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Austin Chronicle

Audience Reviews for Combination Platter

Cute film about life as an illegal immigrant working in a restaurant in New York. There is a lack of tremendous depth here but it was enjoyable.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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[img][/img]Director Wong Kar-Wai presents a kinetic, offbeat look at his city in these two stories. The first concerns a young woman (Brigitte Lin) who has been double-crossed in a heroin deal and her budding romance with a lovelorn cop (Takeshi Kaneshiro). The second deals with another officer (Tony Leung) whose girlfriend has left him and the young waitress (Faye Wong) who tries to help him without his knowledge. [font=Comic Sans MS][size=3][b]One of the better Chinese films I've seen lately. Sometimes confusing, but funny in an offbeat sort of way. I especially liked Faye Wong as the cute, quirky snack bar waitress who takes over the heartbroken cop's apt without his knowledge. Nice music too. Interestingly enough it's Faye Wong who does the singing of the Cranberries song sung in Chinese. Apparantly she's a big rock star in China, and this was her first film role. Well worth a view.[/b][/size][/font] :fresh: :fresh: :fresh: :fresh: [img][/img]Shaolin was an art practiced through the ages; a skill mastered in the heart. In SHAOLIN SOCCER, it is so much more than a philosophy for six young believers. It is a complete way of life. But as the world changed around them, and Honor and Discipline become forgotten virtues, they lose their way --except for one loyal follower, Sing (Chow). With the help of a former soccer star, he reunites his old, out of shape, misfit friends, and recruits a young woman with extraordinary Kung Fu skills. Together, they're out to combine the ancient power of Shaolin with the modern game of soccer and in the process, just might take the world's most popular sport to its most extreme. [b][font=Comic Sans MS][size=3]Often amusing comedy with goofy special effects & stunts. However, pretty predictable and typical "unlikely underdogs beat the bad guys" storyline.[/size][/font][/b] [font=Comic Sans MS][size=3][b][img][/img][/b][font=Garamond][font=Verdana][size=2]An illegal immigrant waiting tables in a Chinese restaurant struggles to arrange a marriage with an American woman so that he can get his green card. He also tries in vain to maintain his cultural identity amid all the forces that urge him to assimilate. When he finally meets a woman who might be willing to help him out, he is surprised to find his emotions getting in the way of their business arrangement.[/size][/font] [/font] [font=Fixedsys][b]Found the film too slow paced and not very interesting.[/b][/font][/size][/font]

Bobbie Murphy
Bobbie Murphy

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