Hollywood Chinese

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Release date: May 2, 2008

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Filmmaker Arthur Dong's documentary Hollywood Chinese pays homage to the first century of the American film industry, as specifically colored and influenced by the Chinese immigrants to whom Hollywood owes an inestimable debt. Dong touches on everyone from actress Anna May Wong, of Limehouse Blues (1934) and Lady from Chungking (1943), to the late cameraman James Wong Howe, responsible for giving the Rock Hudson thriller Seconds (1966) such a creepy and inventive look. Dong also explores the newer generation of Chinese-American filmmakers, including such giants as Wayne Wang and Ang Lee, responsible for such contemporary classics as The Joy Luck Club, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and Brokeback Mountain. At the same time, a haunting and telling undercurrent of racism and stereotypes weaves its way in, suggestive of the difficulties that Chinese men and women found working in Hollywood -- particularly in the early years. As a historical footnote, Dong also makes film history by rediscovering and editing in footage from what is alleged to be the first Asian-American film ever made: the 1916 Curse of Quon Gwan, directed by Marion Wong.

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  • There's more celebration than insight as the story moves closer to the present, but it's still a worthy look at a seriously neglected part of Hollywood.

    June 9, 2020 | Full Review…
  • A century of Chinese and Chinese-American screen representation is gracefully charted in Hollywood Chinese.

    June 9, 2020 | Full Review…

    Dennis Harvey

    Variety
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  • Dong has assembled a top bunch of talking heads like Ang Lee, Nancy Kwan, and Amy Tan, who speak more with wry bemusement than with anger about Hollywood's cultural limitations.

    June 9, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Loaded with film clips, celebrity interviews and without an ax to grind, it's a film not just for Chinese Americans but for film lovers in general.

    June 9, 2020 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • Smart, lively, and informative.

    May 1, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Just in time for China's (sometimes warranted) resurgence in the press as global bogeyman, Arthur Dong's survey of Chinese-Americans' prickly relationship with Hollywood is a fascinating exploration of the intricacies of cultural assimilation.

    November 17, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Mark Holcomb

    Time Out
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