Chan is Missing
by Wayne Wang
Two Chinese American taxi drivers – Jo, a man in his best years, and his loquacious younger partner Steve – are searching for Chan Hung in San Francisco’s Chinatown, a man who has recently immigrated to the US from Taiwan.
Chan is a quiet businessman whom they had entrusted with 4000 dollars for safekeeping, which they later wanted to use to buy their own taxi license.
Their search finally leads them to Chan’s wife, who lives apart from her husband. She is a lawyer who has totally adjusted to life in America, and dismisses her husband Chan as a man who can’t change because “he’s too Chinese”.
The more the two discover about Chan, the more confused they become. Rumors have it that he may have returned to Taiwan, that he has business connections to communist China, that he got mixed up in a brawl between rivaling political groups during a New Year’s procession, that on the day of his disappearance he had committed a traffic violation...
Wayne Wang is a key figure in the development of independent filmmaking, alternating major Hollywood studio films such as THE JOY LUCK CLUB with smaller, independent work like SMOKE. Continuing to work in the two different worlds, Wang directed an independent digital film, THE CENTER OF THE WORLD, with Molly Parker and Peter Sarsgaard, followed by Sony/Revolution’s hit comedy MAID IN MANHATTAN with Jennifer Lopez. BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE based on the children’s novel by Kate DiCamilo, opened in 2005. His latest Hollywood film, LAST HOLIDAY, with Queen Latifah and Gerard Depardieu, was loosely based on a 1950 J.B. Priestly film of the same name.
Wood Moy - Jo
Marc Hayashi - Steve
Laureen Chew - Amy
Peter Wang - Henry
Screenplay: Terrel Seltzer, Wayne Wang
Director of Photography: Michael Chin
Music by: Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo
Photos by: Nancy Wong
Format: 35mm / 1:1,33 / Black&White / Stereo (reconstructed)
Length: 80 min
Original language: English, Cantonese
Production year: 1982