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Chan Is Missing (1982)

Not Rated | | Drama, Mystery | 4 June 1982 (USA)
Two cabbies search San Francisco's Chinatown for a mysterious character who has disappeared with their $4000. Their quest leads them on a humorous, if mundane, journey which illuminates the... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Wood Moy ...
Jo
Marc Hayashi ...
Steve
Laureen Chew ...
Amy
Peter Wang ...
Henry the Cook
Presco Tabios ...
Presco
Frankie Alarcon ...
Frankie
Judi Nihei ...
Lawer
Ellen Yeung ...
Mrs. Chan Hung
George Woo ...
George
Emily Woo Yamasaki ...
Chan's Daughter Jenny (as Emily Yamasaki)
Virginia Cerenio ...
Jenny's Friend
Roy Chan ...
Mr. Lee
Leong Pui Chee ...
Mr. Fong
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Storyline

Two cabbies search San Francisco's Chinatown for a mysterious character who has disappeared with their $4000. Their quest leads them on a humorous, if mundane, journey which illuminates the many problems experienced by Chinese-Americans trying to assimilate into contemporary American society. Written by Rick Ferncase <ferncase@chapman.edu>

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Drama | Mystery

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Not Rated
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4 June 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Chan Sumiu  »

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$20,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

This film was selected to the National Film Registry, Library of Congress, in 1995. See more »

Quotes

Jo: This mystery is appropriately Chinese: what's not there seems to have just as much meaning as what is there.
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Connections

Referenced in Can She Bake a Cherry Pie? (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

(We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock
(uncredited)
Written by James E. Myers (as Jimmy De Knight) and Max Freedman
Sung in Chinese during the opening scene
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Terrific independent film, from a time when that word meant something
1 February 2006 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Just watched the DVD, and Chan is Missing remains the one-off film it's always been - just a terrific little film. If people think the pap they call independent film today is anything but lower-budgeted mainstream film-making by people looking to get deals with majors, well, they should check out some real indy films. Thanks to companies like Miramax and Focus and others, there is no true independent film market anymore.

And a not to "laursene" - you give Chan Is Missing a pretty nice "review" or whatever one calls these amateur writings, and yet you give it one star. Brilliant. And the "novelty" song "probably from the 30s" is I Enjoy Being A Girl by Rodgers and Hammerstein, from their musical Flower Drum Song, which was hardly written in the 30s. 1957 or '58 if I recall correctly.


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