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Edwin Baker (writer)
Tony Chan (writer)
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Directed by
Tony Chan 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Edwin Baker  writer
Tony Chan  writer

Produced by
Man Fuk Chan .... executive producer
Tony Chan .... producer
Jenny Lee .... associate producer
Judy Moy .... producer
Ulla Zwicker .... co-producer
Original Music by
Brian Tibbs 
Cinematography by
Yoshifumi Hosoya 
Film Editing by
Tony Chan 
James Y. Kwei 
Casting by
Amanda Ma 
Production Design by
Pat Summa 
Art Direction by
Pat Summa 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jennifer Fong .... first assistant director
Sound Department
Reilly Steele .... sound re-recording mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Edwin M. Figueroa .... key grip
Val Williamson .... gaffer
Other crew
Garson Yu .... title designer

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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
mild comedy, serious theme, 24 June 2003
Author: Amy Adler from Toledo, Ohio

Combination Platter tells the story of a Chinese restaurant in the New York City area and its employees. One of these workers is Robert, an illegal immigrant, who is desperately seeking a green card. His best route to attain this goal, he admits, is to marry an American woman. When an attempt to offer $25,000 to a Chinese-American woman in exchange for marriage fails, he reluctantly agrees to meet an Anglo-American woman, Claire. Thus, there are scenes of the dating couple intermingled with real-to-life scenarios from the restaurant. The viewer glimpses interesting and irate customers, after work gatherings, kitchen mayhem and more. But, will Robert attain residency in this country before the Immigration service catches up to him?

This is a slow-moving film with scenes of mild humor and genuine drama. Robert's situation is one of quiet unease with ironic overtones; the other employees' lives provide humor and contrast. One quibble: the character of Claire is totally unattractive in appearance and personality. Part of the film is in Chinese with English subtitles which may put off some viewers. Nevertheless, for a truthful look at the life of an illegal immigrant, this is a worthy effort.

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