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The Shangri-la Café (2000)

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A Japanese-American family conceals their identity and reluctantly adopts discriminatory practices in order to operate a Chinese restaurant within the hostile cold war climate of Las Vegas in the late 1950's.

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A Japanese-American family conceals their identity and reluctantly adopts discriminatory practices in order to operate a Chinese restaurant within the hostile cold war climate of Las Vegas in the late 1950's.

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Between a rock and a hard place
30 August 2008 | by (Wahiawa, HI) – See all my reviews

As I watched the movie spool to the end, two names came to mind, one local, the other national. The former was Bill Murata, known after Dec. 7, 1941 as "Chew Gum Long," the Chinese magician/comedian. The latter was Jack Soo, aka Goro Suzuki, according to the IMDb mini biography. The former regained his Hawaii identity after World War II, the latter kept his stage name and went on to an interesting career as a character actor. Identity can be inconvenient, requiring a change as circumstances demand. But doing the right thing can take even more courage, especially when you have no/few cards to play. But it only takes one to change the game. An interesting tale, seen by a child, puzzled by the strange world of adults.


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