7 user

Vanishing Son (1994)

Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Crime | TV Movie 2 March 1994
Two students (Jian-Wa and Wago) in the Peoples Republic of China are forced to flee out of China after having taken part in a protest action for freedom (reference is made to the fights at ... See full summary »


John Nicolella


Rob Cohen (creator), Rob Cohen




Cast overview, first billed only:
Russell Wong ... Jian-Wa
Chi Muoi Lo ... Wago
Vivian Wu ... Lili
Rebecca Gayheart ... Clair Armstrong
Marcus Chong ... Fu Qua Johnson (as Marcus S. Chong)
Paul Butler Paul Butler ... Estabrook
Haing S. Ngor ... The General
Eric Frederick Eric Frederick ... Pak Manu
Gary Wade Morton Gary Wade Morton ... Garcia
Brian Fong Brian Fong ... Bones Lee Hoy
Terry Laughlin Terry Laughlin ... Trawler Captain
Gianni Lazuli Gianni Lazuli ... Michael (as Gianni Lapis)
Jim Grollman ... Herb
Steele McGonegal Steele McGonegal ... Harry
Karen Kirschenbauer ... Sylvia Rutledge (as Karen K. Kirschenbauer)


Two students (Jian-Wa and Wago) in the Peoples Republic of China are forced to flee out of China after having taken part in a protest action for freedom (reference is made to the fights at Tiananmen Square in 1989). They come to America, and try to build up a new life. After a while, one of the brothers pursues a musical career while the other gets entangled in a criminal organisation. Written by Andre Boogaards <A.Boogaards@akam.nl>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Not Rated | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


Followed by Vanishing Son IV (1994) See more »

User Reviews

Russel Wong brings goods to the table
5 February 2006 | by ebiros2See all my reviews

This was the series that introduced me to the martial arts of Russel Wong. I was pretty amazed that such sophisticated looking actor can do such good kung-fu action. He looks like a yuppie from Silicon Valley or a stock broker in Wall Street, but when he starts moving, oh, look out ! This series was unique in that an Asian actors were the main feature of the story. This doesn't happen often in Hollywood TV making. As such, the series maintained good mixture of scenes outside of Asian habitats, and wasn't confined only to say the Chinese community or China town as the back ground of story line. Russel Wong did carry his part well which I'm sure helped expand his career. If the plots were little more action oriented, like some of Chow Yun Fat's Hong Kong movies, this series would have been even better.

Since seeing this series, I started to look for Russel Wong's name on movies, and I'd say that I haven't been disappointed too often when he shows up to do his kung-fu action.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 7 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.






Release Date:

2 March 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Apodrasi apo tin Kina See more »

Filming Locations:

Norfolk, Virginia, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Television See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:



See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

We've Got Your Streaming Picks Covered

Looking for some great streaming picks? Check out some of the IMDb editors' favorites movies and shows to round out your Watchlist.

Visit our What to Watch page

Recently Viewed