TYRUS examines the life and work of pioneering Chinese American artist Tyrus Wong. Beginning with his arrival to the immigration detention center at Angel Island in 1919, nine year old ...
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TYRUS examines the life and work of pioneering Chinese American artist Tyrus Wong. Beginning with his arrival to the immigration detention center at Angel Island in 1919, nine year old Tyrus would overcome a life of poverty, racism, and discrimination to become a renowned painter and Hollywood sketch artist. The film will show how the quiet beauty of Tyrus's eastern influenced paintings caught the eye of Walt Disney and became the inspiration for the classic animated feature Bambi. For the next 25 years, Tyrus brought his artistry to Warner Brothers where his striking storyboards and set illustrations helped set the tone and drama for films such as The Sands of Iwo Jima, Rebel Without a Cause, William Goldman's Harper and Sam Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch. At 104, Tyrus is the oldest living Chinese American artist.Written by
A very fine tribute to Tyrus Wong. Many valuable clips from the early days of Los Angeles are featured. The harsh challenges of the Depression and the outright prejudice that Tyrus Wong and other Asian-Americans faced are shown in a fair-handed way. Certain sequences could have been expanded (would have liked to see more about Wong's days at Disney, and his kite-making), but this doc does offer a good variance.
Interviews with key people are respectful in tone--thankfully, these moments do not feel hyped-up, as is common in many biographical films. There is a subtle, sensitive score throughout.
What impressed me as much as Wong's esteemed talent was his generous, humble heart. The close bond he had with his family is evident in the interviews with his 3 lovely daughters. The legacy of Tyrus Wong will continue to inspire, and this film is a testament to that.
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