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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 ... See full summary »

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Pamela Tom

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Pamela Tom
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Credited cast:
Tyrus Wong
Don Hahn
Sonia Mak Sonia Mak
Kim Wong Kim Wong
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Canemaker
Andreas Deja ... Himself
Paul A. Felix ... Himself
Kay Fong Kay Fong ... Herself
Eric Goldberg ... Himself
Ellen Harrington Ellen Harrington ... Herself - Curator
Mark Dean Johnson Mark Dean Johnson ... Himself
Gordon T. McClelland Gordon T. McClelland ... Himself
Joseph Musso ... Himself
Milton Quon Milton Quon ... Himself
Lisa See ... Historian
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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 Anonymous

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USA

Language:

English

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7 November 2015 (USA) See more »

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Tyrus Wong: Brushstrokes in Hollywood See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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$500,000 (estimated)
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moving and visually beautiful
19 October 2016 | by aalmedeirosSee all my reviews

Wong is a remarkable individual and, until recently, was little known. In addition to Wong's career, the film reviews the history of Chinese- American, and in fact Asian-American artists in the early to mid- twentieth century, mainly in California where most of the Asian immigrants were found.

Pamela Tom's film is low-key, focusing on Tyrus Wong and, especially, his art. She does a wonderful job of showing us what he has made, in so many different media, from Disney animation to painting, to commercial artwork, to kites!

The film is emotionally moving without being manipulative. Tom has many years experience in film and television and her film is crisply professional without being slick. She announced it's been picked up by PBS' "American Masters" series, so stay tuned...


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