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Who Is Arthur Chu? (2017)

Arthur Chu hacked Jeopardy. and won big. Now, he's using his newfound online celebrity to battle dark forces on the internet as a blogger and cultural pundit. Raw, unfiltered and poignant, ... See full summary »

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Scott J. Drucker, Yu Gu
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Credited cast:
Alex Trebek
Elisa Melendez Elisa Melendez
Arthur Chu Arthur Chu
Rocque Trem Rocque Trem
Eliza Blair Eliza Blair
Wayne Varden Wayne Varden
Joana Epps Joana Epps
Shirly Chu Shirly Chu
Tam Pham Tam Pham
Gregory Robinson Gregory Robinson
Tim MacNeil Tim MacNeil
Samantha Crane Samantha Crane
Shannon Lundeen Shannon Lundeen
Peter Baker Peter Baker
Nanci Cipolla Nanci Cipolla
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Arthur Chu hacked Jeopardy. and won big. Now, he's using his newfound online celebrity to battle dark forces on the internet as a blogger and cultural pundit. Raw, unfiltered and poignant, we follow Arthur as he realizes he can only create positive change in the world if he first heals his own wounds by reconciling with his family.

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quiz show | asian american | See All (2) »

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Documentary

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A revealing portrait of Arthur Chu
13 February 2019 | by JGReviewsSee all my reviews

I first saw Who is Arthur Chu at the LA Asian Pacific Film Festival. Not knowing much about Chu previously, I thought the film was going to be about a unique Jeopardy champion and cover topics solely relating to the gameshow, but as the film progresses it turns out to be a revealing portrait of Chu's complex life.

That the film was an official selection at Slamdance will tell you all you need to know about the film's quality, but I'll add that I personally think the film was particularly well made by the filmmakers as well. At first, Chu seems perhaps a bit distant in his personality, but a few scenes really allowed me to sympathize with him as a viewer. Specifically, there's a few scenes where we see all of the intense hatred he is forced to endure from twitter trolls that were quite shocking to me, frequently stemming form his ethnicity or him speaking out on the Gamergate controversy. Additionally, there's a scene later in the film between Arthur and his father that I found very revealing about their strained relationship and explained a lot about who Arthur is today.

I would highly recommend Who is Arthur Chu to anyone who likes documentaries, but particularly to those who are interested in themes of Asian American identity, toxic masculinity, and cyber bullying. 10/10!


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20 January 2017 (USA) See more »

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Cleveland, Ohio, USA See more »

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