- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 20 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Released: January 10, 2006
- Originally Released: 1981
- Label: Koch Lorber Films
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Dolby Digital - Cantonese, English
- Subtitles - English
- Additional Release Material:
- The Making Of Chan Is Missing
- Interviews: Woody Moy
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Sight and Sound - 09/01/1986
"...Funny and fast moving, [it] crackles with the excitement of a new director tackling a new, exciting subject..."
Variety - 03/31/1982
"...Aside from having some good ideas on his mind, Wayne Wang displays a flair for eliciting naturalistic performances..."
Total Film - 10/01/2009
4 stars out of 5 -- "Ragged, rambling, but still entirely relevant."
After working in Hong Kong television, Wayne Wang shot this low-budget 16mm black-and-white feature on the streets of San Francisco's Chinatown. CHAN IS MISSING follows the lives of two Chinese cabdrivers, Jo (Wood Moy), a middle-aged man, and Steve (Marc Hayashi), his young partner. Although both are American-born, there is a definite generation gap in their attitudes toward how to achieve an authentic ethnic identity, both inside and outside of Chinatown. The meandering story starts when Chan Hung, a recent immigrant from Taiwan, disappears with $4,000 they gave him to secure a cab license for them. Their attempt to find him, complete with the inevitable Charlie Chan jokes, leads them into a complex world of international politics and domestic conflicts. This is a fascinating glimpse of the world of ABCs (American-born Chinese) and FOBs (fresh off the boat) and their allegiance to either Taiwan or Mainland China. Steve and Jo trace Chan's life back from a car accident that may have caused his disappearance to a mysterious missing photograph of a murder at the New Year's Day parade. Through all this Jo provides a voice-over that, ironically, explains that he has no idea what's going on. But as he tries to piece the mystery together, this wry amateur detective provides an incisive look at the cultural conflicts facing Chinese-Americans.
Description by KOCH Entertainment Distribution:
Chan is Missing
Two cabbies search San Francisco's Chinatown for a mysterious character who has disappeared with their $4,000. Their quest leads them on a humorous, if mundane, journey which illuminates the many problems experienced by Chinese-Americans trying to assimilate into contemporary American society.
In Wayne Wang's CHAN IS MISSING, a middle-aged Chinese-American cabbie and his wise-cracking young nephew learn that their friend Chan has disappeared with $4,000 of their savings. They set out across Chinatown in search of the elusive man.
Theatrical Release |
- CHAN IS MISSING is Wayne Wang's first feature film as a solo director. In 1975, he had collaborated with Rick Schmidt on A MAN, A WOMAN, AND A KILLER.
- Estimated budget: $22,000.
- CHAN IS MISSING was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1995.