Archive for October 21, 2019

Chan is Missing : Emma Li, Bry Hong, Alissa Elk, Xiao Jiang

Chan is Missing is a comedy-drama film that was released in 1982. This film was produced and directed by a 33- year-old Wayne Wang. Born in Hong Kong, Wayne Wang grew up in America. Wang, who attended college in San Francisco, had experience working in the Hong Kong and San Francisco theatre and film scenes. At the time of Chan is Missing, Wang was an independent filmmaker who collaborated with Visual Communications in Los Angeles to direct, produce, and edit the film. He had the support of Issac Cronin and Terrel Seltzer in the screenwriting process. Winning a $20,000 National Endowment of the Arts grant, Wang filmed on a 16mm in grainy black and white, shot mostly in San Francisco’s Chinatown. 

The film utilizes various complex and conflicting accounts of the missing Detective Chan to piece together a fractured picture of the Asian American identity. The film also employs metaphors to tie together these accounts and guide viewers towards the deeper, abstract meanings behind them. It puts a twist on the classic mystery films because the missing person is never found. In fact, he barely existed, to begin with, as the audiences never see Chan Hung.

Jo’s monologue is a recapitulation of his and Steve’s discovery of the different sides of Chan Hung through accounts of Chan Hung’s family and acquaintances. After all the time he spent with Chan Hung, Jo finds out that the Chan Hung he thought he knew may not be the complete picture. This scene is significant because it summarizes Jo and Steve’s interactions with Chan Hung’s acquaintances.

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