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Hollywood Chinese

Hollywood Chinese: The Chinese in American Feature Films
Directed by Arthur Dong
Produced by Arthur Dong[1]
Written by Arthur Dong
Starring Ang Lee
Nancy Kwan
Christopher Lee
Wayne Wang
Music by Mark Adler[1]
Distributed by Deep Focus Productions[1]
Release dates
  • March 18, 2007 (2007-03-18) (San Francisco International
    Asian American Film Festival)
  • May 2, 2008 (2008-05-02) (United States)
Running time
89 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Hollywood Chinese: The Chinese in American Feature Films is a 2007 American documentary film directed by Academy Award-nominated director Arthur Dong.

From early films like the 1900s Beheading the Chinese Prisoner to Ang Lee's triumphant Brokeback Mountain in 2005, Dong utilizes clips of more than 100 films and interviews of prominent Chinese Americans to create a thorough overview on the depiction of Chinese in mainstream Hollywood films. He hits many major points such as white performers who portray Asians in both The Good Earth and Fu Manchu series, Nancy Kwan's roles in The World of Suzie Wong, Bruce Lee and the emergence of martial arts films and Justin Lin's take on his film Better Luck Tomorrow.[3] People interviewed include Christopher Lee, Wayne Wang, James Hong, Nancy Kwan, Luise Rainer, Amy Tan and B. D. Wong. Dong also spends time talking about his discovery of two reels of the 1916-17 silent film The Curse of Quon Gwon, which is considered to be the first feature film made by an Asian American.

The documentary was also broadcast on PBS on May 27, 2009.[4]


The film currently holds 100% on the tomatometer on Rotten Tomatoes, but is listed as "No consensus yet" since there is only a small number of reviews.[2]

Awards and honors


  1. ^ a b c Profile on Hollywood Chinese,
  2. ^ a b Hollywood Chinese: The Chinese in American Feature Films (2008), Rotten Tomatoes.
  3. ^ Arthur Dong documentary: 'Hollywood Chinese Retrieved Jan 26 2011
  4. ^ PBS: American Masters, Tonight on PBS: 'Hollywood Chinese', May 27, 2009

External links

  • Website: Hollywood Chinese
  • Hollywood Chinese: The Chinese in American Featured Films Film site
  • Chung, P. W. (April 11, 2008).The History Of 'Hollywood Chinese', AsianWeek
  • Hollywood Chinese at the Internet Movie Database
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