American Masters
American Masters (2008)

Filmmaker Arthur Dong's documentary Hollywood Chinese pays homage to the first century of the American film industry, as specifically colored and influenced by the Chinese immigrants to whom Hollywood owes an inestimable debt. Dong… More

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Release Date: May 30, 2008
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

Hollywood Chinese is both a history of the Chinese presence in American films and a meditation on the difficulties Chinese Americans have had in being seen as individuals and in putting the reality of their experience on screen.

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Ed Gonzalez
Village Voice

Half of the running time is devoted to clips both expected (The Good Earth) and refreshing (Marion Wong's undiscovered The Curse of Quon Gwon), the other to the musings of politely enraged talking heads.

Kam Williams

An eye-opening documentary delineating how motion pictures have negatively impacted the Asian community, and how they are like to continue to effect impressionable young minds for generations to come.

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

Surprisingly entertaining, Hollywood Chinese, a fast-paced survey of how the Chinese have been portrayed in American films from the silent era to the present, is packed with unexpected delights.

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Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News

The film is primarily a more astute-than-average combination of vintage footage and talking heads.

Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide

Informative and thoroughly engaging.

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Nathan Lee
New York Times

A welcome entry in the constituency-cinema canon, Hollywood Chinese surveys a century‚(TM)s worth of Chinese-American actors and filmmakers, visionaries and dragon ladies, kung fu excellence and Fu Manchu insult, Oscar winners and clich√ (C) mongers.

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Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat

...details the blend of glory and frustration that still dogs Chinese-American performers in Hollywood.

David Noh
Film Journal International

Myriad, amazingly culled interviews with actors, filmmakers and historians add rich texture to this bracingly entertaining, fast-moving survey.

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[font=Century Gothic]"Hollywood Chinese" is a fascinating and informative documentary about the portrayal and roles of Chinese Americans in Hollywood… More