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A Chinese kid who?s grown up thinking he?s black moves to South Central LA and encounters various forms of prejudice in this inspired 1997 first feature by writer-director Timothy Chey. Julian Lee (Dante Basco in a gleeful performance) has just moved to the 'hood with his adoptive mother (Pam Grier) and brother. When he talks jive, his new neighbors think he's mocking them, and he can?t play in pickup basketball games because none of them believes an Asian can jump. When Lee meets up with a middle-class black girl who's interested in Asian cultures, she finds his streetwise manner inept and annoying. Chey shows a keen ear for black English, a well-honed comic imagination, and an upbeat humanism; Zoltan David?s camera work is outstanding, especially the bravura Steadicam opening shot.

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