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Wayne Wang's 1982 independent feature has an appealing actor (Wood Moy) and an intriguing premise, but this story of two Chinese-American cabdrivers searching San Francisco for the Taiwanese businessman who has vanished with their money soon becomes tedious for lack of development. Low-budget features command an automatic sympathy, but Wang quickly uses up his credit by wasting precious footage on unfocused atmosphere and failed improvisation, relegating plot and theme to an insistent voice-over narration. Wang has no natural ability with film; the few virtues of this piece could be those of a magazine article or radio play.

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