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Joe G.M. Chan directed this clever 2002 video about a caustic young Chinese-American bookshop proprietor in New York's Chinatown. Bicultural confusion drives his diatribes on TABs (“trendy Asian babes”), funeral rites, and James Clavell, a novelist he excoriates for exoticizing Asian women. The hero dogs everyone he encounters—his mother, his white pals, his Chinese former girlfriend, his current black girlfriend—by debating issues of ethnic identity. With mannered dialogue and deft wide-format lensing, Chan embraces the vocabulary of 90s indie cinema. In English and Mandarin with subtitles. 71 min.

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