Chan Is Missing

Chan Is Missing ★★★★

A shaggy-dog anti-noir that is more Stranger than Paradise (before Paradise even came out) than The Big Sleep, and all the better for it. Wang uses the threadbare plot to burrow into the corners of San Francisco’s Chinatown to reveal a rich Asian-American world rarely seen onscreen in 2021, let alone 1982.

Chan is Missing seems more a revelation today than when first released. A culturally illuminating (if not activist-just-for-existing) film that isn’t afraid of the characters’ flaws either. It’s simply human above all else. Therein lies the universal appeal.

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