Eat a Bowl of Tea
Directed by Wayne Wang
On the cusp of its 30th anniversary, master filmmaker Wayne Wang’s EAT A BOWL OF TEA continues to charm audiences with humor and soul. Based on the classic Asian American novel, we are transported to New York City’s Chinatown in the 1940s and meet a group of charismatic Chinese bachelors. Wah Gay, played by legendary actor Victor Wong, pushes his son Ben Loy (Russell Wong) to find a wife and have a child.
Things don’t go as planned as Loy’s life becomes too much managing a restaurant, battling parental pressures and working through marital conflicts. In a breakout performance, Russell Wong perfectly portrays the harsh realities of early Asian American immigrants with a sense of whimsy and style. In this rare director’s cut, Wang’s landmark Asian American feature is as relevant as it’s ever been.
— Masashi Niwano
Expected guests in attendance: Wayne Wang
Co-Presented by: Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation
Writers: Louis Chu, Judith Rascoe
Executive Producers: John Chan, Lindsay Law
Producer: Tom Sternberg
Cinematographer: Amir Mokri
Editor: Richard Candib
Cast: Cora Miao, Russell Wong, Victor Wong, Siu-Ming Lau