• Photo: Nancy Wong

  • Photo: Nancy Wong

  • Photo: Nancy Wong


Asian Americans -- San Francisco (Calif.) -- Drama, Chinese Americans -- Drama, San Francisco (Calif.) -- Social life and customs -- Drama, Taxicab drivers -- San Francisco (Calif.) -- Drama

Chan Is Missing

New 35mm Print

  • In Person

    Among the diverse films Wayne Wang has directed, his works focusing on Asian American cultures include Eat a Bowl of Tea, Dim Sum, The Joy Luck Club, and A Thousand Years of Good Prayers.

A small, whimsical treasure of a film.

Roger Ebert

Wood Moy, Marc Hayashi, Lauren Chew, Peter Wang,

Following its local premiere at BAMPFA and critical acclaim at New Directors/New Films, this groundbreaking independent hit inspired generations of filmmakers and was named to the National Film Registry. Today it still seems fresh, intelligent, inventive. Playing with the pleasures and conceits of film noir, Wang imbues his irreverent puzzler with humor and a Chinese philosophical perspective: what isn’t there is as important as what is. Wood Moy is a natural as Jo, a San Francisco taxi driver, who with ABC nephew Steve (Marc Hayashi) turns detective in pursuit of FOB Chan. Their search illuminates complex identities and allegiances as mystery blends with social documentary. Wang’s love for cinema shines throughout.

  • Wayne Wang
  • Isaac Cronin
  • Terrel Seltzer
  • Michael Chin
Print Info
  • B&W
  • 35mm
  • 80 mins
  • Wayne Wang

CineFiles is an online database of BAMPFA's extensive collection of documentation covering world cinema, past and present.

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Chan is missing (program note), National Asian American Telecommunications Association, Taro Goto, 2002

Chan is missing (program note), San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, 1995

Chan is missing: A breakthrough film (article), Asian CineVision, Diane Mark, 1987

Wood Moy: 'typical' Chinese American with an atypical job (article), East West (San Francisco, Calif.), Diane Yen-Mei Wong, 1983

Chan is missing (program note), Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin, 1983

Broadcast excerpt (broadcast transcript), Radio TV Reports, Inc., 1982

Rave reviews brighten Wayne Wang's film future (article), East West (San Francisco, Calif.), Richard Springer, 1982

Chan is missing (program note), London Film Festival, Vincent Canby, 1982

Wayne Wang (article), California Magazine, 1982

Chan is missing (review), Robert Hatch, 1982

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View all Chan Is Missing documentation on CineFiles.

Followed By

Dim Sum Take-Out

Wayne Wang, United States, 1987

A bittersweet music-filled tale of five singing, screaming, dancing friends—Chinatown women who dream big.

Print Info
  • Color
  • 35mm
  • 12 mins
  • Wayne Wang