Chan is missing Review

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A young taxi driver and his older colleague search for Mr. Chan, who owes them money.


1982’s Chan Is Missing is just as idiosyncratic, if more plot-driven than other films by Wayne Wang. Two taxi drivers — middle-aged, wise Jo (Wood Moy) and young, garrulous Steve (Marc Hayashi) — go in search of the titular Chan, who owes them money. The detective plot stylings are irrelevant. What matters is the affection Wang has for his characters and the portrait of assimilation represented by the characters the amateur sleuths encounter. Whimsical, certainly, but also generous, insightful and funny.

One of Wang's best and most personal films.