FLOWER DRUM SONG
1961, IDP Films, 133 min, USA, Dir: Henry Koster

In this adaptation of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Broadway musical, Mei Li (Miyoshi Umeki) arrives in San Francisco for an arranged marriage, but husband-to-be Sammy Fong (Jack Soo) is more interested in Linda Low (Nancy Kwan), a singer at his nightclub. While their parents feel bound by tradition, Mei Li and Sammy would prefer to follow their hearts - something that becomes easier to do when it turns out that another young man (James Shigeta) also is looking for a bride. Features choreography by Hermes Pan and such memorable songs as “I Enjoy Being a Girl.”


TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: KA SHEN’S JOURNEY
2011, Locomotive Distribution, 104 min, USA, Dir: Brian Jamieson

This documentary follows actress Nancy Kwan from her birth in Hong Kong to her big screen debut in 1960’s THE WORLD OF SUZIE WONG and up to today. Through scenes from her movie and TV work and interviews with Kwan herself, the film offers both a portrait of a successful performer and insight into the changing roles of Asian women in American society in recent decades.


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