WONG SINSAANG is a lyrical portrait of the filmmaker’s father, a proprietor of a dry-cleaning business in Los Angeles’ Silver Lake neighborhood.
“…jump-starts a discussion about the joys and hardships of living in America.”
WONG SINSAANG is a lyrical portrait of the filmmaker’s father, a proprietor of a dry cleaning business in Los Angeles’ Silver Lake neighborhood. The filmmaker’s attempt to understand his father’s life and those who immigrated to America in search of a better life are contrasted with a study of the grinding lifestyle of the dry cleaner’s everyday life. The film juxtaposes stark glimpses of the laundromat as obnoxious white customers subject Mr. Wong to daily humiliation and dehumanization, against serene scenes of Mr. Wong practicing tai-chi outdoors. The director’s own confusion over his own father’s seeming subservience gives way to a realization that his father has much larger dreams for himself and his family.
WONG SINSAANG was written and directed by Eddie Wong while a film student at UCLA’s Ethnocommunications Program, and is one of the first productions to be distributed under the “Visual Communications” banner. Wong, one of the four co-founders of Visual Communications, would later produce such classics as CHINATOWN 2-STEP and PIECES OF A DREAM.