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The Year of the Dragon (Broadway Theatre Archive)
The Year of the Dragon
Broadway Theatre Archive
Actors: Tina Chen, Doug Higgins, Lilah Kan, Keenan Shimizu, Pat Suzuki
Director: Portman Paget
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Television, Musicals & Performing Arts
NR     2003     1hr 29min

Frank Chin's play attacks the comfortable stereotypes of the Asian Amerian. Stars George Takei, Pat Suzuki.

     
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Actors: Tina Chen, Doug Higgins, Lilah Kan, Keenan Shimizu, Pat Suzuki
Director: Portman Paget
Creators: Jac Venza, Matthew N. Herman, Frank Chin
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Television, Musicals & Performing Arts
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Television, Broadway Theatre Archive
Studio: Kultur Video
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 10/14/2003
Original Release Date: 01/15/1975
Theatrical Release Date: 01/15/1975
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 29min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Excellent Frank Chin Play
D. Delvecchio | 09/20/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a dynamic, excellently acted filmed version of one of Frank Chin's greatest plays. The explosive interaction of a family of Chinese-Americans set against the explosive background of Chinese New Year celebrations makes for great drama. The actors really rise to the occasion, particularly George Takei, whose performance is a tense, volatile bundle of energy - always threatening to go over the edge- but with a reserved and collective melancholy that is truly compelling. The tension between the good Chinese-American who keeps quiet, plays the fool, and knows his place and the revolutionary spirit of the young is etched in Takei's face. He is a walking contradiction, and filled with turmoil. This inner struggle culminates in a devastating climax. Takei's performance is like watching a nerve being shredded and is very powerful. It helps raise this play (which gives voice to feelings held quiet for too long) above the ordinary."