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Combination Platter Movie Review

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Combination Platter was made by Tony Chan when he was only 23 years old. It gives us a light-hearted, sharply observed look at the immigration experience, as seen from the perspective of Robert (Jeff Lau), who comes to New York from Hong Kong without a green card. Robert's helpful friend Andy (Kenneth Lu) introduces him to women, even though Robert is shocked by the idea that he can become a citizen by marrying an American. His first job is as a waiter in a Chinese restaurant and this is where he learns about life in America. Chan and Edwin Baker won a much-deserved award for Best Screenplay at 1993's Sundance Film Festival.

1993 84m/C Jeff Lau, Colleen O'Brien, Lester Chan, Thomas S. Hsiung, David Chung, Colin Mitchell, Kenneth Lu, Eleonara Khilberg, James DuMont; D: Tony Chan; W: Tony Chan, Edwin Baker; C: Yoshifumi Hosoya; M: Brian Tibbs. Sundance Film Festival ‘93: Best Screenplay; Nominations: Independent Spirit Awards ‘94: Best First Feature, Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor (Chung). VHS

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