From acclaimed writer, producer and restauranteur Eddie Huang comes his directorial debut Boogie, the coming-of-age story of Alfred “Boogie” Chin, a basketball phenom living in Queens, New York, who dreams of one day playing in the NBA. While his parents pressure him to focus on earning a scholarship to an elite college, Boogie must find a way to navigate a new girlfriend, high school, on-court rivals and the burden of expectation.
Huang, who wrote the best-selling Fresh Off the Boat: A Memoir, both directed and wrote the screenplay for Boogie starring Taylor Takahashi, Taylour Paige, Pamelyn Chee, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Alexa Mareka, Mike Moh, Perry Yung, and Pop Smoke. Producers are Josh Bratman of Immersive Pictures, Josh McLaughlin of Wink Productions, and Michael Tadross. Rafael Martinez is an executive producer.
Red Rope Productions presents the Chinatown noir thriller A Father’s Son, a short film/pilot based on characters from Henry Chang’s 90’s NYPD Detective Jack Yu crime series novels, directed by Chen Xi Hao 陳錫豪.
A Father’s Son stars Tzi Ma (Rush Hour, The Farewell, Mulan) as Krang Li, Ronny Chieng (Crazy Rich Asians, “The Daily Show,” Netflix’s “Asian Comedian Destroys America”) as Detective Jack Yu, and Perry Yung (“The Knick,” “Warrior,” “Boogie”) as Jack’s father, Wang Kei Yu.
The cast also features Kathleen Kwan as Lai Jean Li, Christopher Randolph as Captain Salvatore Marino, Wai Ching Ho as Soo Hing Li, Cathy Salvodon as Crystal Jones, Adam Lim as Billy Bo, Tim Liu as Officer Dennis Wong.
Set in the early ’90s when local street gangs terrorized Manhattan’s Chinatown, the story centers on Detective Jack Yu – torn between his identity of his community and the NYPD, Detective Jack Yu delivers news of a son’s murder to the victim’s parents at the height of a gang turf war in Manhattan’s Chinatown.
Check out my #bts photos from our winter shoot and the new teaser trailer below.
Credits for teaser trailer include Patricia Ma (Editor), Phil Choe (Colorist), William Hsieh (Sound Designer), David Bettencourt (Graphics Designer), Mike J. Kelly (Music) and Film Composer CHOPSmusic.
Wai Ching Ho. Photo by Lia Chang
Assistant Camera operator Cindy Chen. Photo by Lia Chang
Director Chen Xi Hao with his camera crew. Photo by Lia Chang
Tzi Ma. Photo by Lia Chang
Madelyn Bae. Photo by Lia Chang
Kathleen Kwan. Photo by Lia Chang
Henry Chang. Photo by Lia Chang
Tzi Ma. Photo by Lia Chang
Cinematographer Jason Chew. Photo by Lia Chang
Patrick Chen and Ronny Chieng on location at Hop Kee in New York Chinatown. Photo by Lia Chang
Tzi Ma and Henry Chang on location at Hop Kee in New York Chinatown. Photo by Lia Chang
Corky Lee and Tzi Ma. Photo by Lia Chang
Yixin Cen (assistant director), Vera Chow (costume designer) and actor Tzi Ma. Photo by Lia Chang
Corky Lee, Yixin Cen, Vera Chow, Tzi Ma and Belen Orsini. Photo by Lia Chang
Tzi Ma, Lia Chang, Henry Chang. Photo by Lia Chang
Areo Keller, Derek Kastner and Lia Chang
Ronny Chieng, Chen Xi Hao and Ken Lin. Photo by Lia Chang
Cinematographer Jason Chew, Ken Lin. Photo by Lia Chang
Actor/Filmmaker/Singer Ken Lin from Notorious MSG. Photo by Lia Chang
Yixen Cen, Chen Xi Hao, Ken Lin, Joseph Michael Orlando and Ronny Chieng. Photo by Lia Chang
Henry Yuk and Michael Tow. Photo by Lia Chang
Michael Tow and Henry Yuk. Photo by Lia Chang
Henry Chang and Shing Ka. Photo by Lia Chang
Wing Lee and Henry Chang. Photo by Lia Chang
Ronny Chieng, Henry Yuk and Henry Chang. Photo by Lia Chang
Henry Yuk and Chen Xi Hao. Photo by Lia Chang
Henry Yuk. Photo by Lia Chang
Justice vs Corruption: Joey Orlando, Ronny Chieng, Ken Lin, Simon Song. Photo by Lia Chang
Ronny Chieng and Michael Tow. Photo by Lia Chang
Simon Song and Joseph M. Orlando with Justin Onne. Photo by Lia Chang
Production Designer Wing Lee. Photo by Lia Chang
Chen Xi Hao, Shing Ka, Henry Chang and Wing Lee. Photo by Lia Chang
Simon Song and Joseph Michael Orlando. Photo by Lia Chang
Henry Chang. Photo by Lia Chang
Michael Tow, Joseph M. Orlando, Simon Song, Lia Chang, Ken Lin and Chen Xi Hao. Photo by Lia Chang
Costume Designer Vera Chow and Perry Yung. Photo by Lia Chang
Perry Yung. Photo by Lia Chang
Henry Chang, Perry Yung, Ronnh Chieng and Celia Au. Photo by Lia Chang
Director Chen Xi Hao, Vera Chow, Perry Yung, Ronny Chieng and Celia Au. Photo by Lia Chang
Grayson Chin, Ronny Chieng and Perry Yung. Photo by Lia Chang
Christopher Randolph. Photo by Lia Chang
Ronny Chieng. Photo by Lia Chang
Ronny Chieng and Christopher Randolph. Photo by Lia Chang
Wing Lee and Henry Chang. Photo by Lia Chang
Jinny Chung (set desser) with Wing Lee (production designer). Photo by Lia Chang
Garth Kravits and Adam Monley. Photo by Lia Chang
Rozina Leong and P.J. Max. Photo by Lia Chang
Monoj Gurung (gaffer) and Jason H. Kim (key grip). Photo by Lia Chang
Steven He and Tim Liu. Photo by Lia Chang
Tim Liu and Ronny Chieng. Photo by Lia Chang
Chen Xi Hao, Ronny Chieng and Adam Lim. Photo by Lia Chang
Visitors to the set- John Xu, Andrew J. Fung, Adam J. Lim, Ronny Chieng and David B. Fung. Photo by Lia Chang
Cinematographer Jason Chew is lock and steady with his crew. (L-R) Bruna Lacerda, Brandon Lee, Jason Chew. Photo by Lia Chang
70s Throwback- Steven He, Wei Cong Zhou (Lucky), Norman Lam, Ian Woo (Jack Yu), Patrick Chen, John Bai. Photo by Lia Chang
Assistant Director Yixin Cen takes control. (L-R) Norman Lam, John Bai, Steven He, Wei Cong Zhou, Ian Woo, Altarius Shu, Grayson Chin, Yixin Cen. Photo by Lia Chang
Garth Kravits and Adam Lim. Photo by Lia Chang
Wei Cong Zhou, Ian Woo and Altarius Shu. Photo by Lia Chang
Introducing Wah Ying (70s) and Black Dragons (90s) gangs: (L-R) Norman Lam, Wei Cong Zhou, Ian Woo, Altarius Shu, Steven He, Sean Lau, John Bai. Joey Orlando, Simon Song. Photo by Lia Chang
Lia Chang and Henry Chang
Karen Tsen Lee and Henry Chang. Photo by Lia Chang
Ronny Chieng as Detective Jack Yu. Photo by Lia Chang
PO Dennis Wong (Year Of The Dog) does crowd control (L-R) Tim Liu. Evan Lam, Antong Wong, Jack Lei, Henry Chang, Karen Tsen Lee. Photo by Lia Chang
Cathy Salvodon and Sean Lau. Photo by Lia Chang
The creative team includes music by Scott Chops Jung, Cinematography by Jason Chew, Film Editing by Xiaoya Ma, Production Design by Wing Lee, Costume Design by Vera Chow, Makeup Artists Glenda Remo Jinks and Jiamin Zhou, Belén Orsini (1st Assistant Director), Yixin Cen (2nd Assistant Director), Set Dresser Jinny Chung, Assistant Art Directors Melody Wong and Hu Yawen, Boom Operator and Sound Mixer Sebastian Hoist, Sound Designer/Supervisor William Hsieh, Fight Choreographer Lang Yip, Lia Chang (Still Photographer), Cindy Chen (1st Assistant Camera), Derrick Chen (2nd Assistant Camera), Arseniy Grobovnikov (Gaffer), Manoj Gurung (Gaffer), Brittany Jeffrey (Key Grip), Jason H. Kim (Key Grip), Bruna Lacerda (1st Assistant Camera), Brandon Lee (2nd Assistant Camera), Justine Onne (Key Grip), Samon (Grip), Chris Ungco (Steadicam Operator), Shannon Ko (Script Supervisor), David Bettencourt (Campaign Manager), Joe Chan (Dialect Coach), Grayson Chin (Key Production Assistant) and Oliver Chiu (Production Assistant).
The Detective Jack Yu team is very grateful for the community support including Mei Chan of Asia Roma, NB Wing Wong and the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory.
Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers, musicians and corporations. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.
Director Chen Xi Hao and Crime Mystery author Henry Chang are holding a Kickstarter alternative meet and greet fundraiser for their film campaign for A Father’s Son, on Monday, October 14 at Asia Roma, 40 Mulberry Street in New York Chinatown from 6:00PM – 9:00PM.
Due to navigational glitches on the kickstarter campaign for A Father’s Son, this fundraising party is an opportunity to contribute in person via cash/check, make a pledge and choose your rewards. All proceeds will be deposited to the kickstarter campaign.
Chinatown noir thriller A Father’s Son, a short film/pilot based on the characters from Henry Chang’s NYPD Detective Jack Yu crime series novels, will star Tzi Ma (Rush Hour, The Farewell, Mulan) and Perry Yung (“The Knick,” “Warrior,” Boogie) . Set in the early ’90s when local street gangs terrorized Manhattan’s Chinatown, the story centers on Detective Jack Yu investigating the murder of a teenage boy involved in a turf war. Amidst the broad distrust and racial divide between the Chinatown community and NYPD, our lone lawman searches for a nondescript immigrant family to deliver a shattering message that also brings forth his own conflicted relationship with Jack’s father.
“Since 2006, Henry Chang’s posters of his crime drama book series, Chinatown Beat, Year of The Dog, Red Jade, and Death Money were displayed at my two favorite NYC Chinatown restaurants: 69 Bayard and Wo Hop City. The posters caught my attention for years until I purchased his first book titled Chinatown Beat.
After reading the first installment, I became enamored with the fictional character Jack Yu, a NYPD Detective torn between justice and the injustice to his community. He was a born-and-bred New Yorker with a New Yawk accent trying to do good. It was the first time reading about a Chinese-American protagonist who wasn’t an American stereotype. Jack wasn’t a cook, waiter, deliveryman, an herbalist, railroad worker, opioid dealer, martial artist, monk or Manchu.
Positive Asian-American role models were invisible unless it was Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan and Jet Li, or another martial art figure. Only little known-actor Dennis Gong Dun came close portraying a Chinese-American protagonist in Year of the Dragon as Herbert Kwong, and as Wang Chi in Big Trouble in Little China. But that was only around 1980s.
Today, thanks to organizations like Gold House and box-office hits like Crazy Rich Asians, there’s a genuine opportunity for good stories with tangible Asian-American characters. It’s been 13 years since the release of Chinatown Beat and I felt this was the right time to bring Jack Yu to light in our story, A Father’s Son.
I grew up watching Hong Kong ’90s films. The three films I wrote and directed, Love Express, Confucius Plaza, and The Last Tip were inspired by Hong Kong’s cinematic style and natural realism — which have been showcased at the Museum of Chinese in America and Comcast’s Xfinity Lunar New Year collection.
With A Father’s Son, I want to direct it as a film noir with reference to Johnnie To’s PTU (2003) and Election (2005). I want to exhibit the grittiness of New York’s Chinatown with the Cantonese essence that will simulate 1994.”
Sentiments from Crime Mystery Author and Executive Producer Henry Chang “Collaborating with friends can be a nightmare fraught with personality clashes, creative differences, conflicting agendas, etc. THIS collaboration fortunately is fully compatible. Filmmaker Patrick Chen (Love Express, Underneath The Grey, The Last Tip) is a smooth operator with a hand-picked team who’s everything media-savvy that I’m NOT. I am old-school clinging onto the edge of social media, Facebook -LOL.
I’ll handle the books end of the endeavor though, and do a video and print promotions, sure! Now, it’s super cool to have my O.G. homie Tzi Ma back in da ‘hood where he shines. I’m also keen to have Perry Yung on board, supporting us as fiercely as we supported him in Chinatown, New York City. Not to forget familiar faces of Alvin Tsang, Adam Lim, Shannon Ko and David Bettencourt who helped made our Kickstarter campaign video cool and copacetic. So far it’s a Dream Team…
Long overdue with REPRESENTATION with the Crazy Rich Asians success, is upon us. It’s hot times now and movies and platforms like Netflix, Disney+, Amazon are allegedly searching for diverse creative content. If so, the trickle-down hasn’t reached US yet so we’re very grateful for homegrown, and Chinatown, and American-Chinese support, who know that we are determined to tell OUR stories, by any means necessary. REPRESENT!! Because we got history here…
Most of all we love our supporters; the ones who make it work. Your faithful contributions to our campaign enable us. In the latest wave of post Crazy Rich Asians’ Gold Openings, it’s great to see people of color to come together and fill theater seats for movies like The Farewell and Lucky Grandma or Ms. Purple, but it’s especially important to support American-Asian stories that are underrepresented and unfunded, so that OUR stories can see the light of day. Our Backers (you) make this possible, from inception to the Screen. WE are nothing but dreamers without YOU!”
Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers, musicians and corporations. Lia has appeared in the filmsWolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.