In New York City’s Chinatown, the decade-old relationship of a world-weary couple — a waitress at a hostess bar and a taxi-cab driver who met and fell in love in China years before (Elizabeth Sung, Tzi Ma) — reaches a breaking point as their arranged marriage is at risk of being exposed by immigration officials.
FREE PROGRAM | Even as she was hard at work carving out a career on both the big and small screen, Elizabeth Sung (1954-2018) actively sought opportunities to transcend her one-dimensional persona as an actress, the better to become an all-encompassing artist and auteur. From her early work with future acting colleagues and an extended career on daytime network soap operas, a pivotal invitation to the American Film Institute’s Directing Workshop for Women set the stage for Elizabeth’s development into a multi-hyphenate artist: as actor, director; writer, producer, and even mentor. In this special tribute program, we recognize Elizabeth’s wide-ranging career and, in particular, her impact on generations of Asian Pacific American cinematic and performing talents who would follow her. — Abraham Ferrer