In order to revitalize the economic development of the Chinatown community in Manhattan, the A&C Culture Center, Tambuli Media and Vision Films held an event in front of the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association in New York on the 12th of June, 2021. The was named “Made in Chinatown Day” to celebrate Chinatown and the film “Made in Chinatown”, which then held a press conference, hoping that through the film, more people are welcome to Chinatown.
This kung fu comedy film about Chinatown encounters Little Italy. Although it was shot mostly in Philadelphia, it was based on Manhattan Chinatown and its background. It uses clever comedy techniques to show the experience of Asian immigrants and a series of stereotyped labels.
The movie tells the story of the protagonist Zhou Wenni who finds himself involved in two love stories accidentally. With the help of the Chinese culture and Italian culture in the gangster movies “Godfather” and “Goodfellas”, he fantasizes about the righteousness in his heart. A love story between Li’s dream girl and the perfect Chinese girl next door.
Liang Jinzheng, chairman of the U.S.-China Cultural Industry Center, said that Chinatown’s economy was severely hit by the epidemic last year. As a community non-profit organization, the center has long been committed to the cultural and artistic exchanges between the United States and China and promoted excellent traditional culture. Put it on the screen, as the epidemic heats up, I believe that more people will be brought back to Chinatown.
As the executive producer and screenwriter of the film, Mark V. Wiley, President of Tambuli Visual Media, said that he is a 42-year kung fu fan and a researcher of traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture. It is an honor for “Chinatown People” to work together.
Director Robert Samuels is a martial arts instructor who loves martial arts and Hong Kong movies. He said that his knowledge and enthusiasm for martial arts has left a deep impression on Hong Kong action movie star Samuel Hung, and he has also guided Samuel Hung. He received a series of trainings in film directors in Hong Kong.
He said that in addition to the martial arts actors, the film also invited many Chinese guest performers. They were all Chinese living in the Eastern U.S., but they all had “real kung fu.”
Los Angeles, CA (January 24, 2022) – Vision Films Inc. (“Vision”) announces the Amazon Prime Video release of the raucous genre mash-up Made in Chinatown from Executive Producer and Writer Mark V. Wiley and Directors Robert J. Samuels and James Lew.
It’s Mickey Blue Eyes meets Big Trouble in Little China when a young Chinese nobody sets out to become a “made guy” in the Italian Mafia. But tensions are high between the two cultures already as they move into each other’s turf and a dirty crime commissioner is playing both sides. It turns out that earning respect, finding love, and discovering his identity doesn’t come so easy. He’ll have to fight his way to the top.
The Chinatown-meets-Little-Italy comedy sensitively handles, with more satire than spoof, the timely Asian immigrant experience, as well as racial stereotyping and labeling. With some of the most recognizable actors known for portraying mafiosos (Tony Darrow, Vincent Pastore), and the talents of veritable Hong Kong Kung-Fu masters, protagonist Vinny Chow (portrayed by Jay Kwon) finds himself unwittingly caught up in two love stories – his Chinese culture and the Italian culture he emulates based on mob movie, and his fantasy [Italian] dream date and the perfect [Chinese] girl next door. The fast-paced romp features Hong Kong film legends Lo Meng and Chiu Chi Ling, is choreographed by Emmy Award® winner James Lew (Marvel’s Luke Cage) and possesses a treasure trove of the hidden mob and kung-fu movie references and quotes to delight cinephiles.
Watch The Official Trailer for “Made in Chinatown” Written and Produced by Mark V. Wiley
Lise Romanoff, the CEO and Managing Director of Vision Films shares, “At first look, Made in Chinatown, is a fun and funny fish-out-of-water escapade with the most amazing action sequences! Just below the surface, however, is a very timely and important message of self-acceptance and pride in one’s family and culture. Audiences of all kinds are going to love this film!”
Writer and Producer Mark V. Wiley say, “On its surface, Made in Chinatown is action-comedy poking fun at everyone’s favorite Wiseguy and Kung-fu films. But at its heart, it’s about the self-discovery of a second-generation Asian-American as he tries to find love, respect, and a place to fit in.”