Jewels in the Wasteland 2019, presented by MUBI


Directed by Wayne Wang

USA, 1982, 1h 20min, 35mm

Jewels in the Wasteland 2019, presented by MUBI

There are no current or future screenings planned for this film.

Hosted by Richard Linklater and followed by a post-screening audience discussion with Linklater and author/filmmaker/professor John Pierson

A groundbreaking independent film, Wayne Wang’s first feature is a black-and-white neo-noir puzzle set in San Francisco’s Chinatown. As its protagonist, cab driver Jo (Wood Moy) searches for a man named Chan who owes him money, we are exposed to all kinds of facets of Asian-American life that had never been essayed on film before. In 35mm. Presented in partnership with Austin Asian American Film Festival.


AFS Founder and Artistic Director Richard Linklater returns with the latest cycle of Jewels In The Wasteland, a series designed to spotlight some of the best films made during the 1980s. This was a time when zillion-dollar studio blockbusters became the norm, while in other corners of the industry, a new kind of independent cinema was taking shape, and auteurs young and old made important work.

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