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Made on the proverbial shoestring, Combination Platter represents the directorial debut of 23-year-old Tony Chan. Himself a Hong Kong émigré, Chan draws from his own experiences in detailing the tribulations of illegal immigrant Robert (Jeff Lau), who takes a low-paying job at a Szechuan restaurant in New York (the film was shot in the restaurant owned by Chan's parents!). Robert would like to attain U.S. citizenship and has been told that this will be possible if he marries an American girl. Frightened at this prospect -- -especially since it will set him back 25,000 dollars -- Robert nonetheless scurries about to "Americanize" himself in as short a time as possible. (Did you know that tipping the waiter is considered an insult in China?) The plot is secondary to the film's atmosphere and ambience: the dialogue flows so naturally from the restaurant's patrons and employees that one is hard pressed to believe that a written script (by Tony Chan and Edwin Baker) actually existed. Combination Platter received mainstream distribution after its Best Screenplay award win at the 1993 Sundance Festival. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Sundance Film Festival Tony Chan Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award 1992 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Tony Chan Best First Feature 1993 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Tony Chan Best Screenplay 1993 Nominee

Cast

Jeffrey Lau
as Robert
Colleen O'Brien
as Claire
Colin Mitchell
as Benny
Kenneth Lu
as Andy
Peter Kwong
as Stanley

Crew

Tony Chan
Director
Tony Chan
Producer
Tony Chan
Screenwriter
Tony Chan
Editor
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