Digitally remastered by UCLA Film & TV Archive from original film negatives, this classic film by Academy Award® nominated filmmaker Arthur Dong takes you inside the glamorous world of Chinatown nightclubs in World War II San Francisco. Meet the "Chinese Fred Astaire," the "Chinese Sophie Tucker," and the "Chinese Sally Rand" - just some of the performers that take you back to the Big Band era when Chinese were known mostly for chop suey joints. Named a "Best Documentary of the Decade" by the Hawaii International Film Festival, "Forbidden City, USA" reveals the heartfelt stories of entertainers at the world famous Forbidden City nightclub, telling the true life stories that inspired both the musical "Flower Drum Song," and Lisa See's novel, "China Dolls."

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With over 100 international film awards to his name, the range of Arthur Dong’s storytelling mastery is brought to light in this selection of films that explore the Chinese American experience, as well as the challenges faced by gay men and lesbians.…


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With over 100 international film awards to his name, the range of Arthur Dong’s storytelling mastery is brought to light in this selection of films that explore the Chinese American experience, as well as the challenges faced by gay men and lesbians. Read more about his work at deepfocusproductions.com/

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