Chink

by Koji Steven Sakai

CA

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A Chinese American boy grows up being called “chink” and “gook.” The kids at school make fun of him by pulling their eyes back, asking if he knows kung fu, and wanting to know what dogs taste like. He’s embarrassed by his immigrant parents’ heavy accents. After hitting puberty, he feels emasculated because depictions of Asian men in the media are condescending and asexual. Caucasian girls seem unattainable while Asian girls always seem to prefer white guys. He develops a sense of self-hatred for the color of his skin. However, his parents pressure him to be successful, so he always followed the rules and got good grades. Despite his emotional baggage, he graduated from college and got a good job.

A familiar concept, yes? But what if this man also happens to be a sociopath? What if he overcompensates for low self-esteem by believing that he’s superior to everyone around him? What if he idolizes serial killers like Ted Bundy? Everyone thinks of him as a “good” man. A polite man. A quiet man. But that’s just a mask for the maggots and parasites that crawl beneath the skin.

It’s time for the so-called “model minority” stereotype to die. Take some dynamite and a blowtorch and blow it out of the water.

Chink is a slasher movie with a message. With this film, we intend to explore issues about racial identity and self-hate, but stories about identity politics don’t have to take themselves so seriously. They can have blood, guts, and sex too.

The filmmakers responsible for The People I've Slept With are joining together again to make Chink, the first Asian American serial killer movie. It is the directorial debut of Stanley Yung, the film is written by Koji Steven Sakai and produced by Stanley, Koji, and Quentin Lee. The film stars Jason Tobin (Better Luck Tomorrow) and Eugenia Yuan (Memoirs of a Geisha & The Eye 2).

We strongly believe that more Asian American movies need to get made and the only way they are going to is through your support. We are hoping to raise at least $10,000. We want to assure that ALL money raised here will go directly to the shooting of the film. This is a passion project for all of us.

This movie will make no apologies. It will push people’s buttons and make them squirm. It will make people angry, but hopefully it will also foster much needed debate about the state of the Asian American male in our society. This is a movie that has to be made, because there’s never been anything like it before.

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    • April 04, 2013 Wendy Maruyama Artist

      Congratulations, Koji!

    • February 14, 2012 Erin Li Artist

      Congrats, Koji!!!

    • January 19, 2012 Thuy Tran Community Member

      I can't wait to see this!

    • December 30, 2011 david tse Community Member

      Dear Stanley, Koji and Quentin, I'm a British Chinese actor and excited by the theme of yr new film project. Pls check out my CV and contact my agent if I'm suitable for this or any other project you're developing: http://www.spotlight.com/interactive/cv/1/M15860.html Cheers + HNY in advance! David K.S. Tse

    • November 29, 2011 Teresapalooza!! Community Member

      Go Koji! :)