Back Alley Asian-American Love Story, A


Written and co-directed by Yuri Kageyama. Starring: Bernadette Cha and Norman Toy. A woman recollects an affair she has had with a young Chinese-American gangster. An off-beat Asian-American "romance," the story explores a transient sexual relationship from a female perspective. The film is a subtle, provocative essay that raises issues of Asian-American sexuality and subculture. These issues are more often than not only whispered about and have yet to be addressed in cinema arts. Narration is "read" in the first person by the young Japanese-American woman who questions her own motives in this illicit affair and the impetus for such a foray.

Awards: Palo Alto Film Festival, 1986; Ann Arbor Film Festival, 1987; Onion City Film Festival, 1988.

Exhibition: NY and SF Asian American film festivals.