The filmmakers responsible for The People I’ve Slept With are joining together again to make Chink, the first Asian American serial killer movie. The film is about an Asian American man who has internalized the racism he felt as a child and turned it into a hatred of all Asians – including himself. His anger and his desire to be like his hero (Ted Bundy) leads him to violence and ultimately to his dream of becoming the greatest serial killer in history. 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). Here’s more about the project:
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.
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.
They are hoping to raise at least ten thousand dollars to cover production expenses with plans on beginning production in the spring of 2012. If you’re interested in supporting the film, you can go here.
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