Combination Platter Movie Review 1993

Information and Film Reviews for Combination Platter the Movie

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Anxious young immigrant Robert (Lau), newly arrived from Hong Kong, becomes a waiter at the Szechuan Inn in Queens, New York, where he gets a crash course in American culture and romance (as well as tipping). Gentle comedy works best with little details that ring true: overheard customer conversations, staff banter, the kitchen scenes. Lau's earnest, but effort feels like a series of small vignettes rather than a complete story. Still, a worthy first effort for the then 24-year-old Chan, who directed on a $250,000 budget, using his parents restaurant after hours for a set.


Koch Entertainment Distribution, 22 Harbor Park Dr., Port Washington, NY 11080, Remarks: Includes Koch Vision and Koch Lorber Films

Available on VHS
Running time 84 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Comedy Drama, Immigration, Edibles, Asian America
Tony Chan, Edwin Baker
Jeff Lau, Coleen O'Brien, Lester Chan, Thomas S. Hsiung, David Chung, Colin Mitchell, Kenneth Lu, Eleonara Khilberg, James DuMont
Yoshifumi Hosoya
Tony Chan
Brian Tibbs
Arrow Releasing


Sundance 1993: Screenplay.

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