Who Killed Vincent Chin?
Director: Christine Choy, Renee Tajima
Who Killed Vincent Chin? is a film rich in paradox. To begin with, its title is ironic: Vincent Chinâ€™s murderer is known, and to an extent has accepted responsibility.l But identifying â€śwhoâ€ť is not the incisive point of this complex and ambitious documentary â€śaboutâ€ť a young Chinese American who is clubbed to death by a white man. Instead the filmmakers, Christine Choy and Renee Tajima, chart the sudden collision of two American dreams outside a topless bar one hot Detroit night in 1982, and describe the labyrinthine course that justice, susceptible to competing pressures, pursues over the next four years. Vincent Chin is a film with no easy answers and broad implications.
Revealing interviews with the victimâ€™s inconsolable mother, and with Ron Ebens, the middle-aged killer, and his wife and stepson, are integrated into newsreel and archival footage syncopated to some of Motownâ€™s own sounds. this subtly constructed film embeds a single, awful incident within the turbulent social network of an America so deep in change that even its citizens, fearful of unemployment and wary of other races, donâ€™t understand what is happening.
- Documentary Feature
- 1989, Sundance Film Festival
- U.S.A., 83 min.