Ping Pong

Director: Po Chih Leong
Screenwriters: Jerry Liu

Institute History

  • 1987 Sundance Film Festival


The bustle of London’s busy Chinatown is momentarily disturbed by the discovery of a dead body in a telephone booth, Sam Wong, a wealthy Chinaman in his mid-sixties. Who was Sam trying to call just before he died—and why? On Sam’s instructions, the task of executing the terms of his will falls to a young Chinese girl, Elaine Choi.

It is soon apparent that the acceptance and division of Sam’s legacy will not be an easy task, as he has decreed certain conditions of his heirs. In some cases, the conditions exist to ensure in his offspring a greater awareness of Chinese customs. In other cases, they are laid down to encourage a wider view of Western life. In attempting to execute Sam’s will, Elaine begins to learn much more about their own rich inheritance—her Chinese heritage. Eventually she manages to solve the absorbing mystery of Sam Wong’s final phone call.

Screening Details

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