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A short film/pilot based on the characters from Henry Chang’s NYPD Detective Jack Yu crime series novels.
A short film/pilot based on the characters from Henry Chang’s NYPD Detective Jack Yu crime series novels.
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A Father’s Son is story-spinoff based on author Henry Chang’s crime novel series featuring NYPD Detective Jack Yu. Set in the early '90s when local street gangs terrorized Manhattan’s Chinatown, our story centers on Detective Jack Yu investigating the murder of a teenage boy involved in a turf war. Amidst the broad distrust and racial divide between the Chinatown community and NYPD, our lone lawman searches for a nondescript immigrant family to deliver a shattering message that also brings forth his own conflicted relationship with Jack’s father.  

Since 2006, Henry Chang’s posters of his crime drama book series, Chinatown Beat, Year of The Dog, Red Jade, and Death Money were displayed at my two favorite NYC Chinatown restaurants: 69 Bayard and Wo Hop City. The posters caught my attention for years until I purchased his first book titled Chinatown Beat.  

After reading the first installment, I became enamored with the fictional character Jack Yu, a NYPD Detective torn between justice and the injustice to his community. He was a born-and-bred New Yorker with a New Yawk accent trying to do good. It was the first time reading about a Chinese-American protagonist who wasn’t an American stereotype. Jack wasn’t a cook, waiter, deliveryman, an herbalist, railroad worker, opioid dealer, martial artist, monk or Manchu.   

Positive Asian-American role models were invisible unless it was Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan and Jet Li, or another martial art figure. Only little known-actor Dennis Gong Dun came close portraying a Chinese-American protagonist in Year of the Dragon as Herbert Kwong, and as Wang Chi in Big Trouble in Little China. But that was only around 1980s.

Not all of us know Kung-Fu - The Slanted Screen

Today, thanks to organizations like Gold House and box-office hits like Crazy Rich Asians, there’s a genuine opportunity for good stories with tangible Asian-American characters. It’s been 13 years since the release of Chinatown Beat and I felt this was the right time to bring Jack Yu to light in our story, A Father’s Son

I grew up watching Hong Kong '90s films. The three films I wrote and directed, Love Express, Confucius Plaza, and The Last Tip were inspired by Hong Kong’s cinematic style and natural realism -- which have been showcased at the Museum of Chinese in America and Comcast's Xfinity Lunar New Year collection.   

Films by Patrick Xi Hao Chen

With A Father’s Son I want to direct it as a film noir with reference to Johnnie To’s PTU (2003) and Election (2005). I want to exhibit the grittiness of New York’s Chinatown with the Cantonese essence that will simulate 1994.

The first step is to hire professional actors who can speak that dialect. The second is to collaborate with a cinematographer that can capture the vision. And lastly, location, location and location. A talented location manager and set designer will help us camouflage the slowly gentrifying 2019 NYC Chinatown into its 1994 iconic setting. In this Sinovision interview, Henry and I speak a bit about the change in Chinatown through the years with the cast of The Last Tip.

Producing a film can be challenging an expensive, especially one set in the early 1990s. We've enlisted help from as many talented individuals who could generously offer up their time and effort to make this project a reality. But favors do have their limits. That's why we need your help. 

Every contribution will go towards the creation of A Father's Son in its entirety -- from pre-production to distribution. This includes reimbursing actors, crew members, editors, sound designers, composers, and all the many specialized roles needed to get this project off the ground, as well as film festival submission fees and network marketing.

Our hopes is that A Father’s Son will gain enough interest to have Henry Chang’s books developed into a network series. It’s a long shot but audiences are now hungering for diverse original shows. After nearly 2 decades, Henry Chang will finally get a chance to see his characters come to life.

Click any of the links above to connect with us and help spread the word to raise awareness about this project. Every like, post, tweet and share could lead more awesome backers to our campaign and help us reach our funding goal.

Risks and challenges

This isn't our first campaign and while we are confident in our abilities as creators, we recognize that there may be unforeseeable complications that may arise from production, scheduling, or health issues. Whatever they may be, we're committed to facing them head on and delivering a film you can be proud of having supported.

If you have any concerns, feel free to get in touch with us either here on Kickstarter, or through the links below. We're more than happy to answer any questions you may have about the project.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DetectiveJackYuOfficial
Twitter: https://twitter.com/chenxihao

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    Welcome to Da' Hood

    Greetings from author Henry Chang and director Patrick Chen as they welcome you to the project.

    You will be given access to behind-the-scenes, photos stills and update status of the film.

    Plus acknowledgement on Detective Jack Yu's Facebook Page.

    Includes:
    • Special Gratitude on Det. Jack Yu Facebook Page
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    From NYC Chinatown to You

    💌 Get a LIMITED print postcard signed by author Henry Chang sent to your mailbox.

    PLUS your choice of 1 of 2 Director Patrick Chen's Award Winning Chinatown stories!
    You will be given a password protected link to
    • The Last Tip
    • Confucius Plaza

    Includes:
    • Limited Print Postcard
    • Access to 1 of 2 films, "The Last Tip" or "Confucius Plaza"
    • Special Gratitude on Det. Jack Yu Facebook Page
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    A Detective Story 🔍🔦

    Follow NYPD Detective Jack Yu in this new investigation.

    Receive an advance password protected link of the film + thank you credit in the film.

    Includes:
    • Digital Private Screener
    • Film Credit
    • Limited Print Postcard
    • Access to 1 of 2 films, "The Last Tip" or "Confucius Plaza"
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    Love Express DVD+CD 📀💿

    Receive an autograph copy of Love Express DVD+CD (limited print/region free) from director Patrick Chen.

    🏆 Winner for Best Original Soundtrack & Nominated for Best Cinematography.

    Includes:
    • Love Express DVD+CD
    • Digital Private Screener
    • Film Credit
    • Limited Print Postcard
    • Special Gratitude on Det. Jack Yu Facebook Page
    • Thank you message
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    Reunification documentary DVD 📀

    Own an autograph copy of Reunification from filmmaker Alvin Tsang.
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    🏆 Winner for Special Jury Award at San Diego Asian Film Festival.

    Includes:
    • Reunification DVD (region free)
    • Digital Private Screener
    • Film Credit
    • Limited Print Postcard
    • Special Gratitude on Det. Jack Yu Facebook Page
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    Signed Detective Jack Yu Paperback

    Receive a paperback copy of one book of your choice in the Detective Jack Yu series, signed by author Henry Chang.

    Choose ONE of the following:
    📕 • Chinatown Beat
    📗 • Year of the Dog
    📘 • Red Jade
    📙 • Death Money
    📒 • Lucky

    + with additional perks listed below.

    Includes:
    • Your choice of 1 of 5 Books, Signed by Henry Chang
    • Film Credit
    • Limited Print Postcard
    • Bookmarks
    • Access to 1 of 2 films, "The Last Tip" or "Confucius Plaza"
    • Special Gratitude on Det. Jack Yu Facebook Page
    • Thank you message
    • Digital Private Screener
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    WU CAN DO IT! 💪 Art Print

    Empower Yourself with 13x19" art print on matte card stock of Constance Wu "We Can Do It!" 'signed' by artist Jerry Ma. (Epic Proportions).
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    +with additional perks listed below.

    Includes:
    • Epic Proportions' We Can Do It! 13x19" signed Art Print
    • Digital Private Screener
    • Film Credit
    • Limited Print Postcard
    • Special Gratitude on Det. Jack Yu Facebook Page
    • Thank you message
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    #RepresentationMatters Posters

    Receive BOTH 18"x24" poster prints of "A Father's Son" and the infamous "Wu Assassins x Warrior" crossover artwork by graphic designer @david_burrows93

    View update to preview merchandise

    +with additional perks listed below.

    Includes:
    • 18"x24" Movie Poster
    • Digital Private Screener
    • Film Credit
    • Special Gratitude on Det. Jack Yu Facebook Page
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    Ltd. Edition Det. Jack Yu's T-Shirt

    Represent the film by Rockin' a Limited Edition Det. Jack Yu T-Shirt.
    It's gonna look dope AF!

    +with additional perks listed below.

    Includes:
    • Jack Yu's Tee-Shirt
    • Digital Private Screener
    • Film Credit
    • Limited Print Postcard
    • Access to 1 of 2 films, "The Last Tip" or "Confucius Plaza"
    • Special Gratitude on Det. Jack Yu Facebook Page
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    Variant Film Poster by Jerry Ma

    Ltd. 'SIGNED' 24"x36" poster print of "A Father's Son" illustrated by Taiwanese American Artist Jerry Ma.

    *Ma's is known as one of the founding members of the ground breaking graphic novel Secret Identities: The Asian American Superhero Anthology. His list of works include VIBE Magazine, The Jeremy Lin Foundation, Hyphen Magazine, The New York Asian Film Festival, GAP Kids, Aeropostale, Champion, and he has spoken at events including The Smithsonian Museum, ECAASU, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and many others.

    +with additional perks listed below.

    Includes:
    • 24"x36" Movie Poster
    • Digital Private Screener
    • Film Credit
    • Special Gratitude on Det. Jack Yu Facebook Page
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    The Complete Jack Yu Saga 📚

    Receive no. 1-5 paperback copies of Detective Jack Yu series, signed by author Henry Chang.

    📕 • Chinatown Beat
    📗 • Year of the Dog
    📘 • Red Jade
    📙 • Death Money
    📖 • Lucky

    +with additional perks listed below.

    Includes:
    • Complete signed copies of book no. 1-5
    • Bookmarks
    • Digital Private Screener
    • Film Credit
    • Limited Print Postcard
    • Access to 1 of 2 films, "The Last Tip" or "Confucius Plaza"
    • Special Gratitude on Det. Jack Yu Facebook Page
    • Thank you message
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    Lucky

    Become a Dai Lo like the character Lucky Tat from the book as our Co-Executive Producer.

    Not only are you supporting our film, but the Asian American entertainment as well. You will receive acknowledgement in the film + IMDb.

    Both Henry Chang & Patrick Chen with celebrity special guest(s) will take you out to a private dinner in Manhattan's Chinatown. Plus 2x tickets to a film festival of our screening. When and where (TBA) after submissions.

    *Transportation and lodging not included.

    Includes:
    • Co-Executive Producer credit
    • Dinner with the Cast and Crew
    • 2x Film Festival Tickets
    • 1yr MOCA membership
    • Digital Private Screener
    • Complete signed copies of book no. 1-5
    • Bookmarks
    • Limited Print Postcard
    • Jack Yu's Tee-Shirt
    • 24"x36" Movie Poster
    • Love Express DVD+CD
    • MOCA Tote Bag
    • Access viewing to both "The Last Tip" & "Confucius Plaza"
    • Special Gratitude on Det. Jack Yu Facebook Page
    • Thank you message
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    Advance Screening @MOCANYC

    Join the community to an advance screening of our film in Chinatown's MOCA (Museum of Chinese in America) for a chance to meet the filmmakers.

    *Travel and accommodation not included.

    Includes:
    • 1x admission to an advance screening at MOCA
    • Film Credit
    • Limited Print Postcard
    • Access to 1 of 2 films, "The Last Tip" or "Confucius Plaza"
    • Special Gratitude on Det. Jack Yu Facebook Page
    • Thank you message
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    Dragon vs Butterfly ☯️ t-shirt

    ♨️ Off the Press!
    An original "Bruce Lee vs Muhammad Ali" Fight Night! t-shirt by artist Jerry Ma (Epic Proportions).
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    +with additional perks listed below.

    Includes:
    • Epic Proportions' The Dragon vs The Butterfly tee-shirt
    • Digital Private Screener
    • Film Credit
    • Limited Print Postcard
    • Access to 1 of 2 films, "The Last Tip" or "Confucius Plaza"
    • Special Gratitude on Det. Jack Yu Facebook Page
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    Nostalgic Props 📟 from the Film

    Once we wrap production, you get to keep one random prop from our film with a certificate from us.

    +with additional perks listed below.

    Includes:
    • Film set prop
    • MOCA Tote Bag
    • Digital Private Screener
    • Film Credit
    • Limited Print Postcard
    • Access to 1 of 2 films, "The Last Tip" or "Confucius Plaza"
    • Special Gratitude on Det. Jack Yu Facebook Page
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    Legendary Print from Corky Lee 📷

    Receive a signed print from photojournalist Corky Lee. Each photo is sealed in a black matte board to protect this piece of history.

    Choose ONE of the following:
    • Sojourner Mailboxes '76
    • Golden Spike 145th Anniversary Reenactment '14
    • Golden Spike 150th Anniversary Descendants & Veterans '19

    *Lee's work has documented key events in Asian American political history starting in the early '70s.

    +with additional perks listed below.

    Includes:
    • Signed Photo Print on Matte Board
    • Digital Private Screener
    • Film Credit
    • Limited Print Postcard
    • Special Gratitude on Det. Jack Yu Facebook Page
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    Photographic Print by Corky Lee

    📷 Receive a signed one-of-a-kind photographic print of New York's Chinatown from legendary photojournalist Corky Lee.
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    *Lee's work has documented key events in Asian American political history starting in the early 70s.

    +with additional perks listed below.

    Includes:
    • Limited photo print
    • Digital Private Screener
    • Film Credit
    • Limited Print Postcard
    • Access to 1 of 2 films, "The Last Tip" or "Confucius Plaza"
    • Special Gratitude on Det. Jack Yu Facebook Page
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    Dim Sum 點心

    Join author Henry Chang and director Patrick Chen as they take you to one of their favorite Dim Sum spot in Manhattan's Chinatown. A chance to talk, mingle and to show their appreciation by picking up the check.
    "...And no check fights will be necessary"

    Guest will receive a personal signed book from author Henry Chang 📖

    *Transportation and lodging not included.

    Includes:
    • Brunch with Author and Filmmaker
    • Digital Private Screener
    • Film Credit
    • Signed Paperback copy of Book no. 5 "Lucky"
    • Bookmarks
    • Limited Print Postcard
    • Love Express DVD+CD
    • Access to 1 of 2 films, "The Last Tip" or "Confucius Plaza"
    • Special Gratitude on Det. Jack Yu Facebook Page
    • Thank you message
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    🍜🍲 with a Warrior

    Lunch with PERRY YUNG (Warrior, Boogie, The Knick, Royal Pains) and director Patrick Chen at Manhattan's Chinatown. A chance to talk on acting or about representations in movies/shows, including🔪 #WarriorMax
    "...And no check fights will be necessary"

    Guest will receive a signed paperback from author Henry Chang 📕

    *Transportation and lodging not included.

    Includes:
    • Lunch with Actor and Filmmaker
    • Digital Private Screener
    • Film Credit
    • Signed Paperback copy of Book no. 5 "Lucky"
    • Bookmarks
    • Limited Print Postcard
    • Access to 1 of 2 films, "The Last Tip" or "Confucius Plaza"
    • Special Gratitude on Det. Jack Yu Facebook Page
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    The Tourist🏮

    Be part of our AMAZING team and get an Associate Producer credit both on the film + IMDb.

    Plus a chance to join us at our wrap party to meet the team, the filmmakers and the community at our local hangout spot in NYC Chinatown.

    +INCLUDES: 1 year membership with MOCA (Museum of Chinese in America) + autograph paperback copy with additional perks listed below.

    Includes:
    • Associate Producer credit
    • 1yr MOCA membership
    • Wrap Party Celebration
    • Digital Private Screener
    • Your choice of 1x 'signed' Paperback copy
    • Bookmarks
    • Jack Yu's Tee-Shirt
    • Limited Print Postcard
    • MOCA Tote Bag
    • Access to 1 of 2 films, "The Last Tip" or "Confucius Plaza"
    • Special Gratitude on Det. Jack Yu Facebook Page
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Funding period

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