Late last year saw a staunch new effort in reimagining a bygone era of New York City based the work of author Henry Chang, with crowdfunding efforts toward independent pilot/short, A Father’s Son. Having brought in the likes of actors Tzi Ma (Netflix’s Wu Assassins) and Perry Yung (Cinemax’s Warrior), director Patrick Chen now introduces fans to the hopeful birth of a new screen hero in New York City police detective Jack Yu, introducing famed actor and comedian Ronny Chieng debuting the character in dramatic fashion.
Based on the characters from Henry Chang’s 90s crime novel series. A film by Patrick Chen.
Torn between his identity of his community and the NYPD, Detective Jack Yu delivers news of a son’s murder to the victim’s parents at the height of a gang turf war in Manhattan’s Chinatown.
The Kickstarter was a major success, and so it looks like there may be a demand for future projects that could see Detective Jack Yu in a future series or feature film. It’s early for sure, but within reason, and it may even put Chieng on the radar for more stand-out drama roles. I especially love the subtitle under the title card that reads, “A Jack Yu Investigation”, and the punch it gives to the film’s crime procedural/noir tone.
Also starring are Kathleen Kwan, Christopher Randolph, Cathy Salvodon, Adam Lim, Tim Liu, and Wai Ching Ho. Peep the teaser above and feel free to hit up the official Instagram portal for updates.