A Father’s Son

  • Director

    Patrick Chen

  • Country, Year, Length

    United States, Unknown, 28 minutes 29 seconds

  • Category

    Narrative Short

  • Format

    4K – Arri Alexa Mini

  • Festival Year


Film Screening & Ticket Information

When & Where to See this Film!



In Person Date, Time & Location:

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4TH • 7:15 pm – 9:15 pm
MoMI Redstone • 36-01 35th Ave • Queens, NY 11106


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A story-spinoff based on author Henry Chang’s crime novel series of NYPD Detective Jack Yu. Set in the early ’90s when local street gangs terrorized Manhattan’s Chinatown, our story centers on 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.


Patrick Chen, Director, Love Express, The Last Tip, Confucius Plaza
Patrick Chen, Writer, Love Express, Underneath The Grey, The Last Tip
Patrick Chen, Producer, Love Express, The Last Tip, AndLIFE
Dave Chan, Producer, Sure-Fire, The Break
Henry Chang, Executive Producer
Christiane Seidel, Executive Producer, Boardwalk Empire, The Queen’s Gambit
Eddie Shieh, Executive Producer, Tu & Eu, Neuland: The Unknown
Tzi Ma, Key Cast, “Krang Li”Rush Hour, The Farewell, Mulan
Ronny Chieng, Key Cast, “Jack Yu”The Daily Show, Crazy Rich Asians, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
Perry Yung, Key Cast, “Wang Kei Yu”The Knick, Warrior, Boogie
Kathleen Kwan, Key Cast, “Lai Jean Li”Children of Invention, Monsterland

Director Statement

Author Henry Chang has been a huge influence of mine since 2006 when I first saw posters of his crime-drama novels displayed around NYC’s Chinatown: “Chinatown Beat”, “Year of The Dog”, “Red Jade”, and “Death Money”. His fictional character, Jack Yu, is a hardened NYPD Detective torn between pursuing justice in his community during a time of blatant racism and honoring the memory of his father and their Asian roots. It is refreshing to read about a Chinese-American protagonist who isn’t a stereotype. Jack isn’t a cook, a deliveryman, or a martial artist. He is simply a child of an immigrant parent walking a line between two worlds ­– something that I am personally very familiar with.

Positive Asian-American male role models have been absent in Hollywood for the most part unless it was Bruce Lee from the 1970s or other martial arts figures. In the 1980s, Dennis Gong Dun came close to breaking the barriers by portraying such Chinese-American protagonists as Herbert Kwong in “Year of the Dragon” and Wang Chi in “Big Trouble in Little China”. In the 2010s, the success of “Crazy Rich Asians” appeared to have presented a renewed opportunity for compelling stories with tangible Asian-American male characters. As of today, however, Asian-American male role models have yet to be amplified to the mainstream audience.

It has been thirteen years since the publication of “Chinatown Beat”, and I feel this is the perfect time to bring Jack Yu’s story to light in our short film, A FATHER’S SON. Funded by the fans of the novels and the AAPI community, it was shot exclusively in New York’s Chinatown where its production helped numerous small businesses in the area while employing a predominantly Asian-American cast and crew. I am deeply proud and honored that our community came together to help realize this passion project for Mr. Henry Chang and that I am able to present a positive Asian-American male role model on screen.

Director Biography

Patrick Chen is a filmmaker from Queens, New York. His works typically draws from the lives of Asian American characters. He attended Hunter CUNY where he studied writing and film.

His films were accepted and screened at various film festivals, e.g. CAAMFest, LAAPFF, and Asian Cinevision, and featured on Xfinity, Museum of Chinese in America, and Sinovision.

You may find his additional works as Chén Xí Háo 陳錫豪.

For more Info: https://linktr.ee/chenxihao