A Korean immigrant convicted of a 1973 Chinatown gang murder in San Francisco inspires a landmark Asian American movement to free him. But after his release, the ex-con descends into a life of addiction and crime, exposing the lasting scars of a man still struggling to break free. AN AMERICAN PRISONER (Working Title) explores the tension between man and symbol, identity and idealism, through the lens of one man’s turbulent life.
Eugene Yi has worked in film and print for 15 years, with an interest in diasporic communities and Asian American stories.
Julie Ha has worked as a journalist and storyteller for more than 25 years, with a specialized focus on Asian American stories. AN AMERICAN PRISONER (Working Title) is her first documentary film.
Photo Credit: Grant Din