Director Arthur Dong’s engaging survey of the Chinese-American experience in Hollywood could have taken the easy way out by just focusing on the evolving portrayal of Chinese-Americans in mainstream films (an evolution that’s been embarrassingly slow, as the movie amply demonstrates), but Dong takes a more nuanced and interesting path instead. Drawing on archival footage—including some remarkable selections from the silent era—as well as interviews with several generations of Chinese-Americans involved in the film industry, Dong reveals a rich and complex history that inspires both pride and deep ambivalence among the participants. There’s more celebration than insight as the story moves closer to the present, but it’s still a worthy look at a seriously neglected part of Hollywood. 89 min.