In June 1982, Vincent Chin, a Chinese American draftsman, was beaten to death by two thugs wielding baseball bats outside a McDonald's in Detroit. Despite protests from the local Asian community, the murderers received three years' probation for manslaughter and a fine of $3,750: neither spent more than one night in jail. This documentary charts the growth of an emotive civil rights protest, the murderers' subsequent re-trial, and the personal confusion of all involved. Through extensive interviews with killer Ronald Ebens, a honey-tongued redneck, and Lily Chin, Vincent's mother, an icon of inarticulate grief, the film builds to an outraged climax as the case continues to evade the much-vaunted American way of justice. Detailed, terse, and politically compelling.
Christine Choy, Renee Tajima