I think this film did a good job portraying the difficulties many immigrants in general face when coming to America. At what point do people bag old traditions and incorporate new "American" ones? On one hand, its very difficult to change general ways of thinking, like when Chan was pulled over for running a stop sign and his answer was interpreted differently because of the different philosophies of thinking. On the other hand, it is very easy to change your clothes, your house, your job, etc. If or when should one completely transform and assimilate? Maybe it is just too difficult for some, supposedly like Chan, to come over and identify with Americans. When immigrants come over, they're automatically labeled as foreigners and outsiders if they try to fight for respect while still independent. But then there is also those who assimilate very quickly who also are looked down upon. Again, where do we draw the line?
Some other things that interested me in the movie: I really enjoyed the simple, black and white style. I think it did a lot in terms creating a certain effect. I was very confused about the time frame this movie was made in. The only give away were the cars. I also enjoyed the detective work plot line. Finally, my favorite image in the movie is at end where the Italian Market and Chop Suey signs are posted on practically the same building.