Golden Gate ★★ 1993 (R)
Young Fed Dillon is thrown into the hysteria of the communist witch hunt in 1952 San Francisco. He snares Song, a Chinese labor activist, on some very dubious charges. Ten years later he finds himself getting involved with Song's daughter Marilyn (Chen), who knows nothing about her lover's involvement with her family. Then she finds out. Ever-changing moods, sometimes film noir, sometimes a love story, sometimes a nostalgic look back, are confusing. Promising storyline meanders and fades as Director Madden tries to do too much in a short time. Beware of broad stereotypes in every character. 95m/C VHS . Matt Dillon, Joan Chen, Bruno Kirby, Teri Polo, Tzi Ma, Stan(ford) Egi, Peter Murnik, Jack Shearer, George Giudall; D: John Madden; W: David Henry Hwang; C: Bobby Bukowski; M: Elliot Goldenthal.