A tragic love story set against the lynching of 18 Chinese immigrants in Los Angeles, in 1871. Filmed in Utah.
A tragic love story Follows the journey of a young girl and lead character in the film Peony (Clara Lee), who, fleeing an arranged marriage in China, is tricked into signing a contract to work as a “flower girl” in America, with her friend Lily (Nina Lu). Her determination and martial arts skills, aid her refusal to succumb to the world of prostitution, then she meets Tom (Godfrey Gao), an American Born Chinese cook whose father Mr. Wong ,(Russell Wong) works on the Transcontinental Railroad. Despite the gender role reversal of Peony and Tom, the relationship thrives to marriage and a child. Throughout the film, Peony is wearing a circular disk green jade pendant, which was a gift from her grandmother to bring her luck and protection. Not all is blissful though, as Hong Kong Triad boss Yu Hing (Tzi Ma) seeks to extend his power into America, is fixated on obtaining Peony for his own needs. This film tells the tale of the first great Chinese migration to the United States, was released on the anniversary of the largest mass lynching in American history, of 18 Chinese immigrants in Los Angeles’ Chinatown, in 1871 and was Filmed in Utah.