- Vanishing Son
show_name = Vanishing Son
format = Action
runtime = 60 minutes
director = John Nicolella
creator = Rob Cohen
Russell Wong Haing S. Ngor(telefilms) Vivian Wu(telefilms) Rebecca Gayheart(telefilms) Marcus Chong(telefilms) Chi Muoi Lo
Jason Adams (series)
country = USA
network = Syndicated
February 28, 1994
May 8, 1995
num_episodes = 13
imdb_id = 0112210
tv_com_id = 3083
"Vanishing Son" is a short-lived syndicated action television series that was part of
Universal Television's Action Pack. Starting as a series of four made for television movies in 1994, the series debuted on January 16, 1995. "Vanishing Son I", "Vanishing Son II", "Vanishing Son III", and "Vanishing Son IV", were aired on February 28, July 18, July 25, and October 10, 1994, respectively. The series was ground-breaking for the casting of an Asian-Americanmale in an attractive leading-man role.
Russell Wongstarred as Jian-Wa Chang, a musician who escaped from the People's Republic of Chinaafter being involved in a student demonstration against the government. He and his brother Wago escaped to the USA; he pursued his music while Wago became drawn to a life of organized crime.
Wago and two US Federal Agents are killed; Jian-Wa is held responsible, but a Vietnamese mafioso known as "The General" (
Haing S. Ngor) is behind the murders. Jian-Wa becomes a fugitive, using his wisdom, music, and martial arts skills to solve problems along the way, on his quest to bring "The General" to justice. As he helps others while traveling, he is aided by the spirit of his murdered brother Wago.
In the series, Jian-Wa is constantly on the run from ruthless Federal Agent Dan Sandler (Jason Adams), the direct superior to the agents he killed in the two-hour films. Agent Judith Phillips (
Stephanie Niznik) was a member of Sandler's team who was convinced that Jian-Wa was innocent throughout all the guilt he displayed, and she gradually became his ally. This put her at great odds with Sandler.
The series was canceled after the first thirteen episodes aired.
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