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King Of Chinatown (2010/IndiePix DVD)

Picture: C- Sound: C- Extras: B Documentary: C+

It is a boy's childhood dream to play video games and get paid for it. That is just what Isaiah Triforce Johnson and Justin Wong had in mind. Justin Wong is a professional video game player and Isaiah is his manager. Together, they compete in video competitions to become the best player in the world, but their greatest battle wasn't just in the game but eventually each other. While Justin dreams of fame, Isaiah dreams of fortune ...and as they move up the ranks, their paths begin to diverge in King Of Chinatown, a 2010 documentary co-directed by Jordan Levinson & Calvin Theobald.

In the last few decades, the video game industry has exploded into a multi-billion dollar business, and there are those who dream of becoming King of the video games, in particular virtual fighting games such as Street Fighter and Capcom. As Justin Wong trains for a fun competition, to Isaiah Triforce he sees it as a business market for money. And not unlike rock stars and movie stars have their own dramas as well, for every person that wins there must be a loser, but in the end there can be only one.

This documentary takes a look into the video game industry and those who wish to live and thrive on it as players in the virtual world. That if you are if your skills are good and you get famous enough, eventually people will pay you to play. While Justin Wong eventually gets hired by another larger video game company, Triforce's mistake lies in asking others for money first to play instead of playing for fun, it is like going into an arcade and asking the others to pay for you and watch you play

The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image is rough and not as nice as similar docs on videogames of late, while the lossy Dolby Digital sound is also more problematic than expected, so watching this was a very mixed experience. Extras include alternate ending, deleted scenes, and a behind the scenes featurette.

- Ricky Chiang


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