Snakehead: Documentarian Evan Jackson Leong’s First Narrative

Shuya Chang stars as a conflicted human trafficker in Snakehead, documentary filmmaker Evan Jackson Leong’s first narrative feature.


Evan Jackson Leong makes an impressive feature debut with Snakehead, a reality-based narrative about the personal and social ramifications of human trafficking.

While working on his breakout 2013 pro basketball documentary, Linsanity, he began to plan a film about New York’s Chinatown underworld.

As a sixth-generation Chinese American, he’s able to humanize news reports about Asian gang rise in the U.S.

Leong centers on the criminal career of Cheng Chui Ping, known as “Sister Ping,” a trafficker who operated between Hong Kong and New York in the 1980s and 1990s.