is a short-lived syndicated
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television series that was part of Universal Television
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's Action Pack. Starting as a series of four made for television movies in 1994
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, 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
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male in an attractive leading-man role.
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starred as Jian-Wa Chang, a musician who escaped from the People's Republic of China
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after 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
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) 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
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), the direct superior to the agents killed in the two-hour films. Agent Judith Phillips (Stephanie Niznik
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) was a member of Sandler's team who was convinced that Jian-Wa was innocent and she gradually became his ally. This put her at great odds with Sandler.
The series was canceled after the first thirteen episodes aired.
| episode# || Title|| Air Date
|| "Dance of the Dust"
|| January 16, 1995
|| "Holy Ghosts"
|| January 23, 1995
|| "Birds of Paradise"
|| January 30, 1995
|| "Single Flame"
|| February 6, 1995
|| "Sweet Sixteen"
|| February 13, 1995
|| "Miracle Under 34th Street"
|| February 20, 1995
|| "Runaway Hearts"
|| February 27, 1995
|| "Lock and Load, Babe"
|| March 6, 1995
|| "Two Guys with Guns"
|| March 13, 1995
|| "Win, Place or Dead"
|| March 20, 1995
|| "Jersey Girl"
|| April 24, 1995
|| "Long Ago and Far Away"
|| May 1, 1995
|| "Land of the Free"
|| May 8, 1995