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Red Doors (2006)

Tzi Ma , Jacqueline Kim , Georgia Lee (III)  |  R |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tzi Ma, Jacqueline Kim, Freda Foh Shen, Elaine Kao, Kathy Shao-Lin Lee
  • Directors: Georgia Lee (III)
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 30, 2007
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B000J6I0TI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,710 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Red Doors" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary by director and producer
  • "Behind Red Doors" featurette
  • "Educated": a short film by Georgia Lee
  • Cast/filmmaker interviews
  • Photo gallery
  • Theatrical trailer

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A Chinese-American retiree's sudden disappearance inspires life-changing perspectives in each of his three daughters. RED DOORS has captivated audiences, festival jurors, and film critics alike en route to winning awards at the Tribeca Film Festival, CineVegas, and Outfest. Funny and moving, absurd and painfully real, RED DOORS provides a unique view of the modern American family.

A bittersweet film about a Chinese-American family living in New York, Red Doors offers moments of humor as well as emotional triumph. Though the Wongs may appear to be the perfect nuclear family to outsiders, they're really just your typical dysfunctional American family. Helmed by first-time director Georgia Lee, this indie film is to be applauded for presenting a different type of Asian-American family than the model one that's been mythologized in the media. Dad (Tzi Ma) is suicidal. Eldest daughter Samantha (Jacqueline Kim) gifts him with therapy sessions, middle daughter Julie (Elaine Kao) is a confused lesbian, and Katie (Lee's real-life sister Kathy Shao-Lin Lee), the youngest, has a disturbing relationship with a neighborhood boy that involves dead rats, explosives, and no sense of boundaries. Therapy actually wouldn't be wasted on Katie, who often appears emotionally dead. When she catches her father trying to hang himself (one of 30 or 40 suicide attempts, as he tells his therapist), she doesn't blink an eye. Rather, she calmly announces that lunch is ready. In their own ways, the family members come to terms with their individual crises. The actors, especially the expressive Ma, are convincing in their roles. But overall, Lee doesn't provide enough cohesiveness with either the story or the pacing to make viewers truly care about the complicated Wongs. --Jae-Ha Kim

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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a wonderful film for families December 18, 2006
I had the opportunity of seeing this at a film festival and now have pre-ordered the DVD. It is a wonderful story about a disfuntioncal family. Even thougt they are Asian I feel it can apply to many families. I do not understand the reason for the "R" rating. Do not let turn you off from seeing this film. I think mature young teenagers will also enjoy it, and would hate for them to miss this message. It is about life and what is happening in the world today between the generations.

I am not Asian, but felt it applied to many families that have old customs and older people who feel their children should follow family traditions.

This film has great acting, photograpy is wonderful and these up-and-coming filmmakers are ones to watch.

I had thought it should have won CineVegas' film festival.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and poignant March 25, 2007
Red Doors is a film about a dysfunctional Chinese-American family living in a suburb in New York. The parents Ed Wong (Tzi Ma) and May-Li Wong (Freda Foh Shen) have three daughters: Sam (Jacqueline Kim) who is the oldest, Elaine Kao (Julie) is the middle child, and the youngest daughter is Katie (Kathy Shao-Lin Lee).

Ed had just retired and is trying to figure out how to excape the dullness of his life. His daughters are experiencing their own dysfunctional dramas.Sam is a business woman who is getting ready for her impending nuptials to Mark (Jayce Bartok) but when an old high school flame returns to town, Sam begins to question if she is ready for marriage. Julie who is a med student who is excelling at her studies but when it comes to her personal life, she doesn' t exactly get a passing grade due to her acute shyness. Her world is quickly turned upside down when she meets a popular actress named Mia Scarlett (Mia Riverton), and eventually becomes romantically involved with the actress. Katie is engaged in a prank war with her next door neighbor's son Simon (Sebastian Stan). When Ed suddenly up and leaves the family, the girls are forced to re-examine their lives and how to live on accordingly to what their heart says, not what is expected of them by family obligations (sort of an invisible fence).

I loved Red Doors. The home video footage of which I assume is from Georgia Lee's childhood added an authentic feel to the film. The ending though left me a bit unsatisfied. I hate it when films end on such a broad note. I was hoping that this film would have come to one of my local arthouse theatres but it didn't. I had to wait for it to come out on dvd.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Love This Movie! February 12, 2013
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This film has always been one of my favorites! And at this price I just had to buy it!

I would rate it 5 stars but I gave it 4 because the DVD case arrived damaged. The DVD was alright, but I'll be having to go out and purchase a new case for it. Other than that, speedy shipping, excellent film! Enjoy!
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story March 9, 2007
This is a fantastic film that has clearly defined characters that I cared about and a story that kept me interested thoughout the film. It is really a slice of suburban life, kind of like American Beauty with a much happier ending. Check this out.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Synopsis: Have you ever wondered why the Chinese tend to have red front doors? It's because red is the color that attracts harmony and happiness to the occupants within, that's why. With that bit of information in mind the audience is now armed with a little insight into what lies ahead. The '06 cinematic release `Red Doors' is a gem of a film about a Chinese-American family that has lost their harmony, happiness and family connectedness despite the bright red front door and the porcelain Kwan Yin displayed in the dinning room. This familial unrest and discord is subtly and symbolically presented to the viewer at the beginning of the story as we see a seemingly happy family dinner coming to an end. As Samantha, the oldest of three daughters leaves the table she accidently bumps the Kwan Yin statue off a nearby cabinet. The shattering of the beloved and compassionate Goddess who also bestows "harmony and happiness" to those who honor her immediately informs us that things are not as they should be.

The problems within this quiet home have come to a head with the retirement of Ed (Tzi Ma), husband and father of the household. He has already lost the time and attention of his daughters that he so much enjoyed when they were young. Life doesn't stand still, things change and so has the mode of communication between Samantha (Jacqueline Kim), Julie (Elaine Kao) and Katie (Kathy Shao-Lin Lee). Now busy with their lives outside the house they've lost the close relationship they once had with their aging parents. Sadly, the only time Ed smiles is when he's alone watching old VHS tapes of the children. In his self-imposed silence Ed desperately seeks a way out.
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7 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars So you think you're family is nutz? See this movie! February 11, 2007
Red Doors is an acclaimed and festival winning film about a dysfunctional Chinese American family who's door is yes, red. Balancing your ethnicity in a modern world is just part of the story, living sane in an insane world is another part and just rolling with the punches is another. Outragous black comedy that breaks all cliches about Asian families and roles in our society. Retirement is a subplot that many Baby Boomers can relate to. Funny, poignant and a bit maddening! Every character plays it to the hilt, and the deadpan script squeezes out some unbelievable dialogue that makes this a very special film. See it after an argument with your family. Or before you go home for a visit. Or when you break up with your fiance. Love and life goes on. Family is more than just relationships.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Red Doors - a must see!!!
I first stumbled upon this film awhile ago and I love rewatching it over and over again. This family, though dysfunctional, is loving--and quite hilarious. Read more
Published on January 21, 2010 by Jasmine
2.0 out of 5 stars This not Asian America
As an Asian American guy born in America, I think I am as American as Apple Pie. Unfortunate, neither society or Asian American girls see me that way. Read more
Published on December 21, 2009 by V. Phan
1.0 out of 5 stars An Uncle Tom Asian American Film
This film calls itself an Asian American film but is really an Uncle Tom work that panders to a mostly non-Asian audience. Read more
Published on November 10, 2007 by Beer_Lager
4.0 out of 5 stars Red doors
This has lots of magic in it! Quite a few laughs during this journey into a time of change in this Asian American family.
Published on July 27, 2007 by June M. Keys
5.0 out of 5 stars Soo funny, romantic, and just keeps you interested
i really enjoyed this movie, it has 4 different story lines involving the father of the family and his 3 daughters, each coping with their own issues. Read more
Published on June 26, 2007 by Jessiquilla
3.0 out of 5 stars Really should have been a daytime soap episode...
That's what I wrote in some notes I took at the time I saw this in theatre a few months ago, on a double bill with the delightful "Linda Linda Linda". Read more
Published on May 27, 2007 by avoraciousreader
5.0 out of 5 stars Taking life as it comes - this is a film to enjoy
This is a rare film. Nothing is trite or predictable; it's a very creative script that makes each character endearing. Read more
Published on February 13, 2007 by L. Riggin
5.0 out of 5 stars charming & creative!
an ordinary chinese-american family presented in an extraordinary way. this is a must-see.
Published on February 7, 2007 by M. Lee
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