Seeking Asian Female 2013 NR CC

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Two strangers -- an elderly American man and a young Chinese woman -- pursue a marriage brokered by the internet, but they get more than they bargained for when she moves across the Pacific to start a new life with him in America, in this intimate and quirky, personal documentary about modern love.

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1 hour 22 minutes

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Seeking Asian Female

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Genres Documentary
Director Debbie Lum
Studio Not Specified
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 3-day viewing period. Details
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I'll make this short and sweet, like this unusual documentary: it's good.
AKN
It is about a man with very little to offer but his heart trying to convince a much younger Chinese woman to love him.
Pat
I like being surprised when watching documentaries and this one really surprised me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nick Cheng on April 7, 2014
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My take away from this heartfelt documentary was that Debbie Lum came in with preconceptions and was very judgmental. What we end up with is a non-typical relationship between a young thirty-old woman who wasn't in it for the green card, and an old American man who wasn't just in it for the yellow fever.

I walked away wishing we learned more about Lum's relationship with her white American husband, and how it relates to Sandy and Steven's union. There could have been a nice compare and contrast.

There was a message throughout the film that Lum wanted to show Steven's lecherous attempt at snagging a young lady with his yellow fever, while the woman was only in it for the US citizenship. What we find is a troubled relationship between two genuinely decent people. I wish Lum had been upfront about this with the couple and even talked to them on-camera about misconceptions. We get snippets of what the documentary was really supposed to be about. It derails a bit but still worth watching.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Malcolm X on June 21, 2013
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Real life can be fascinating, and this film provocatively captures an episode in two peoples lives. An unusually openly honest man works to fulfill his dream of being joined to an asian female. For some reason, the director, an Asian female married to a white male, seems opposed to the notion that some men like Asians in particular, and, at least to me, is overly disparaging toward both this particular male & others who have, what I call a preference for Asian females. In some ways, it seems that she must be "convinced" he is "worthy" of marrying the chinese woman he has chosen to be his bride. In spite of that obvious prejudice on her part, to her credit, she still manages to compose an outstanding film, which fairly objectively chronicles some of the real life difficulties of such an undertaking, & makes it insightful and moving. At one point in the film she states to Steven (the featured male) "It's clear what you're getting out of this (the marriage), but what is she getting out of it?" I wonder if she posed the same question to herself. If you're anything like me, & even if you're not, this film will probably take you to a place you've never been before, and it's a good place.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Adam Richter on December 2, 2013
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If you've ever been curious about "mail-order" brides, or the challenges of cross-cultural relationships, you'll find "Seeking Asian Female" to be very revealing. It focuses on Steven, a friendly but lonely 60-year-old Caucasian man who is fascinated with Asian women. Despite his age, average looks and lack of money (all of which he freely admits in his online profile), he manages to convince an attractive young Chinese woman to come to America and marry him. The documentary then follows their relationship as their wedding approaches.

The filmmaker behind "Seeking Asian Female" is herself Asian, and she plays a large role in the film, frequently interviewing the couple and reluctantly serving as their de facto translator (Steven doesn't speak Chinese, and his bride-to-be knows very little English). She does an excellent job of capturing key moments in the couple's relationship, and we get to see both of them eventually taking a hard look at the realities of their situation and the consequences of their actions. She really makes us concerned about how things will work out for them.

The filmmaker makes a point of saying that she doesn't think too highly of non-Asian men who pursue Asian women, and that such men have approached her over the years and made her uncomfortable. Also, she often implies that Steven isn't "worthy" of his bride-to-be. Apparently, she's suggesting that such men are superficial and are looking for a certain "type" rather than wanting to get to know someone as an individual. But then, in passing, she reveals that she herself is married to a non-Asian man... and offers no further discussion on the matter.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Acropolis on June 28, 2013
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Though this is the result of a seven-year exploration into the Asian fetish phenomenon (white male for Asian female, not Asian female for white male), Lum can't find a pattern across all of the men she has researched, and so she focuses on this lone, rather unusual relationship. The man is an aging bridge toll taker, lonely, likeable, not of privilege or advantage, while the woman (thirty years younger) is, in essence, a mail order Chinese bride that he meets on the internet. Their story makes an interesting study in desire, connection, cross-cultural fascination, and cross-cultural tension. But Lum focuses her judgmental eye so narrowly on these individuals that she fails to see the larger forces at work in the shaping of the couple's relationship--globalization, infatuation with the exotic or different, balance of opposites, need, evolution, beauty, and--eventually--love. The movie might have also gone outside the box and explored the white male's rejection of his 'own kind.' Ironically, she makes only a passing reference to her own Asian-white marriage, suggesting that she holds it to a different standard. How much better the film might have been if she had interviewed her own husband about her film project as it unfolded and what first attracted him to her.

The film is well made, tells an engaging story, and reveals interesting snafus that can snag a documentarian.
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