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"The Fortitude of the Buddha":
A mere forty-five minutes in length, this is a potent vignette of a rural Chinese village soon ravaged by AIDS. Lucy Liu plays the role of Jin Ping, a blood smuggler. She travels from village to village collecting blood from its impoverished residents. Initially her presence in this small town is a boon. At five dollars a donation, the residents can purchase seed, livestock, and other agricultural necessities. But, this blessing soon turns dark. Perhaps most painful is watching Jin Ping's internal struggle ... she is aware that her practices are infecting innocent, economically challenged people but cannot stop because she is under the brutal control of her dying husband. The first of the three installments concludes on a quai-triumphant note. This segment is clever and educational. It can easily be viewed and understood by a young adult.
"The Passion of the Christ":
Set in Canada, this segment addresses the fundamental flaws in the adult entertainment industry. Shawn Ashmore (X-Men) plays Denys, an adult-film actor afflicted with AIDS. Young and living at home with his parents, Denys steals his dying father's blood to pass his mandatory AIDS screenings. This triggers an AIDS crisis within the film industry. Following his father's death, mother and AIDS-stricken son are left broke. The mother (Stockard Channing) purchases a life-insurance policy for herself and then begins seeking-out the virus for herself. The results are horrific to say the very least ... a bizarre expression of a mother's unconditional love (maybe!) The conclusion is the young actor being confronted by one of his victims.Read more ›
Three missionery nuns in Africa helping the locals by providing them with medical treatments. During their stay, they come across chaotic and dangerous situations. Chloe Sevigney is more striking and she has more screentime. Sandra Oh also has a few strong moments to work with. The rape scene was a bit too much to digest.
Stockard Channing plays a self-sacrificing and unconditional loving mother whose husband dies and finds out that her son is porn star and contracted the virus. She plots a life-insurance scheme and uses her son's blood to contract the virus. Canadian actor Shawn Ashmore(known for his X-Men role) gets to deliver one of the most memorable performances of the year. I must say that Channing's performance is totally "tearjerking"!
Finally, Lucy Lui was mesmerizing in her first exclusive Mandarin speaking role. She plays a blood collector and she's heavily pregnant. Her husband is dying and she's not healthy and the baby in her stomach is at risk. Her biggest moment was when she had to give birth by herself in a corn field. This role is nothing like her other American movie roles. In this segment, we also get to see former MuchMusic Diva Shoo Yin Lee playing an ailing farmer's wife. She's totally unregnizable without glamor makeup and don on the village costume. Too bad she had very little screentime and almost no lines.
The first segment, set in China, stars Lucy Lui as a pregnant woman trafficking in the black market blood business. In a small rural village, we see the repercussions as HIV contaminated blood affects the supply. The second segment stars Shawn Ashmore as a Canadian porn star. Needing money, he continues to work in the business even after he has been infected with HIV. Stockard Channing plays his mother with a very unorthodox way of providing for them after he has been exposed as a health risk. In the last third, Olympia Dukakis, Chloe Sevigny, and Sandra Oh play missionaries on assignment to help a hospital in Africa. They struggle to educate the local workers in facts, not superstitions, to help prevent the spread of the virus.
I admire the scope and the intent behind "3 Needles" very much. Obviously made as a "serious" film, I never think it's bad to use the film medium to educate on important matters. However, I felt "3 Needles" always kept me at arm's distance.Read more ›
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ok flick. chloe is the coolest. see "last days of disco", a great chloe flick.Published 7 months ago by Mark Twain
This is a look at the world that many people is the US have not given a moments thought. Watch this inspiring film with somone you care about and talk about what you have seen. Read morePublished 16 months ago by 509udlooze
If you like good drama about serious issues this should be at the top of your list worth viewing.All the short stories could have stood alone as great performance s buy all the... Read morePublished on March 29, 2014 by Jess Castillo
We showcased this movie at our annual AIDS/HIV Awareness event and the vignettes worked wonderfully to describe how AIDS/HIV affects us all in many different walks of life.Published on March 12, 2014 by M. Pierson
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Very no nonsense account of how AIDS affects us all, 3 different stories from around the world! Some wonderful performances!Published on November 12, 2013 by jo jo from baltimore
Lucy was great in this film and right up to end I love this film . Not what I would buy but glad I didPublished on August 20, 2013 by Kevin
This movie used the names of very talented actresses to sell a porn movie.
There were two segments that may have had something to share about the AIDS issue, the first... Read more
An interesting view and story regarding the spread of HIV/AIDS. I became very immersed in each tale. Read morePublished on February 11, 2013 by Carolyn Tate