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Red Doors

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4.1 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews


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Product Description

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.

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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


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

Product details

  • Actors: Tzi Ma, Jacqueline Kim, Elaine Kao, Freda Foh Shen, Kathy Shao-Lin Lee
  • Directors: Georgia Lee
  • Writers: Georgia Lee
  • Producers: Georgia Lee, Austin S. Lin, Evan Pearce, Greg Nihon, Ira Deutchman
  • 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.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: Warner Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 30, 2007
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
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  • ASIN: B000J6I0TI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,262 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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