Catfish in Black Bean Sauce (1999)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  9 June 2000 (USA)
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Dwayne and his older sister Mai are adults: Mai is married to Vinh, Dwayne is about to propose to Nina. Twenty-two years ago, when Mai was 10, she and Dwayne were refugees in Vietnam, ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dwayne Williams / Sap
Harold Williams
Dolores Williams
Amy Tran ...
Young Mai
Kevin Lo ...
Young Dwayne
Guard #1
Andre Rosey Brown ...
Guard #2 (as Rosey Brown)
Ron Galbraith ...


Dwayne and his older sister Mai are adults: Mai is married to Vinh, Dwayne is about to propose to Nina. Twenty-two years ago, when Mai was 10, she and Dwayne were refugees in Vietnam, adopted by Harold and Dee Williams, African-Americans from Los Angeles. Now, they remain close, especially Dwayne and his parents. Mai drops a bomb: she's located their birth mother, Thahn, and she's flying her to LA. Dee takes the news hard: she sees herself being replaced. Harold is more sanguine, and Dwayne pretends to be indifferent. When Thahn arrives, tensions reach the breaking point between Mai and Dee, between Nina and Dwayne, and even between Dee and Harold. Can we all get along? Written by <>

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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language and sexual content


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Also Known As:

Vegyesfelvágott  »

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$12,584 (USA) (9 June 2000)


$1,315,573 (USA) (9 March 2001)

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11 September 2000 | by (Houston, Texas) – See all my reviews

After seeing the film, much of what was portrayed on screen was similar to the community that I live in today, which is in East Fort Bend County, east of Missouri City, in a section of Houston, TX that is located in Fort Bend County. Chi Mui Lo, who was a West Philly resident, and myself, a mixed-race Asian, were acculturated and assimilated around African American culture, but in real life, I prefer American pop culture as opposed to traditonialism. Much of the usual stereotypes were attacked seriously (similar to Hollywood Shuffle), especially when Chi Mui Lo does a Chris Tucker impersonation! A friend of mine used to state that "you're not Black, and why do U act like this?", and after seeing this film, the Chris Tucker impersonation was how I used to be when I was in high school, only to imitate the Doodlebug character from Cleopatra Jones (1973).

LOLs, especially with the transvestite/gay Asian, flashbacks, nightmares, and a Jerry Springer-esque scene that would make anyone see this film again.

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