Lee's family sent her from China to Los Angeles three years ago to be a waitress in a Chinatown restaurant and send money home to support her ailing grandmother. She lives with her bitter ... See full summary »

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Denise Ames ...
Unknown Woman
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Mahjong Player (as Dana Pan)
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Mr. Quong
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Wei
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Chef (as Charles Chun)
Steve Dunning ...
Steve (as Steven Dunning)
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Lee
Jack Huang ...
Melvyn
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Assistant Deputy Consul
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Empress (as June Kyoko Lu)
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Aunt Jiang
Benjamin Lum ...
Mr. Fong
Michael Minh ...
Chiang
Debi Parker ...
Mrs. Fong
Tuan Tran ...
Bicyclist
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Lee's family sent her from China to Los Angeles three years ago to be a waitress in a Chinatown restaurant and send money home to support her ailing grandmother. She lives with her bitter aunt, and endures terrible treatment at work, but feels trapped. Steve, a well-traveled engineer, enters her shabby restaurant by accident one day and is smitten by her. He works to bring her out of her misery and isolation in the short time before he has to leave for a job in China. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Drama | Romance

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Steve bleeds profusely after cutting his right index finger on broken glass at Lee's apartment but the next day at the restaurant a close-up of his hands show no wounds or scratches. See more »

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References Sailor Moon (1992) See more »

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This was a real triumph on many levels.
20 December 2000 | by (US) – See all my reviews

Dear Mr. Dunning,

I just happened to catch your film. What a lucky break for me! My eight year old son was with me and complained at first, but in minutes, he was engrossed as well.

Instead of the typical "Boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl"

It was "Boy meets girl, boy empowers girl, girl sets herself free". How refreshing! How beautiful. This was a brilliant and captivating story. It expressed many complex themes but it was conveyed with such entertaining simplicity that my little boy thoroughly enjoyed it. He and I talked about sociology and freedom all afternoon.

Obviously, this film was targeted for adults, but the very mature subplots went right over my son's head and I was there with him to talk about the prevalent issues.

I thank you for the lessons you taught my son and I thank you for the reminders to me about taking my rights for granted. The messages stuck with us.

This was a real triumph on many levels. Congratulations on a superb first effort. You really know how to capture the human spirit. I will watch for your future work.

Kerrie


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