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Under One Roof (2002)

 -  Romance | Comedy  -  25 May 2002 (USA)
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It's Sex and the City meets The Wedding Banquet for young San Franciscan Daniel Chang, living at home with his clueless, traditional mother.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jay Wong ...
Daniel Chang
James Marks ...
Robert
Sandra Lee ...
Mrs. Chang
James Quedado ...
Tony
Audrey Finer ...
Mrs. Watson
Vivian Kobayashi ...
Gram Chang
Trish Ng ...
Amy
Sina Eiden ...
Rachel
Erik Ing ...
Jason
Xin Feng Lin ...
Plumber
Ken Craig ...
Randy
Leslie MacKay ...
Nude BBQ Guest
Christopher Stout ...
Nude BBQ Guest
Wyman Chang ...
Henry
Dianne Cragg ...
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It's Sex and the City meets The Wedding Banquet for young San Franciscan Daniel Chang, living at home with his clueless, traditional mother. Desperate for a grandchild, she's eager to see him married and spends much of her time planning introductions to suitable Chinese girls for Daniel. But when she recruits a new lodger for the downstairs flat, Daniel finds himself falling for Robert, the hot Southern boy who's moved to the big city. Well, Robert's not a suitable Chinese girl - but is he gay? And does he feel the same way about Daniel? Daniel soon gets his chance to find out when the basement floods and his mother insists Daniel share his bedroom with Robert while the plumbers fix the mess downstairs... Written by Courtesy Outtakes Film Festival NZ

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27 May 2012 | by (Thailand) – See all my reviews

Couldn't believe the comment in one other review: " Asian men are never portrayed as the central love interest, or god forbid SEXY." Then I realized that the review was written 7 years ago... and in America.

There are now sooooooooo many fantastic Asian films with Asian men as the central love interest and unquestionably they are overwhelmingly,devastatingly sexy, which is more than can be said for this crew. More importantly the films are interesting, well-acted, well-directed, shot in the real world (as opposed to someone's basement) and did I mention, well-acted.

Most of these far superior movies were produced in Asia, for example, Soundless Wind Chime, 15, City without Baseball, Eternal Summer, My Fair Son, Bangkok Love Story ... to name a few. Not high budget, but beautifully presented and with meaningful stories... and with high quality acting even if the central characters are amateurs or even just kids off the street.

Under One Roof is like a badly acted '50's soap opera or a high school production. I'm not sure which is worse, when they appear to be reading their lines in monotones or when they suddenly try to add some (generally inappropriate) emotion while reading their lines. The main character seems to only employ annoyed whining as his style, no matter what the situation. There is no sense of interaction between the actors.

I can't imagine that even 5 or 10 years ago this would have been more than an embarrassing amateurish production.


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