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Mail Order Wife (2004)

R  |   |  Comedy  |  February 2005 (USA)
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A documentarian funds an N.Y.C. doorman's East Asian mail-order bride in exchange for the right to film the experience.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Adrian
Roland Uruci ...
Broker
Andrew Gurland ...
Andrew
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Lichi
Deborah Teng ...
Translator
Merritt Janson ...
Merritt
John Salvatore ...
Caterer
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Dinner Guest
John Gramaglia ...
Editor
Paul Thornton ...
Curt
Oro Benzriheim ...
Oro
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Himself
Sam Lisenco ...
Skater (as Samuel Lisenco)
Dan Johnson ...
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A documentarian funds a NYC doorman's Asian mail order bride in exchange for the right to film the experience. But when Lichi arrives in America, she finds herself married to a recluse with a penchant for sadistic sexual role-playing. Objectivity flies out the window when she and the filmmaker become involved. Twists and turns are plentiful in this tragi-comic love triangle where all is not what it seems. Written by Hypnotic

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Rated R for language and some disturbing sexual material | See all certifications »
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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$1,710 (USA) (15 April 2005)

Gross:

$62,387 (USA) (12 August 2005)
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Trivia

Eugenia Yuan's character name "Lichi" is actually her Chinese name in real-life. See more »

Goofs

Lichi is clearly speaking Chinese. It's unlikely that a woman from Burma (Myanmar) would speak Chinese as her first language. See more »

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Bailar Merengue
Performed by Mangana
Written by Edith Mesch
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Published by Big Tiger Music (BMI)
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Have fun tricking your friends
22 March 2004 | by (Austin, TX) – See all my reviews

Refer your friends to the interview(s) in which Gurland refers to this film as a "documentary" in production, then watch their jaws hit the floor as you all witness perhaps the most memorable use of PostIt Notes and a Cadillac El Dorado ever committed to film. Despite the clearly stated genre of "narrative feature" in the SXSW program, I somehow got suckered into missing the fact that this is a mockumentary. The contrast between the doorman's anachronistically furnished and dimly lit Queens hovel and the filmmaker's bright, Crate and Barrel-esque (Manhattan?) flat creates a palpable sense of class warfare that really sells the "reality" of this film to the duped viewer. The scene in the doctor's office was the only one that I almost didn't believe, but it was done so well that I still bought it. I loved every hilarious and painful minute of this film. Within its genre, I give it a 10/10.


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