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Mail Order Wife -- A documentarian funds a NYC doorman's Asian mail order bride in exchange for the right to film the experience.


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Writers (WGA):
Huck Botko (written by) &
Andrew Gurland (written by)
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Release Date:
February 2005 (USA) See more »
Because no one wants to be alone. See more »
A documentarian funds an N.Y.C. doorman's East Asian mail-order bride in exchange for the right to film the experience. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Adrian Martinez ... Adrian
Roland Uruci ... Broker
Andrew Gurland ... Andrew

Eugenia Yuan ... Lichi
Deborah Teng ... Translator
Merritt Janson ... Merritt
John Salvatore ... Caterer

Krista Gall ... Dinner Guest
John Gramaglia ... Editor
Paul Thornton ... Curt
Oro Benzriheim ... Oro

Jose Canseco ... Himself
Sam Lisenco ... Skater (as Samuel Lisenco)
Dan Johnson ... Film Crew

Luke Geissbuhler ... Film Crew
Charles Debold ... Film Crew
David Mayer ... Film Crew
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Natalie Caron ... Natalie (uncredited)

Ismael Peter Casillas III ... Golf Player (uncredited)
Dmitry Terekhov ... Dinner Party Server (uncredited)

Directed by
Huck Botko 
Andrew Gurland 
Writing credits
Huck Botko (written by) &
Andrew Gurland (written by)

Produced by
David Bartis .... executive producer
Nina Yang Bongiovi .... producer (as Nina Yang)
Bo Hyde .... executive producer
Doug Liman .... executive producer
Avram Ludwig .... producer
Kendall Rhodes .... producer (as Kendall Morgan)
Gary Rubin .... executive producer
Bobby Sheng .... executive producer
Andrew Weiner .... producer
Cinematography by
Luke Geissbuhler 
Film Editing by
Kevin Napier 
Casting by
Lori Eastside 
Art Direction by
Sam Lisenco 
Makeup Department
Roderica McCloud .... hair stylist
Roderica McCloud .... makeup artist
Production Management
Guy Helson .... production manager
David Mayer .... production manager: Florida
Mark Santora .... production supervisor
Jesse Scolaro .... production supervisor
Sound Department
Chen Harpaz .... sound design mixer
Dan Johnson .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Jinx Canty .... gaffer
Steve Carrillo .... grip
Charles Debold .... assistant camera
Nick Scown .... grip: Florida
Casting Department
Bruce Kivo .... background casting
David H. Kramer .... adr voice casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Roderica McCloud .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Haven Cousins .... colorist
Richard Haylock .... on-line editor
Matt Woo .... on-line editor
Music Department
Mark Wike .... music supervisor
Other crew
Tina Brenkus .... assistant: mr. bartis
Ellyn Exley .... assistant to mr. liman
Amy Gunzenhauser .... distribution consultant
Konstantia Kontaxis .... production coordinator: Florida
John Malloy .... location manager
John Malloy .... location scout
Danielle Robertson .... production associate
Dmitry Terekhov .... production assistant
David Karges .... production assistant (uncredited)
Alan D. Lee .... special thanks
J.C. Spink .... special thanks
Steve D. Yang .... special thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
Rated R for language and some disturbing sexual material
USA:92 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Singapore:M18 | Singapore:PG (edited version) | USA:R

Did You Know?

Eugenia Yuan's character name "Lichi" is actually her Chinese name in real-life.See more »
Continuity: In the segment following his return from the alma mater trip, Andrew states that they are using a rental camera since Lichi took his. However, he was using the camera during the trip, so it wasn't there for her to take.See more »
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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
smart, 26 April 2007
Author: Bob from United States

The rating for this film might be a little misleading. Judging by the comments it seems that many of the people who gave it a low score did so out of the sorrow they felt for the main character, and the disgust they felt for the men using her rather than out of a low opinion of the quality of the film. I actually think that the people who gave this film the lowest score are some of the people who felt the exact way the filmmakers want the audience to feel.

This film reminds me of "Dogville" in a way. They both do a good job at demonstrating the immoral and vile behavior that humans can practice toward one another when it's self-serving, and the justifications they can give. (You wonder sometimes if people really believe what they put forth as their point of view, if they grow to believe it out of a need to relieve guilt or if they secretly live in the guilt, being eaten up and causing their often defensive and miserable dispositions.) Don't get me wrong, this film is no Dogville, but the filmmakers do a decent job at revealing this human flaw that is the bane of this society. It's mockumentary style allows us to connect the characters to their real life counterparts rather than tossing their awful behavior aside as just something fictional (though it was).

It was a smart film. It takes thought to make up for lack of budget, and that's why you find some of the best films in the independent film world. I have friends who are filmmakers (honestly, none worked on this film). I hope more filmmakers dig a little deeper, be it in comedy, drama, horror, or whatever. These guys made a film that stays with you past the last bite of popcorn. That's an accomplishment.

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