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Smile (I) (2005)

 -  Adventure | Drama  -  8 April 2005 (USA)
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Introduced to a volunteer opportunity with the Doctor's Gift Program, Katie (Mika Boorem) signs up for a trip to China, where she meets Lin (Yi Ding), a girl with whom she shares a birthday. Lin has a facial deformity that discourages her from ever showing her face, but her friendship with Katie helps her start to see life in a new way.

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Katie
Luoyong Wang ...
Daniel
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Lin
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Steven
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Bridgette
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Linda
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Shuai Chi ...
Calvin
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Ted
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Chris
Jia Song ...
Daniel's Wife
Essie Shure ...
Brittany
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Ticket Agent
Yaojun Feng ...
Conductor
Hua Zhu ...
James
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Katie, a teenage girl from Malibu, California, finds herself in the throes of growing up, facing her parents, her boyfriends, her sexuality and a very privileged life. Half a world away in rural, China, Lin, born on the same day as Katie, faces a much different reality. Because of a severe facial deformity, she lives a life of fear and shame. Her father, Daniel, has devoted his life to her, with hopes and dreams that her circumstances will change one day. The opportunity comes with the discovery of the worldwide "Doctor's Gift" program. Katie volunteers and comes to China. Once there, she is deeply touched by the work, which prompts her to take off on her own to find Lin. A "smile" is brought to Lin's face, Katie finds her soul and their extraordinary connection becomes a life-changing experience for both girls. Written by Anonymous

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A single choice... An incredible journey... And a selfless act... Will unite them and become a life-changing experience they will remember forever. See more »

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Adventure | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for some mature content involving teen sexuality | See all certifications »
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Vanishing Romance
Written by Joe Lervold (as Joel Evans)
Performed by Carla Helmbrecht and Joe Lervold (as Joel Evans)
Published by Mopsy Music (BMI)
Courtesy of Heavy Hitters
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Happened to check this DVD out at the library
16 April 2010 | by (Champaign, IL) – See all my reviews

I get one for me and one for my wife which I usually don't watch. This one I did and was pleasantly surprised. As mentioned elsewhere the shots of China were as intriguing as those of Malibu. They're all quite revealing, details of life at both locations that I didn't expect. But the real surprise was the lead, Mika Boorem, who I don't recall having seen anywhere before. I've never seen anyone play 'innocent' and naive as boldly as this girl. What's also surprising is that her Chinese counterparts also come across as unusually devoid of negative traits with one exception.

Anyway, this is the true story of someone needing an operation and how she eventually got it thanks to a teenager from Malibu. Not my usual idea of a fun movie, but I was engaged throughout. Not quite sure what did it, but if you're a guy looking to impress a charitable girl, this movie is a good bet.


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