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Red Doors (2005)

R | | Drama | 8 September 2006 (USA)
The Wongs struggle to cope with life, love, and family dysfunction in the suburbs of New York.

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Ed Wong
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Samantha Wong
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Julie Wong
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May-Li Wong
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Katie Wong
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Mia Scarlett
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Mark
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Alex
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Simon
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Dr. Levy
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Grace
Mao Zhao ...
Master Shen
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Reception Nurse
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Dance Instructor
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Trent
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Red Doors tells the story of the Wongs, a bizarrely dysfunctional Chinese-American family living in the New York suburbs. Ed Wong has just retired and plots to escape his mundane life. However, the tumultuous, madcap lives of his three rebellious daughters change his plans. The eldest daughter, Samantha, is an ambitious businesswoman in Manhattan who suddenly gets cold feet about her upcoming marriage when she runs into an old high school flame. Julie, the shy middle sister, finds her life as a studious medical student turned upside down when she falls for a movie starlet visiting the hospital. Katie, the youngest sister, is a disaffected high school senior who engages in a continually escalating and dangerous prank war with her longtime neighbor and nemesis, Simon. Ultimately, Ed's disappearance compels each daughter to examine her own understanding of the role and connection she has to the family. At the same time, the Wongs learn to live their own lives outside the invisible fences... Written by Blanc de Chine

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Red doors bring good luck. The Wongs need all they can get.

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The director's dog, Edison, was originally cast in the film. However, he was too unruly (biting and barking at the crew) and had to be replaced by the neighbors' dog, a well-behaved Shih Tzu named Lucky. See more »

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Julie Wong: I'm so sorry.
Mia Scarlett: It's fine.
Julie Wong: You know what I'll get you a new one.
Mia Scarlett: It's fine, it's fine, it's fine.
[as she leans in for a kiss]
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Red Doors Theme
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Family Stir-Fry with Lite Sauce
18 August 2010 | by (Old London, New England) – See all my reviews

Ed is the patriarch of an Asian-American family, and after retiring from his job, he mopes about the house, periodically making ineffective attempts at suicide, which are depicted in a comedic manner. In between these episodes he watches home movies of his three daughters' childhoods, while his offspring embark on their lives. The oldest girl is planning her wedding to an Ivy League blue-blood, while the middle one is a medical student who becomes attracted to a soap actress researching the role of a doctor. The youngest is a high school student who responds to a schoolmate's romantic overtures by leaving dead rats in his mailbox.

After Ed heads off to a Buddhist monastery to confront his issues, the daughters deal with the shallow arcs of their respective narratives . A few quirky ingredients are added to spice up their story-lines, but none amount to anything more than a few moments diversion from the director's wooden attempts to evoke a Zen sensibility with pseudo-minimalist techniques. By the time Ed returns, two of the daughters have hooked up with their prospects, and the third has disposed of her unsuitable suitor. The vibrant Asian-American culture deserves better than this self-consciously coy contribution.


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