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Red Doors -- Three Chinese-American sisters from New York try to reconcile their loves and lives in this smart family comedy which won Best Picture at the Tribeca Film Festival.
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Writer (WGA):
Georgia Lee (written by)
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Release Date:
8 September 2006 (USA) See more »
Red doors bring good luck. The Wongs need all they can get.
The Wongs struggle to cope with life, love, and family dysfunction in the suburbs of New York. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Charming Film of A Model Minority Finding Unique Solutions to Family Problems See more (19 total) »


  (in credits order)

Tzi Ma ... Ed Wong

Jacqueline Kim ... Samantha Wong

Elaine Kao ... Julie Wong

Freda Foh Shen ... May-Li Wong

Kathy Shao-Lin Lee ... Katie Wong

Mia Riverton ... Mia Scarlett

Jayce Bartok ... Mark

Rossif Sutherland ... Alex

Sebastian Stan ... Simon
Stephen Rowe ... Dr. Levy

Cindy Cheung ... Grace
Mao Zhao ... Master Shen

Bridget White ... Reception Nurse

Coati Mundi ... Dance Instructor

Tyler Maynard ... Trent
Charlie Grandy ... Eugene

Kira Kelly ... OR Nurse
Ax Norman ... Invisible Fence Guy
Lois J. Drabkin ... Teacher
Kelvin Sealey ... Ed's Colleague
Susan Jacobs ... Tour Guide

Cary Woodworth ... Bartender

Wayne Chang ... Man at Bar
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charlie Brumbly ... Harley Guy

Seth Donavan ... High School Student

Shannon Freyer ... Medical Student
Alycia Lee ... ER Nurse

Danielle Lozeau ... Medical Intern
Abel Nihrane ... Lab Worker
Conrad Oakey ... Guidance Counselor
JP Quicquaro ... Medical Intern

Cristina Santiago ... Physician
Steve Shapiro ... George
Stephen Woodworth ... Cameraman
Bob DeVito ... Hospital Cafeteria Vistor (uncredited)
Ricardo Gray ... High School Student (uncredited)

Directed by
Georgia Lee 
Writing credits
Georgia Lee (written by)

Produced by
Lowell Bryan .... co-executive producer
Jane Chen .... producer
Ira Deutchman .... executive producer
John Fiorelli .... co-producer
Georgia Lee .... producer
Austin S. Lin .... co-executive producer
Kuldeep Malkani .... associate producer
Greg Nihon .... co-executive producer
Evan Pearce .... associate producer
Mia Riverton .... producer
Steve Shapiro .... line producer
Tenno Tsai .... co-executive producer
Nikhil Wagle .... associate producer
Martin Zagorsek .... co-executive producer
Original Music by
Robert Miller 
Rossif Sutherland 
Cinematography by
Zeus Morand 
Film Editing by
Youna Kwak 
Casting by
Lois J. Drabkin 
Susan Shopmaker 
Production Design by
Angelique Clark 
Art Direction by
Julie Ho 
Costume Design by
Vicki Hippel 
Makeup Department
Loretta Alston .... assistant hair stylist
Johnny Mooi .... key hair stylist
Johnny Mooi .... makeup department head
David Presto .... makeup artist
Lauren Valez .... assistant makeup artist
Leo Won .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Steve Shapiro .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Andrew Brotzman .... second assistant director: second unit
Andrew Cesana .... second assistant director
John Fiorelli .... first assistant director
Art Department
Amanda Bonavita .... set dresser
Lisa Campbell .... swing
Julie Ho .... property master
Satjote Khalsa .... painter
Dan-ah Kim .... art intern
Yaminah McKessey .... swing
Kseniya Melnik .... art intern
Abel Nihrane .... art department crew
Conrad Oakey .... storyboard artist
Sha-Sha Shiau .... art intern
Sound Department
Bob Brian .... sound recordist: second unit
Bill Chesley .... sound designer
Bryan Dembinski .... additional sound recordist
Dino Herrmann .... adr mixer
Tom Jucarone .... sound re-recording mixer
Jesse Malings .... production sound recordist
Eric Milano .... adr recordist
Eric Milano .... dialog editor
Visual Effects by
Bill Byrne .... digital effects artist
Camera and Electrical Department
Aida Artieda .... electrician
Scott Beardslee .... best boy electric
Maceo Bishop .... Steadicam operator
Rick Carmona .... key grip
Tara Emanuelson .... assistant camera
Wesley Hodges .... second assistant camera: second unit
Kira Kelly .... gaffer
Michael Kenney .... additional assistant camera
Jeff Kim .... best boy electric: second unit
Josh Kraszewski .... gaffer: second unit
Jason Lewis .... still photographer
Alicia Marrin .... still photographer
Aaron Medick .... Steadicam operator
Aaron Medick .... director of photography: second unit
Sara Morton .... second assistant camera
Eric O'Conner .... additional assistant camera
Lisa Origlieri .... first assistant camera: second unit
Chris Schramm .... best boy grip
Jaek Sofaer .... grip
Wilson Tang .... key grip: second unit
Kenny Thompson .... additional assistant camera
Dana Turken .... additional assistant camera
Perry Unjang .... additional best boy electric
Anna Yusim .... first assistant camera
Casting Department
Rich Chew .... extras casting (as Richard Chew)
Cary Woodworth .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Uzma Hasan .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Eric Alvarado .... film colorist
Joe Di Maio .... post production
Benjamin Murray .... on-line editor
Natasha Stewart .... additional editor
Music Department
Michael P. Benoit .... copyist
Kevin Halpin .... music mixer: music engineer
Susan Jacobs .... music supervisor
Eric Milano .... music editor
Other crew
Matt Cardoza .... caterer: Boston Market
Matt Cross .... production assistant
Massoumeh Emami .... script supervisor
J. Derekh Froude .... production assistant
Michael Gluckstadt .... production assistant
Marlus Harding .... accounting consultant
Patrick Huber .... location manager
Ariel Levy .... additional script supervisor
Patrick McGowan .... production assistant
Coati Mundi .... choreographer: Ballroom Dance
Natalia Parsons .... production coordinator
Clarence Sharpe .... key production assistant
Ian Toledo .... production assistant
Molly Celaschi .... production assistant (uncredited)
Jonathan Zalben .... thanks

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USA:90 min
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The film was shot in 23 days, 10 of which were at the director's parents' house in Waterford, Connecticut. Other locations included the Chuang Yen Monastery in Carmel, New York, Dwight-Englewood School in New Jersey, Lawrence and Memorial Hospital in New London, CT, and various apartments and bars around Manhattan.See more »
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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20 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Charming Film of A Model Minority Finding Unique Solutions to Family Problems, 25 May 2005
Author: noralee from Queens, NY

"Red Doors" starts out looking like a re-tread of early Ang Lee movies, but quickly adds a charmingly unique cross-generational element as three sisters and their father are at crossroads in their lives from retirement to career and romantic choices to literally explosive teen rebellion.

Each of the Chinese-American daughters has a relationship with a Caucasian, but inter-ethnic issues are less of a concern than human issues of self-realization, as the characters end up drawing strength from their cultural context as they deal with the pressures of being "the model minority."

While the writing is stronger than the directing as there's some drag, particularly during the middle daughter's seemingly endless and petty travails, writer/director Georgia Lee makes the best use of actual home movies - her family's -- since "Capturing the Friedmans," for bringing memories to life. We are actually seeing her sister's, lively co-star Kathy Shao-Lin Lee's, childhood as the family members take turns digitizing home movies.

As is usual in first timer's ethnic coming-of-age movies there's a bit of a stereotyped emphasis on art vs. commerce career choices and high school memories that are doubtless a filmmaker's autobiographical resonances. But each character is very much an individual, including having their own musical themes, from hip hop to mopey singer-songwriter tunes. The teen ager is an original spark plug of comic relief even as the family members' relationships aren't all resolved sit com style.

I particularly liked how the acculturated oldest sister pushes the depressed dad (a marvelous Tzi Ma) to see a shrink but he wisely finds a more traditional healing process that's the opposite of talk therapy and a touching contrast to the similar emotional crisis in "About Schmidt."

The title was explained in an off-hand remark at the end, a reference to the tradition of painting one's front doors red to bring good luck, and not all the audience caught the meaning, though we all appreciated the red doors pins that were distributed after the screening at the Tribeca Film Festival. It was also nice of the director to give up some of her allotment of tickets to people on the long line hoping to get in, which included many Chinese-American women from around the New York metropolitan area who had heard about the film through word of mouth.

The potential audience may be confused by the time this film is generally released with "Saving Face" that is being distributed earlier, as they share a few plot points, including parental conflict and a lesbian daughter, but on its own it is a lovely, sweet film.

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