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Po Chan ...
Hong Kong Friend
Timothy Lee ...
Eric Tang
Jovita Adrineda ...
Mrs. Tang
Wing Wong Wilson Kam ...
Mr. Tang
Stephanie Chang ...
Doris
Larry Peloso ...
Larry
David Yee ...
Jim
David Song Wei Liu ...
Ah Cheng
Mr. Huang ...
Mr. Chia
Grant Chow ...
Uncle
Yvonne Yen ...
Auntie
Justin Penaloza ...
Cousin Chris
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Janie (as Drew Soo)
Meredith Short ...
Mrs. Randell
Terry Wells ...
Jim's Dad
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17-year-old Eric follows his parents to immigrate to Canada and is thus forced to confront different emotional and cultural problems. He must not only adjust to the new environment, but also come to terms with his homosexuality. Standing at the brink of adulthood, he encounters a series of potential romantic interests - his handsome cousin, a schoolmate, a middle aged lawyer and finally a kitchen helper. They represent different stages in Eric's development, from infatuation, sex, love to a sense of responsibility. Written by Anon

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A tender story of confusion and love hard won
10 July 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

A sensitive story of a young man immigrating to Toronto and dealing with the conflicts that follow. Timothy Lee as "Eric" demonstrates a subtle intensity, underplaying scenes that lesser actors would turn into melodrama. Director Chung especially handles the various sexual encounters Eric has with taste, yet still captures the erotic tension of a young gay Asian man's journey of self discovery. All this while cinematographer Vinit Borrison's cool colour palette mines the melancholy of the city, accurately reflecting the cold grey of Toronto.

Perhaps the only jarring note in the movie is the appearance of the band "White Van Speaker Scam". The band rocks with an intensity entirely at odds with the gentle yearning tone Director Chang works so hard to achieve. No sooner is the powerhouse Soul/Rock groove machine done disrupting the movies' pacing, then we are further subjected to the hammy, over the top performance of drummer James Scott. Bassist Lee Rogers at least has the best hair in the movie, and as for guitarist Adam Burnett, his footage thankfully hit the editing room floor. Would that this entire sequence had done so as well! But this is a trifle of a complaint in an otherwise perfect "small film".


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