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Catfish in Black Bean Sauce (1999)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 9 June 2000 (USA)
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Dwayne and his older sister Mai are adults: Mai is married to Vinh, Dwayne is about to propose to Nina. Twenty-two years ago, when Mai was 10, she and Dwayne were refugees in Vietnam, ... See full summary »

Director:

Chi Muoi Lo

Writer:

Chi Muoi Lo
4 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chi Muoi Lo ... Dwayne Williams / Sap
Sanaa Lathan ... Nina
Paul Winfield ... Harold Williams
Mary Alice ... Dolores Williams
Lauren Tom ... Mai
Kieu Chinh ... Thanh
Tyler Christopher ... Michael
Tzi Ma ... Vinh
George Wallace ... James
Wing Chen ... Samantha
Amy Tran Amy Tran ... Young Mai
Kevin Lo Kevin Lo ... Young Dwayne
Kevin D'Arcy ... Guard #1
Andre Rosey Brown ... Guard #2 (as Rosey Brown)
Ron Galbraith Ron Galbraith ... Doctor
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Storyline

Dwayne and his older sister Mai are adults: Mai is married to Vinh, Dwayne is about to propose to Nina. Twenty-two years ago, when Mai was 10, she and Dwayne were refugees in Vietnam, adopted by Harold and Dee Williams, African-Americans from Los Angeles. Now, they remain close, especially Dwayne and his parents. Mai drops a bomb: she's located their birth mother, Thahn, and she's flying her to LA. Dee takes the news hard: she sees herself being replaced. Harold is more sanguine, and Dwayne pretends to be indifferent. When Thahn arrives, tensions reach the breaking point between Mai and Dee, between Nina and Dwayne, and even between Dee and Harold. Can we all get along? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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...raised by an African American couple, a Vietnamese brother and sister are reunited with their birth mother. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief strong language and sexual content
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Official Sites:

Black Hawk Entertainment

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 June 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vegyesfelvágott See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,584, 11 June 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,315,573, 11 March 2001
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Color
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References Yentl (1983) See more »

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A rare type of love story
3 June 2004 | by stacy-kaySee all my reviews

I enjoyed this movie because of its positive depiction of Asian and African Americans in close relationships. A romantic story between and Asian man and a Black woman is almost never seen. The movie also addressed the problems that can arise when adopted children seek out their natural parents. I find it interesting that it is almost always daughters that do this. The story was touching, especially the resolution of the rift between Mai and Dee, the black woman who had raised her and loved her. This movie was also very funny. It's a shame that it received such little publicity. I wish there were more like it. Hopefully the director/writer will produce more movies in this vein. I recommend it highly.


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