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Mail Order Wife (2004)

R | | Comedy | February 2005 (USA)
A documentarian funds an N.Y.C. doorman's East Asian mail-order bride in exchange for the right to film the experience.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Adrian Martinez ... Adrian
Roland Uruci ... Broker
Andrew Gurland Andrew Gurland ... Andrew
Eugenia Yuan ... Lichi
Deborah Teng Deborah Teng ... Translator
Merritt Janson ... Merritt
John Salvatore John Salvatore ... Caterer
Krista Gall ... Dinner Guest
John Gramaglia John Gramaglia ... Editor
Paul Thornton Paul Thornton ... Curt
Oro Benzriheim Oro Benzriheim ... Oro
Jose Canseco ... Himself
Sam Lisenco Sam Lisenco ... Skater (as Samuel Lisenco)
Dan Johnson Dan Johnson ... Film Crew
Luke Geissbuhler ... Film Crew


A documentarian funds a NYC doorman's Asian mail order bride in exchange for the right to film the experience. But when Lichi arrives in America, she finds herself married to a recluse with a penchant for sadistic sexual role-playing. Objectivity flies out the window when she and the filmmaker become involved. Twists and turns are plentiful in this tragi-comic love triangle where all is not what it seems. Written by Hypnotic

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Because no one wants to be alone. See more »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some disturbing sexual material | See all certifications »

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English | Mandarin | Cantonese

Release Date:

February 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mail Order Bride See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,710, 15 April 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$62,387, 14 August 2005
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Eugenia Yuan's character name "Lichi" is actually her Chinese name in real-life. See more »


Lichi is clearly speaking Chinese. It's unlikely that a woman from Burma (Myanmar) would speak Chinese as her first language. See more »


Bailar Merengue
Performed by Mangana
Written by Edith Mesch
Courtesy of LoveCat Music
Published by Big Tiger Music (BMI)
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This film was wonderful
2 August 2005 | by fern1128See all my reviews

I was immediately engrossed in the film. It was a great story and the actors were believable as real people filming a documentary. It is one of those movies that you think about for days after wards and discuss the many rich details with people who've also seen it.

The fullness of the characters, the humor, the sadness -- just that slice of life's realities reminded me of another great sleeper film called "Simply Ballroom." (Though the stories are very, very different.) The entire there clapped when Mail Order Wife ended and you could tell that people loved it by their comments and smiles.

I wish this film had gotten more press and hope that it becomes more well known when it gets to video.

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