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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

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
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Mandarin | Cantonese

Release Date:

February 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,710, 15 April 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$62,387, 14 August 2005
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

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

Soundtracks

Bailar Merengue
Performed by Mangana
Written by Edith Mesch
Courtesy of LoveCat Music
Published by Big Tiger Music (BMI)
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Have fun tricking your friends
22 March 2004 | by jackburdenSee all my reviews

Refer your friends to the interview(s) in which Gurland refers to this film as a "documentary" in production, then watch their jaws hit the floor as you all witness perhaps the most memorable use of PostIt Notes and a Cadillac El Dorado ever committed to film. Despite the clearly stated genre of "narrative feature" in the SXSW program, I somehow got suckered into missing the fact that this is a mockumentary. The contrast between the doorman's anachronistically furnished and dimly lit Queens hovel and the filmmaker's bright, Crate and Barrel-esque (Manhattan?) flat creates a palpable sense of class warfare that really sells the "reality" of this film to the duped viewer. The scene in the doctor's office was the only one that I almost didn't believe, but it was done so well that I still bought it. I loved every hilarious and painful minute of this film. Within its genre, I give it a 10/10.


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