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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 ... Curt
Oro Benzriheim Oro Benzriheim ... Oro
Jose Canseco ... Self
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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Because no one wants to be alone. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

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

Goofs

In the segment following his return from the alma mater trip, Andrew states that they are using a rental camera since Lichi took his. However, he was using the camera during the trip, so it wasn't there for her to take. 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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26 April 2007 | by BookBuffBobSee all my reviews

The rating for this film might be a little misleading. Judging by the comments it seems that many of the people who gave it a low score did so out of the sorrow they felt for the main character, and the disgust they felt for the men using her rather than out of a low opinion of the quality of the film. I actually think that the people who gave this film the lowest score are some of the people who felt the exact way the filmmakers want the audience to feel.

This film reminds me of "Dogville" in a way. They both do a good job at demonstrating the immoral and vile behavior that humans can practice toward one another when it's self-serving, and the justifications they can give. (You wonder sometimes if people really believe what they put forth as their point of view, if they grow to believe it out of a need to relieve guilt or if they secretly live in the guilt, being eaten up and causing their often defensive and miserable dispositions.) Don't get me wrong, this film is no Dogville, but the filmmakers do a decent job at revealing this human flaw that is the bane of this society. It's mockumentary style allows us to connect the characters to their real life counterparts rather than tossing their awful behavior aside as just something fictional (though it was).

It was a smart film. It takes thought to make up for lack of budget, and that's why you find some of the best films in the independent film world. I have friends who are filmmakers (honestly, none worked on this film). I hope more filmmakers dig a little deeper, be it in comedy, drama, horror, or whatever. These guys made a film that stays with you past the last bite of popcorn. That's an accomplishment.


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English | Mandarin | Cantonese

Release Date:

February 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,643, 13 March 2005

Gross USA:

$62,387

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$65,369
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Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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