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American Fusion (2005)

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If you thought your family was nuts, wait until you meet this Chinese-American clan! Traditional Grandma tries to rule the roost, but her children and grandchildren have ideas of their own.

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Frank Lin
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sylvia Chang ... Yvonne
Esai Morales ... Jose
Collin Chou ... Tony
Lang Yun Lang Yun ... Grandma
Hira Ambrosino ... Juliet
James Chang James Chang ... Steve
Susan Chuang ... Suzy
George Cheung ... Albert
Randall Park ... Josh
Nancy Chen Nancy Chen ... Linda
Tom Wright ... Dr. Lee / Lethal Killah
Cici Lau ... Rose
Pat Morita ... Lao Dong
James Hong ... Dr. Wong
Fabio ... Fabio
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If you thought your family was nuts, wait until you meet this Chinese-American clan! Traditional Grandma tries to rule the roost, but her children and grandchildren have ideas of their own.

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A comedy as diverse as life itself

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Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content and brief drug use
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Country:

USA

Language:

Mandarin | Spanish | English

Release Date:

22 October 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amerikanische Misch See more »

Filming Locations:

Pasadena, California, USA

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Production Co:

American Fusion LLC See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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A n excellent cross-cultural comedy
18 January 2006 | by pb104-1See all my reviews

First-time director Frank Lin has fashioned a great little comedy about the difficulties of relationships across cultural and racial boundaries. Yvonne, a Chinese divorcée pushing fifty with a young son pretending to be black, is a virtual household slave to her domineering, old-school mother who constantly demeans her for not being more successful with her life. When she meets a handsome dentist while on assignment doing an interview for a newspaper, her life suddenly regains its promise. But complication arise in the form of not just her mother, but her entire family, who think that a Mexican named Jose is a totally unacceptable match for a Chinese woman. ("Hosin? That means Monkey!") When Yvonne's mother gets a back injury from a massage mishap and needs surgery, Yvonne starts to believe that her chances for romance are indeed over. American Fusion is a very funny film, well written and very well acted. All the characters are believable, and the clash of an ancient Chinese tradition with American reality makes for some very humorous and touching moments. With a cameo from Fabio and excellent work from Frank Morita, this film should be a crossover success, and deserves wide distribution. 8.5/10


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