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Tie a Yellow Ribbon (2007)

Estranged from her family due to a childhood indiscretion with her white brother, a young Korean adoptee woman seeks to regain a sense of home by exploring ties with the Asian Americans she... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Kim Jiang Kim Jiang ... Jenny Mason
Jane Kim ... Bea
Patrick Heusinger ... Joe Mason
Ian Wen Ian Wen ... Simon
Theresa Ngo Theresa Ngo ... Sandy
Zach Roerig ... Teenage Joe
Gregory Waller Gregory Waller ... Phillip
Mimi Hong Mimi Hong ... Teenage Jenny
Henny Russell ... Landlord / Jenny's Mom
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Belle Andrews Belle Andrews ... Girl in Cafeteria
David Benger David Benger ... Boy in caffeteria
Michael Jay Bressman ... Lewis
Chelsea Brooks Chelsea Brooks ... Girl in Cafeteria
Alexander Cohenside Alexander Cohenside ... Boy in Cafeteria
Matt Gorsky ... Casual East 25th Street Ambler


Estranged from her family due to a childhood indiscretion with her white brother, a young Korean adoptee woman seeks to regain a sense of home by exploring ties with the Asian Americans she meets in her new apartment building, until suddenly, her brother shows up at the door, stirring up long lost feelings that she has tried to bury. Written by Thomas Yong

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18 March 2007 (USA) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA

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Written by Toko Yasuda
Performed by Enon
Enon appears courtesy of Touch and Go Records
Published by cusp (sesac)
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adoptee with a past must figure things out
11 May 2009 | by ksf-2See all my reviews

"Tie a Yellow Ribbon" tells the story of the new generation of Asians in America (...so there will be pain...). Part of the ITVS production series, it was shown on PBS May 2009, after appearing in many film festivals and winning several awards. It tells the story of Jenny and her 20-something year old friends, living in the city, and dealing with their families and their own pasts. Without going into specifics, some of the subject matter made me a little un-comfortable, but it is all well done by the actors. This was the first or second project for most of the cast, but they all did a fine, professional job. Written and directed by Joy Dietrich, this appears to be her second project, the first being the auto-biographical "Surplus". While it's quite entertaining, the script for "Ribbon" could use a little brush-up. Kim Jiang plays the lead, an adopted girl from Korea, who must figure out who and what she wants. Every now and then, we see flashes of her past or whats going through her mind (?) and it got a little more artsy with the special effects than it needed to be. Does not seem to be avail on DVD at this time.

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