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Seeking Asian Female (2012)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 12 March 2012 (USA)
Two strangers -- an elderly American man and a young Chinese woman -- pursue a marriage brokered by the internet, but they get more than they bargained for when she moves across the Pacific... See full summary »

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Two strangers -- an elderly American man and a young Chinese woman -- pursue a marriage brokered by the internet, but they get more than they bargained for when she moves across the Pacific to start a new life with him in America, in this intimate and quirky, personal documentary about modern love. Written by Anonymous

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Enjoyable real-life story of opposites attracting
11 September 2012 | by beirne-279-399587See all my reviews

Seeing Asian Female is a documentary about Steven Bolstad, a man who really, really wants an Asian wife, and Sandy, the woman he finds from China. The documentary was done by Debbie Lum, who wanted to do a movie about yellow fever, where white guys want an Asian woman over all others. She has been the recipient of these kind of overtures, and did not appreciate them, but she decided that she wants to see what is behind the phenomenon. She picked Steven as a subject because he was so open about everything. He is an amazingly good sport, as he doesn't always come out looking good here.

After a lot of searching on the Internet he meets Sandy and brings her to the US. The movie then gets into their relationship. This is a case of opposites attracting, but not everything is smooth. There are cultural and other differences making things difficult and it is unclear how things will work out.

The movie excels on several levels. The basic story is a romance, only with real people. The differences in culture and language come up throughout the movie, but not in a heavy-handed way. The subjects are interesting and you care bout them.

The movie also has some sub-mysteries. Why was Sandy, who is attractive, intelligent, and reasonably successful, still single at 30 in a culture where that is unexpected? How was Steven, who is a cashier at an airport parking lot, able to afford two Macs and how does he end up with such rich friends?

The third main character in the film is Debbie Lum herself. She was born in America and learned Mandarin as an adult, but knows enough to do basic translation. Since Sandy was still learning English they kept asking Debbie to translate for them, which put her in the defacto position of marriage counselor, so the movie is her story too.

Seeking Asian Female is a great date movie. You'll laugh during the movie and have things to talk about afterward.


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