Red Doors (2005)

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The retired patriarch of a New York-based Chinese-American family finds that escaping the insanity of his decidedly dysfunctional clan is more difficult than he anticipated in a thoughtful family drama from writer/director Georgia Lee. There was a time when the Wong's were happy, but time has a strange way of transforming relationships and now all that Ed Wong (Tzi Ma) can see in his family is frustration and rebellion. Though he longs to flee to the calming confines of an upstate Buddhist … More

Rating: R (for brief sexual content)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Georgia Lee
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 30, 2007
Runtime:
Polychrome Pictures - Official Site

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Cast


as Ed Wong

as Samantha Wong

as Mai-Li Wong

as Julie Wong

as Mia Scarlett

as Dr. Levy

as Master Shen

as Reception Nurse

as Dance Instructor

as OR Nurse

as Invisible Fence Guy

as Ed's Colleague

as Bartender

as Lab Worker

as Medical Intern

as Guidance Counselor
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Critic Reviews for Red Doors

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (12)

Not surprisingly, the three Wong sisters and their father could exist in separate movies -- their (short) stories are interesting but not convincingly knit together. Think of Red Doors as a promise, and hope that [director] Georgia Lee keeps it.

Full Review… | January 12, 2007
Boston Globe
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A gentle, pleasant film about people you genuinely like.

Full Review… | September 22, 2006
San Francisco Chronicle
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A peppy if uneven charmer with a fetchingly wistful edge.

Full Review… | September 21, 2006
L.A. Weekly
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... the script falls victim to the stereotypes and cliches so often found in movies about Asian-American families.

September 8, 2006
New York Post
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Red Doors feels like a first-time film; quirks are overplayed while themes remain underdeveloped.

Full Review… | September 8, 2006
New York Daily News
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Named for the traditional Chinese color of good luck, the gentle indie drama Red Doors is really more in the rosy pink range of the color palette than a more primary emotional hue.

Full Review… | September 8, 2006
Entertainment Weekly
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Audience Reviews for Red Doors

A comically suicidal father, a FOB-ie mother, and their three daughters, including an Asian punk, an advertising executive, and a lesbian doctor, try to find their place in American culture.
This film's strengths are its ability to present characters who are both flawed and genuinely good human beings. By the end of the film, I couldn't help but root for each of these people. Also, there are profoundly effective moments when we share in the joy and nostalgia that each of these characters feels for their old culture and lost youth. Backed against these dramatic moments are some very funny segments. The relatively violent flirtation between Katie and the boy at school provides some good comic relief, and for those of you who find a sick humor in ludicrously executed suicide attempts, Ed is your guy. Finally, I think there is the perfect balance between telling the story via dialogue and images.
Unfortunately, I can't say that the characters ever rise beyond types. Most of them fall into some Asian-American stereotype. Thus, the film, in its attempt to problematize the dominant view of the Asian-American experience, ultimately doesn't add enough complication or personalization.
Overall, Red Doors is a strong film, but it could have been so much more.

hunterjt13
Jim Hunter

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½

Slight, but decent. Not a terrible lot happens, and I wouldn't recommend going out of your way to see this, but there are worse uses of an hour and a half.

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Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

½

[font=Century Gothic]In "Red Doors," Ed(Tzi Ma) has just retired and with little to do during the day, turns his mind to suicide but is consantly interrupted.(One of the universal truths is that there is never anything good on television during the day.) His eldest daughter, Sam(Jacqueline Kim), can sense something wrong and buys him three months worth of psychiatric visits for his birthday. She is also engaged to be married to Mark(Jayce Bartok), when an old flame, Alex(Rossif Sutherland), reenters her life. The middle daughter, Julie(Elaine Kao), works as an intern in a hospital in New York City where an actress, Mia Scarlett(Mia Riverton), is researching a role. The only possible underachiever in the family is Katie(Kathy Shao-Lin Lee), who attends high school where she pursues an unusual flirtation with Simon(Sebastian Stan).[/font]

[font=Century Gothic]"Red Doors" is a gentle and winning but slightly predictable comedy of manners that is concerned with communication between loved ones, or lack therein of any. So, when we do not have the words to express how we feel, sometimes a gesture can accomplish the same thing, even if it may seem a little odd.[/font]

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Walter M.

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