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Americanese (2007)





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Writer-director Eric Byler adapted his ensemble comedy drama Americanese from Shawn Wong's best-selling 1995 novel, American Knees. The film, like the novel, dramatizes the seriocomic day-to-day experiences of a number of Asian American immigrants in the City of Angels. At the story's center is milquetoast-dull, middle-aged college professor and divorcÚ Raymond Ding (Chris Tashima) -- so ineffectual that he barely seems to have control over the events that befall him, and so emotionally distant in his relationship with his live-in lover, the Japanese-American photojournalist Aurora (Allison Sie), that his inaccessibility destroys their union. Forced to move out of their house, Raymond instead rooms with his aging father, Wood (Sab Shimono), making periodic, unannounced visits back to Aurora's home when she is absent. While Aurora kindles her own romance with American Steve (Ben Shenkman), Raymond moves into his own apartment and takes up with Vietnamese-American Betty (Joan Chen) -- a university associate plagued by deep-seated emotional and mental problems. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Eric Byler, Shawn Wong
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Ryan Cutrona
as ''Hank Crane''
Kelly Hu
as Brenda Nishitani
Takayo Fischer
as ''Keiko Crane''
Joan Chen
as Betty Nguyen
Sab Shimono
as Wood Ding
Chris Tashima
as Raymond Ding
Greg Watanabe
as ''Young Wood''
Allison Sie
as Aurora Crane
Stephen Bishop
as ''Miles''
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Critic Reviews for Americanese

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (4)

Fine, understated performances and the self-assured way that Byler lets the film find its own rhythms, rather than setting into some template, result in a mature film of subtle complexity.

Full Review… | May 30, 2006
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

A collection of scenes in search of a coherent story, the film's characters don't develop, and plot lines fail to coalesce by the movie's conclusion.

April 26, 2006
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

[Director Eric] Byler deals with characters who have lived their years, learned from them, and try to apply their values to their lives. Their romances are not heedless but wary, and involve a lot of negotiation.

Full Review… | March 30, 2006
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

This diverting, occasionally wry seriocomedy ultimately doesn't add up to a satisfying whole.

Full Review… | March 28, 2006
Top Critic

It's not the glacial pace that fatigues, but a lack of connection with the characters.

Full Review… | November 30, 2006
Film Freak Central

Byler doesn't rush his storytelling; this is a deliberately paced, thoughtful meditation on racial issues and relationships ...

Full Review… | August 24, 2006

Audience Reviews for Americanese


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