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Shopping for Fangs (1998)




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Two stories involving Asian-Americans in Southern California's San Gabriel Valley "discovering their dark sides" intersect in this post-modern, anti-consumerism feature from co-directors and UCLA graduates Quentin Lee and Justin Lin. Katherine (Jeanne Chin) is a mild-mannered, unhappy young wife who is suffering from blackouts that result in extended periods of lost time. After one such episode, she realizes that she's lost her cellular phone and begins receiving suggestive phone calls, photographs and come-ons from free-spirited, blonde lesbian Trinh, a waitress at the Go-Go Café. Katherine's husband, self-absorbed body builder and successful businessman Jim Lee (Clint Jung) works with a payroll accountant, Phil (Radmar Jao) who believes that he may be a werewolf. His evidence: abnormally fast-growing body hair requiring him to shave every few hours, an insatiable appetite for meat, and a newfound talent for sports. His sister's boyfriend is writing a book about werewolves, and although his therapist is convinced that the numbers-cruncher just needs some sexual release, Phil becomes convinced that he's a lycanthrope after the disappearance of his most recent date and a car accident from which he emerges unscathed. Both Phil and Katherine are on a collision course with revelations about their true natures.more
Rating: R (For language, sexuality and some violence)
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Justin Lin, Dan Alvarado, Quentin Lee
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On DVD: May 15, 2001


Jeanne Chinn
as Katherine Nguyen
Roxanne Coyne
as Dr. Hali
Clint Jung
as Jim Lee
Daniel Twyman
as Dr. Suleri
John Cho
as Clarence
Peggy Ahn
as Grace
Jeanne Chin
as Katherine Nguyen
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All Critics (11) | Top Critics (5)

It's got real energy, and its solid grounding in LA's Asian community gives the laughs a genuine cultural point of view.

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Chicago Reader
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L.A. Weekly
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San Francisco Chronicle
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New York Times
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Breaks about as much new ground as a plastic fork.

Full Review… | April 20, 2001
Film Journal International

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