Catfish in Black Bean Sauce (2000)




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In Catfish In Black Bean Sauce, Paul Winfield and Mary Alice play an African-American couple who in the 1970's adopted two Vietnamese children, a brother and sister. 20 years on, the two kids have grown to adulthood; Dwayne (Chi Muoi Lo) has absorbed a great deal of black culture from his adopted parents and is engaged to an attractive African-American woman (Sanaa Lathan). His sister (Lauren Tom), however, feels more comfortable with Asian cultural paths and has married an older Asian man (Tzi Ma). The siblings have recently come in contact with their birth mother (Kieu Chinh), and are awaiting her first visit to the United States, which causes no small amount of personal, cultural and familial clashes. Catfish In Black Bean Sauce is the feature debut from writer/director Chi Muoi Lo, who also plays Dwane; it was a prize winner at the 1999 WorldFest/Houston Film Festival.
PG-13 (for brief strong language and sexual content)
Comedy , Drama
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Paul Winfield
as Harold
Mary Alice
as Dolores
Chi-Muoi Lo
as Dwayne
Kieu Chinh
as Thanh
Tzi Ma
as Vinh
Wing Chen
as Samantha
Amy Tran
as Young Mai
Kevin Lo
as Young Dwayne
Kevin D'Arcy
as Guard No. 1
Andre Rosey Brown
as Guard No. 2
Ron Galbraith
as Doctor
Calvin Nguyen
as Teacher
Richard F. Whiten
as Motorcycle Cop
Lalanya Masters
as Bank Teller
Mark Daniel Cade
as Assistant Bank Manager
Jedda Jones
as Agnes
Roxanne Reese
as Nadine
William Thomas
as Douglas
April Tran
as Interpreter
Tom Ryan
as Lt. Davis
Thu Hong
as Opera Singer
Ho Lo
as Man at Airport
Vien Hong
as Transvestite
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Critic Reviews for Catfish in Black Bean Sauce

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (4)

Initially creates a delightfully diverse world in which no one is really as they seem to appear.

Full Review… | January 5, 2007
Film Journal International

This bold film is one of the first to try to deal with the complications of molding a fusion culture comprised of so many disparate elements.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Spirituality and Practice

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Full Review… | December 6, 2005
Film Threat

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September 25, 2005

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June 6, 2005
Greenwich Village Gazette

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Full Review… | December 8, 2002
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Audience Reviews for Catfish in Black Bean Sauce


Buried in this is a nice little story about intermingling of cultures, but it rarely gets beyond the obvious cliches.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

A great movie! One of my favorites. Love it.

Leo L
Leo L

Super Reviewer

Man I love this film! Poignant yet hilarious and a perspective rarely seen on film. Chi Moui Lo and Alice Walker are great and if for no other reason you have to check it out to see two old ladies battling over their son.

Dani St
Dani St

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