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Red Doors (2005)



Critic Consensus: Flawed yet filled with finely detailed characters, Red Doors is a glimpse of the Asian-American experience that suggests great promise for writer-director Georgia Lee.

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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 monastery, Ed is about to find out just how the actions of his three mischievous daughters can throw his outwardly perfect plan for the future into question. As his well-heeled oldest daughter Samantha (Jacqueline Kim) reevaluates her love life and professional career while preparing for an upcoming wedding, middle daughter Julie (Elaine Kao) strives to improve the failing social life that has taken a back seat to her demanding schedule as a medical student, and youngest daughter Katie (Kathy Shao-lin Lee) enters into an increasingly dangerous prank war with longtime neighbor and determined nemesis Simon. Though a look back at the family's old home movies offer Ed a nostalgic glimpse into a happier time when the Wong's were actually able to communicate their feelings to one and other, the dejected father soon discovers that the stories and images from the past may provide new hope for the future as well.

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Tzi Ma
as Ed Wong
Jacqueline Kim
as Samantha Wong
Freda Foh Shen
as Mai-Li Wong
Elaine Kao
as Julie Wong
Mia Riverton
as Mia Scarlett
Stephen Rowe
as Dr. Levy
Mao Zhao
as Master Shen
Bridget White
as Reception Nurse
Coati Mundi
as Dance Instructor
Kira Kelly
as OR Nurse
Ax Norman
as Invisible Fence Guy
Kelvin Sealey
as Ed's Colleague
Cary Woodworth
as Bartender
Abel Nihrane
as Lab Worker
Danielle Lozeau
as Medical Intern
Conrad Oakey
as Guidance Counselor
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Critic Reviews for Red Doors

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (14)

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.

January 12, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
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This family drama is balanced between equal measures of dark humor and pathos so that Red Doors floats gently between sentimentality and cynicism. It's a lovely little film, and well done.

September 29, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

A gentle, pleasant film about people you genuinely like.

September 22, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A peppy if uneven charmer with a fetchingly wistful edge.

September 21, 2006

... the script falls victim to the stereotypes and cliches so often found in movies about Asian-American families.

September 8, 2006 | Rating: 2/4

Red Doors feels like a first-time film; quirks are overplayed while themes remain underdeveloped.

September 8, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4

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.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer


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.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

Fantastic movie! Amazing story plot. Here's an interesting movie about a Chinese-American family that connect, and help each other, in the various day-to-day life, in both good and hard times. Great cast. Hilarious! A must-see!

Leo L
Leo L

Super Reviewer

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