Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Catfish in Black Bean Sauce|
Actors: Mary Alice, Andre Rosey Brown, Mark Daniel Cade, Wing Chen, Kieu Chinh
Genres: Comedy, Drama, African American Cinema
Dwayne and his sister are Vietnamese siblings who were adopted by an African-American couple. Now in their mid-20s, they both have chosen different paths, but when they learn that their biological mother is coming to Los A... more »
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A Little gem of a movie
E. Laway | Temecula, California United States | 03/12/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I found this movie by way of "DVD Deals," and what a deal, you really get you money's worth. What a nice discovery, but sad that many people won't really know about this low budget movie. First of all, I found it amazing that quit a few, seasoned and famous actors participated in this low budget movie, like Paul Winfield (recently deceased at a young age of 62), Alice Walker and Sanaa Latham. This is one of the reasons why this movie suceeds because the actors are aptly able to convey a seemingly implausible storyline: A black couple adopts a Vietnamese brother and sister who are all grown-up and searching for their identities. The flash backs really works in explaining how these characters ended up with each other. It is a tender love story between uncondtional parents and their children whose commitment to what family really means endures even the most challenging hurdles. This comes in a form of a long lost Vietnamese mother and the uncertainties of falling in love. Sometimes this movie resolves in comic one liners that seemed out of place, but if you think about it, it is a bit of a relief from the seriousness of the moment. I like this movie a lot even though it has some awkward moments because it is very sincere in potraying its characters so keenly that even if it is not a perfect movie, you ended up caring about the characters. And don't forget the tisse paper."
Arlene Montemayor | San Jose, California | 08/04/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Catfish in Black Bean Sauce" is a truly heart-warming movie. It's a story of a vietnamese male (the protagonist) who fell inlove with a beautiful black woman. Apparently, he was brought up by a nice African-American couple. The story breaks the "stereotype" among Asian-Americans as well as African-Americans. Some of the characters in the story were great ,and they also play significant roles in the movie. Although, there were conflicts in the beginning,it shows that people of different cultures can live together in perfect harmony (By the way, there are also Caucasian actors in the movie, so it's not just a movie about Asians and blacks).
There are several reasons you should buy this movie:
1. It's entertaining
2. It has humor
3. The story is interesting (not common)
4. Great acting
5. and finally, it might open the minds of close-minded people.
Why can't Hollywood producers make more movies like this???"
Doncha just love indie films?
TarStar | 11/05/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you don't, this film may change your mind. This movie was a breath of fresh air. The saying, "it's not where you're from it's where you're at" comes to mind when describing this movie. The movie is about two Vietnamese children who are adopted by a black couple. The movie does a wonderful job of showing how the family's present day interractions with each other came to be with a series of flashbacks, as well as the complexities of intteracial adoption. Humour is interwoven in good measure which really makes the movie very entertaining. This is definitely one for my collection.Aside from some mild cursing, I would even say this is a good family movie (too complex for anyone under 13). All the actors/actresses in this movie should take a bow. Bravo!"
Riveting Performances by all
Patragirl | Northern KY | 11/25/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I loved this movie, written by the leading man, it was poignant without being patronizing. I think it's a sleeper hit. I saw this over the Thanksgiving weekend and can't wait to own it. I ordered it the following day after watching it."