Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: David Zaugh, James Boobar, Burt Bulos, Ray Chang, Mary Chen
Director: Chris Chan Lee
Genres: Comedy, Drama
Eight best friends anxiously make wild graduation plans when their friend sin gets into trouble with money belonging to his dads store. They rally to his rescue as sin is unable to face his family. What follows is a night ... more »
Energy and Creativity Outweigh Unevenness
David Kleist | 09/05/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"With the three earlier Amazon reviewers, I first celebrate this film for its obscure but crackling subject matter: teenage Korean-American life in L.A.! Second, I celebrate the film's ambition and complexity: it tries to reveal a community of characters, not merely one or two; and the plot's many twists, combined with its many ironic/jarring scene transitions, compresses a lot of ideas and commentary into a short space.Do the parts combine into a congruent whole? No. The shocking plot twist of the film's final quarter sends the whole thing rollicking into melodrama/surrealism; and the same twist makes the ending psychologically, emotionally, and analytically unsatisfying.However, there is soooo much to like here: The fumbling "Fur Elise"; the adolescent-to-baby-sister commentary on the shrink-wrapped doll; the aunt's colloquial comment on the cost of her nephew's birthday present; the cupped-rice soliloquy; the ATM PIN number sequence; the beach; the "pappa san" scene in the restaurant; etc. This young writer/director has perhaps bitten off more than he can chew; but his intelligence and promise are truly exciting.I judge art by what it reveals to me about myself and about the world: good art provides unusual/unique flashes of reality and insight into the human condition. YELLOW reverberates throughout with these flashes. It is the work of a creative, intelligent, artistic young director whose potential is overwhelming. I can only hope that the Biz gives him many chances for future explorations of life, love, and culture-clash.By the way, the film is extremely funny/ironic throughout, and the musical soundtrack is marvellous."
Thomas Yan Ong | Azusa, CA | 08/05/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"After most of the reviews I've read, I didn't want to see this film anymore, but I was at Hollywood Video and I saw it there for rent. I watched it and I was pretty entertained. It was funny and I could relate to some of the characters in the film. I also liked the idea of an Asian dominated cast in an American film. I think it's worth checking this out. I think it deserves more credit than it's getting."